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Created: 09/09/09

Nikon D3000 10.2 Megapixel

The Nikon D3000 10MP Digital SLR Camera is compatible with a broad range of world-famous Nikkor lenses and includes the versatile 3x, 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor with Silent-Wave Motor autofocusing and Nikon VR image stabilization to combat picture blur caused by camera shake for sharper handheld pictures. Special moments are captured faithfully at up to 3 frames-per-second and displayed on a bright, 3-inch LCD monitor. The D3000’s split-second shutter response eliminates the annoyance of shutter lag. To further simplify picture-taking in special situations such as portraits, sports, landscapes, and more, the D3000 features icon-identified Scene Modes that deliver beautiful results automatically in otherwise complex situations.

Additional Nikon technologies elevate picture quality and guard against picture-taking mistakes. Fast, accurate 11-point autofocus delivers razor sharpness. 3D Color Matrix Metering II and Nikon EXPEED image processing work with an exclusive Scene Recognition System for precise automatic exposures and rich, vivid color. Making the D3000 an even smarter choice are its exclusive Re-touch functions for creative fun and the onboard Guide Mode that’s ready to lend a reassuring hand to take the pictures you’ve always wanted.

Looking over several cameras and choosing one for someone who has outgrown point and shoots, I came back to the Nikon D3000. By no means will this model blow away the seasoned photographer, however it does cover the basics and more. We picked it up and tried it out over the weekend.

First time DSLR users will enjoy the Guide Mode. It literally walked us through different shoot scenarios via the fixed 3" LCD screen. An excellent tool, its step by step instructions allowed my niece to move from the operating booklet in no time. After a few more runs, I am sure that she will feel quite comfortable shooting in the manual mode. The quick shutter release was a nice surprise.

Upon completing two days of shooting with the Nikon D3000, I walked away impressed. In manual mode, indoor shots were a balanced and perfect mix of shadow and color. As usual with shooting in low light, noise will make an appearance. However this system can be tweaked to deliver some outstanding indoor photographs. The bottom line is proper settings.

A basic fix is the VR (Vibration Reduction) feature located on the lens. This should be activated, especially indoors. A tripod will certainly help. In auto mode, just set the camera to night portrait and sit back and enjoy the rest of your flight.

Outdoor shots were vibrant, sharp and rich in color without editing. The onboard flash system was more than capable in meeting fill flash requirements. Without a doubt the overall performance of the camera, features and image quality is excellent.

With 10.2 megapixels to work with, I easily blew up a personal favorite my niece had taken to 16" x 20". Even though I don't see myself trading in my Nikon D300 for this model anytime soon, this camera is by far an upgrade over any of the souped up point and shoots out there.

Its easy to see that the real jewel in this model is the auto focus system. With six auto mode settings (Landscape, Sports, Child, Closeups, Portrait, and Night Portrait) each and every photograph can be a keeper. Onboard editing tweakers won't be disappointed with this model. It covers the basics. The D3000 operates with both SD & SDHC cards. I highly suggest buying this camera!

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Created: 10/03/09

Nikon D3000

The Nikon D3000 is an entry-level DSLR, but don't let the term fool you. When you place the label "Entry Level" on a camera, it might call to mind a camera with no frills, limited uses, and little more to offer than an automatic shooting experience. This has been disproved by the latest crop of cameras released in the past two years, and the D3000 continues to set the bar high for an entry-level camera. This new generation of point-and-shoots and entry-level DSLRs not only push the boundary of low-light performance and mega resolutions, they give that power to a whole new audience of beginning photographers.

Major manufacturers have also been pushing prices down, giving us powerful entry-level DSLRs for well under $1,000 - it was only up to a few years ago cameras like the Canon EOS Rebels were first to blast away this price point.

Not only do DSLRs offer you manual control over shooting, they give you the advantage of using different kinds of lenses. It's important to remember when buying a DSLR that you're also buying into a system of lenses, not just a camera. The power of having a DSLR is that you can place any of your old lenses onto a new camera body in the future.

Enter the Nikon D3000, a new entry-level DSLR with a 10.2 megapixel DX-format CCD APS-C image sensor, 11-point Autofocus system with 3D tracking (which comes on the higher-end D5000 and D90), Active D-Lighting and an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens for $599.

The D3000 is focused on the consumer that is looking to move from an advanced point-and-shoot into the DSLR arena, and so is equipped with some very automatic features, including the Nikon Guide Mode that offers extensive shooting tips all the way to setting up the camera. The D3000 also features six automatic exposure modes ranging from panorama to portraits. This should make it easy for even the newest of photographers to gain entry to the DSLR game. Let's see how well it tested...

The D3000 feels and looks exactly like the other DSLRs from Nikon, and is only different from the D90 and D5000, both higher-end models, by a few tenths of an inch. The D3000 measures 5.0x3.8x2.6 inches while the D90 is 5.2x4.1x3.0 inches, though the D3000 weighs a bit less at 1 lb 1 oz, making the Nikon entry-level to prosumer DSLR models almost identical in shape and size as well as overall appearance.

One of the main distinctions between it and the other models is that it has a smaller resolution of 10.2 megapixels, which could seem blasphemous in today's market when most cameras are coming out well over 12 megapixels. This should not be a deterrent however, but a welcomed surprise that provides bigger photosites on the image sensor so that low-light shots should come out a little better than a packed chip with too many of them - the older D60 model also sports a 10.2 megapixel sensor.

Another major distinction between the D3000 and the D90 and D5000 is that the image sensor is a CCD and not a CMOS chip, which means they are separate, but somewhat similar technologies that are used to turn light into digital values, i.e., the analog-to-digital (A/D conversion), but differ in the method of doing so. The basic thing to know here is that CMOS chips are faster than CCD chips, and are used in most of the pro DSLRs.The D3000 is a hard-plastic construction that feels great in the hand. It is not too big and not too small, and is only slightly bigger than Panasonic's GH1 micro four-thirds camera, making it ve

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Created: 01/05/10

Loving My New Nikon

Review For: Nikon D D3000 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S DX VR 18-55mm Lens)

Wonderful camera for taking high quality photos. I love the size of the LCD Review Screen-- you can tell right off the bat how high quality your picture is going to be on the computer. Very simple to use; amateur and professional photographers alike would appreciate the many cool photo features.

I would recommend this camera to anyone looking to take great pictures that do not care for tiny cameras with mediocre quality/features. This sucker is the real deal.

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Created: 09/05/11

Great entry-level DSLR that is both versatile and affordable.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

This is my first DLSR and the value for the price of this camera is amazing! Even though this camera model is a couple of years old, it still takes amazing pictures out of the box (with a lens attached of course). Nikon makes exceptional products and I am very pleased with my Nikon D3000. I am going to take a class this fall called Intro to Digital Photography and I needed to buy a camera. I purchased this camera after reading all the 5 star reviews, and I am not hesitant to give this camera a 5-star rating myself. Great entry-level DSLR that is both versatile and affordable.

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Created: 09/25/10

Good simple DSLR

Review For: Nikon D D3000 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S DX VR 18-55mm Lens)

Light compact DSLR with excellent lense. Easy to use and learn and the large rear screen and settings makes this camera much easier to use than more expensive Nikon models with the top read-outs and more functions. Lense is perfect "one and only" for traveling and takes good pictures in almost all situations. While the combination is not inexpensive, it is a good value for an amateur photographer who wants to take better quality and more interesting pictures than possible with a point and shoot and not carry a large bag and a heavy camera.....

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Created: 03/18/10

Nikon D3000 with 18-55 AF VR lens

This is my first digital SLR but not my first digital camera. I grew tired of the lag time in taking photos with standard digital cameras and when my Fujifilm S2000HD decided to die,(not the cameras fault) I felt it time to go with a SLR. I have several Olympus film SLR cameras and lenses but also need the freedom of digital media for normal everyday photography. I checked out several cameras and being bias toward Olympus I almost bought the E-520 but after handling, and reading reviews of digital SLRs it was a toss up between the Canon EOS and the Nikon. Both the Canon and the Nikon had all the features I wanted and both had excellent reviews but the deciding factor was when I was able to hold and test both cameras together. The Nikon lenses felt much better, smoother zoom and just a higher quality feel to them, the shutter button was also awkward feeling on the Canon. I have been taking pictures with the Nikon for a week now and I am extremely happy with it. I still have not used all the features this camera has to offer but normal pictures and above all macro pics (my favorite) have all been above my expectations for a digital camera in this price range. I consider this camera and lens an excellent value.

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Created: 09/17/10

Very Happy

Review For: Nikon D D3000 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S DX VR 18-55mm Lens)

This camera is absolutely awesome. Physically, it's beautiful and it fits my hands. It's not too big, it's not heavy, and it looks professional. My clients are impressed with the Nikon name and the quality of the photos that I deliver with this camera. Technically, it is a fairly simple camera to learn and the guide is a great help if you are new and need a hand. It is easy to use and has all the features that I needed. It doesn't have the live view on the lcd, but I am okay with that. I like the auto focus feature it does a great job, but it really shines in manual. It is a great camera! My Nikon D3000 is a refurb, but I have never had a single problem with this camera. It was refurbed by Nikon and is guaranteed to perform at or above standard, and it does! Don't let the refurb scare you, it can save you money and it doesn't mean that the camera is lacking in any way.

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Created: 09/25/10


I love this camera. It takes amazing pictures. The quality is just outstanding!!! I can't imagine how I took pictures before having this camera. There is nothing that I truly dislike about the camera. It is a great size with a great lens. I decided to buy it because I am really into photography and have still been working with the original 35mm SLR cameras. Yes I finally decided to go digital!!! And it was the best photography decision I have ever made...

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Created: 10/17/10

great camera

Pros: Images are sharp and noise-free. Extremely fast performance. Auto and scene modes make it very easy to take great shots out of the box. Included lens kit has VR and is light and compact. Movie mode is fun to use. Great value at this price.

Cons: Movie mode has annoying limitations, such as 5 minute cap on HD and no auto focus. Lens kit has cheapish build quality. 18-105mm range is not great for telephoto zoom shots. JPEG output could be sharper (but RAW is excellent).

Summary: I bought this dSLR after reading the positive reviews on Cnet,, and seeing it was a best pick on Overall I'm extremely satisfied with the purchase. As others have mentioned, it's not perfect, but it's probably the best available right now in this price range.

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Created: 11/10/10

Excellent Camera

Review For: Nikon D D3000 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S DX VR 18-55mm Lens)

As I was typing the subject for this review, I was about to enter "Excellent Starter Camera" and then I realized, wait a second, it's not really the body of the camera as much it is the lenses that go with the cameras. I actually got mine on sale and I had been wanting to find a hobby that was therapeutic for me. I don't have kids, and I'm not nearby my lovely and excellently wonderful nieces and nephews, but I do live near Monterey, CA and have always loved it, so I wanted a camera that would capture the beauty that is the central coast.

Needless to say, I absolutely love this camera. I bought it just because it was at such a cheap price (I bought it new, in box) and because I wanted to capture the beauty of this wonderful state I live in. Well, after a couple shots of my surroundings, I became more and more driven to shoot other aspects and now I love this camera even more.

I can't go into details with it, because I'm not a techy about this, but I will say that for an "entry-level" camera, the D3000 does very well, is very user friendly and is perfect for those who want the high quality photos but don't necessarily want to hire a professional photographer each time they go to their kids' soccer game. Very, very great investment!

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