• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A3000 advantages over Sony A6000

  • Less expensive
    $348 vs $698
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Longer battery life
    470 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos

Sony A6000 advantages over Sony A3000

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.47x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Less shutter lag
    0.15 vs 0.28 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    13 months vs 20 months old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    468g vs 616g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    47 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Absolutely incredible value; Includes a stabilized kit lens; More versatile than a fixed-lens bridge camera; Comfortable body with good ergonomics; Great image quality; Good autofocus performance; Decent battery life.

  • Feels a bit plasticky; Slow burst shooting with limited buffer; Sluggish to power on or switch modes; Low-res EVF and LCD monitor; Can't review images using EVF; No video output; Weak flash; Battery charges in-camera.

  • Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Continuous autofocus can't match its burst rate; High-ISO JPEGs can look overprocessed; Sluggish startup; No touch-screen display; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use

The Competition

Compared to Samsung NX20

Sony A3000
Samsung NX20
  • $312
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
Sony A6000
Samsung NX20
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $1100
  • APS-C
  • Faster shutter

Compared to Panasonic G5

Sony A3000
Panasonic G5
  • $312
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A6000
Panasonic G5
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $457
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A3000
Sony A5100
  • $312
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $345
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
Sony A6000
Sony A5100
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Less shutter lag
  • $345
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung NX500

Sony A3000
Samsung NX500
  • $312
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • NFC
Sony A6000
Samsung NX500
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $790
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Panasonic G7

Sony A3000
Panasonic G7
  • $312
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
  • $789
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony A6000
Panasonic G7
  • $543
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • NFC
  • $789
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
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