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SONY Alpha A3000 ILCE-3000K/B Black Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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a3000 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

Magazine-Style Photos Made Easy

Take professional-looking 20-megapixel photos effortlessly with the a3000 interchangeable lens camera. 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.


Go from Snapshot to Photograph

The 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, Sony's APS-C sensor size delivers an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.


Multiple Lenses for Ultimate Freedom

The a3000 is compatible with Sony's wide section of smaller and lighter E-mount lenses. With an array of lenses ranging from high zoom to macro, your photography is open to a world of endless creative options. A-mount lenses are also available with the versatile and optional Alpha mount adapter (LA-EA1).


A Compact Camera with an SLR Feel

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.


Shoot Full HD Movies

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 1920 x 1080 resolution. The AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning Blu-ray™ HD picture quality. Also included is the MP4 codec which offers smaller file size for easier uploading to the web for sharing.


Gorgeous Low-Light Shooting

Capture stunning low light photos using the new Exmor sensor that features the same adaptive noise reduction technology found in Sony's high end, full frame SLT-A99V DSLR. The a3000 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. Its 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.


What's in the Box



Learn more about the Sony Alpha A3000 ILCE-3000K/B


Alpha A3000 ILCE-3000K/B


Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Image Sensor Size
23.5 X 15.6mm
Gross Pixels
20.4 MP
Effective Pixels
20.1 MP
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Dust Cleaning System
Charge protection coating on Optical Low-pass Filter
Image Stabilization
Optical SteadyShot
Image Processor
Still Image Size 16:9 :
L (17 MP) 5456 x 3064,
M (12 MP) 3872 x 2176,
S (4.2 MP) 2736 x 1824

Still Image Size 3:2 :
L (20 MP) 5456 x 3632,
M (10 MP) 3872 x 2576,
S (5 MP) 2736 x 1824

Panorama Still Image Size :
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M)
Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M)

White Balance

White Balance
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Color temperature range 2500 to 9900K, Custom


Viewfinder Type
1/5-inch (0.5 cm) color electronic viewfinder
Approx. 0.7x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1 m-1 (diopter)
Dioptric Adjustment
-4.0 m-1 ~ +3.5 m-1 (diopter)
Viewfinder Information
Display: Disp. Basic Info, Histogram
Brightness Control: Auto/Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)

LCD Monitor

3.0" 230K
LCD Coverage


Focus Type
Contrast-detect AF
Focusing Modes
Single-shot AF(AF-S), Continuous AF(AF-C), Auto Focus, Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus
AF-assist Beam
Yes (with built-in LED type)
Focusing Point Selection
25 points (contrast-detection AF)


Exposure Control
iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
Exposure Compensation
Still images: +/-3.0 EV(1/3EV steps selectable)
Movies: +/-2.0 EV(1/3EV steps selectable)
Metering System
Metering : Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity : EV 0 to 20 EV (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.8 lens
ISO Sensitivity
Stills: ISO 100-16000 selectable in 1 EV steps, Auto (100-3200) Movies: ISO 100-3200 selectable in 1 EV steps, Auto (200-3200)


Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
2-sec. or 10-sec. delay


Flash Type
Built-in, Pop-up Auto
Flash Mode
Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
Flash Range
16 mm (focal length printed on lens body)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2.0 EV (switchable between 1/3 EV steps)
External Flash

Drive System

Drive Modes
Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority Continuous, Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures), Bracketing
Continuous Shooting Speed
Continuous mode: 2.5 fps, Speed Priority Continuous mode: 3.5 fps


Scene Modes
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
Still Image Playback Options : Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still)
Video Playback Options : Forward/Rewind (movie)

Recording System

Image Type
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format)
Color Space
Stills: sRGB, AdobeRGB
Movie: xvYCC standard (x.v.Color when connected via HDMI cable) compatible with TRILUMINOS color
Recording Media
Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo media; SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card


Movie Format
AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Movie Recording
FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps

HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


Compatible Lenses
Sony E-mount, operation with Minolta/Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA1/LA-EA2 adaptor
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Lens Spec
Lens Type: Sony E-mount
Lens Mount Type: Sony E-mount
Lens Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot
Aperture (Max.): F3.5 - 5.6
Aperture (Min.): F22 - F32
Optical Zoom: Approx. 3x
Digital Zoom: 20.1M pixels (approx.) Yes, approx. 4x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27 - 82.5 mm
Filter Diameter: 49mm
Lens Groups-Elements: 9/11
Minimum Focus Distance: 9-13/16 in. (.25m)
AF for Movie Capture: Contrast AF
Angle of View: 76 - 29 degree
Aperture Blade: 7
Aspheric Elements: 3 elements
Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length): 2-1/2 x 2-3/8 in. (62 x 60 mm)
Direct Manual Focus: Yes
Exterior Finish: Black
Internal Motor: Yes
Lens Weight: 6.9 oz. (194 g.)
Low Noise During Movie Capture: Yes
Maximum Magnification: 0.3x
EV Compensation: Still images: +/-3.0 EV(1/3EV steps selectable) Movies: +/-2.0 EV(1/3EV steps selectable)
Macro Mode: Yes
Magnification: 0.3x


USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
HDMI (Type C mini)

Power Source

InfoLITHIUM NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Battery Life
Approx. 480 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)


20.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor

Up to ISO 16000 sensitivity with advanced noise reduction

QVGA Tru-Finder Eye-level viewfinder

Auto Object Framing

Sweep Panorama Technology

Photo Creativity Interface


Light body and dependable grip

Up to 3.5 fps shooting

Multi Interface Shoe connector

Auto HDR mode

Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)

Clear Image Zoom

Stamina battery power for up to 470 shots

Full HD Movies at 60i and 24p

Picture Effect modes

Accepts Sony E-mount lenses

Face Detection/ Registration technology

Six Creative Style settings

Convenient USB charging

Dimensions & Weight

Approx. 5-1/8 x 3-5/8 x 3-3/8 (128.0 x 90.9 x 84.5 mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
5/ 5
it's a great buy

Pros: Let's face it, anyone who has used a higher end camera will be disappointed in this product because it has an odd ball menu system and it's missing the bells and whistles some people have come to expect. But if you are coming from a point and shoot or just want a simple camera that takes great pictures without taking out a mortgage, this is the perfect camera.

Giant sensor
Decent lens quality
Nice handy size/format
Great low light performance
Fairly low noise pictures at high ISO settings
Light weight
Great bokeh

Cons: Menu system feels clumsy
Weak flash

Other Thoughts: My previous camera was a Panasonic gf2 and I would still be using it if it didn't get wet when a bottle of water let go in my bag. The picture quality of this Sony is much better.

Remember Sony makes these sensors to go into the big expensive cameras so the a3000 is like the backdoor approach to pictures that look like you spent twice what the camera cost

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5/ 5
Sony Alpha A3000

Pros: Spectacular sensor for the price point. Afer a month of use, indoor and outdoor shots are consistantly good. Auto focus works great. Long battery life. Great bargain!

Cons: Very minimal on the extra bells and whistles.

Other Thoughts: Overall great camera for the price. Sure isn't at the higher end, but definitely not a bad beginner or grab and go type of camera.

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