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Nikon D3000


$600.00 Released August, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Large 3" display. Great price for a first time DSLR buyer. Utilizes easy to find, affordable and capacious SD/SDHC storage.

The Cons:Not a very big upgrade over the previous generation models. Slow buffer. Display pixel count is the same as the much smaller display on the D40/D60 (230k).

The Nikon D3000 is an entry level digital SLR camera released in August 2009. Physically, this DSLR is compact and lightweight, making it more convenient to carry around than a conventional SLR. The D3000 borrows several features from its predecessors; a 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor and 3fps continuous shooting from the Nikon D60, plus an 11-point autofocus system with 3D tracking from the D90.

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This camera has a comparatively larger LCD screen at a full 3 inches. Another new feature is the guide mode, which teaches beginners how to properly use the D3000, and how to get the most out of their new investment. The D3000 uses what Nikon calls “EXPEED” image processing, which allows the camera to automatically adjust internal settings based on the shooting environment. More experienced users can manually adjust a variety of camera settings including the flash, white balance focus and exposure.

Features

  • 3” TFT LCD display
  • 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
  • 11-point autofocus system
  • Guide mode
  • EXPEED automatic mode
  • Picture controls (Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, & Landscape)
  • 3fps continuous shooting
  • In-camera photo editing
  • Built-in flash
  • Compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Dimensions & weight: 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 in, 1.2 lb (inc. battery)

User Reviews (12)

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Pros
  • 4

    large 3" display

  • 3

    great price for a first time DSLR buyer

  • 3

    utilizes easy to find, affordable and capacious SD/SDHC storage

  • 3

    Not very heavy

  • 2

    11-point autofocus, vastly superior to the D40/D60

  • 2

    ISO sensitivity up to 1600

  • 2

    regular built in flash

  • 2

    Nice portable size

  • 1

    guide mode - sets up camera based on user input, helps teach amateurs

  • 1

    one of the smallest DSLRs

  • 1

    great LCD quality

  • 1

    affordable price point - one of, if not the cheapest fully featured dSLR cameras to date

  • 1

    impressive image quality for the price

  • 1

    respectable low light performance

  • 1

    great build quality - lives up to the Nikon standard

  • 1

    same battery as the D5000 - about 500 shots

  • 0

    self timer 2, 5, 10, 20 s

Cons
  • 2

    not a very big upgrade over the previous generation models

  • 1

    slow buffer

  • 0

    display pixel count is the same as the much smaller display on the D40/D60 (230k)

  • 0

    no video mode

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    same 10MP sensor as the D60

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    no live view

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Anonymous: #nikon_d3000 How do you take picture from the Display Screen and not looking through eye piece? Jan 27, 11
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  • Yale

    Yale: Live view (the term for the functionality you describe) is not available on the D3000.

    It was included as a major feature improvement of the D3100.

    Personally I would suggest you try to get used to using the optical viewfinder - even though it might be tough because it's pretty small and dim on the smaller bodies up to full frame. It's what is meant to be used on all real cameras, live view is for point and shooters! Jan 28, 11

tang0nathan
tang0nathan: #nikon_d3000 bought it. love it. Jan 12, 10
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tang0nathan
tang0nathan: #nikon_d3000 great camera, will be buying it soon. Dec 8, 09
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