Sony Alpha a3000 Mirrorless Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens

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Key Features

  • 20.1 MP APS-C Exmor HD CMOS sensor
  • Compatible with Sony NEX E-Mount lenses and Sony/Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses via optional LA-EA1/LA-EA2 adapter
  • ISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps, Auto (100-3200)
  • 1080p/60i/24p HD video AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
  • 3" fixed TFT LCD with 230,400 dots
  • 1/2-inch color electronic viewfinder
  • 2.5 fps (Speed Priority Continuous mode: 3.5 fps)
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Focus peaking
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo card slot

Product Description

The a3000 uses the same sensor format that Sony builds into its full-sized Alpha DSLR cameras, including the same adaptive noise reduction technology from their flagship A99. The a3000 is compatible with Sony's growing selection of E-mount lenses; smaller, lighter and designed specifically for Sony's compact interchangeable lens cameras (NEX). For users who are looking to upgrade from a point and shoot for DSLR-quality images, while keeping their kit small and light, this camera makes the transition easy and comfortable. It'll help the novice photographer with quick live view focus, plenty of automatic modes, and in-camera processing.


Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution 5456 x 3632
Other resolutions 3872 x 2576, 2736 x 1824
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 20 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor BIONZ image processor
ISO ISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps
White balance presets 9
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Image stabilization notes Lens-based (where applicable)
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Standard, Fine
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes (Focus Peaking Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 230,400
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes (Continuous Live View)
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.7×
Photography features
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Built-in, Pop-up Auto)
Flash range 6.00 m (at ISO200 / 4m at ISO100)
External flash Yes (hot shoe)
Flash modes Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
Continuous drive 3 fps
Self-timer Yes (2-sec. or 10-sec. delay)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Format AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Type C mini))
Remote control Yes (via optional RM-VPR1)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description NP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA) 470
Weight (inc. batteries) 411 g (0.91 lb / 14.50 oz)
Dimensions 128 x 91 x 85 mm (5.04 x 3.58 x 3.35)
Other features
GPS None


User Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
  • Dirk Nuary, Dec 19, 2013 GMT:
    Wolf in the sheep's cloth

    I have sony A3000 for three months, I think it's a great camera for its class. Great image quality with remarkable detail in good light.

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  • fotolike, Dec 30, 2013 GMT:
    much better than expected...!

    I use the camera for 1 week..better than I expected. having used many cameras, dslr, compact,etc, and having in mind, from various articles,  that the camera was considered flimsy or cheap looking, I was happily surprised to find that the a3000 is very well made considering the low price (300 euros) ! -very good handling and controls for the price too... -image quality : excellent...beyond my expectations in bright and low light... acceptable noise till 3200 iso..( havent used RAW yet) -fast ...

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  • marc petzold, Mar 13, 2014 GMT:
    Sony A3000 - a great value for the money, if you can live with it's drawbacks

    For the price alone here in germany (sold for 130 EUR, body only) or for 239 EUR new via Saturn Onlineshop @ebay with 18-55mm/3.5-5.6 OSS Kitlens, you really can't go wrong, nothing beats that price atm from canikon. The bad, or worst: - very cheap EVF, flickering, very low resolution. - plastic eyecup, not rubber like onto a "real DSLR". - low resolution 3 inch display (230.000 pixels, flickering, too) - no Sony Alpha menu style, in fact it looks like a NEX-3N into a DSLR body, ...

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  • prodesma, Apr 5, 2014 GMT:
    Quick-ish Sony a3000 first impressions/review of features.

    So, I took my a3000 out for about an hour of shooting. I won't make this a full-fledged review, just a few major points and one major issue. I just got mine delivered yesterday, so haven't spent much time getting to know each other. (yet). First, I've not ever used a translucent mirror camera before. So, having no optical viewfinder is driving me crazy on a harsh/overcast day. Tough to compose (can't see anything except glare off the rear LCD), will take lots of getting used to. I don't feel ...

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a3000 Mirrorless Camera by Sony

Questions & Answers


Canon EOS T3 or Sony Alpha A3000?

Upgrading from point and shoot and my mom won't let me buy used. Best Buy is selling both the A3000 and the T3 for just under $300, which is my budget, though the A3000 comes with a free camera bag that usually sells for $30. Based on your experiences and opinions, which is the better camera/deal?

rino757 asked
2 months ago


If you plan to learn to use it well, I'd go for the Canon of those two. The major differences are: (1) The Sony sees what it's shooting, so automatic modes work really well. The Canon does not, and guesses settings somewhat randomly. (2) The Canon has usable controls for growing in the hobby. The Sony A3000 basically has point-and-shoot control. While changing settings on the T3 isn't exactly fast, on the Sony, it's painful. This isn't general to Sony -- the A3000 is the only model I'm aware of which is this crippled for controls. (3) The Canon has ... Continue Reading

Alphoid answered
1 month ago

It depends on what you want to do. If you're intending to pursue photography as a more serious hobby, go for the T3. If you're intending to shoot mostly in automatic, go for the A3000. That's not a comparison of Sony vs. Canon in general (both of which are good for more serious use), but of the specific models you are considering. Continue Reading

Alphoid answered
2 months ago

I'd say that I want to get the best images out of what I have. Regardless of the camera I have, I'll make the best use out of it and learn how to use all the features properly, even if it takes time. I don't plan to get new lenses for at least a few months and definitely not another camera for at least 5 years. I wouldn't say this means that I don't want to go further with photography though. I just don't have that kind of money. I think I'll probably use the auto mode(s) for a few days while I experiment with the settings, but it definitely won't be the mode I use most. I just want to get the camera that will provide me with the best images once I learn how to use it properly. My possible future activities include adding ~$20 close-up filters to the kit lens as opposed to buying a macro lens, and maybe printing out images on posters or setting an online shop to try and make a bit of side money, though that's not at all my priority. What I mean is that I want to be able to enlarge ... Continue Reading

rino757 answered
2 months ago


Camera for photographing rock climbing: TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N, A3000, LX7

Hi all, I am trying to find a camera to use when I go on travels for climbing/travel. I used to have an Olympus XZ-1, as was very happy with it, but it got stolen. So now I am looking for a new one. I am on a limited budget, and have suggested the below cameras as I know I can afford them. TZ60, FZ72, NEX-3N (with 16-50mm), A3000 (with 18-55)mm, LX7. While reading climbing blogs, I've noticed that alot of people recommend having some wide angle and zoom capabilities, which is why I've included the FZ72. A friend of mine is very happy with her LX7 when taking pictures of people climbing, so that's why its in the bunch. And RAW is necessary as well. The two mirrorless cameras are in the bunch because I've heard that it might be nice to have an option of changing lenses. However, I will not do that yet because of a limited budget. The TZ60 is known for being a good camera for travellers. Any suggestions or tips? Or if there are others in the same price range which offer a good wide ...

evelyn87 asked
2 months ago


I would not recommend the Sony a3000 for rugged outdoor activities like rock climbing. It's just a wee plastic lad, doesn't have weather proofing, and is egg shell like. It's a great camera I use, but taking it along where a good beating could easily occur? Well, I guess it's cheap and better than breaking a $3000 body so in that sense it is almost a disposable as you could buy 10 a3000's to one A7r .... so maybe a couple of climbs you get lucky and nothing gets broke? I'd still want a more solid frame although lightweight is a solid forte of the a3000 sturdy is not..... Continue Reading

Diginal answered
1 month ago

I can really recommend the nikon AW1. It's mirrorless. Underwater secured but the best feature is that it's very easy to handle with one hand. Also it's very fast focusing and shoots extremely rapid for a camera in that class, even in raw. And it's the most rugged mirrorless. Continue Reading

Rumle answered
1 month ago


Which Flash can I use with Sony a3000 Multi-Interface Shoe (MIS)

Hi! I am looking for a speedlight for my sony a3000 camera. I ordered a Sigma EF 610 "for sony" and it did not fit the shoe. Turns out at some piont sony changed their shoe (several times?) and now I can't figure out how to even search for the flash that will fit. if anyone could sugest a specific flash or tell me of a way to search for one (as "flash for sony" and "multi-interface-shoe flash" do not turn up reliable results) I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

Lucy Yukhan asked
2 months ago


Sony used to use a proprietary flash, which was the original Minolta flash shoe. This is found on the A57 or NEX 7, for example. They switched to a standard flash shoe, found on the A58, A3000/A6000, for example. The flash you bought must have the old Sony proprietary shoe. You can buy this adapter, which will let you use the flash on the A3000: You could also get the HVLF20M which works natively on the A3000: If you want a manual flash, where you set the flash power manually, you can use something like the Yongnuo 560ii (get a Canon/Nikon version, not a Sony version): Continue Reading

saintz answered
2 months ago

Thank you! Does that mean I can use any flash that is "for conon" or "for nikon" if I want to use a manual flash? Continue Reading

Lucy Yukhan answered
2 months ago

Most any flash or flash accessory with a standard ISO hot shoe foot can be used in the Sony MIS. It doesn't have to be Canon or Nikon compatible. Manual flash means you must control the exposure by changing the power setting of the flashes manual mode in addition to the cameras shutter speed and lens aperture. The instant review of digital allows for this trial and error process. Some flash units especially those from the film era have a "thyristor or self-auto" mode with their own light sensor that controls their light output. You set your lens to the aperture indicated on the flash and it controls its own power level. Older flash units often have high voltages on their trigger circuits well above what is typical for current digital flash models and there is a risk of damaging your camera if you use one of these. Avoid any flash that only offers full power for its manual mode. You need it to be adjustable. (1) John Continue Reading

fotowbert answered
2 months ago

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