Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A3000 vs V1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, dpreview.com and techradar.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha A3000 vs Nikon 1 V1

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

Alpha A3000
1,068 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
346 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A3000
279 ms
Nikon 1 V1
97 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha A3000
22 ms
Nikon 1 V1
73 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Alpha A3000
2,200 ms
Nikon 1 V1
1,300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A3000
3.5 fps
Nikon 1 V1
60 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha A3000
480 photos
Nikon 1 V1
350 photos

Features Key features of the Alpha A3000  vs Nikon 1 V1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha A3000
20.1 MP
Nikon 1 V1
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha A3000
16,000 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

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

Alpha A3000
18.3 microns
Nikon 1 V1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Alpha A3000  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 20.1 MP 10 MP
Resolution 5175 x 3875 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C Nikon CX
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.7x
Pixel size 18.3 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 16,000 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor No Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection Hybrid detection
Focus points 25 135
Supports continuous Yes No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Electronic
Coverage 100% 100%

performance

Max continuous shooting 3.5 fps 60 fps
Battery life 480 350
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
3.5 fps
Focus lag 279 ms 97 ms
Shutter lag 22 ms 73 ms
Startup delay 2,200 ms 1,300 ms

video

Alpha A3000  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps (17 Mbps, AVCHD, MPEG-4) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Phase detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 230 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 128 x 90.9 x 84.5 mm 113 x 76 x 43.5 mm
Thickness 84.5 mm 43.5 mm
Weight 353 g 294 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Optical
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