Canon EOS 50D vs Nikon D3000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 50D and Nikon D3000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS 50D
Nikon D3000

Manufacturing

Canon EOS 50D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D3000 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS 50D were released 2008 and Nikon D3000 was released 2009. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS 50D Canon 2008
Nikon D3000 Nikon 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 50D has a "APSC"-sensor while Nikon D3000 has a "DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS 50D 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Nikon D3000 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Canon EOS 50D has a 15,1 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3000 has 10,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS 50D 15,1 MP 15054336 4752 3168
Nikon D3000 10,2 MP 10036224 3872 2592

Canon EOS 50D has a 50 % larger resolution than Nikon D3000. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS 50D has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3000. Canon EOS 50D has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 12800 while Nikon D3000 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 50D 100-12800
Nikon D3000 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Canon EOS 50D has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3000 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 50D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3000

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS 50D can shoot up to 6,3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3000 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 50D 6,3
Nikon D3000 3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

Though, neither Canon EOS 50D or Nikon D3000 can shoot movies so if that is a functionality that you are really looking for you should look elsewhere.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Canon EOS 50D weighs 822 gr (equal to 1,81 lb) which is 53% heavier than Nikon D3000 and its 536 gr (or 1,18 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS 50D 822 gr 1,81 lb
Nikon D3000 536 gr 1,18 lb