Nikon D3000 Review
Nikon makes some of the very best cameras in the world, but it doesn't seem to have figured out how to deliver a top budget DSLR at the right price. The D3000 takes good photos but lacks quite a few features found in other cameras, and its performance is average at best.
Nikon is one of the most revered names in the camera business and has been making great products for years. Although its D3000 is a decent budget DSLR, it doesn't impress us quite as much as some other models. In a Nikon D3000 review, DigitalCameraReview likes the camera overall but notes it has more shutter lag than others and its autofocus is a bit slow to kick in. Digital Photography Review says in a Nikon D3000 review that the camera has good but not great image quality. In Nikon D3000 reviews at Best Buy, users are more impressed with the camera's image quality but complain about a lack of features, such as live view. CNET finds that photos taken with the D3000 are sharp and have good color, according to a Nikon D3000 review. CNET is also impressed with the Nikon D3000 control panel and particularly likes the way the adjustment options are arranged.
The Nikon D3000 uses a CCD sensor, often found in more expensive cameras, rather than the more common CMOS. The ISO settings range from 100 to 1600 and the shooting speeds range from 1/4000 of a second to 30 seconds. The resolution is 10.2 megapixels. The D3000 saves images to an SDHC memory card and supports continuous shooting up to three frames per second.
The Nikon D3000 is a pretty solid camera, but it's not quite as good a value as some of the other cameras we cover. For $459, we'd like the D3000 to have more features, such as live view and in-camera stabilization -- although the lens included in the kit does have a stabilization feature. We'd also expect the D3000 to perform quickly, but it doesn't seem to operate as fast as other cameras.