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Sony A3000 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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  • 20.1 MP Exmor APS-C sensor for great images
  • Light body and dependable grip for worry-free shooting
  • Full HD video recording for capturing life's moments
  • Model: ILCE3000K/B
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  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.1 x 10 inches ; 2.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00EH5UGR6
  • Item model number: ILCE3000K/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 26, 2013

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sony make . believe

Unlock your artsy side the easy way with the a3000. Now you can shoot professional-looking, frame-worth 20 megapixel images effortlessly, and even capture HD video with the simplicity of a small camera. Best of all, can’t-miss moments and fast-action shots are captured with DSLR quality and speed—all in a lightweight camera you’ll want to take everywhere.


20.1 MP APS-C size HD
image sensor

The a3000 uses the same sensor format that Sony builds into its full-sized DSLR cameras. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.

Light body and dependable grip

Using larger, more professional digital cameras can sometimes be awkward to manage and can weigh you down. But, the a3000 offers a lightweight body and a newly developed grip that enables you to hold the camera more securely for worry-free shooting. It provides ease and comfort when you're taking photos on-the-go.

Accepts Sony® E-mount lenses

The a3000 is compatible a wide selection of smaller, lighter Sony E-mount series lenses. Each lens is portable, powerful and will open up a world of creative options for you to explore. The a3000 also accepts
A-mount lenses via an optional adaptor. (LA-EA1/LA-EA2 adaptor
sold separately)

Gorgeous low-light shooting

Now you can shoot with confidence in a variety of lighting conditions. With a new Exmor® sensor that features the same adaptive noise reduction technology from Sony’s flagship SLT-A99V, the a3000 easily offers a wide range of sensitivity from ISO 100 to ISO 16000.

Quick Auto Focus in Live View

If you enjoy taking photos via the large 3.0" LCD screen over the viewfinder, then you'll be thrilled with the performance of the a3000 optimized auto focus feature. It's intuitive operation means you'll never miss the action or get frustrated waiting for your camera to focus as you shoot stunning images or HD video. This is an ideal feature for photographers who prefer to keep contact with their subjects.

Full HD Movies1 at 60i and 24p

Not only does the a3000 take high resolution, magazine worthy photos, but it can also capture stunning HD movies in your choice of standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution1. The AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning Blu-ray™ HD picture quality. Also included is the MP4 codec which offers smaller file size for easier upload to the web for sharing.

Additional Features

QVGA Tru-Finder™ Eye-level viewfinder

This eye-level, through-the-lens, viewfinder with 100% coverage begins with over 200k dots for impressive resolution. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.

Up to 3.5 fps shooting

Enjoy the advantages of DSLR-style photography with fast action shooting. Never miss a moment of a soccer game, a gymnastics meet or even the subtle movements of a newborn baby. You'll capture amazing 20 megapixel images at up to 3.5 frames per second of continuous shooting. Standard continuous shooting speeds will vary based upon shooting conditions and memory card speeds.

Multi Interface Shoe connector

Users can expand photographic and movie shooting possibilities by attaching optional accessories via the Multi Interface Shoe, including a powerful external flash, stereo microphone and more. You can also connect with a compatible remote control via the Multi Terminal.

Picture Effect modes

Ditch Photoshop and hours of editing. With 11 types of in-camera picture effects, you can create unique and exciting photos that really pop. Effects include: Soft Focus, Partial Color, Retro Photo, Miniature and more.

Auto Object Framing

Auto Object Framing automatically recognizes a scene and subjects in your photos and crops a photo accordingly allowing you to have your original photo and a second cropped photo. Thus, creating ordinary photos into stunning compositions.

Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)

This feature improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows, perfect if you're capturing a beautiful sunset photo. Settings include Auto, 5 operating levels and off.

Auto HDR mode

This feature essentially captures three shots, highlighting the best elements from each shot (details, mid-tones and shadows) to create one incredible and stunning photograph (up to 6 EV stops) - all captured in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Face Detection/ Registration technology

The camera can automatically detect and register up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. It can even prioritize children or adults.

Sweep Panorama™ Technology

Create stunning vertical or horizontal landscape photos with just the touch of a button. It's easy - simply press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally and the camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together into one panoramic image.

Six Creative Style settings

Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

Photo Creativity Interface

The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.

Clear Image Zoom

Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using providing greater shooting flexibility.

Convenient USB charging

Easily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection.


The a3000 supports Sony’s “TRILUMINOS Color,”8 allowing you to view photos and movies in rich, natural colors on any TV equipped with a “TRILUMINOS Display.” The expanded color gamut lets you immerse yourself once again in those unforgettably colorful moments, from the complex shades in a shimmering blue sky to the natural tones of a rosy complexion.

Stamina™ battery power for up to 470 shots7

Take up to 470 shots on a single charge7 with Sony® lithium ion Stamina™ battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM® battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

1. Records in up to 29 minutes segments.

6. Compatible with BRAVIA® Sync or Theatre Sync™ HDTVs connected via HDMI®.

7. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage. Battery capacity decreases over time and use.

8. Requires compatible BRAVIA® HDTV and cable sold separately

© 2013 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Sony, BIONZ, BRAVIA, Exmor, InfoLITHIUM, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, the Memory Stick logo, PlayMemories Home, Remote Commander, Smile Shutter, Stamina, Theatre Sync, Sweep Panorama, Xtra Fine LCD and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. AVCHD™ is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

Product Description

Now even you can take professional-looking 20 megapixel photos effortlessly. Unlock your artsy side the easy way and shoot stunning, frame-worthy images and HD video with small-camera simplicity. Best of all, can't-miss moments and fast-action shots are captured with DSLR quality and speed-all in a lightweight camera you'll want to take everywhere.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Great camera for the money. Photos are great too Read more ›
I am impressed, image quality is excellent. Auto focus is very fast. Read more ›
The resolution of both the EVF viewfinder and the rear LCD is lower than that of a lot of competitors' cameras, but you have to expect some…The image quality is superb. T… Read more ›
Its the best camera for the money and it takes beautiful pictures. The picture quality is the best I have seen in any camera I have ever used. Read more ›
A little on the small side but the photos are great... …........ Good video too and much more For the beginner Read more ›
I was pleasantly surprised by this camera's performance. It takes sharp pictures, is easy to use and lets you via the viewfinder electronically or the LCD. The viewfinder… Read more ›
This camera…I saw a Bald Eagle that I was unprepared to see, and I was able to quickly turn the setting to automatic, twist the zoom, and hit the shutter on continuous. G… Read more ›
6. price 7. easy navigate menu 8. like old 18-55 bundle lens (just added 50mmf1.8 and 55-210mm, and game over! Read more ›
It has plenty of manual modes to boot and good auto modes. It only shoots at 3.5 fps but I don't think this should be an issue, unless you make a living as a hardcore… Read more ›
It i truly an excellent camera with very powerful features and almost all DSLR type capabilities which you will need to capture the special moments in your daily life. The… Read more ›
It is so very easy to use and has a lot of awesome features allowing you to take some really nice shots that would normally only be available for a camera that is much more… Read more ›
I have used it in Sedona ...just stunning, jaw dropping HDR effects and hand held and easily done.......it is like the Sony A37 and others in the Alpha series re the HDR… Read more ›
This camera is great - light weight, great pictures. Easy to use. I love it. Read more ›
Maybe not. But the pictures look awesome, camera very easy to use, and I'll probably just stick with it. If you really want the zoom and a cheaper camera and pics that… Read more ›
I'm having so much fun taking pictures with my new camera; it is very easy to handle and simple to use. Read more ›
This camera is amazing! It's easy to use and gives you little tips about different tools. It's cheap and great for beginning photography. Read more ›
Easy to use, great pictures. Could use stronger zoom. Read more ›
Very good and reliable camera Quality of picture is so nice and easy to use Nice body too Thanks sony Read more ›
Same sensor size as the A58 .Amazing Price Read more ›
This is a great value in a little interchangeable lens camera with a traditional style view finder. Uses the Sony "E" mount which makes the full line of their… Read more ›
Easy to use, fun to explore the settings, takes amazing photos, and it was a GREAT price. Extremely happy with this purchase!! Read more ›
Wow! Super pictures and nice feature set all at a reasonable price. So far after a few months of owning this unit, I have no issues and am having fun with it. Read more ›
Its was a gift for my son he loves it.he say the pix are great.easy to use good price thanx Read more ›
I have had it for about 3 months now and have had no problems whatsoever! Great camera for a great price! Read more ›
The 18-55mmm kit lens is perfect for most shooting situations....The only drawback is the LCD and EVF are not eye controlled like on the A37.....you have to push a button… Read more ›
This is perfect for most photography that…The image quality is also really quite good and the lens, while a bit tight on the focus ring, seems very nice and solidly built. Read more ›
Sony is surely losing money on this camera. They are selling this camera at such a lower price only because they want their customers to invest in their great lenses later. I… Read more ›
But for some weird reasons I love shooting with it. Comes with a decent kit lens that alone should have cost 200$. Soo basically you are getting an apsc camera body for 200$. Read more ›
This is the best value EVER in a digital SLR-like removable lens camera.....EVER!! Selling for well under 300 dollars elsewhere, Read more ›
As he noted, 20 degree days (smaller sensor P&S cameras, mobile devices) may make picture takers complain and frown while 50 degree days (entry level DSLRs, compact… Read more ›
This camera is excellent. My daughter took it on a trip and even tho she left it mostly on auto - the pictures and video were stunning. The form factor is nice, great for… Read more ›
- decent sensor - amazing photo and video quality - kit lens is very good Read more ›
The images were superb and the ease of operation was perfect for my…I would recommend this product to the non-professional who simply wants great pictures and video. Read more ›
This camera meets that goal! BTW, it takes great video also. Read more ›
The stabilizer isn't very good at damping out motion from walking, but it's fine for…Looking at the well lit video shots on a computer at 1920x1080, I was impressed. Th… Read more ›
It has some of the excellent Sony features I've always liked such as panorama mode, handheld shake mode (shoots several photos to remove shake, nice for non-moving subjects… Read more ›
The first videos I shot were at night in a well lit downtown open air mall. What I observed through the view screen was stunning. The stabilizer isn't very good at damping… Read more ›
I don't know why do people complain about the screen? It is a very decent and precise screen. I need to wear glasses to notice it's "grainy". Read more ›
If you like, not only the end result of shooting a camera, but also shooting it, I'd say, skip the A3000 and get either a small, entry-level dslr or a mirrorless camera… Read more ›
For me though, if I had to choose between…Simple to use, exceptional pictures, crystal clear LCD screen, fits in your pocket, wide zoom range, and long battery life. If… Read more ›
Those things don't bother me, as I don't spend very much time on composition and just like to ensure that…Don't expect to be impressed by the LCD on the back, either. Read more ›
The NEX has a lot of very cool high-tech amenities such as WiFi live viewfinder for smartphones and tablets, a gorgeous, ultra sharp high resolution touch screen, two… Read more ›
(a) contrary to the good impression many reviewers have of the Sony 18-55, I found the lens to…(b) the sensor is very nice, but a bit noisier than my 16mp Pentax K-30; (… Read more ›
This camera is an interesting hybrid between…The image quality and price both align to this middle of the spectrum range, and for a 20MP APS-C sensor this is a great value. Read more ›
Pro: - decent sensor - amazing photo and video quality Read more ›
Just keep in mind that next lens you may want may cost more than this entire…You may not need a tele- lens though, since the digital zoom is exceptional and sensor is huge. Read more ›
I suspect that is because there *isn't* very…At this price point, I feel as though I've paid for an excellent image sensor and the basic means by which to get light there. Read more ›
The camera is light and has a great sensor, but it's a pain to shoot. (Talking from the viewpoint of a dslr user. Read more ›
20MP allows me to crop images without losing detail Noise is very well controlled Grip is very good. Read more ›
The Sony a3000 takes clear, noise free photos even in low light and crisp, bright video. As a 3D VXF hobbyist, I especially like the auto HDR mode and the bracketed modes. Read more ›
M…Relatively lightweight, beautiful shutter response, and the test of all tests for images--at full resolution, pristinely clear quality (little noise in the right lighting). Read more ›
I did not print them out but…I used ISO speed from 100 to 3200 to get an idea of how well the noise reduction worked on each camera without sacrificing image quality, Read more ›
The only drawback is the EVF really…The EVF is full of noise and is tough to see when you are in focus, but the focus peaking feature really helps me judge when I'm sharp. Read more ›
The camera is very comfortable to hold, beats any other NEX camera I've played with. Viewfinder is mediocre, but I used it only once or twice. Read more ›
So you end up with a camera that loses…I suppose if you are someone that just wants a camera that is easier to hold and work with than a compact system, you might buy this. Read more ›
Ergonomically, this camera is comfortable to hold; the right side of the body has a protruding grip area with a textured rubber coating that aids handling (especially in… Read more ›
- Built-in electronic viewfinder (great for shooting in bright sunlight) - Light weight, good balance, comfortable to hold - Available inexpensive adapters for just about… Read more ›
Don't let that scare you. The deep menu would slow you down but its graphical interface is quite intuitive. Read more ›
The camera itself is light and feels solid. The user interface is extremely intuitive and the picture quality is outstanding. It is extremely enjoyable to take pictures… Read more ›
- in-camera charging via USB cable - Simple, intuitive user interface - Built-in electronic viewfinder (great for shooting in bright sunlight) Read more ›
The A3000 is a great choice for a compact camera user who is on a tight budget, ready to move up to a fully controllable camera with interchangeable lenses also capable of… Read more ›
I am a full-frame guy myself, but I thought I would give this new mirrorless camera a…I must say that the performance is really excellent, especially for the price point. Read more ›
The camera has a fairly extensive manual setting that you should really learn to use, as you will be able to get the best performance out of your camera when you understand… Read more ›
There are some exceptional Sony models…In order to move to a camera that will not fit in your pocket, like this one, you need to get compelling improvements in performance. Read more ›
Picture quality is excellent, and the performance in low light is just as good as on the NEX. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

131 of 136 people found the following review helpful By aljacobs on December 11, 2013
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I'm not going to bore you with repeating statistics and features many contributors do. I needed this camera for my trip to Germany in the fall, I have two other SONY Cameras the A77 and the A99 which are the full size DSLR's with two pieces of Carl Zeiss glass and lots of toys. Since we will be in Europe for 21 days, weight became an issue.

My full frame and full size SONY's with additional battery holders, and glass were just too big. Great cameras for what I do here in the states. 21 Days, one suitcase, I go light. Besides I have an adapter that allows alpha lenses on the NEX size bodies.

Trudging through castles and churches, Photokina and Octoberfest, I wanted small with interchangeable lenses, the whole kit with the 12mm, 16mm, 18-55, 55-200 weighs less than one unit of the larger size. This type of trip is wide angle country.

I have owned a camera store, a full house lab, and still the CEO of the "Black Box Company". I was and still am at times been a professional photographer owning Nikon, Canon and Bronica systems for the past 50 years. When I retired, finally, I became interested in SONY and retired all my other gear. I had a lot, it got me a new car.

People are not aware SONY makes the chips and motherboards for the others mentioned and the results in tests we ran with the camera and optics especially in the wides with incredible low light and little or no distortion. Color rendition showed no red or blue fringing, I noticed with other products, even pushing 20-30's in our lab from a sub 400.00 dollar camera. So far we have been blown away by the results, fit and finish, but the pictures we processed and blew up were outstanding.
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188 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Rick Bennette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 15, 2013
I won't go into all the features because you can find that information elsewhere.

Upon picking up the camera, the first thing I liked was the feel. It's the perfect sized travel camera for someone used to a bigger DSLR while having a comfortable, deep recessed, rubberized grip. The included 18-55 zoom feels mechanically solid for a kit lens, and it's also fairly sharp corner to corner. There's very little geometric distortion or chromatic aberration.

Shooting stills in low light, the shots are amazingly clear with very little noise. In decent light or with flash, the photo quality is amazing for a 400 dollar camera. Pretty much in the top ten list in this price range. It's also quick to turn on and shoot the first shots. If you're buying this to shoot primarily stills, you'll be very happy. It's good enough and fast enough for anyone but a hard core pro. You'll have the usual gamut of full auto, full manual and many combinations in between.

The first videos I shot were at night in a well lit downtown open air mall. What I observed through the view screen was stunning. The stabilizer isn't very good at damping out motion from walking, but it's fine for stabilizing shots while you're standing still. Looking at the well lit video shots on a computer at 1920x1080, I was impressed. The autofocus tracked accurately and silently, and the auto white balance always kept the colors true. Depth of field, while not film-like, was better than most video cameras. Edge sharpness was better than my Alpha 57, but saturation looked more video-like than film-like. Again, you can use full auto, full manual or several combinations in between. Your outdoor vacation shots will simply be amazing.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Richard Goulmassian on February 27, 2014
I have come to the conclusion that most of the reviewers of this camera do not own any other cameras with which to make a competent and accurate comparison! Unless you are looking at a review from a professional site that does nothing but camera reviews, most consumer reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt! You have to keep in mind that for a review to have meaning, you must know what camera(s) the consumer is comparing the A3000 to and if the photos are being taken under similar conditions. Comparing the A3000 to a 6MP Canon is useless and so is comparing photos that are shot under different lighting conditions or using different ISO settings or different lenses (zoom versus wide angle).

I am not going to go into all of the details as to which camera has what features since my primary concern is picture quality followed by video quality. Features are great but would rather have fewer features but better photos and videos!

I took all four cameras, put them on a tripod and shot photos using the standard 18-55mm kit lens that came bundled with the camera. I took photos of a house on the side of a hill that is located about 500 yards away and then enlarged the resulting JPEG files on my computer using a 23" HP LCD screen. I did not print them out but viewed them at 200-300% to check out every bit of detail. I used ISO speed from 100 to 3200 to get an idea of how well the noise reduction worked on each camera without sacrificing image quality,

RESULTS: The best camera from ISO 100 to 1600 - Sony A3000.
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