Digital Photography with the Nikon® D3000, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
The Nikon D3000 is one of the prime examples of an entry-level, easy-to-use, relatively affordable DLSR. When it came out in 2009, it replaced Nikon’s previous flagship entry-level camera, the D40, and it brought some new, more advanced features to the table. If you’re a newcomer to the DLSR world, you may be deciding between the D3000 and other entry-level DLSRs from manufacturers like Canon and Pentax. The D3000 definitely offers perks in comparison to other affordable, accessible cameras in its class. However, it also has some drawbacks. Here’s are some of the essential pros and cons of the Nikon D3000:
Nikon D3000 Pros
- There are 169 lenses available for the Nikon D3000. This large selection of compatible lenses means extra customization and control for photographers.
- This camera comes with a large, 3 inch screen, which means you don’t have to squint when you review images you’ve already captured.
- The D3000 has decent color depth. It can distinguish 22.3 bits of color, which is above average for cameras in its price range.
- This Nikon camera comes with a self cleaning sensor which automatically removes dust and debris found on its lens from pictures.
- Weighing in at just 536 g, this camera is lightweight. So, your hands are less likely to get tired from holding it for long periods of time.
- At 2.5 inches thick, this camera is definitely slender and sleek in comparison to other DLSRs.
- This camera’s price tag is a mere $425.00, which makes it a very affordable DLSR.
Nikon D3000 Cons
- This camera does not record videos. Since many DLSRs, even those in the entry-level price range, allow for video capture, this could be a considered a major drawback.
- The D3000 can only shoot at a speed of 3 frames per second. This can slow down photographers who are taking several pictures in succession.
- A relatively slow max shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second disqualifies the D3000 from being a camera that could be considered ideal to use when photographing subjects in motion.
- This camera does not come with image stabilization. If you have shaky hands and are tired of taking blurry pictures, another camera with image stabilization would probably be a better choice.
- This camera has a 262 ms shutter lag, which noticeably slows the camera down if you want to take pictures as quickly and efficiently as possible without having to wait for the camera to focus.
If you don’t mind the lack of video capture capabilities and that the Nikon D3000 is sluggish in some respects, you may find that it offers just what you’re looking for in a camera, particularly if you’re just venturing into the world of advanced photography on DLSRs.