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Nikon D3000 Kit

10.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm image-stabilizing lens

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Our take on the Nikon D3000 Kit

by Dave Bar
Nikon

Develop your photography hobby

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.

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.

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Highlights:

  • 10.2-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CCD image sensor (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (vibration reduction) lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
    • 3X optical zoom (approximate)
  • 3" color LCD screen with brightness adjustment
  • optical SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment)
  • Integrated Dust Reduction System to keep image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor for responsive shooting and high-accuracy photos
  • 11-point autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II for accurate automatic exposure control, plus center-weighted and spot metering modes
  • Active D-Lighting mode for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • intelligent pop-up flash and flash exposure compensation
  • Guide mode makes selecting camera settings easy for beginning SLR photographers
  • in-camera image editing functions, including: D-Lighting, red-eye correction, cropping, image overlay, monochrome settings, filter effects, NEF (RAW) processing, miniture effect, color outline, and stop motion movie
  • compatible with Nikon's optional infrared wireless remote
  • warranty: 1 year camera body, 5 years lens
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses: all autofocus and metering functions supported
  • AF Nikkor lenses (type G or D) not equipped with an autofocus motor: all functions supported except autofocus
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 3 frames per second (unlimited JPEG frames or up to 6 RAW frames)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-3200
  • program auto, scene modes, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • 6 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in virtually any shooting environment
  • flash sync at up to 1/200 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG, RAW (NEF), and RAW+JPEG
  • JPEG options (pixels): 3,872 x 2,592; 2,896 x 1,944; 1,936 x 1,296
  • accepts optional SD™ and high capacity SDHC™ memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • video output (cable not included)
  • 5"W x 3-13/16"H x 2-1/2"D (without lens)
  • weight (body only): 17.1 oz.
  • supplied lens weight: 9.3 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • 18-55mm vibration reduction Nikon lens
  • rechargeable EN-EL9a lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • adjustable neck strap
  • USB cable
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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3"
Adjustable-angle LCD
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Wi-Fi
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GPS-enabled
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Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent
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27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom
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3x
Digital Zoom
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N/A
Filter Diameter
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52
Manual Focusing
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Yes
Manual Exposure
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Yes
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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No
Memory
Internal Memory
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None
Memory Media
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SD/SDHC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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10.2
Total Megapixels
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10.75
Image Stabilization
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Optical
Highest Resolution
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3872 x 2592
HD Video Recording
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No
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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5
Height (inches)
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3-15/16
Depth (inches)
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6-5/16
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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28.2
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Yr Camera / 5 Yrs Lens
Labor Warranty
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1 Yr Camera / 5 Yrs Lens
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What's in the box?

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  • D3000 Camera body with body cap and accessory shoe cover installed
  • Viewfinder eyepiece cover
  • EN-EL9a (7.2V/1080mAh) Lithium Ion battery pack with plastic cap
  • MH-23 Quick-charger
  • 6.5' AC cord
  • 5' UC-E4 USB cable with mini-USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end
  • Nylon adjustable shoulder strap
  • AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX lens with front and rear lens caps installed
  • Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM
  • Nikon Reference Manual CD-ROM
  • User Manual (English)
  • User Manual (Spanish)
  • Quick Start Guide (English)
  • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
  • Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty sheet
  • Lens Warranty card
  • Lens Extended Warranty form
  • Product Registration card

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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.

Recording Features
Lens Features
Playback, Editing And Printing Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software
Image Capacity

Recording Features

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:

Quality Option
(Compression ratio)
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.
Fine
(1:4)
L: 3872 x 2592
M: 2896 x 1944
S: 1936 x 1296
JPEG Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
Normal
(1:8)
JPEG Normal image quality, suited to most applications
Basic
(1:16)
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-A: Camera automatically selects single-servo autofocus if subject is stationary, and continuous-servo autofocus if subject is moving.
  • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): For stationary subjects. Focus locks when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
  • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): For moving subjects. Camera focuses continuously while shutter release button is pressed halfway.
  • Manual (M): Manual focus is available for lenses that do not support autofocus (non-AF Nikkor lenses) or when autofocus does not produce the desired results.

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:

  • Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
  • Dynamic Area: In AF-A and AF-C modes, user selects focus point manually but camera will focus based on information from surrounding focus points if subject briefly leaves the selected point. In AF-S focus mode, you select the focus point manually.
  • Auto Area: Camera automatically detects subject and selects focus point.
  • 3D-Tracking (11 points): In AF-A and AF-C focus modes, you select the focus point using the multi-selector. If subject moves after camera has focused, camera uses 3D tracking to select new focus point and keep focus locked on original subject while shutter release pressed halfway. If subject leaves viewfinder, you will need to remove finger from shutter release button and recompose photo with subject in the selected focus point.

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:

  • Single Frame: The camera takes one photograph each time the shutter release button is pressed
  • Continuous: The camera records photographs up to 3 frames per second while the shutter release button is held down. In this mode, you can get continuous bursts of up to100 JPEG images. The fast framing rates that contribute to the ability to capture moments in time instantly, along with high-speed buffer memory handling, fast image processing, high-speed SD memory card access and large system bus bandwidth help to make this feature possible. You cannot use the built-in flash with this mode.
  • Self-timer: This mode can be used to reduce camera shake or for self-portraits. The shutter is released about 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds after shutter-release button is pressed depending on setting.
  • Delayed Remote: The shutter release is controlled using the optional ML-L3 remote (item # 054MLL3); there is a 2-second delay.
  • Quick Response Remote: The shutter release is controlled using the optional ML-L3 remote; the picture is taken immediately after focusing is complete.

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:

  • Matrix: Produces natural results in most situations. Camera uses 420-pixel RGB sensor to meter a wide area of the frame and set exposure according to tone distribution, color, composition, and with type G or D lenses, range information. (See 3D Color Matrix Metering II above). With other CPU lenses, the camera uses color matrix metering II, which does not include 3D range information.
  • Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight to center area.
  • Spot: The camera meters exposure in active focus point only. This ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is much brighter or darker.

Shooting Modes: The Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a choice of shooting modes:

  • Auto Modes:
    • Auto: The camera handles exposure, shutter-speed, ISO sensitivity and White balance so you can just point and shoot.
    • Auto Flash Off: Captures scenes using only available lighting. Ideal for museums, weddings or any situation where a flash is prohibited or inappropriate.
  • P, S, A, and M Modes:
    • Programmed Auto: Choose from one of the automatically selected shutter speed/aperture combinations and allows control over exposure compensation, metering and other features.
    • Shutter-Priority Auto: You determine the shutter speed to freeze or blur motion, while the camera decides the ideal aperture.
    • Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal shutter speed.
    • Manual: Choose both the shutter speed and the aperture on your own. You can refer to the electronic analog exposure display of the camera for help with appropriate exposures.
  • Scene Modes:
    • Portrait: Keeps your main subject in sharp focus with a soft background for more pleasing portraits.
    • Landscape: Ideal for beautiful scenery with great perspectives and optimized greens and blues.
    • Child: Delivers fresh, natural skin tones for stunning shots of children. Clothing also vividly rendered.
    • Sports: Freezes fast-moving subjects easily.
    • Close Up: Find beauty in small details by focusing sharply on a small area with a softly blurred background. Ideal for flowers and coins or other small treasures.
    • Night Portrait: Capture your main subject in low light while retaining a natural looking background exposure.

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.

  • AE/AF Lock: both focus and exposure lock while the AE/AF lock button is pressed
  • AE Lock: exposure locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the focus is unaffected
  • AF Lock: focus locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the exposure is unaffected align
  • AE Lock Hold: exposure locks when the AE/AF lock button is pressed and remains locked until the button is pressed again
  • AF-On: the AE/AF button initiates autofocus while the shutter-release button cannot be used to focus

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:

  • Auto: The white balance is automatically adjusted to suit the lighting conditions.
  • Incandescent: This is used under incandescent lighting situations.
  • Fluorescent: This is used for most fluorescent lighting conditions.
  • Direct Sunlight: This is for use with subjects that are under direct sunlight.
  • Flash: This is for use with built-in Speedlight or optional Nikon Speedlights are used.
  • Cloudy: This is used when taking pictures under overcast skies.
  • Shade: This is used under sunny skies when subject is in shade.
  • Preset: A white object is used as reference to set white balance under unusual lighting conditions.

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:

  • TTL: output of built-in Speedlight is adjusted automatically in response to shooting conditions
  • Manual: allows you to adjust the power of the Speedlight to one of the following settings: 1/32 power, 1/16 power, 1/8 power, 1/4 power, 1/2 power, or Full power

Flash Sync Modes: The camera offers the following flash sync modes depending upon the shooting mode selected:

  • Off: flash does not fire even when lighting is poor or subject is backlit
  • Auto: When lighting is poor or the subject is back lit, flash pops up automatically when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
  • Red-eye Reduction: reduces the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash
  • Slow Sync: flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light
  • Slow Sync with Red-eye Reduction: combines red-eye reduction with slow sync
  • Rear-curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects
  • Fill Flash: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken

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:

  • Standard: Standard processing for balanced results--recommended for most situations.
  • Neutral: Minimal processing for natural results. Choose for photos that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
  • Vivid: Pictures are enhanced for a vivid photoprint effect. Choose for photographs that emphasize primary colors.
  • Monochrome: takes photos in black and white
  • Portrait: lowers contrast while lending natural texture and rounded feel
  • Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes

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.

Lens Features

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:

  • Neutral Color: item # 05452MMNC
  • Circular Polarizing Filter II: item # 05452MMP

Specifications:

  • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens with built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Focal Length Range: 18mm to 55mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (wide) - f/5.6 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22 (wide) - f/32 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9 feet (11")
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical lens element)
  • Picture Angle: 76° to 28° 50'
  • Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 45, 55mm

Playback, Editing And Printing Functions

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:

  • Quick Retouch: Create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
  • D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects.
  • Red-eye Correction: Correct "red-eye" caused by flash.
  • Image Trimming: Create cropped copies of existing photos. You can change the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, or 16:9. Each copy is saved as a separate file.
  • Image Overlay: Combine two RAW photographs.
  • Monochrome: Copy pictures in the Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype colors.
  • NEF (RAW) Processing: Create JPEG-format copies of NEF (RAW) photographs recorded at an image quality setting of RAW or RAW+B.
  • Before And After: Compare a retouched copy to the source image by displaying them side-by-side.
  • Small Picture: You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file. You can choose from the following sizes:
    • 640 x 480: Suited to television playback.
    • 320 x 240: Suited to display on web pages.
    • 160 x 120: Suitable for email attachments.
  • Filter Effects: Create copies with color filter effects. You can choose from one of the following:

    • Skylight: Creates the effect of a skylight filter, giving the copy a "cold" blue cast.
    • Warm Filter: Creates a copy with warm tone filter effects, giving the copy "warm" red cast.
    • Red Intensifier: Intensifies reds
    • Green Intensifier: Intensifies greens
    • Blue Intensifier: Intensifies blues
    • Color Balance: Using this method, you can individually increase the amount of green, red, blue or magenta in the copied images.
    • Cross Screen: Just as with a cross screen filter, this feature produces a star pattern with lines radiating outward from bright objects.
    • Soft: Add a soft filter effect; choose from high, normal, or low effect.
  • Stop-Motion Movie: Create a stop-motion movie from photographs on the memory card. You can choose one of the following frame sizes - 640 x 480, 320 x 240, or 160 x 120 and one of the following frame rates - 15 fps, 10 fps, 6 fps, or 3 fps.
  • Color Outline: You can create an outline copy of a photograph to use as a base for painting.
  • Miniature Effect: You can create a copy that appears to be a photo of a diorama. Works best with photos taken from a high vantage point.

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.

Battery Information

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.

Supplied Software

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:

  • Windows: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (32-bit Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate) and Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Home Edition / Professional)
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X (version 10.3.9, 10.4.11, 10.5.6)

Image Capacity

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
NEF (Raw) ---- 8.6 235 6
JPEG Fine Large 4.7 541 100
Medium 2.7 951 100
Small 1.3 2000 100
JPEG Normal Large 2.4 1000 100
Medium 1.4 1800 100
Small 0.7 3900 100
JPEG Basic Large 1.3 2000 100
Medium 0.7 3400 100
Small 0.4 6900 100
 
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Amazing pictures

Written By Amelia, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, August 28, 2011
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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!
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5 out of 5

Great Camera

Written By GraceW, Statesboro, GA on Thursday, April 28, 2011
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Great camera. Surpassed our hopes for a relatively inexpensive SLR. Would
buy it again.
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Nikon D3000 Kit

Written By Brian, North Liberty, IA on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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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.
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5 out of 5

nikon 3000

Written By dallas, bedford in on Friday, November 19, 2010
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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
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5 out of 5

Great Camera for beginner

Written By RyanM, Danville,Ca on Monday, October 11, 2010
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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
young.
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5 out of 5

nice Christmas present

Written By bill, Weirton, WV on Sunday, October 18, 2009
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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.
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Nikon D3000 Kit

Written By Mike, Florida on Thursday, September 03, 2009
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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.
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