Sony Alpha 3000 review

Mix the build of a DSLT and the NEX E-Mount and you get the Alpha 3000

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As part of our image quality testing for the Sony Alpha 3000, we've shot our resolution chart.
If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Sony A3000 is capable of resolving up to around 26 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please take a look at the resolution charts article.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

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Sony Alpha a3000
Full chart at ISO 100

Sony Alpha a3000

ISO 100. Score: 26 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Alpha a3000

ISO 200. Score: 26 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Alpha a3000

ISO 400. Score: 24 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Alpha a3000

ISO 800. Score: 24 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Alpha a3000

ISO 1600. Score: 24 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Alpha a3000

ISO 3200. Score: 24 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Alpha a3000

ISO 6400. Score: 24 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Alpha a3000

ISO 12800. Score: 20 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Sony Alpha a3000

ISO 16000. Score: 18 (Click here to see full resolution image)

Raw

Raw ISO 100

ISO 100. Score: 26 (Click here to see full resolution image).

ISo 200

ISO 200. Score: 26 (Click here to see full resolution image).

ISO 400

ISO 400. Score: 24 (Click here to see full resolution image).

ISO 800

ISO 800. Score: 24 (Click here to see full resolution image).

ISO 1600

ISO 1600. Score: 24 (Click here to see full resolution image).

ISO 3200

ISO 3200. Score: 24 (Click here to see full resolution image).

ISO 6400

ISO 6400. Score: 22 (Click here to see full resolution image).

ISO 12800

ISO 12800. Score: 20 (Click here to see full resolution image).

ISO 16000

ISO 16000. Score: 20 (Click here to see full resolution image).

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution20.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
PictBridgeYes
Product Familyalpha
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Memory Stick PRO-HG HX Duo
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Face Recognition, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Noise Reduction
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC, H.264
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)353 g
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5456 x 3632
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height90.9 mm
Width128 mm
Depth84.5 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product Modelα3000
Product Nameα3000 Camera with 18-55mm Lens
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberILCE3000KB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Magazine-style photos made easy.

Take professional-looking 20-megapixel photos effortlessly with the α3000 compact 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.