The all new Nikon D3000 is an entry-level digital SLR camera designed with a view to make photography fun and simple for beginners. The D3000 primarily aims at photographers who like to take Pictures without worrying about the features and settings of the camera. This is an intelligently designed camera that asks you to aim at the object you want to capture and automatically optimizes the settings accordingly to deliver the best possible results. Once you’ve gained experience of handling the camera proficiently, you can learn the settings through Guide Mode to make the adjustments yourself. The Nikon D3000 features a 10.2 megapixel sensor, 3-inch LCD screen, EXPEED processing system, 11-point auto focus system and 3 fps continuous shooting. All these features are available only for $599.95.
Basic Specifications of Nikon D3000
Resolution: 10.20 Megapixel Sensor size: APS-C Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom: 18-55mm: (27-83mm eq.)Viewfinder: Optical / No LCD ISO: 100-3200 Shutter: 30-1/4000 Max Aperture: 3.5Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 inches.Weight: 28.2 oz (800 g)
Build and Design
The D3000 looks and feels extremely light and professional. Although it doesn’t exhibit anything unique or new in terms of built, but for beginners it is definitely a very decent quality SLR camera. The Nokia D3000 measures 5.0×3.8×2.6 inches, making the entry-level camera portable and easy to carry. It is also identical in shape and size to various top-notch DSLR models in the market. The D3000 sports some cool features like above mentioned Guide Mode which works efficiently and differently as compared to other cameras in this range. Guide mode directs to a menu that allow the users to use multi selector to pick appropriate shooting scenario, and exact auto exposure mode to help them get the best shot. Other prominent Features include a 230,000 dot 3.0 inch LCD, D-Lighting for best exposure in shadows, 3 frames per second shooting and ISO control from 100-1600 with a HI1 setting.
The Nikon D3000 features built-in flash, Fn (function button), AF lock button, shutter, and other buttons to provide you with easy controls to carry on different tasks. The shutter button is slightly different from most DSLR cameras with On/Off switch. It also sports distinctive orange/red hand bar under the shutter release. This function is only available in Nikon cameras.
Menus and Modes
The menu system in Nikon D3000 has a lot to offer to its users. The multi-selector is a great place to start while browsing through the menu. The menu is straightforward and comes with five different tabs. They include: Playback men, Shooting Menu, Setup Menu, Retouch Menu and Recent Settings Menu.
Storage and battery
As far as storage and battery is concerned, the D3000 stores images on an SD/SDHC memory card. The device uses a 7.2Volt, EN-EL9a 1080mAh lithium-ion battery pack. The battery is quite powerful and allows 550 shots in one charge, while 50% of shots taken with flash on.
Overall, it can be said that Nikon has done a great work with its new entry-level SLR. It is definitely going to be a useful investment for people who are not professional, yet looking forward to capture the most amazing moments of their life in the best possible frame. All in all, the Nikon D3000 is a decent digital SLR for the price it is available at.