Overview

The D3000 is a high-performance DX-format SLR that delivers superb images and boasts a range of functions, which make photography simple and fun. Nikon’s intelligent Guide Mode offers incredibly user-friendly in-camera assistance, enabling even beginners to capture wonderful images. Perfect for shots that you are not sure how to take, Guide Mode will ask you about the image you want to capture and automatically optimize the camera settings for the best possible results. When you want to learn more, you can use Guide Mode to find out how to adjust the settings yourself. The 10.2 megapixel image sensor and fast autofocus performance ensure precise, detailed images. The large, 3-inch LCD screen is highly convenient for composing and reviewing images, and makes it easy to use the in-camera retouch menu that enables you to modify images without a computer. The D3000 – the camera that shows you how to capture stunning shots with ease.

Superb image quality – 10.2 megapixel image sensor

Razor-sharp 11-point Autofocus system with 3D-tracking

Large 3-inch high-resolution LCD monitor

GUIDE mode – intuitive in-camera assistance

Key features

GUIDE mode: quick and easy-to-use in-camera assistance. Asks you about the picture you want to take and automatically optimizes the camera settings for superior results. Can be set to show you how to adjust the settings yourself, helping you master the camera and learn the basics of SLR photography.

10.2 megapixel DX format CCD image sensor lets you capture outstandingly detailed images and produce stunningly sharp enlargements.

Razor-sharp 11-point Autofocus system offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame. Four AF-area modes, including 3D-tracking AF, deliver sharp results, whether your subject is off-center, moving fast or completely unpredictable.

Dual Integrated dust reduction system: Image Sensor Cleaning and Airflow Control systems keep dust away from the camera’s image sensor for clear, spot-free images.

Scene Recognition System delivers sharply-defined images by optimizing the camera settings immediately before the shutter is released.

High ISO (100-1600) light sensitivity: features an Auto ISO setting and is manually extendable up to ISO 3200 using the Hi1 setting. Enables faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing the risk of blurred images when you shoot fast-moving subjects or take pictures in low light.

Large 3-inch, 230k-dot, high-resolution LCD monitor makes it easy to view essential camera information, and a pleasure to review and edit your shots.

3 fps continuous shooting allows you to capture fast-moving action at 3 frames per second.

Picture Controls lets you set the look and mood of your images before you shoot. Choose from six settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.

Extensive in-camera Retouch Menu enables you to edit and enhance images in the camera. Offers a range of photo effects including D-Lighting, Filter Effects and a clever Miniature Effect that makes images appear as if they are photos of miniature scale models.

System Expandability: compatible with a wide range of DX NIKKOR lenses, renowned for delivering outstanding sharpness, crisp contrast and precise color reproduction. Optimized for use with AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses.

 

Technical Specifications

TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mountNikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective picture angleApprox. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
Effective pixels10.2 million
Image sensor23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor
Total pixels10.75 million
Dust-reduction systemImage Sensor Cleaning, Airflow Control System, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image size (pixels)3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]
File format• NEF (RAW) • JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression • NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control SystemCan be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
MediaSD (Secure Digital) memory cards, SDHC compliant
File systemDCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge
ViewfinderEye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverageApprox. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
MagnificationApprox. 0.8 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter adjustment-1.7 to +0.5 m-1
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark V screen with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirrorQuick return type
Lens apertureInstant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses• AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR: All functions supported • Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported. • Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported. • Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except some shooting modes. • AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II. • Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Note: Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
TypeElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb, Time (requires optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3)
Flash sync speedX=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release modeSingle-frame, continuous, self-timer, quick-response remote, delayed remote
Frame advance rateUp to 3 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Self-timerCan be selected from 2, 5, 10, and 20 s duration
MeteringTTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method• Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses) • Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame • Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20oC/68oF)• Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV • Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV
Exposure meter couplingCPU
Exposure ModesAuto modes (auto, auto [flash off ]), Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A) manual (M)
Exposure compensation-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)ISO 100 to 1600 in steps of 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 1600 (ISO 3200 equivalent), auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-LightingCan be selected from On or Off
AutofocusNikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3m / 1 ft. 8 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.)
Detection range-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20oC/68oF)
Lens servo• Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status • Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus pointCan be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area modeSingle-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) AF
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flashApprox. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20oC/68oF)
Guide Number-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20oC/68oF)
Flash control• TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400 (i-TTL balanced fill-flash is available when matrix or center-weighted metering is selected) • Auto aperture: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and CPU lens • Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S • Range-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash modeAuto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and rear curtain with slow sync
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with built-in flash and all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminalSync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (optional)
White balanceAuto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine turning.
LCD monitor3-in., approx. 230 k-dot TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback functionFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, playback of stop-motion movies created with D3000, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
USBHi-Speed USB
Audio video outputCan be selected from NTSC and PAL
Supported languagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
BatteryOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a
AC adapterAC Adapter EH-5a; requires Power Connector EP-5 (optional)
Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 126 x 97 x 64 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5 in.)
WeightApprox. 485 g (1 lb. 1.1 oz.) without battery, memory card, or body cap
Temperature0 to 40oC (32 to 104oF)
HumidityLess than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories (may differ by country or area)Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a , Quick Charger MH-23,, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecap DK-20, USB Cable UC-E4, Video Cable EG-D100, Camera Strap AN-DC3, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Body Cap BF-1A, Software Suite CD-ROM
 

Kits

D3000 Body

Outstanding entry-level DX-format SLR with 10.2 megapixel resolution, razor-sharp 11-point Autofocus system and large 3-inch LCD monitor. Simple and fun to use, it features Guide Mode to you help capture stunning shots with ease.

D3000 18-55II Kit

The D3000 18-55 II kit is an ideal way to get started in digital SLR photography. It includes the D3000 camera and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm II lens with fast, quiet autofocus and ED glass elements for sharp images.

D3000 18-55II + 55-200 Kit

Excellent value for money. Includes the D3000 camera, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm II wide-angle zoom lens and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm telephoto lens. Both lenses feature fast, quiet autofocus and ED glass elements for sharp images.

D3000 18-55VR + 55-200VR Kit

The D3000 double VR lens kit includes the D3000 camera and two NIKKOR lenses: the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm VR wide-angle zoom and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm VR telephoto lens. Both lenses feature Vibration Reduction to reduce the effects of camera shake.

D3000 18-105VR Kit

The D3000 18-105 VR lens kit includes the D3000 camera body and the powerful AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm VR lens with a 5.8x zoom range for superb versatility and Vibration Reduction to reduce the effects of camera shake.

D3000 18-55VR Kit

The D3000 18-55 VR lens kit includes the D3000 camera and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm VR lens with Vibration Reduction to help reduce the effects of camera shake. A great value kit that enables you to shoot in low-light without a flash, for more natural-loo