Nikon D3000 Review

by Enche Tjin on September 11, 2009

Nikon D3000 and Nikon 18-55mm VR kit lens

Nikon D3000 and Nikon 18-55mm VR kit lens

Nikon D3000 is Nikon beginner / entry level camera. It replaces Nikon D60. There are three major upgrade of D3000 from D60. There are 11 Auto focus system with dynamic tracking and 3D tracking. This AF system is the same as Nikon mid-range/enthusiast camera, D90. Also, the LCD screen has been enlarged to 3 inches from 2.5 inches. However, the screen resolution remains the same at 230,000 dots. Also new is the Guide mode, this new mode is working as your tutor on basic photography. It helps you set up your camera, in the same time, it tells you about basic photography setting and concepts.

Other than that, everything looks the same, buttons, placement, viewfinder and image quality/resolution.

Nikon D3000 main specs

  • 10 Megapixel image resolution
  • 11 Auto focus points, center cross type
  • 3″ LCD screen, 230k
  • ISO 100-1600, boost able to 3200 (HI)
  • 3 fps continous shooting speed
  • Guide Mode
  • Price: below $600 with 18-55mm VR kit lens

Body design and Handling

Nikon D3000 weights 485 g. The dimension is 126 x 97 x 65 mm. It is an average size for beginner DSLR camera. But if you are coming from compact camera, you might a bit surprise of the size. On the other hand, if you are coming from advanced DSLR cameras, then you will feel this camera is compact and light.

Top: Nikon D90, Left: Nikon D700 and Right: Nikon D3000 size comparison. The D3000 appears tiny compared to its two big brothers

Top: Nikon D90, Left: Nikon D700 and Right: Nikon D3000 size comparison. The D3000 appears tiny compared to its two big brothers

Nikon D3000 has a thumb dial, which you will use most of the time to change shutter speed and aperture. There is a mode dial on the top of the camera. Several basic buttons such as playback, delete, menu, magnifiy/zoom, and exposure compensation. There is also a function (Fn) button on the left side, near the flash that you can customize according to your need.

Coming from more advance Nikon camera like Nikon D90, what missing are the ISO button, Image Quality button, Release mode button, AF mode button and White Balance button. If you want to change  above settings, you need to go to shooting menu (green camera icon). I recommend you to customize the Fn button so you can change you favorite button faster. I change my D3000 Fn button to ISO setting.

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