Summary: My guess is this camera has highish reviews due to compact shooters moving up. (Nothing wrong with that, just somewhat misleading.) This camera was just about obsolete when it came out. Worse, even the D40 is better than this camera in my opinion (same lenses) --- better IQ.
Excerpt: This camera served me well for two years. It was easy to use and offered enough features for my needs. However, after about a year and a half, it died. Even when the battery was newly charged, the camera would turn on briefly and then die.
Summary: I love the camera, however, you can only see your subjects through the view finder and not the LED screen like I am accustomed to doing with my other camera's. Nikon told me it was not equipped to be able to use the LED screen to view your subjects.
Summary: I am very disappointed as my husband opened it this Christmas morning. The pop up flash does not work. He can still use the camera but it's very disappointing to have to send it out for repair the first thing we do. Sincerely, Marie Applegate
Excerpt: I received the nikon d3000 as a gift from my girlfriend over a year ago after showing interest in my sisters photography. She was shooting with a D90 at the time and had taken many classes At the art institue of chicago on photography.
Excerpt: I bought this as a back-up to my D40 that I use for my part-time photography company. The D40 was my first Nikon, and since I couldn't afford a D90 at the time (now saving up for D7000) I got the D3000, refurbished.
Excerpt: I bought this camera in 2010 and I have to say, overall for a 10 megapixel, it isn't too bad. It takes very good pictures in good lighting and pretty good photos outsite. Unfortunately, the SLR cameras are a pain in the butt if you need to switch to a different lens.
Excerpt: Bought D3000 after considering D40 for many months. Returned it in a week. High ISO performance was disappointing, and I prefer shooting in natural light. Also, while new "Guide" mode is enticing for beginners, I guarentee you will not use it after a brief acclamation period with the camera.