Sony Alpha a3000 vs Canon EOS 650D

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony Alpha a3000 and Canon EOS 650D. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Sony Alpha a3000 is manufacturered by Sony but Canon EOS 650D is from Canon. Both Sony and Canon are well known brands though.

Sony Alpha a3000 were released 2013 and Canon EOS 650D was released 2012. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Sony Alpha a3000 2013
Canon EOS 650D 2012

Type of camera

Sony Alpha a3000 is a Mirrorless camera while Canon EOS 650D is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Sony Alpha a3000 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor while Canon EOS 650D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony Alpha a3000 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Canon EOS 650D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)

Resolution

Sony Alpha a3000 has a 20 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS 650D has 18 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony Alpha a3000 20 MP
19816192 pixels
5456 x 3632
Canon EOS 650D 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456

Sony Alpha a3000 has a 11 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 650D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony Alpha a3000 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 650D. Sony Alpha a3000 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 16000 while Canon EOS 650D has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Sony Alpha a3000 100-16000
Canon EOS 650D 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Sony Alpha a3000
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 650D

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony Alpha a3000 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS 650D can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony Alpha a3000 2,5
Canon EOS 650D 5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Sony Alpha a3000 and Canon EOS 650D can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS 650D weighs 575 gr (equal to 1.27 lb) which is 40% heavier than Sony Alpha a3000 and its 411 gr (or 0.91 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony Alpha a3000 411 gr
0.91 lb
Canon EOS 650D 575 gr
1.27 lb

Sony Alpha a3000 vs Canon EOS 650D Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony Alpha a3000 and Canon EOS 650D, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Name Sony Alpha a3000 Canon EOS 650D
Manufacturer Sony Canon
Release Date and Price
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Release Year 2013 2012
Release Date 2013-08-27 2012-06-08
MSRP 399 USD 849 USD
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Camera Type
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Sensor
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5456 x 3632 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
Megapixels 20 MP 18 MP
Image Processor Bionz DIGIC 5
Image
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
ISO Range 100 - 16000 100 - 12800
White Balance Presets 9 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Optical Steady Shot)
No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 25 9
Lens Mount Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 230400 1040000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT LCD Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 (0.47 35mm equiv.) 0.85 (0.53 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Frames per second 2,5 fps 5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 6 meters 13 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
AVCHD
H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (via optional RM-VPR1)
Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed)
GPS No Yes
Optional
Body & Dimensions
Sony Alpha a3000
Canon EOS 650D
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details NP-FW50
Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 470 shots 440 shots
Width 128 mm 133 mm
Height 91 mm 100 mm
Depth 85 mm 79 mm
Weight 411 gram 575 gram