• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16000

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Advantages

Sony A7 over Sony A3000

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.97 vs 4.25 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Might improve live view and video AF performance
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • External Mic
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Thinner
    48 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A3000 over Sony A7

  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Kit lens zoom ratio
    3.1x vs 2.5x
    Zooming is easier than walking

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Review Excerpt

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Very high resolution; Hybrid autofocus is reasonably fast and confident; Significantly better burst-shooting performance than A7R; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Faster x-sync than A7R; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Grass-is-greener syndrome when compared to its higher-res sibling; Moderate performance; Loud shutter (but electronic first-curtain helps); Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Weak low-light autofocus considering its price; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7R

Sony A7
Sony A7R
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • More pixels
  • Lighter weight
Sony A3000
Sony A7R
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Panasonic G6

Sony A7
Panasonic G6
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
Sony A3000
Panasonic G6
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
  • $648
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Samsung Galaxy NX

Sony A7
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1029
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • GPS
Sony A3000
Samsung Galaxy NX
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • $1029
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi

Compared to Panasonic GX7

Sony A7
Panasonic GX7
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Sony A3000
Panasonic GX7
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
  • $598
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm X-T1

Sony A7
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $1298
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
Sony A3000
Fujifilm X-T1
  • $298
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • 24p
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup
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