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Nikon D3000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1875 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the screen and portability are overall positive. The image quality and value for money also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the control panel. There are some negative views about the zoom and video.

usability, value for money, image quality, portability, screen

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D3000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D3000


Lightweight but solid build ; Images are sharp and have good color

Viewfinder doesn't protrude enough ; LCD can be hard to read in bright light

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.

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Nikon D3000 10.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Camera Review


Images are sharp and have good color ; Light weight, solid build

Viewfinder doesn't protrude enough ; LCD can be hard to read in bright light

The feature-packed D3000 offers a solid design, good image quality, and help for photography novices.

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Nikon D3000 Review


There is a temptation amongst those of us that shoot with and test DSLRs for a living to be more than a little dismissive about entry-level cameras like the Nikon D3000. However, first-time DSLR buyers are enormously important to camera manufacturers,...

Excellent detail and resolution at low ISO settings (especially in raw mode) ; Very capable AF system, including 3D AF tracking, on a par with much more expensive DSLRs ; Versatile and fun retouch options including in-camera raw processing ;...

Unreliable white balance under artificial lighting ; Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions ; No Live View ; Screen resolution slightly too low for checking accurate focus ; Very little control over high ISO noise reduction ; No front...

The D3000 may not have all the latest bells and whistles feature-wise, but what it does it does extremely well. If you can live without live view and movie modes it's the perfect beginner's camera.


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The $600 D3000 boasts a resolution to 10.2 megapixels, fast burst mode speed and an optically stabilized lens. But we found that the quality of the captured images was dissapointing, with poor sharpness and color.

The title of "Least Expensive Nikon SLR" passes from the increasingly antiquated D40 to more full-featured D3000, which in addition to gaining an impressive two decimal places over its predecessor, steps up from 6.1 to 10-megapixel resolution, adds...

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Nikon D3000


After almost three years, Nikon has finally decided to retire its popular entry-level Nikon D40 D-SLR. Enter the Nikon D3000, which boasts big upgrades like 10.2-megapixel captures, a 3-inch LCD, and an 11-point autofocus system, all at the budget...

Affordable. 3-inch LCD. Guide mode and Info button provide automatic operation along with helpful shooting tips. 11 autofocus points

Soft images. Poor low-light performance. Noticeable noise at ISO 800 and above. LCD doesn't support Live View. No video capture

The inexpensive, entry-level Nikon D3000 is a good fit for first-time D-SLR users, but competing shooters in this price range offer sharper, less-noisy images.

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Nikon D3000 (18mm-55mm VR lens)


While many shooters are making the leap from a point-and-shoot to a dSLR, manufacturers are still in the experimental stage when it comes to determining the appropriate design and operational characteristics that define a camera for that audience. Thus...

Beginner-friendly Guide mode; nicely laid out interactive control panel; solid photo quality up through ISO 1,600

Extremely basic feature set; annoying multiselector switch

Its feature set is basic even by entry-level standards, but the Nikon D3000 delivers the photo quality and performance you expect when stepping up to a dSLR, with an optional interface that's very beginner friendly.

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Nikon D3000


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 D3000, a camera that combines Nikon technology with...

Simplistic- easy to use and compatible with variety of lensesAdvanced- features integrated image enhancement processorsCompact- small and lightweight for the traveling photographerReasonable- affordable price makes it a great first D-SLR

Limited- lack of features, flimsy noise-reduction processing

If you're looking for the ultimate user-friendly digital SLR, then the...

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Nikon D3000


The D3000 has been replaced by the D3100, although the D3000 can still be found on the shelves at a significant discount. While there are savings to be had with the D3000, we wholeheartedly recommend the D3100 over this model, as the image quality is...

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($599) is Nikon's new entry-level digital SLR. It replaces the venerable D40, and while it doesn't bring live view and movie recording to its price category, the D3000 still offers a nice feature set for the price. Nikon has gone out of their way to...

As you can see, the D3000 is a pretty significant set up from the D40. It doesn't offer the rotating LCD, live view, or movie mode of the D5000, but for folks just starting out, it may be just what the doctor ordered. And the guide menu (which I'll...

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Nikon D3000 Review - A Look at The Nikon D3000 Digital Camera


For an entry-level DSLR, the Nikon D3000 digital camera is one of the best out there. Its advanced features can easily be learned by novice users because of the tutor feature. Learn more about the Nikon D3000 digital camera by reading this DSLR camera...

In conclusion, the Nikon D3000 digital camera is a great DSLR for novice photographers and a decent one for advanced photographers. It almost exceeds all expectations for entry-level DSLR cameras. We give it an overall rating of 4 out of 5. You can...

Product Specifications

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, and guide mode will ask you about the image you want to capture and automatically optimize the camera settings for the best possible results. When you want to learn more, you can use Guide Mode to find out how to adjust the settings yourself. The 10.2-megapixel image sensor and fast autofocus performance ensure precise, detailed images. The large, 3-inch LCD screen is highly convenient for composing and reviewing images, and makes it easy to use the in-camera retouch menu that enables you to modify images without a computer. The D3000 - the camera that shows you how to capture stunning shots with ease.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL9a

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Children / Close-up / Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode/Landscape / Portrait mode / Close-up / Night portrait / Children / Sports mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6/F/4.0-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only / Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses/Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm lens
Max Focal Length:200mm/55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm/55mm
Optical Zoom:3/3.6
Type:Telephoto zoom lens/Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:10.2Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level penta-dach mirror

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-1600 / ISO 3200 / ISO auto (100-1600)/ISO 3200 / ISO 100-1600 / ISO auto (100-1600)
Special Effects:Landscape / Monochrome / Neutral / Portrait / Vivid/Neutral / Vivid / Monochrome / Landscape / Portrait
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW + JPEG / NEF (RAW)/JPEG / NEF (RAW) / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical