Sony A3000 PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Sony Alpha A3000? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Sony makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the A3000 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
In any case, the A3000 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This mirrorless interchangeable lens camera was announced on August 27th, 2013, which means that, as of today, the camera is 3374 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued, but there has not been a direct replacement model for the A3000 from Sony.
Sony's handbook for the A3000
The camera's handbook is 195 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the A3000 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
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If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Sony's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
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Sony A3000 FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the A3000.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the A3000?
The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Sony equipped the A3000 with the BIONZ image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the A3000?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 16000.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Sony Alpha A3000?
Sony does not publish a shutter rating for the A3000. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my A3000?
Sony embeds the number of shutter actuations in image metadata. You can check the number of shots that your A3000 has taken up to now by uploading a recent image to the free online shutter count finder app.
Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Sony A3000?
The A3000 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.
Does the Sony A3000 feature an autofocus assist light?
Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?
The A3000's flash sync speed is 1/160 sec.
Which battery does the A3000 use?
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Sony Alpha A3000.
|Camera Model||Sony A3000|
|Camera Type||Mirrorless system camera|
|Camera Lens||Sony E mount lenses|
|Launch Date||August 2013|
|Launch Price||USD 329|
|Sensor Format||APS-C Sensor|
|Sensor Size||23.2 x 15.4 mm|
|Sensor Area||357 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||27.8 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||19.8 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5 456 x 3 632 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||4.25 μm|
|Pixel Density||5.55 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/60i Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 16 000 ISO|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||78|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||23.7|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||12.8|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||1068|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||100%|
|Viewfinder Resolution||202k dots|
|Top-Level Screen||no Top Display|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||230k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||Focus Peaking|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||2.5 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Built-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||MS or SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Wifi Support||no Wifi|
|Battery Type||NP-FW50 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||470 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
128 x 91 x 85 mm
(5.0 x 3.6 x 3.3 in)
|Camera Weight||411 g (14.5 oz)|
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