Nikon D3000

First published on: Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The Nikon D3000 is an entry-level, digital SLR camera that has a resolution of 10.2 MP, CCD image sensor (Nikon DX), 3.0-in. TFT LCD with approx. 230k dots.

There is no video recording capability on the D3000, so if you want to use your camera to make movies, you’ll have to look elsewhere, say, the Nikon D5000, which is the model one step up the ladder.

The APS-C crop sensor used on the D3000 means that the focal length of any lens used on the camera needs to be multiplied by a factor of 1.5. Take for instance, the 18-55mm VR kit lens that is bundled together with the camera. In 35mm equivalent terms, the angle of view you’ll get with this lens on the D3000 is 27-82.5mm.

From the MELVILLE, N.Y. (JULY 30, 2009) press release:

Today, Nikon Inc. announced the D3000 digital SLR camera, an affordable answer for users looking to experience the superiority of digital SLR photography or enthusiasts seeking a capable, compact D-SLR. The 10.2-megapixel D3000 has features that make it easier than ever to take great pictures, including the new Guide Mode, which lends a smart helping hand to new D-SLR users, and an extensive Retouch Menu, enabling consumers to edit photos, even without a computer. The D3000, which offers an 11-point autofocus system, also leverages proven Nikon D-SLR technologies, including the exclusive EXPEED™ image processing, Active D-Lighting system and 3D Color Matrix Metering II, enabling entry-level D-SLR shooters to take stunning pictures.

“The D3000 combines the best of both worlds, providing picture takers with the ease-of-use currently offered in point-and-shoot cameras alongside the speed, precision and exceptional results that have made Nikon D-SLRs so popular,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “The D3000 offers everyone the ability to discover the superiority of D-SLR photography at an affordable price point. We look forward to enabling more consumers to explore the possibilities of D-SLR picture taking and, more importantly, capture life’s memories faithfully.”

Nikon D3000

Latest Nikon D3000 price and stock availability information:


  1. Nikon D3000 with Nikkor 18-55mm VR lens

  2. Adorama has the Nikon D3000 with 18-55mm VR and D3000 with 55-200mm VR.

  3. B&H Photo carries the D3000 with 18-55mm VR kit.

Nikon Imaging Products has the full specifications, features and lens compatibility chart.

Shutter life: Rated at 100,000 cycles

Viewfinder: Pentamirror, 95% horizontal and vertical frame coverage, 0.8x magnification, 18 mm eyepoint.

Built-in flash: Has a guide number of approx. 12/39 (ISO 100, m/ft., 20°C/68°F). The built-in flash cannot be used as a commander for use with Nikon CLS wireless flash lighting.

Sensitivity range: Base ISO is 100. The normal range is ISO100 to ISO 1600. ISO can be boosted to Hi-1, which is 1 EV above ISO 1600, or ISO3200.

Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb, Time (requires optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3).

Continuous burst / frame advance rate: Up to 3 fps (frames per second)

Flash sync speed: X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower.

Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 126 x 97 x 65 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 2.6 in.)

Weight: Approx. 485 g (1 lb. 1 oz.) without battery, memory card, or body cap

Storage Media: SD/SDHC Memory Card

Power Source: One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a. It’s best to purchase an additional battery together with the new camera for backup purposes during extended shooting sessions.

Battery Life: The D3000 employs a highly efficient energy-saving design that allows approx. 510 images on a single charge of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a (CIPA standard, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and flash fired at full power once every other shot.)

Supplied accessories (may differ by country or area): Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a , Quick Charger MH-23, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecap DK-20, USB Cable UC-E4, Camera Strap AN-DC3, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Body Cap BF-1A, Software Suite CD-ROM.

Just like the D5000, D60 and D40, the D3000 cannot autofocus (AF) with lenses that do not have built-in focusing motor. If you’re buying Nikon lenses, make sure they have the AF-S designation — most of the newer ones do.

For third-party lenses from Tokina or Tamron, check their specs or product description to see if the lens will AF on the D3000. In the case of Sigma lenses, any lens with the HSM designation will autofocus on the D3000.

Lenses without a built-in motor can be manually focused. Like its entry-level brethren, the D3000 has an electronic rangefinder that acts as a guide that helps you determine whether you are rotating the lens’ focusing ring in the right direction or not. The electronic rangefinder can be used if the lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.

Nikon D3000 reviews and sample photos

DC.Watch is one of the very first review sites to post full-resolution test image samples and detailed images of the camera and its menus.

Read the article here (it’s in Japanese), or read Google’s English translation.

Nikon D3000, Nikkor 18-55mm VR and 55-200mm VR full-resolution images at DC.Watch

The images were taken during the day, so no low-light, or night high-ISO shots have been posted yet.

The two main lenses used to conduct the test were the Nikkor 18-55mm VR and 55-200mm VR.

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