Canon EOS Kiss X2 vs Nikon D3000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Kiss X2 and Nikon D3000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS Kiss X2 is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D3000 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Kiss X2 were released 2008 and Nikon D3000 was released 2009. That is a 1 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS Kiss X2 2008
Nikon D3000 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Kiss X2 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D3000 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS Kiss X2 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D3000 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

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 Kiss X2 has a 12,2 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
Canon EOS Kiss X2 12,2 MP
12166656 pixels
4272 x 2848
Nikon D3000 10,2 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592

Canon EOS Kiss X2 has a 21 % larger resolution than Nikon D3000. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D3000 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS Kiss X2. Nikon D3000 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 3200 while Canon EOS Kiss X2 has 100 to 1600.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Kiss X2 100-1600
Nikon D3000 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Canon EOS Kiss X2 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.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Kiss X2
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3000

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS Kiss X2 can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3000 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Kiss X2 3,5
Nikon D3000 3

Ability to record movies

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

Though, neither Canon EOS Kiss X2 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, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D3000 weighs 536 gr (equal to 1.18 lb) which is 2% heavier than Canon EOS Kiss X2 and its 524 gr (or 1.16 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS Kiss X2 524 gr
1.16 lb
Nikon D3000 536 gr
1.18 lb

Canon EOS Kiss X2 vs Nikon D3000 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS Kiss X2 and Nikon D3000, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Name Canon EOS Kiss X2 Nikon D3000
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Release Year 2008 2009
Release Date 2008-01-24 2009-07-30
MSRP 799 USD 599 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CCD
Resolution 4272 x 2848 pixels 3872 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 12,2 MP 10,2 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 3 EXPEED
Image
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
ISO Range 100 - 1600 100 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Autofocus Motor Yes No
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Focus Points 9 11
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 230000 230000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT LCD N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.87 (0.54 35mm equiv.) 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Frames per second 3,5 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 13 meters 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Video recording No No
Video format N/A N/A
Video resolution N/A N/A
Built-in Microphone No No
Built-in Speakers No No
Storage
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Memory Card SD/SDHC
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
HDMI Output No No
Microphone Port No No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless No Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed) Yes (Optional ML-L3)
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS Kiss X2
Nikon D3000
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Battery Pack LP-E5
Lithium-Ion EN-EL9a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 500 shots
Width 129 mm 126 mm
Height 98 mm 97 mm
Depth 62 mm 64 mm
Weight 524 gram 536 gram