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Overview: The Sony α3000 (ILCE-3000K) alpha series camera kit contains the
α3000 camera body and the E18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS zoom lens (SEL1855), along with a rechargeable battery, adjustable
neck strap, and USB cable. The camera is essentially an NEX-series camera
with an APS-C sensor in a DSLR body. The α3000 is compatible with Sony E-mount
lenses. With the LA-EA2 or
LA-EA1 Mount Adapter, the camera can also use Sony A-mount lenses.
3" LCD Screen: The α3000 uses a 3" TFT LCD screen with
230,400 dots. The brightness of the LCD monitor can be adjusted
in 5 steps from -2 to +2.
0.2" Electronic Viewfinder: The 0.2" high contrast Tru-Finder electronic color viewfinder has
201,600 dots, and provides approximately 100% field of view. You can adjust
the brightness in 3 steps. The built-in diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder
image to your individual eyesight. You can switch between the LCD screen and
viewfinder using a button on the top panel.
Display Options: You can choose how much information
appears in the viewfinder and LCD monitor. There are five options for the LCD
screen: Graphic Display All Info, Big Font Size display, No Display Info, Level,
and Histogram. There are two choices for the viewfinder: Display Basic
Information or Histogram.
Live View: The α3000's Live View lets you use the LCD screen and Electronic Viewfinder to frame your photos as you shoot. The Live View image will provide an accurate preview of your photo, including the white balance, exposure
compensation, creative style or picture effect. In addition, the on-screen displays will keep you informed on all your settings and recording information.
Image Sensor: The α3000 features an APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor (23.2
x 15.4mm). It has approximately 20.4-million total pixels and 20.1-million effective pixels.
Still Image Recording Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG file format in Standard and Fine compression rates. You can choose to shoot in 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio, and in large, medium, and small image sizes. You can also record still images using the RAW format, which is uncompressed with no processing performed in the camera. RAW images must be transferred to a computer for processing, editing, and printing using the
downloadable Image Data Converter software. You can select the following image sizes:
- 3:2 Large: 5456 x 3632 (20M)
- 3:2 Medium: 3872 x 2576 (10M)
- 3:2 Small: 2736 x 1824 (5M)
- 16:9 Large: 5456 x 3064 (17M)
- 16:9 Medium: 3872 x 2176 (8.4M)
- 16:9 Small: 2736 x 1536 (4.2M)
- RAW: 5456 x 3632 (3:2) or 5456 x 3064 (16:9)
Panorama Photos: The Panorama mode lets you record panoramic images by holding down the shutter button as you pan across the scene. Panoramic photos can be taken in several different resolution settings:
- Vertical: 3872 x 2160
- Horizontal: 8192 x 1856
- Vertical: 5536 x 2160
- Horizontal: 12416 x 1856
Movie Recording Formats: The α3000 can record 16:9 Full High Definition movies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and 2-channel Dolby Digital audio. Movies can also be recorded in MP4 mode with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2-channel audio. You can select from the following bit rates/image quality:
| File Format || Average Bit Rate || Resolution |
| AVCHD 60i 24M (FX) ||
24 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (60i) |
| AVCHD 60i 17M (FH) ||
17 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (60i) |
| AVCHD 24p 24M (FX) ||
24 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (24p) |
| AVCHD 24p 17M (FH) ||
17 Mbps ||
1920 x 1080 (24p) |
| MP4 1440 x 1080 12M ||
12 Mbps ||
1440 x 1080 |
| MP4 VGA 3M ||
3 Mbps ||
640 x 480 |
Dual Media Options: The α3000 camera accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo,
and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, plus SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card formatted with this camera varies slightly between the two types of media.
Clear Image Zoom: Clear Image Zoom, powered by Sony's By Pixel
Super Resolution Technology, increases the effective focal length of the
lens by up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of the image. Combined
with the camera's Digital Zoom and Smart Zoom, you can increase
magnification up to 8x over the lens' maximum focal length.
25-Point AF System: The α3000's high-performance auto focus system uses
25 focus points
to deliver fast and precise focusing. It has a predictive focus control to automatically calculate the position of fast-moving subjects. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:
- AF (Auto focus): The camera focuses and the focus is
locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
- AutoFocus Mode: You can choose between single-shot
and continuous Auto Focusing.
- DMF: After focusing automatically, you can make fine
focusing adjustments manually (Direct Manual Focusing).
- Manual Focus: When it is difficult to get the proper focus in auto focus mode, you can adjust the focus manually. This mode allows you to set the distance of a subject by switching to MF on the lens and rotating the focusing ring to achieve a sharp focus.
AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 3 settings:
- Multi: The camera determines which of the 25 AF areas is
used in focusing.
- Center: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
- Flexible Spot: You can move the focusing area in order
to focus on a small subject or narrow area.
Face Detection/Smile Shutter: The camera can detect human faces, and adjusts the focus, exposure, performs image processing and adjusts flash settings for best results. Faces can be registered, and priority given to those faces over others in the frame. Up to 8 faces can be detected and/or registered. When the Smile Shutter feature is enabled, the camera will automatically release the shutter when a slight, normal, or big smile is detected.
Auto Object Framing: When the camera detects and shoots
faces, subjects shot with macro or subjects captured using Tracking Focus, the
captured image is automatically trimmed into a suitable composition. Both the
original and the trimmed images are saved. The trimmed image is recorded in the
same size as the original image size. This feature can be turned on or off in
Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.
AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.
Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:
- Single Shooting: Default setting for standard picture taking.
- Continuous Shooting: At full 20.1MP resolution, the camera
can record continuously up to 2.5 frames per second. In Speed Priority
Continuous, the frame rate increases to a maximum of 3.5 fps. (With the
supplied 18-55mm lens, the camera maintains the shooting speed until
approximately the 13th recorded image.)
- Self-Timer: You can set the camera to three different self-timers:
- 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
- 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
- 10 Seconds/3 Images: The camera records 3 images
continuously after a 10 second delay. You can choose the best shot from
the 3 shots taken.
- Bracket Shooting: Bracket shooting allows you to shoot
3 images, each with different degrees of exposure (base exposure, under
exposure, and over exposure). You can select the bracket step value from
0.3EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, or 3.0EV. After shooting, you can select an
image that suits your intention.
Shooting Modes: The top-mounted Mode Dial lets you select from the following
- iAuto (Intelligent Auto): This mode allows easy shooting with settings adjusted automatically.
- iAuto+ (Superior Auto): The camera recognizes and evaluates the shooting condition and sets the appropriate settings automatically. The camera saves one appropriate image by combining or separating images as necessary.
- Program Auto: For shooting with the exposure adjusted
automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while
allowing you to adjust other settings manually.
- Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
- Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
- Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
- Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject:
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Hand-held
Twilight, and Anti Motion Blur.
- Sweep Panorama: Shoot expansive scenery or high-rise buildings with dynamic composition.
Movies: You can record movies in Full HD or standard
definition in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio at any time by pressing the dedicated
movie button on the rear panel of the camera body.
Picture Effect: In Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto mode, you can select
Picture Effect to get one the following effect filters to achieve more impressive and artistic expression: Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization
(color), Posterization (B/W), Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color (Red,
Green, Blue, or Yellow), and High Contrast Mono.
Photo Creativity: The Photo Creativity function lets you
shoot your subject with easy operations to obtain creative photos. It is
available when shooting in Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto modes. You can use
Photo Creativity with still images or movies. You can choose from the following
settings: Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness, or Picture Effect.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3.0 EV in 1/3-step increments.
AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.
Metering Mode: A 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:
- Multi Segment: This method uses the whole screen divided into 1200 zones to measure light.
- Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measure the average brightness of the entire screen.
- Spot: This method measure light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.
White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Warm White),
Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight),
Flash, Color Temperature, Color Filter, and Custom.
Color Temperature/Color Filter: You can adjust the white balance further by selecting Color Temperature or Color Filter in the Custom White Balance option. With Color Temperature, the higher the number, the more reddish the image, and the lower the number, the more bluish the image. Color Filter achieves the effect of Color Compensation filters for photography. Based on the set color temperature as the standard, the color can be compensated to Green (G) or Magenta (M).
ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to
light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO
can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode. The
ISO range is 100 to 16000.
Built-in Flash: In a dark location, using the built-in flash
allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred
photos due to camera shake. The range of the built-in flash depends on the ISO sensitivity and aperture value.
The overall flash range is 3.3' to 27.8', and has a recycling time of
approximately 4 seconds. The α3000 offers the following flash modes: Auto-flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync,
Rear Sync, and Flash Off.
Multi-Interface Shoe: The α3000 is equipped with the
Multi-Interface Shoe, allowing you to use an external flash, such as the
HVL-F20M, HVL-F43M, or HVL-F60M. The ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone is also
Play And Print Functions
Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show. During Index View mode, you can view
6 or 12 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.
Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.
Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.
Folder Select: Files are divided into three folders for
playback: Still Images, MP4 Movies, and AVCHD Movies.
Enlarged Playback: You can zoom in on a portion of a
recorded still image during playback. The magnification range varies by image
size: Large (x1.0 to x15.1), Medium (x1.0 to x10.7), and Small (x1.0 to x7.6).
Once you have zoomed in, you can select the portion of the image to view by
pressing the top/bottom/left/right of the control wheel.
D-Range Optimizer/Auto HDR: The camera allows you to correct the brightness and contrast of an image automatically, using the D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and Auto High Dynamic Range functions. The DRO optimizes the gradations of a recorded image in each area of the image; you select the optimal level from Lv1 (weak) and Lv5 (strong). When Auto HDR is selected, the camera shoots three images with different exposures, then overlays them to create one image with the correct exposure and an overlaid image.
Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.
Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.
- DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
- Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
- Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the supplied "PlayMemories Home" software and print the images.
InfoLithium Battery: The α3000 is powered by the NP-FW50
InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera,
so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. The
approximate number of images that can be recorded with the supplied battery
is 470 using the LCD monitor and 460 with the viewfinder.
Charging: The NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery requires approximately
4 hours 50 minutes for a full charge,
using the supplied AC-UB10D AC adapter and USB cable.
Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the
camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 10 seconds, 20
seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power
Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button
PlayMemories Home: The α3000 does not include software in the
box. Instead, Sony offers PlayMemories Home software for Windows-compatible
computers for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to
your computer. With PlayMemories Home, you can view your images, and use
various convenient features to enhance the images you have shot.
PlayMemories Home is required for importing AVCHD movies to your computer.
Home software is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), and XP
(SP3) operating systems
only. You can download PlayMemories Home to your computer using a URL
provided in the supplied Owner's Manual. PlayMemories Home is not compatible
with Mac computers. If you wish to play back images on a Mac, you can use applications
that are pre-installed on your Mac.
Image Data Converter: Image Data Converter software is needed
for playing back and editing images recorded in RAW format with various
corrections, such as tone curve and sharpness. With Image Data Converter,
RAW images can be adjusted with white balance, exposure, Creative Style, and
converted into JPEG or TIFF formats. You can download Image Data Converter
to your computer using a URL provided in the supplied Owner's Manual.
Compatibility: Image Data Converter is compatible with
Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), and XP (SP3). It is also compatible
with Mac OS X v10.5, v10.6 (Snow Leopard), v10.7 (Lion), and v10.8 (Mountain
Compatible Operating Systems (for importing images via a USB Connection):
- Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and
Windows XP (SP3)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X v10.3-10.8