Nikon D3000 review

Probably the most beginner-friendly DSLR on the market

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We've focussed a lot on the beginner friendly widgets on this camera but what about the other features?

The exposure system and autofocussing are as good as you'd expect from Nikon, and the camera's metering modes coped well with tough lighting conditions.

Obviously this camera isn't fast or robust enough to cope with pro sports photography, but it's fine for bagging great shots of the kids playing football, for instance.

AF is quick and smooth, though there's a really annoying lag when it comes to image playback. The power-saving modes are fiendish too so you'll need to adjust these to keep the camera ticking over.

So how much of a disadvantage is the lack of other features, such as HD video recording and Live View?

No Live View

While you can live without one or the other, having to do without both on a £500 camera is a bit of a disappointment, and we suspect Nikon will introduce them on the next iteration.

Being able to record HD is obviously a good thing, while Live View is very useful when it comes to taking candid shots or still life compositions, for instance.

Not having these extras is a pain; how much of a deterrent it will be to SLR novices weighing up their camera choices remains to be seen.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Effective Camera Resolution10.2 Megapixel
Product FamilyD
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)485 g
Maximum Image Resolution3872 x 2592
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height97 mm
Width126 mm
Depth64 mm
Product SeriesD
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD3000
Product NameD3000 Digital SLR Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA250K001
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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, Guide Mode will ask you about the image you want to capture and automatically optimize the camera settings for the best possible results. The D3000 is the camera that shows you how to capture stunning shots with ease.

Package Contents
  • D3000 Digital SLR Camera
  • 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR DX Nikkor Lens
  • EN-EL9a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Quick Charger MH-23
  • Eyepiece Cap DK-5
  • Rubber Eyecap DK-20
  • USB Cable UC-E4
  • Video Cable EG-D100
  • Camera Strap AN-DC3
  • Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1
  • Body Cap BF-1A
  • Software Suite CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year