Nikon D3000 digital SLR camera
The Nikon D3000 lays out a smooth road for the novice photographer to make the step from a compact camera to a digital SLR camera. The Nikon D3000 is in that respect an ideal camera for the amateur, and because the learning curve is very low, all its technical ingenuity will be quickly accepted. Granted, there are differences compared to the higher segment, but whether or not the absence of those functions will actually be in the way of the Nikon D3000's success, will also be determined by the competition.
No video and Live View function on the Nikon D3000
There is actually not a lot you would eventually miss on this Nikon digital SLR, or it would have to be the video-recording function and related to it: Live View. Until recently, it was not an issue at all, however, it now seems that video function on a DSLR is becoming gradually more popular. Live View has enough advantages, in fact, to such an extent that it might be worth to seriously consider this function when thinking of purchasing a new camera. On the other hand, the price has a say in it too, especially given the current global economic situation, while the earlier mentioned functions would certainly push the price.
Nikon D3000 ultimate entry-level DSLR camera
Nikon D3000 review conclusion
In terms of settings, the Nikon D3000 provides plenty of application possibilities for the amateur or novice photographer. We can live with the lack of Live View, video and a tilting LCD monitor (D5000) since this does not have any effect on the image quality. If you have outgrown your compact camera and just want more image quality, and really want to delve into your creativity, the Nikon D3000 will be a great camera for you!
Nikon D3000 memory
SDHC memory cards feature a maximum storage capacity of 32GB, however; the average photographer will not actually need this amount to work with. The Nikon D3000 supports JPEG and RAW file format, at which RAW demands the largest capacity space. And compared to the high resolution DSLR cameras, this is still not too bad. A RAW image takes 8.6MB of storage, while the highest quality JPEG only uses 4.7MB. In general, a 4GB SDHC memory card will be sufficient to start working with the Nikon D3000.
Considering 4BG of storage capacity:
3872x2592 pixels - NEF (RAW) - 8.6MB - 235 pictures
3872x2592 pixels - NEF+JPEG (Fine) - L - 9.8MB - 227 pictures
3872x2592 pixels - JPEG (Fine) - L - 4.7MB - 541 pictures
3872x2592 pixels - JPEG (Fine) - L - 2.7MB - 951 pictures
3872x2592 pixels - JPEG (Fine) - L - 1.3MB - 2000 pictures
2896x1944 pixels - JPEG (Normal) - L - 2.4MB - 1000 pictures
2896x1944pixels - JPEG (Normal) - L - 1.4MB - 1800 pictures
2896x1944pixels - JPEG (Normal) - L - 0.7MB - 3900 pictures
1936x1296 pixels - JPEG (Basic) - L - 1.3MB - 2000 pictures
1936x1296 pixels - JPEG (Basic) - L - 0.7MB - 3400 pictures
1936x1296 pixels - JPEG (Basic) - L - 0.4MB - 6900 pictures
FireWire card reader & USB Hi-Speed port
The Nikon D3000 digital SLR features a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port at which high resolution files and in this case, also captured videos (maximum of 2GB in size) can be transferred to a notebook or desktop computer. Although the Nikon D3000 is able to transfer these files with high speed through the interface, personally I prefer a fast (FireWire) card reader. I find it the ideal accessory that lets you keep on working with the camera and spares you the fiddling with a separate cable that has to be connected from the camera to an external device.