• APS-C 372.9mm2
  • 10.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 370.5mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,500

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Differences

Nikon D3000 advantages over Leica TL

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.10 vs 4.77 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 550 vs 400 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Leica TL advantages over Nikon D3000

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 64 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    2 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    384g vs 800g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    1230k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.3 vs 10.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 3.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12500 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon XS

Nikon D3000
Canon XS
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Less shutter lag
Leica TL
Canon XS
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • $440
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony DSLR-A230

Nikon D3000
Sony DSLR-A230
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • HDMI out
Leica TL
Sony DSLR-A230
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony DSLR-A330

Nikon D3000
Sony DSLR-A330
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • More viewfinder magnification
  • $530
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Tiltable Screen
Leica TL
Sony DSLR-A330
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $530
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Leica T (Typ 701)

Nikon D3000
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $998
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Leica TL
Leica T (Typ 701)
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Newer
  • $998
  • APS-C

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Nikon D3000
Samsung NX3000
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Leica TL
Samsung NX3000
  • $1224
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Internal flash
  • $800
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
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