Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of A6000 vs D3000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

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

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

D3000
5.1
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

D3000
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

D3000
9.2
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, imaging-resource.com, dpreview.com, techradar.com and 1 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Alpha A6000 vs D3000

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

Alpha A6000
1,347 ISO
D3000
563 ISO

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Alpha A6000
22 ms
D3000
84 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Alpha A6000
11 fps
D3000
3 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Alpha A6000
420 photos
D3000
550 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Alpha A6000
24.1 bits
D3000
22.3 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Alpha A6000
13.1 ev
D3000
11.1 ev

Features Key features of the Alpha A6000  vs D3000 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Alpha A6000
24 MP
D3000
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Alpha A6000
51,200 ISO
D3000
3,200 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

D3000
0.52x

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

Alpha A6000
15.3 microns
D3000
37.2 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Alpha A6000  vs
D3000 
Type CMOS CCD
Megapixels 24 MP 10 MP
Resolution 6000 x 4000 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.5x
Pixel size 15.3 microns 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) Unknown to 51,200 ISO 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Hybrid detection Phase detection
Focus points 179 11
Supports continuous Yes No

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Electronic Pentamirror
Coverage 100% 95%
Magnification 1.07x 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.52x

performance

Max continuous shooting 11 fps 3 fps
Battery life 420 550
Continuous shooting
3 fps, JPEG
11 fps
Shutter lag 22 ms 84 ms

video

Alpha A6000  vs
D3000 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps None
Shoots video in 24p Yes N/A
Shoots high speed video No N/A
External mic jack Proprietary 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 921 k dots 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes No

shutter

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

form factor

Size 120 x 67 x 45 mm 126 x 97 x 64 mm
Thickness 45 mm 64 mm
Weight 285 g 485 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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