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.
Built-in photography tips
In addition to the usual programs such as Auto, P/S/A/M and the preset scenes, we also find a function called GUIDE. By activating this mode, you will be guided through the possibilities of the camera. The choice for capture, play or settings will appear on the monitor. By selecting your choice, you will then receive a Nikon D3000 mini course both in text and images, if it is at all needed. However; even without this integrated guide, the D3000 supports you while shooting. If a small question mark starts blinking bottom right on the monitor, you can receive a tip from Nikon if you like. It may for example be a warning for low light, including the advice to activate the flash, but it could also be that a specific scene is pointed out to you.
Graphical overview of settings
This form of assistance is a good idea, however, if you are not in the mood for this kind of interference, you can just leave this free advice for what it is, and go ahead with things your own way. The graphical overview of all settings can be set to your personal preference. You can choose from several colors or go for a classic view. Either way, the overview outlines everything you could possibly wish for. Very useful is the so-called quick menu for direct access and adjustment of settings such as ISO, white balance, autofocus, exposure, exposure compensation, etc. without having to actually access the menu.
Image Sensor Cleaning
When the Nikon D3000 is activated, the following message is displayed; ‘Image Sensor Cleaning', an action that minimizes the risk of dust in pictures. The image sensor is automatically cleaned and kept clean, which really is perfect. When changing lenses, and also during shooting, the risk of dust entering the housing and thus causing dirt on the sensor, is high. The extensive menu lets you choose to either activate the anti-dust system when turning the camera on and off, or only when activating or when turning off. It is also possible to deactivate the system entirely. I can't think why you would want to do though, that since there is no actual delay. Upon pressing the shutter release, the anti-dust system no longer has priority.
Automatic modes on the Nikon D3000
Operating the Nikon D3000 is a breeze, coupled with great ease. Not only are you assisted by the low learning curve for this camera, also the many convenient automatic modes prove a welcoming aid. Nikon has put a lot of effort into translating the large photography experience into data that is implanted in the D3000 itself. This has obviously made the camera more intelligent, while at the same time it has become more responsive to the different exposure situations. As a user, you won't notice it at all, since everything is carried out automatically. The powerful EXPEED image processor ensures the necessary calculation power and performance.