Updated (July 2009): Compare the Nikon D3000 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Nikon D3000 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Really small
Size
Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm)
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
Thin
Thickness
2.5"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.52x vs 0.49x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Size
Significantly smaller
126×97×64 mm vs 131×99×75 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
2.5" vs 3"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
485 g vs 632 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$359.39 vs $420.49
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The best price we've seen is $61 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
3,200 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.4 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
64.0 vs 62.0
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3000$359.39
              DSLR-A300$420.49
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Do not shoot movies Help
              No movies
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D30003,200 ISO
              DSLR-A300None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D30001,600 ISO
              DSLR-A3003,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D300011.1 EV
              DSLR-A30011.4 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D30000.52x
              DSLR-A3000.49x
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3000563 ISO
              DSLR-A300538 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D300062.0
              DSLR-A30064.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

              Canon EOS Kiss Digital X

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Nikon D3000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Live view No live view
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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