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
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.
Conclusion: Nikon D3000 digital SLR camera The Nikon D3000 lays out a smooth road for the novice photographer to make the step from a compact camera to a digital SLR camera. The Nikon D3000 is in that respect an ideal camera for the amateur, and because the learning curve is very low, all its technical ingenuity will be quickly accepted.
Conclusion: The D3000 is a bit like the new Miss Marple: a comfortable, non-threatening Sunday evening experience with just a splash of modern colour to keep you interested. It’s not a multimedia powerhouse or an optical explosion – it’s just a very nice camera.
Pros: You couldn’t ask for a smoother transition from compact to SLR photography than the D3000. A Guide Mode walks you through settings with the patience of a digital David Bailey, and auto scene mode selection will have you shooting superb quality snaps in seconds. The combination of a healthy 10MP chip, a sharp rock-solid zoom lens and a new, precise AF system gives clear, crisp and colourful photos. Miniature mode gives a fun ‘toy train set’ effect and high ISO photogra...
Cons: You won’t find the latest high features like Live View or video capture on this budget beauty, and ambitious snappers could soon find the D3000 a bit frustrating, as accessing manual features takes a few more button presses than you’d like. Apart from the cool Miniature mode mentioned above, the in-camera Retouch menu feels more of a Photoshop Ultra-Lite than a useful editing suite.
Conclusion: It offers the complete gamut of usability from point-and-shoot simplification right through to more advanced manual control and image design expected of a DSLR and produces a standard of image that far outperforms anything a digital compact could produce.
Summary: There is something we should get out of the way before going any further though: the D3000 does not feature Live View or video recording. The latter isn’t an unusual omission on a budget DSLR, but the absence of Live View may bother those upgrading from a point-and-shoot. They’ve been used to framing with the screen at arm’s length, so switching to an optical viewfinder pressed against their eye is a big transition.
Pros: Very friendly and easy to use., Goal-oriented Guide mode., Decent metering and 11-point AF system., Switchable guide-lines in viewfinder.
Cons: No live view or movie mode., Some settings require too many clicks., No exposure bracketing or DOF preview., No AF with older (non AF-S) lenses.
Summary: For a great price like $600, the Nikon D3000 is an excellent value, especially if you are ready to move into more advanced photographic waters. Once you start acquiring the lenses, a few years down the road you can replace the body and still have the glass.
Pros: Accurate 11-point AF system (even in low-light conditions), Easy entry-level automatic modes for beginners, Exceptional low-light sensitivity (all the way up to ISO 800), Excellent image quality, Good exposure control
Cons: Sluggish image buffer, No video, No live view