Excerpt: You can get a lot of Nikon for your money—the $780 (body only) D90 pops readily to mind as a near-unbeatable deal. But what about the lowest-price entry point into the Nikon system, the D3000 ($550, street, with 18– 55mm f/3.5–5.6 VR lens)? Despite the obvious savings, it’s not nearly as compelling a deal. Replacing both the Nikon D40 and D60, the D3000 shares the D60’s 10.2MP sensor with its 12-bit A/D converter, the current standard for entry-level DSLRs.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Low image noise and good retention of details, Generally good exposure, Realistic image colors, Very good white-balance, Fast and responsive, Good build quality, Good ergonomics, may be too small though, In camera RAW processing
Cons: Focuses gives up more frequently than average, Images softer than its peers, Info causes glare when settings are changed, Limited interface control, No depth-of-field preview, No bracketing, Behavior of Auto ISO somewhat strange, 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
Conclusion: Both the Nikon and the Samsung represent great buys for anyone who wants to get a capable camera outfit for under £500. In terms of handling and range of features, both options are excellent. However, for those looking to expand their system in line with progress in photography, the huge system available to the Nikon (and other DSLRs) provides real advantages over the Samsung.
Conclusion: Hopefully, Nikon's factories are working overtime, as I can see the D3000 being a major success. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to size, weight and handling, while the range of features is pitched just right. As well as everything you need to take great pictures, there are a host of options that allow users to really enjoy their photography.
Excerpt: If you haven’t noticed, the crew here at Gear Patrol loves to take photos . Not too long ago, this GP contributor was the last member of the crew still trying to take photos of the latest gear with his trusty old point-and-shoot (the venerable, yet aged Canon PowerShot SD200). Feeling that it was time to join the ranks of DSLR-wielding weekend warriors known as Gear Patrol Contributors, he reached out to none other than Gear Patrol founder and resident photography guru,...
Nikon D3000 Review - A Look at The Nikon D3000 Digital Camera
9 March 2010
Excerpt: The Nikon D3000 digital camera offers exceptional photo quality and easy to use features. In this Nikon D3000 review, we'll take a look into its strengths and why it's one of the best entry-level digital SLR cameras currently available.
Summary: The $549 Nikon D3000 presents some noteworthy improvements over the Nikon D40--the Editors' Choice-winning budget DSLR--thanks to a higher resolution, a lens with image stabilization, finer autofocus, and faster burst shooting. For a still-reasonable $799, you can now find DSLRs that shoot HD video, such as the Canon Digital Rebel T1i.
Pros: Strong image quality for the price, 11-point autofocus, Beginner-friendly user interface, Fast
Cons: No video recording, Flash sometimes overwhelms Macro and low-light shots
Summary: The D3000 may not have all the latest bells and whistles feature-wise, but what it does it does extremely well. If you can live without live view and movie modes it's the perfect beginner's camera.
Pros: Excellent detail and resolution at low ISO settings (especially in raw mode), Very capable AF system, including 3D AF tracking, on a par with much more expensive DSLRs, Versatile and fun retouch options including in-camera raw processing, Effectively unlimited shooting in JPEG mode (with ADL turned off), User-friendly ergonomics, without sacrificing control, Good build quality for the price - no creaks, Active D-Lighting helps recover the maximum tonal detail from tri...
Cons: Unreliable white balance under artificial lighting, Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions, No Live View, Screen resolution slightly too low for checking accurate focus, Very little control over high ISO noise reduction, No front control dial, No depth-of-field preview button, No exposure bracketing, No in-body stabilization (although VR is included in many of Nikon's current entry-level lenses), Luminance noise becomes a problem above ISO 800, Slightly...
Summary: Its feature set is basic even by entry-level standards, but the Nikon D3000 delivers the photo quality and performance you expect when stepping up to a dSLR, with an optional interface that's very beginner friendly.
Pros: Beginner-friendly Guide mode; nicely laid out interactive control panel; solid photo quality up through ISO 1,600.