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Sony Alpha A3000 20.1 Megapixel Camera Announced

Sony has announced the new Sony Alpha 3000 with 20.1 megapixel APS-C sensor and E Lens Mount.

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Alpha 3000

Sony has announced the new entry level Sony Alpha 3000, with Digital SLR styling and interchangeable lenses it's designed to deliver Digital SLR quality, with a 20.1 megapixel APS-C sensor. The new camera features an electronic viewfinder, and uses the Sony E-Mount, making it compatible with all Sony NEX lenses.

Sony has introduced a number of new lenses for the NEX system, including a Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 OSS lens, an 18-105mm f/4 G OSS Power Zoom lens, as well as a black version of the Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS portrait lens. The new Sony Alpha 3000 will be available for £370 from September.

Read our Sony Alpha 3000 Hands-On Preview
Read our Carl Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 OSS Lens Hands-On Preview
Read our Sony 18-105mm f/4 OSS PZ Lens Hands-On Preview

Key Features

  • 20.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 -16000
  • Full HD video
  • Contrast based AF
  • TruFinder (SVGA)
  • 3inch 230k screen
  • Side access to memory card
  • Multi-terminal flash hot-shoe
  • Optical steadyshot on with E mount lenses
  • 353g body only, 128.0mm x 90.9mm, x 84.5mm

From Sony: Easy to handle, easy to get more great pictures

Sony introduces the new α3000 camera with advanced shooting functions, superb image quality and interchangeable lenses
  • Large APS-C Exmor™ sensor with 20.1 effective megapixels for pro-quality pictures and Full HD video
  • Frame scenes through the crisp, clear Tru-Finder
  • Pick from 18 interchangeable E-mount lenses for limitless creative possibilities
  • Easy to hold with comfortable body and new grip
Now you can have it all. The α3000 from Sony brings you the picture quality, manual controls and artistic possibilities of a DSLR in an easy to use camera with interchangeable lenses.

Comfortable to hold and offering plenty of creative controls, the α3000 looks and feels just right for anyone who’s ready to shoot better pictures. There’s a clear electronic viewfinder to help frame shots with confidence, plus a newly-designed grip that adds to the feeling of comfort, security and balance in your hand.

It’s a revelation in picture quality for anyone who’s used to fixed-lens compact cameras. Inside the α3000 is a large 20.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. Teamed with the growing choice of E-mount interchangeable lenses, it’s the key to flawlessly detailed still images, from personality-packed portraits and street scenes to sumptuous landscapes. Full HD videos look just as impressive, with a choice of 50i or 25p shooting modes for crisp action or a smooth cinematic look as your subject demands.

The big sensor also boosts sensitivity, grabbing more light and cutting image noise. And that means pristine pictures and movies at dusk or in gloomy interiors, when the tiny sensor in your compact camera or smartphone so often disappoints.

Frame scenes clearly through the bright electronic Tru-Finder with a generous 100% field coverage – just like you’d expect from a high-end DSLR. There’s plenty of extra information displayed in the electronic viewfinder, including grid lines to help keep horizons level. Don’t leave anything to guesswork: you can instantly preview changes to exposure settings allowing composure with greater confidence.

Accessories via the Multi Interface Shoe™ expand your shooting options even further - easily create pro-style lighting effects with the powerful new HVL-F43M flash with Sony’s unique Quick Shift Bounce system for no shadows. Capture a more polished soundtrack and clearer dialogue with the ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone or brighten up parties and indoor scenes with the battery-powered HVL-LEIR1 Video IR light.

Photographers with more arty ambitions needn’t feel left out of the fun. Picture Effect offers a palette of 15 artistic treatments, like Retro Photo, Miniature and Partial Colour. Auto Object Framing neatly trims portraits, close-ups and even moving subjects for tighter, more professional results.

Unlike ordinary point-and-shoot cameras, the α3000 unleashes your full creativity with a choice of 18 interchangeable E-mount lenses by Sony and Carl Zeiss, including two conversion lenses as well as the new SEL50F18 portrait lens in black. Pick from telephotos, wide angles and macros to versatile zooms for travel and everyday shooting.

The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1670Z) is a versatile mid-range zoom with Optical SteadyShot built in for crisper handheld shots. It’s joined by Sony’s first ever G Lens™ for E-mount cameras. The new E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS (SELP18105G) is a premium all-rounder with Optical SteadyShot and smooth, quiet zoom operation that’s great for shooting Full HD movies as well as still photos.

The new α3000 interchangeable lens camera from Sony is available to pre-order from and is available in the UK from September 2013.

Sony Alpha 3000 Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels20.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5456
Pixels (H)3632
Sensor TypeExmor CMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution230k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 16000
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder Resolution201,600 dots (equivalent)
MagnificationNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting3.5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPSNo Data
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
File Type
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)470shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsAC Adaptor AC-UB10, Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50, Micro USB cable, Shoulder strap, Standard Zoom Lens (E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS)

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