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Here we compare the D3000 to the other cameras that potential customers might also be considering. The most obvious competitor to the D3000 comes in the form of Canon's venerable EOS 1000D. It is questionable whether the EOS 1000D will be on the market much into 2010, but - despite being one of the older models on the market - it is still very competitive on specification. The most significant difference between the Nikon D3000 and both the EOS 1000D and something like the Olympus E-450 or new Pentax K-x is that it lacks a live view function. Whether or not this is a serious omission depends entirely on the priorities of a particular photographer, but it won't go unnoticed in a sector of the market where this kind of feature plays such an important part in the purchasing decision.

Camera Kit
price
Live
view
LCD Anti
Shake
Sensor
(effective pixels)
Nikon D3000 $449 No 2.7" / 230k pixels Lens option 10.2 MP CCD (1.5x crop)
Canon EOS 1000D $459 Yes 2.5" / 230k pixels Lens option 10.1 MP CMOS (1.6x crop)
Sony Alpha 230 $429 No 2.7" / 230k pixels In-body 10.2 MP CCD (1.5x crop)

The Nikon D3000 shares virtually the same body shell, and essentially the same ergonomics, as the D40, which was released in 2006. The D40 was Nikon's best selling DSLR until the D60 was released in 2008, and Nikon will be hoping that the D3000 is equally popular. Like the D60, D40x and D40, the D3000 is designed to appeal to photographers at all levels, but specifically to those that are buying their first DSLR. Here, we've compared the specifications of the D3000 against two of its key competitors in the current market - the Live View-equipped Canon EOS 1000D and the latest entry-level Sony offering, the Alpha 230.

Nikon D3000 advantages

  • 11-point AF system (same as D5000 and D90)
  • In-camera raw processing with preview
  • Highly intuitive interface, user-friendly ergonomics

D3000 disadvantages

  • No Live View mode
  • No AF with older Nikon (or third-party equivalent) lenses without inbuilt motors
  • No exposure bracketing or depth-of-field preview
 
Nikon D3000

Canon EOS 1000D

Sony Alpha 230
Price
(single lens kit)
US: $449 [check price] $459 [check price]
$429 [check price]
Sensor • 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD
• 10.2 million effective pixels
• 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS
• 10.1 million pixels
• 23.7 x 15.6 mm CCD
• 10.2 million pixels
Dust reduction • Low pass filter vibration
• Airflow Control System
• Dust reference image
• Anti-dust materials
• Low pass filter vibration
• Dust reference image
• Anti-dust materials
• Low pass filter vibration
Native image size 4288 x 2848
(3:2 ratio)
3888 x 2592
(3:2 ratio)
3872 x 2592
(3:2 ratio)
Lens support

• Nikon F-mount (including DX)
• AF only available with AF-S or AF-I lenses

Canon EF (including EF-S) • Sony Alpha/Minolta A-type
FOV crop 1.5x 1.6x 1.5x
Body shake reduction No No Yes
Live view No Yes, Contrast detect or Phase detect AF No
File formats • RAW (compressed)
• JPEG (3 levels)
• RAW (comp. lossless)
• JPEG (2 levels)
• RAW (comp. lossless)
• JPEG (2 levels)
RAW+JPEG RAW + JPEG (basic) RAW + JPEG Fine RAW + JPEG Fine
Auto focus • 11 area TTL
• Cross-type at center
• Range: -1 to +19 EV
• 7 area TTL
• Cross-type at center (F5.6)
• Range: -0.5 to +18 EV
• Contrast detect AF (approx 950 selectable areas)
• 9 area TTL
• Cross-type at center (F5.6)
• Range: 0 to +18 EV
AF illuminator Built-in lamp Flash strobe, must be raised Flash strobe, must be raised
Color space • sRGB
• Adobe RGB
• sRGB
• Adobe RGB
• sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Metering sensor • 420 pixel RGB sensor
• 0 - 20 EV working range
• 35 zone sensor
• 1 - 20 EV working range
• 40 zone sensor
• 1 - 20 EV working range
Metering

• 3D Color Matrix Metering II
• Center-weighted average
• Spot

• Evaluative
• Partial
• Center-weighted average
• Multi segment
• Center-weighted average
• Spot
Exp. comp. +/- 5.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV
EV steps 1/3 or 1/2 EV 1/3 or 1/2 EV 1/3 EV
Sensitivity

• ISO 100 - 3200

• ISO 100 - 1600 • ISO 100 - 3200
Auto ISO User definable maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed Auto (100 - 800) Auto (100 - 400) P,A,S Mode
Varies in other modes
High- ISO NR No (always on) Yes (on or off) Yes (on or off)
Shutter speed • 30 - 1/4000 sec / Bulb
• 1/200 sec Flash sync
• 30 - 1/4000 sec / Bulb
• 1/200 sec Flash sync
• 30 - 1/4000 sec / Bulb
• 1/160 sec Flash sync
Continuous
shooting

• 3 fps
• Unlimited JPEG/Fine frames
• 6 RAW frames

• 3 fps
• Unlimited JPEG/Fine frames
• 1.5 fps, 5 RAW frames
• 2.5 fps
• Unlimited JPEG/Fine frames
• 7 RAW frames
White balance • Auto
• Twelve presets
• Manual preset
• Fine tunable
• Auto
• Six presets
• Manual preset
• Kelvin temperature
• Fine tunable
• Auto
• Six presets
• Manual preset
• Kelvin temperature
• Fine tunable
Flash Electronic release pop-up Electronic release pop-up Mechanical release pop-up
Viewfinder • Pentamirror
• Eyepoint 18 mm
• Frame coverage 95%
• Magnification approx 0.78x
• B-type Bright View Clear Matte Mark V
• Pentamirror
• Eyepoint 19 mm
• Frame coverage 95%
• Magnification approx 0.81x
• Precision matte screen
• Pentamirror
• Eyepoint 18 mm
• Frame coverage 95%
• Magnification approx 0.83x
• Spherical acute matte
LCD monitor

•3 " TFT LCD
• 230,000 dots

• 2.5 " TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixels
• 2.7 " TFT LCD
• 230,400 pixels
Mirror-lockup No No No
Other features • In-camera retouching
• Active D-Lighting
• RAW Development
• Guide mode
• Stop motion movies
• Multi-shot self-timer
• Image verification data
• Auto Lighting Optimizer
• Remote Live view shooting (via USB)
• Eye sensor
• DOF preview
• Wireless flash control
• Dynamic Range Optimizer
• Eye sensor
Storage SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC /Memory Stick DUO
Battery EN-EL9a (7.2 V, 1080 mAh) LP-E5 (7.4 V, 1050 mAh) NP-FH50 (7.2V 900 mAh)
Battery status Battery life (3 stage) Battery life (3 stage) Battery life (percentage)
USB USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Vertical grip No BG-E5 (option) No
Software • Nikon Transfer
• View NX
• Canon DPP
• Canon PhotoStitich
• Canon ZoomBrowser EX
• EOS Utility (Remote Capt.)
• Picture motion browser
• Image Data Converter SR
• Image Data Lightbox SR
Dimensions

126 x 97 x 64 mm
(5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 in)

129 x 98 x 62 mm
(5.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 in)
132 x 99 x 75 mm
(5.2 x 3.9 x 2.8 in)
Weight (no batt) 485 g (1.1 lb) 475 g (1.0 lb) 452 g (1.15 lb)
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