• APS-C 357.3mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A3000 advantages over Canon SL2

  • Less expensive
    $449 vs $599
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo

Canon SL2 advantages over Sony A3000

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 470 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    16 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Higher-res screen
    346k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.08 vs 0.28 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.54x vs 0.47x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 20.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    22 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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.

  • Higher resolution and better image quality than SL1; Much improved dynamic range; Excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Compact body with improved ergonomics; Articulating touchscreen; Full HD movies up to 60p; Better battery life.

  • Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; Dynamic range and high ISO performance still not as good as leading competitors; No 4K video option; OVF only offers 9 AF points.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-01

Sony A3000
Pentax K-01
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon SL2
Pentax K-01
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $359
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung NX30

Sony A3000
Samsung NX30
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $825
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL2
Samsung NX30
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $825
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sigma sd Quattro

Sony A3000
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
Canon SL2
Sigma sd Quattro
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D3400

Sony A3000
Nikon D3400
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon SL2
Nikon D3400
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $444
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon D5600

Sony A3000
Nikon D5600
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SL2
Nikon D5600
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
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