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Nikon D3000 Kit
10.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm image-stabilizing lens
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Item #: 054D3K1855
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Original Price: $499.99
Meet Nikon's most user-friendly digital SLR ever. The nimble D3000 combines sophisticated picture-taking technology with an intuitive new Guide mode that lets even first-time SLR photographers snap gorgeous, detailed images with minimal effort. The D3000 displays simple, step-by-step instructions on its LCD screen, helping you adjust camera settings to capture the exact look you want for your photos. Plus, this camera's compact, lightweight design makes digital SLR photography fun, easy, and highly portable. The supplied Nikon image stabilizing zoom lens helps keep your pictures looking sharp, even in low-light shooting environments where camera shake can cause images to blur.
Fast, responsive handling
If you've ever missed a perfect photo opportunity because your digital camera just couldn't keep up, you'll appreciate the D3000's quickness. Its near-instant startup time, split-second shutter response, and speedy autofocus make it ready to snap crisp, in-focus shots almost as soon as you turn it on. A continuous drive mode lets you keep on shooting at three frames per second to capture cool action sequences. And of course, you get the fully manual exposure control and focusing capabilities that SLRs are famous for. Save your photos to optional SD memory cards (no memory included).
Don't let dust spoil your pictures
The D3000's self-cleaning 10.2-megapixl sensor vibrates to efficiently remove dust from its surface ensuring that your images remain spot-free. A special airflow control system also helps to divert any dust inside the camera away from the sensor preventing particles from settling on interior surfaces.
A bright, clear display and helpful features
Nikon's thoughtful design and attention to detail make the D3000 a pleasure to use. The large, crisp 3" LCD monitor gives you a clear view of the pictures you've taken. And Nikon's handy "Help" function displays a brief explanation of the custom functions on the camera great for folks who are just getting the hang of advanced photography, and for experts who don't want to carry around the manual.
Lots of cool extras
Fully automatic and preset shooting modes make it super-easy to capture vivid, accurately exposed photographs. Use Nikon's Active D-Lighting in tricky, high-contrast lighting conditions. This mode preserves important photographic details that otherwise might be washed out in brightly lit areas of your picture, or lost in deeply shadowed ones. A wide variety of in-camera options let you retouch and enhance the look of your images, while leaving the original picture file intact. There's even a fun shooting mode that lets you create a stop-motion movie from a series of consecutive photos.
You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.
This is an amazing beginners dSLR camera. I originally bought the Nikon L120 because my last camera broke. I was wanting something with a great zoom but still in an affordable price. I ended up returning it and exchanging it for this camera. This is my very first dSLR and I am VERY happy with the pictures. There is no blur (even inside pictures/low-light come out great), which was my reason for going with a DSLR. I needed a camera that could keep up with my 3 year old, and this camera does that and more. This is not a true professional came (as in if you took a photography class and you wanted to shoot professionally, you would want to invest in something more), but this is a great camera for capturing those amazing family moments. Can't wait to try it out at the beach this week!
Great camera. Surpassed our hopes for a relatively inexpensive SLR. Would
buy it again.
Purchased this as a Christmas gift for my wife. She absolutely loves the camera. We
can't believe how good the pictures are. Very Happy with it.
first time dealing with crutchfield and this experiance could not be better!!!! the camera
isworking very well and i am still learning about all the features
I purchased this camera as a beginner in the SLR realm to catch pictures of my 2 1/2 yr
old who is always on the move. I grew very frustrated missing so many shots with my
extremely slow point and shoot camera. I have only had this camera for a few weeks
now, however I am very pleased with how easy it is to use and the quality of the photos.
There is such a HUGE difference in the quality of photos as compared to the everyday
point and shoot camera. I think this is a great value for the beginner in the market for a
SLR camera. I won't miss any more photos of my beautiful daughter while she is still
I bought this camera for my daughter-in-law who wanted a camera to take pictures of her 1 year old son who never sits still. Her point & shoot camera's next shot delay was too long. So I tried taking pictures of my moving cat with the new Nikon, the results were perfect. Also took outside scenic & indoor low light pictures, they were great also. It is a keeper. I looked at similarly priced Canons', Sonys' and an Olympus cameras & the body of the Nikon D3000 felt more solid to me.
I chose this camera over the D40 since it had more MP and the "Guide"
system. So far it is great!! I also bought the IR remote and for under $20
I think was a must have. I also read that this camera
will replace the D40 and I think it will do a great job at that.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27-82.5mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||10.2|
|Highest Resolution||3872 x 2592|
|HD Video Recording||No|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||28.2|
|Parts Warranty||1 Yr Camera / 5 Yrs Lens|
|Labor Warranty||1 Yr Camera / 5 Yrs Lens|
Overview: The Nikon D3000 18-55mm VR Kit includes the Nikon D3000 digital SLR camera body and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6G VR Image Stabilization Zoom Lens. The kits also includes a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack with an AC quick charger and a USB cable to connect the camera to your PC.
LCD Monitor: The Nikon D3000 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 230,000 dots and adjustable brightness (-3 to +3). The large 3-inch LCD monitor has large type fonts with easy-to-view menus. The monitor is for playback use only and to display shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture, and number of exposures remaining as well as the settings currently applied. You can choose from a classic information display or a graphic display.
Optical Viewfinder: The D3000 uses a fixed eye-level penta-mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter adjustment. By adjusting the diopter to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses), the viewfinder image will look clearer. The viewfinder's coverage area is approximately 95%. During self-timer or remote control operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use the supplied eyepiece cap to cover the eyepiece.
Recording Media And Image Size: The camera records photographs on Secure Digital (SD) and SDHC memory cards of up to 32 GB. The camera has been tested and approved with cards of 512 MB to 32 GB. No SD cards are included with the camera. The D3000 records still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats. You can choose from the following Image Quality and Image Size settings:
|Available Image Sizes||File Format||Description|
|NEF (Raw)||3872 x 2592||NEF||Raw CCD data is saved directly to the memory card in compressed Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Only available in 3872 x 2592 image size.|
|NEF + JPEG Basic||NEF: 3872 x 2592
JPEG: 1936 x 1296
|NEF + JPEG||Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one basic-quality JPEG image.|
3872 x 2592
M: 2896 x 1944
S: 1936 x 1296
|JPEG||Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.|
|JPEG||Normal image quality, suited to most applications|
|JPEG||Basic image quality, suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in web pages.|
Image Sensor: The D3000 features a 23.6 mm x 15.8 mm CCD image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 10.75 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 10.2 million.
Image Sensor Cleaning: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be set to turn the auto cleaning function off.
Focus Modes: The D3000's advanced 3-Area AF system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise Autofocus. AF refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures. You can choose from the following autofocus and manual focus modes:
AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'8" to 9'10".
AF-Area Modes: The D3000 offers a choice of five focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in one of the focus points in the final composition.
Release Modes: The camera can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an optional remote control. The camera allows you to choose from the following Release Modes:
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D3000's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging lighting conditions.
Metering: You can choose from the following Metering Modes to determine how the camera sets exposure:
Shooting Modes: The Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a choice of shooting modes:
Guide Mode: The Guide Mode provides a menu for shooting, viewing and deleting, and set up. In this mode, the camera provides you step-by-step guidance for basic automatic shooting, as well as Advanced Operation. Easy Operation selections include: Auto, No flash, Distant Subjects, Close-ups, Sleeping Faces, Moving Subjects, Landscapes, Portraits, and Night Portraits. Advanced Operation selections include: Soften backgrounds, Freeze Motion (People), and Freeze Motion (Vehicles).
AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings.
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
Noise Reduction: This option controls whether photographs taken at high sensitivities (over ISO 400) or shutter speeds slower than 8 seconds are processed to reduce noise before being recorded to the memory card. If turned off, noise reduction will only be performed at ISO sensitivities over ISO 800, and does not apply to noise caused by slow shutter speeds.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options:
Note: In addition to the basic White Balance options, the camera features advanced White Balance settings for specific types of fluorescent lighting. You can choose from Sodium-vapor lamps, Warm-white fluorescent, White fluorescent, Cool-white fluorescent, Day white fluorescent, Daylight fluorescent, and Mercury-vapor lamps.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 1600. Using the ISO button and main command dial, you can manually select from ISO settings 100 to 1600, with incremental steps of 1EV. You can also choose HI 1 (ISO 3200) for even higher sensitivity.
Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.
Speedlight With i-TTL Automatic Flash Control: Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight is always ready to bring beautiful exposures to darkened conditions, as well as add sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images. In low-light or back-light situations, added illumination from the built-in Speedlight can make the difference between an average snapshot and a great picture. You can choose one of the following flash modes:
Flash Sync Modes: The camera offers the following flash sync modes depending upon the shooting mode selected:
Flash Exposure Compensation: In P, S, A, and M modes, the flash exposure compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure compensation can be set to values between -3 EV (darker) and +1 EV (brighter) in increments of 1/3 EV.
Accessory Shoe: The camera's integrate accessory shoe located above the viewfinder allows you to connect optional SB-series Speedlights. The shoe is equipped with a safety lock for flash units with a locking pin, such as the SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, and SB-400. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and can be used with CLS-compatible flash units.
Histogram: The D3000 features the ability to view a histogram on the LCD monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image.
Image Enhancement: When the camera is set to one of the P, S, A, or M modes, you can choose from the following image enhancement options:
Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from one of 17 languages for display of the camera menus and messages including English, French and Spanish.
Warranty Information: The warranty on the camera body is 1 Year Parts & Labor. The warranty on the included lens is 5 Years Parts & Labor.
18-55mm Lens: This package includes an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. The lens includes a 52mm snap-on front lens cap and a rear lens cap.
3X Optical Zoom: The compact 3x zoom lens has a broad 18-55mm focal range for use in a variety of situations. When mounted to the camera the lens' picture angle is equivalent to approximately 1.5x the focal length of 35mm format (27-82.5mm). Close focusing distance to 0.9 feet (11") throughout the entire zoom range is possible. Separate zoom and focusing rings ensure responsive operation.
Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet auto focus operation. Auto Focus-Silent Wave (AF-S) is a type of focusing motor used in a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast and quiet. AF-S lenses also have an A-M mode selector which allows the user to switch from automatic to manual focus with almost no lag time.
Vibration Reduction (VR): Vibration Reduction (VR) minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, enabling sharper pictures, hand-held, at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible.
Focus Mode Switch: Focus mode switch enables quick switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus).
Super Integrated Coating (SIC): High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color reproduction, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare.
Lens Element: A Hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types of lens aberration.
Diaphragm: A rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
Optional Accessories: Compatible optional accessories include the following:
Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to "On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was taken, including Landscape, Portrait (rotated clockwise) or Portrait (rotated counter-clockwise).
Rotate Tall: Portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback.
Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken. You can choose how long photographs are displayed in the monitor after shooting.
Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.
Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, or 72 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. You can also choose a calendar playback, sorted by date.
Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an automatic slide show manner.
Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 25x for large images, up to 19x for medium images, and up to 13x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.
TV Playback: The camera features a 3.5mm minijack video output plug to playback still images on your TV or monitor using the optional EG-D100 video cable (sold separately). You can select between NTSC or PAL video playback.
In-Camera Image Editing with Retouching Menu: These options can be used to create, trimmed, resized, or retouch existing copies of the photographs in the memory card. You can choose from the following options:
Filter Effects: Create copies with color filter effects. You can choose from one of the following:
Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.
DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that support DPOF.
Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The D3000 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.
Li-ion Battery Pack: The D3000 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack (EN-EL9a), with the capacity of approximately 550 shots per charge (when measured using the 18-55mm VR lens).
Quick Charger: The camera also comes with an AC Quick Charger (MH-23) to the charge the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-23 will charge the EN-EL9a battery pack in approximately 90 minutes.
Backup Battery: The camera's internal backup battery can provide up to a month of backup power after about three days of charging from the EN-EL9a battery pack.
Auto Off Timers: This feature allows you to choose how long the monitor and exposure meters remain on when no operations are performed to prevent battery drain. You can choose from the following four selections:
|Selection||Playback/Menus||Image Review||Auto Meter Off|
|Short||8 sec||4 sec||4 sec|
|Normal||12 sec||4 sec||8 sec|
|Long||20 sec||20 sec||1 min|
|Custom||Make separate adjustments to each of the three timers.|
Optional AC Adapter: The optional EH-5a AC adapter and optional EP-5 power connector are recommended for extended playback.
USB Connection: The Nikon D3000 utilizes a mini-USB high-speed 2.0 connection and comes supplied with a USB cable to connect to your PC.
Software Suite CD-ROM: The supplied Software Suite CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer, View NX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in pictures as they are transferred. View NX is used to view pictures after transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file format.
Supported Operating Systems: The supplied software can be used with computers running the following operating systems:
Estimated Image Capacity of an Optional 4GB Lexar Media Professional 133x SD Card:
|Image Quality||Image Size||File Size (MB)||Number of Images||Buffer Capacity|
|NEF (Raw) + JPEG Basic||Large||9.8||227||6|
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