Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D7000 vs D3000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

D7000
9.6
D3000
8.1
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D7000
7.6
D3000
6.6
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D7000
8.4
D3000
8.1
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D7000
9.1
D3000
9.2
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and 5 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

D7000
9.0
D3000
8.5

Winner
Nikon D7000 

Camera Rocket recommends the Nikon D7000  based on its image quality, focusing and responsiveness.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of D7000 vs D3000

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

D7000
1,167 ISO
D3000
563 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D7000
238 ms
D3000
262 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

D7000
53 ms
D3000
84 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

D7000
400 ms
D3000
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

D7000
6 fps
D3000
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

D7000
1,050 photos
D3000
550 photos

Features Key features of the D7000  vs D3000 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

D7000
16.1 MP
D3000
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

D7000
25,600 ISO
D3000
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

D7000
39
D3000
11

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

D7000
3"
D3000
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D7000
0.62x
D3000
0.52x

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

D7000
22.9 microns
D3000
37.2 microns

Reviews Word on the street

D7000  vs D3000 

8.0
7.2
As well as extra resolution, the new sensor also offers a higher 'standard' ISO span of 100-6400, expandable up to the equivalent of ISO 25,600.
D7000

9.0
9.0
The Nikon D7000 lets you dial in shutter speeds of up to 30 seconds and has a Bulb mode as well for exposure times of practically any length, which is very good news if you are seriously interested in night photography.
D7000

9.0
9.0
We were shooting mainly using natural light with the D7000 - both indoors and out - and were very impressed with the results we were getting from combination of sensor and supplied 18-105mm zoom lens.
D7000

6.0
9.0
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

8.5
7.3
It's not a lightweight camera, but it feels very sturdy and well built, with a solid grip and enough heft to offset the weight of many heavy pro lenses.
D7000

Overall

8.2 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

D7000  vs
D3000 
Type CMOS CCD
Megapixels 16.1 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4928 x 3262 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 22.9 microns 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 39 11
Cross type focus points 9 1
Supports continuous No No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 0.94x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.62x 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 6 fps 3 fps
Battery life 1,050 550
Continuous shooting
6 fps, JPEG
3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 238 ms 262 ms
Shutter lag 53 ms 84 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 700 ms

video

D7000  vs
D3000 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack 3.5mm N/A
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 132 x 105 x 77 mm 126 x 97 x 64 mm
Thickness 77 mm 64 mm
Weight 780 g 485 g
Is weather sealed Yes 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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