Nikon D3000 picks up where the D60 left off, but can Nikon repeat its success with the D3000?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon D3000

Overall score:86%
Image Quality:85%


  • Guide mode, ease of operation, graphic user interface, effective VR


  • ADL effect on processing times, slow focusing, no DOF preview or live view


Nikon D3000 Review


Price as reviewed:



Nikon D3000 frontI’ve enjoyed using the D3000, as it accomplishes everything it promises with few surprises along the way.

While it’s not the cheapest DSLR on the market it’s slowly falling in price to meet its peers, though you can already find a body-only option for around £370, should you already own any Nikkor lenses.

I do have some reservations, though: the processing times when using Active D-lighting, for example, or lack of a depth-of-field preview facility.

I also don’t think it would be unreasonable to expect live view, given how useful it can be with regards to composition.

Even so, the new Guide function scores points for its simplicity, and the graphic user interface is arguably the nicest to use out of any current entry-level DSLR.

Add to this reliable and consistent image quality, and as a whole package the camera does well to solidify Nikon’s commitment to the entry-level user.


ISO:100-1600 (extendable to ISO 3200)
White Balance:Auto, 12 presets, manual
Lens Mount:F
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 12m @ ISO 100
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
Shutter Type:Electronically-controlled vertical- travel focal-plane shutter
Exposure Comp:+/- 5EV in 1/3 EV steps
Cable Release:Optional
PC Socket:No
Compression:Three-stage JPEG
Output Size:3872 x 2592 pixels
Viewfinder Type:Eye-level pentamirror
LCD:3in, 230k dot LCD
Colour Temp Control:No
Field of View:95% horizontal, 95% vertical
AF Points:11 (including 1 cross-type sensor)
Max Flash Sync:1/200sec
Sensor:10.2MP CCD
White Balance Bracket:No
Dust Reduction:Yes
DoF Prview:No
Focal Length Mag:Approx 1.5x
Weight:485 (without battery, card or acc)
Connectivity:USB 2.0
Live Mode:No
Exposure Modes:PASM, auto, seven scene
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No, lens based
Metering System:3D color matrix metering II, centre-weighted, spot
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion battery
File Format:Raw, JPEG, Raw+JPEG
Dimensions:126 x 97 x 64mm
Shutter Speeds:1/4000 to 30sec, bulb
Focusing Modes:Single-servo AF, continuous-servo AF, auto AF-S/AF-C, predictive AF tracking, manual
Drive Mode:Single, continuous (3fps), timer, quick remote, delayed remote
Colour Space:AdobeRGB, sRGB
  1. 1. Nikon D3000 review - Features
  2. 2. Design & Performance
  3. 3. Image Quality & Value
  4. 4. Verdict
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