Updated (August, 2010): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 126x97x64 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3000

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Size Much smaller 126x97x64 mm vs 131x99x75 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.49x
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Around 20% larger viewfinder
Thickness Much thinner 2.5" vs 3"
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More than 10% thinner
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 563 ISO vs 538 ISO
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The D3000 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Weight Lighter 536 g vs 632 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A300

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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 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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0.3 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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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSLR-A300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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recommendations

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 Common Weaknesses
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
        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
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        D3000:3,200 ISO
        DSLR-A300:None
        Autofocus No video autofocus Help
        Manual focus only
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        10 MP
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D3000:1,600 ISO
        DSLR-A300:3,200 ISO
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        D3000:11.1 EV
        DSLR-A300:11.4 EV
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D3000:0.52x
        DSLR-A300:0.49x
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        D3000:563 ISO
        DSLR-A300:538 ISO
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        D3000:62.0
        DSLR-A300:64.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $427 - $440 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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is significantly larger
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $400 - $419 body only

        $399 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $897 - $929 body only

        $831 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is much larger
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $352 - $415 body only

        $495 - $797 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 much larger
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $679 - $847 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

        Nikon D3000 Competitors

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        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Focus points Fewer focus points
        Nikon D5000

        Nikon D5000

        Entry-level DSLR

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Size Much larger

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        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 Higher true resolution
        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
        Weight Heavier
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 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-A100

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

        Entry-level DSLR

        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Size Smaller
        Live view No live view
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        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 slightly slower

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