• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Sony A3000 advantages over Sony QX1

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Less expensive
    $348 vs $498*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Sony QX1 advantages over Sony A3000

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    52 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-01

Sony A3000
Pentax K-01
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Sony QX1
Pentax K-01
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Newer
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Lens selection

Compared to Samsung NX2000

Sony A3000
Samsung NX2000
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $488
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony QX1
Samsung NX2000
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $488
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung NX30

Sony A3000
Samsung NX30
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $862
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Sony QX1
Samsung NX30
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $862
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Samsung NX3300

Sony A3000
Samsung NX3300
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony QX1
Samsung NX3300
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $483
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro

Sony A3000
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
Sony QX1
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Rear display
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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