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Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000

Portability
59
Imaging
44
Features
45
Overall
44
Sigma SD15 front
 
Sony Alpha A3000 front
Portability
69
Imaging
63
Features
54
Overall
59

Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 Key Specs

Sigma SD15
(Full Review)
  • 5MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Push to 3200)
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 750g - 144 x 107 x 81mm
  • Released February 2010
  • Superseded the Sigma SD14
Sony A3000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 411g - 128 x 91 x 85mm
  • Launched August 2013
  • Updated by Sony a3500
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Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 Overview

Lets look a little more closely at the Sigma SD15 and Sony A3000, former is a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless by brands Sigma and Sony. There exists a noticeable gap between the resolutions of the SD15 (5MP) and A3000 (20MP) but they possess the exact same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

Photography Glossary

The SD15 was announced 4 years earlier than the A3000 which is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras come with different body type with the Sigma SD15 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A3000 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving in to a complete comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the SD15 matches up against the A3000 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sigma SD15 over the Sony A3000

 SD15 A3000 
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony A3000 over the Sigma SD15

 A3000 SD15 
LaunchedAugust 2013February 2010More modern by 42 months

Common features in the Sigma SD15 and Sony A3000

 SD15 A3000 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera, you need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Sigma SD15 offers outside dimensions of 144mm x 107mm x 81mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.2") with a weight of 750 grams (1.65 lbs) and the Sony A3000 has measurements of 128mm x 91mm x 85mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 3.3") with a weight of 411 grams (0.91 lbs).

Analyze the Sigma SD15 and Sony A3000 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you use at the time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the SD15 versus the A3000.

Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the SD15 and A3000 is 59 and 69 respectively.

Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 top view buttons comparison

Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizes purely by reading through a spec sheet. The image below will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the SD15 and A3000.

Clearly, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Sony A3000 to give greater detail with its extra 15 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop images much more aggressively. The more aged SD15 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 sensor size comparison

Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 Screen and ViewFinder

Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sigma SD15 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony A3000 as a Portrait photography camera
50
you can focus manually
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
does not have liveview
low resolution sensor (5MP)
77
focusing manually
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focusing
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sigma SD15 as a Street photography camera
Sony A3000 as a Street photography camera
52
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
fixed screen
no image stabilization
57
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no moving screen
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (411g)
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Sports Comparison

Sigma SD15 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A3000 as a Sports photography camera
38
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
does not have liveview
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (5 megapixels)
60
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery life (470 shots)
slow fps (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sigma SD15
Travel photography with Sony A3000
42
built-in flash
no Time Lapse recording
low resolution sensor (5 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
60
great battery life (470 per charge)
good megapixels (20MP)
has built in flash
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors in class (411g)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sigma SD15 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony A3000 as a Landscape photography camera
51
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sigma SA mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (5 megapixels)
no Time Lapse recording
70
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good megapixels (20MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
great battery life (470 per charge)
no image stabilization
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sigma SD15 Vlogging features
Sony A3000 Vlogging features
9
no video
26
comes with face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
no external microphone jack
more heavy than competitors in class (411 grams)
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Sigma SD15 vs Sony A3000 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sigma SD15 and Sony A3000
 Sigma SD15Sony Alpha A3000
General Information
Brand Name Sigma Sony
Model Sigma SD15 Sony Alpha A3000
Class Advanced DSLR Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2010-02-20 2013-08-27
Body design Mid-size SLR SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by True II BIONZ image
Sensor type CMOS (Foveon X3) CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 20.7 x 13.8mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 285.7mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 5 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 2640 x 1760 5456 x 3632
Maximum native ISO 1600 16000
Maximum enhanced ISO 3200 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Min enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 25
Lens
Lens mounting type Sigma SA Sony E
Number of lenses 76 121
Focal length multiplier 1.7 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 96 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.6x 0.47x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 3.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 6.00 m (at ISO200 / 4m at ISO100)
Flash options - Flash off, Auto flash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/180s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution None 1920x1080
Video format - AVCHD, H.264, MP4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 750 gr (1.65 lbs) 411 gr (0.91 lbs)
Dimensions 144 x 107 x 81mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.2") 128 x 91 x 85mm (5.0" x 3.6" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 78
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.8
DXO Low light score not tested 1068
Other
Battery life - 470 shots
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (10 sec) Yes (2-sec. or 10-sec. delay)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC card -
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $1,500 $398