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Canon EOS 1000D, Nikon D3000 & Sony Alpha A230 Digital SLR Review

Bag yourself a DSLR bargain. We test three top-performing DSLRs that offer brilliant value for money at under 400 each. Our test reveals the best buy.

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Features and handling
Canon EOS 1000D, Nikon D3000 & Sony Alpha A230 lined up
Aimed at the same audience, Matt Grayson tests three DSLRS that offer great value

There's a camera for everyone at every level of photographic skill, these days. With this in-depth test, we pit three popular entry level models against each other to find out which offers the best image results and value for money. At £340, the Sony with 18-55mm DT lens is £60 cheaper than the Canon with 18-55mm IS and Nikon with 18-55mm VR at £400 each.

Budget DSLR group test: Features
Nikon D3000 miniature effect
The miniature effect in Nikon's D3000 looks good but isn't without its problems.
Three cameras all aimed at the entry level consumer, but all giving slightly different features such as Canon fitting Live View, while Sony employ an easy user guide and Nikon have opted for a similar mode and some trick features like the new miniature effect mode giving photographs that toy town feel.

Lack of Live View could be counter productive for Nikon and Sony as the target audience, many of whom are compact users, will be used to using the back of the camera to take pictures with and may be expecting it. It's those people that may sway towards Canon.

All three cameras sport an image stabilising system to minimise camera shake of some kind but only Sony have decided to put it in the camera body. However, this is a follow on from KonicaMinolta that were bought by Sony and now base some of their features on the original designs. Named Steadyshot Inside, it works by moving the sensor to compensate for the natural movement of the hands or camera at slow shutter speeds.

Stabilisation systems in the Nikon (called Vibration Reduction) and Canon (Image Stabilisation) are lens based and have been since their conception. That's not to say it's a bad thing, but having stabilisation on the camera means that every lens you attach to it is image stabilised. Lens based systems are limited to the lenses that have it fitted. Luckily the kit lenses from Nikon and Canon come with stabilisation available.

Canon EOS 1000D command dial
A large command dial is easy to use and clearly marked so easy to see.
Canon EOS 1000D inserting the card
The Canon accept SD/SDHC memory cards so you can load a 32Gb card if you want.
Canon EOS 1000D screen
An easy to use interface awaits you on the Canon EOS 1000D. The screen is bright and rich with clear, concise illustrations.
Canon EOS 1000D size
The diminutive size of the camera is illustrated nicely here.

Budget DSLR group test: Handling
The Canon's handgrip is a bit too plasticky for my taste and to me it felt the least comfortable. However, all three cameras are built to a reasonable quality, though the Nikon feels more solid and that could just be the design. The A230 is the first of a new band of DSLRs from Sony that are fresh, non-KonicaMinolta designs. The only similarities it has to its forebears are the built-in SteadyShot Inside stabiliser and Sony's exclusive hotshoe.

Nikon D3000 command dial
Nikon's command dial is quite flat so doesn't get caught in a kit bag.
Nikon D3000 inserting the card
The large screen on the back is bright and gives all your necessary information.
Nikon D3000 screen
The screen of the Nikon D3000 shows the aperture as a graphic and the shutter speed wrapped around it. Options on the right are accessed by pressing the ? button on the camera back.
Nikon D3000 held
The Nikon is relatively small so on trips out, you're less weighed down.

On the A230, Sony have added an interesting new feature which makes picture taking a lot easier. It works by showing you in layman's icons what a particular setting will do. It's explained in more detail in the full review of the Sony Alpha A230 and helps newcomers to photography a lot more. Canon have a similar system for their DSLRs and were the first to introduce it on the EOS 500D, but haven't fitted it to the 1000D. Nikon have introduced their own Guide feature on the D3000 which isn't as easy to use as the Sony but that doesn't mean it's difficult either.

Sony Alpha A230 command dial
Liking to do things differently, Sony have placed the command dial on the left.
Sony Alpha A230 inserting the card
Sony usually opt for their own Memory Stick, but the A230 has a dual slot.
Sony Alpha A230 screen
The easy to use guide on the screen has a sliding wedge shaped meter to judge exposures for yourself and learn more about photography.
Sony Alpha A230 hand held
Styling for the new models is completely Sony influenced.

Canon retain their reputation when it comes to being easy to use and my only gripe is that the Live View button isn't marked as such. To enable it, you have to switch it on in the main menu then press the Set button.

Budget DSLR group test: Performance
All three cameras were put through their paces in a variety of conditions and tests. All pictures were taken at the same time to ensure fairness and were taken with the kit lens so this is as close to the real world as you're going to get. Taken in RAW/JPEG where possible, although the Nikon only records JPEG basic when dual recording so separate large JPEGs have been taken.

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With a predominantly pale subject in the frame, Nikon gives a lighter result compared with the other two while Sony gives the darkest. That's not to say that Canon is the best because exposure can be subjective depending on your interpretation of the scene and what you consider acceptable.

The Canon does well with backlit subjects as it retains a certain amount of detail in the silhouetted area, while keeping the brighter areas looking detailed without burning out. Burn out appears when the sun is directly in the frame but there was no lens flare at this time either.

The Nikon suffers with backlit subjects and gives exposures with lots of detail in the shadows but the highlights can lose detail. For example, when it comes to thinner items such as branches on trees, the the light tends to bleed over.

By contrast, Sony has a problem with silhouetting backlit items and it's good in this case to use the D-Range mode or a bit of fill in flash if the subject isn't too far away. Sony have the D-Range mode in the function menu.

Contrast reducing modes are available on the other DSLRs too. Canon utilises a Light Optimising mode to increase dynamic range. Nikon's D-Lighting was the first dynamic range compensation mode seen on a camera commercially. They all work well, giving a more balanced exposure although the stronger the option on the Sony, the more like HDR the image will look.

Canon EOS 1000D Nikon D3000 Sony Alpha A230
Canon EOS 1000D station image
Nikon D3000 station image
Sony Alpha A230 station image
The Canon is displaying harsher shadows from the cross light while the Sony has underexposed slightly. Nikon's D3000 has the punchiest colours as you can see from the green moss.

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All the cameras on test have three types of metering to choose from but the Canon is the only one to not employ a spot metering mode. Instead it uses Evaluative, Partial and centre-weighted. Evaluative metering is a multi-segment meter that splits the image into segments and takes an individual reading from each section. It then analyses the information while leaning priority to the focus point to give a correct exposure. Partial metering is similar to spot metering but uses a larger area to meter from which could be influenced by other areas of light.

Nikon have a similar mode to Evaluative called Matrix metering which does the same job. This mode is defaulted on the D3000 and gives the most balanced result in everything but the most extreme lighting conditions.  The D3000 also features centre-weighted and spot metering should you need them. Centre-weighted metering puts priority over the centre of the frame and feathers out to the edges which would look like a vignette if you could see it. It's a decent mode to use but can be fooled by bright areas such as windows or lights.

Multi metering mode is Sony's version of Matrix or Evaluative metering. Our test has shown slight underexposure in most of  the images which is appealing sometimes, such as deepening blue skies, but has the problem of looking dull at others.

The kit lenses

Supplied standard lenses are used on all the DSLRs in the test and have the same f/3.5-5.6 maximum aperture range. Sony have the upper hand slightly as they released a new kit lens with the Alpha A230 which features Smooth Autofocus Mode (SAM). Sony have also moved some of the motors into the lens to make the reaction to focusing faster and quieter. All lenses are plastic mounted as they're kit lenses and these are more prone to wear.

Canon EOS 1000D Nikon D3000 Sony Alpha A230
Canon EOS 1000D 18mm f/3.5
Canon 18mm f/3.5
Nikon D3000 18mm f/3.5
Nikon 18mm f/3.5
Sony Alpha A230 18mm f/3.5
Sony 18mm f/3.5
Canon EOS 1000D 18mm f/11
Canon 18mm f/11
Nikon D3000 18mm f/11
Nikon 18mm f/11
Sony Alpha A230 18mm f/11
Sony 18mm f/11
Canon EOS 1000D 18mm f/22
Canon 18mm f/22
Nikon D3000 18mm f/22
Nikon 18mm f/22
Sony Alpha A230 18mm f/22
Sony 18mm f/22
Canon EOS 1000D 35mm f/4.5
Canon 35mm f/4.5
Nikon D3000 35mm f/5
Nikon 35mm f/5
Sony Alpha A230 35mm f/4.5
Sony 35mm f/4.5
Canon EOS 1000D 35mm f/11
Canon 35mm f/11
Nikon D3000 35mm f/11
Nikon 35mm f/11
Sony Alpha A230 35mm f/11
Sony 35mm f/11
Canon EOS 1000D 35mm f/22
Canon 35mm f/22
Nikon D3000 35mm f/22
Nikon 35mm f/22
Sony Alpha A230 35mm f/22
Sony 35mm f/22
Canon EOS 1000D 55mm f/5.6
Canon 55mm f/5.6
Nikon D3000 55mm f/5.6
Nikon 55mm f/5.6
Sony Alpha A230 55mm f/5.6
Sony 55mm f/5.6
Canon EOS 1000D 55mm f/11
Canon 55mm f/11
Nikon D3000 55mm f/11
Nikon 55mm f/11
Sony Alpha A230 55mm f/11
Sony 55mm f/11
Canon EOS 1000D 55mm f/22
Canon 55mm f/22
Nikon D3000 55mm f/22
Nikon 55mm f/22
Sony Alpha A230 55mm f/22
Sony 55mm f/22

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At 18mm, Canon is sharper at wider apertures as it gives more detail, as the writing on the balance beam is readable and this continues throughout the aperture range although it starts to soften a little towards the smaller settings. F/11 was the best aperture for all-round sharpness. It seemed to give the best sharpness at the 35mm and 55mm settings with 18mm being the weakest.

The Nikon kit lens is also softer at the wider end but start to sharpen up at longer focal lengths with the best coming at 35mm. Open aperture performance at all focal lengths was nothing special but this improved with stopping down with the best coming at f/11 before sharpness suffered at smaller apertures due to diffraction.

It was roughly the same pattern of performance with the Sony kit lens as the Nikon. Soft at the wide setting, gets better to 35mm and then starts to soften up at 55mm again. There's plenty of detail in areas such as grass land and more so at mid-range apertures such as f/11 than wide apertures.

There's no noticeable lens distortion at any setting on any of test cameras which is good news, but  chromatic aberration was evident on high contrast areas.

All three cameras focus fast and my only complaint is with the A230. It's louder than the other two and had a sporadic tendency to hunt for sharp focus. There's also mild vibration as it shifts into focus which, while not affecting the image, can be annoying.

Canon offers the fewest focus points with seven, while Sony offers nine and Nikon has eleven. Manual selection of the AF points can be done on the Canon using the button on the top right shoulder, while Sony and Nikon have placed theirs in the function menu.

Nikon have fitted four different types of focusing, not including manual, to the D3000 called  single point, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF and 3D tracking and and they all work well including the 3D tracking which will focus on the subject and use all eleven points to track the subject to ensure focus is kept.

Sony offers a wide range of focusing features such as wide focus area, spot, local and predictive. These are similar in many ways to the other modes on the Canon and Nikon, they just have different names. One interesting extra feature the Sony has is an Eye start AF which uses the two sensors below the viewfinder. When you put your eye to the viewfinder, the focusing system automatically sets up and gets ready.

Canon's seven points also work well and the EOS 1000D has the added bonus of being able to manipulate the focus area in Live View. The camera will also meter from this area and can be seen live so you know what you're going to get before shooting.

Colour and sharpness
All three cameras record colour very well and they all produce sharp pictures. The Sony has recorded a good level of detail and gives a very similar colour response to Canon. with bold reds and rich flesh tones aren't too pink. Landscape colours, such as blue and green, are saturated and the greyscale is nicely balanced.

Canon's colours are similar in saturation to Sony although I think orange is recorded better on the EOS 1000D. Flesh tones are still well balanced and Canon produces nicer pastels, suggesting a wider gamut of colour.

Nikon is a little more saturated on purples. Warmer tones, such as yellow and red, can become a little distorted on the Nikon with yellow going overly warm and deep reds turning more purple.

Nikon records the most amount of detail between the three cameras in the test with incredible results such as recording the tight weave of fabric on a camera pouch from six feet away.

Canon EOS 1000D Nikon D3000 Sony Alpha A230
Canon EOS 1000D colour test
Canon EOS 1000D colour test chart image.
Nikon D3000 colour test
Nikon D3000 colour test chart image.
Sony Alpha A230 colour test
Sony Alpha A230 colour test chart image.

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Both the Canon and Nikon have a sensitivity range from ISO100 to ISO1600 while the Nikon has an expansion option to ISO3200 although this isn't a true setting because it does not confiorm to ISO standards. Unlike the Sony which does have a true setting of ISO3200 and goes down to ISO100.

Canon EOS 1000D ISO100 example
All ISO images were taken in the same place with the tripod in the same location. Clicking on the thumbnails will open larger sized images.
Canon EOS 1000D Nikon D3000 Sony Alpha A230
Canon EOS 1000D ISO100
Canon ISO100 test
Nikon D3000 ISO100
Nikon ISO100 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO100
Sony ISO100 test
Canon EOS 1000D ISO200
Canon ISO200 test
Nikon D3000 ISO200
Nikon ISO200 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO200
Sony ISO200 test
Canon EOS 1000D ISO400
Canon ISO400 test
Nikon D3000 ISO400
Nikon ISO400 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO400
Sony ISO400 test
Canon EOS 1000D ISO800
Canon ISO800 test
Nikon D3000 ISO800
Nikon ISO800 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO800
Sony ISO800 test
Canon EOS 1000D ISO1600
Canon ISO1600 test
Nikon D3000 ISO1600
Nikon ISO1600 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO1600
Sony ISO1600 test
Canon's sensitivity range ends at ISO1600 while Sony and Nikon give an extra step up to ISO3200.
This helps to keep shooting in darker situations such as the subject, though more noise will show at this setting.
The Sony gave the best results with the Nikon snapping at its heels.
Nikon D3000 ISO3200
Nikon ISO3200 equiv. test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO3200
Sony ISO3200 test

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Noise is controlled well on the Canon with problematic areas only really showing up in darker areas at ISO800 and I even think ISO1600 is acceptable to the point that an extra step could probably be used and got away with. Sony controls noise the best out of the three with degradation of the image only really starting at ISO1600 although the Nikon isn't far off.

Canon have fitted the EOS 1000D with noise reduction for both high sensitivity shooting and long exposures. There's not a lot of difference in a one second exposure from the Canon with and without noise and the high speed option at ISO1600 has come out smoother but at the sacrifice of fine detail.

In controlled light, it's much the same story with Canon as the EOS 1000D gives great results until around ISO800 where coloured noise starts to invade grey areas making it more noticeable. The Nikon has the same issue with noise starting to creep in at ISO800, getting steadily worse at ISO1600 and suffering from coloured dots, black and white noise and orange/blue blobs on the grey card. On the other hand, the Sony has produced a decent set of images with noise only poking through at ISO1600 and looking more controlled at ISO3200.

Canon EOS 1000D ISO100 studio example
The studio noise test shows how the camera affects colour and tones at high sensitivities.
Canon EOS 1000D Nikon D3000 Sony Alpha A230
Canon EOS 1000D ISO100
Canon ISO100 test
Nikon D3000 ISO100
Nikon ISO100 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO100
Sony ISO100 test
Canon EOS 1000D ISO200
Canon ISO200 test
Nikon D3000 ISO200
Nikon ISO200 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO200
Sony ISO200 test
Canon EOS 1000D ISO400
Canon ISO400 test
Nikon D3000 ISO400
Nikon ISO400 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO400
Sony ISO400 test
Canon EOS 1000D ISO800
Canon ISO800 test
Nikon D3000 ISO800
Nikon ISO800 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO800
Sony ISO800 test
Canon EOS 1000D ISO1600
Canon ISO1600 test
Nikon D3000 ISO1600
Nikon ISO1600 test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO1600
Sony ISO1600 test
 This new noise test is designed to show the differences that ISO sensitivity will make to colours, greys, definition and contrast.
The charts are in the same place to ensure consistency through the tests and each of these thumbnails are available to download simply by clicking them.
Nikon D3000 ISO3200
Nikon ISO3200 equiv. test
Sony Alpha A230 ISO3200
Sony ISO3200 test

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White balance
A number of preset white balance modes have been included in each camera although they differ from model to model. They all have an auto setting and simple modes such as daylight, fluorescent, tungsten (although Nikon call it incandescent), flash and a custom mode to manually set the camera if neither preset is working.

Canon EOS 1000D Nikon D3000 Sony Alpha A230
Canon EOS 1000D auto white balance fluorescent
Canon Auto white balance in fluorescent lighting.
Nikon D3000 auto white balance fluorescent
Nikon D3000 Auto white balance in fluorescent.
Sony Alpha A230 auto white balance fluorescent
Sony Alpha A230 auto white balance in fluorescent.
Canon EOS 1000D white balance fluorescent
Canon white balance fluorescent setting.
Nikon D3000 white balance fluorescent
Nikon D3000 white balance fluorescent setting.
Sony Alpha A230 white balance fluorescent
Sony Alpha A230 white balance fluorescent setting.

It's hit and miss with each camera as sometimes they would work better in auto and sometimes better in the preset. Fluorescent is a particularly interesting setting as it shows Canon performing really well with the auto setting, while Nikon has gone a green colour and Sony has given a pink hue. Setting to fluorescent in the white balance menu has sorted the problem and this is the reason that the modes are there.

On all three cameras, the auto setting worked well in daylight and shade, although the Sony's images  did look a bit better with the shade setting turned on - they were warmer and more welcoming.

Tungsten has a strong cast and all three cameras suffered in the auto setting although Sony coped the best out of the three with Nikon suffering the most. Switching over to the tungsten setting helps a lot but Sony still gives the most balanced version.

Sony have expanded the white balance menu slightly by giving three or four variations of each setting. They've also moved the white balance into the function menu, which isn't normally done, but I like the idea as it's an important part of digital photography.

Nikon takes a manual reading from either a pre-taken photograph or by pressing the shutter. I like this as it means if you're shooting alone, you can take a timed self portrait holding the white card and then amend the white balance afterwards.

Canon EOS 1000D flash
All three cameras sport a built-in flash as well as a dedicated hotshoe for external flash.
Integral flash modes
As a DSLR, the cameras on trial are going to have an external hotshoe as well one that's built-in. All three have a dedicated hotshoe, but after Sony acquired KonicaMinolta, they also took on the inverted Minolta hotshoe. It works just as well as any other but means you can only get dedicated flashguns and using other items such as a studio infra-red trigger means you need to get an adapter to fit it to the camera.

Canon have placed a lot of the flash functions into the main menu but the EOS 1000D allows for more advanced functions, such as flash compensation and triggering the flash on first or second shutter. Nikon has roughly the same features with the exception that they're in the function menu that's enabled by pressing the magnifier on the back of the camera.

Nikon have put a good flash into the D3000 with a guide number of 19 at ISO100. Canon has a more meagre guide number of 13 at ISO100 while Sony has a weaker guide number of 10 at ISO100. This means the Nikon will be more able to illuminate subjects more evenly from a further distance than the other two.

Battery life
All cameras come with a Lithium Ion battery which lasts longer between charges. Sony have gone one better and used InfoLithium technology which not only shows the amount of power in the battery, but gives a reading in percentage. However, that said, it's not the best battery in terms of performance as it was half drained by the end of the test and around 200 images taken on each camera including reviewing and menu searching.

Canon had a little more left in but I also used Live View so shows a better performance, but Nikon still had a full battery icon proudly shining from the screen.

Budget DSLR group test: Verdict
In certain pictures I like, even prefer, the slight under exposure from the Sony and I think the colours from the Nikon are the best of the three. However, these are all traits that can be manipulated in post processing and neither of the other two have matched the Canon for sharpness in the images.

It's also really easy to use and, while they all are, it's this coupled with the other factors that push the EOS 1000D ahead of the pack. Live View was a feature that wasn't received warmly, but now most people can't be without it and it's unusual that Nikon and Sony decided not to use it on these cameras.

Canon EOS 1000D group winner
With the kits of the Canon and Nikon available for around the same £400, they're more expensive than the Sony at £340 and this is where it could get tricky. It may be worth simply looking at which one gives the performance in this test then going for whichever is the cheapest.

We think the results of this test just go to show that if all the cameras took their best parts and put them into one super camera, we may be on the road to being happy, but until that happens, the Canon EOS 1000D has won this comparison test.

Canon EOS 1000D Pros
Sharpest image results
Easy to use
Good noise performance
Live View
Nikon D3000 Pros
Nice punchy colours
Good build quality
Fun features
Sony Alpha A230 Pros
Dual slot
In camera stabiliser
Easy to use graphical interface
Canon EOS 1000D Cons
Feels plasticky
No spot metering
Nikon D3000 Cons
No Live View
Access to function menu isn't clear
Sony Alpha A230 Cons
No Live View
Slight tendency to underexposure

  Canon EOS 1000D 
Nikon D3000         Sony Alpha A230

The Canon EOS 1000D costs around £312 body only and is available from Warehouse Express, or around £400 with the 18-55mm IS lens.

The Nikon D3000 costs around £340 body only or around £400 with the 18-55mm VR lens and is available from Warehouse Express.

The Sony Alpha A230 costs around £342 with the 18-55mm DT lens and is also available from Warehouse Express.

Budget DSLR group test: Specification

Canon EOS 1000D Nikon D3000 Sony Alpha A230
  • Resolution: 10.1Mp
  • Sensor size: 22.2x14.8mm
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Image size: 3888x2592
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Autofocus system: TTL-CT-SIR
  • Autofocus points: 7
  • Crop factor: 1.6x
  • Lens mount: Canon EF/EF-S
  • File type: RAW (CR2), JPEG
  • Sensitivity: ISO100-1600
  • Storage: SD/SDHC
  • Metering system: 35-zone TTL
  • Metering types: Partial, centre-weighted, evaluative
  • Exposure compensation: +/- 2EV in 1/3 step increments
  • Shutter speed: 30sec - 1/4000sec
  • Frames per second: 3fps
  • Flash: Built-in, hotshoe
  • Flash metering: E-TTL II
  • Flash sync speed: 1/200
  • Integrated cleaning: Yes
  • Live View: Yes
  • Viewfinder coverage: 95%
  • Monitor: 2.5in 230,000dots (76,000 pixels)
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Power: Lithium Ion battery
  • Size: 126.1x97.5x61.9mm
  • Weight: 450g
  • Resolution: 10.2Mp
  • Sensor size: 23.6x15.8mm
  • Sensor type: CCD
  • Image size: 3872x2592
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Focus system: Multi-CAM 1000sensor module with TTL phase detection
  • Focus points: 11 (one cross type)
  • Crop factor: 1.5x
  • Lens mount: Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
  • File type: NEF (RAW), JPEG
  • Sensitivity: ISO100-1600 (expandable to ISO3200)
  • Storage: SD, SDHC
  • Metering system: TTL exposure using 420px RGB sensor
  • Metering types: Matrix, centre-weighted, spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/- 5EV in 1/3 step increments
  • Shutter speed: 30sec-1/4000sec, bulb
  • Frames per second: 3fps
  • Flash: Built-in (guide no. 19, ISO100), hotshoe
  • Flash metering: i-TTL using 420px RGB sensor
  • Flash sync speed: 1/200sec
  • Integrated cleaning: Sensor cleaning, airflow control, image dust off software (optional)
  • Live View: No
  • Viewfinder: optical eye level pentamiror type
  • Monitor: 3in 230,000dot (76,000px)
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Power: Lithium Ion battery
  • Size: 126x97x64mm
  • Weight: 485g
  • Resolution: 10.2Mp
  • Sensor size: 23.6X15.8mm
  • Sensor type: CCD
  • Image size: 3872X2592
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Focus system: TTL phase detection system
  • Focus points: 9 with centre cross sensor
  • Crop factor: 1.5x
  • Lens mount: Konica Minolta/Sony A mount
  • File type: JPEG, RAW
  • Sensitivity: ISO100-3200 equivalent
  • Focus types: Continuous, single, automatic, manual
  • Metering system: 40-segment honeycomb-pattern SPC
  • Metering types: Multi, centre weighted, spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
  • Shutter speed: 30sec-1/4000sec & bulb
  • Frames per second: 2.5fps
  • Flash: Built-in (guide no. 10 at ISO100), hotshoe
  • Flash metering: ADI / Pre-flash TTL flash metering
  • Flash sync speed: 1/160sec
  • Image stabilisation: Steadyshot Inside
  • Integrated cleaning: Double anti dust system (anti-static coating and CCD shift mechanism)
  • Live View: No
  • Viewfinder: Fixed eye level system with roof mirror type
  • Monitor: 2.7in Clear photo LCD Plus, 230,400dots ( 76,800px)
  • Media type: Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo, Pro-HG Duo HX, SD/SDHC
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Power: InfoLithium battery
  • Size: 128x97x67.5m
  • Weight: 450g

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Kako 16 175
17 Nov 2009 10:54PM
Excellent review Matt, i definitely prefer the format adopted, with side by side comparison shots from identical spots. Much more useful for critical analysis of each model's strengths and weaknesses. You also seem to have given more detailed background information pertaining to each part of the test, compared to previous reviews of yours. Well done, keep it up!
stve 13
12 Dec 2009 4:43AM
Perhaps choosing a strongly backlit scene was not the best option for testing high ISO ?

in the section colour & sharpness you say

"Nikon records the most amount of detail between the three cameras in the test with incredible results such as recording the tight weave of fabric on a camera pouch from six feet away."

& in the test verdict

" In certain pictures I like, even prefer, the slight under exposure from the Sony and I think the colours from the Nikon are the best of the three. However, these are all traits that can be manipulated in post processing and neither of the other two have matched the Canon for sharpness in the images."

I believe it is possible to manipulate sharpness in post processing, Photoshop call this feature unsharp mask in fact there are many ways of sharpening an image High pass sharpening ...

There is another option for the Nikon using in camera sharpening, you go into the menus select Picture controls & the mode you want to change standard, portrait etc you can set the sharpening anywhere in the range of 0-9 you can also do the same for other options like brightness or contrast etc
No doubt the Canon & Sony have similar options ?

I know there are lots of ways to reduce detail in images but is there any way to add detail ?
Looking at the photos of the canal
There seems to be much better colour contrast & sharpness to the images with the Nikon the foreground in all the photos is far sharper on the Nikon
At 18mm & F3.5 the canon shows slightly sharper text on the boom but with more artefacts & overall the image is softer with less colour & contrast.
It looks to me as if the Nikon has the better quality lens but maybe the picture controls of the Nikon was set to give this result & if the other cameras have similar controls they may be adjusted to give similar results ?
One thing about the Nikon would annoy me if I had one is the lack of any auto bracketing this is a feature i use all the time on my camera & would have been so easy to implement on Nikon's part.
NBL 12
28 Jul 2010 3:43PM
Good review...
28 Jan 2012 4:04AM
The Canon 1000D is a camera much ahead to the others compared.
I have seen excellent ISO performance, The live view works fine and the menu is user friendly.

The macro shots gives better blur in background as compared to nikon and sony.
Nikon's costlier and better models cannot do so..Tongue

It is one of the finest camera I have ever used.

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