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Full Specifications and Features



Lens Mount
Sony E-mount lenses
Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses
APS-C type (23.2 x 15.4mm) Exmor™ CMOS sensor
Number Of Pixels (Effective)
Number of Pixels (total)
Approx. 20.4 megapixels
Image Sensor Aspect Ratio
Anti-Dust System
Charge protection coating on Optical Filter
Recording Format (Still images)
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Image Size (pixels), 3:2
L: 5456 x 3632 (20M), M: 3872×2576 (10M), S: 2736x1824 (5M)
Image Size (pixels), 16:9
L: 5456x3064 (17M), M: 3872x2176 (8.4M), S:2736x1536 (4.2M)
Image Size (pixels), Sweep Panorama
Standard: Horizontal 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), Vertical 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M), Wide: Horizontal 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), Vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)
Image Quality Modes
JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard, RAW+JPEG
Picture Effect
HDR Painting, High Contrast Mono, Miniature, Partial colour (R,G,B,Y), Pop colour, Posterization (colour, B/W), Retro Photo, Rich-tone Mono, Soft Focus, Soft High-key, Toy Camera
Creative Style
B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps), Landscape, Portrait, Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3 steps)), Standard, Sunset, Vivid
Dynamic Range Functions
Auto Exposure Difference, Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step), Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level)
Recording Format
AVCHD 2.0 / MP4
Video Compression
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording Format
Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch, MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Compatible Recording Media
Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SDHC™ memory card, SD memory card, SDXC™ memory card
Noise Reduction
Long exposure NR: Available for shutter speeds longer than 1 sec. High ISO NR: Normal/Low/Off selectable
White Balance Modes
Auto WB, C.FilterG7 to M7,A7 to B7, C.Tem2500 to 9900K, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade
AWB Micro Adjustment
YesG7 to M7 ( 15-steps ), A7 to B7 ( 15-steps )
Focus Type
Contrast-detection AF
Focus Point
25 points
Focus Sensitivity Range
EV0 to EV20 ( ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached )
Focus Mode
Autofocus, DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
AF Mode
AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF
Focus Area
Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot
Other Features
Focus lock, Tracking Focus
Built-in flash
AF Illuminator range
Approx. 0.5 - 3.0m ( with E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached )
Metering Type
1200 - zone evaluative metering
Metering Sensor
Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
Metering Sensitivity
EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Metering Mode
Center-weighted, Multi-segment, Spot
Exposure Modes
Aperture priority (A), iAUTO, Manual (M), Programmed AE (P), Scene Selection, Shutter-speed priority (S), Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama
Scene Selection
Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight, Landscape, Macro, Night portrait, Night view, Portrait, Sports action, Sunset
Exposure Compensation
Still images: +/- 3.0 EV (1/3 EV steps);Movies: +/- 2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
With 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3 EV increments, 3 frames
AE Lock
AE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/OFF is available in MENU)
ISO Sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
ISO 100–16000
Viewfinder Type
0.2"-type electronic viewfinder (colour)
Brightness Control (Viewfinder)
Auto, Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
Field Coverage
Approx. 0.70x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1(diopter)
Dioptre Adjustment
-4msup-1/supto +3.5msup-1/sup(diopter)
Eye Point
Approx. 21mm from the eyepiece, 15mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1(diopter)
Viewfinder Display
Disp. Basic Info, Histogram
Real-time Image Adjustment Display
3.0" wide type TFT LCD
Total Number of Dots
230,400 dots
Brightness Control (LCD)
Manual ( 5 steps between -2 and +2 ), Sunny Weather mode
LCD Display
Big Font Size Disp, Display All Info, Graphic Display, Histgram, No Disp. Info
Real-time Image Adjustment Display (LCD)
Peaking MF
Yes ( Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, colour: White/Red/Yellow )
Face Detection
Face registration, Face selection (Max. number of detectable faces: 8), Off, On/On (Regist. Faces)
Clear Image Zoom
Approx. 2x
Smart zoom (Still Image)
M:approx. 1.4x, S:approx 2x
Digital zoom (Still Image)
Approx. 4x
Digital zoom (Movie)
Approx. 4x
Lens Compensation
Chromatic Aberration, Distortion, Peripheral Shading
Image Processor
Smile Shutter
Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, focal-plane type, vertical-traverse
Shutter Speed
Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/30 in AUTO mode, Still images:1/4000 to 30 sec, Bulb
Flash Sync. Speed
1/160 sec.
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Not supported (image stabilization supported on lens)
Flash Control
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Compensation
+/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Flash Modes
Autoflash, Fill-flash, Flash off, Hi-speed sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction (on/off selectable), Slow Sync.
External Flash Compatibility
Sony α System Flash (Compatible with Multi Interface Shoe and Auto-lock accessory shoe with the adaptor (ADP-MAA (Sold separately)))
Drive Modes
Bracketing, Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3 exposures), Single Shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting
Continuous Drive Speed (approx. max.)
3.5 fps (in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting mode)
Playback Modes
6/12-frame index view, Auto Review (10/5/2 sec,Off), Delete, Enlarged display mode (L: 15.1x, M: 10.7x, S: 7.6x), Folder selection (Still), Forward/Rewind (movie), Image orientation (On/Off selectable), Panorama (Standard): 19x, (Wide): 29x, Panorama scrolling, Protect, Single (with or without shooting information RGB histogram & highlight / shadow warning), Slideshow
PC Interface
Multi / Micro USB Terminal, Hi-speed USB (USB2.0): Mass-storage, MTP
Multi Interface Shoe
Multi/Micro USB Terminal, Multi Interface Shoe
Built-in stereo microphone
Built-in, Monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
Compatible Standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Supplied Battery
NP-FW50 W-series Rechargeable Battery Pack
Battery Life (Still Images)
Up to 470 shots
Battery Life (CIPA, Movies)
Actual Recording:Approx. 80 minutes (Viewfinder), Approx 80 minutes (LCD screen) (CIPA standard) The maximum length of time you can shoot continuously is about 20 minutes. (in 1440×1080 12M shooting: limited by file size of 2GB), Continuous Recording:Approx. 150 minutes (Viewfinder), Approx 150 minutes (LCD screen) (CIPA standard) (The maximum length of time you can shoot continuously is about 20 minutes. (in 1440×1080 12M shooting: limited by file size of 2GB))
External Power
AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately)
Internal Battery Charge
Dimensions (W x H x D)
128 x 90.9 x 84.5 mm
Weight (with battery and memory card included)
353 g (Body Only) / 411 g (With battery and media)
Compatible OS
Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Mac OS X (v10.5-v10.8)
  • Lens hood
  • Lens cap
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50
  • AC Adaptor AC-UB10
  • Shoulder strap
  • Micro USB cable
  • SEL1855


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Capture more with an Exmor™ APS-C sensor

Every scene is captured beautifully, from corner to corner, with fine details and rich tonal gradations, on an Exmor™ APS-C sensor. The sensor’s large size delivers high sensitivity, attractive defocusing effects, and low noise in a wide range of shooting situations, including dimly lit environments. Impressive 20.1 effective megapixel resolution brings every detail to life.

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Pristine movies with Full HD 60i/50i recording

Shoot high precision Full HD movies in AVCHD with a simple press of the MOVIE button. Support for 60i (NTSC)/50i (PAL) gives your movies a lifelike feel with more natural movement. You can also create a realistic cinematic look by shooting in 24p (NTSC)/25p (Pal), the same frame rate used historically in the motion picture industry.

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Natural results in any light with BIONZ™ processor

From vivid colours to smooth skin textures and faint rays of light, every nuance of your scene is faithfully reproduced across an extremely wide dynamic range. This accurate depiction is made possible by the sophisticated BIONZ image processing engine from Sony, which expertly processes every detail captured by the high resolution Exmor™ APS-C image sensor. Even the most intensive tasks are handled with speed and precision.

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Wide-ranging sensitivity from ISO 100 to 16000

Even in dim lighting, the wide ISO range of 100–16000 lets you shoot beautiful photos with natural tonal gradations and low noise, without using a flash. Auto ISO provides outstanding results in most lighting conditions, automatically choosing the most suitable ISO between 100 and 3200. For dim interiors and shooting at fast shutter speeds, manually select a high sensitivity setting up to ISO 16000 depending on the scene.

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Clear Image Zoom gets you closer

Clear Image Zoom utilises By Pixel Super Resolution to extend the reach of your lens by up to 2x without compromising image quality. And by combining it with Digital Zoom and Smart Zoom*, you can increase magnification by up to 8x over the maximum focal length of the lens. Clear Image Zoom supports both photos and movies, so you’ll always have plenty of reach for distant subjects. * Smart Zoom does not support movies

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More realistic contrast with Auto HDR

Decrease contrast in scenes with extremely dark and light areas for a more impressive picture. Auto HDR mode combines three images – one each for highlights, mid-tones, and shadows – to produce one photo that closely resembles the scene as you saw it. Use D-range Optimiser for lowering contrast in photos with moving subjects and when shooting continuously.

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Easy-to-view Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder

View every scene clearly with a built-in electronic viewfinder. Not only do you get a better view through the Tru-Finder, but you can also see the effects of exposure and white balance settings in order to accurately check how the final photo will look. The viewfinder is also equipped with an auto brightness function that automatically sets ideal luminosity and chromatic levels. Features include 100% frame coverage and various shooting information displays such as grids and a histogram.

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Quickly change shooting modes with mode dial

The mode dial lets you conveniently switch between shooting modes. Select from iAuto, Superior Auto, Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter-speed Priority, Manual, Sweep Panorama, and Scene Selection with a simple twist of your finger.

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Add on accessories with the Multi Interface Shoe

Tap into a wide variety of accessories with the Multi Interface Shoe. Flash units, microphones, and a range of other accessories for movie and still shooting can be conveniently attached to, and receive their power from, the camcorder via the shoe.

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Light up the scene with a built-in flash

Brighten any dark shot with a convenient built-in flash. The pop-up flash lets you capture the moment quickly, without having to spend time attaching a separate flash unit. Be creative and select from a range of flash modes, including flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Red-eye reduction, and Hi-speed sync.

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Auto Object Framing for a professional look

Auto Object Framing analyses portraits, close-ups or images of moving subjects, then crops them for the perfect shot. Featuring advancements like two-person portrait, Face Detection, and Tracking Focus, this convenient technology creates beautifully composed photos effortlessly. Because the camera automatically recognizes different scenes and adjusts accordingly, you don’t need to worry about framing and can concentrate on your composition.

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A pleasure to hold with an ergonomic design

The ILCE-3000K feels right in the hand with a secure, dependable grip that’s designed so you can hold the camera steady. Its SLR-like styling gives the camera a solid feel and allows easy operation of key features for hours of confident, worry-free shooting.

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Be artistic with Picture Effects

This creative feature expands movie and photo enjoyment by allowing you to add artistic effects without any time-consuming editing on a PC. Choose from fifteen Picture Effect modes: Posterisation (colour, black and white), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R, G, B, Y), Soft High-key, High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, and Miniature. You can view effects in real-time on the LCD screen or viewfinder before taking the shot.

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Anti Motion Blur and Hand-held Twilight

These two image enhancing technologies help you take sharply detailed photos with less noise and blur when shooting handheld in low-light environments. Anti Motion Blur is especially useful for decreasing blur caused by camera shake and subject movement, while Hand-held Twilight mode balances exposure between your main subject and background for impressive night shots.

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Supported in Capture One Express (for Sony)

Capture One Express (for Sony) is one of the world's best RAW converters, rendering precise colours and incredible detail. It contains flexible digital asset management, all the essential adjustment tools and fast, responsive performance in one customizable and integrated solution. * Please direct all enquiries on purchase, usage and support on Capture One solutions to Phase One.

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