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Nikon D3000 SLR

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  • Height :
    97 mm
  • Thickness :
    64 mm
  • Weight :
    485 g
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Quick Specification of Nikon D3000 SLR

  • Dimension
    • Height : 97 mm
    • Thickness : 64 mm
    • Weight : 485 g

Full Specifications of Nikon D3000 SLR

  • Dimension

    Height
    97 mm
    Thickness
    64 mm
    Weight
    485 g
    Width
    126 mm
  • Pixels

    Mega Pixel
    10.2
  • Lens

    Focal Length
    1.5x lens focal length
    Auto Focus
    TTL 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)
    Manual Focus
  • LCD

    LCD Size
    3.0 inch
    LCD Info Display
    Low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD
    ViewFinder
    Eye-level penta-Dach mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5m-1)
  • Flash

    External Flash
    Built in Flash
    Flash Modes
    Front-curtain sync, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction, Slow sync, rear-curtain sync
  • Image

    Image Format
    NEF (12-bit compressed RAW), JPEG (Baseline-compliant)
  • Interface

    USB Cable
    USB 2.0
  • Memory

    Upgradeable Memory
  • Sensor

    Sensor Size
    23.6 x 15.8 mm
  • Shutter Speed

    Minimum Shutter Speed
    30 sec
    Maximum Shutter Speed
    1/4000 sec
  • Battery

    Power Supply
    Rechargeable EN-EL9a Li-ion battery, EH-5a AC adapter (available separately; requires optional EP-5 AC adapter connector; EN-EL9 also supported)
  • Additional Features

    Delete Function
    Sales Package
    Camera Body, AF-S 18-55mm VR Kit Lens, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a, Quick Charger MH-23, USB Cable UC-E4, Rubber Eyecup DK-20, Camera Strap AN-DC3, Body Cap BF-1A, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Software Suite CD-ROM, User Manual
    ISO Rating
    ISO 100 to 1600 in steps of 1 EV, plus HI-1
    Dust Reduction
    Picture Angle
    1.5x lens focal length
    Metering
    Scene-recognition system compatible 3D color matrix metering (type G and D lenses), color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses), Center-weighted (weight given to 8-mm circle in center of frame) Spot metering (meters 3.5-mm circle centered on selected focus point)
    Continuous Shots
    Continuous shooting mode: 3fps.
    White Balancing
    Auto (hybrid control with image sensor and 420-segment RGB sensor) 12 manual modes, preset manual, fine tuning
    Shooting Modes
    Single frame shooting mode, Continuous shooting mode: 3fps, Self-timer mode, Delayed remote mode: 2sec delay, Quick-response remote mode
    Self Timer
    2, 5, 10 or 20 sec.
    Image Display Resolution
    230000 dots
    Red Eye Reduction
    Image Sizing
    3872 x 2592
    Sync Terminal
    1/200 sec

Over all Review of Nikon D3000 SLR

Nikon D3000 SLR Price

Overall Review

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.

Battery

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.

Video Mode

This device does not support a Video Mode. 

Sensors

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.

Pros

Very friendly and easy to use.
Goal-oriented Guide mode.
Decent metering and 11-point AF system.
Switchable guide-lines in viewfinder.

 

Cons

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.

 
This camera has an eye-level Penta-mirror type Viewfinder and a 3.0 inch Low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with the image display resolution of 230000 dots. It has a interchangeable Nikon F Mount TTL Auto Focus lens with a good focal length. The clicked pictures could be stored in SD as well as the SDHC memory cards that the camera supports. The camera also has a 3x optical zoom to capture good images which are quite distant. It incorporates a MultiCam 1000 module for 11-point auto focus so that you can focus accurately and fast over the frames to capture good images. The camera also has the option of operating in 5 different modes, like the 3D tracking mode which allows you to capture fast moving images accurately, this is because the camera automatically predicts the movement and focuses accordingly.
 
It has an electronic focal plane shutter with an amazing shutter speed to capture multiple shots when the subject is on the move. The camera also has the bulb exposure system to provide you the control over the shutter speed. The ISO sensitivity of the camera varies from ISO 100 – 1600, and could be extended to ISO 3200. If we have higher shutter speed with large ISO sensitivity then we can capture very bright images with low external light.
 
For the first time users the camera could be operated in the guided mode, which gives you regular instructions how to perform multiple tasks in the camera. The camera also has a scene recognition system to correct the exposure, increase accuracy, maintain white balance, illumination and auto focus. The camera also has a Continuous Shooting mode to capture images at 3 fps.
The user interface is done via a 2.0 USB cable that comes with it. The camera has a rechargeable EN-EL9a Li-ion battery which allows you to click 150 shots when fully charged.
 
 
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