Nikon D3000 Review

August 26, 2009 | Gavin Stoker | |



Single-lens reflex digital camera

Lens mount

Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)

Effective picture angle

Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)

Effective pixels
Effective pixels

10.2 million

Image sensor
Image sensor

23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor

Total pixels

10.75 million

Dust-reduction system

Image Sensor Cleaning, Airflow Control System, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)

Image size (pixels)

3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]

File format

• JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
• NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats

Picture Control System

Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified


SD (Secure Digital) memory cards, SDHC compliant

File system

DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge


Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder

Frame coverage

Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical


Approx. 0.8 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)


18 mm (-1.0 m-1)

Diopter adjustment

-1.7 to +0.5 m-1

Focusing screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark V screen with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)

Reflex mirror

Quick return type

Lens aperture

Instant return, electronically controlled

Compatible lenses

• AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR: All functions supported
• Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
• Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
• Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except some shooting modes.
• AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II.
• Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function.

Note: Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.


Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter


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

Flash sync speed

X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower

Release mode

Single-frame, continuous, self-timer, quick-response remote, delayed remote

Frame advance rate

Up to 3 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)


Can be selected from 2, 5, 10, and 20 s duration


TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor

Metering method

• Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
• Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point

Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20oC/68oF)

• Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV
• Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV

Exposure meter coupling


Exposure Modes

Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off ]), Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A) manual (M)

Exposure compensation

-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV

Exposure lock

Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO 100 to 1600 in steps of 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 1600 (ISO 3200 equivalent), auto ISO sensitivity control available

Active D-Lighting

Can be selected from On or Off


Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3m / 1 ft. 8 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.)

Detection range

-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20oC/68oF)

Lens servo

• Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
• Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used

Focus point

Can be selected from 11 focus points

AF-area mode

Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) AF

Focus lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

Built-in flash

Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20oC/68oF)

Guide Number

-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20oC/68oF)

Flash control

• TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400 (i-TTL balanced fill-flash is available when matrix or center-weighted metering is selected)
• Auto aperture: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lens
• Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S
• Range-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800

Flash mode

Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and rear curtain with slow sync

Flash compensation

-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV

Flash-ready indicator

Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output

Accessory shoe

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock

Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)

Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with built-in flash and all CLS-compatible flash units

Sync terminal

Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (optional)

White balance
White balance

Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine turning.

LCD monitor

3-in., approx. 230 k-dot TFT LCD with brightness adjustment

Playback function

Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, playback of stop-motion movies created with D3000, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)


Hi-Speed USB

Audio video output

Can be selected from NTSC and PAL

Supported languages
Supported languages

Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Power source

One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a

AC adapter

AC Adapter EH-5a; requires Power Connector EP-5 (optional)

Tripod socket
Tripod socket

1/4 in. (ISO 1222)

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 126 x 97 x 64 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 in.)


Approx. 485 g (1 lb. 1.1 oz.) without battery, memory card, or body cap

Operating environment

0 to 40oC (32 to 104oF)


Less than 85% (no condensation)

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, Video Cable EG-D100, Camera Strap AN-DC3, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Body Cap BF-1A, Software Suite CD-ROM


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