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Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

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SLR 10.2MP 3.1x Aug 2009
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The D3000 is a performance of SLR DX format which offers superb images and has a range of functions, which make photography easy and fun. Incredibly easy to use Nikon Guide mode intelligent offer... More
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17 Reasons For

Nikon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Nikon has good average reviews for its SLR digital cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range.

CCD Sensor Type

The Nikon D3000 has a CCD sensor type which is better than most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. Most digital cameras of this type and age have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

A CCD sensor type is actually the best sensor type across all cameras of this age and type.

Across similar types of digital camera the worst sensor type is MOS.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon D3000 supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the D3000 do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including because of it's better review score, the D5100[pl_2120682_price], the D750[pl_2497138_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] all from Nikon.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon D3000 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 60Da[plb_1425495_price], the Pentax K-30[plb_1717026_price], or the Nikon D5100[plb_2120682_price].

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an sd|sdhc memory card, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this SLR digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the EOS 60Da[pl_1425495_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the EOS 700D - Rebel T5i[pl_1609405_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) both from Canon or the Sony Alpha A58[plb_1611460_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has One Playback Mode

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of camera playback modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. The most commonly found playback mode is Single image, but this playback mode is not found on this Nikon digital camera. The playback modes thumbnails are also found on this Nikon camera.

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13 Flash Guides

Most comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3000 have between 5 and 23 flash guides, including the Nikon D3000 which has 13 flash guides.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of photo effects than most SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Nikon digital camera has a Neutral photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of this type and age. The photo effects "Black&White" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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± 5EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Has Three Image Editing Modes

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of image editing modes than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the D3000. The image editing modes "Resizing" and "Trimming" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The light exposure modes "aperture priority AE", "manual" and "shutter priority AE" are also found on this camera.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Nikon digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the D3000. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Servo Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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B Shutter Speed Setting

This camera has a B shutter speed setting, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto / Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Very Short Flash Sync-Speed

The Nikon D3000 has one of the shorter flash sync-speeds (only 0.005 seconds) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras that are a similar age to the D3000 the flash sync-speeds range from 0.0031s to 4s, and the average flash sync-speed is 0.67s.

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19 Reasons Against

Very Small Digital Zoom

Cameras of this type and age have digital zooms of between 0.71x and 14x, and the average digital zoom is 3.8x. At only 1 times zoom factor, the Nikon D3000 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to the D3000.

If this camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price] (4x and higher rated), the Nikon D3300[plb_2113658_price] (4x and higher rated), or the Olympus PEN E-P3[plb_1666913_price] (5x and higher rated).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon D3000 does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

Other cameras which also support Full HD video that you might also want to consider include the Canon EOS 60Da[plb_1425495_price], the Pentax K-30[plb_1717026_price], or the Nikon D5100[plb_2120682_price].

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Nikon D3000 does not support video recording. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago do support video recording.

Other digital cameras which also support video recording that you might also want to consider include the Canon EOS 60Da[plb_1425495_price], the Pentax K-30[plb_1717026_price], or the Nikon D5100[plb_2120682_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most cameras of this age and type do not have a GPS. The Nikon D3000 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

There are a number of other cameras which also have a GPS which you might also want to look at including the D5100[pl_2120682_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon D3000 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth looking at include the D5100[pl_2120682_price], or the D600[pl_2079663_price] both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon D3000 does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3000 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3000, the Nikon D3000 is not waterproof.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 4MP to 52MP, and the average megapixel count is 18MP. With a megapixel count of only 10.2 megapixels, the Nikon D3000 has a quite low megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the D3000.

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV[plb_629598_price] (16.1MP and cheaper) or the Olympus PEN E-P3[plb_1666913_price] (12.3MP and higher rated), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1[plb_1663553_price] (16MP and higher rated).

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

With a JPEG frame rate of only 3 frames per second, the Nikon D3000 has a very low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. Across all the SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the JPEG frame rates range from 3fps to 60fps.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 10.75 megapixels, the Nikon D3000 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. The average total megapixel count of cameras of a similar type and age to the D3000 is 19MP, and the total megapixel counts range from 10MP to 53MP.

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Only Features Three Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon D3000 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Nikon camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the D3000. The flash modes "Flash off" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Low Maximum Playback Zoom

When compared to other SLR digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Nikon D3000's maximum playback zoom of only 1 times zoom factor is one of the lowest. The average maximum playback zoom of cameras of a comparable age and type to the D3000 is 11x, and the maximum playback zooms range from 1x to 16x.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon D3000 is more than most SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the D3000. The camera file system "Exif 2.21" is also supported by this camera.

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Only Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon D3000 is more than most similar spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The most commonly supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this camera. The image formats NEF and JPEG are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

At only 1,600, the Nikon D3000 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. The lowest maximum ISO speed of comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1,600 and the highest is 210,000.

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Only 3872 X 2592 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon D3000 has a higher image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a 3872 x 2592 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution. The best image resolution of all cameras that were launched around the same time as the D3000 is 8256 x 6192 pixels and the worst is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of digital cameras of this type and age range from 1 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 750,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Nikon D3000 has a fairly low display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the D3000.

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Quite Small Eye Relief

With an eye relief of only 18 millimeters, the Nikon D3000 has one of the smaller eye relief amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. The average eye relief of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3000 is 19mm.

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Very Wide

Digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3000 have widths of between 100mm and 300mm. At 295 millimeters, the Nikon D3000 is very wide compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D3000.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D3000

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this camera was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Nikon D3000 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D3000.

Other 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include cheaper cameras such as the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV[plb_629598_price].

Digital cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth considering include the D600[pl_2079663_price] (3.2" and higher rated), or the D750[pl_2497138_price] (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Average Weight

The Nikon D3000 has a fairly typical weight (536 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Video Format
Video Recording
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
DC-In Jack
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Calendar
Histogram
Image Adjustment Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mount
Brightness Adjustment
Diopter Adjustment
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
Interface
Special Features

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Expert Reviews

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25 October 2010

As I am more used to handling Canon Digital SLRs I wondered just what I would make of the Nikon D3000. I must admit to being very impressed by this camera. If someone asked me to name a Digital...

Nikon?s 10.2-megapixel D3000 is their latest entry-level DSLR. It?s aimed at consumers stepping up from a point-and-shoot who want a camera that?s easy to learn but not lacking in sophisticated... Read more…

Beautiful photos have never been so easy with the Nikon D3000 Digital SLR. Imagine all the high-tech wizardry of the more expensive cameras without all the confusing menus and manuals. Imagine the...

22 April 2010

Nikon?s D3000 is a good choice for first-timers, but potential buyers should wait for the price to come down...

The competent 10.2-megapixel D3000 updates Nikon?s D60. It comes with a vibration reduction (VR) 18-55mm zoom to counteract camera shake, making it a jack-of-all-trades option for newcomers who... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 24 March 2016 by Commando21

Bought the D3300 as my first digital DSLR camera after years of using compacts. Excellent range of features, works well on Auto setting, but also easy to use on Manual with clear display of... Read more…

Reviewed 10 January 2016 by Twizz

Bought this to replace my Nikon D90 as it was getting a little heavy for my arthritic hands. Very pleased with this one, even though it has taken a while to get used to a slightly smaller (and... Read more…

Reviewed 2 May 2016 by Hufton

Entry level DSLR. I am still getting used to it but love the feature-packed thing. Very easy to use for a novice and just getting into the manual side of things. Works as a quality point and press... Read more…

Reviewed 20 July 2016 by Peppe

Very pleased with this camera. Bought it 9 months ago and have enjoyed using it. The automatic and guide modes are pointless for an experienced photographer, but would make it very accessible to a... Read more…

Reviewed 17 October 2016 by AndyKent

We bought this camera for light studio work and have found it to perform its tasks exceptionally well - having useful tools like a timer delay, focus assist, grid lines, easily adjustable ISO,... Read more…

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