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Sony’s 20.1 megapixel* Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor and blazing-fast BIONZ™ image processing engine. Every scene is captured beautifully, from corner to corner, with fine details and rich tonal gradations. The sensor’s large size delivers high sensitivity, attractive defocusing effects and low noise in wide-ranging shooting situations including dimly lit environments.
Sony is the world’s No. 1 manufacturer of image sensors for digital cameras and video recorders (based on Sony research from April 2012 to March 2013 that shows Sony has a 50% market share)
Wide-ranging ISO Sensitivity
Even in dim lighting, you can shoot beautiful photos with natural tonal gradations and low noise — without using a flash. Auto ISO provides outstanding results in most lighting situations and you can select settings manually to suit particular occasions. Excellent low-light performance is made possible by cutting-edge features like the same area-specific noise reduction as found on the α99.
Area-specific noise reduction
This intelligent technology — initially introduced on Sony α Series camera starting with α99 — adjusts the level of noise reduction for different areas of the image.
Easy-To-View Electronic Viewfinder
View every scene clearly with the built-in viewfinder, which even shows the effects of exposure and white balance settings so you can accurately check how the final photo will look. Features include 100% frame coverage and various shooting information displays.
Fabulous Full HD Movies At The Press Of A Button
Experience the magnificence of Full HD movies in AVCHD. Support for 60i/50i gives your movies a lifelike feel while aspiring moviemakers can select 24p/25p to re-create the look of traditional cinema. α3000’s responsive autofocus allows you to excellently record moving subjects. The Digital Zoom can be used to extend the lens’ maximum magnification while recording.
Beautifully Composed Photos
This savvy function analyses portraits, close-ups or images of moving subjects, then crops them after you take the shot to produce photos with maximum appeal. Featuring advancements like exceptional two-person portrait capabilities along with Face Detection and Tracking Focus, Auto Object Framing not only turns ordinary photos into stunning compositions but does so effortlessly, automatically recognising the scene, then cropping accordingly.
Exciting Photographic Adventure Begins
Every image is a potential work of art with Picture Effect — in-camera control for turning mundane shots into little gems. α3000 includes 15 effects that can be applied to photos or movies, giving you the means to vastly expand your artistic repertoire. The ability to view effects in real time on the LCD screen or viewfinder* before taking the shot lets you experiment with different looks until you are satisfied with the result.
* The following modes are not displayed in real time and cannot be applied to movies: HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Soft Focus and Miniature.
Multi-Interface Shoe expands your shooting options
Tap into a wide variety of optional accessories with the Multi Interface Shoe. The α3000 system enables you to attach external flash units, video lights, adaptors and more — everything you need when it’s time to expand.
Convenient mode dial
The mode dial lets you quickly change shooting modes and always be confident about which shooting mode is currently in use. By providing intuitive access to P/A/S/M modes, Superior Auto mode and more, it simplifies operation so you can concentrate on the action.
Secure, Dependable Grip
The grip is designed so you can hold the camera securely, shoot with confidence and enjoy worry-free shooting. Sony even conducted market research to determine the optimal grip size and shape. The result is a comfortable grip that fits snugly in the palm of your hand and is long enough to grab hold of securely with all your fingers.
Brighten the scene with this convenient addition. Combined with the high sensitivity of ISO 16000, you’ll never miss a shot even when the lights go down. It also produces alluring catch lights for daylight portraits.
Soft Skin Effect
Soften skin and tame unsightly wrinkles and blemishes. The pros’ choice when shooting portraits to make people look their best. Adjustable in three levels.
Quickly confirm focus in the composition. A highlight — adjustable over three settings each for sensitivity level and color — appears over areas that are focused.
Capture a dramatic landscape or cityscape. Just swing the camera when shooting then play back on the LCD screen.
A breathtaking way to relive your fondest memories. a3000 supports Sony’s “TRILUMINOS Color,” allowing you to view photos and movies in rich, natural colors on any TV equipped with a “TRILUMINOS Display.”
Advanced Image Compositioning Technology
Anti Motion Blur mode decreases blur caused by camera shake and subject movement, while Hand-held Twilight mode for pleasing night-time photos. Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode/D-range Optimiser (DRO) decreases contrast in scenes with extremely dark and light areas.
Big in features yet compact in size, the α3000 is an ideal travel companion for photo enthusiasts who prefer DSLR-quality photos while shooting effortlessly with one hand.
Face Detection And Smile Shutter Technologies
Set α3000 to recognize faces and smiles. Face Detection locates up to eight faces in a composition and takes a shot when smiles in the scene are at their brightest.
Superior Auto Mode — Serious Point-And-Shoot Simplicity
Use Superior Auto mode to shoot photos and movies with the ease of a compact digital camera. In this mode, the camera recognizes the current shooting environment then adjusts settings for optimal results.
Connect a3000 to a PC or AC outlet via the bundled micro USB cable to charge the battery without removing it from the camera.
Clear Image Zoom
Activate Clear Image Zoom and extend the reach of your lens up to 2x without markedly degrading image quality. Clear Image Zoom employs Sony’s By Pixel Super Resolution Technology to achieve amazingly sharp zoom shots. And by combining it with a3000’s Digital Zoom and Smart Zoom*, you can increase magnification up to 8x over the lens’ maximum focal length.
*Smart Zoom does not support movies.
A Variety Of Lenses Gives You More Freedom
See the world your way with the growing range of lenses. Adding on a A-mount adapter lets you use Sony a system A-mount lenses with your E-mount camera. Discover high-quality lenses to suit any shooting situation.