Nikon D3000 SLR
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Specifications of Nikon D3000 SLR
PixelsOptical Sensor Resolution (in MegaPixel)10.2 MP
SensorSensor Size23.6 x 15.8 mm
LensAuto FocusTTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist (range 0.5-3m); Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20C/68F)Focal Length1.5x
DisplayScreen Size3 InchesImage Display Resolution230000 dotsViewFinderEye-level Penta-Dach Mirror Type, Built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5m-1)
Power SourceSupplied BatteryRechargeable Li-ion Battery (EN-EL9A)AC AdaptorAC Adaptor EH-5A
Images & VideoImage FormatJPEG : Baseline - compliant (NEF : 12-bit Compressed RAW)
FlashFlash ModesAuto, Front Curtain Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Slow Sync Flash
Shutter SpeedMaximum Shutter Speed1/4000 secMinimum Shutter Speed30 sec
Other FeaturesISO RatingISO 100-1600Self Timer2, 5, 10 & 20 secShooting ModesContinuous Shooting Mode: 3Fps, Delayed Remote Mode: 2Sec Delay, Quick-Response Remote Mode, Self-Timer Mode, Single Frame Shooting ModeMetering3D Color Matrix II, Center-Weighted, Color Matrix II, SpotRed Eye ReductionYesContinuous Shots3 fps (Continuous Shooting Mode)White Balancing12 Manual Modes, Auto, ManualSync Terminal1/200 Sec
Over all Review of Nikon D3000 SLR
Nikon D3000 SLR has been the spark of the market in its time and has had its fair share of success globally in the camera world. As an entry level DSLR, Nikon D3000 features 10.2 Megapixel sensor and a very easy user interface which is specifically designed keeping in mind the enthusiasts and first time DSLR users. Succeeding the popular Nikon D60, Nikon D3000 stands below Nikon D5000 as far as specifications are concerned. The best features which are newly added in this device are a large 3 inch screen coupled alongside a 11 point AF system and a new Guide for enthusiasts just stepping their foot in the camera world. Like all the earlier Nikon’s entry level DSLRs, Nikon also shares quite a few features with its precursor. At the centre of the camera lies the same 10.2 Megapixel DX-format CCD sensor which was used in Nikon D60, and then I guess there is somehow no need at all to mention Nikon D40x and before that Nikon D80.
Well, this sensor though old, has done wonders for the earlier models that appointed it. Although this means that Nikon D3000 cannot offer Live View or a movie mode. This however means that there is no Live View or Movie mode offered in Nikon D3000. While nothing can be said about the internals of the screen, screen ergonomics have enjoyed a big upgrade increasing from 2.5 inches in Nikon D60 to 3 inch in Nikon D3000. The sad news however is that like any other entry level DSLR, the screen is kept at 230 pixels and is also kept fixed to its position. The optical viewfinder of this device remains the same as Nikon D60 and has 95% coverage and 0.8x magnification, but one glance through it reveals one of Nikon D3000’s other major upgrades which are an 11 point AutoFocus system. Also Nikon D3000’s system has the same Multi-CAM 1000 AF module as Nikon D90 and Nikon D5000 is definitely, significantly better than the earlier 3 point AF.
Design and Build Quality
The exact dimensions of Nikon D3000 measure 126mm x 97mm x 64mm and feel quite decent in the end, but then frankly this is somehow nothing like what Nikon’s high end models feel like. Well when it comes to weight of Nikon D3000, the camera is now 10 grams lighter and weighs 536 grams when fitted alongside a rechargeable battery or 801 grams when it is fitted with Nikon DX 18 – 55mm VR kit lens. Talk about control, Nikon D3000 is almost virtually identical to its predecessor and flaunts only minor changes in the device. Like the upper right side is the nest of main dial which offers Auto, Program, Manual, Aperture and Shutter Priority modes along with seven scene presets. The rotary on / off switch is situated around the shutter release, with two buttons alongside.
Focus and Face Detection
One of the major upgrades in this camera, before Nikon D3000 all the three generations of entry-level DSLRs used a basic 3 point AF-system. Nikon has however performed a significant upgrade by equipping the same 11-point system as in the higher end D90 and D5000.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Probably the most important part of the device is the lens and Nikon D3000 has an F-mount which can easily accommodate almost all Nikkor lenses, Nikon D3000 has an F-mount which can accommodate most Nikkor lenses, with the DX-format sensor resulting in their field of view being abridged by 1.5 times; so the DX 18-55mm VR kit lens distributes an effective focal range of 27-83mm.As with all Nikon DSLRs, you’ll need recent all the recent lenses. Nikon has now omitted the AF motor to save size, weight and cost, and while its absence continues to frustrate the vintage photographers who are accustomed to the old lens, it’s less of an issue for Nikon D3000’s target audience which will mostly buy newer AF-S zooms. Nikon is also gradually releasing more AF-S prime lenses including the recent AF-S 50mm f/1.4G and AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G. If the lack of a focusing motor is a deal-breaker for you though, trade-up to Nikon D90 instead.
Screen and Menus
Almost the entire rear of this device is covered by a huge 3 inch screen which is bigger than the 2.5 inch screen of its precursor by quite a margin, although the resolution remains the same. Screen being bigger obviously makes a great physical difference between Nikon D3000 and Nikon D60, also it makes it the first DSLR to sport a 3 inch screen in the budget category. A bigger screen is certainly a nice thing to have on a digital camera, although in the case of Nikon D3000, it’s meant sacrificing the viewfinder eye-sensors of the earlier D60. More importantly, like its predecessor, Nikon D3000 cannot use its screen for composition. It’s nice to have the choice of styles and you can even customise the colour scheme: Blue, Black or Orange for the Classic view, or Green, Black or Brown for the Graphic view. The wallpaper option of the D60 is no longer available though. At first glance, Nikon D3000’s menus look similar to Nikon D60, but there has been some rearrangements. The Custom settings menu has now gone, with key options (like configuring the Function and AE / AF lock buttons) now relocated to the main Setup menu. New to Nikon D3000 over Nikon D60 is a Recent Settings menu in which record of your last seven functions is kept.
Even the power department of this device is slightly updated as the new The new EN-EL9a is rated at 1080mAh (80 more than the EN-EL9), with Nikon claiming it’s now good for 550 shots under CIPA conditions compared to the 500 of Nikon D60.
This device does not support a Video Mode.
Nikon D3000 shares the same 10.2 Megapixel CCD sensor as its predecessor, and Nikon D40x and Nikon D80 before that. This measures 23.6x15.8mm and delivers 3:2 aspect ratio images with a maximum size of 3872x2592 pixels, and there’s the choice of two lower resolutions. This makes it the last model in Nikon’s current DSLR range not to make the switch to CMOS technology.
Very friendly and easy to use.
Goal-oriented Guide mode.
Decent metering and 11-point AF system.
Switchable guide-lines in viewfinder.
No live view or movie mode.
Some settings require too many clicks.
No exposure bracketing or DOF preview.
No AF with older (non AF-S) lenses.
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The Nikon D3000 SLR is another one by the company in its DSLR family. The camera is very user friendly and is a good option for those who would like to upgrade to the Digital SLR technology. It has a 10.2 Mega Pixel camera with Expeed image processor to provide you a wonderful picture quality. The image quality is further improved with its CCD sensor, which supports 3:2 aspect ratio. The sensor has a long durability because of the integrated dust reduction system which continously removes the dust from the sensor.
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