|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 body
The front of the D3000 will look very familiar to the Nikon connoisseur, also known as Nikonian. The red line on the handgrip really characterizes a Nikon DSLR camera. The plastic housing has a high-quality finishing touch to it, just as we are used to from Canon. All covers seal well and feel solid. The Nikon D3000 body has a metal bayonet mount and supports lenses of the type AF-S and AF-I or the Type G or D AF Nikkor lenses without built-in engine. There is a wide range of lenses available for the target group of the Nikon D3000.
Live View LCD display
The 3-inch LCD monitor on the back of the Nikon D3000 provides an optimal view on the pictures, making it easy to check them. Unfortunately, however, the camera lacks a Live View function, as well as the option to capture videos. Nikon takes the risk, however, the brand will probably have considered that Live View is soon forgotten if it turns out to be the cause of a higher retail price. On the other hand, it seems Live View has become more common now, which makes the risk that the absence of this mode will be considered a disadvantage, quite high. The quality of the screen is excellent, and thanks to its broad viewing angle, it is nothing short of a joy to use. The optical viewfinder is very basic and has a magnification factor of 0.8x and an image coverage of approximately 95%.
Nikon D3000 camera design
All of the buttons are located in a logical spot on the Nikon D3000, which prevents you from having to search for a long time. The mode dial bearing the main programs has been given a prominent place on the top side and cannot be overlooked.
|The D3000 features a built-in flash, but can also be expanded with an external Speedlight flash unit. The on/off switch encircles the shutter release button, and automatically activates the anti-dust mechanism when the camera is turned off. The remaining buttons provide functions such as Information and Exposure compensation. If you have worked with a Nikon D40/D60, you will be able to switch effortlessly, as there are no significant differences.
Nikon D3000 memory
The SD / SDHC memory card has to be inserted in the side of the handgrip. Nikon too supports the SD format widely and only uses CompactFlash in the professional Nikon DSLR cameras. The future of SD has been secured with the arrival of SDHC (SD High Capacity) and a maximum storage capacity of 32GB. Supporting this card provides a large choice of types and speeds for the Nikon D3000. The handgrip contains a familiar battery; the EN-EL9 battery, which we also found in the D60.
Nikon D3000 DSLR camera
The design of the Nikon D3000 is not all that surprising and actually leans on the success of its predecessors. The novice photographer will adopt the camera without a problem, and partly thanks to the low learning curve, he will be able to quickly take his first picture with a DSLR. The success of this concept has already proven itself for many years now, and thanks to the highly traditional camera market, it is quite a safe path for the manufacturer, without all too many risks. However; it seems changes are in the air, due to the arrival of the so-called mirror-free system cameras such as the Micro Four Thirds cameras by Panasonic and Olympus.