Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D3000 vs 450D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D3000
8.9
EOS 450D
9.2
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3000
6.6
EOS 450D
7.4
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3000
8.1
EOS 450D
8.9
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3000
9.2
EOS 450D
9.3
Reviews from techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 4 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D3000
8.7
EOS 450D
9.0

Winner
Canon EOS 450D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 450D  based on its image quality, focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D3000 vs EOS 450D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

D3000
563 ISO
EOS 450D
692 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3000
262 ms
EOS 450D
160 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D3000
84 ms
EOS 450D
89 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D3000
700 ms
EOS 450D
400 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D3000
3 fps
EOS 450D
3.5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D3000
550 photos
EOS 450D
500 photos

Features Key features of the D3000  vs EOS 450D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D3000
10 MP
EOS 450D
12.2 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D3000
3,200 ISO
EOS 450D
1,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

D3000
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D3000
0.52x
EOS 450D
0.54x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

D3000
37.2 microns
EOS 450D
27.0 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D3000  vs EOS 450D 

9.0
9.0
The 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AF-S VR kit lens is much better than most plastic-mount standard zoom lenses, with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, good contrast and very little wide-angle distortion.
D3000

7.3
7.8
Regardless of the other entries in the XSi's pro and con columns, it delivers hands-down, best-in-class photo quality, surprising given the higher-resolution sensor.
EOS 450D

9.0
8.0
Shoot in RAW (NEF) mode and you get the full benefit of uncompressed shots; the level of clarity and detail that can be retrieved is very impressive for an entry-level camera.
D3000

Overall

8.4 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D3000  vs
EOS 450D 
Type CCD CMOS
Megapixels 10 MP 12.2 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592 4272 x 2848
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm 22.2 x 14.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 37.2 microns 27.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO 100 ISO to 800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 11 9
Cross type focus points 1 1
Supports continuous No No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.8x 0.87x
Viewfinder size 0.52x 0.54x

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps 3.5 fps
Battery life 550 500
Continuous shooting
3.5 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 262 ms 160 ms
Shutter lag 84 ms 89 ms
Startup delay 700 ms 400 ms

video

D3000  vs
EOS 450D 
Video None None
Shoots video in 24p N/A N/A
Shoots high speed video N/A N/A
External mic jack N/A N/A
Autofocus while shooting video N/A N/A
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view No Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 126 x 97 x 64 mm 129 x 98 x 62 mm
Thickness 64 mm 62 mm
Weight 485 g 524 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR No No
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
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