• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Samsung NX20 advantages over Sony A3000

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.69x vs 0.47x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.5 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony A3000 advantages over Samsung NX20

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Less expensive
    $348 vs $499
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~2.20 vs 3.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,068 vs 785 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 470 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • High quality images with lots of detail; Excellent graphical user interface is fun to use; Smart implementation of WiFi makes it relatively easy to share photos wirelessly.

  • Designed so much like a DSLR you may wonder why you shouldn't get a DSLR instead; Some performance issues, particularly slow buffer clearing and shot-to-shot speed; Initial WiFi set-up can be confusing.

  • Absolutely incredible value; Includes a stabilized kit lens; More versatile than a fixed-lens bridge camera; Comfortable body with good ergonomics; Great image quality; Good autofocus performance; Decent battery life.

  • Feels a bit plasticky; Slow burst shooting with limited buffer; Sluggish to power on or switch modes; Low-res EVF and LCD monitor; Can't review images using EVF; No video output; Weak flash; Battery charges in-camera.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-7

Samsung NX20
Sony NEX-7
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sony A3000
Sony NEX-7
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Fast startup

Compared to Pentax K-01

Samsung NX20
Pentax K-01
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sony A3000
Pentax K-01
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Fujifilm X-E1

Samsung NX20
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sony A3000
Fujifilm X-E1
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Thinner
  • External Mic Jack

Compared to Samsung NX30

Samsung NX20
Samsung NX30
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $865
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony A3000
Samsung NX30
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $865
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro

Samsung NX20
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • On-sensor phase detect
Sony A3000
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
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