Nikon D3000 Brief Review


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  • 10.2 megapixel DX-format sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor
  • 3.0-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital / SDHC memory storage
  • Release Date: 2009-08-01
  • Final Grade: 84 4.2 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon D3000
10.2 megapixel DX-format sensor; Nikon EXPEED image processor; 3.0-inch LCD display; Secure Digital / SDHC memory storage
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The D3000 has been replaced by the D3100, although the D3000 can still be found on the shelves at a significant discount. While there are savings to be had with the D3000, we wholeheartedly recommend the D3100 over this model, as the image quality is significantly improved and it offers video mode (1080p, no less). Here's what we had to say about the D3000 in mid 2010:

The Nikon D3000 is one of Nikon's entry-level dSLRs. It's meant to be a first dSLR for photographers who are looking to move forward with their photography. It's relatively light and small and easy to use, but the image quality is among the least impressive of any dSLR and its light on features. It's not a bad option for a first dSLR, but it's worth investigating other entry-level models like the Pentax K-x, Canon XS, or for a bit more money, the Nikon D3100, a newer, full-featured consumer dSLR that anybody looking at a D3000 should investigate.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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