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Nikon D3000

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Nikon D3000[1]
Nikon D3000 with the Nikon 18-55mm zoom lens.
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
LensInterchangeable, Nikon F-mount
Sensor23.6 mm × 15.8 mm Nikon DX format RGB CCD sensor, 1.5 × FOV crop
Maximum resolution3,872 × 2,592 (10.2 effective megapixels)
Film speed100–1600 in 1/3 EV steps, up to 3200 as high-boost
Recording mediumSecure Digital, SDHC compatible
Focus modesInstant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M)
Focus areas11-area AF system, Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module
Exposure modesAuto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Guide Mode, Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M), (Q) quiet mode.
Exposure meteringTTL 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering with a 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering modes3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted and Spot
FlashBuilt in Pop-up, Guide number 13m at ISO 100, Standard ISO hotshoe, Compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System
Flash bracketing2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
ShutterElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range30 s to 1/4000 s in 1/2 or 1/3 stops and Bulb, 1/200 s X-sync
Continuous shooting3 frame/s
ViewfinderOptical 0.80x, 95% Pentamirror
Image processing
White balanceAuto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Kelvin temperature, Preset
LCD screen3.0-inch 320×240 pixel (QVGA) TFT-LCD
BatteryNikon EN-EL9a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
WeightApprox. 485 g (1.069 lb) without battery, memory card or body cap
Made in Thailand
SuccessorNikon D3100

The Nikon D3000 is a 10.2-megapixel DX format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera announced by Nikon on 30 July 2009. It replaces the D40 as Nikon's entry level DSLR. It features a 3.0-inch 230,000-dot resolution LCD monitor, CCD sensor with ISO 100–1600 (3200 with Boost) and 3D tracking Multi-CAM1000 11-point AF system which makes it quite similar to the Nikon D200 in these main parts. Initially priced with $599 MSRP, actual prices are much lower.[2][3]

The D3000 was superseded by the D3100 on August 19, 2010. The D3000 is the final Nikon DSLR to use a CCD sensor.


Portrait of Vanley Burke taken with a D3000
  • Nikon's 10.2-megapixel Nikon DX format CCD sensor.
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor.
  • Camera assisted "Guide" mode.
  • Active D-Lighting.
  • Sensor cleaning.
  • 3.0-inch 230,000-dot resolution fixed TFT LCD
  • Continuous Drive up to 3 frames per second.
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System.
  • 3D Tracking Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with 11 AF points.
  • ISO sensitivity 100 to 1600 (3200 with boost).
  • Nikon F-mount lenses.
  • i-TTL flash exposure system without built-in wireless control.
  • File formats: JPEG, NEF (Nikon's RAW, 12-bit compressed)
  • SD and SDHC memory card file storage.

Like the Nikon D40, D40x, D60 and D5000, the D3000 has no in-body autofocus motor, and fully automatic autofocus requires a lens with an integrated autofocus-motor.[4] With any other lenses the camera's electronic rangefinder can be used to manually adjust focus.[5][6]

Can mount unmodified A-lenses (also called Non-AI, Pre-AI or F-type) with support of the electronic rangefinder and without metering.[7]


Reviews of Nikon D3000 have been generally positive, noting that the image quality of the D3000 is comparable to more expensive 10 megapixel cameras, while recognizing certain weaknesses such as the lack of live view and HD movie capabilities or movie capabilities in general.[8][9][10][11]

Image noise compared to the Canon EOS 1000D / Rebel XS and Sony a230 was rated best in terms of remaining details by Cameralabs.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nikon D3000". Digital SLR Cameras products line-up. Nikon Corporation.
  2. ^ Nikon D3000 Digital camera / Compare prices Google
  3. ^ Nikon D3000 Digital camera with lens / Compare prices Google
  4. ^ Rockwell, Ken. "Nikon Lens Compatibility". Kenrockwell.com. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  5. ^ "Nikon D3000 Lens Compatibility". Nikon Corporation. Archived from the original on 2009-08-02. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  6. ^ Nikon D60 electronic rangefinder Dpreview
  7. ^ John White's AI conversions for Nikon lenses Aiconversions
  8. ^ Nikon D3000 Review Photocrati
  9. ^ Nikon D3000 Digital Camera Reviews Archived 2009-08-21 at the Wayback Machine Digitalcameratracker
  10. ^ Nikon D3000 review summary Dcviews
  11. ^ Nikon D3000 Nikonlinks
  12. ^ Nikon D3000 vs Canon EOS 1000D / XS vs Sony Alpha A230 High ISO Noise Cameralabs

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