This review is a Sony a5000 vs Samsung NX3000 comparison. If you are looking to make a quick decision, you’ll find the ‘comparison overview’, ‘comparison table’ and ‘which is better for what sections useful.
We do recommend, though, that you go through the entire article, especially if this is new for you.
Comparison Overview — Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
Overall Review of the Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
Actually, both cameras are almost totally similar in image quality as they both have similar sensor resolution, pixel pitch and sensor pixel area.
However, there are sure some differences. For one, the Sony a5000 is superior in terms of low ISO while the Samsung NX3000 is superior in terms of high ISO.
Furthermore, the Samsung NX3000 is the better option in the aspect of flash photography as it has provision for an external flash. It also does slightly better in terms of video coverage as it can record at a faster speed than the Sony a5000.
Price/Value Ratio – Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
The Sony a5000 is an affordable camera while the Samsung NX3000 camera is pretty pricey. In fact, you’ll get the Samsung NX3000 for about twice the price of the a5000. And, in our opinion, the Sony a500 offers better value for its price.
About The Brands
Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational company. It has a diversified business system which includes consumer and professional electronics, entertainment and gaming. The company also offers financial services.
Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for both consumer and professional markets. It is a leading player in the film industry that has a reputation of producing standard products such as lenses and cameras.
Samsung is a South Korean multinational company that specializes in a wide variety of affiliated businesses, some of which include advertisement, construction, entertainment, financial services, hospitality, information and communications technology, retail, ship building, medical and healthcare services.
Samsung also manufactures imaging and optical products, including photocopiers, camcorders, computer printers, medical equipment, home appliances, chemicals, automotives, electronic equipment and, most importantly for the sake of this article, cameras. Samsung is gradually making a name for themselves in the film industry.
Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000 – Comparison Table
|Body Type||Rangefinder Style mirrorless||Rangefinder Style mirrorless|
|Max Sensor Resolution||20 MP – APS – CMOS sensor||20 MP APS – CMOS sensor|
|Dimensions||(110 x 63 x 36)mm||(117 x 66 x 39)mm|
|ISO||100 to 16000||100 to 25600|
|Continuous Shooting||4 Frames Per Second||5 Frames Per Second|
|Low Light ISO||1089||None|
|Battery Life||420 shots||370 shots|
|LCD Screen Size||357.28 millimeter square||368.95 millimeter square|
|Max Native Light Sensitivity||16000 ISO||25600 ISO|
|Flash Range||4 metres||None|
|Max Resolution||5456 x 3632||5472 x 3648|
|Timeline Recording||With downloadable app||No|
|Number of Focus Points||25||35|
|DxO Overall Score||79||Not tested|
|DxO Color Depth||23.8||Not tested|
|DxO Dynamic Range||Yes||No|
|DxO Low Light ISO||1089||Not tested.|
Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
|The Sony a5000 is the less costly of the two cameras. It gives users a blend of quality and price flexibility. This makes it the preferred choice for the average photographer.||The Samsung NX3000, on the other hand, is the better of the two cameras in this aspect. This feature ensures a better imaging quality in the Samsung NX3000 camera which gives the camera the upper hand in terms of sports photography.|
|The Sony a5000 has good transfer media. As, it is easy to achieve easy transfer of files from a device to the other when the wireless feature starts acting up.||The Samsung NX3000 camera is also the lighter of the two cameras. This makes it easier for the user to carry it on walking trips, vacations and beach visits.|
|The Sony a5000 has a built in flash. This allows the photographer carry out basic flash photography operations from the get go. This is a feature that is valued by the occasional photographer.||The Samsung NX3000 is also the preferred choice in areas where the photographer has to shoot in the dark. This also applies to lowly lit environments. Its ISO rating of the camera makes it possible to obtain quality images in these harsh lighting conditions.|
|The Sony a5000 has a very good low light ISO rating. This allows the photographer to easily carry out quality imaging in overly lit areas with the help of this camera.||The Samsung NX3000 also comes with an external flash port. This makes it possible for the user to carry out flash photography through an external flash. External flash is more efficient in terms of flash photography.|
Common Features — Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
1. Auto Exposure (AE) Bracketing
In photography, bracketing is the technique of taking several shots of the same subject using different camera settings (in this case we refer to exposure settings).
Auto Exposure bracketing allows the camera do this automatically.
Usually, entry level cameras, when set in this mode, only allow you to take a maximum of three shots at one stop interval while the higher end models have an even more extensive set of features that allows the user take up to eleven shots starting from 1/3 stop intervals up to 5 stops.
The Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 are both entry level cameras. Judging from what we just pointed out, you are right if you implied that the photographer is limited to taking 3 shots when bracketing.
At the press of the shutter, either camera will take a series of 3 shots; one at normal exposure, another at a darker exposure and the last lighter. This is all done automatically by the camera.
This setting is a life saver for most photographers (especially the rookies) when they are not sure about the right choice of exposure to use when framing.
2. Face Detection
Another feature that is common to the Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 is face detection feature. Face detection helps the photographer to set the focus and right exposure for a shot, automatically.
A camera with face detection can detect up to 10 human faces at once when set in this mode. We recommend using this setting when you have to snap or capture a group photo.
When the photographer presses the shutter halfway, the camera focuses on the faces immediately it detects them. If it is for a group of people, the camera displays the focus on the face of the person nearest to it (in white color) while it displays a gray colored focus on the faces of the others.
This feature is one of the reasons why the Sony a5000 and Samsung NX3000 are of relevance in portrait photography.
The Sony a5000 weighs 269 grams while the Samsung NX3000 weighs 230 grams. So, despite the 39 gram difference, it is safe to say that both cameras are lightweight. As a result, both cameras are good for a lot of outdoor activities, including walks, hikes and vacations.
4. Wireless Connection
The Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 also have an in-built wireless connection. Wireless connection is a type of connection that allows devices connect or have access to the internet through radio waves rather than the conventional and archaic use of wires or cables.
Photographers can use this connection type to do a lot of things. One of such things is the uploading of data or images directly to the internet from which almost anyone can access it. This way, the photographers reach a whole lot of people.
With in-built wireless connection, the photographer is able to establish a direct connection with other devices, allowing for a stress free way of transferring files.
5. Maximum Shutter Speed
The Sony a5000 and Samsung NX3000 both have good maximum shutter speed. In digital photography, shutter speed refers to the unit of measurement that determines the duration for which the shutter of a camera will remain open while capturing an image.
The shutter speed and the aperture play a role in determining the amount of light that will reach the sensor of the camera.
When a photographer shoots at a fast shutter speed, the amount of light that enters the camera is minimal. The reason for this is that fast shutter speed is associated with short exposure time.
Considering the fact that some situations in photography warrant the usage of fast shutter speed (especially in sports and street photography where motion freezing is important), the photographer would have to use a high ISO when using this setting.
This will help to improve the amount of light getting to the sensor. That in turn ensures that the photographer obtains a well exposed and bright image even when shooting at fast shutter speeds.
This good shutter speed is responsible, in part, for the relevance of the Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 in photography aspects that involve fast moving objects such as sports, wildlife and street photography.
6. Video Resolution
Both the Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 are very good for recording videos. They both have a 1920 by 1080 video resolution.
Inasmuch as the two cameras can shoot 1920 x 1080 videos, there are still some slight differences between the two cameras in the area of video coverage.
The Sony a5000, for one, is limited to a continuous shooting rate of 24 frames per second while the Samsung NX3000 has a continuous shooting rate of 30 frames per second in video mode. This means that the Samsung can be used to shoot videos in slow motion better than the Sony a5000.
Also, the Sony a5000 camera does not have the 720-pixel option. The Samsung NX3000, on the contrary, still has a provision for the 720-pixel video resolution.
In conclusion, we are of the opinion that the two cameras have very good video resolution.
7. Maximum Sensor Resolution
Another feature that is common to the Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 is a good sensor resolution. Sensor resolution is a property of the camera sensor which defines the number of individual light sensing areas on the camera sensor.
The Sony a5000 and Samsung NX3000 both have a 20 megapixel sensor. With this, you’ll be able
The good sensor resolution of the two cameras also allows the photographer zoom and edit the pictures without the images getting distorted. This makes editing of images flexible for the users.
The sensor resolution is not the only factor responsible for the image quality of a camera, though; there is also pixel pitch and pixel area.
Knowing this, the Sony a5000 has a pixel pitch of 4.27 micro meter while the Samsung NX3000 has a pixel pitch of 4.26 micro meter.
The Sony a5000 camera also has a pixel area of 18.23 micro squared meter while the Samsung NX3000 has a pixel area of 18.15 micro squared meters.
From the above stated data, we can see that the two cameras are really similar as regards sensor resolution, pixel area and pixel pitch. This further proves that there would be little to no difference in the final quality of the images produced with both cameras.
8. Smartphone Remote Control
Another common feature is their respective compatibility with smartphones. What this means is that the two cameras can be controlled using a smartphone.
The condition for this is that the two devices (the camera and the smartphone) must be connected together via an internet network.
The photographer can toggle through the different settings on this camera using this feature. It could also be used to capture images, access the files on the camera and so on.
9. Battery Life
The Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 have a not so good battery life. While the Sony a5000 has a battery life of 420 shots, the Samsung NX3000 has a battery life of 370 shots.
Generally, we would say that neither camera has an impressive battery life. However, they kinda do alright for mirrorless cameras, considering that mirrorless cameras have an average battery life of 350 shots.
10. RAW Support
When you shoot in RAW format, the camera records the entirety of the data from the sensor. That is, the camera records the image information captured by the camera’s sensor along with the settings of the details used when shooting. It goes as far as recording the camera’s lens used to capture the image.
This format helps you record files in their highest quality which, in turn, gives you room to tweak and edit the pictures to get the best possible quality. And this is the major difference between this format and JPEG format.
With the JPEG format, the camera decides what the image looks like (because it immediately compresses said photo), but in RAW format, you (the photographer) get to decide what the image should look like.
When shooting images, you also get to record higher levels of brightness with the RAW format. The more the level of brightness an image has, the smoother the transitions of tones.
The RAW format, unlike the JPEG format, is not universal in that not every camera has it and it differs among cameras that do.
11. Continuous Shooting
Continuous shooting has to do with the shooting of several photographs in quick succession in just one second when the shutter is held down by the user.
This feature mostly comes into play when one is shooting in an environment where there are fast moving subjects e.g. a car race. Since continuous shooting entails capturing a series of images, the photographer has a wide range of images.
Continuous shooting also ensures that the photographer does not miss out on any detail in a fast paced environment. Some moments are not anticipated but are very important. This setting makes sure that those moments are not left out when shooting.
The Sony a5000 has a continuous shooting rate of 4 frames per second while the Samsung NX3000 has a continuous shooting rate of 5 frames per second. They are neither particularly impressive nor particularly unimpressive.
12. Articulating Screen
Both the Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 has a tilting screen. The major advantage that the tilting screen has over the fixed screen is that it can be angled.
This allows the photographer view the scenery or images at different angles. In shooting at low angles when using a tripod stand, this feature does come in handy.
The importance of this feature is even more felt in these cameras considering the fact that the Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 both do not have a viewfinder.
13. Silent Shutter Options
Silent shutter options are really a blessing to the photographer in some cases. For instance, it is better to shoot with a camera that has a silent shutter when carrying out discrete shooting assignments making it a good idea for wildlife photography.
There are also downsides to using this option on a camera also which is the considerable drop in the shutter speed of a camera when this option is used.
A Sony a5000 Demonstration Video — Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
Unique Features Of The Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
1. Maximum ISO
ISOs help to measure the sensitivity of the image sensor in photography.
High ISOs are usually used to solve the challenge of shooting in a terribly lit environment. It allows the camera let in as much light as is possible which is why it is used in poorly lit places.
2. Auto ISO
In digital photography, auto ISO is a setting that allows the camera to automatically select an ISO for each shot. Auto ISO helps regulate the brightness of an image.
This setting helps you to automate the adjustment of the ISO setting to obtain the correct exposure for the different lighting conditions in which the photographer wishes to shoot.
It relieves the photographer of the burden of having to worry about the right exposure settings for different scenarios (which can really be a daunting task in some cases).
Auto ISO is most useful when shooting at fast shutter speeds as it helps to automatically regulate the ISO.
This option also helps the user concentrate more on other aspects of photography (since it helps balance the exposure level) such as movement freezing, depth of field and achievement of sharp focus.
You’ll get this in the Samsung NX3000 but definitely not in the Sony a5000.
3. Low ISO
We already mentioned how ISO is a measure of the sensitivity of the sensor of a camera to light.
Low light ISO is a life saver in cases where an area is overly exposed. It helps to tone down the brightness of the environment so that a quality image that is normally exposed will be obtained.
That said, the Sony a5000 camera has a lowlight ISO rating of 1089 while the Samsung NX3000 has the auto-ISO feature. The auto-ISO feature does the work of balancing exposures in the Samsung NX3000 automatically.
4. Autofocus Points
Another major difference between the Sony a5000 and the Samsung NX3000 is the number of autofocus points present in the two cameras. In digital photography, autofocus points are the points with which the camera focuses on a targeted image.
The Sony a5000 has 25 autofocus points while the Samsung NX3000 has 35 autofocus points. This feature largely contributes to the superiority of the Samsung NX3000 to the Sony a5000 in the area of sports photography.
5. Built-in Flash
In-built flash, as the name implies, is the type of flash that naturally comes with the camera. It automatically pops up when manually or automatically triggered. It could also be hidden or locked down when not in use.
The Samsung NX3000 camera does not have this type of flash. One major advantage of the inbuilt flash is that it is always available. Another is that it isn’t a heavy consumer of battery power.
6. Near Field Communication Connection
The Near Field Communication connection feature is present in the Sony a5000 but absent in the Samsung NX3000.
Near Field Communication connection is used to establish a connection between devices using the principle of magnetic field induction. To achieve, the photographer has to ensure that the two devices are within touching distance.
The NFC connection acts as an alternative to the inbuilt wireless connection on cameras that do not have the in-built wireless feature.
NFC connection is generally a short ranged form of connection. The rate of file transfer is pretty slow which why the NFC connection is best used as a secondary medium of file transfer (except in cases where the photographer has no other option).
7. External Flash
The presence of an external shoe on a system allows one to use external flash on that camera. And while the Samsung NX3000 has this, the Sony a5000 doesn’t.
The external flash generally has the ability to cover a wider flash range. So, the photographer will be able to use the external flash to brighten the entire image as opposed to the built-in flash that can light a subject only from one direction per time.
External flash also has a flash head that is adjustable. This helps carry out bounce flash in a more creative way which in turn helps to achieve softer lighting and better quality pictures.
The external flash, unlike the built in flash, has its own dedicated power source. This allows the external flash have a recycle time that is faster and shorter than that of the inbuilt flash. With this short recycle time, the photographer is less likely to miss out on a photography opportunity.
A Samsung NX3000 Demonstration Video — Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
Unique Pros Of The Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
Pros Of The Sony a5000 — Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
i. First off, the Sony a5000 has the silent shutter option that eliminates noise produced from the camera shutter.
ii. The Sony a5000 camera has flash synchronization.
iii. Furthermore, the Sony a5000 has more lenses available to it than the Samsung NX3000 camera. The Sony a5000 has 102 lenses compared to the meagre 32 lenses of the Samsung NX3000.
iv. The Sony a5000 has more optically stabilized lenses than the Samsung NX3000. The Sony a5000 has 23 of such lenses while Samsung has only 7 such lenses.
v. Furthermore, the Sony a5000 camera has a wide array of downloadable camera apps. This is an advantage that the Sony holds over other brands.
vi. The Sony a5000 camera has Near Field Communication connection. This serves as a sort of back up to the wireless connection for the purpose of transfer of files.
vii. The Sony a5000 camera has a good low ISO rating. This helps to improve the performance of the camera in over exposed areas.
viii. The Sony a5000 camera comes with an in built flash. This gives the photographer an advantage as it allows them control the light exposure when capturing images in poor light from the get go (the moment the camera was purchased.
ix. Lastly, the Sony a5000 camera has a tougher body build than the Samsung NX3000. The Sony a5000 camera has a metal body while the Samsung NX3000 has a plastic body. This makes the Sony a5000 the more durable option.
Pros Of The Samsung NX3000 — Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
i. To start with, the Samsung NX3000 camera has the Auto ISO feature which helps the photographer (especially the rookies) take properly exposed pictures.
ii. The Samsung NX3000 has an external flash port.
iii. The Samsung NX3000 camera also has cross type auto focus sensor. This allows the photographer focus on images easily.
iv. The Samsung NX3000 has a slightly better continuous shooting rate. This allows it perform better when shooting stills.
v. The Samsung NX3000 camera has a good auto focus feature. With 35 focus points, the photographer is able to focus better on targeted images.
vi. Lastly, the Samsung NX3000 has a good low light performance.
Unique Cons Of The Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
Cons Of The Sony a5000 — Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
i. The Sony a5000 camera has a focus system that is inferior to that of the Samsung NX3000.
ii. In addition, the Sony a5000 camera has slow burst speed. This reduces the relevance of the Sony a5000 in photography aspects that involve quick motion.
iii. The Sony a5000 camera is also inferior to the Samsung NX3000 camera in terms of high ISO. With this feature, it might be harder for the Sony user to carry out proper imaging work in that area
iv. Lastly, the Sony a5000 camera has no external flash feature. The implication of this is the reduction in the level of control that the user has over the camera’s exposure to light.
Cons Of The Samsung NX3000 — Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
i. The Samsung NX3000 camera has no Near Field Communication connection. This reduces the overall media transfer quality.
ii. The Samsung NX3000 camera also has a battery that is inferior to that of the Sony a5000.
iii. Also, the Samsung NX3000 camera has no built in flash. As a result, the user will have to be sure to always carry an external flash.
iv. Finally, the Samsung NX3000 has few lenses that are compatible with it. The result of this is a limitation on the choice of lens available for the photographer to undertake the different camera projects.
Common Pros Of The Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000.
|Face Detection Focus||The Sony a5000 camera has the face detection feature. This feature makes it possible for the camera to automatically detect human faces.||Same as the Sony a5000|
|Auto Exposure Bracketing||The Sony a5000 camera has the Auto Exposure bracketing feature. This feature helps to obtain the right exposure for different lighting conditions.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Inbuilt Wireless Connection||The Sony a5000 camera has an inbuilt wireless connection. This helps achieve fast transfer of files.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Weight||The Sony a5000 is a pretty light and portable camera. It can be easily carried around as a result of its light weight.||Same as the Sony a5000. The 230 gram weight of the Samsung is just a bit lighter than the 269 gram weight of the Sony a5000.|
|Tilting Screen||The Sony a5000 camera has a screen has a tiltable screen||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|RAW Support||The Sony a5000 can shoot in RAW format. This helps keep the full details of an image.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Shutter Speed||The Sony a5000 camera has a good shutter speed at 1/4000 second.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Sensor Pixel Area||The Sony a5000 camera has a large sensor pixel area. This feature is responsible in part for the good quality of the images shot with this camera.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Sensor Resolution||The Sony a5000 camera has a good sensor resolution. Its 20 mega pixel resolution makes it easy to crop images without destroying their quality.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Smartphone remote control||The Sony a5000 camera can be controlled from a distance using smartphones.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Video resolution||The Sony a5000 camera has a 1920 by 1080 video resolution which allows for good quality videos.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
Common Cons Of The Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
|Viewfinder||The Sony a5000 camera does not have a viewfinder. A viewfinder allows a photographer to compose and focus on images conveniently. As a result, the user will have to make do with the LCD screen which isn’t always accurate, especially in brightly lit places.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Low Screen resolution||The Sony a5000 camera has a low screen resolution. With a screen resolution of 461k dots, it is difficult to adequately preview pictures when using this camera.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Image Stabilization||The Sony a5000 lacks the in body image stabilization feature. And as a result, photos taken with this camera could come out looking blurry. Not to worry though, this problem can be managed of by getting any of optical stabilization lenses available with this camera.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Weather Sealing||The Sony a5000 camera does not have a body that is weather sealed. Weather sealed cameras have their parts protected against unfavorable environmental conditions like dust, rain, snow. This absence could lead to the eventual damage of the camera if it is exposed to such unfavorable conditions.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Microphone Port||The Sony a5000 does not have an external microphone port. The absence of this feature means sound can only be recorded using the in built microphone on the camera which won’t offer the best quality.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
|Touch screen||The Sony a5000 camera lacks a touch screen feature. It makes navigation through the settings a bit difficult.||Same as the Sony a5000|
|Headphone Port||The Sony a5000 camera also has no headphone port. The consequence of this is that the photographer will not be able to know for certain the quality of sound in videos when recording.||Same as the Sony a5000.|
What People Think About Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000
|The Sony a5000 has received pretty good reviews from users. To start with, people like the fact that the Sony a5000 has a good sensor resolution because, apparently, it helps them achieve quality imaging. Secondly, many photographers are happy with the fact that the camera has good transfer media. They love the fact that the camera has alternative means of transfer of files aside the wireless connection. Thirdly, users love that the camera can be used to record quality videos. In addition, users like the fact that the Sony a5000 has an articulating screen. This, they say, allows them to try out exciting positions while framing. Lastly, the users love the fact that it has a compact body as that allows them carry it around comfortably.||The Samsung NX3000 has also gotten good reviews by users. To begin with, people like the fact that the camera is mirrorless. Some users stated that this was the reason why they bought this camera. Secondly, the users also love the fact that the camera is light and compact. They love that it can fit into their purse with no difficulty. Thirdly, some users love the fact that the camera can be used to take selfies conveniently without a reduction in image quality. A good number of users also love the fact that the camera has a good focus system. We should also add that some users were fascinated with the fact that the camera can conveniently carry out video operations without a drop in the quality of the image. Many photographers also love the fact that the camera has a good sensor resolution. This helps them to achieve quality imaging.|
|The major complaint that photographers have concerning the Sony a5000 is the fact that the camera does not have an external flash shoe. Some people also feel the wireless connection could be a lot better.||The major complaint that photographers have concerning the Samsung NX3000 is the fact that the camera has an excessive noise reduction setting. Another letdown is the terrible battery life of this camera.|
Sony a5000 Vs Samsung NX3000 – Our Take
|We consider this camera a decent camera for photographers of different levels. We love the fact that the camera has a good resolution and is lightweight. The camera has same rating with the Samsung NX3000 in such aspects of photography as street, landscape and street photography. Finally, putting the price into perspective, the Sony a5000 is the affordable of the two cameras.||The Samsung NX3000 is also a decent entry level camera. It is a little surprise that Samsung made this camera a mirrorless one. This camera is lightweight and has a compact plastic body. We also like that it has a wide range of focus points and takes decent videos. The Samsung NX3000 is our preferred choice of the two cameras in the aspect of portrait, sports photography and also flash photography.|
|There are also a number of not so good points with this camera. However, if you still decide to go with this camera, get the Sony a5000 now!||There are also a number of not so good points with this camera. However, if you still choose to purchase the Samsung NX3000, click here to get it now!|