Dpreview have posted a full review of this camera!
Nikon announced the simplest, most accessible DSLR to date, the Nikon D3000. With its stylish discrete appearance it is compact, light and durable and is suitable for first-time users.
The camera features 10.2-megapixel DX-format CCD Sensor, 3.0 LCD Monitor with Live View Function, 11-point autofocus system and EXPEED image processing to help it deliver rich, bright results close to what you saw with your own eyes.
To make your images great the camera uses Scene Recognition System and Nikon’s Active D-Lighting function which can vastly improve shadows and highlights of high-contrast scenes. D-Lighting works also during processing and restores details in the highlight and shadow areas of the image that may have been lost.
The D3000 is designed for anyone who wants to take pictures without worrying about settings. Of course, there are full manual controls in the camera, but it can take great pictures automatically with its Scene Recognition function. And the intelligent Guide mode employs an easy-to-use interface and shows you how to get better pictures.
The company promises that the D3000 is a fast camera, so you can capture the shot almost instantly, without any delay that is typical of compact cameras. It also features 3fps continuous shooting.
The Nikon D3000 is compatible with the extensive lineup of NIKKOR AF-S and AF-I lenses. It sells with 18-55mm VR Kit Lens.
The D3000 is great because it delivers what novice DSLR users expect from a DSLR: image quality and speed above all. A simple and durable body round off its place as an excellent choice among entry-level DSLR cameras.
While Nikon D3x is the manufacturer’s top model, the D3000 is just at the very opposite end of the scale. It’s a solid model in every sense of the word that should see the amateur photographer through years of happy service.
As to resolution and color accuracy, the D3000 is unimpressive. White balance is decent. As for burst mode shooting, the D3000 delivered the promised, if not particularly exciting, 3 shots per second.
The camera is very friendly and easy to use with its goal-oriented Guide mode, though some settings require too many clicks. And unfortunately there’s no AF with older (non AF-S) lenses.
Despite its good printed performance, the camera produced quite oversaturated color, and had several very bright hot pixels across the frame. One can also be put off by its difficult focusing system with which you should always make sure that you don’t move the AF point accidentally.
The D3000 is an excellent camera, and great value at its current street price. What the D3000 conspicuously lacks however, compared to competitive cameras, is a Live View mode.
Sample Photo Galleries: dpreview.com.
- 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD Sensor
- 10.2 Megapixels
- Maximum Image Size: 3872 x 2592
- Optical Fixed Eye-Level Viewfinder with 95 % Frame Coverage
- 3.0″ TFT LCD Monitor with 230,000 pixels (Live View)
- AF Area mode: Single Area AF, Dynamic Area AF, Auto Area AF, 3D Tracking (11 points), Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
- Focus Tracking
- Focus Lock
- Shooting Modes: Scene Mode (6), Programmed auto, Shutter-priority, Aperture priority, Manual
- Scene Recognition System
- Metering: Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot
- Sensitivity: ISO 100-3200
- Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/4000 sec, Bulb
- Continuous shooting: 3 fps
- GUIDE mode (Intuitive In-camera Assistance)
- Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System
- Compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards
- Price (Body + 18-55mm VR Lens): US: $599
Official Information: europe-nikon.com.