Review Sony A3000 Interchangeable Lens Digital 20.1MP

Upon picking up the Sony A3000, 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. Sony A3000 is very little geometric distortion or chromatic aberration.

Sony A3000 Review
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Product Description


20.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor

Sony A3000 uses the same sensor format that Sony builds into its full-sized Alpha 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.

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 Movies 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 resolution. 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.

I won't go into all the features, you can find that information click here.

My Own Review on Sony A3000 


I must say that the performance is really excellent, especially for the price point. The sensor produces clean and relatively noise-free images up to about 3200 ISO before introducing slight noise. This is perfect for most photography that you will be doing, especially if you are looking into a less expensive model such as this. 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.

The -4 to +3.5 diopter allows for a good range of personal diopter adjustment and this is very important when you are using a non-point-and-shoot camera. The adjustment is easy and smooth, and the control stays solid once adjusted. This adjustment is very important to people who wear glasses, as the adjustment range is good enough to make it so that many people who wear glasses will be able to shoot without glasses.

I think that the design of this camera (aesthetic looks) was a great choice. Sony A3000 looks like a DSLR instead of Sony's other mirrorless cameras. Maybe I am just accustomed to the DSLR look, as my personal cameras are a Canon 5D Mk III and a Canon 6D, but I really do think that this is a nice looking camera that fits well into the hand. The bulge on the right-hand side of the camera provides a comfortable grip like DSLR cameras and will allow you to shoot better and with more stability.

The display on the back of the camera is not as good as I would like, but it is functional and you will be able to tell what you are doing. At the end of the day, you aren't going to view your pictures on your camera, you are going to view them on your computer and then print. Still, I think a higher-resolution/DPI screen would be a nice change to this camera.

Sony A3000 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 your shutter speeds, ISO, aperture, etc. This camera is a great place to start learning and working, and it is also good for people who already understand these settings. This will be an amazing step up for people who are accustomed to using a point-and-shoot camera.


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Posted by : Tamara Blezensky // 00:00
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