Nikon D3000 Review

 
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Nikon D3000 vs other Nikon SLRs
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon Nikon Nikon
Model D40 D60 D3000 D5000
Imaging System Sensor Type CCD CCD CCD CMOS
Color Filter Array RGB RGB RGB RGB
Total Megapixels 6.24 10.75 10.75 12.9
Effective Megapixels 6.1 10.2 10.2 12.3
Effective Sensor Size (mm) 23.7 x 15.6 23.6 x 15.8 23.5 x 15.8 23.6 x 15.8
Focal Length Multiplier (approx.) 1.5x
(Nikon DX)
1.5x
(Nikon DX)
1.5x
(Nikon DX)
1.5x
(Nikon DX)
Ultrasonic Dust Reduction No Yes
with Air-flow Control
Yes
with Air-flow Control
Yes
with Air-flow Control
Image Processor Not stated EXPEED EXPEED EXPEED
Viewfinder Type Eye-level pentamirror Eye-level pentamirror Eye-level pentamirror Eye-level pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95% 95% 95%
Magnification
(-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity)
0.8x 0.8x 0.8x 0.78x
Eyepoint (mm) 18 18 18 17.9
Dioptric Adjustment Range (diopters) -1.7 to +0.5 -1.7 to +0.5 -1.7 to +0.5 -1.7 to +0.7
Focusing Screen Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V, with on-demand grid lines Type-B BriteView clear matte screen Mark V, with on-demand grid lines
Depth of Field Preview No No No No
Live Preview on LCD? No No No Yes,
Contrast Detection AF only: Face priority, Wide-Area, Normal-Area, Subject Tracking modes
Recording System Recording Media / Quantity / Slot Type Secure Digital card
 (SDHC compatible)
Secure Digital card
 (SDHC compatible)
Secure Digital card
 (SDHC compatible)
Secure Digital card
 (SDHC compatible)
Compatible File System FAT 16 / FAT 32 FAT 16 / FAT 32 FAT 16 / FAT 32 FAT 16 / FAT 32
Recording Formats RAW (NEF), JPEG RAW (NEF), JPEG RAW (NEF), JPEG RAW 12-bit (compressed NEF), JPEG
Maximum Resolution 3008 x 2000 3872 x 2592 3872 x 2592 4288 x 2848
Reduced Resolutions (JPEG only) 2256 x 1496;
1504 x 1000
2896 x 1944;
1936 x 1296
2896 x 1944;
1936 x 1296
3216 x 2136;
2144 x 1424
RAW + JPEG Recording Yes, basic JPEG only Yes, basic JPEG only Yes Yes, selectable JPEG resolution / compression
Color Space& White Balance Picture Control System Yes Yes Yes Yes
Preset WB settings 6 (Direct Sunlight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash) 6 (Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash) Six presets with fine tuning, one Manual preset Six presets with fine tuning, one Manual preset
Manual Color Temperature Setting Range No No No No
Autofocus System Type TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus module TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM530 autofocus module TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM1000 autofocus module TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM1000 autofocus module
# of Focusing Points (Focusing Point Type) 3 points (1 cross-type, 2 vertical-type) 3 points (1 cross-type, 2 vertical-type) 11 points, (1 center cross-type, 2 horizontal-type, 8 vertical-type) 11 points, (1 center cross-type, 2 horizontal-type, 8 vertical-type)
AF Working Range EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100) EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100) EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100) EV -1 ~ 19 (ISO 100)
AF servo modes AF-S (single one-shot), AF-C (continuous tracking),
AF-A (for auto selection of AF-S or AF-C modes).
AF-S (single one-shot), AF-C (continuous tracking),
AF-A (for auto selection of AF-S or AF-C modes).
AF-S (single one-shot), AF-C (continuous tracking),
AF-A (for auto selection of AF-S or AF-C modes)
AF-S (single one-shot), AF-C (continuous tracking),
AF-A (for auto selection of AF-S or AF-C modes)
AF area modes Single area, Dynamic area, Dynamic area with closest subject priority. Single area, Dynamic area, Dynamic area with closest subject priority. Single area, Dynamic area, Auto area, 3D tracking (11-points) Single area, Dynamic area, Auto area, 3D tracking (11-points)
AF-assist Beam Bright incandescent lamp, (Range approx. 3.0 m, 9.8 ft, depending on lens.) Not dependent on flash setting. Bright incandescent lamp, (Range approx. 3.0 m, 9.8 ft, depending on lens.) Not dependent on flash setting. Bright incandescent lamp, (Range approx. 3.0 m, 9.8 ft, depending on lens.) Not dependent on flash setting. Bright incandescent lamp, (Range approx. 3.0 m, 9.8 ft, depending on lens.) Not dependent on flash setting.
Fine-tune Front/Back Focus Adjustment No No No No
Exposure Control Shooting Modes 12 - Program, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Auto, Auto with flash off, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Child, Night Portrait. 12 - Program, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Auto, Auto with flash off, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Child, Night Portrait. 12 - Program, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Auto, Auto with flash off, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Child, Night Portrait. 13 - Program, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Auto, Auto with flash off, Portrait, Landscape, Close up, Sports, Child, Night Portrait, SCENE (accesses 13 additional scene modes).
Metering Zones 420 420 420 420
Metering Modes 1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area.
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area.
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area.
1) 3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses); metering performed by 420-segment RGB sensor.
2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8mm dia. circle in center of frame.
3) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm dia. circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area.
Metering System Working Range 1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
(ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
(ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
(ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
1) EV 0 ~ 20 (Matrix or center-weighted metering)
2) EV 2 ~ 20 (spot metering)
(ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)
ISO Range / Extended 200 ~ 1600 / 3200 100 ~ 1600 / 3200 100 ~ 1600 / 3200 100 / 200 ~ 3200 / 6400
Exposure Compensation +/- 5EV in 1/3EV increments +/- 5EV in 1/3EV increments +/- 5EV in 1/3EV increments +/- 5EV in 1/3EV increments
Automatic Exposure Bracketing No No No 3 shots, 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
Active D-Lighting No
Retouch only
Yes
(Auto or Off)
Yes
(On or Off)
Yes
4 levels + Auto
Shutter Speeds, Frame Rate, Shutter Lag Shutter Type Combined mechanical and CCD electronic shutter Electronically controlled mechanical
Electronically controlled mechanical
(rated to 100K actuations)
Electronically controlled mechanical
(rated to 100K actuations)
Shutter Speed Range 1/4000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV, bulb 1/4000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV, bulb 1/4000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV, bulb 1/4000 ~ 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb
Maximum Frames Per Second / Buffer depth 2.5 fps / 100 frames (JPEG large/fine) 3 fps / > 20 frames (JPEG large/fine) 3 fps / burst depth unknown 4.0 fps / >20 JPEG large/fine or 10 RAW frames
Flash Built-in Flash / Guide Number (m) at ISO 100 Yes
(12, manual 13)
Yes
(12, manual 13)
Yes
(12, manual 13)
Yes
(12, manual 13)
Max flash x-sync speed (sec.) 1/500 (!) 1/200 1/200 1/200
Flash Exposure Compensation -3 to +1 EV, 1/3 EV steps -3 to +1 EV, 1/3 EV steps -3 to +1 EV, 1/3 EV steps -3 to +1 EV, 1/3 EV steps
Slow-sync flash 1st or 2nd curtain 1st or 2nd curtain 1st or 2nd curtain 1st or 2nd curtain
PC Sync Terminal Hot shoe only Hot shoe only Hot shoe only Hot shoe only
Nikon Advanced Wireless Lighting support No,
Requires mounted SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as controller
No,
Requires mounted SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as controller
No,
Requires mounted SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as controller
No,
Requires mounted SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as controller
Playback System LCD Size / Pixel Count 2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels 2.5 in LCD / 230,000 pixels 3.0 in LCD / 230,000 pixels 2.7 in LCD / 230,000 pixels
Enlarged Playback / Scroll 1.1 - 19x for large images, 15x for medium images, or 10x for small ones/ Yes 1.1 - 25x for large images, 19x for medium images, or 13x for small ones/ Yes 1.1 - 25x for large images, 19x for medium images, or 13x for small ones / Yes 1.1 - 25x for large images, 19x for medium images, or 13x for small ones / Yes
Calendar View No No Yes Yes
Automatic Rotation for Vertical Shots Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video Out Analog NTSC/PAL Analog NTSC/PAL Analog NTSC/PAL Analog NTSC/PAL, HDMI
Other Features Computer Connection Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed, PTP-compliant Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed, PTP-compliant Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed, PTP-compliant Yes, USB 2.0 High-Speed, PTP-compliant
Direct Printing (PictBridge compliant printers) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Menu Languages 15 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean) 15 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean) 17 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Danish) 16 (Japanese, German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Norwegian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean)
Camera Default Reset Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple exposures No No No No
In-camera Image Retouching Yes, D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Small Picture, Image overlay Yes, D-Lighting, Red-eye correction, Trim, Monochrome, Filter effects, Small Picture, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) Processing, Stop-motion Movies from stills, Quick Retouch; new Cross Star and Color Intensifier filters Yes, precise details unknown Trim, D-Lighting, Color Balance, Image Overlay, Filter Effects, Distortion Control, Monochrome, Stop Motion moves from stills, Color Balance, NEF (RAW) processing, Quick Retouch, Straighten, Distortion Control, Fisheye, Small picture, Red-eye correction, Perspective control, Color outline
Remote Control Optional ML-L3 wireless remote Optional ML-L3 wireless remote Yes, remote model(s) unknown Yes, accessory terminal for optional MC-DC2 wired remote, or ML-L3 wireless remote
Info LCD Panel / Illumination No / n/a No / n/a No / n/a No / n/a
Number of Command Dials 1 1 1 1
Programmable function button Yes Yes Yes Yes
D-Movie No No No Yes, 3 modes:
HD 1280x720 (16:9 ratio) VGA 640x424 (3:2 ratio) QVGA 320x216 (3:2 ratio)
with monaural audio
Articulating LCD No No No Yes
Body Structure Body Cover/Chassis Largely Polycarbonate Largely Polycarbonate Largely Polycarbonate Largely Polycarbonate
Environmental Seals No No No No
Power System Battery Compatibility EN-EL9
(1000 mAh)
EN-EL9
(1000 mAh)
EN-EL9a EN-EL9 / EN-EL9a
Dimensions & Weight Dimensions (WxHxD, mm) 126 x 94 x 64 126 x 94 x 64 126 x 97 x 64 127 x 104 x 80
Weight (body only) 475 g 495 g 485 g 560 g
Operational Environment Operating Temperature Range 0 ~ 40°C 0 ~ 40°C 0 ~ 40°C 0 ~ 40°C
Operating Humidity Range < 85% < 85% < 85% < 85%
Kit Lens Focal length / aperture 18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6G II ED
18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6G VR
18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6G VR
18-55mm
f/3.5-5.6G VR
Lens Compatibility Meter Coupling CPU CPU CPU CPU
In-body AF Motor No No No No
Lens Mount / Compatibility
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF-S Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except autofocus, 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Some non-CPU lenses can be used in exposure mode M only, with no metering, autofocus or TTL flash control; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster.
  7. IX Nikkor lenses cannot be used.
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF-S Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except autofocus, 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Some non-CPU lenses can be used in exposure mode M only, with no metering, autofocus or TTL flash control; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster.
  7. IX Nikkor lenses cannot be used.
  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF-S Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except autofocus, 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Some non-CPU lenses can be used in exposure mode M only, with no metering, autofocus or TTL flash control; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster.
  7. IX Nikkor lenses cannot be used.

 

  1. DX Nikkor: All functions supported;
  2. Type G- or D-AF-S Nikkor: All functions supported;
  3. Type G- or D-AF Nikkor: All functions supported except autofocus;
  4. Other AF Nikkor (excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except autofocus, 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR;
  5. AI-P Nikkor: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering, i-TTL balanced Fill-Flash for digital SLR and autofocus;
  6. Some non-CPU lenses can be used in exposure mode M only, with no metering, autofocus or TTL flash control; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster.
  7. IX Nikkor lenses cannot be used.
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