Nikon D3000 vs Sony Alpha A58

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Nikon D3000
Sony Alpha A58

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
61% smaller closest focusing distance Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 0.28m closest focusing distance digital camera. That's 0.17m smaller than the Sony Alpha A58 (0.45m).
13.00 flash guides Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 13.00 flash guide digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 only has ten flash guides.
0.3" larger screen size Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a screen size of 3", however the Sony Alpha A58 is only a 2.7" screen digital camera (0.3" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Lighter Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 485g digital camera. That's 7g lighter than the Sony Alpha A58 (492g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Eight more awards
The Nikon D3000 has 12 awards, however the Sony Alpha A58 has 4 awards.
15 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a megapixel count of 20.1MP, however the Nikon D3000 is only a 10.2MP digital camera (9.9MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot more total megapixel count Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a total megapixel count of 20.4MP, whereas the Nikon D3000 is only a 10.75MP digital camera (9.65MP less).
Vastly smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a maximum aperture of 22, however the Nikon D3000 is only a 3.5 maximum aperture digital camera (18.5 bigger).
Smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 18.5 smaller than the Nikon D3000 (3.5).
Four more auto focus points Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has 15.00 auto focus points, however the Nikon D3000 only has 11.00 auto focus points.
Hugely higher maximum ISO speed Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a maximum ISO speed of 16,000, but the Nikon D3000 is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (12,800 lower).
Significantly higher display resolution Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a display resolution of 460,800 pixels, whereas the Nikon D3000 is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (230,800 pixels lower).
0.08x higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.88x, but the Nikon D3000 is only a 0.8x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.08x lower). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Lighter lens weight Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 405g lens weight digital camera. That's 15g lighter than the Nikon D3000 (405g).
5.3mm shorter lens length Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a lens length of 83.7mm, however the Nikon D3000 is an 89mm lens length digital camera (5.3mm longer).
3% smaller lens diameter Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 73.8mm lens diameter digital camera. That's 2.2mm smaller than the Nikon D3000 (73.8mm).
Two hundred more shots per battery charge Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a digital camera that takes 700.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Nikon D3000 only takes 500.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£304 cheaper
The Sony Alpha A58 costs £319.00, whereas the Nikon D3000 is £622.79.
Available from 2 shops
The more stores stock this digital camera, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
User reviews are moderately better
The Sony Alpha A58 has an average user review score of 89% based on 80 reviews, but the Nikon D3000 has an average rating of 88% (based on 12 reviews).

Reasons Against

15 Reasons Against
Vastly lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a megapixel count of 10.2MP, however the Sony Alpha A58 is a 20.1MP digital camera (9.9MP higher). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Significantly less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a total megapixel count of 10.75MP, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 is a 20.4MP digital camera (9.65MP more).
Vastly bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a maximum aperture of 3.5, however the Sony Alpha A58 is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera (18.5 smaller).
85% larger minimum aperture Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 22 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 18.5 larger than the Sony Alpha A58 (3.5).
Four less auto focus points Edit
The Nikon D3000 has 11.00 auto focus points, however the Sony Alpha A58 only has 15.00 auto focus points.
4x lower maximum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a maximum ISO speed of 3,200, but the Sony Alpha A58 is a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera (12,800 higher).
Significantly lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a display resolution of 230,000 pixels, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (230,800 pixels higher).
0.08x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a lens magnification ratio of 0.8x, but the Sony Alpha A58 is a 0.88x lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.08x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Heavier lens weight Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 420g lens weight digital camera. That's 15g heavier than the Sony Alpha A58 (405g).
5.3mm longer lens length Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a lens length of 89mm, however the Sony Alpha A58 is an 83.7mm lens length digital camera (5.3mm shorter).
3% bigger lens diameter Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 76mm lens diameter digital camera. That's 2.2mm bigger than the Sony Alpha A58 (73.8mm).
Two hundred less shots per battery charge Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a digital camera that takes 500.00 shots per battery charge, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 only takes 700.00 shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

£304 more expensive
The Nikon D3000 is more expensive than the Sony Alpha A58 by £303.79.
Not as many stockists
Only 2 retailers sells the Nikon D3000, however 4 retailers sell the Sony Alpha A58. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Slightly Lower user review Score
The Nikon D3000 has an average user rating of 88%, but the Sony Alpha A58 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 80 reviews).
6 Reasons Against
38% larger closest focusing distance Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 0.45m closest focusing distance digital camera. That's 0.17m larger than the Nikon D3000 (0.45m).
Only ten flash guides Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a ten flash guide digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3000 only has 13.00 flash guides.
12% smaller screen size Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a screen size of 2.7", however the Nikon D3000 is a 3" screen digital camera (0.3" larger). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Heavier Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 492g digital camera. That's 7g heavier than the Nikon D3000 (492g). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Over one year older
The Sony Alpha A58 is older than the Nikon D3000 by 13 months.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony Alpha A58 has received 4 awards, the Nikon D3000 has received 12 awards.

Awards

12 Awards
buy-n-shoot.com: Gold
Camera Labs: Recommended
Digicam Buyer.co.uk: Editor's Choice
dinside.no/data: Recommended
DP Review: Highly Recommended
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Laptopmag.com: Editor's Choice
letsgodigital.org/nl/: Recommended
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
photoxels.com: Editor's Choice
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
4 Awards
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Imaging Resource.com: Dave's Pick
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
reviewed.com: Best of Year

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
10.2MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
 Image stabiliser
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution
 3872 x 2592
 2896 x 1944
 5456 x 3632
 3872 x 2176
 2736 x 1824
 3872 x 2592
 2896 x 1944
 5456 x 3632
 3872 x 2176
 2736 x 1824
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5456 x 3632
 5456 x 3632
BEST
Image Format
 JPG
 RAW
 EXIF
 JPG
 RAW
 EXIF
BEST
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.6 x 15.8 23.2 x 15.4
Total Megapixel Count
10.75MP 20.4MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 5:4
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 5:4
 1:1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5.8x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
3.5 22
BEST
Minimum Aperture
22 3.5
BEST
Focal Length Range
18 - 55 18 - 200
Fixed Focal Length
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure
11/8 15/13
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Sony A
 Nikon F
 Sony A
Aspheric Element
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
7 7
Filter Size
52mm 62mm
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 monitoring
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Monitoring Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 monitoring
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Monitoring Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
 Auto focus lock
 Auto focus lock
Closest Focusing Distance
0.28m
BEST
0.45m
Auto Focus Point
11 15
BEST
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 50
 64
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 1600
 3200
 25
 80
 800
 6400
 12800
 16000
 50
 64
 100
 125
 160
 200
 250
 320
 400
 500
 640
 1000
 1250
 1600
 3200
 25
 80
 800
 6400
 12800
 16000
Maximum ISO Speed
3,200 16,000
BEST
Minimum ISO Speed
100 100
Auto Exposure Lock
 Auto exposure lock
 Auto exposure lock
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
Flash Guide
13m
BEST
10m
Flash Sync-Speed
1s Unknown - Click to provide data
External Flash Connector
Unknown - Click to provide data
 External flash connector
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Recharging Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 4s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Video Format
 RAW
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 RAW
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 960
 1280 x 1024
 1920 x 960
 1280 x 1024
BEST
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio Format
 AC3
 AC3
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording

Memory

Memory Card
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 MS PRO
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MSXC
 MS XC-HG Duo
BEST
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
3"
BEST
2.7"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels 460,800 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.8x 0.88x
BEST
Viewfinder
 Electronic
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
HDMI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI port
Microphone in Socket
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in socket
HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Direct sunlight
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Direct sunlight
 Daylight
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Program
 Movie
 Auto
 Program
 Movie
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,5,10,20 2,10
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Trimming
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mount
 Tripod mount
 Tripod mount
Playback Mode
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
Saturation Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Saturation adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Contrast adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Mode
 Zoom
 Zoom
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
Display Language
 DAN
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
485g
BEST
492g
Height
97mm 95.5mm
Depth
64mm 77.7mm
Width
126mm 128.6mm
Lens Weight
420g 405g
BEST
Lens Length
89mm 83.7mm
BEST
Lens Diameter
76mm 73.8mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 573g

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
EN-EL9a NP-FM500H
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,600mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
500 shots 700 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 7.2V
Battery Level Indicator
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery level indicator

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Included Cable
 USB
 USB
BEST

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
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