Face-Off: EOS 650D vs Alpha 77 vs D600 vs D3100 vs K-30 vs D7000


Canon EOS 650D Sony Alpha 77 Nikon D600 Nikon D3100 Pentax K-30 Nikon D7000
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Canon EOS 650D
Overview - Full review
Sony Alpha 77
Overview - Full review
Nikon D600
Overview - Full review
Nikon D3100
Overview - Full review
Pentax K-30
Overview - Full review
Nikon D7000
Overview - Full review
Price
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Currys 289.00 See offer  
John Lewis 289.00 See offer  
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Pixmania 509.00 See offer  
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Argos.co.uk 349.99 See offer  
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Overall Scene
Canon EOS 650D
Sony Alpha 77
Nikon D600
Nikon D3100
Pentax K-30
Nikon D7000
Score
5/5
4/5
4/5
4/5
3/5
5/5
Image Quality
5/5 4/5 5/5 5/5 4/5 5/5
Handling
5/5 4/5 5/5 4/5 4/5 5/5
Video
4/5 5/5 4/5 4/5 2/5 4/5
User Score
5/5 (4)
4/5 (11)
3/5 (9)
4/5 (7)
5/5 (8)
5/5 (18)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 18 Mpx, APS-C (x1.6) , 5.5 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 40 mm f/2.8
Stabilisation no
Viewfinder Reflex
Screen 7 cm, not TN, 1040000 dots, 3:2, Multitouch
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 12800 ISO ext. 121 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Microphone Flash hot-shoe Power
Power source LP-E8 (8.1Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 100 x 133 x 80 mm / 551 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 24 Mpx, APS-C (x1.5) , 6.5 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 16-50 mm f/2.8
Stabilisation Mechanical
Viewfinder Electronic
Screen 7.6 cm, not TN, 921000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 16000 ISO ext. 115 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Microphone Flash hot-shoe Power GPS
Power source NP-FM500H
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 106 x 142 x 85 mm / 716 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 24 Mpx, 24x36 , 2.8 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 24-85 mm f/3.5 -4.5
Stabilisation Depends on lens
Viewfinder Reflex
Screen 8 cm, not TN, 921000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 6400 ISO ext. 135 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Mono
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC
Connections USB Remote control HDMI Microphone Flash hot-shoe
Power source EN-EL15 (14 Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 115 x 144 x 84 mm / 835 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 14 Mpx, APS-C (x1.5) , 3.8 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 18-55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Depends on lens
Viewfinder Reflex
Screen 7.6 nm, not TN, 230000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 63 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24 fps , Mono
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Flash hot-shoe
Power source
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 124 x 96 x 77 mm / 505 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, APS-C (x1.5) , 4.3 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 18-55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Mechanical
Viewfinder Reflex
Screen 7.6 cm, not TN, 921000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 12800 ISO ext. 64 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Mono
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control Flash hot-shoe
Power source 4 AA / D-LI109 (7.8 Wh)
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 98 x 128 x 84 mm / 620 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, APS-C (x1.5) , 4.3 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 18-105 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Depends on lens
Viewfinder Reflex
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 920000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 25600 ISO ext. 111 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24 fps , Mono
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Microphone Flash hot-shoe
Power source
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 105 x 132 x 77 mm / 780 g
Conclusion
The Canon EOS 650D is a responsive SLR that's easy to use and takes excellent-quality photos. In fact, when it comes to taking pictures, this EOS is a sure success. The touchscreen is sleekly integrated and the video mode's continuous autofocus brings new possibilities for consumer users.
The Sony Alpha 77 is a success on all fronts: its electronic viewfinder is good enough to silence critics (including us) as it avoids most of the usual pitfalls; the camera's performances are at least excellent and sometimes outstanding; and on top of that it has a high-quality build and finish. That said, the 24 Megapixels aren't really all that useful, there's been a slight drop in sensitivity, and some design and handling features could still be improved.
It's rare to see a full-frame DSLR at this price (only Sony had done it previously, in fact). Image quality is clearly excellent, and the Nikon D600 is sure to be a must-have for users looking for this kind of camera. But like any advanced, expert-level SLR, it will take time and practice for beginners to get the hang of using.
The D3100 is a very good entry-level SLR. The low-definition screen costs it a star, but picture quality is excellent and the camera is fast and responsive to use.
The Pentax K-30 is basically a pared-down version of the K-5 SLR, with which it shares plenty of basic specs (except its shutter, which is much noisier). Picture quality and general handling are very good, and the K-30 offers plenty of exclusive extras for a camera at this price point. However, the body isn't as pleasant to handle as some competitor models and the video mode really needs updating.
Nikon's D7000 is a real achievement and the quality of the images it produces will win over any photographer, as will the build quality of the camera itself and its high-end features. Filmmakers, on the other hand, might still be left wanting more.
Pros

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Excellent picture quality up to 3200 ISO

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5 fps burst mode

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High-quality swivel LCD

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Comprehensive video mode with stereo sound and continuous autofocus

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Well-designed touchscreen interface

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Can pilot remote wireless flashes

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Very high performances (12 fps burst, subject tracking, autofocus etc.)

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Splash-proof body, advanced and customisable controls

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Video Full HD at up to 50 fps with manual mode, stereo sound and mic socket

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Vertical tilt and swivel screen

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Electronic viewfinder: integrated zoom, accurate preview, doesn't go dark in low light

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Full-frame sensor (24 x 36 mm), image quality, depth of field, etc.

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Large, comfortable 100% viewfinder

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Advanced controls, loads of customisable features

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Reassuringly sturdy build

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Two SD card slots

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Impeccable image quality up to 1600 ISO and very good up to 3200 ISO

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1080p Full HD video

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Well-made and pleasant to handle

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General responsiveness

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Weather-resistant, big viewfinder, two settings wheels

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High-end image quality (with good-quality lenses)

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Mechanical stabilisation works with all lenses, even in video mode

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Interface: advanced customisation options

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Can run on internal battery or AA batteries

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Great build quality, 100% viewfinder

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Excellent control of electronic noise up to 3200 ISO

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Burst mode reaches 6 fps and autofocus is fast

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Stabilised kit lens a real all-rounder

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Wireless control over external flash

Cons

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Hybrid autofocus system could be faster

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Autofocus can be a little hesitant in low light

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White balance could be better

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Noisy shutter release

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No sign of Wi-Fi, GPS, USB 3.0

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No major progress in image quality, even a slight regression in sensitivity

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Interface can sometimes be confusing

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Buffer memory can be a bit tight (at full speed the bust mode is limited to under 2 seconds)

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Battery life isn't as good as SLRs with optical viewfinders (approx. 400 photos)

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Electronic viewfinder: still not quite as sharp as a 24 x 36 mm SLR viewfinder, slight display lag, dynamic range could be better

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Grip handle could be bigger given the camera's weight

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Dense menus, complicated for novice users

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Video mode can be tricky to use (manual focusing, external mic advisable)

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Screen displays just 230,000 dots

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ISO Auto: confusing handling

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Autofocus only with AF-S lenses

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Very warm white balance under halogen lighting

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No rubber thumb-rest (comfort is debatable)

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Live View is still slow

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DA L 18-55 mm lens can vary in quality from one model to another

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Shutter release is noisy

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Limited video mode: no continuous autofocus, mono sound

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AA battery adapter is an optional extra

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Video mode not quite up there and autofocus could still be faster

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Normal quality JPEGs lack a bit of oomph

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Fixed LCD screen

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No headphone output to listen back to sound

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Capture NX2 software sold separately but the best way to enjoy RAW photos