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Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600

Portability
69
Imaging
50
Features
36
Overall
44
Nikon D3000 front
 
Nikon D5600 front
Portability
70
Imaging
68
Features
85
Overall
74

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 Key Specs

Nikon D3000
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Increase to 3200)
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 536g - 126 x 97 x 64mm
  • Announced December 2009
  • Superseded the Nikon D40
  • Refreshed by Nikon D3100
Nikon D5600
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 465g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Revealed November 2016
  • Replaced the Nikon D5500
Photography Glossary

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 Overview

Below, we are evaluating the Nikon D3000 versus Nikon D5600, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras and they are both produced by Nikon. There exists a large gap between the sensor resolutions of the D3000 (10MP) and D5600 (24MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The D3000 was revealed 8 years before the D5600 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before we go through a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick view of how the D3000 grades against the D5600 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D3000 over the Nikon D5600

 D3000 D5600 

Reasons to pick Nikon D5600 over the Nikon D3000

 D5600 D3000 
RevealedNovember 2016December 2009More recent by 84 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display dimension3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution1037k230kCrisper display (+807k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon D3000 and Nikon D5600

 D3000 D5600 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to lug around your camera, you will need to think about its weight and size. The Nikon D3000 has outside measurements of 126mm x 97mm x 64mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.5") with a weight of 536 grams (1.18 lbs) whilst the Nikon D5600 has specifications of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") having a weight of 465 grams (1.03 lbs).

Analyze the Nikon D3000 versus Nikon D5600 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you choose at that time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the D3000 versus the D5600.

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the D3000 and D5600 is 69 and 70 respectively.

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to visualize the difference between sensor measurements just by looking at technical specs. The visual here might give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the D3000 and D5600.

As you can tell, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You can anticipate the Nikon D5600 to resolve more detail because of its extra 14MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively. The older D3000 is going to be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 sensor size comparison

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D3000 Portrait photography features
Nikon D5600 Portrait photography features
54
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no liveview feature
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
80
focusing manually
MP count good (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D3000 Street photography details
Nikon D5600 Street photography details
58
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
74
fully articulated screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
supports touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D3000 Sports photography factors
Nikon D5600 Sports photography factors
39
nice sensor size (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
no liveview feature
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10 megapixels)
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
69
MP count good (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
good battery life (820 per charge)
supports phase detect auto focus
very slow continuous shooting (5.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D3000 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon D5600 as a Travel photography camera
45
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse function
terrible battery power (500 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
81
good battery life (820 per charge)
has bluetooth
supports touch to focus
MP count good (24 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D3000 Landscape photography highlights
Nikon D5600 Landscape photography highlights
51
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no liveview feature
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (10MP)
terrible battery power (500 per charge)
lack of Timelapse function
79
focusing manually
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen is a good size (3.2 inch)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
great ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (820 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D3000 Vlogging advice
Nikon D5600 Vlogging advice
9
no video
74
selfie friendly display
touch screen
comes with face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external mic support
does not have image stabilization
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Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D3000 and Nikon D5600
 Nikon D3000Nikon D5600
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon D3000 Nikon D5600
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2009-12-11 2016-11-10
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.6 x 15.8mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 372.9mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Peak resolution 3872 x 2592 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 1600 25600
Highest enhanced ISO 3200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 11 39
Cross type focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount type Nikon F Nikon F
Number of lenses 309 309
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3 inches 3.2 inches
Resolution of display 230k dots 1,037k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.53x 0.55x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/200 seconds 1/200 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Highest video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 536 gr (1.18 lb) 465 gr (1.03 lb)
Dimensions 126 x 97 x 64mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 2.5") 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 62 84
DXO Color Depth rating 22.3 24.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.1 14.0
DXO Low light rating 563 1306
Other
Battery life 500 shots 820 shots
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL9a EN-EL14
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec) Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $0 $597