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SonyAlpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Great resolution (10)
  • Fast shutter speed (7)
  • Good battery life (6)
  • Good image quality (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (18)
    • Family photos (17)
    • Low light (7)
    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Video (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Love it!!

    By MBW

    from Minot, ND

    Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

    Haven't used it long but I love it so far!! B&H had the best price as well!

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    4.0

    Sony A3000 - cheap and versatile camera

    By Antonio

    from Portugal

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

      I bought the Sony A3000 six months ago, and I'm using it with the 18-55mm kit lens and also bought a couple of adapters MD to NEX, to use the camera with legacy Minolta MD mount glass:
      - Minolta MD 50mm F2
      - Minolta MD Tele Rokkor 135mm F3.5
      - Sigma Zoom ßII 60-200mm F4-5.6 MD mount
      With Focus peaking and magnification, it's quite easy to obtain fantastic images taking advantage from high quality glass of the "old" Minolta and Sigma lenses.

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      4.0

      Love it

      By JazzymyJazzy

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

        Very easy to use. I would definitely recommend for beginners like myself!

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        5.0

        Great for Classic Manual Focus Lenses

        By Peter

        from Hamilton, Ontario

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • High ISO Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

          I bought my a3000 to use with my collection of classic MF lenses (Konica AR, Canon FD and Jupiter 8). I had been considering the smaller NEX bodies but I am happier with how the a3000 body provides a more secure grip, especially when using older heavy metal and glass lenses.

          The results and ease of use are incredible. The focus peaking and magnification features are especially helpfull and I couldn't be more pleased with my decision. Great image quality and great valus for money.

          I have read a lot of negative comments about the resolution/quality of the LCD and the EVF. I have never found this to be a problem, even when using magnification as a focus aid.

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          4.0

          Sony Alpha a30000 Digital Camera

          By Bogeyguy

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

              I purchased this camera recently as a replacement for my Alpha 100 which is dying a slow but certain death. I wasn't sure that I made the correct purchase when I ordered the camera since I did it on the spur of the moment in order to get a rebate being offered. I was quite surprised when the camera arrived right on schedule from BH Photo ( free shipping). I thought I was down sizing to a degree but this was only true in the size of the compactness of the camera. This camera seems to do everything you could ask of a "entry level" camera. I wasn't expecting it to have so many features and I am now going thru a new and long learning curve. So far I'm really happy with how the camera performs. I really like the smaller size and its' light weight. I'll be purchasing the adapter so I can use my A100 lenses on this unit and I think I'll be set.

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              4.0

              Excellent choice

              By Joel

              from Viamao, RS -Brasil

              Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

              Great cost / benefit for amateur use.

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              4.0

              Best valued MILC on the market

              By AFragmentOfYourImagination

              from Alberta, Canada

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              Pros

              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Small LCD Screen

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

              The Sony a3000 is a top quality current-gen entry-level MILC.
              The overall product quality is marred by Wireless remote compatibility restrictions, the lack of 4K/Ultra HD video support and a sub-par LCD screen. Outweighing the flaws, this product boasts 20.1 MP still image quality and a functionable UI for an unbeatable price.
              The most notable aspect of differentiation between the Sony a3000 and more expensive models is the ease of use factor; Compensating for this with a little additional effort can produce quality images indistinguishable from that of expensive models.
              The Sony Alpha a3000 is an exceptional camera for aspiring photogaphers on a budget.

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              4.0

              Great images - nice form factor

              By Sylvanvideo

              from Northern California

              Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

              Great hi-res images in an SLR-shaped body. I wouldn't 'to take it on a Safari, as it's a bit plasticky, but amazing value, especially if you put a better lens on it (takes Sony E-mount lenses).

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              5.0

              inexpensive way to get into the e-mount

              By Will

              from St. Pete, Fl

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                Image quality is very good and the kit lens is pretty good. Nice way to get a start into the Sony e-mount lenses. Sony sensors are really good. LCD and EVF are adequate for framing and focusing (focus peaking feature and zoom for manual focus really help). Autofocus is good in normal and bright lighting.Don't think you can find anything else that comes close to IQ in this price range. Menu/navigation may have a learning curve for some, but once used for a month, navigation is easy.

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                5.0

                Least expensive way to get apsc Sony

                By Rumrunner

                from Federal Way, WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                • Noisy At High ISO

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                  Sony makes the best digital sensors these days and they go into Nikon, Pentax, Olympus; from medium format to smart phones. The a3000 is the cheapest way to access the most important electronic part of a digital camera - the sensor- in a size much, much bigger than the sensors found in point and shoot cameras and phones. The a3000 is entry-level and does not have the bells and whistles of more expensive cameras but it takes the best pictures by far of any camera at the three hundred price point today due to its 20mp apsc size Sony sensor. The kit lens is excellent for the price and if you spend a bit more for a Zeiss Sony lens like the 16-70, or the 24/1.8, you get the same image quality as a fifteen hundred camera from 3 years ago. Best camera value of 2013-2014!

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                  4.0

                  Great pictures, but slow to focus

                  By Jackie

                  from Boston

                  About Me Casual Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                  • Slow to focus
                  • Slow To Start-up

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                  I am a simple point and shoot kind of person (canon 90) and wanted a new camera with better zoom for <$ for a trip to Alaska. Spoke with customer service and they walked thru the features of several cameras. I selected this one after reading every review I could find. I also purchased the second lens which I used that the entire time.I have mixed feelings. Most of the pictures I took are amazing (close to 2,000 and 90% are landscapes) and I've gotten really good feedback on the pictures I shared on line. Should add that I left setting on the intelligent focus plus and only played around with the defocus background option. The battery was decent, usually lasting for close to 400 shots.The biggest negative for me is that it took a long time to focus and I missed alot of good shots. It rained alot in Alaska and I continued to take pictures in rain. After awhile I got the message that the accessory wasn't compatible with camera and it stopped working. I let it sit and but it came back. (Others on boat were having similar problems.) I was disappointed also that I didn't have the zoom I needed to get the best shot of wildlife. My friend had a 50X focus that took great zoom shots, but not so great on the landscape shots. Other than the time it took the camera to focus, my negatives are really because I'm an amateur and don't have the right equipment for the shots I was trying to take (waterproof, extended zoom, and wide angle (?) (the lens that lets you capture an entire mountain range). The camera didn't do everything I needed it to do, but I don't think there is one out there that would. I'm laughing at myself as I reread this--thinking back to the equipment I saw people in AK haul around--multiple cameras and lenses with zooms at least two feet long.

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                  5.0

                  Boa câmera

                  By Leandro

                  from Mato Grosso, BR

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                    Boa câmera, fácil de mexer, com vários exemplos de como usar na própria câmera.Recomendo.

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                    5.0

                    very good camera

                    By ahmed

                    from la

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus

                    Cons

                    • Lag / Shutter Delay

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                    quality is good ,easy and nice
                    light simply i like it

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                    4.0

                    Fine camera, great for the money

                    By MizOre

                    from Jinotega, NI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I bought this in Jinotega, NI, for about what it would have cost me to import it from the US. It's available world wide and is a great introduction to better photography with interchangeable lenses and a larger image file. I've used mine with Sony 16mm f/2.8, the kit zoom (18-55mm) that came with it, and with the Sony 35mm f/1.8 and the Zeiss/Sony 24mm f/1.8.

                        The interface is a bit unintuitive compared to the one on the A6000 and the camera doesn't have video out or IR triggering. No WiFi, no tilting touch screen, but it's an inexpensive entry to the Sony e-mount system that takes very good pictures.

                        My copy of the 18-55mm lens was better than advertised and had the firmware for the A6000 already installed. It's a nice second body for people who upgrade to the NEX 7 or the A6000.

                        It feels like a smaller camera wearing a plastic disguise -- quite light for its bulk. Also, for those using tripods, the Arcratech generic cork bottomed plate fits and leaves full access to battery and SD card doors.

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                        5.0

                        Good "Bridge" Camera

                        By Sailorman

                        from Dartmouth, MA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Value
                        • Interchangeable lenses

                        Cons

                        • Tricky Af Settings

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                        I'm the person Sony wanted to attract with this camera. Having the versatility of interchangeable lenses and a "full size" feel and functionality of an DSLR without the extra cost was a factor in choosing this product. I wanted a camera with a viewfinder as I often take photos in bright sunlight and wanted to step up from Point and Shoot and Smartphone limitations on my creativity. I'm still working through all the various menu options and trying as many manual settings as possible. AF selection can be a bit challenging on the fly in sports but it is likely more my issues than the cameras. The only thing I have struggled with is the auto shutoff which has turned off the camera at the most inopportune times. I need to research the settings to help avoid this in the future, but it takes a while for the camera to "boot up" again and I've missed a few shots when that happens.Comfort and feel is very good. The camera fits well in my hand. I also bought the 55-215 lens which functions well.

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                        5.0

                        A Hidden Gem!

                        By Robert

                        from Sarver, PA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Battery Life
                        • Great Resolution

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                          This camera is bashed on YouTube for being "cheap." Low cost, but what is not sacrificed is image quality. Amazing quality. I love this camera and when combined with the the LA-EA2 adapter the possibilities are endless. Next up for me - a Metabones adapter - Canon EF to Sony E Mount. You get a lot of a little - buy this camera!

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                          5.0

                          unbelievable product for the price

                          By Ted

                          from charlotte, NC

                          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Battery Life
                          • Great Resolution
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                            I am on my fifth sony dslr. I am going to start with the negatives. There is no in body stabilization or ibis. This effectively negates indoor shooting for me unless using a tripod. I will leave sony if they quit making the a mount cameras. First off it is the least expensive csc out there and is more comfortable than the rebel series. The hand fits easily on the sony grip and I need a vertical grip on the rebel or my last two fingers do not rest on the grip on the rebel. As their are no mirrorless cameras with ibis and either a crop sensor or full frame this is not a feature worth mentioning but my unhappiness with sony is strong for having introduced new mounts so early. For the camera. I have shot professionally but my friend Bob Padgett who was a reuters photojournalist shooting pro sports in Charlotte said of the kit lens that it is probably a zeiss design. It is slow at 3.5-5.6 but is extremely sharp and functional in many situations. I bought this camera as I wanted to shoot all of my manual focus with glassless adaptors. You would not shoot sports or action with this camera as it is only around 3fps. It is nice that the iso button is on the wheel so is always easy to set. The pictures are outstanding and for a csc the function layout is easy.Yes the fake shutter sound is corny but I care about use. It is a very simple camera that takes very nice pictures. Thanks Sony

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                            5.0

                            Great Camera at a great price

                            By Terry M

                            from dover nj

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Great Resolution
                            • Large Sensor

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                                I purchased this after having owned a Sony NEX 7 for almost a year. I also read the reviews. The reviewers seem disappointed about the viewing screen. But let's get serious. Does anyone really rely on the view screen? Other than determining framing and focus, the view screen is meaningless. When you get home and review your images, you always see more. For the price of a better point and shoot camera you get a camera with a huge sensor and the ability to change lenses. I mean really. what more do you want or expect for $[$]or less.

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                                5.0

                                Better Then Expected..

                                By Tom

                                from Lakeland, FL.

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Battery Life
                                • Good in Low Light
                                • Great Resolution
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                                  I purchased this camera willingly, despite all of the "bad press" it was recieving. Let me tell you something. Don't listen to them.. This camera is just as good as any other.. Probably better in many cases. Ease of use for one. Most importantly "image quality". I don't know about anyone else but I usually purchase camera's for one reason.. Taking pictures and this camera does an absolute wonderful job. Let's just say that I've never been able to leave the auto ISO set to auto on any camera before. I do on this one because of its excellent low light capabilities.

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                                  5.0

                                  Alpha A3000 Digital Camera

                                  By Beth

                                  from Tn

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                                  • Good Battery Life
                                  • Good in Low Light
                                  • Great Resolution
                                  • Great Zoom
                                  • Large Clear LCD

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Sony Alpha a3000 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens:

                                    I love this Sony Camera. It takes wonderful pictures. The price was great also. And it was exactly what i was looking for.
                                    The pictures are very clear and beautifully taken. It was easy to learn and has many different functions i was looking for.
                                    I have no complaints at all about the camera and would recommend it to anyone.

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