• APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 14.8 megapixels
  • 75.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Sigma DP3 Merrill advantages over Sony A3000

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.00 vs 4.25 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.0 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Sony A3000 advantages over Sigma DP3 Merrill

  • Less expensive
    $348 vs $899*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 470 vs 97 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 14.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    11 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 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 Pentax K-01

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Pentax K-01
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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 Panasonic G5

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Panasonic G5
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A3000
Panasonic G5
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $399
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung NX30

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Samsung NX30
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $862
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Sony A3000
Samsung NX30
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $862
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony A3000
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer

Compared to Canon EOS M5

Sigma DP3 Merrill
Canon EOS M5
  • $899
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Sony A3000
Canon EOS M5
  • $399
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
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