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Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm Lens Review – Time to Go Pro!

Photography is one of the most common hobbies out there and, just like in the case of all other hobbies, some people stick with it as a hobby while others eventually want to take things a bit further. The camera we have on our hands today, the Nikon D3000, is one of the best options if you want to switch to DSLRs, as it’s got all the basic features of a DSLR minus the usage complexity.

The scariest point of DSLRs, from an amateur’s point of view, is having to make all the settings manually, whereas a point-and-shoot camera does this job for you; the Nikon D3000 was designed exactly with this aspect in mind as it contains a tutorial-mode which, depending on the chosen scenario, recommends the best settings, shows you where to find them and how to adjust them, but leaves you to make the changes on your own. This is especially useful if you don’t have someone to teach you what each option does and how to set it, as the camera teaches you everything by itself.

We found adjusting settings to be easy thanks to the four-way navigation button and well organized menu and the fact that some commonly used settings such as flash, exposure compensation, timer and AE/AF lock also have dedicated buttons for fast access is a big plus.

Using the Nikon D3000 is easy thanks to its ergonomic shape and good building materials, a combination that provides a very good grip. In terms of performance we found the Nikon D3000 to be quite impressive, having an incredibly low start-up time of just 0.2 seconds.

Image quality is more than decent with accurate colour reproduction and very little image noise. The D3000 we tested came with an 18-55mm lens kit, which pretty much covers the basic needs of an amateur photographer. However, if at some point you feel you need more, you simply remove the lens and put on another – that’s the beauty of DSLRs.

A little minus of the Nikon D3000 is the absence of “live view”, meaning that you won’t be able to take photos like you would normally do with a compact digital camera by simply looking on the LCD display to see what you’re capturing but rather have put the camera to your eye and look through the viewfinder. This is not a must have as the whole purpose of a DSLR camera is to take photos at a professional level, so such an “amateurish” feature is not really needed but it’s just something that would have made the transition from a compact camera to a DSLR a bit smoother.

Overall, if you’re looking for that perfect bridge between the world of compact digital cameras and the world of professional cameras, the Nikon D3000 is it.

Features and Specifications Summary

  • Camera Model – Nikon D3000
  • Camera Type – DSLR
  • Sensor – 10.2MP, CCD
  • 11 Focus Points
  • Sensitivity – 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
  • Shutter Speed – 1/4000 sec. fastest
  • Screen – 3 inch LCD
  • In Camera Image Editing
  • Connectivity – USB2.0, SD, SDHC, Eye-Fi (Wi-Fi)
  • Battery – Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Included Accessories – Nikon 18-55mm non VR zoom lens


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