Review of the camera Nikon D3000.

Camera Nikon D3000 Is a direct descendant of the well-known line Nikon D40, D40x, D60  Having experience with Nikon D60 I immediately realized that the review will be almost the same as for D60because the Nikon D3000 is just an upgrade D60but still there were some interesting points worth considering.

Nikon D3000 review

Nikon D3000 review

First you need to understand that in the reviews a lot of attention is paid to the technical characteristics or just the characteristics of a particular camera, in Radozhiv we will try to translate strange and incomprehensible numbers and notation in this review into a language that is understandable for lovers of high-quality photos. But this model is aimed at the market of relatively cheap and simple digital SLR cameras.

If you were looking or looking or just reading this review, then you are probably already familiar with the line of low-end cameras from Nikon, this Nikon D40, Nikon D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500 All these cameras are quite similar in management, but each subsequent model has more and more functions and takes better photos and videos.

Features of the D3000 camera that you should pay attention to when buying or just when using:
1. D3000 has a CCD matrix with 10 MP... But do not forget that the megapixel race, for the most part, is not a race for quality, you can take a look at my article Battle of Megapixels. The average amateur can hardly find the difference between 6 Mp Nikon D40 and 10 megapixels Nikon D3000, even on A4 prints. The size of the matrix (physical) remains unchanged for all APS-C cameras (+ - fractions of millimeters). The physical size of the D3000 is the same as D3100, D7000, D5200. At low ISOs, the Nikon D3000 can produce a picture no worse than Nikon D7000.

2.In D3000 no focusing motor for non-motorized lenses. This is one of the most important points for this camera. It is believed that by purchasing a camera with a “motor”, that is, with a lens focusing drive, it will be possible to significantly save money. The question is quite controversial. But the fact remains that a number of lenses will not automatically focus on this camera, which will limit the choice of optics for growth or development in photography. This must be clearly understood and taken into account. For an upgrade after the whale lens, I advise you to take a look at Nikon 50mm F1.8G lenswhich has a huge aperture and will allow you to get an interesting picture with a shallow depth of field. If you need a telephoto lens to reach further, then a cheap option Nikon 55-200 f / 4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor will be just right.

3. Matrix Cleaning System. The cleaning system really helps to avoid clogging the matrix with fine dust. This really will rarely allow real cleaning. In the camera, you can specify when the camera will clean the matrix, I recommend cleaning when the camera is turned off.

4. Compact and lightweight... Do not bother with the fact that the camera is made of plastic, and not of aluminum or composites, this gives the camera lightness and you need to understand that the amateur does not need to use the camera in extreme conditions and overload it with work as much as possible.

5. Shooting speed is an important indicator. At D3000 it is 3 frames per second, a normal indicator, the same speed and Nikon D80which is much more functional than the amateur D3000. Again, amateurs do not need 10 frames per second at all, high-firing cameras are needed only for rather specific purposes. The set speed is sufficient for 99% of basic needs.

6. Image quality. Do not believe anyone that this or that camera shoots well or badly. These are just people's prejudices. We can talk about benchmarks, but in real life, the quality of the final image depends on a dozen factors and the camera is far from the first of them. In terms of quality, I will say that it fulfills its functionality 100%, just important how to take pictures.

7. Nikon D3000 has 11 focus points cameras have the same focusing module Nikon D200, D80, D90, D3100, D3200, D5100. More details in the section on focus systems.

8. Great 3 inch display. Unlike the D40 or D60, it’s half an inch larger, but still has the same 230.000 points

9. Must be considered crop factor camera which is equal to 1.5x. This means that the camera when working with lenses will narrow the viewing angle of the lens. And if, for example, you use a lens with a 50mm focal length, then the viewing angle will be the same as that of a 75mm lens on a regular full-frame camera. This is absolutely normal for APS-C cameras.

10. D3000 now works with EXPEED processor

11. Minimum excerpt flashes 1 / 200s, Nikon D40 in this regard, 2,5 times better.

12. The function of rotating the image on the screen in horizontal and vertical position. It is very convenient when the camera is turned, all the information for shooting is turned on the display and any parameter can be corrected without problems.

In brief about the main features - it is an opportunity to change ISO from 100 to 1600 + one HI1 value equivalent 3200. On HI1 I do not recommend shooting at all. Unlike Nikon 40, it became possible to lower the ISO to 100, this will allow you to use fast lenses during the day without fear not to fit into the minimum shutter speed of 1/4000 and get overexposure. On Nikon 40, it’s already quite difficult to invest in 1.8/200 second in the afternoon on F1 and ISO 4000 in the afternoon. The camera has a lot of settings for editing the footage - from working with RAW files, to creating a movie in avi format from photos. Also at the camera, the viewfinder covers 95% of the frame, and you need to remember that 5% of the frame will still be captured on the left \ right \ top \ bottom in the picture.

What I liked when working with the camera:
Weight, the weight is really small. The camera shutter is quiet, quieter than Nikon D40 or Nikon D90. I liked the large display and ergonomics - there are no extra buttons and everything is just elementary to use. There is a great guide for beginners. And the Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 focus sensor is the same as in Nikon D90. I really liked the function of rotating the screen with horizontal and vertical position of the camera.

What did not like:
The lack of a million functions present in older models, but this is a purely subjective opinion. Also, I didn’t like that little has been improved compared to Nikon D60, by and large, only the number of focus points. I didn’t like the small size for the buffer, if you shoot RAW, then already at frame 4 the camera will slow down with a flash drive of class 6. Also, I did not like that when ADL the camera “thinks” much longer when saving a picture. The noise level starting from ISO 800 greatly affects the picture quality; you cannot do without the noise reduction function.

What is the best way to use the camera and what to configure?
The FN button can be programmed by choosing one of several options, I advise you to set the ISO quick change function on it.

To buy this else?
Preferably a pretty bag, the main thing is that it is comfortable, you can buy a bigger bag to fit an additional lens. It is possible and desirable to also buy lenses, first of all, this is a high-aperture fixture and one telephoto lens. The main thing is to remember that important how to take pictures, and not what technique to do it on.

He shared his photos Radmir Karimov:

What upgrade can I do after Nikon D3000? If you decide to change your D3000 to another camera, then I recommend switching to class cameras Nikon D90, Nikon D7000or on the camera of a similar amateur class Nikon D5100, Nikon D5200.

Prices for modern Nikon cameras in popular stores can look at this link.

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Conclusions:
Nikon D3000 has proven itself by showing excellent ergonomics and ease of operation. Tips will always help a beginner to navigate the settings, and flexible firmware will allow you to quickly and easily use the camera for any purpose. Who wants to upgrade after Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D50, D70(s) - will not receive anything particularly new.

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Comments: 422, on the topic: Review of Nikon D3000

  • Hamlet

    ... and an additional display and a screwdriver. Oh yeah, and a small main display :(
    Honestly, I would have bought 80 because of a screwdriver, but I can’t find it in good condition. D300 sold a carcass for $ 320, with a range of 37k. I don’t even know if he did the right thing or not. He did not like the color. By the way, Arkady, can you say rubber pads in the D80 or as in the d60, d3000?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      D80 has one rubber pad under the thumb, it costs a penny.

    • Alexander

      The d80 has a disease - the gear wheel of the mirror drive (or the shutter, I don't remember exactly) breaks down. So if you take this camera, then only with a minimum mileage, otherwise you risk throwing your money down the drain. You can also consider d200, he himself at one time changed d3000 to it. Its color is more restrained than that of d80, and slightly different than that of d3000, but at the same time it will not turn out to call it bad.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        I had three different d80s with mileage for 150.000 each, not every amateur photographer will squeeze at least 100.000 from the camera.

        • Alexander

          With such luck you need to buy lottery tickets)). Gear failure is a well-known disease in certain circles. It makes no sense to repair it, it’s cheaper and more reliable to buy another carcass.

          • Arkady Shapoval

            I can say the same thing that the d80 is a very long-running camera.

          • Jury

            Why doesn’t it make sense? I was replaced with it in a couple of days, it cost about 1500-2000 rubles. (I do not remember the exact price of the repair). This option is clearly better if there are no other problems and the camera is not too ushatanny.

            • Nicholas

              Yuri, do not tell me where the repairs were done, a similar problem.

            • Victor

              Because the D80 is sold in perfect condition with mileage of up to 5-10k operations for 4-5 ty, it goes without saying in perfect condition.

              So if the camera runs half an hour at least, it makes no sense to change the gear for 2k.

          • Alexey

            this gear was given to you. I've changed them to D90 myself many times. no special problems. only this is nikon, not kenon, and everything is not done in a smart way - instead of normal connectors, you need to unsolder a lot of wires. annoying, yes))

            • Ivan

              And where did you get the idea that Nikon cameras have connectors and no wires to solder?

              • Ivan

                I did not immediately understand the meaning of your phrase. Apparently, you wanted to say that everything is smart in Canon cameras - connectors instead of soldered wires.

        • Nail

          Who can tell me if it is possible to use a vacuum cleaner for a car to clean the dust from an open bayonet?

          • Michael

            can be ordinary, only gently

    • Sergei

      I can sell. Mileage 2600

      • Denis

        D80? In what city? And how much is it?

  • Hamlet

    and the girth itself is not rubber?

    • Michael

      Rubber, but from something else. He is tougher, more like a canon and does not fall off

  • Hamlet

    Thanks guys. Today I bought another Sony Alpha NEX 5 photocompact, a complete set, mileage 7k, for 65u. Condition as new. I don’t know, I immediately fell in love with him. Here Arkady has a review on him. Fot-small monster with aps-c matrix, probably the only one with this size, and even with interchangeable optics. There was firmware 01, put the last 05-pleased, added focus picking (for manual optics) and the purpose of the buttons (now there is no need to go into the menu). So guys, you will see at a good price, take it, you will not regret it.
    zs sorry for not being in the subject ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Post your feelings on the NEX 5 thread.

  • Vlad

    Fotik seems not bad. But somehow I took a purple flower in nature, and then a blue one. And at home, and on the phone screen I realized that the purple flower is sfotkan blue, and blue - purple. I decided to take pictures of multi-colored cardboard boxes at home and the picture from the Internet directly from the monitor, the result is the same. Interestingly, the Nikon company knows about such a glitch?

    • Roman

      Knows. Google for the keywords “metamerism” and “Luther-Ives test”.

      • Vlad

        I read it, interesting, but not clear)) the conclusion is not correct vision? well let's see. in life, the color of the petals of these flowers is saturated blue. after taking a picture I see them on the camera screen and on the computer monitor is pale purple. So?

        • Alexander

          Was the BB in the camera correctly configured? I usually come across these phloxes pink and purple, I don’t remember the blue ones, although Google says that such exist.

          • Vlad

            BB is set to auto. on the internet I found photos of flowers such as I remembered.

        • Michael

          No. The conclusion is that our vision is adaptive and color perception depends on the viewing conditions, and the camera sees it as it is, but it may be mistaken with BB.

        • Roman

          On the one hand, the wrong white balance. On the other hand, the camera’s photosensor cannot (and generally cannot) give a response identical to the eye. Therefore, for certain colors, especially in the extreme parts of the spectrum and non-spectral, such as purple, nuances are possible.

          One must still decide and add an article on this topic.

          • Valery A.

            Judging by the white-gray pebbles on the background and black soil, BB, in general, did not screw up. SSD-shnye cameras often handle blue incorrectly - the sky will turn violet, etc. As mentioned above, nuances are possible.

          • Vlad

            generally an interesting moment and I think Nikon has nothing to do with it ... I found a purple dumbbell pancake and took a picture on Nikon, and on 2 different smartphones and all three sensors see the pancake in blue ...

            • Roman

              To put it simply. There are spectral colors - pure, which are in the spectrum. These are photons of the same wavelength. There are non-spectral colors. These are colors with complex spectra, which include many photons of different wavelengths at once. Spectral colors range from red to purple. Non-spectral colors are white and all shades of gray, brown and magenta. Well, a lot of shades when pure colors are mixed with shades of gray and so on.

              The human eye sees honest violet at the far end of the spectrum - blue first, then violet. But it also has a peculiarity - different spectra give the same response, which the eye perceives as the same color. This phenomenon is called metamerism. The spectra are different, the feeling is the same. Therefore, when there are elevations in the spectrum from the blue and at the same time from the red edge, the eye perceives them as purple, violet or lilac.

              The monitor uses three different types of filters in front of the lamp to reproduce color. Filters change their characteristics, letting in light of greater or intensity. Their band is rather narrow. And due to metamerism, we can give a sensation of one spectrum, presenting another spectrum to the eye. These are the red, green and blue elements. In most cases, this works. There are few really purple objects in the world, more purple ones. And so it turns out, when you photograph your real purple flower, the color spectrum of which looks like a tubercle at the very edge, where there are short waves, the eye sees it honestly, the camera registers honestly - there is some kind of response from the blue part of the camera sensor. No long and medium waves, nothing red and green. But the monitor cannot reproduce this color. He can simulate a similar color (for the eye) by adding red to it (you do this by changing the white balance). True, the whole picture floats. For all other colors this phenomenon is not so noticeable, but it is especially for violet colors. Therefore, you can have outwardly two identical violet colors - one of which is pure spectral, the second is a mixture. The eye will see them in the same way. Well, it will have the same sense of color. The camera will register differently. One as a mixture of red and blue, the other as pure blue. The monitor will reproduce accordingly - in one there will be red and blue, in the other blue. And get the corresponding result.

              • Alexander

                It seems that this is partly the reason that sometimes, well, you can’t get the color that was in reality. And the camera screen just in red-blue often messes up, showing a completely implausible color while the normal IPS displays everything correctly.

  • Sergei

    I have a Nikon D300 mainly for family photography, and at the same time I retook my considerable film archive of black-and-white and color, with the help of an inverted Vega-12V prefix of my own design, * from any trash * I am satisfied with the quality. The camera has small equalities, but it’s easy, efficient and thought-out to process in the same lightroom.
    As for the pixels, in 3000 10MP they write in 3200 24mp, but it looks like in a joke:
    Armenian radio is asked how the three-star Armenian brandy differs from the five-star brandy.
    - we ourselves are surprised - answers - pour from one barrel.

  • Forgot nick

    Hello! Has anyone disassembled this body? Is there a battery? Something always seemed to me that when removing the battery from it, the clock did not reset. And then he lay down for a little ... and the 35th yongnigicho sucked the entire charge. Now, each time you pull it out, the date is reset. Is this how it should be or am I buggy? All other nikonis keep the date.

    • Forgot nick

      he asked, he answered))) inside her neon rechargeable. It remains to find out the type and size.
      The camera clock is powered by an independent, rechargeable power source, which is
      charged as necessary when the main battery is installed or the camera is powered by an
      optional EP-5 power connector and EH-5a AC adapter (0 168). Three days of charging will
      power the clock for about a month. If a message warning that the clock is not set is displayed
      when the camera is turned on, the clock battery is exhausted and the clock has been reset.
      Set the clock to the correct time and date.

      • Vitaly N

        Neonka cannot be charged - it is a gas discharge lamp. The lithium battery should be there. Must be charged from an inserted main battery or a connected power supply. If it does not charge for several days, then change it.

        • Forgot nick

          Tyuyu, it can't ... GAS DISCHARGE. The fact that her capacity is small does not mean that she is not a battery!

          • Vitaly N

            Hmm, humanities. Neonka is a LIGHT BULB. Where did this word come from? Something Nikon has not a word about a light bulb, only batteries and batteries. I do not advise you to get into the carcass with such knowledge.

            • BB

              Do not pay attention, hike, troll

              • Vitaly N

                There is something else along the way. I asked myself, I came up with it myself, I answered it myself, I climbed it myself, I broke it myself, I threw it out myself ... Although maybe they just let me go for the weekend ...

              • Roman

                Yes, man is joking. I understood the question, and the answer, and humor. :)

              • Vitaly N

                And why is it HERE? Can a literary page do? It’s probably hard to write a normal solution to the problem.

              • Forgot nick

                Hmm, with such an inert gas, instead of a worldview, now I would explain for technical literacy ... I thought this current is found in classmates and at photo forums. But no, and Arkady's blog this fate has not passed :)
                In the 2nd message I gave an exhaustive answer to my own question. Especially for Vitali I will translate the official answer:
                YANDEX TRANSLATE
                The camera clock is powered by an independent, rechargeable power source that recharges as needed when the main battery is installed or the camera is powered by the optional EP-5 power connector and EH-5a AC adapter (0 168). Three days of charging, turn on the watch for about a month. If a message appears stating that the clock is not set when the camera is turned on, the clock battery is exhausted and the clock has been reset.
                Set the clock to the correct time and date.

              • Forgot nick

                Technically, most likely a small ionistor is installed there, since the charge controller is not indicated. You can safely change if necessary.

              • Victor

                The man is clearly not in the subject, more assumptions than real knowledge, ionizers, batteries, that's all, just do not take his posts to heart :)

              • Vitaly N

                Come on? I already wrote this above. And what about the worldview - what does it have to do with it? Reading books, I do not learn quotations, so that later "pontovat" them to the point and no. I already wrote - I asked myself, answered myself and, laughing, ran away into the distance ... Type of that.
                On business. Hardly a supercapacitor - what will it be? And it is unlikely that he is a decent self-discharge. And the controller for the lithium will most likely be on the board itself.
                Example on D5200 https://photo-parts.com.ua/parts/IMG_STORE/Nikon%20D5200%20PCB/Nikon%20D5200_pcb.jpg

              • Vitaly N

                Parsing d3000 to the main board https://ru.ifixit.com/Guide/Nikon+D3000+Motherboard+Replacement/51393?lang=en

              • Vitaly N

                The d5200 really looks like an ionistor, but I don’t find anything on the d3000 boards. Perhaps they didn’t bother at all and the clock on the power supply simply had a capacitor.

  • Leonid

    there is a Nikon D3000 Kit camera with a range of about 20 frames in very good condition. I can offer for 000 5 rub t 500 8906 895

  • Maron

    Tell me, does it make sense to buy this camera in 2020, as the first camera, for starters, for learning photography, and amateur photography?

    • Ivan

      For training, any camera is suitable. Specifically on this camera, depending on who and in what condition you will get it. And also a question of price. If at the same cost there are newer ones, or models higher than the level, then it makes sense to take them.

    • Oleg

      D3000 does not have a liveView mode (shoot through the screen) and the video does not shoot. To learn to photograph, it is not important, but it is important for determining the price. The D3100 can do both, so the D3000 is interesting if its price is well below the D3100. Any product is good for its money.

    • US6IBD

      You can start with a soap dish. After all, the main thing is not the technique but the skill of the photographer. At a higher level, creativity comes to the fore. Well, this is when they have mastered the basic professional techniques.
      See only that the capabilities of the low-level device do not discourage photography at all.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      better d3100 due to live view

      • Ivan

        Maron did not make a choice between 3000 and 3100. Therefore, there can be any camera, and not necessarily Nikon.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          The most affordable and functional DSLRs, in my opinion, are just the D3100, D90, Canon 450D, 40D (cheapness, functionality with live view). But, of course, you can start with anything.
          I do not particularly consider Pentax, Sony A, and others, since the systems themselves are much less popular.

          • Alexey

            the D300s or 50D will still be more interesting. if we consider old people. The D90 is a good camera (for all my idiosyncrasy towards Nikon, especially younger cameras). however, now I would not advise it - over the years, the gear on the shutter and mirror drive motor is cracking, and its replacement, with a penny cost of the gear itself, is very difficult, you need to disassemble almost the entire camera.

  • Azake

    Do cameras Nikon D40, Nikon D40x, D60 and this D3000 have the same CCD matrix, except for the number of pixels? I just think whether it's worth looking for newer models than the D40, if the sensor is just as interesting.

    • Alexander

      They have different matrices, therefore the color will be different. If 6MP in d40 is enough, then there is no particular sense in buying something else, except for trying it.

    • Ssirman

      The D40 has a different matrix. Nikon's D40x, D60 and this D3000 are the same. The D40 has a bold pixel and good skin tone.

  • Vladimir

    How to work with it with manual optics, does the rangefinder and exposure metering work?

    • B. R. P.

      The rangefinder works, the measurement is not.

  • RA4ADF

    I had a D40 on duty, which I got as a mouth cover when buying a lens. After a while I felt the need for a simple everyday camera. And then, as usual, something interesting, but there is nothing to photograph. Since the free D40 were no longer found, the glance at the famous site fell on the D3000 in perfect condition. As the seller wrote, with a small defect. The condition, yes, outwardly turned out to be perfect. But inside, someone has done a pretty barbaric soldering iron attempt to replace the memory card slot. I decided to purchase one more device as a donor. Also at the price of scrap metal (about $ 15). Although that one had a broken lens and broken covers, it turned out to be completely working with a mileage of 8k. I had to find a third device for the same money, which became a donor for the first two.
    As a result, for less than $ 50, I have one fotik constantly at work, the other rides in the car. And to this there is also a bunch of spare parts, software for software correction of autofocus (it turned out that the “motherboard” cannot just be rearranged from one carcass to another) and invaluable experience :)
    The camera is not bad. In conjunction with an 18-70 lens, it gives an acceptable picture.
    In general, the device has the right to live in a competitive environment.

    • RA4ADF

      Gadsky T9 !!!
      not ROT, but when buying a lens

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