Nikon D3000 Review – Compromising Quality For Pittance
Nikon D3000 is an expensive camera because it belongs to the DSLR class. However, its performance does not always live up to this category’s reputation, so interested buyers should seriously consider whether they want to save money and purchase an average camera or sacrifice a few more bucks for the more advanced D5000 model.
Similar to many DSLR models released a few years ago, the Nikon D3000 has a big body. It measures 5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 (WHD) and it weighs 18.8 ounces, which means it’s kind of heavy compared to other cameras in this category. Tourists, who prefer to observe attractions in real life instead of taking pictures, will find the camera cumbersome, but the D3000 model is perfect for photographers who want to immortalize everything they see. The model is only available in black and is made out of plastic; yet, the used fabrics are highly qualitative because the camera doesn’t look cheap at all.
- Good 10.2-Megapixel sensor and 18-55mm Nikkor lens
- Beginner-friendly interface
- The photo quality is good with midrange ISO
- The camera has very basic features
- The price is too big for what the camera is worth
The original Nikkor kit lens can expand from 18 to 55mm, but users can upgrade the performance of the camera with the 55-200mm NIKKOR lens. The model we have tested was provided with an 18-55mm and the photo quality was rather good. It wasn’t so much the lens that caused us trouble, but rather the noise that becomes visible at extreme ISO ranges. Pictures don’t look great when you select ISO 100 or ISO 3200, so it is best to stay within the middle range.
The more we tested the device, the clearer it became to us that Nikon purposefully designed this camera for beginners who want to take good quality pictures. It wasn’t just the basic features that gave us this impression, but also the user-friendly interface. The DSLR has several advanced modes, but non-experienced photographers can select the Guide mode and allow the camera to direct them through the main features of the device.
We weren’t impressed by the resolution and AF systems of the camera, either. These features haven’t been improved from its predecessor, D60, so you won’t see any major differences in photos, except for the extra AF points. While they bring many benefits to the users of the digital camera, the extra AF points have also burdened the Nikon D3000’s time lag in comparison to other devices in this category. Yet, the camera is still fast as it only needs 0.2 seconds between shot-to-shot images and 0.9 seconds with the flash recycle time.
All in all, the Nikon D3000 is a good DSLR for photographers who have just started to test the more advanced features of a camera. If you’re a quick learner and you’re likely to get the hang of the D3000 after a brief period of time, you should opt for a camera with extra features, such as, the D5000.