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Nikon D3000 Review

Review Date: Aug 24, 2009

Category: Beginner Amateur - Family DSLR

Nikon D3000

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2009 - Family DSLR
Photoxels Editor's Choice 2009 - Family DSLR


This Nikon D3000 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

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The Nikon D3000 DSLR is an excellent entry-level Family DSLR for beginner photographers tired of the limitations of Point-and-Shoot digital cameras. It is a compact and lightweight DSLR camera with the performance and responsiveness characteristic of much more expensive digital SLR cameras.

The D3000 is easily one of the best deals available among digital SLR cameras, especially when purchased together with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. It handles superbly and its matrix metering nails the exposure right. Performance and responsiveness are excellent. Auto mode, Scene modes and the new Guide mode make this DSLR camera an easy upgrade from point-and-shoot photography.

The Nikon D3000 lacks Live View and Movie mode. If you want these, you'll need to move up to the Nikon D5000 which has an articulated LCD, Live View and Movie mode for about US $250 more.

The good news is that Nikon has succeeded in bringing together all the elements a first-time DSLR user needs for capturing excellent images with point-and-shoot ease in a compact, light and comfortable body. Though other entry-level DSLRs also have similar features, it is the friendly way these features are implemented on this digital SLR camera that earns it our Photoxels Editor's Choice - Family DSLR award.

See if you fit the Nikon D3000 User Profile below:

Nikon D3000
User Profile
Desire a quality 10.2 MP resolution digital SLR camera with excellent image quality and low-light capability.
Want exceptional response times with virtually no shutter lag.
Want fast and precise auto focus.
Want a full-featured digital camera with many pro features.
Want interchangeable lenses.
Want ability to add on optional accessories, including powerful external flash.
Want an affordable DSLR the whole family can enjoy.

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