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Nikon D3000 Review

Nikon D3000 dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesi Nikon D3000 giriş seviyesi fotoğrafseverlerin kompakt bir modelden dijital SLR modele geçişlerinde kolaylaştırıcı bir yöntem sunuyor. Nikon D3000 bu bakımdan acemi fotoğrafseverler içini ideal bir model. Cihazın öğrenmesi de kolay olduğundan sunduğu tüm teknik yetenekleri de artı olarak değer kazanıyor. Evet bir üst seviye modellerle kıyaslandığında farklılıklar mevcut ama bu eksikliklerin Nikon D3000'in yoluna çıkıp çıkmayacağını da rekabet şartları belirleyecek.

Nikon D3000 Video kayıt ve Live View eksikliği Nikon'un bu dijital SLR modelinde eksikliğini hissedeceğiniz çok özellik yok. Video kayıt fonksiyonu ve buna bağlı olarak Live View gerçek zamanlı görüntü yansıtma özelliği hariç. Son dönemlere kadar pek öne çıkmayan video kayıt fonksiyonu artık DSLR fotoğraf makinelerinde gittikçe yaygın bir kullanım alanı bulmaya başladı. Live View fonksiyonu da kullanıcıya ciddi avantajlar getiriyor. Bunlar öylesine ciddi avantajlar ki artık bir dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesi satın alırken tüketicinin karar almasında önemli bir rol oynuyor. Ancak öte yandan, işin bir de maliyet yönü var ki günümüzün ekonomik koşullarında bunu göz ardı etmek mümkün değil. Çünkü bahsettiğimiz bu özellikler cihazların fiyatlarına direkt olarak artış şeklinde yansıyor.

Nikon D3000 üstün bir giriş seviyesi DSLR kamera Saydığımız tüm bu noktalar bizi Nikon D3000'in üstün bir giriş seviyesi dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesi olduğu sonucuna getiriyor. En azından Nikon açısından durum bu. Ve uzun bir saha testi ve DIWA teknik test ölçümlerinin ardından cihazın gerçekten hoşumuza gittiğini rahatlıkla söyleyebiliriz. Kullanım kolaylığı bakımından Nikon D3000 üstün bir seviye tutturuyor. Ve yenilikçi görüntü düzenleme ve görüntü işleme teknolojilerinin entegrasyonu da kullanım kolaylığına olumlu bir katkı sağlıyor. Görüntü kalitesi ise mükemmel seviyede ve açıkçası bunun aksini de beklemiyorduk. Nikon'un geniş deneyim birikimi ve önceki modellerdeki başarısı Nikon D3000 modelinin izleyeceği rotayı ve kaderini zaten önceden belirlemiş.

Nikon D3000 inceleme sonucu Çeki ayarları açısından baktığımızda Nikon D3000 dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesinin amatör ve giriş seviyesi fotoğrafseverler için bol sayıda olanak sunduğunu görüyoruz. Sonuçta, kullanıcılar Live View fonksiyonu, video kayıt özelliği ve (D5000 modelinde olduğu gibi) hareketli LCD ekran olmadan da işlerini görebilirler çünkü bunların görüntü kalitesi üzerinde direkt bir etkileri söz konusu değil. Eğer bugüne kadar kompakt fotoğraf makineniz ile geldiyseniz ve artık daha fazla görüntü kalitesi ile yaratıcılığınızı konuşturmak istiyorsanız Nikon D3000 tam size göre bir dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesi!

Nikon D3000 bellek SDHC hafıza kartları maksimum 32 GB veri depolama kapasitesi sunuyorlar. Ancak ortalama bir fotoğrafseverin bu kadar yüksek bellek kapasitesine ihtiyacı olmayacaktır. Nikon D3000 JPEG ve RAW formatlarını destekliyor. Bilindiği üzere RAW en çok yer kaplayan format. Yüksek çözünürlüklü DSLR modelleri ile karşılaştırıldığında D3000'in RAW formattaki fotoğrafları o kadar çok yer kaplamıyor. RAW formatlı bir fotoğraf 8.6 MB alana ihtiyaç duyarken JPEG formatlı fotoğraflar yer ihtiyacı sadece 4.7 MB. Genel kullanım koşullarında Nikon D3000 fotoğraf makinesi için 4 GB kapasiteli bir bellek kartı yeterli olacaktır.

4 GB kapasiteli bellek kartı ile çekilen fotoğraf sayısı: 3872x2592 piksel - NEF (RAW) - 8.6MB - 235 fotoğraf 3872x2592 piksel - NEF+JPEG (Fine) - L - 9.8MB - 227 fotoğraf 3872x2592 piksel - JPEG (Fine) - L - 4.7MB - 541 fotoğraf 3872x2592 piksel - JPEG (Fine) - L - 2.7MB - 951 fotoğraf 3872x2592 piksel - JPEG (Fine) - L - 1.3MB - 2000 fotoğraf 2896x1944 piksel - JPEG (Normal) - L - 2.4MB - 1000 fotoğraf 2896x1944piksel - JPEG (Normal) - L - 1.4MB - 1800 fotoğraf 2896x1944piksel - JPEG (Normal) - L - 0.7MB - 3900 fotoğraf 1936x1296 piksel - JPEG (Basic) - L - 1.3MB - 2000 fotoğraf 1936x1296 piksel - JPEG (Basic) - L - 0.7MB - 3400 fotoğraf 1936x1296 piksel - JPEG (Basic) - L - 0.4MB - 6900 fotoğraf

FireWire kart okuyucu & USB Hi-Speed bağlantı Nikon D3000 dijital SLR fotoğraf makinesi, yüksek çözünürlüklü fotoğrafların dizüstü ya da masaüstü bilgisayarlara hızla transfer edilmesini sağlayan USB 2.0 Hi-Speed bağlantıya sahip. Çekilen fotoğraflar Nikon D3000 kamera üzerinden süratle aktarılabilir olsa da ben şahsen hızlı bir (FireWire) kart okuyucu kullanmayı tercih ederim. Kart okuyucular, fotoğrafları aktarırken kamerayı kullanmaya devam etmenizi sağlayan ve kullanıcıyı kablolarla uğraşmaktan kurtaran ideal cihazlar.

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Nikon D3000 Review - DigitalCameraReview

The Nikon D3000 is an entry-level DSLR, but don’t let the term fool you. When you place the label “Entry Level” on a camera, it might call to mind a camera with no frills, limited uses, and little more to offer than an automatic shooting experience. This has been disproved by the latest crop of cameras released in the past two years, and the D3000 continues to set the bar high for an entry-level camera. This new generation of point-and-shoots and entry-level DSLRs not only push the boundary of low-light performance and mega resolutions, they give that power to a whole new audience of beginning photographers.

Major manufacturers have also been pushing prices down, giving us powerful entry-level DSLRs for well under $1,000 – it was only up to a few years ago cameras like the Canon EOS Rebels were first to blast away this price point.

Not only do DSLRs offer you manual control over shooting, they give you the advantage of using different kinds of lenses. It’s important to remember when buying a DSLR that you’re also buying into a system of lenses, not just a camera. The power of having a DSLR is that you can place any of your old lenses onto a new camera body in the future.

Enter the Nikon D3000, a new entry-level DSLR with a 10.2 megapixel DX-format CCD APS-C image sensor, 11-point Autofocus system with 3D tracking (which comes on the higher-end D5000 and D90), Active D-Lighting and an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens for $599.

The D3000 is focused on the consumer that is looking to move from an advanced point-and-shoot into the DSLR arena, and so is equipped with some very automatic features, including the Nikon Guide Mode that offers extensive shooting tips all the way to setting up the camera. The D3000 also features six automatic exposure modes ranging from panorama to portraits. This should make it easy for even the newest of photographers to gain entry to the DSLR game. Let’s see how well it tested…

BUILD AND DESIGNThe D3000 feels and looks exactly like the other DSLRs from Nikon, and is only different from the D90 and D5000, both higher-end models, by a few tenths of an inch. The D3000 measures 5.0×3.8×2.6 inches while the D90 is 5.2×4.1×3.0 inches, though the D3000 weighs a bit less at 1 lb 1 oz, making the Nikon entry-level to prosumer DSLR models almost identical in shape and size as well as overall appearance.

One of the main distinctions between it and the other models is that it has a smaller resolution of 10.2 megapixels, which could seem blasphemous in today’s market when most cameras are coming out well over 12 megapixels. This should not be a deterrent however, but a welcomed surprise that provides bigger photosites on the image sensor so that low-light shots should come out a little better than a packed chip with too many of them – the older D60 model also sports a 10.2 megapixel sensor.

Another major distinction between the D3000 and the D90 and D5000 is that the image sensor is a CCD and not a CMOS chip, which means they are separate, but somewhat similar technologies that are used to turn light into digital values, i.e., the analog-to-digital (A/D conversion), but differ in the method of doing so. The basic thing to know here is that CMOS chips are faster than CCD chips, and are used in most of the pro DSLRs.

Besides some of these major distinctions, the D3000 holds some cool new features like the aforementioned Nikon Guide Mode that works differently than just an auto exposure mode. It’s located on the mode dial on top of the D3000. Switching to the Guide mode prompts a menu that will allow you to use the multi selector to select a shooting scenario you want, click on it, and then it will take you to the exact auto exposure mode or settings that you will need to get the desired shot.

Other features include a nice 230,000 dot 3.0 inch LCD, 3 frames per second shooting to catch action sequences, D-Lighting to help get the best exposure in shadows and highlights, and ISO control from 100-1600 with a HI1 setting that expands the range to 3200.

Ergonomics and ControlsAs I said above, there is very little distinction in the shape and design of Nikon DSLRs. The D3000 is no exception, giving off that classic Nikon look. It has your typical hotshoe, mode dial, a command dial and a multi selector to control it all. It also sports a built-in flash, an AF lock button, Fn (function button), shutter, and a few other buttons that carry out different tasks.

The D3000 is a hard-plastic construction that feels great in the hand. It is not too big and not too small, and is only slightly bigger than Panasonic’s Gh2 micro four-thirds camera, making it very portable and less cumbersome than bigger DSLR models.

The shutter button is distinctly Nikon, with the On/Off switch surrounding the shutter, which is different than most DSLR models. It also has the distinctive orange/red hand bar under the shutter release that you’ll only find on a Nikon.

As far as layout and controls, none of the buttons should be daunting for experienced DSLR users, but those new to DSLR photography will find themselves somewhat confused by different symbols and various buttons. As there is a learning curve to this sort of camera, the Guide Mode should be a good place to start as well as the manual.

Menus and ModesThe menu system on the D3000 has a lot to it. To access the various menu subsets you need to press the ?Menu’ button on the back of the camera and use the multi selector to guide yourself through.

It’s a straightforward menu system with five different tabs. They include:

  • Playback menu: Controls the image display information like histogram all the way to deleting images
  • Shooting Menu: For everything from Picture Control to Active D-Lighting. Gets you into the heart of the controls for the camera
  • Setup Menu: Allows for customization of different functions like Mirror Lock Up and memory card formatting
  • Retouch Menu: For in-camera editing
  • Recent Settings Menu: Lists the 20 most recent settings you used that can be quickly accessed so you can use them again and again.

For quick access to shooting settings without going directly through the Menu button, you can press the Information Display button, which looks like a magnifying glass with a plus sign in the middle. By pressing the Information Display button you’ll be able to change the white balance, AF mode, metering, exposure compensation, flash mode and many other functions with the multi selector. This is an easy way to change things without too much hassle, and works quite well and intuitively.

The Guide Mode is also an easy menu system. You’ll use the multi selector to make selections here. Guide Mode initially offers three different command prompts including Shoot for picture-taking help, View/Delete for image review, and Setup for simplified access to shooting settings.

Here is a list of the different shooting modes that the D3000 offers:

  • Programmed Auto: In this mode the camera automatically chooses the optimal shooting settings, both an aperture and shutter speed setting.
  • Shutter-Priority Auto: This mode allows you to choose your shutter speed while the camera chooses the best aperture for your chosen speed.
  • Aperture-Priority Auto: The opposite of S mode, in that you choose the aperture you want while the camera chooses the shutter speed.
  • Manual: In this mode you have total control over shutter and aperture speed, and the most control over exposure.
  • Portrait: This mode is for taking model shots, which softens skin tones and helps to blow out the background with a shallower depth of field to give emphasis to your foreground subject.
  • Landscape: For vivid landscape shots where you want focus throughout the frame, while still providing lush greens and other tones when a beautiful landscape is captured.
  • Child: For taking snapshots of kids, it soften the tones of skin while giving backgrounds a vivid look.
  • Close Up: Flower macro captures or small objects you want to take a close picture of.
  • Sports: Gives you a fast shutter speed and continuous shooting so that you can capture split seconds of action and sports.
  • Night Portrait: Simply for taking portraits of people at night.

The overall menu system for the Nikon D3000 is a combination of easy commands, albeit one with a little bit of a learning curve. On the one hand you have the Guide Mode, which makes it extremely easy to comprehend and use, and then the Menu button that takes you through five different sub categories. Although it is easy to use, consult the manual before getting too far into it.

Display/ViewfinderThe D3000 uses a 3.0 inch TFT LCD screen with 230,000 dots and a viewfinder for composition. It is important to note that there is no live view mode at all, so you can only compose a shot via the viewfinder.

The LCD is bright and extremely accurate for exposure reproduction, allowing you to zoom in on the smallest of details to see if you captured the image you wanted or not. The viewfinder is also nice, providing a lot of shooting information that you can see without taking your eye off of it.

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Introduction    top

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The D3000 Nikon's newest inexpensive DSLR. It's a good camera all by itself, but it's the worst DSLR Nikon has ever made. What makes it worse by comparison is significantly slower and balkier operation when compared to other Nikon DSLRs.

The Nikon D40 is a better camera for less money.

The Nikon D3000 is inferior both in operational speed and ease of use, as well as inferior in technical image quality. Specifically, the D3000 is about one stop noisier at any given ISO than the D40; the D3000 is as noisy at ISO 800 as the D40 is at ISO 1,600. While the D40 looks great at ISO 1,600, the D3000 is too grainy at ISO 1,600 for normal use. You have to keep the D3000 at ISO 800 or below for the best results.

Thank goodness the D3000 has no video mode or Live View. DSLR video modes make crappy video and clog up the camera's operation and price, so not having video makes for a better camera at a better price. Likewise, Live View is largely another fluff feature which jacks up the price, and which few people can figure out. Both Live View and video modes hold open the shutter to let more dirt get on the sensor. Good riddance to video and live view!

The D3000 has ADR. The D3000 does not automatically correct lateral color fringes as do the D5000 and above. The D3000 does not support wireless flash control with its built-in flash; you have to use another flash as the commander.

The D3000 introduces a new GUIDE mode, which attempts to help everyone figure out how to use these complex cameras. It's not very helpful.

The best thing about the D3000 is that Nikon gave it one of the best menu systems yet. Nikon completely eliminated the Custom Functions menu, and put everything where it belongs in the SETUP, SHOOTING or PLAY menus. For instance, we used to have to go looking for items related to taking pictures in random places in three menu systems, and now they are all in the SHOOTING menu. Hallelujah!

 

Lens Compatibility

Only autofocuses with AF-S (and older pro AF-I) lenses with built-in motors.

Regular AF lenses like the 10.5mm fisheye work great, but have to be focused manually.

Manual-focus lenses work, but you have to guess at exposure, or use a Gossen Digisix shoe-mounted light meter.

More at Nikon Lens Compatibility.

Rear, Nikon D3000. enlarge.

 

Top, Nikon D3000. enlarge.

Specifications    top

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Finder

Small, light pentamirror. Same as the D40.

95% coverage.

0.45x magnification with standard (for DX) 28mm lens. (0.8x with 50mm tele lens).

18mm eye relief (eyepoint).

-1.7 to +0.5 diopters.

On-demand grid lines, much better than needing to replace a screen a la Canon.

 

Autofocus

11 points.

Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module.

All the good modes, including 3-D tracking.

Works from LV -1 to +19.

AF Illuminator: Yes.

 

Shutter and Advance

Frame Rate

3 FPS.

 

Shutter

30s - 1/4,000 and bulb, in 1/3 stops.

For time exposures, use the excellent $18 ML-L3 remote.

 

Maximum Shutter Speed with Flash

1/200 sync speed. (the D40 is a professional 1/500).

 

Remote Control

Nikon's excellent $18 ML-L3 remote, which also works with many other smaller Nikon SLRs.

 

Shutter Death

Tested (not guaranteed) to 100,000 cycles.

 

Sensor, Image and Exposure

Sensor

10 MP DX CCD

1.5222x crop factor, 23.6 x 15.8mm.

 

Ultrasonic Sensor Cleaner.

 

Image Sizes

3,872 x 2,592 (native)

2,896 x 1,944

1,936 x 1,296

 

ISO

100 - 1,600 in full stops.

Also ISO 3,200.

 

Metering

420 pixel RGB 3-D Matrix.

Center weighted: 8mm circle.

Spot: 3.5mm circle.

Does not couple to AI manual focus lenses; use a Gossen Digisix shoe-mounted light meter or guess

 

White Balance

Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual.

All except preset manual add fine turning.

 

Flash

Built-in Flash

Yes; same GN 40'/12m @ ISO 100 pop-up as other Nikons.

 

Maximum Shutter Speed With Flash

1/200 in normal modes.

(see Flash Sync Speeds.)

 

Data, Playback, Files and Storage

Formats

Three kinds of JPG (FINE, NORMAL and BASIC).

NEF raw.

You can record both at once if you like.

 

Color Playback Histogram

Probably.

 

Live Histogram

No.

 

Storage

SD and SDHC cards.

 

Data Transfer

USB.

 

3" LCD Monitor

3-inch LCD.

Only 230,000 dots, not as sharp and smooth as the 3" LCDs of the D90 and above, but still wonderful.

 

Color Playback Histogram

Yes.

 

Live Histogram

no.

 

Size, Weight, Power and Environmental

Size

5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5" (126 x 97 x 64mm) W x H x D, specified.

For comparison, the D40 is 5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5" (126 x 94 × 64mm).

 

Weight

17.1 oz (485g) stripped: no battery, no card, no strap, no lens, etc.

For comparison, the D40 is specified at 16.8 oz (475 grams) under the same conditions.

 

Power

EN-EL9a battery.

Optional AC Adapter EH-5a if you buy the Power Connector EP-5.

 

Battery Life

Rated as 550 shots per CIPA, with 50% flash.

 

Environmental Conditions

32 ~ 104ºF (0 ~ 40ºC)

<85% RH (no condensation).

 

Included Accessories (may vary by area)

EN-EL9a battery

MH-23 charger

DK-5 Eyepiece Cap

DK-20 Rubber Eyecap

UC-E4 USB Cable

AN-DC3 Camera Strap

BS-1 Flash Shoe Cover BS-1

BF-1A Body Cap

Software CD

 

Price and Availability

Price

$599.95 at introduction, including the excellent 18-55mm VR lens.

 

Announced

30 July 2009.

 

Available

Since September 2009.

 

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Here's a guide to the GUIDE feature.

First, set the knob to GUIDE:

Nikon D3000 mode dial set to GUIDE.

and you'll see this on the LCD:

Select SHOOT and hit OK, which gets us:

the options for shooting.

Select ADVANCED, which gets us to:

These options.

If you select SOFTEN BACKGROUNDS, you get to:

These instructions about what to do next time and why.

Hit OK again to go to the next screen, which gets you to:

 

Hit OK, and you're shooting with the camera set as selected by the camera. You also had the options of changing some of these settings as shown in yellow as you were going through these sets of Guide menus.

This is an active, live help system, but it's helpful only if the few answers it provides just happen to be the questions you have.

There is no keyboard and no way search for answers to your questions, so there is a good chance that this feature will amaze people at sales pitches, but not perform when you really need to know an answer to your question.

 

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The D3000 is the worst DSLR ever made by Nikon, which says a lot since Nikon's been making them for over ten years.

Not that it's that horrible on an absolute scale, but with every other Nikon, even the older and cheaper D40, being so much better to the experienced user, it becomes obvious that the D3000 is Nikon's worst DSLR — ever.

Sure, I can create awesome, jaw-dropping photos with the D3000, but it's slower and more difficult than with other Nikons like the less expensive D40.

Example snap, last light. 35mm f/1.8, f/1.8 at 1/60 (note shallow depth-of-field), auto ISO chose ISO 220. STANDARD and +2 saturation Picture Control, Auto A2 White Balance. enlarge.

 

Speed of Operation

The D3000 shoots fast enough. Autofocus is super-fast.

The D3000's speed and ergonomic problems come in two categories: the long processing time for ADR, and sloppy playback speed and ergonomics.

 

ADR Problems

The problem is that ADR (Adaptive Dynamic Range), a feature which does a great job of ensuring you get great details in both the darkest shadows and brightest highlights, slows down the camera so much that it takes three seconds to process each frame.

ADR actually works, and really does improve the look of most photos. its too bad that it works so slow in the D3000 that it only will work for still subjects; forget it for action and people pictures.

The problem with taking three seconds to process each frame is that it now takes at least three seconds for your picture to pop up on the LCD after you snapped it. Three seconds! I feel so retarded standing around for three seconds waiting for an image to pop up on the LCD. TIme it yourself; three seconds feels like three minutes when you're actively shooting.

It gets worse. The shooting buffer shrinks to five frames with ADR ON.

The five-frame buffer means you can shoot five frames as fast as you can, and the camera can take its time to process each image.

The problem is that with the D3000 taking three seconds to process each frame, and with only five frames in the buffer, that it is the first DLSR I've ever used where I could get stuck simply photographing my kid.

If you take five snaps, you have to wait 15 seconds before you can take any more pictures.

When this first happened to me, I thought I had a bad SD card. I swapped, and the same problem. Then I read that the buffer shrinks in ADR mode (press the D3000's "?" button in that menu item) and it started to come together.

I got exactly the same performance with any of a SanDisk 8GB Extreme III 30MB/s, SanDisk 4GB Ultra II 15MB/s or even a SanDisk blue 256MB card from 2004. The card didn't change anything.

You can fix this problem by turning off ADR (MENU > CAMERA > Active D-Lighting > OFF), in which case the camera works as fast as it should, and the buffer holds 16 frames.

The problem here is that ADR is a very helpful feature, and one of the only reasons to buy a D3000 over the D40.

Oh well.

 

Playback

The D3000 is the first Nikon DSLR to have caught the Curse of Canon: you need to press the PLAY button to get full control of your images while under review after having just shot them!

If a review image pops up, to get to the other images, you have to press the left-right controller. The dial won't work, unless you've hit PLAY first.

But wait: even worse than Canon, if you hit PLAY while the image is up right after it's been shot, the D3000 thinks you want to make the image go away, and turns off the screen! Instead, you have to tap the left-right button, after which the dial now works.

Once you get this figured out, each image comes up quickly.

When the image pops up right after shooting (review), you can zoom simply by pressing the (+) button, better than Canon which always demands you first press PLAY. Sadly, you still can't jog back and forth among other zoomed images unless you first hit PLAY twice, or if you press a left-right button before you zoom. (If you hit left-right after you zoom, it scrolls inside the same image, duh.)

On the D40, just hit (+) and you always can pop back and fourth between other zoomed images with the dial, with no twiddling first.

Once you've figured this out and get zoomed-in on the D3000 in such a way that you can use the dial to swap among images, it takes about a full second to go from one to the next. The D40 does the same thing about three times as fast.

The D3000, taking one second to switch between images in zoomed playback, is too maddeningly slow for my use. I prefer the D40, which is many times faster.

I got exactly the same performance with any of a SanDisk 8GB Extreme III 30MB/s, SanDisk 4GB Ultra II 15MB/s or even a SanDisk blue 256MB card from 2004. The card didn't change anything.

 

Finder

The finder is the same little one as in the D40.

Nikon did a nice job jamming all the AF sensors in there without cluttering the screen too much. There are always tiny black squares, and larger gray rectangles appear if any particular sensor is active.

The weirdness is that shadows of two red LEDs are visible at the bottom of the finder in darker conditions where these same LEDs are trying to light up the selected AF sensors. I've never seen these red smears in any other Nikon finder, and they can be distracting.

 

Autofocus

AF works great. It's fast, and if you set 3D tracking (MENU > CAMERA. AF-area mode > 3D), the D3000 really does move the selected AF area around magically as you recompose, or as the subject moves around in the frame.

 

Light Metering

The D3000's meter is great. It is more accurate more often than the D40 or D80, whose meters often overexposed.

I rarely, if ever, need to set exposure compensation regardless of if I'm shooting indoors, outdoors, or anything in any light. The D3000's meter does what it should, and almost always gives perfect results.

 

LCD

The LCD is great - if today was 2005.

Sadly, it is not the sharp, fluid, brilliant 3" LCD of the D90, D300, D700 and D3.

The D3000 LCD has only one-fourth as many pixels as the other Nikon 3" LCDs, so each pixel is so big that you just about can see them. The LCD looks coarse compared to the other Nikons.

The D40 has the same number of pixels, but in a smaller 2.5" "screen where it doesn't look so coarse.

 

High ISOs

High ISOs are poor, compared to other DSLRs. (High ISOs are great compared to pocket cameras.)

The D40 is twice as good, meaning that the D40 looks as good at ISO 1,600 as the D3000 looks at ISO 800.

The fastest speed at which the D3000 gives decent results is ISO 800. At ISO 1,600, normal people are going to notice the noise and wonder why the photo is so grainy.

AUTO ISO climbs up to ISO 1,600. I use Auto ISO, and I'd suggest considering lowering the maximum value to ISO 800 (MENU > CAMERA > ISO sensitivity settings > Max. sensitivity > 800.)

 

No Correction of Lateral Color Fringes

Except for the D40, every other Nikon DSLR today automatically and magically corrects lateral color fringes

With other Nikons, colored fringes around lines in corners of photos are never more seen. Canon still has this problem, but not Nikon. With every other Nikon, everything always looks perfect. There are no color fringes.

The D3000 still has this problem, if you care. There is no automatic correction in the D3000, so some lenses will show this slight artifact.

 

Info Screen Priapism

By default, the INFO screen keeps coming up when you don't want it.

This is a feature called Auto info display, which is on by default.

To fix it, turn this off by MENU > WRENCH > Auto info display > (select your choice of displays for which you prefer to deactivate this) > OFF.

 

18-55mm VR Lens

The included 18-55mm VR lens is excellent.

It has its own review.

 

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I hate to say it, but the D5000 is a much better camera. I'd get it instead.

The D40 was a better camera, but it's no longer available.

 

More Information

Nikon's D3000 Product info   specs   lens compatibility   sample images

Nikon's upside-down printed brochure

Nikon's Official Press Release

Nikon Australia's Press Release

Nikon UK's Press Release

Nikon USA's Press Release

 

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Nikon D300 - | Cameralabs

The D300 is Nikon’s latest semi-professional DSLR. Announced in August 2007, the new D300 comes less than two years after its predecessor, the popular D200. This is in some contrast to the three and a half year wait between the D100 and D200, and proves Nikon now truly understands what needs to be done to compete aggressively in the current market.

The time-frame between models may have halved, but Nikon’s certainly not skimped on the D300’s capabilities. It features a new 12.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 6fps continuous shooting, a new 51 point AF system, 3in screen with VGA resolution, 100% viewfinder coverage, Live View facilities, the option of 14-bit RAW file recording, anti-dust capabilities and an HDMI port for direct connection to HDTVs. These features are packed into tough body with excellent ergonomics, making it an ideal camera not just for high-end enthusiasts, but also as a backup body for professional photographers.

 
 

The D300’s Live View facilities also offer the choice of focusing system: either the traditional phase-change system where the mirror temporarily flips down to take a reading, or a contrast-based system which works like a compact camera without interrupting the view.

It may feature a number of high-tech gadgets, but at its heart the D300 remains a semi-pro workhorse with superb ergonomics and great handling. There’s also a wide range of optional accessories including a battery grip which can boost continuous shooting to 8fps, a cable to directly connect to GPS units, and a Wifi transmitter.

After years of forcing DSLR owners to buy its Capture NX RAW processing program, Nikon has finally relented and includes it free with the D300 – albeit for an initial period only. Other optional software also includes Capture Pro II which allows you to control the camera with a PC and see a live feed on-screen.

It’s an impressive specification, but up against tough competition. For a tad less you could buy the flagship Olympus pro camera, the E-3, which claims the world’s fastest AF (with the right lens) and a flip-out screen. For a little more you could go full-frame with Canon’s EOS 5D. Then there’s what are likely to be its two biggest rivals, the Canon EOS 40D and Sony Alpha A700. Both models have many features in common with the D300 along with some key benefits, most notably coming in at a body price of approximately 50% less. Finally there is of course its predecessor the D200, which is also available much cheaper.

In our Nikon D300 review we’ll see how it measures-up against these models, comparing features, handling, usability, and of course will illustrate how the image quality compares against key rivals. There’s no doubt Nikon has built another superbly-featured DSLR, but has its strategy of offering a step-up at higher prices gone a little too far this time? Read on to find out, and as always you can see a demonstration of its key features in our Nikon D300 video tour.

Testing notes

We tested a final production Nikon D300 running Firmware versions A 1.01 and B 1.00. Following our convention of using default factory and best quality JPEG settings to test cameras unless otherwise stated, the D300 was set to its best quality Large Fine JPEG mode (optimised for quality) with Auto White Balance and the default Standard Picture Control, Normal High ISO NR and Active D-Lighting switched off. We have examples showing the other High ISO NR and Active D-Lighting settings in the review.

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