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:

Nikon D3000+  Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm 1: 1.4D.

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.
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: 480, on the topic: Review of Nikon D3000

  • Yana

    I understand that for a beginner, a whale is better?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, a whale is fine.

  • Yana

    or better d40 or D3000
    which one is easier and more convenient to use?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Better than D3000. For convenience, they are almost the same, but D3000 thinks faster and has ISO 100. If you have extra money - I recommend Nikon D3100

      • vitalitysharp

        The best SLR of the CCD era. With the ADL function, it clicks best of all))) jpeg is just lovely)))

  • Yana

    thank you very much =)

  • Yana

    and in them the function of video recording in any or not fact?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Video only on Nikon D3100, D5000, D5100, D90, D300s, D7000 models

  • Dasha

    buy myself this Sunday a gorgeous camera and quality pictures are obtained)))))

  • Arkady, thanks, everything is clear and concise, but most of those who commented on your article do not understand half of the terms and characteristics. Even if you wrote that you have released a novelty FED-3U-2011 with a 64 GB memory card, then comments with “oh-oh-oh-oh-oh” will pour in at the same speed….

    Now about the camera: the model has been holding a leading position “for beginners” for several years already - this is an important factor that testifies to competitiveness (optimal price / quality ratio), but I recommend paying attention to older models, naturally based on financial capabilities; The kit lens (18-55 mm), to put it mildly, is weak, I agree with Arkady that it is worth paying attention to a high-aperture fix and it will not hurt to buy a telephoto lens, and in the absence of finances, pay attention to Soviet glasses (this site has very informative articles ...

    Creative success;)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thanks. I still recommend D3000, D31000 for beginners.

  • Only one detail was forgotten - D3000 is the last model where the CCD matrix (sensor) is located, Nikon already puts CMOS on the following cameras. Search the Internet for the difference between these matrices (sensors)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The article mentions the type of sensor. I have an article on this subject CCD VS CMOS, and keep in mind that the CCD is very noisy at high ISO :)

  • You know, before buying a D3000, I was interested in everything related to this camera, asked more experienced photographers, and many said that CCDs give more natural colors than CMOS. That is, images from CCDs are easier to process in Photoshop, or even completely do not require processing, which is again a plus for beginners in photography. And as it was written in one article, CCD matrices are still used for high-resolution satellite cameras. Good article and thanks for the answer.

  • Elena

    How to enable black and white photo mode on the D3000?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Picture control mode - select MC.

  • Elena

    thanks, all worked well

  • Elena

    Tell me how to transfer photos from the camera to a computer using a cord

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Just plug in the cord, turn on the camera and it should be recognized as a flash drive. However, sometimes the computer cannot “make friends” with the camera and has to use a card reader. If you have problems connecting with the cable, install the VIEWNX2 program or the software that came with the camera.

  • igor

    Satisfied with the camera, super!

  • Pauline

    but there’s no video on us, right?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      There is no video on the D3000, it is on the Nikon D3100, D5100, D90, D300s, D7000

  • Konstantin

    Thank you interesting article. Tell me what is better Nikon D3100 or D5100

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The D5100 is much better. The D5100 is the best amateur camera from Nikon at the moment.

  • Anastasia

    A similar question about a black and white photo asked earlier. What to do if this function is not working? Menu-menu shooting mode-image management mode. and this option is not available at current values. Tell me what to change?

    • Anastasia

      sorry for typos

    • Arkady Shapoval

      We spent on the D40 camera, this function of the black-and-white picture (monochrome mode) is available only in the creative control modes of the camera P, A, S, M, in automatic mode the camera does not allow you to shoot in black and white.

  • yes! For beginners, the best option is just taking a picture of it, you can see the pictures

  • Sergei

    Thanks for the review! After your review, I purchased Nikon D3000, I use it for about 10 days, 100% satisfied.
    I advise for beginners!
    Thanks again for the interesting reviewer =)

  • Marina

    Tell me what are the right settings to make (D3000 camera) for a beginner, so to speak, a photographer, I seem to have done everything according to the instructions, but when I look into the lens with close aim everything is blurry, if I do it further, everything seems to be clear, but the button does not work in order to take a photo only you can hear some kind of "buzzing" and that's it.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The lens should have a button for turning on the auto focus, and in the camera in the menu you need to turn off the MF mode and turn on any other. Or, just explain the problem more clearly.

  • Renat

    Good day. Bought home D3000 2 the second day I'm picking the settings and I can't figure out how to make it so that when shooting it is possible to look through the screen ... through the “peephole” is not very convenient for mere mortals). They took the fotik for the house. Canon IXUS 960 IS has passed away. tell me if it's not difficult. Thanks in advance

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The Nikon D3000 does not have a Live View mode (via display). You can take pictures only through the optical viewfinder (peephole).

      • Renat

        thanks. will have to get used to

  • Leo

    Please tell me, I’ve bought Nikon D 5100, the first 2 weeks everything is fine, it’s okay, but now something happened that all the photos are blurry, with focus, something else .. or no sharpness .. I don’t know what to do, Help! .. I’m not hurt, nothing ..

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Most likely, the settings just went wrong. Describe in more detail the problem, there may be a million solutions.

  • dione

    Thank you very much for the tips)))

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Not at all.

  • Olga

    Good fotik))
    And how to see how much it was used before me?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I looked at EXIF ​​data with a special program.

  • Victor

    Tell Arkady, where can I make a high-quality diagnosis and repair of the D3000 in Ukraine? After the fall, the body
    intact, but does not turn on in any way ... Previously, the masters say that a very expensive repair will be ... something in the carcass has broken down?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I will not prompt. I rarely come across this. Look for an official dealership.

  • Victor

    Thank you for your site, a lot of information.

  • Sergei

    Help with a choice if you can. I can not decide between the Nikon D3000 KIT 18-55 VR and the Canon EOS 1100D KIT 18-55 IS II.
    The video does not interest me (there is an HD camcorder).
    I take for home to rent a family, children. In general, more for portrait shooting for a family album. I’m interested in the simplicity of control to get beautiful photos with a blurry background (the wife will use the camera, and she takes pictures only in the machine). It is advisable to use, if possible, without a flash. That is a good aperture. I choose between these two models with the same optics.
    Canon captivates with advanced features of portrait shooting in the machine and an interesting DOF control mode (A-DEP mode). But the quality of the D3000 shots seems to be the best. The D3000 is confused by the persistence of low quality Jpeg in RAW + JPEG mode.
    And tell me. On the Nikon D3000, you can hook up the Helios-44 and will there be support for focusing (a signal that the subject is in focus) and automatic shutter speed? I want to use a lens as a portrait.
    Thank you.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      A-DEP mode does not help squeeze more background blur due to the identical aperture performance of Nikon and Canon. The Nikon D3000 will not work audible focusing with Helios, the green dot in the lower left corner of the viewfinder will only light up. Also, no automatic mode will be available, only M. Canon will have exposure metering (semi-automatic mode), but there will be no confirmation of focus. In more detail about the old lenses in the Helios-44 section, Soviet optics and old lenses on Canon.

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