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Nikon D3000 Summary

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexContinuous DriveContinuous DriveManual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon D3000 Assessment

The D3000 is a refinement of the D60 which now sits at the low-end of Nikon's entry-level DSLRs. It improves on the D60 with 11 autofocus points, up from 3 and a larger LCD. Unfortunately, it did lose the eye-start sensor. It is a relatively compact DSLR with the most basic feature set. The D3000 is directly aimed at new DLSR owners.

Among entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3000 is one of the most basic but also one of the most consistent in terms of performance. Image quality is mostly good with low image noise, realistic colors and above average white-balance. The downsides are slightly lower retention of details than usual and more times when focus gave up than average, although this may have to do with the kit lens included with the review unit.

Competition is very intense in the high-growth area of entry-level DSLRs, now that such models cost less than some high-end fixed-lens digital cameras. The Nikon D3000, Canon Rebel XSi, Olympus Evolt E-620, Pentax K200D and Sony Alpha A330, all cost roughly the same. Among these, the Nikon D3000 unfortunately finds itself with the smallest feature set. The Canon XSi is next with a top-notch Live-View mode that appeals to users who are upgrading from a fixed-lens camera. It also adds a number of photographic features such as bracketing. At the other end, the K200D has built-in stabilization and is weather-proof. It also takes up to 1100 shots on a single charge of standard-sized AA batteries.

This leaves the D3000 with the advantage of accessing the second largest in-production lens lineup and its very consistent and capable performance. For a simple SLR that works with the least involvement, the Nikon D3000 is worth a serious look.

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PROS CONS
Low image noise and good retention of details Focuses gives up more frequently than average
Generally good exposure Images softer than its peers
Realistic image colors Info causes glare when settings are changed
Very good white-balance Limited interface control
Fast and responsive No depth-of-field preview
Good build quality No bracketing
Good ergonomics, may be too small though Behavior of Auto ISO somewhat strange
In camera RAW processing Exposure step cannot be changed, always 1/3 EV
No auto focus support for prime lenses due to lack of auto focus motor
No support for legacy non-CPU lenses
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

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Sister Models
Nikon D200 - 10 Megapixels, 5 FPS, 2.5" LCD 230K Pixels, No dust-reduction, No live-view
Nikon D80 - 10 Megapixels, 3 FPS, 2.5" LCD 230K Pixels, Not weather-sealed, No dust-reduction, No live-view
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By Neocamera on 2009-09-20

Nikon D3000 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

10 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-3200
Nikon F Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
95% Coverage
Medium Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Built-in Dust ReductionCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
3 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesSpot-Metering
3" LCD 230K PixelsHot-Shoe
Lithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital High Capacity
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