Nikon D3000

The Good Very good kit lens; 10.2-megapixel resolution is perfectly adequate; beginner-friendly.

The Bad No live view or movie mode; manual adjustments are time-consuming.

The Bottom Line While its tech is basic, the Nikon D3000 does the job it was designed for perfectly well. The drawback to all its beginner-friendliness, though, is that the manual controls are relatively hard to get to, which could soon prove frustrating

Editors' Rating
7.5 Overall

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Review

Nikon D3000

So many camera makers have had so many attempts at producing the perfect digital SLR for beginners that you've got to wonder if Nikon can really add anything new with the D3000. Its specs are pretty conservative, featuring a basic, 10.2-megapixel CCD sensor with no movie mode or live view. But then the D3000 isn't too pricey, at around £430, and that's including Nikon's very decent 18-55mm VR kit lens.

Incremental improvements
It's all about quality rather than quantity. The D3000 doesn't do anything that its rivals don't, and, fundamentally, appears little different to the D60 and the D40x that went before it. But the argument will be that you're paying for proven functionality and steady improvements, not cutting-edge technology.

One of the improvements is a new 11-point autofocus system, which is certainly a step-up from the basic, 3-point AF of the old D60, although it's not necessarily any more beginner-friendly. Also new is the interface, which makes a fresh stab at trying to display the effects of lens aperture and shutter speed (the D60's attempt was rather confusing). Nikon's especially proud of the new 'guide' mode, which prompts you to choose the type of picture you're trying to take, and then sets up the camera for you so that you can see what to do.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Nikon Inc.
  • Features AF illuminator
  • Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 12
  • Weight 485 g
  • Red Eye Reduction Yes
  • Sensor Resolution 10.2 Megapixel
  • Optical Zoom 3 x
  • Lens Aperture f/3.5-5.6
  • Focus Adjustment manual
  • Min Focus Distance 28 cm
  • Optical Sensor Size 15.8 x 23.6mm
  • Optical Sensor Type CCD
  • Image Stabiliser optical
  • Sensor Resolution 10.2 pixels
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model 18-55mm VR lens

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