In this review, we look at how the Sony a6000 vs Nikon D3300 fare against each other in comparison.
Not enough time to go through the entire article? You’ll want to check out the comparison overview, comparison table and which is better for what sections. They all contain the basic information in quick bites.
However, we recommend that you read through the entire article, especially if you are new to the camera scene. You could also check out some of our other Sony-Nikon reviews, like the Sony a7 vs Nikon D500, for a wider frame of reference.
Comparison Overview — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
Overall Review of the Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
First of all, the Sony a6000 is a mirrorless camera while the Nikon D3300 is a DSLR camera. This gives the Sony a6000 camera an advantage in terms of their weight as mirrorless cameras are usually lighter than DSLR cameras.
The Sony a6000 camera has the upper hand in terms of autofocus system, high ISO and file transfer as it has in built wireless and Near Field Communication.
On the other hand, the Nikon D3300 camera is superior to the Sony a6000 camera in the aspects of flash coverage and battery life.
The Sony a6000 and the Nikon D3300 have similar rating in terms of sensor resolution, shutter speed, screen resolution and low ISO.
Both cameras also have little differences as regards video coverage as they both have the same video resolution and frame rate.
Price/Value Ratio — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
The Sony a6000 and the Nikon D3300 cameras are affordable cameras. We can say that the respective prices of the cameras are justified by the different unique features present in them.
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.
Nikon is a Japanese multinational corporation that specializes in the production of optical and precision equipment. It happens to be one of the leading manufacturers of cameras.
And because Nikon has been around for quite some time, it has been able to grow a pretty impressive catalogue of camera spare parts and lenses. This makes it easy to get replacement for damaged camera parts.
Comparison Table — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
|Body Type||Rangefinder Style mirrorless||Compact SLR|
|Max Sensor Resolution||24 MP – APS – CMOS sensor||24 MP – APS – CMOS sensor|
|Dimensions||(120x67x45)mm||(124 x 98 x 76)mm|
|Max Resolution||6000 X 4000||6000 x 4000|
|Max ISO||100 to 25600||100 to 12800 (expands to 25600)|
|Max Native Light Sensitivity||25600 ISO||12800 ISO|
|Max Boosted Light Sensitivity||51200 ISO||25600 ISO|
|Continuous Shooting||11 frames per second||5 frames per second.|
|LCD Screen Resolution||922k dots||921k dots|
|Low Light ISO||1347||1385|
|Battery Life||360 shots||700 shots|
|LCD Screen Size||3 inches||3 inches|
|Flash Coverage||6 meters||12 meters|
|Near Field Communication||Yes||No|
|Lens Mount||Sony E||Nikon F|
|Viewfinder Resolution||1440k dots||Optical|
|Smartphone Remote Control||Yes||No|
|Support For UHS Memory Cards||UHS-I||None|
|Max Flash Synchronization||1/160 seconds||1/200 seconds|
|DxO Overall Score||82||82|
Which Is Better Under What Circumstance? — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
|The Sony a6000 is a good idea for vacations, hikes and long walks because it is pretty light and compact.||The Nikon D3300 camera is the better camera when a photographer has to frame in an environment that has too much ambient light. This helps the photographer obtain quality images in such a situation.|
|The Sony a6000 camera is also the preferred choice in the aspect of autofocus. It has a strong focus system which makes framing much more easier for the photographer.||The Nikon D3300 camera is the more affordable of the two cameras. This could be enough to influence the decisions of some buyers.|
|This camera is the better option for sports, wildlife and any other kind of photography where speed is of the essence. And the reason for this is that it has the better continuous shooting rate.||In the situation where a user wants to record videos with top notch audio quality, the Nikon D3300 is the better option of the two. The reason for this is the presence of an external microphone port on the camera.|
Common Features Of The Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
1. Shutter Speed
The Sony a6000 and Nikon D3300 both have good maximum shutter speed ratings. Shutter speed is the period (of time) for which the shutter of a camera is left open as it’s used to shoot an image.
The shutter speed determines the amount of light that gets to the sensor of the camera. For slower shutter speeds, a lot of light that gets to the camera’s sensor while faster shutter speeds are associated with reduced amount of light getting to the sensor.
This begs the question, why shoot at a fast shutter speed when it is associated with reduced level of exposure of the camera’s sensor?
The answer to this is not far-fetched as some photography operations require the photographer shooting at a fast speed if he or she is to get the desired result.
An example of such is in the aspect of shooting in an environment that is fast moving. The photographer will never be able to get the best image if he or she shoots at a low speed in such a situation.
In those situations when it is inevitable to shoot using a fast shutter speed, it makes sense to use a high ISO. This way, you are able to compensate for the small light situation.
The Sony a6000 and the Nikon D3300 both have a shutter speed of 1/4000 second which is pretty impressive.
2. Video Resolution
Both the Sony a6000 camera and the Nikon D3300 have a video resolution of 1920 by 1080.
The Sony a6000 camera has a frame rate of 60 frames per second. The Nikon D3300 camera also has the same frame rate. This further shows that the two cameras are good for video operations.
3. External Flash Shoe
An external flash shoe is that port on the camera through which the external flash is attached to the camera.
The external flash, for various reasons, is regarded as the better type of flash.
For one, the external flash has an adjustable head. This gives the photographer the chance to bounce light off the images. And this action helps give the photographer some level of flexibility when shooting or framing.
The external flash also has an upper hand over the in-built flash in the aspect of maximum flash-to-subject distance. The in-built flash has a flash-to-subject distance of 1 to 3 metres at ISO 100 while the external flash has a flash-to-subject distance of over 10 meters at the same ISO rating (ISO 100).
4. RAW Support
RAW holds so many advantages over the JPEG format. One advantage is that this format (RAW) records all of the data from the sensor. This alone helps the photographer obtain a high quality image (although it takes more space than the JPEG images).
That said, the RAW format, unlike the JPEG format, is not universal. It differs from one camera to the other and is also unique for different brands. The manufacturers determine the quality of the RAW format present on the camera.
RAW has proven to give the better result when it comes to the aspect of cropping or editing images than JPEG. The chief reason for this is that the files stored in the JPEG format are compressed ordinarily and any other form of editing will most likely destroy or alter the quality of the image. you tend to lose the original data.
5. Face Detection
Face Detection helps to increase the level of precision of the photographer when he or she is framing. The reason for this is that the camera when set in this mode blocks out all other elements and focuses on the human face (or faces depending on the number of humans included in the image).
Face detection is very relevant in portrait photography most importantly. This is the reason why the two cameras are actually relevant in this aspect of photography.
6. Low light ISO
The Sony a6000 camera has a low light ISO rating of 1347 while the Nikon D3300 camera has a low light ISO rating of 1385. And both are pretty impressive.
Low ISO comes in handy in situations where the photographer wishes to darken a photo when there is excessive exposure to light. With these low ISO ratings, the two cameras have a reduced noise in their final image.
Low light ISO also comes in handy in the sports aspect of photography.
7. Sensor Resolution
Sensor resolution is a property of the camera sensor which is (chiefly) responsible for the quality of the final image and is measured in pixels.
The two cameras also have a good sensor pixel area. They both possess a sensor pixel area of 366 squared millimeters and have a crop factor of 1.5x.
All that the above mentioned information shows is that both cameras are about the same as regards sensor performance.
The fact that the two cameras have good ratings in the aspect of sensor resolution, sensor size and a good crop factor further shows that the two cameras can be used to produce quality images.
8. Built in Flash
In built flash is a blessing to the photographer as it is readily available.
The built in flash could also be a savior in low light situations as it helps the photographer light up the targeted image (thereby ensuring improved exposure) which helps to obtain a well exposed image.
This built in flash helps the photographer to avoid problems associated with using an external flash such as problems with the flash guide number calculation and the aperture settings.
With the in built flash, the user does not need to worry about buying additional accessories that will work with the in-built flash.
The Sony a6000 weighs 344 grams while the Nikon D3300 weighs 430 grams. Considering the fact that the Sony is mirrorless and that the Nikon is DSLR, they are both pretty lightweight.
While there is an 86-gram difference between these two cameras, it might not be a huge enough deciding factor for us.
A Sony a6000 Demonstration Video — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
Unique Features Of The Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
1. Auto Exposure (AE) Bracketing
In digital photography, auto exposure bracketing is the technique of taking different shots (usually three) with slightly different exposure settings of the same object.
The technique involves the photographer capturing different images (starting from three) with varying exposure settings. Usually, one of the photos is correctly exposed, another is underexposed to light, while the third (usually the last) is slightly over-exposed to light.
Auto exposure bracketing is done to choose the exposure setting that gives the image that best portrays the photographer’s intentions.
Automatic Bracketing also comes in handy when the photographer has to frame in poorly lit areas.
2. Wireless Connection
With in-built wireless connection, the camera can be used to upload files to online platforms (even during the live view).
The Sony a6000 camera has an in built wireless connection while the Nikon D3300 camera doesn’t.
For the Nikon D3300 camera, users could decide to purchase the WV-1a adapter which will allow them access to the internet.
3. Battery Life
The differing battery life rating of the two cameras is also a major difference between these two cameras.
The Sony a6000 has a battery life of 360 shots while the Nikon D3300 has a battery life of 700 shots. The 340 extra shots that the photographer using the Nikon D3300 gets is not to be overlooked.
The implication of the low battery life of the Sony a6000 is that the user (that opted for the Sony a6000) has to spend extra cash to obtain extra batteries in other to meet shooting targets.
Another major difference between the Sony a6000 and the Nikon D3300 is the viewfinder feature. A viewfinder is a camera component that shows the photographer the area of the subject that will be included in the photograph.
Viewfinders are part of the range finder focusing system of a camera. The Sony a6000 camera has an electronic viewfinder while the Nikon D3300 has an optical viewfinder. The two viewfinder types have their own areas of strength.
The optical viewfinder (which is found on the Nikon D3300) helps the photographer to obtain a lag free image. On the other hand, the electronic viewfinder shows other shooting data such as live histogram map, ISO, aperture and white balance settings while the photographer is using it to frame.
In addition, the Sony a6000 has a larger field of view than the Nikon D3300. This helps the photographer have a more complete view. It has a viewfinder coverage of 100% while the Nikon D3300 has a viewfinder coverage of 95%.
Another difference is that the Sony a6000’s electronic viewfinder has a higher magnification than the optical viewfinder of the Nikon D3300. The Sony a6000 camera has a magnification of 0.7X while the Nikon D3300 has a magnification of 0.57X.
5. Max ISO
In digital photography, ISOs are used to measure the sensitivity of the image sensor.
When shooting in poorly lit areas, it could be difficult to frame or obtain an image with good quality. High ISO acts as the savior in such situations as it tries to make the most of the available light in order to improve the quality of images shot in this kind of environment.
High ISOs are also important when shooting in an environment that contains fast moving objects. The reason for this is that, the photographer needs to use a fast shutter speed to freeze motion in this kind of environment.
The Sony a6000 has a good ISO range that is between 100 and 25000 while the Nikon D3300 has an ISO range that is between 100 and 12800. The implication of this is that the Sony a6000 is the better idea for situations where the quality of lighting is not top notch.
6. Focus Points
The Autofocus points are those points (usually in the form of a cross or dot) with which the camera focuses on a targeted image.
The autofocus points help the photographer to focus easily on objects in specialized conditions. The Sony a6000 camera has 179 focus points while the Nikon D3300 has 11 focus points. There is a great gulf between these two cameras in terms of autofocus system.
These autofocus points can mostly be seen through the viewfinder of the camera. However, some cameras allow for the autofocus points to be viewed on the LCD screen.
With autofocus points, the saying “the more the merrier” holds true as the more the focus points, the easier and faster it is to focus. And so, having a lot of autofocus points is useful when you want to take a lot of action shots (say in wildlife or sports photography).
Also, having a lot of autofocus points helps the photographer cut down on the chances of the targeted object being away from a point of focus.
7. Articulating Screen
An articulating screen is one that is free to move and turn in different angles and directions.
The Sony a6000 camera has an articulating screen while the Nikon D3300 does not have it. Instead, the Nikon D3300 has a fixed screen.
One major advantage of the articulating screen is that it allows the user to frame and preview photos (and videos) at waist level (an extremely difficult position to frame at) without messing up the image quality.
8. Near Field Communication Connection
Near Field Communication (NFC) connection is a technology that allows devices to exchange data by simply placing them in close proximity of one another.
Near Field Communication connection is present in the Sony a6000 while it is absent in the Nikon D3300 camera.
The NFC connection is more or less the major transfer medium in the Nikon D3300 while it is an alternative transfer medium (to the in-built wireless connection) in the Sony a6000 camera.
9. Continuous Shooting
Continuous shooting is a camera mode in which the camera is used to shoot several photographs in quick succession with a single press of the shutter.
The Sony a6000 has a continuous shooting rating of 11 frames per seconds while the Nikon D3300 has a continuous shooting rating of 5 frames per seconds. Obviously, the Sony a6000 is better than the Nikon D3300 in this aspect.
The fact that the Sony a6000 shoots at a higher frequency than the Nikon D3300 makes it easy for photographers to capture decisive moments easily with it.
To cut the Nikon D3300 some slack, we would love to point out that its 5 fps rating is just about enough for it to be used in sports photography and the likes (provided it is not the kind of event where there is a lot of movement).
10. Microphone Port
A good number of manufacturers do not include a microphone to their cameras. And this is probably because a camera is primarily for photography.
Nevertheless, we are of the opinion that it is an important feature as videography is also an important aspect of digital photography.
External microphones have a reputation of being better than the in built microphones. The major reason for this assertion is the fact that the external microphone does not pick up mechanical or handling sound when recording.
The above stated point proves that the external microphone just records the needed sound and that leads to an improved audio quality. That said, while the Nikon D3300 has a microphone port, the Sony a6000 doesn’t.
A Nikon D3300 Demonstration Video — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
Unique Pros Of The Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
Pros of The Sony a6000 — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
- To start with, the Sony a6000 camera has phase detection autofocus for photos.
- The Sony a6000 camera also has a tilting screen which makes it easier for the photographer to get creative while shooting.
- Furthermore, the Sony a6000 camera has a built-in focus motor.
- In addition, the Sony a6000 camera also has in-built Wi-Fi while the Nikon D3300 does not.
- The Sony a6000 camera also has the ability to carry out auto exposure bracketing. This helps the photographer out in times when he or she is unsure of the right exposure settings to use.
- Also, the Sony a6000 camera has the wider array of downloadable camera apps than Nikon.
- The Sony a6000 camera has a larger sensor pixel area than the Nikon D3300. This helps to improve the quality of the final image.
- The Sony a6000 camera can also use more non-native lenses than the Nikon D3300. This is achieved with the help of adapters.
- The Sony a6000 camera also has anti-alias filter which helps the photographer have a better moiré control. This means that the photographer will be able to prevent artificial patterns from appearing in his images.
- The Sony a6000 camera has a superior max ISO rating to that of the Nikon D3300. It has a high ISO rating of 25600 while the Nikon D3300 has a high ISO rating of 12800.
- The Sony a6000 camera is also compatible with UHS-1 memory cards. This helps fast speed transfer of files to other devices that also support the usage of this memory card.
- In addition, the Sony a6000 camera has a better continuous shooting rate than the Nikon D3300 camera.
- Furthermore, the Sony a6000 camera is better than the Nikon D3300 in the aspect of focus points. Photographers using the Sony a6000 can easily focus on objects.
- The Sony a6000 camera can also be operated with the help of a smartphone.
- This camera can be charged conveniently through its USB port.
- Finally, the Sony a6000 camera has a Near Field Communication connection feature. This helps the photographer transfer files easily from the camera to other devices that are NFC enabled.
Pros of The Nikon D3300 — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
- Firstly, the Nikon D3300 camera has more lenses available for it than the Sony a6000 camera. It has 302 available lenses while the Sony a6000 camera has just 102 available lenses.
- The Nikon D3300 camera also has a longer battery life than the Sony a6000. This camera has a battery life of 700 shots while the Sony a6000 camera has a battery life of 360 shots.
- In addition, the Nikon D3300 has an external microphone port.
- The Nikon D3300 camera has a better low light ISO rating than the Sony a6000. It has a low light ISO rating of 1385.
- In addition, the Nikon D3300 camera has a better flash coverage vs the Sony a6000 camera. It has a flash coverage of 12 meters while the Sony a6000 has a flash coverage of 6 meters.
- Finally, the Nikon D3300 camera has a better color depth vs the Sony a6000. The Nikon D3300 camera has a color depth of 24.3 while the Sony a6000 has a color depth of 24.1.
Unique Cons Of The Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
Cons of The Sony a6000 — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
- The Sony a6000 camera has a lower flash coverage than the Nikon D3300 camera. The Sony a6000 camera also has a lower color depth than the Nikon D3300. This sometimes affect the color distribution in the images.
- Furthermore, the Sony a6000 camera does not have a microphone port. This makes it difficult to obtain quality sound in videos.
- Also, the Sony a6000 has a limited native lens selection when compared vs the Nikon D3300. The Sony a6000 has 102 available lenses vs the Nikon D3300 that has 302 available lenses.
- The Sony a6000 has an inferior battery vs the Nikon D3300.
Cons of The Nikon D3300 — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
- The Nikon D3300 camera does not have Near Field Communication connection. This leaves the Nikon D3300 user with limited mediums of file transfer.
- The Nikon D3300 camera does not have a smartphone remote control also.
- Also, the Nikon D3300 does not have Auto Exposure bracketing. This makes it difficult for the photographer to select the appropriate exposure to use in poor light.
- In addition, the Nikon D3300 camera is inferior to the Sony a6000 in terms of focus points.
- The Nikon D3300 camera also has slower continuous shooting rate than the Sony a6000 camera.
- Also, the Nikon D3300 camera is not compatible with UHS memory cards.
- The Nikon D3300 camera has a lower dynamic range than the Sony a6000 camera.
- Finally, the Nikon D3300 camera is inferior to the Sony a6000 camera in terms of high ISO.
Common Pros — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
|Sensor Resolution||The Sony a6000 camera has a good sensor resolution. It has a sensor resolution of 24 mega pixels.||Same as the Sony a6000.|
|External Flash||This allows the photographer enjoy better form of flash photography.||Same as the Sony a6000.|
|Video Coverage||The Sony a6000 camera has a good video resolution of 1920 x 1080. This is sufficient to record quality videos.||Same as the Sony a6000|
|Low light ISO||The Sony a6000 has a good low ISO rating. This helps to obtain quality image in harsh lighting conditions.||Same as the Sony a6000|
|Face Detection||The Sony a6000 camera can also automatically detect faces. This makes framing easier.||Same as the Sony a6000.|
|RAW Support||The Sony a6000 can shoot RAW. This ensures the production of quality images.||Same as the Sony a6000.|
|Built-in Flash||This allows the photographer have a feel of flash photography from the get-go.||Same as the Sony a6000.|
|Viewfinder||The Sony a6000 has a good viewfinder. This makes framing a lot easier.||Same as the Sony a6000. The only difference is that the camera has an optical viewfinder.|
|Shutter Speed||Sony a6000 has a good shutter speed of 1/4000 second. This enables the camera to frame conveniently in a fast moving environment.||Same as the Sony a6000.|
|Sensor Pixel Area||The Sony a6000 camera has a large sensor. Its sensor pixel area of 366.6 squared millimeters helps to improve image quality.||Same as the Sony a6000. The only difference is that the Nikon D3300 has a sensor pixel area of 357.28 squared millimeters.|
|Screen Resolution||The Sony a6000 camera has a good screen resolution. Its screen resolution of 922k dots is very okay.||Same as the Sony a6000.The only difference is that the Nikon D3300 camera has a screen resolution of 921k dots|
Common Cons — Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
|Headphone Port||The Sony a6000 camera does not have a headphone port. This could pose a problem for the photographer at times as the absence could make it more difficult for him or her to evaluate the quality of sound whilst recording.||Same as the Sony a6000.|
|Image Stabilization||The Sony a6000 does not have in body image stabilization. The absence of in body image stabilization on this camera could lead to the photographer obtaining low quality images. It is worthy to note that Sony, in a bid, to mitigate the effect of this have optically stabilized lenses which could be used instead.||Same as the Sony a6000. Nikon also has optically stabilized lenses.|
|Environmental Sealing||The Sony a6000 camera is not protected against environmental conditions such as rain, humidity, dust, etc. The exposure of this camera to any of these stated conditions will lead to the damage or reduced life expectancy of the camera.||Same as the Sony a6000.|
|Touch screen||The Sony a6000 camera is not touch sensitive. It’s screen is unresponsive to human touch.||Same as the Sony a6000.|
What People Think About Both About The Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
|The Sony a6000 actually has received good reviews from users. To start with, people like the fact that the Sony a6000 has a good sensor resolution. They said this helps them to obtain images of top notch quality. Secondly, some users are impressed with its continuous shooting rate. A user said the good continuous shooting rate of the camera makes it easy for them to capture a bride descending a stair at her wedding (without missing out on any detail). Some users seemed to love the autofocus system of the camera. A user mentioned that they had never encountered any back focus issue (unlike when he was using a Nikon camera) since they started using the Sony a6000 camera. Some users also pointed out that they love the fact that they can use their old lenses with the camera. Finally, users also love that the camera can be used to record quality videos.||The Nikon D3300 has also received good reviews from users. To start with, users love that the camera has an awesome battery life. This, they said, gives them confidence when they are going for a shoot as they do not have to go with extra batteries. Users are also impressed that the camera has a good sensor resolution. They love that they can use larger prints on this camera. A good number of users also love the fact that the Nikon D3300 camera has a good lens which has vibration reduction feature. They said the vibration reduction feature helps to keep the lenses stabilized. Many photographers also love the fact that the camera has a good flash coverage. This helps to shoot easily in poorly lit environments. A good number of users are also impressed that the camera has the ability to record quality videos also.|
|One prevalent complaint about this camera seems to be about the battery. However, this is more a Sony issue than a specific camera thing.||The major complaint that photographers have concerning the Nikon D3300 is the fact that the camera does not have a built in wireless connection.|
Our Take On The Sony a6000 Vs Nikon D3300
|We consider the Sony a6000 a good semi-pro camera. One of the things we are down for with this camera is the fact that it has a compact body. We also love the fact that this camera has a good auto bracketing feature. This helps deal with the issue of poor exposure level. Lastly, this camera has a good transfer media. The presence of the Near Field Communication connection and wireless connection is testament to this. This camera is our preferred choice for any kind of photography.||We also consider the Nikon D3300 a decent semi-pro camera. We are fascinated by the fact that the camera has a good battery life. Secondly, we like the fact that the camera has a microphone port as this helps to have good audio quality in videos. Thirdly, we love the fact that the camera has a good low light ISO. This makes it suitable to be used in poor lightning conditions. This camera is our preferred choice when it comes to the aspects of video operations.|
|The shortcomings of the Sony a6000 have been properly treated in the weakness section. However, if you still choose to purchase it, click the link below.||The shortcomings of the Nikon D3300 have been properly treated in the weakness section. However, if you still choose to purchase it, click the link below.|