678 of 692 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Starter Camera
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...
Published on September 3, 2009 by JDP
244 of 278 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed emotions
I bought this camera when it first came out over a month ago and I have been using it quite a bit. It replaces my old D50 which I gave to my son.
I really like how small and light the camera is. It is easy to use and I am happy to have a VR lens. I was also excited to get ADR - but, that's where a huge problem arises: I was stunned and disappointed to...
Published on October 7, 2009 by Dave
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nikon D3000 getting started with DSLRs,
This review is from: Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens (Camera)I had the Camera for a month or so now and i must say that i was used to Point and shoot cameras with above average performance when it comes to specific areas (point and shoot are fine in their own right)... So i wanted to "migrate" into the next level and really focus on my plating photography...I Blog regularly at [...] and i soon realized that despite my old Sony zoom and daylight pics were good there were lacking that essence ....And then when shooting plated food there is all kind of things to have in mind , specifically lighting conditions.... So i browsed and compared and decided that i like both canon and Nikon Platforms ,only to make a final decision to go with Nikon D3000...And why D3000?
well the features on this camera are more than enough for someone to handle especially someone coming into more serious attempts of photography ... At the price range right now there is little competition or none...And the picture quallity is great and you will start shooting as soon a you get it... I got a crash course into using it on a trip to NYC where i had the opportunity to take a lot of indoor shots and some outdoor shots with great results (and then some with not so great) but bare in mind that i am as picky as i can be..I will take several pictures , as many as possible and then choose the best angles and results to go on and use or print...
Overall i am really happy...This camera has enough features for the serious amateur that wants to learn how to use DSLRs and the basics of good photography.... Of course if you are looking into more serious cameras i am sure there are plenty of Nikon and CANON cameras to fit anybody's needs , but for the little guy that is just starting on DSLRs the d3000 is perfect... And its pretty light too...I was carrying around without much trouble all day....
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars D3000 vs D5000,
This review is from: Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens (Camera)I was new to dSLR world and after a lot of research, got myself a Nikon D3000. Nikon vs Canon was a very easy choice and I thought D3000 was way better than Canon Rebel XS due to more AF points, guide mode etc. to name a few features.
D3000 was good but somehow it lacked in low light photography. Also, it felt crippled when i tried on new things while learning to use it. After a careful thought, I exchanged it for D5000 and boy, how happy am I that I did it. D5000 blows D3000 right out of the window. The most amazing thing is the Scene mode which allows me to choose from 20 preset scene mode. This alone saves a lot of effort for an newcomer like me. Also, the night/indoor snaps are way better.
D5000 has a better sensor (12.1 MP CMOS) and has a better efficiancy too.
Long story short, buy D3000 if you won't fiddle much with your camera as its definitely not bad but if you want to gradually move up the learning curve and indulge in serious photography, D5000 is for you.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entry level DSLR with room to grow,
This review is from: Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens (Camera)The D3000 is a great camera for someone stepping up from even a sophisticated point and shoot camera. I moved up from a superzoom P&S camera primarily because it was too slow and awkward for action photos of my kids. The D3000 solves all those shortcomings by providing, no shutter lag, more accurate and faster autofocus, and oustanding light metering.
In one afternoon I took well over 300 pics of downhill ski racers and virtually all were well exposed and in focus. In post processing I heavily cropped the pics and they still looked fantastic. This would not have been something easy to do with my point and shoot, and many of the shots would have been impossible with a P&S camera. While the low light capability of the D3000 is not best in class, it is superior to any point and shoot.
I also bought the 55-200 VR zoom lens as well.
What I really like:
* Optical viewfinder is large and bright
* 3" display is nice
* Menu system is user friendly and there are help prompts available for each menu item
* Auto focus & light metering are excellent
* Fast - no shutter lag
* 3 frame per second is virtually unlimited in jpeg mode. This is great for action shots.
* Like all DSLR's it's great to be able to zoom with your left hand and release the shutter with your right hand.
* Excellent image quality
* Great ergonomics and fits nicely in my hands
While there isn't anything I don't like, it's important to note:
* No Live View - you need to look through the viewfinder to take pics. Taking action pics through a viewfinder is superior to using an LCD, so I don't care about no live view.
* No video mode.
* Any DSLR is going to require commitment to learning
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Point and shooters - ready to graduate,
I own a Canon point and shoot (SD870 IS) and was generally quite happy with it. I took great pictures of my adventures and of my family and was always happy with the results. I never knew there was a better picture being taken until my friends stood side by side with me and took pictures of the same subject matter with their DSLR cameras. We would all go home, look at our pictures, and sure enough I would see their pics and quickly understand that despite the fact that we were side by side taking the same picture of the same subject matter they ended up with the better picture. I grew frustrated...
I'm never going to be a pro, amateur, or even a serious enthusiast of the art of photography, but I DO like to have nice photos...
The D3000 was my answer. Without a doubt, this is the best bang for your buck and best entry level DSLR in the market. If you want to 'be serious' (read books) about photography and study that art, well, then maybe a D3000 is going to be a device too simple for your needs. If you are simply looking to make a safe jump from the world of point and shoot into DSLR I highly recommend a D3000. You can read all about features and functions at a variety of sites that I am sure you can find that will go beyond what this forum will provide. Honestly, the knocks I found against it (ex: long record times and max buffer) I have yet to find as an issue in real life photo taking (ex: my highly active 1.5 year old at the playground). The dials are pretty much the same as a point and shoot and the guide mode is cool as well --- It literally took me an hour or two to make the jump into the functionality of this camera.
I have owned a digital cameras since 2003 and can attest to the differences of what a point and shoot and a DSLR are capable of rendering. Myself, my wife, friends and and family have all quickly noted how much nicer the photos I have been taking are. Mind you, I am still taking the same shots I did with my Canon...
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera for Beginners,
This is my first DSLR and I've had it for about a month. Since I'm a beginner myself, I can't really speak to the technical aspects of the camera, but will try to cover the basics as much as possible.
BUILD QUALITY - This is an entry-level DSLR, so don't fool yourself into thinking that you're buying a robust, professional level camera. That means that the body and lens (including the lens mount, which is the ring that attaches the lens to the body) are plastic. Although this makes for lighter equipment, it also isn't generally as sturdy as some of the higher level cameras. HOWEVER, when I actually went to BestBuy and camera stores, I found that the Nikon cameras (when you actually picked them up in-hand) in this niche felt much sturdier and of much higher quality than the competitors. Does that mean they'll last longer? Not necessarily, but for what it's worth, the Nikons really did feel better.
FEATURES - In this day and age, this is really a bare-bones DSLR. The only camera I cross-shopped with this was the D5000. There are MANY differences between the two, the largest of which is the nicer processor. But don't get fooled! That doesn't mean that the D3000 can't take great pictures... Anyhow, onto the features. It has a 10MP processor which is more than adequate for me, and the average beginner. It has a really large screen, which takes up the whole back of the camera almost. However, as many reviewers have noted, it's not that sharp! This was probably the biggest disappointment of the camera. My point and shoots have less-pixelized screens! But overall, it's not a big deal. The other minute feature is the Guide Mode. I've found it to be less than helpful and don't even use it at all anymore, and I've only had it for a month or so. THE BIGGEST FEATURES that you won't find on the D40/D60 cameras is the ADL feature and the 11 autofocus points... ADL stands for Active D-Lighting, and improves color somehow (the best way I can describe it, and I'm probably technically wrong but, it preserves actual colors better). The only drawback is that it's relatively slow on the D3000. The 11 autofocus points is great. The D40/D60 only has three, and they're all aligned along the same horizontal line, which is right in the middle of the camera. When composing a shot, ti's nice to be able to set an autofocus point not directly in the middle of the shot. Anyhow, this camera was appealing to me because of it's bare-bone feature set. I didn't want Live View or Video, and I'd basically be paying for those features if I were to step up to the D5000.
PICTURE QUALITY - Ah, probably the most important aspect of the camera... and I don't know what to say about it! I'm a beginner, so I don't know what makes a great photo, and DEFINITELY have no idea how this camera shoots vs. another one. What I've read is that the D3000 shoots relatively noisy pictures, but that it doesn't necessarily preclude you from shooting great photos (by adjusting things like ISO). I DON'T KNOW THIS FROM EXPERIENCE, JUST WHAT I'VE READ! Oh, and noise is basically random color pixels in a photo. It doesn't look good. All I can say is that I'll update this review as I figure it out!
RECOMMENDATIONS - If you're a beginner, I'd recommend picking up a book such as "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. That book, coupled with the D3000 will help you understand the basics of photography and how to use a digital SLR. Also, get the kit, not just the body! The price difference is currently $100, and from what I've seen, you can sell the lens itself for more. Remember, the kit lens has VR, which the D40 and D60 didn't come with. So there are those out there who might want a cheap upgrade (and in DSLR world, $150 for a decent lens is cheap!).
Also, the kit lens is great, but in addition to that, I'd recommend the relatively cheap 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens... you should eventually get a prime lens, and for this camera, this is arguably the best one out there, especially for the price. Also2, get a flash that tilts upward so you can bounce it off the ceiling! I went with the Nikon SB400 and it's worked well so far.
CONCLUSION - Like I said, this is a great beginners camera. The great things about it are the 11 autofocus points, ADL option, compact size, great ergonomics and size, build quality, and easy-to-use menu. The drawbacks are the older processor, plasticky feel (I don't mind it, and furthermore it feels solid), and disappointing screen. Overall, it's a great camera to purchase if you're thinking about getting into DSLRs... If you find you LOVE photography, it will help you develop as a photographer and understand what you are doing until you're ready to upgrade to something more serious. If you find that photography is not a hobby for you but just a means to an end, then you have a camera that you can throw into full-auto mode and take better pics than your standard P&S, and it didn't set you back a ton of $$$.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible first DSLR,
I recently upgraded to the d3000 as my first DSLR. Earlier this year, when we were preparing for our first baby, my husband convinced me to purchase one of the Nikon point-and-shoot super-zoom cameras to save money (he said DSLRs are too difficult to use, anyway). After using the super-zoom for the past few months, I ended up buying this camera anyway because even the super-zoom left me disappointed and wanting. This camera is WELL WORTH the money and the effort, especially now with the release of the d3100.
I'll preface this by saying that I am a quick learner and technologically savvy, but this camera is very easy to use. The guide and scene modes are great, but straight out of the box, I found the manual modes (I mainly use M or A) very easy to use. When I ordered the camera, I read up on a few of the important terms that are necessary for understanding how to take good manual pictures. So, while you're waiting for your shipment, google DSLR blogs that explain aperture, shutter, exposure, ISO sensitivity, metering, etc., and it's also helpful to go ahead and take a look at the manual online to get a sense of all of the options you have for focusing. If you understand these basic photography concepts, you'll have no problem getting GREAT pictures in a variety of settings. I've taken superb pictures indoors, outdoors, in good lighting and poor. The auto focusing capabilities are just amazing. Anyone frustrated with point-and-shoots is going to love the control you get.
The camera is stable and sturdy, not cheap feeling. The buttons are accessible, convenient, and also feel like quality.
I don't have much to say about the flash.... the few pictures I've taken with flash turned out fine, but I honestly don't really use it because you can easily manage exposure with the other settings.
Here are some things that aren't issues for me, but be aware of when you purchase the camera:
1-No live view: you must look through the viewfinder. I think it's great.
2-Any extra lenses you buy must have AF-S in the title. This means that the auto-focusing mechanism is IN THE LENS, not the camera body, so if you want auto focus, you must get an auto-focusing lens. You can still use other lenses, but you'll have to focus manually. I kind of like manually focusing just because it's fun to learn, but the autofocus is great on this camera.
If you have any questions or want to see some samples, feel free to contact me.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but one drawback,
I bought this without realizing this fact, but the camera has won me over even though my wife was thinking that was a deal breaker.
I went to Best Buy and played around with the D5000, as well as the Canon XS and XSi. My quick impressions of those compared to what I had was that this camera is much easier to use. I still have a lot to learn about it, but still am able to take great pictures, indoor and out.
The edit feature on the camera works so well! I can't believe all the options I have to edit within the camera without even using a computer.
The package deal Amazon has with the 55-200mm VR lens as well makes this an easy choice.
I've had this for about 3 weeks and those are my impressions so far.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the "Best Bang for the Buck"!!!,
I've been fortunate to have this camera for about 1.5 years now. I bought it right on Christmas a couple years back. It was about $550 normally but for some reason on the day after Christmas, Amazon listed a new one for $440?!?!?! SOOOO, I bought and bought it quick.
There's not one complaint at all using it. I use it for my wild life photography where it has been exposed to mud, light rain, dust, dirt, smelly snake musk and everything! The camera has held very well and hasn't had any problems or complaints from me. Below, I'll have a link to my examples of my work using this camera.
The kit lense, 18-55mm vr lens, was a great lens for close up and landscapes. To accompany this, I got the 55-200mm lense and mainly use that lense with my D3000. It's the perfect lense for what I need.
Here's a break down on the camera:
Nice strong body, nothing has broken on my camera, insides stay pretty dust free too, only just last week have I had to clean the camera approx. 20k pictures later. The size is great, its quite a small DSLR compared to others I've viewed at Best Buy/Target etc. The screen is great once calibrated a bit to your liking and has a decent/accurate display. This is the first camera also where I haven't had issues with the battery or sd card doors falling off as well!
This camera is rated at 3 frames per second. It's not bad for it's class, when using the Auto Focus lock option you can snap off 5 shots back to back granted you use a decent SD card. Saving time sometimes takes long for 5 shots in a row but it's plenty good for most situations. The focusing system is pretty good for the 11 (?) points it has. Bokehs turn out really nice in my pictures and other focus issues I've learned were on my end and just user error. I've had pretty good luck catching some nice shots of birds flying around or lizards running off and still able to freeze a good, sharp shot. Taking images of very small animals/insects can have some focusing issues but it's probably because I need to get a macro lense!
This camera produces some very, very nice shots. I know it takes some skill and the camera is mainly a tool to take the image with, this thing can really produce some photos that look sharp, fine detail and can capture some breath taking images. See my link for my work using this camera: [...]
The metering system is awesome, I use it all the time, and rely on it myself. I love it! My post production editing is pretty minimal.
Low Light Situations:
I only really use this camera for reptiles which require sunlight so I don't really ever use this camera is low light situations. When I do, I do see noise in lower ISO's but I believe it's just my skill level. I have been able to use it with a tripod for some shots at night that did turn out pretty good with higher ISO's and lower shutter speeds but someone else will have to address this area of the D3000.
I mainly learned how to take pictures, not using the flash. I can't really rate the flash feature of the D3000 but I don't use it and will not ever either.
My opinion on the D3000 vs the D3100:
The image quality to me didn't have any differences in my opinion. The fact that the D3100 has the ability to record video doesn't attract me at all. Nikon isn't quite there yet with their video recording from what I've seen/read and the price difference isn't worth it to me. Get the D3000 and use the extra money on a 55-200mm or a 55-300mm lense.
A Couple Things That Could of Been Better:
Most people wish the camera had "Live View Mode" where you aim your camera and see it on the screen. Instead, the D3000 makes you look through the viewfinder. This doesn't really really affect me at all in the field when using this camera. It would be nice for a coupe things but I'm pretty happy with how my camera is and the price I got it for.
My biggest thing I wish would happen for the D3000 is some more accessories from Nikon instead of the 3rd party stuff. A Nikon screen protector or battery grip pack would be nice. I'll be trying a battery grip soon, hoping it'll fit right and be durable. Some of the screen protectors I've gotten off ebay were cheap and poor quality. My biggest accessory I wish was able to be used with the D3000 is the GPS unit so I could have coordinates of where I shoot different reptile species at just for my studies and such.
For the price, I have no complaints, I will be moving up to the D7000 shortly just for the higher speeds to try new things with and the better quality. I will definitely compare the shots with my D3000 for comparisons and post results under D7000 once I get it and use it enough.
Basically, if you read this whole thing, you shouldn't of wasted your time and you better have a confirmation of purchase email in your inbox! But for those who research before they buy, let my work (not advertising but this is the best proof) do the talking: [...]
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first DSLR,
Though there is a little bit of a learning curve (I'm not the brightest bulb on the tree), it's really simple to use, not as straight forward as my old Nikon F2 but almost. The large display has a very user friendly menu and it even has a 'help' button. The only other digital camera I've ever owned had a Byzantine menu tree to navigate if you wanted to adjust f-stop or shutter speed. And the VR - Vibration Reduction - feature on both of the lens is a real hoot. I was able to hand hold a 5 second exposure!
Of course unless you're making billboards you don't need 10MP, we were making slides with 6MP, but I guess everyone always assumes that bigger must be better.
It does have some negatives (no pun). At 1600 ISO the picture gets a bit mushy. I suppose that's to be expected but I'm told other models have better resolution. It doesn't have a movie mode which would be nice (although my other camera had it and I think I used it once). There's no preview, the only way to see the shot is through the viewfinder. Is that true for all DSLRs? It doesn't come with a memory card, you need to buy that separately, though I got 8 GB for $20 so it's not a big deal. And you can't download directly into Photoshop, you have to go through the supplied Nikon software. Not a problem at home but if you're visiting friends and want to see you're shots on their computer, they'd better have the software.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing DSLR for the first time SLR user!,
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Nikon D3000 10.2 MP Digital SLR 6 Piece Bundle with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX & 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lenses by Nikon