Nikon D3000

Released July, 2009
New: D3100 (Aug, 2010)
  • 10 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD
  • 3" LCD
Nikon's newest entry-level model is the D3000, a basic 10.2-megapixel camera designed to be exceptionally easy to use, but nonetheless offering a taste of the build quality, performance and advanced creative features that make Nikon's more sophisticated DSLRs so popular with professionals and enthusiasts.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
8.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D3000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D90
EOS 1000D
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Nikon D90
EOS 1000D
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D90
EOS 1000D
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Nikon D90
EOS 1000D
Reviews from,,, and 4 more


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Nikon D90
EOS 1000D

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D3000

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

563 ISO
Nikon D90
977 ISO
919 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

262 ms
EOS 1000D
164 ms
Nikon D90
208 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

84 ms
117 ms
Rebel T3
113 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

700 ms
EOS 600D
1,500 ms
Nikon D90
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

3 fps
Nikon D90
4.5 fps
EOS 600D
3.7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

550 photos
Nikon D90
850 photos
Rebel T3
700 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D3000

The difference between 10 and 12 million pixels is negligible in normal use, and with a high quality lens attached, detail resolution from the D3000's CCD sensor is very high.

Shame there's no movie facility (HD or otherwise), HDMI output, tilting LCD or Live View mode, all features becoming increasingly ubiquitous and thus now expected on a new DSLR, particularly as the first two are now featuring on £249-£300 point and shoot compacts – on which the rear screen can be used for shot composition anyway.

The 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 AF-S VR kit lens is much better than most plastic-mount standard zoom lenses, with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, good contrast and very little wide-angle distortion.

Shoot in RAW (NEF) mode and you get the full benefit of uncompressed shots; the level of clarity and detail that can be retrieved is very impressive for an entry-level camera.

After shooting you can build stop-motion movies from selected images on the SD card or apply a selective blur in Miniature effect (which simulates tilt/shift).


8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It is extremely fast and accurate, and works well in low light even when zoomed in.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Once you've attracted somebody to your SLR system, you can keep flogging them lenses and accessories for the rest of their photographic career.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2009)
You're then given the chance to widen the camera's aperture to achieve this effect, before finally being invited to take the shot.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2009)


Obviously this camera isn't fast or robust enough to cope with pro sports photography, but it's fine for bagging great shots of the kids playing football, for instance.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2009)
Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified.
by Photography Blog (Aug, 2009)
While purists may dismiss the GUIDE mode as a time-wasting nanny or crutch, there's no doubt that it will really help beginners figure out the core creative controls, namely Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and lighting, and so on.
by TechRadar (Sep, 2009)


As well as raw conversion, View NX also allows you to manually Geotag photographs using Google Maps, and to rate and label images with stars or colors for ease of organization.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
Within the most often used ISO range of 100-800 though, the D3000 gives excellent image quality, and as you can see from the studio tests we've published here, despite its relatively low pixel count, the D3000's CCD sensor is capable of impressive resolution.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
Aside from the on-board hand holding that helps set it apart (though Sony's A380 recently attempted something similar), the Nikon D3000's other main features include a 10.2 megapixel DX format CCD sensor, fixed 3-inch, 230k dot resolution back plate monitor, 3D subject tracking and 11 auto focus points spread across the frame - the latter being impressive specification for an entry level DSLR, especially as the D60 made do with a mere three AF points.
by Photography Blog (Aug, 2009)

Image quality

The Nikon D3000's 18-55mm VR kit lens handled chromatic aberrations quite well during the review, with some purple fringing present around the edges of objects in high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.
by Photography Blog (Aug, 2009)
The main menu system is somewhat simplified, but does include the Picture Control option, with six different tone presets that can be customised by the adjustment of contrast, saturation, hue and sharpness.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Image quality at 100 ISO is excellent, with no trace of the demon noise.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)


New to the D3000 is a 'miniature effect' filter which aims to replicate the appearance of using a tilt-and-shift lens.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
By default, only the plain screen and luminance histogram - the first two screens shown in this selection - are made available, but shooting data, separate RGB histograms and a highlight slipping display screen can be activated individually in the playback menu.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)
Viewed at a more sensible magnification (on-screen or in a print) you'd be hard-pressed to tell these two apart.
by DPReview (Dec, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type CCD
Megapixels 10 MP
Resolution 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 37.2 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 1,600 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.8x
Viewfinder size 0.52x


Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 550 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 262 ms
Shutter lag 84 ms
Startup delay 700 ms


Video None


Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 126 x 97 x 64 mm
Thickness 64 mm
Weight 485 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None
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