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Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

$499.95
SLR 10.2MP CCD SDHC Feb 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Twelve industry awards
Unacceptable noise level
Weak LCD display
102 Reviews + 12 Awards
Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended DP Review Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Very Capable AF System, Including 3D AF Tracking, On a Par With Much More Expensive DSLRs

Seven owners mentioned that this digital camera was expensive. Dp Review scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said on DP Review “Very capable AF system, including 3D AF tracking, on a par with much more expensive DSLRs” in their review of this digital camera.

Expert website Imaging-Resource.com mentioned “While it's the least expensive digital SLR in the lineup”. Expertreviews.co.uk scored the product 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Expert Reviews eight years ago “The D3000 and the more expensive, video-enabled D5000 replace the popular 10.2-megapixel D60”.

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Reviews

Twelve Industry Awards

This low megapixel digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by review sites Laptopmag.com, Photoreview.com.au, Digicam Buyer.co.uk and Photoxels.com all of whom decided that this Nikon camera was exceptional.

The writers at websites Trusted Reviews, Camera Labs, Dinside.no/data and Letsgodigital.org/nl/ all recommend this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The experts at websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and DP Review all said that this low megapixel digital camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The editor of websites Buy-n-shoot.com thought that this camera was terrific and gave it their "Gold" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on sixty-two expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review, What Digital Camera and CNET.com this low megapixel digital camera has an overall expert rating of 80%.

User Reviews Are Good

People who bought this camera rated this digital camera 89 out of 100 on average. Over 84% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Nikon Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 25,534 expert and owner reviews (including 548 verified purchases), Nikon has good reviews for its cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras compared to other brands. 99% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Nikon D3000 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Lens System

Very Large Minimum Aperture Number

When compared to other digital cameras of this age and type, the minimum aperture number of the Nikon D3000 of 22 is one of the largest. Across all the comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.8 to 22.

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Support

New Guide Mode

Eighteen people mentioned that the product had good technical guidance. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Guide mode and Info button provide automatic operation along with helpful shooting tips”. Digital Versus gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera “Composition grid and rangefinder for manual focus”. Cnet.com mentioned on CNET.com “Beginner-friendly Guide mode”.


Features

Good Technical Features

Seven owners considered that this digital camera had good features. Photographybay.com wrote “It follows closely with the feature set and functionality of the Nikon D40, D40x”. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine “It's easy to use, has a good build quality and has some cool features such as the guide mode” in their Nikon D3000 review. Theregister.co.uk wrote “It’s packed with features a novice will appreciate, while performing like a much more professional model”.


Weight & Dimensions

Miniature Effect

Eleven customers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was compact. Buy-N-Shoot.com gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “You couldnt ask for a smoother transition from compact to SLR photography than the 3000”. Eight years ago Ephotozine said in their review of this digital camera “Miniature effect”. Buy-N-Shoot.com also wrote “Botier compact et lger” in their review.

Eight people agreed that it was lightweight. Digital Versus mentioned “Lightweight, compact frame” in their Nikon D3000 review and scored it 80 out of 100. Cnet.com.au wrote “Very lightweight and easy to carry”. Eight years ago expert website Photoxels.com wrote “It is a compact and lightweight DSLR camera with the performance”.

Four owners who purchased the product concluded that it was a good body shape. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Small body with a good grip”. Expert website Popphoto.com said in their review of this digital camera “You can get a lot of Nikon for your money—the $780 (body only) D90 pops readily to mind as a near-unbeatable deal.”. Eight years ago expert website Imaging-Resource.com mentioned “Still simple body”.

One customer who reviewed the product concluded that it was a good size. Faz7 said in their review of this digital camera on Johnlewis.com in April last year “Camera is great, good size and easy to use”.

One owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Twizz scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and said on Johnlewis.com in April last year “Bought this to replace my Nikon D90 as it was getting a little heavy for my arthritic hands” in their review of this digital camera.

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Average Weight

The Nikon D3000 has a relatively standard weight (485 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

Alternative digital cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Canon PowerShot G16 (356g and cheaper); or the Nikon D80 ($89.99) (585g and higher rated).

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Battery

500 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this digital camera take between 230 and 999 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Nikon D3000 which takes 500 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Camera

Features Calendar

The Nikon D3000 features calendar, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Nikon D3000 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon D3000 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Supports Live View

The Nikon D3000 supports live view. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also support live view.

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Features Histogram

The Nikon D3000 features histogram, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D3000 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Design

Ergonomics Are Excellent

Three customers who purchased it considered that it was well designed. Seven years ago expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote “The feature-packed D3000 offers a solid design, good image quality”. Expert website Photoanswers.co.uk wrote eight years ago “The D3000 is a strong competitor in the entry-level market, with good image quality and a simple design”.

Two people who reviewed it reckoned that it was good looking. Eight years ago Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site CNET.co.uk “Its specs are pretty conservative, featuring a basic, 10.2-megapixel CC”. Seven years ago expert website Electronicsme.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Beautiful photos have never been so easy with the Nikon D3000 Digital SLR”.

One person who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was ergonomic. Dpexpert.com.au wrote “Ergonomics are excellent” .

One customer who purchased the product concluded that it was smooth. Expert website Letsgodigital.org said “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 this digital camera.

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Light Weight, Solid Build

Seven owners wrote in their reviews that the product was well made. Pocket Lint gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned “Small, lightweight yet sturdy construction, reliable results”. Practicalphotography.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon D3000 eight years ago “Solid feel, comfortable grip” . Seven years ago Pcworld.com_techhive.com mentioned “Light weight, solid build” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Kit Lens

Seventeen people considered that the product was good quality. Cnet.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Solid photo quality up through ISO 1 600”. Digital Versus gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote eight years ago “Good quality photos up to 1600 ISO”. Buy-N-Shoot.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Auto scene mode selection will have you shooting superb quality snaps”.

Simple to Use

Seventeen owners who reviewed the Nikon D3000 reckoned that it was easy to use. Cnet.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Nicely laid out interactive control panel”. Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned “Good exposure control”. Practicalphotography.com wrote “Very simple control layout” in their review of this digital camera.

Six customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Buy-N-Shoot.com said “A Guide Mode walks you through settings with the patience of a digital David Bailey”. Dp Review said “Excellent detail and resolution at low ISO settings (especially in raw mode”. Eight years ago Stuff.tv wrote “This serves up a supply of in-camera assistance, telling you what effect altering certain settings will have” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Three owners who purchased the product thought it had a good interface. What Digital Camera scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Guide mode, ease of operation, graphic user interface, effective VR” in their review of this digital camera. Laptopmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Beginner-friendly user interface”. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “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” .

Three customers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “A comfortable, non-threatening Sunday evening experience with just a splash of modern colour to keep you interested”. Last year Twizz wrote “Very pleased with this one, even though it has taken a while to get used to a slightly smaller (and lighter) camera to hold”.

One person who reviewed it thought it was easy to handle. Imaging Resource.com mentioned “Easy handling, nice simple camera for novices, yet features to grow into”.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Nikon D3000 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

The Nikon D3000 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera which have an HDMI.

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Audio

Noticeable Noise At ISO 800 and Above

Three customers who reviewed the product considered that it was noisy. Eight years ago Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Has minimal buttons and only one control dial, noisy images from ISO 400”. Also eight years ago Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Very little control over high ISO noise reduction” in their review of this digital camera but they gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Also eight years ago Pc Mag mentioned “Noticeable noise at ISO 800 and above”.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Three customers who reviewed the product considered that it was noisy. Eight years ago Good Gear Guide.com.au mentioned “Has minimal buttons and only one control dial, noisy images from ISO 400”. Also eight years ago Dp Review mentioned on DP Review “Very little control over high ISO noise reduction” in their review of this digital camera but they gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Also eight years ago Pc Mag mentioned “Noticeable noise at ISO 800 and above”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Two people reckoned that the product had a good battery life. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au wrote “After nearly 400 shots the battery was still going strong” . Andykent said in April last year “The only negative about this camera is the battery”.


Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras that came out more than a year ago is 1.4" and the largest is 3". At 3 inches, the Nikon D3000 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think cheaper digital cameras such as the Canon PowerShot G16 is also worth considering.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon D3000 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera do not have an image stabilizer.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think cheaper cameras such as the Canon PowerShot G16 is also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70.

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Only 3872 X 2592 Pixels Image Resolution

The Nikon D3000 has a 3872 x 2592 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 3008 x 2000 pixels maximum image resolution found on most cameras that were launched more than a year ago. The image resolution of all cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera ranges from 2560 х 1280 pixels to 7952 x 5304 pixels.

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Good Exposure Control

One owner said that it had good exposure controls.

Very Good Kit Lens

Twelve people said in their reviews that it had a good lens. V3.co.uk wrote “Decent results from kit lens” in their review of this digital camera. V3.co.uk also mentioned “Anti-shake lens included” in their review. Practicalphotography.com said “Lens is reasonably wide with good telephoto reach”.

Ten customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “11 autofocus points” but they gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera “Fast, powerful autofocus” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Ephotozine gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said eight years ago “Better focus system”.

One person who bought the product reckoned that it had a good zoom. Practicalphotography.com wrote “Very good 10x Nikkor ED optical zoom lens” in their Nikon D3000 review and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5.

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Good Image Results

Thirty customers reckoned that the product was able to produce good images. Buy-N-Shoot.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Bonne qualit des images jusqu' 1600 ISO”. Digitalcamerareview.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Excellent image quality” . Seven years ago Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of the Nikon D3000 “The images from the camera are consistently well exposed”.

Eight owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera on CNET.co.uk eight years ago “10.2-megapixel resolution is perfectly adequate” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Goodgearguide.com.au said on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au “It’s a digital SLR camera with in-built guides that can help novices select the appropriate shooting mode and settings depending on the style of photo the”. Expert review site Laptopmag.com wrote “Now the D3000, which packs a larger 10.2-megapixel resolution, faster speeds” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good in low light. Digitalcamerareview.com wrote “Accurate 11point AF system (even in lowlight conditions” in their review of this digital camera. Digitalcamerareview.com also wrote “Exceptional lowlight sensitivity (all the way up to ISO 800” in their review. Eight years ago Stuff.tv mentioned “Decent low-light performance”.

One owner who reviewed the product considered that it had a good image sensor. Eight years ago Practicalphotography.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “12.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor”. One owner wrote in their reviews that the product had a good ISO range.

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Weak LCD Display

Four owners concluded that it did not have a good screen. Cnet.com.au said “LCD screen is a little grainy”. Buy-N-Shoot.com mentioned “Kein Live-View, mittelprchtiges Display” . Firstpost.com mentioned “Weak LCD display” in their review of the Nikon D3000 however despite that they scored it 4 stars out of 5.

One person who bought the product concluded that it did not have a good viewfinder. Pcworld.com_techhive.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “Viewfinder doesn't protrude enough”.

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No Video

Nine customers reckoned that it was not good for video recording. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “No Live View, no top-mounted LCD window, no video capture Min specs” in their review of this digital camera. Digital Versus mentioned “No live view, no video” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they still gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Pocket Lint mentioned eight years ago “No Live View option, no movies of any description, no built-in anti-shake”.

Limited Handling of Remote Flash

Two customers considered that the product did not have a good flash. Digital Versus mentioned “Limited handling of remote flash”. Laptopmag.com mentioned “Flash sometimes overwhelms Macro” in their Nikon D3000 review however despite that they still rated it 4 stars out of 5.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon D3000 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

This camera was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon sh480302, nikon f3556g, nikon 25462, nikon f18g, f4556g

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