As with the Nikon range topping D3x, with the D3000 at the very opposite end of the scale, its manufacturer is again providing the photographer (fledgling in this case) with their own virtual ‘wingman’, delivering essential aid whilst leaving them to get on with the business of taking photos.
Shame there’s no movie facility (HD or otherwise), HDMI output, tilting LCD or Live View mode, all features becoming increasingly ubiquitous and thus now expected on a new DSLR, particularly as the first two are now featuring on £249-£300 point and shoot compacts – on which the rear screen can be used for shot composition anyway. By including Live View however Nikon might have had a world-beater on its hands, though we can appreciate the need to differentiate further the D3000 from models higher up the range.
If we’re being overly critical of what is ‘just’ a budget or starter model it’s probably because, Intelligent Guides and hand holding aside, it literally doesn’t feel like one. It’s a solid model in every sense of the word that should see the amateur photographer through years of happy service.
It should also save those upgrading from a point and shoot the need to invest in an evening course to learn the technical side of photography – or at the very least prevent the need to fully digest the supplied manual – something most of us, if we’re being honest, never truly bother with anyway. Overall then, the Nikon D3000 is worthy of a coveted Photography Blog “Highly Recommended” award. A few more features next time though Nikon, and you might truly have something to shout about.
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