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Nikon D3000 Review - A Look at The Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 6/30/2010

The Nikon D3000 digital camera offers exceptional photo quality and easy to use features. In this Nikon D3000 review, we'll take a look into its strengths and why it's one of the best entry-level digital SLR cameras currently available.

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    Nikon D3000

    Nikon D3000 This Nikon D3000 review will look into the strengths of the Nikon D3000 digital camera. The Nikon D3000 digital camera is considered to be one of the most user-friendly cameras currently available. Its strengths are mainly focused on its easy to use features and its magnificent image quality. These two characteristics are the focus of this Nikon D3000 review, which we'll start with a look into the Nikon D3000's design.

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    Rating Average

    Nikon D3000 Its body is constructed with plastic resin, making the Nikon D3000 digital camera lightweight. It is also compact enough to be held in one hand without sacrificing the effects of the anti-shake capabilities. The shape and form of this digital camera fits perfectly in the photographer's hand, allowing one finger free to click the shutter release button. The optical viewfinder is situated such that the user's nose will have to be pressed up against the large LCD screen. The overall look and feel of this digital camera is fairly simple and easy to handle, perfect for beginner photographers who need to focus more on practicing taking good shots instead of finding their way to a comfortable grasp of the digital camera. For its design, the Nikon D3000 deserves a good score.

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    User Interface

    Rating Average

    Nikon D3000 The simplicity of this digital camera's exterior is in contrast with its sophisticated user interface. Initially, the user gets the option to use basic camera settings or the more advanced settings. For novices, it is recommended that they use the basic features first because the full user interface of the advanced mode can be really daunting for beginners. Novice users don't have to fear the advanced features of the camera, though. The Nikon D3000 digital camera provides users with an Intelligent Guide mode which acts as a tutor to the user. Information and directions for features appear on the LCD screen as the user navigates through the menus, which will help novice users learn how to utilize the various features and settings the camera has to offer. It will take some time for the photographer to get used to the highly busy interface of the Nikon D3000, which gets a rating of 4 out of 5.

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    Nikon D3000 Aside from the aforementioned tutor feature that lets users learn the camera's shooting modes and settings easily, the other main feature of this camera is, of course, its photo quality. This 10.75 megapixel digital camera uses image sensor cleaning, continuous shooting, thumbnail and calendar playback, in-camera retouching capability and D-lighting which is a feature that lets the camera adjust to tricky exposures like dark foregrounds and bright backgrounds. These are only the key features. The Nikon D3000 has other features that makes it one of the most advanced entry-level DSLRs and most user friendly digital cameras available. For its wealth of features that are easily accessible even to novice photographers, the Nikon D3000 gets a perfect score.

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    Nikon D3000 Sample Photo The Nikon D3000's compact design and easy to navigate user interface lets the user focus more on getting the perfect shot rather than fidgeting with the controls and the settings. Its performance in continuous shooting is at par with most advanced digital cameras. Shutter lag and auto focus acquisition times are non-issues, which is a great thing for novice and advanced photographers alike. Its flash performance helps in maintaining the photo quality that it already produces. Whatever degradations that images may suffer from are negligible. Overall, the camera's performance is top notch and deserves an excellent score.

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    Rating Average

    In conclusion, the Nikon D3000 digital camera is a great DSLR for novice photographers and a decent one for advanced photographers. It almost exceeds all expectations for entry-level DSLR cameras. We give it an overall rating of 4 out of 5. You can purchase this camera from for $449.00.