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Dennis Hissink : October 13th 2009 - 23:50 CET
Nikon D3000 review

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NikonNikon D3000 SLR camera review : The launch of the Nikon D3000 was inevitable. The arrival of the D5000 had made it clear that the possibility to bring out another model ranked slightly below was still wide open. And that exact space in that particular segment, that of the entry-level digital SLR, has now been filled with the availability of the Nikon D3000. This is also the end of the D60 era, as well as that of the D40x DSLR camera which had already vanished. The Nikon D3000 takes over the position of 'ultimate' entry-level SLR.

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Nikon D3000 reviews

Nikon D3000 review - Camera body
The Nikon D3000 has compact dimensions and quite a similar design to its predecessors. The design has been changed slightly, but in terms of buttons, the camera resembles the D40x or D60. The Nikon D3000 body features an obvious handgrip, offering a comfortable and secure grip when holding the camera. The camera is a true feather-weight with its 485 grams, which means this DSLR is not a burden to carry around. Other than that, it are the tiniest of details in the design that determine the differences between the D3000 and the Nikon D60/D40.

Nikon D3000 camera review

Nikon D3000 camera review - Entry-level Digital SLR
From all sides, it shows that the Nikon D3000, despite its status of entry-level DSLR, is a product that doesn’t leave more room for development. For the entry-level photographer, this is a nice thought, while you're not likely to come across an incomprehensible operation. So if you change from a compact to a DSLR, you will not notice much difference when it comes to operation. The operation is straightforward, and thanks to the fact you have more of a camera in your hands, it is also more than likely you will enjoy shooting even better than before. The possibility of this experience is an achievement in itself, while there is a lot more technology and functionality used in a digital SLR.

D3000 reviews

Nikon D3000 review including a technical DIWA Labs test
Currently, these system cameras are found only in the more expensive price range, which means they are currently no competition when it comes to prices for entry-level DSLR cameras like the Nikon D3000. With 10 Megapixels resolution, a 3-inch display and a user-friendly operation, the Nikon D3000 seems to have no problems in meeting the requirements of a novice photographer. We had the opportunity to test a Nikon D3000 in practice for a while. Our findings can be read in the following Nikon D3000 review.




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