Sony a58 vs Sony a3000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Sony a58 and Sony a3000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufactured by Sony.

These two camera models were both released 2013.

Camera Released
Sony a58 2013
Sony a3000 2013

Type of camera

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts of sensor (called "Sony APS-C") which means that if you compare these cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras has a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the camera's sensor size affect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Sony a58 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Sony a3000 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** 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)

Resolution

Both these cameras have the exact same resolution. Sony a58 has a 20 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a3000 has 20 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Sony a58 20 MP
19816192 pixels
5456 x 3632
Sony a3000 20 MP
19816192 pixels
5456 x 3632

ISO range

Both of these cameras offer the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 16000.

Camera ISO Range
Sony a58 100-16000
Sony a3000 100-16000

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 a58
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a3000

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Sony a58 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Sony a3000 can shoot up to 2,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Sony a58 5
Sony a3000 2,5

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Sony a58 and Sony a3000 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.

Sony a58 weighs 492 gr (equal to 1.08 lb) which is 20% heavier than Sony a3000 and its 411 gr (or 0.91 lb).

Camera Weight
Sony a58 492 gr
1.08 lb
Sony a3000 411 gr
0.91 lb

Sony a58 vs Sony a3000 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Sony a58 and Sony a3000, 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 a58
Sony a3000
Name Sony a58 Sony a3000
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Release Date and Price
Sony a58
Sony a3000
Release Year 2013 2013
Release Date 2013-02-20 2013-08-27
MSRP 599 USD 399 USD
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Camera Type
Sony a58
Sony a3000
Camera Type SLT Mirrorless
Sensor
Sony a58
Sony a3000
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5456 x 3632 pixels 5456 x 3632 pixels
Megapixels 20 MP 20 MP
Image Processor Bionz Bionz
Image
Sony a58
Sony a3000
ISO Range 100 - 16000 100 - 16000
White Balance Presets 9 9
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(Optical SteadyShot INSIDE)
Yes
(Optical Steady Shot)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Sony a58
Sony a3000
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 15 25
Lens Mount Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

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 (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Sony a58
Sony a3000
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Fixed
Screen size 2.7 3
Screen dots 460000 230400
Touch screen No No
Screen type N/A TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.7 (0.47 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Sony a58
Sony a3000
Frames per second 5 fps 2,5 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 10 meters 6 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation N/A +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Sony a58
Sony a3000
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
AVCHD
H.264
AVCHD
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Storage
Sony a58
Sony a3000
Memory Card Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Sony a58
Sony a3000
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
No
Remote Control Yes (Optional) Yes (via optional RM-VPR1)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Sony a58
Sony a3000
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Rechargeable NP-FM500H battery & charger
NP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA) 690 shots 470 shots
Width 129 mm 128 mm
Height 95 mm 91 mm
Depth 78 mm 85 mm
Weight 492 gram 411 gram