i'm looking to upgrade from point and shoot to a dslr and will likely buy the nikon d3000. does it take good indoor pics without a flash? i enjoy taking pics of my cats and don't always have good natural light. with my current camera, the flash ruins the eyes & general color is off, reduce red-eye does a bit better, and no flash the eyes are ok but there is a LOT of noise in the pic.
i will be using my dslr for basic portraits & macros of objects also; from what i've read inikon d3000 will be great for that, but i'm wondering about the indoor question.
The short answer is "Yes". The long answer is "it depends". As many reviewers have pointed out if you push the ISO over 800 you will lose quality. If you have enough light to shoot with ISO settings of 400 or less (and if the cats stay still ...), no problem with quality.
Direct flash is too harsh. You can get excellent results using an external tilt-swivel flash bouned off a white ceiling. Bouncing will give you much more diffuse and flattering light for your portraits, etc. with no red-eye.
i got this camera a couple weeks ago. i still have much to learn about shutter/iso/etc, but i've been well pleased with the indoor results so far. i've been very impressed by the outdoor pic quality too and am looking forward to shooting some portraits.
thank you all for the tips! i plan to study & practice on them much more to improve.