Nikon D3000

Last update (22 May’13):
- Review by PCAuthority

Nikon D3000 is a 10.2 MP compact, light and durable DSLR camera (announced 30/07/09) features 3fps continuous shooting rate, 11-point AF system with 3D tracking, EXPEED image processing, Picture Controls, and a 3-inch LCD screen. The camera measures 126 x 97 x 64 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 in) and measures 536 g (1.2 lb) (loaded and ready).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Expert Reviews

Nikon D3000 Reviews

PCAuthority reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“The positives continue with image quality. Along with Canon, Nikon takes this month’s prize for controlling noise at high ISO speeds”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PopPhoto reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“we were impressed with the D3000’s ability to keep its resolution virtually unchanged all the way up to ISO 800. Even at ISO 3200, it dropped only to 1930 lines, although that was just enough to lower the score to a High rating from its Very High rating through ISO 800.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“The D3000’s combination of lens and sensor provides detailed and crisp results for those looking to achieve professional-looking photographs. Although, in terms of light sensitivity, grain intrudes into shadows from ISO 400, up to ISO 800 it’s kept sufficiently at bay, avoiding softening and loss of detail. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

LaptopMag reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“For shoppers on a budget (or those who don’t plan on shooting video), the D3000 is an easy-to-use camera that takes strong photos..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPInterface reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“In terms of image quality, the D3000’s output is very good and usable without any off-camera tweaking. Noise levels are low, making images usable till ISO 1600. You’d want to use some noise reduction software or have good lighting around with the ISO 3200 setting. To further ease the transition from the compact camera world, the D3000 also produces photos that ‘pop’ with vivid colors and good sharpness”
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Shutterbug reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“Response was quick and I was successful in getting to the metering patterns, ISO, and white balance in the field with absolutely no hassle. Screen brightness was sufficient outdoors for image playback and review and excellent for making settings.”
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Adorama reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“If you are an absolute beginner to DSLR photography and are easily intimidated by the bewildering controls and creative options on a DSLR, the D3000 is for you… However, if you are more advanced—and have come to expect stellar high-speed performance and image quality, I’d consider the D5000 if only because its sensor has tested as one of the best in its class, and certainly is the best in its price range. If you are expecting HD Videos, again the D5000 would be the better choice.”
Rating: N/A

MacWorld reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“Overall, the Nikon D3000 is a worthy successor to the company’s D40 and D60, especially considering its improved metering modes and larger LCD. As a first investment in a digital SLR, the D3000 is a good choice for consumers looking for an affordable, reliable, well-constructed camera that produces consistently good results under everyday conditions.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“I must admit to being very impressed by this camera. If someone asked me to name a Digital SLR at the lower end of the market in terms of price that they could use for learning the basics of photography then I think the D3000 would be an excellent starting point.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“Colour reproduction was consistently good and the D3000 performed better in our Imatest colour tests than the D5000 we reviewed in April. Lateral chromatic aberration ranged between negligible and moderate in our Imatest tests and we found evidence of coloured fringing in test shots taken with the 18mm and 24mm focal lengths.”
Rating: ★★★★½

ImagingResource reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“Image noise in the shadows at higher ISOs is just a bit too much, and color saturation is too extreme. Detail is soft, and autofocus surprised us one too many times with very odd behavior, confirming focus when the camera was actually way out of focus. Printed results, though, are pretty good, allowing quality prints up to 13×19 inches between ISO 100 and 400, and also 800 with more noticeable noise in the shadows. “
Rating: N/A

RegHardware reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“Nikon has released its most beginner-friendly and accessible DSLR to date and, thanks to its terrific performance, intelligent new features and affordable price, it’s certainly one of the best deals on the market.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“As such the D3000 easily comes Recommended for beginners, but anyone who’s already familiar with DSLRs or simply wants Live View on a budget may find the Canon EOS 1000D / XS a better overall choice.”

Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“Nikon D3000 is pretty much the perfect entry-level DSLR. It offers robust build quality, excellent handling, superior performance and good image quality, while leaving out superfluous gimmicks like video and live view”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photocracti reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“the D3000 proved to be very responsive in most situations. For an affordable DSLR, it was surprisingly fast and reliable. In terms of image quality, it was competitive with more expensive 10 megapixel models”
Rating: N/A

LetsGoDigital reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“In terms of user-friendliness, the Nikon D3000 reaches a high rating, and the integration of innovative imaging editing and processing technologies even increase the user’s ease. The picture quality is excellent and frankly, we did not expect otherwise. With its broad experience and the success of its predecessors, the destination of the Nikon D3000 seems already determined. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“As for color accuracy, the D3000 trailed all of our comparison cameras. White balance was decent, and quite good in custom white balance mode, but image noise and dynamic range results were just alright.As for burst mode shooting, the D3000 delivered the promised, if not particularly exciting, 3 shots per second. “
Rating: N/A

ePhotozine reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“I think for the first time user wanting to get into DSLR photography, this is a lovely camera to start with. It’s easy to use, has a good build quality and has some cool features such as the guide mode and miniature effect. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBay reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“am very pleased with the D3000’s noise control, even at higher ISOs. I wouldn’t hesitate grabbing family snapshots at ISO 3200 if that’s what I need for the right shutter speed. I would print 4 x 6 images all day long when the shots came from reasonable light”
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DCRP reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“the Nikon D3000 is a very nice entry-level digital SLR. For under $600 you get a compact and capable camera that’s remarkably easy to use, and when you’re ready for manual controls and nicer lenses, the D3000 will be waiting. The D3000 earns my recommendation… “
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DCR reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“While there are some downsides to the cameras like slower AF and a sluggish image buffer system, the price and overall output that the D3000 can achieve make it a great camera to consider if you have the dough during these tough times. “
Rating: N/A

TechRadar reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“This is a great first SLR and a genuine pleasure to use. It’s fast and intelligent, with a good quality kit lens, and comes with all the advantages of Nikon’s optical heritage. The ISO performance is great for the money, and the clear LCD makes it easy to make adjustments as you go along. “
Rating: ★★★★½

BJP-Online reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“Even at ISO200 there is some noise present in the images, but fine detail is rendered superbly. Noise increases at 400 and 800..ISO3200 is very acceptable, with a few hot pixels of coloured noise in a tonally robust image with crisp luminance noise. “
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“… although noise begins to intrude into shadow detail from ISO 400 – a tad disappointing – up to and including ISO 800 it’s kept sufficiently at bay to avoid overall softening and loss of detail…..Overall then, the Nikon D3000 is worthy of a coveted Photography Blog “Highly Recommended” award. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Photoxels reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“The Nikon D3000 is one of the most comfortable DSLR camera ever, especially because of its large handgrip, light weight and compact size. Controls placement and a user friendly implementation of its features make it point-and-shoot easy to use..”
Rating: Editor’s Choice reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“For beginners or prosumers who want a compact digital SLR to complement their existing set up, Nikon has made a very nice camera for a good price. If you’ve already got a D40 or D60 it’s probably not worth the upgrade, but we have to say that this camera has been the first in a long time to get us excited about the entry-level dSLR space — and made us take a whole lot of great photos.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Nikon D3000 and writes;
“Colours were vibrant and clarity was high. Low-light shooting will leave you with noisy pictures if you bump the ISO to 400, but the noise doesn’t get too much worse as you make your way up to ISO 1600..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Nikon D3000 VS Nikon D60 VS Nikon D5000 Comparison Review;

Nikon D3000 First Look Review;


Nikon D3000 Sample Photos

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- Nikon D3000 Sample Photos @ TrustedReviews
- Nikon D3000 Sample Photos @ LetsGoDigital
- Nikon D3000 Sample Photos @ DCI
- Nikon D3000 Sample Photos: 123 @ ePhotozine
- Nikon D3000 Sample Photos @ DCRP
- Nikon D3000 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
- Nikon D3000 Sample Photos @ Photoxels
- Nikon D3000 Sample Photos: 12345 @ Nikon USA


Nikon D3000 Brochure

- Download Nikon D3000 Brochure (PDF – 7.13MB)

Tips & Guides

Nikon D3000 Tips & Guides

- Nikon D3000 Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David Busch
- Nikon D3000 Digital Field Guide by J. Dennis Thomas
- Nikon D3000 Multimedia Workshop by Lark Books

Press Release

Nikon D3000 Press Release

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 30th July 2009 – Nikon announces the simplest, most accessible DSLR to date, the D3000.

Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager for Nikon Europe says: “The D3000 dispels the view that DSLR cameras are complicated and makes taking great pictures simpler than ever before. You can really concentrate on having fun with photography and the Guide mode helps you to get the best results with the minimum of fuss.”

DSLR, pure and simple
The D3000 is designed for anyone who wants to take pictures without worrying about settings. You can select from a choice of subject parameters and the camera will do the rest, and the instant response time means you never miss a moment. The 11-point autofocus system ensures everyone is in focus, and the bright viewfinder means you get what you want, when you want it.

Great pictures, automatically
The 10.2 megapixel sensor, powerful EXPEED processing system and brilliant NIKKOR lenses ensure excellent pictures wherever you are, whatever you or your subject is doing. The comprehensive exposure metering system, ISO 1600 sensitivity and built-in pop up flash make light work of dark places.

Guide the way
For the DSLR first timer, the intelligent Guide mode helps you get the most from the potential DSLR photography offers. It simplifies the camera set up and shows you how to get better pictures. If you want to develop your picture taking, you can. If you want to concentrate on the subject, you can do that too. Either way, the D3000 does it effortlessly and automatically.

3-inch LCD screen
The 3-inch LCD screen means you can share your efforts with family and friends and makes retouching your pictures in camera great fun. Beyond the Guide mode, the GUI menus are larger and simpler to use thanks to extensive use of visuals instead of text. The wide variety of exciting in-camera processing effects means you can get really creative with your pictures and share them with friends and family.

Anytime and anywhere
Whatever you do, wherever you go, the D3000 is a must have for any family event or day out. The camera’s comprehensive technologies and tough exterior are ready to handle whatever your free time can throw at it. The exclusive dust reduction system with Airflow control minimises the impact of dust on the image sensor and its compact size and weight – and tough housing – on both body and lens make the D3000 impossible to leave behind.

Key features:

* 10.2megapixel CCD sensor. Even in low light the image resolution makes easy work of big prints and sharp enlargements.
* 11-point autofocus system. Keeps even the fastest moving subjects in focus, often the biggest challenge for compact cameras
* Fast response. The start up time and shutter lag means you can capture the shot almost instantly, without the delayed response time common of compact cameras
* Guide mode. Simply the easiest way to get great pictures, without having to read the manual
* 3-inch TFT. With pictures this good, you will need a great screen to share them with friends and family
* EXPEED image processing. Exclusive system to deliver rich, bright results close to what you saw with your own eyes
* Picture Controls. Lets you set the look and mood of your images before you shoot
* 3 fps continuous shooting allows you to capture fast-moving action at 3 frames per second
* Intuitive ergonomics. We challenge anyone to pick up a D3000 and it not to feel part of your hand
* Stylish discrete appearance. The D3000 does not become a barrier between you and your subject, resulting in natural looking expressions
* Compact, light and durable. It won’t fit in your pocket, but with pictures this good you will find a shoulder to hang it on

New Guide mode
In-camera guidance is provided by the new Guide mode, which employs an easy-to-use interface that makes it easy for first-time users to select shooting modes. Additionally, after selecting an item in Guide mode, camera settings can be further adjusted in order to obtain optimal results.

Nikon DX-format CCD sensor; 10.2 effective megapixels
At 10.2 effective megapixels, the D3000 produces high-resolution images that enable beautiful enlargements without loss of sharpness. Normal ISO sensitivity is ISO 100 to 1600 but for added shooting versatility, a Hi 1 setting increases sensitivity to ISO 3200.

EXPEED image processing system
The D3000 is equipped with Nikon’s EXPEED image processing system. EXPEED realises excellent resolution, long tonal scale, and superb colour while also making possible fast processing of the D3000’s advanced imaging functions such as Scene Recognition and Active D-Lighting.

Scene Recognition System
This feature improves accuracy for exposure, white balance, and autofocus by analysing colour and illumination over the entire scene milliseconds prior to shooting. It then adjusts the camera settings accordingly for optimal picture quality.

Active D-Lighting
The D3000 incorporates Nikon’s Active D-Lighting function which can vastly improve shadows and highlights of high-contrast scenes. Like the Scene Recognition System, Active D-Lighting utilises the 420-pixel RGB sensor to analyse a scene then adjust exposure to achieve images that closely resemble what the human eye sees. During processing, this function also restores details in the highlight and shadow areas of the image that may have been lost.

11-point AF system with Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module
Employing 11-point autofocus, driven by Nikon’s Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module, the D3000 delivers fast, precise focus over a wide area of the frame. Four versatile AF modes are available: single-point AF for stationary subjects, especially ones that are off-centre; dynamic-area AF for moving subjects; auto-area AF when you want the D3000 to automatically determine the proper focus method; and 3D-tracking (11 points) AF for maintaining focus on subjects even if the composition changes.

3.0-in. LCD monitor
Image playback and viewing menus is now easier than ever thanks to the 3.0-in., 230k-dot TFT LCD monitor. Text size is also 20% larger than on previous Nikon digital SLR cameras.

Picture Control System
The Picture Control System gives users the ability to customise key digital image capture characteristics to suit personal preferences.Six settings are available: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape.

In-camera photo editing

After shooting, the D3000’s photo editing functions allow for in-camera retouching, reducing the need for a computer to enhance or modify images. The D3000 introduces a new Miniature effect under its Retouch Menu that modifies images to look like pictures of miniature models. Each editing function is applied to a copy of the image, with the original left unmodified.

Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System
Dust reduction is handled by the Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System. This is a comprehensive solution that reduces the generation and accumulation of dust as well as measures to remove dust. A key element of the solution is the Airflow Control System, which directs dust away from the image sensor. The system also includes an image sensor cleaning function that activates automatically when the D3000 is powered on or off. This vibrates the low-pass filter (located in front of the sensor) to free it from dust.

Superb NIKKOR lenses
The D3000 opens up a wide range of possibilities for creative shooting thanks to full compatibility with the extensive lineup of NIKKOR AF-S and AF-I lenses. From ultra wide-angle and micro to super telephoto, NIKKOR lenses give users the means to explore their creativity to the fullest.

Nikon D3000 Other Features

* Extensive playback options that allow viewing of images one at a time or in batches of 4, 9, and 72 as well as Calendar view that organises images by shooting date and time. A histogram display is also available that shows exposure data for a magnified area of the image.
* Highly durable shutter unit tested to 100,000 cycles.
* Long-lasting Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a that provides up to 550 shots per charge. (CIPA standard, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and flash fired at full power once every other shot.)
* Built-in flash with a guide number of approx. 12/39 (ISO 100, m/ft., 20°C/68°F) and support for Nikon’s i-TTL flash control.
* Support for the Nikon Creative Lighting System when using SB-900, SB-600, or SB-400 Speedlights, or the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander.
* Compatible with all NIKKOR AF-S and AF-I lenses that have an autofocus motor.
* Compatible with the optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3. There are two shutter release modes available when using the control: Quick Response mode for immediate triggering of the shutter release and Delayed Remote mode, which delays triggering for two seconds.
* Viewfinder grid lines that aid in picture composition.
* Compatible with SD and SDHC memory cards
* Includes Nikon ViewNX image browsing and editing software, which lets you organize, label, and select images as well as perform NEF (RAW) image editing adjustments and conversions.
* Photos captured with the D3000 can be used with optional Nikon Capture NX 2 photo-editing software, which features patented U Point® technology and powerful tools for quick and easy photo editing, including enhanced NEF (RAW) Editing.


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