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The D3000 is a high-performance DX-format SLR that delivers superb images and boasts a range of functions, which make photography simple and fun. Niko...

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Review of "Nikon D3000"

published 24/02/2012 | hanmillie
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"The Nikon D3000 - A Brilliant First Time Digital SLR"

I purchased my Nikon D3000 as I had for years wanted a digital SLR camera but did not want to spend the earth on my first one as I am not a professional just yet. Having tried and tested a number of cameras in store I came home with this model and have not looked back since. My camera has been with me from the hottest of temperatures in Death Valley to the cold of Prague in December and has never failed me yet.

The Nikon D3000 is a sturdy and compact digital camera which is smaller than a number of the other models and relatively lightweight. In appearance the camera is a good looking model with a black body and the standard Nikon red trim detail, is also has a good size LCD screen which measures 3'' at the back of the camera for viewing the images taken. All images are viewed through the viewfinder however unlike many other standard digital cameras there is no live view option within the screen

The camera comes with an array of information including a leaflet explaining the camera functions, camera strap, Nikon software to edit photos, a cable for transferring images from the camera to your computer and a battery power lead. It is worth noting that this camera (as the majority of Digital SLR models) has a rechargeable battery. However the life of the battery always lasts for a good 2 weeks on holiday before it begins to need charging again. The screen also displays the amount of life left on the battery so there is plenty of time to charge it.

This camera largely appeals to many like minded photographers due to the good price and high quality that Nikon achieve with most of their cameras. I bought my D3000 as part of a package deal and got the camera, basic camera lens and memory card together with a Nikon bag and UV lens filter for just under £400. Additionally, Nikon offer a 2 year warrantee with this model which is free to the consumer and covers you against any electrical faults that might happen.

The best feature of this camera is its consistent performance. Although it does take a small amount of time to understand the various features of the camera it is very easy to use with practice. The camera dial allows the photographer to select their chosen mode of shooting which can range from automatic which suit pictures requiring instantaneous shots to manually selecting the aperture and shutter speed to suit different locations.

The dial also allows for other options including landscape, portrait, night-time and moving shooting. The menu on the dial also gives the photographer the usual options including the brightness of the LCD screen and the type of photo required. Additionally, the menu allows the photographer to choose the speed of shooting and the option of a timer to take photos. I have found the timer to be particularly helpful when on holiday as it allows the camera to be set to a delay of 10 - 20 seconds before the scene is shot. This delay gives plenty of time to position yourself in the photo with other people when there are no bystanders around to ask.

It is worth noting that images can be formatted as RAW or JPEG depending on whether the photographer wants to edit the image afterwards. Speaking from experience, I made the mistake when I first purchased the camera of selecting RAW images as the Nikon leaflet explained that this was standard. However, unlike JPEG photos most computers will not allow you to view RAW images on screen, a problem which I also found when trying to print the images at a Boots photo counter. Having downloaded the free translator software from Nikon I was able to view the photos however I learnt that JPEG is the easier picture format to choose if you are taking standard photos.

The quality of the images is very good being that it shoots at 10.75 megapixels and this quality is easily noticeable over a standard digital camera. The standard lens which is usually sold with the camera produces fairly good quality images although I have noted blur on some taken. However when used with other speciality lenses this problem is easily overcome. The camera has an in built flash which is useful for informal and unprofessional shooting. However, given more formal shoots a detachable flash would be needed.

Arguably another great feature of this model, which is particularly good if this is your first digital SLR, is the fact that it is compatible with all other Nikon lenses. This is particularly good when wanting to build up a collection of lenses as it means that as long you continue to purchase Nikon SLR's the lenses can always be recycled. The quality of photos is instantly improved when using a different lens to the standard one supplied. From personal experience I have found the image quality to be much better when used with the Nikon 70-300 lens, the usefulness of which is the ability to manually focus the lens. Additionally, the lenses are very easy to take on and off. The body has a white dot over the hole of the lens which when lined up with the lens required clicks easily into place. Again the sound of the click suggests the quality of the camera.

Another useful feature of this SLR is that it has a number of interchangeable filters which can be screwed over the lens to prevent glare, protect the lens or to create a different colour way. It is worth noting that a UV lens is a must for this camera to protect the lens and that any brand will do, this is not limited to a Nikon only filter.

Although the Nikon D3000 is relatively lightweight it does become awkward when doing a lot of walking and shooting photographs as the strap means that the camera bounces off your body as you walk. To combat this, I have bought a camera bag both to protect the camera form weather and to make is easier to carry over the shoulder.

In summary, this is a great camera for a first time digital SLR and the cost of this model reflects this. The use of different lenses with the camera means that the products that you buy for it can last for many years to come with all future Nikon SLR's.

Thank-you for taking the time to read my review.

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  • RICHADA published 20/06/2012
    A very good review - that coming from a Nikon fan, never did get around to reviewing my D90. R.
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Product Information : Nikon D3000

Manufacturer's product description

The D3000 is a high-performance DX-format SLR that delivers superb images and boasts a range of functions, which make photography simple and fun. Nikon's intelligent Guide Mode offers incredibly user-friendly in-camera assistance, enabling even beginners to capture wonderful images. Perfect for shots that you are not sure how to take, and guide mode will ask you about the image you want to capture and automatically optimize the camera settings for the best possible results. When you want to learn more, you can use Guide Mode to find out how to adjust the settings yourself. The 10.2-megapixel image sensor and fast autofocus performance ensure precise, detailed images. The large, 3-inch LCD screen is highly convenient for composing and reviewing images, and makes it easy to use the in-camera retouch menu that enables you to modify images without a computer. The D3000 - the camera that shows you how to capture stunning shots with ease.

Product Details

Product Type: Digital SLR Camera

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.6 cm x 6.4 cm x 9.7 cm

Image Processor: EXPEED

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX

Lens System (2nd): 3.6 x telephoto zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3.6 x telephoto zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G ED Nikon AF-S DX

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Lens Included: AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm VR lenses, AF-S DX 18-55mm lens, AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Body only, AF-S DX 18-55mm VR and 55-200mm lenses

Product Description: Nikon D3000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm VR lenses, Nikon D3000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-55mm lens, Nikon D3000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, Nikon D3000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Nikon D3000 - digital camera - body only, Nikon D3000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-55mm VR and 55-200mm lenses

Weight: 485 g

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Sensor Resolution: 10.2 Megapixel

Viewfinder: Optical - eye-level penta-dach mirror

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Display: LCD display - 3"

Min Focus Distance: 28 cm, 45 cm

Manufacturer: Nikon

Long Name: D3000 18-55 VR + 55-200 VR Kit

General

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Optical Zoom: 3 x, 5.8 x

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR

MPN: K-43350-01, 969606, VBA250KU0, 110004, VBA250K005, VBA250K004, VBA250K001, VBA250KU05, VBA250AB, VBA250KU01, VBA250K003, VBA250K002, VBA250AE, 25462, k-43360-10, 9718, 25462/K3, 25462/K2

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Lens Included: AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm VR lenses, AF-S DX 18-55mm lens, AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Body only, AF-S DX 18-55mm VR and 55-200mm lenses

Auto Focus: TTL phase detection

Image Processor: EXPEED

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW + JPEG, NEF (RAW)

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 11

Sensor Features: Air flow control system, Self Cleaning Sensor Unit

Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes

Field of View Crop Factor: 1.5

Optical Sensor Size: 15.8 x 23.6mm

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,200,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 10,750,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 10.2 Megapixel

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Range: EV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )

X-sync Speed: 1/200sec

Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

White Balance Presets: Incandescent, fluorescent, sunlight, Flash, shade

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Neutral, Vivid, monochrome, landscape, portrait

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, close-up, night portrait, Children, sports mode

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, i-TTL program flash

Exposure Metering Zones: 420

Exposure Metering: Centre-weighted, spot, 3D colour matrix II

Light Sensitivity: ISO 3200, ISO 100-1600, ISO auto (100-1600)

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 485 g

Height: 9.7 cm

Depth: 6.4 cm

Width: 12.6 cm

Additional Features

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec, 5 sec, 20sec

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, date/time stamp, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, cropping an image, in-camera red-eye fix, highlight point display, Active D-Lighting technology, built-in help guide, Scene Recognition System (SRS), Exif Print support, text input to Exif header

Continuous Shooting Speed: 3 frames per second

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Storage: 3872 x 2592 ¦ 2896 x 1944 ¦ 1936 x 1296

Included Memory Card: 8 GB SDHC, 16 GB SDHC

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Nikon EN-EL9a

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Eyepiece cover, battery charger, dust cap, body cap, lens cap, neck strap, memory card reader (USB), USB cable, memory card carrying case, eyecup, cleaning kit, shoe cap, additional battery, video cable

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities, ImageRecall Don't Panic

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x composite video output ¦ 1 x USB

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 3" LCD display

Display Features: Built-in

Viewfinder

Dioptric Correction Range: -1.7 to +0.5

Magnification: 0.8x

Field Coverage: 95%

Viewfinder Type: Optical - eye-level penta-dach mirror

Lens System (2nd)

Features: ED glass, Silent Wave Motor (SWM), aspherical lens, VR (Vibration Reduction)

Filter Size: 52 mm

Lens Construction: 11 groups / 15 elements, 9 groups / 13 elements

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 82.5 - 300mm

Type: 3.6 x telephoto zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3.6 x telephoto zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G ED Nikon AF-S DX

Min Focus Distance: 1.1 m

Lens System

Filter Size: 52 mm, 67 mm

Lens Construction: 8 groups / 11 elements, 11 groups / 15 elements, 5 groups / 7 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Max View Angle: 76 degree(s)

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 27 - 82.5mm

Features: Silent Wave Motor (SWM), aspherical lens, VR (Vibration Reduction)

Lens System Mounting: Nikon F

Min Focus Distance: 28 cm, 45 cm

Camera Flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 12

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

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