Nikon D3000 vs Sony Alpha A58

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Nikon D3000
Sony Alpha A58

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
Image stabilizer Edit
The Nikon D3000 has an image stabilizer, but the Sony Alpha A58 does not have an image stabilizer. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

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 guide numbers Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 13.00 flash guide number digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 only has ten flash guide numbers.
0.3" larger display diagonal Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a display diagonal 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.

PictBridge Edit
The Nikon D3000 supports pictBridge, however the Sony Alpha A58 does not support pictBridge.
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.
8 Reasons For
A lot higher megapixel Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a total megapixels of 20.4MP, whereas the Nikon D3000 is only a 10.75MP digital camera (9.65MP less).
Four more auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has 15.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Nikon D3000 only has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
Hugely higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Sony Alpha A58 is 16,000 maximum ISO speed, but the Nikon D3000 is only a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (12,800 lower).
Significantly higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3000 is only a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (230,800 pixels lower).
0.08x higher magnification Edit
Sony Alpha A58 is 0.88x lens magnification ratio, 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.

Two hundred more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a digital camera that takes 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Nikon D3000 only takes 500.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

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

8 Reasons Against
Vastly lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a megapixel 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 megapixels Edit
The Nikon D3000 has a total megapixels of 10.75MP, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 is a 20.4MP digital camera (9.65MP more).
Four less auto Focus (AF) pointss Edit
The Nikon D3000 has 11.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss, however the Sony Alpha A58 only has 15.00 auto Focus (AF) pointss.
4x lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Nikon D3000 is only 3,200 maximum ISO speed, but the Sony Alpha A58 is a 16,000 maximum ISO speed digital camera (12,800 higher).
Significantly lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 is a 460,800 pixels display resolution digital camera (230,800 pixels higher).
0.08x lower magnification Edit
Nikon D3000 is only 0.8x lens magnification ratio, 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.

Two hundred less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon D3000 is a digital camera that takes 500.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony Alpha A58 only takes 700.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. 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.

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).
8 Reasons Against
Does not have an image stabilizer Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 does not have an image stabilizer, whereas the Nikon D3000 does. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

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 guide numbers Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 is a ten flash guide number digital camera, whereas the Nikon D3000 only has 13.00 flash guide numbers.
12% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 has a display diagonal 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.

Does not support pictBridge Edit
The Sony Alpha A58 does not support pictBridge, but the Nikon D3000 does.
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 19 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

12 months Ago 31 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel
10.2MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
BEST
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 3872 x 2592
 2896 x 1944
 2736 x 1824
BEST
 3872 x 2592
 2896 x 1944
 2736 x 1824
Maximum Image Resolution
 5456 x 3632
 5456 x 3632
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 RAW
 EXIF
 JPG
 RAW
 EXIF
BEST
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
23.6 x 15.8 23.2 x 15.4
Total Megapixels
10.75MP 20.4MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 5:4
 1:1
BEST
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 5:4
 1:1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
5.8x Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture Number
3.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
22 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
18 - 55 Unknown - Click to provide data
Fixed Focal Length
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
11/8 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Sony A
 Nikon F
 Sony A
Number of Aspheric Elements
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
52mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Mounting Type
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 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 (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Closest Focusing Distance
0.28m
BEST
0.45m
Auto Focus (AF) Points
11 15
BEST
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 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 Sensitivity
 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
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 16,000
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 100
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Light Metering
 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

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Fill-in
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide Number
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 Formats Supported
 RAW
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 RAW
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
 1440 x 1080
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 Formats Supported
 AC3
 AC3
BEST
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 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 Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3"
BEST
2.7"
Display
 TFT
 TFT
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 460,800 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Magnification
0.8x 0.88x
BEST
Viewfinder Type
 Electronic
 electrical
 Electronic
 electrical
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
BEST
 PictBridge
DC-In Jack
 DC-in jack
 DC-in jack
HDMI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 HDMI
Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Microphone in
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Direct sunlight
 Daylight
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Direct sunlight
 Daylight
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Program
 Movie
 Auto
 Program
 Movie
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,5,10,20 2,10
Calendar
 Calendar
Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
 Histogram
Image Quality Adjustment
 Brightness
 Brightness
Image Editing
 Trimming
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 MPF
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 RAW
 MPF
Live View
 Live view
 Live view
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
 Tripod mountable
Camera Playback
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
 Single image
 Slide show
 Thumbnails
 Movie
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 (D-D)
-1.7 - 0.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Modes
 Zoom
 Zoom
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
Languages Support
 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 (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 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 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
89mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
76mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight (including Battery)
Unknown - Click to provide data 573g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
EN-EL9a NP-FM500H
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,650mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
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 (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Handheld Remote Control
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Handheld remote control
AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery charger included
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case

Other Features

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash
Panorama
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Panorama
Aperture Priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Aperture priority AE
Manual Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual exposure
Auto Exposure
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto exposure
Shutter Priority AE
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Shutter priority AE
Colour Temperature
Unknown - Click to provide data 2,500K
Effective Megapixels (image)
Unknown - Click to provide data 20.1MP
Display Tilting
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Display tilting
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