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Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

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SLR 10.2MP 5.8x Feb 2016
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26 Reasons For

Twelve Industry Awards

This camera is one of the most awarded of all the SLR cameras that came out in the last 12 months.

The reviewers at Laptopmag.com, Photoreview.com.au, Digicam Buyer.co.uk and Photoxels.com all concluded that this SLR camera was marvellous and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Four other expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this Nikon digital camera. This camera received a "Recommended" award from Trusted Reviews, Camera Labs, Dinside.no/data and Letsgodigital.org/nl/.

Three additional expert review sites all said that this SLR camera was very good. Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and DP Review all gave this camera a "Highly Recommended" award.

This camera was given a "Gold" award by Buy-n-shoot.com who wrote that this SLR camera was terrific.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on sixty-one expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and CNET.com this camera has an average expert rating of 80 out of 100.

Easy to Use

Several customers who purchased it thought it was easy to use. Photoanswers.co.uk mentioned “It’s a very easy camera to use thanks to its simple layout of controls”. Expert website Digicambuyer.co.uk scored it very highly and mentioned “This is one of our top choices for beginners looking to progress into DSLR photography – it’s easy to use, performs well”. Expert website Theregister.co.uk said “Light and compact with intuitive” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100.

Several Nikon D3000 owners said that the Nikon D3000 was easy to use the menus. Expert website Stuff.tv wrote in their Nikon D3000 review “This serves up a supply of in-camera assistance, telling you what effect altering certain settings will have”. Expert review site Electronicsme.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D3000 six years ago “Imagine all the high-tech wizardry of the more expensive cameras without all the confusing menus and manuals”.

One Nikon D3000 owner considered that this digital camera had a good interface. Cnet.com mentioned in their review “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”.

One Nikon D3000 owner considered that it had a good experience. Expert review site Electronicsme.com rated the product 4 stars and mentioned in their Nikon D3000 review six years ago “This model provides that good experience everyone is searching for”.

One person said in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Seven years ago Gadgetshow.channel5.com said “A comfortable, non-threatening Sunday evening experience with just a splash of modern colour to keep you interested” in their Nikon D3000 review.

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Good Size

Eight Nikon D3000 owners who reviewed the Nikon D3000 thought it was compact. Letsgodigital.org mentioned “The Nikon D3000 lays out a smooth road for the novice photographer to make the step from a compact camera to a digital SLR camera” in their review of the Nikon D3000. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Those looking to trade up from a digital compact” and rated this digital camera 4 stars. Expert review site Webuser.co.uk wrote “Upgrading from an automatic compact to a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera is probably one of the simplest ways to improve the quality of your photographs”.

Three people who reviewed the Nikon D3000 thought it was a good body shape. V3.co.uk gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Its body is clearly derived from those of the D60, D40x”. Six years ago expert website Popphoto.com said “You can get a lot of Nikon for your money—the $780 (body only) D90 pops readily to mind as a near-unbeatable deal.”. Imaging-Resource.com wrote on expert website Imaging Resource.com “Still simple body” in their review of the Nikon D3000.

A few customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was lightweight. Cnet.com.au said on expert website CNET.com.au “Lightweight, easy to use” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100. Expert website Digitalartsonline.co.uk mentioned “It feels compact and lightweight ye” and rated the product 70 out of 100. Photoxels.com said “It is a compact and lightweight DSLR camera with the performance” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer said in their reviews that the Nikon D3000 was good physically. Seven years ago Macworld.co.uk wrote “Many of us naturally assume the more physically imposing the camera” in their review of the Nikon D3000.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was able to produce good images. Ephotozine.com said in their review of the Nikon D3000 on expert website Ephotozine seven years ago “I think for the first time user wanting to get into DSLR photography, this is a lovely camera to start with”. Photographyblog.com mentioned “The Nikon D3000 is a new entry-level digital SLR camera designed to make photography simple and accessible” . Electricpig.co.uk said “A 10.2-megapixel body armed with a new Guide Mode to take the mystery out of advanced photography” in their Nikon D3000 review.

A number of customers agreed that the Nikon D3000 had a good picture resolution. Digitalcamerainfo.com said seven years ago “The $600 D3000 boasts a resolution to 10.2 megapixels, fast burst mode speed” in their Nikon D3000 review. Laptopmag.com wrote six years ago “Now the D3000, which packs a larger 10.2-megapixel resolution, faster speeds”.

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Nice Design

Some people said in their reviews that the product was a good design. Photoanswers.co.uk wrote on expert review site Photo Answers.co.uk seven years ago “The D3000 is a strong competitor in the entry-level market, with good image quality and a simple design”. Expert website Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The feature-packed D3000 offers a solid design, good image quality”.

Some Nikon D3000 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Seven years ago expert review site Cnet.co.uk mentioned “Its specs are pretty conservative, featuring a basic, 10.2-megapixel CC”. Electronicsme.com mentioned “Beautiful photos have never been so easy with the Nikon D3000 Digital SLR” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who purchased the Nikon D3000 thought it was smooth.

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Good Product Quality

Several Nikon D3000 owners who purchased the Nikon D3000 thought it was good quality. Ephotozine.com wrote in their review on Ephotozine “It's easy to use, has a good build quality and has some cool features such as the guide mode”. Laptopmag.com mentioned “Excellent image quality a beginner could want”. Seven years ago Cnet.com.au wrote in their review on expert website CNET.com.au “Whistles, you won't be disappointed with the quality and performance of the D3000”.

Good Support

Five people who purchased it concluded that it had good technical guidance. Expert website Goodgearguide.com.au said “It also packs a useful Guide mode that you can use to change the camera’s settings for different scenarios” in their review of this digital camera. Goodgearguide.com.au also mentioned “The Guide mode is much better than reading the manual”. Goodgearguide.com.au also said “It’s a digital SLR camera with in-built guides that can help novices select the appropriate shooting mode”.

Nikon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

SLR cameras built by Nikon have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just SLR cameras) and found that Nikon also has good reviews across its entire range.

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Good Quality Lens

Some customers wrote in their reviews that the Nikon D3000 had a good lens. Expert website Cnet.com.au wrote seven years ago “Able to deliver some great pictures with a decent lens”. One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Laptopmag.com wrote in their review of the Nikon D3000 six years ago “Much better autofocus takes its place as the best entry leve” .

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Two Nikon D3000 owners who reviewed it concluded that it was well made.

One person said in their reviews that the Nikon D3000 was easy to damage or scratch. Expert website Firstpost.com mentioned seven years ago “Nikon's latest DSLR has broken out of the mold that were restraining some of the previous entry level models, which is about time considering that the competition is getting stiffer”.

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Good Technical Features

Four Nikon D3000 owners agreed that it had good features. Cnet.com.au said on expert review site CNET.com.au seven years ago “As long as you don't expect too many fancy bells and whistles, you won't be disappointed with the quality” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Photographybay.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera also seven years ago “It follows closely with the feature set and functionality of the Nikon D40, D40x” . Expert website Theregister.co.uk scored the product 4 stars and wrote “It’s packed with features a novice will appreciate, while performing like a much more professional model” in their review.

Good Battery Life

One person who purchased the product thought it had a good battery life. Six years ago expert website Dpexpert.com.au wrote “After nearly 400 shots the battery was still going strong”.

CCD Sensor Type

The Nikon D3000 has a CCD sensor type which is better than most SLR cameras that have been around for the last year. Most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

A CCD sensor type is actually the best sensor type across all new comparable spec digital cameras.

The worst sensor type amongst similar types of camera is MOS.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera supports a RAW image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by comparable spec cameras that came out in the last year. The image format "JPG" is also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

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13 Flash Guides

The Nikon D3000 has more flash guides than most of the SLR cameras that were released in the last 12 months. This camera is a 13 meters flash guide digital camera compared to most of the cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3000 which only have between 6 and 12 flash guides.

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of white balance modes than most new SLR cameras. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on new digital cameras. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Fine", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Sunny" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of photo effects than most similar spec digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months. This Nikon camera has a Neutral photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on SLR cameras that were released in the last year. The photo effects "Black&White" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Short

The heights of SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3000 range from 66mm to 160mm, and the average height is 100mm. With a height of only 94 millimeters, the Nikon D3000 is one of the shorter SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the D3000 amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Features Three Flash Modes

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of flash modes than most SLR cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. The most frequently featured flash mode is Auto, but this flash mode is not featured on this Nikon camera. The flash modes Flash off, Red-eye reduction and Slow synchronization are also featured on this camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that were released in the last year.

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Very Thin

At only 64 millimeters, the Nikon D3000 is fairly thin compared to most of the other recently released comparable spec digital cameras. The depths of newly released similar spec digital cameras range from 53mm to 97mm.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Nikon D3000 is more than most SLR cameras that have been available for the last year. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on SLR cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera features a Servo Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the D3000. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other new SLR cameras, the Nikon D3000 does not support Full HD video.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this camera and we think the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D3000, the Nikon D3000 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a WiFi connectivity and we think the Nikon D5300, or the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D3000 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D3000 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon D3000 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the D3000 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon D3000 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other recently released similar spec cameras are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for the last year do not have a GPS. The Nikon D3000 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a GPS including the Nikon D5300.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Most recently released comparable spec cameras do not support video recording. The Nikon D3000 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Like most of the other new cameras, the Nikon D3000 does not have a built-in flash.

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Very Low Megapixel Count

The megapixel counts of SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the D3000 range from 6MP to 37MP, and the average megapixel count is 20MP. The Nikon D3000 has a quite low megapixel count (only 10.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other new SLR cameras.

If this SLR camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) (18MP), or the Nikon D5300 (24.2MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

The Nikon D3000 has a quite few total megapixel count (only 10.75 megapixels) compared to most of the other new digital cameras. Recently released similar spec cameras have total megapixel counts of between 6.2MP and 38MP, and the average total megapixel count is 21MP.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon D3000 is more than most recently released SLR cameras. This digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by new comparable spec cameras. The camera file system "Exif 2.21" is also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Only Features One Image Adjustment Mode

The Nikon D3000 has a greater number of image adjustment modes than most latest cameras. This camera features a Brightness image adjustment mode, which is the most frequently featured image adjustment mode featured on digital cameras that were launched in the last 12 months.

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Only 3872 X 2592 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon D3000 has a 3872 x 2592 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution found on most recently released comparable spec digital cameras. The worst image resolution of all new similar spec cameras is 2560 х 1280 pixels and the best is 8688 x 5792 pixels.

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Very Low Display Resolution

SLR cameras that were released in the last year have display resolutions of between 130,000 pixels and 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 800,000 pixels. The Nikon D3000 has a quite low display resolution (only 230,000 pixels) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that are a similar age to the D3000.

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Only ±1EV (1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

The Nikon D3000 has a ±1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction which is wider than most recently released cameras. Most cameras that are a comparable age to it have a ±2EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction. The best flash exposure correction of all cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D3000 is ±3EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) and the worst is ±3EV (1/3 EV step).

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The lowest maximum ISO speed of cameras that are a comparable age to the D3000 is 1,600 and the highest is 110,000. With a maximum ISO speed of only 3,200, the Nikon D3000 has a fairly low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other recently released SLR cameras.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D3000

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Nikon D3000 has a pretty average screen size compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the D3000.

Cameras with a larger screen size that might also be worth looking at include the Nikon D5300 (3.2") which is also higher rated.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6 ($199.95) (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Nikon D5300 (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The Nikon D3000 has a relatively standard weight (485 grams) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the D3000.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
HD Type
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Diopter Adjustment
Playback Mode
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content

12 Awards

dinside.no/data Recommended letsgodigital.org/nl/ Recommended photoxels.com Editor's Choice buy-n-shoot.com Gold Camera Labs Recommended Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended Digicam Buyer.co.uk Editor's Choice PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended DP Review Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

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25 October 2010

As I am more used to handling Canon Digital SLRs I wondered just what I would make of the Nikon D3000. I must admit to being very impressed by this camera. If someone asked me to name a Digital...

Nikon?s 10.2-megapixel D3000 is their latest entry-level DSLR. It?s aimed at consumers stepping up from a point-and-shoot who want a camera that?s easy to learn but not lacking in sophisticated... Read more…

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...

22 April 2010

Nikon?s D3000 is a good choice for first-timers, but potential buyers should wait for the price to come down...

The competent 10.2-megapixel D3000 updates Nikon?s D60. It comes with a vibration reduction (VR) 18-55mm zoom to counteract camera shake, making it a jack-of-all-trades option for newcomers who... Read more…

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Reviewed 24 March 2016 by Commando21

Bought the D3300 as my first digital DSLR camera after years of using compacts. Excellent range of features, works well on Auto setting, but also easy to use on Manual with clear display of... Read more…

Reviewed 10 January 2016 by Twizz

Bought this to replace my Nikon D90 as it was getting a little heavy for my arthritic hands. Very pleased with this one, even though it has taken a while to get used to a slightly smaller (and... Read more…

Reviewed 2 May 2016 by Hufton

Entry level DSLR. I am still getting used to it but love the feature-packed thing. Very easy to use for a novice and just getting into the manual side of things. Works as a quality point and press... Read more…

Reviewed 20 July 2016 by Peppe

Very pleased with this camera. Bought it 9 months ago and have enjoyed using it. The automatic and guide modes are pointless for an experienced photographer, but would make it very accessible to a... Read more…

Reviewed 17 October 2016 by AndyKent

We bought this camera for light studio work and have found it to perform its tasks exceptionally well - having useful tools like a timer delay, focus assist, grid lines, easily adjustable ISO,... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers f3545g, f3556g, nikon g64, nikon f18, nikon f456, nikon g64g, nikon f18g, nikon f3556, nikon f456g, nikon g64gb, nikon vba250, nikon f3556g, nikon vba250a, nikon vr70300, nikon with1855, nikon vba250ab, nikon vr70300m, nikon warranty8, nikon vr70300mm, nikon with1855m, nikon d30001855, nikon with1855mm, nikon d30001855m, nikon warranty8g, nikon d30001855mm, nikon warranty8gb, nikon d30001855mmk, nikon d30001855mmki
Barcodes 00018208097180, 00018208131730, 00018208254606, 00018208254620, 00018208916566, 00689466142754, 05053086006348

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