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Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 2.9"
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More than 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
126×97×64 mm vs 124×97×74 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.52x vs 0.51x
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
485 g vs 505 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$349.95 vs $400.00
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              230 lenses
              Size Fairly small Help
              D3000126×97×64 mm
              D3100124×97×74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3000$400.00
              D3100$349.95
              Thickness Thin Help
              D30002.5"
              D31002.9"
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3000485 g
              D3100505 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3000262 ms
              D3100279 ms
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              D3000700 ms
              D3100400 ms
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D300010 MP
              D310014.2 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              D300022.3 bits
              D310022.5 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D300011.1 EV
              D310011.3 EV
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D300062.0
              D310067.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3000563 ISO
              D3100919 ISO
              Viewfinder Both have pentamirror viewfinders Help
              Pentamirror
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3000None
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D30000.52x
              D31000.51x
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              550 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D30001,600 ISO
              D31003,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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