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.
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.
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective picture angle
Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
23.6 x 15.8 mm CCD sensor
Image 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]
• 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 System
Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified
SD (Secure Digital) memory cards, SDHC compliant
DCF (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
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Approx. 0.8 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
18 mm (-1.0 m-1)
-1.7 to +0.5 m-1
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark V screen with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Quick return type
Instant return, electronically controlled
• 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.
Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb, Time (requires optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3)
Flash sync speed
X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Single-frame, continuous, self-timer, quick-response remote, delayed remote
Frame advance rate
Up to 3 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Can be selected from 2, 5, 10, and 20 s duration
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
• 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 coupling
Auto 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)
-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Luminosity 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
Can be selected from On or Off
Nikon 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.)
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20oC/68oF)
• 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
Can be selected from 11 focus points
Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) AF
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20oC/68oF)
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20oC/68oF)
• 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
Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and rear curtain with slow sync
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Lights 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
ISO 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 Terminal Adapter AS-15 (optional)
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine turning.
3-in., approx. 230 k-dot TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Full-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)
Audio video output
Can be selected from NTSC and PAL
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a
AC Adapter EH-5a; requires Power Connector EP-5 (optional)
1/4 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.)
Approx. 485 g (1 lb. 1.1 oz.) without battery, memory card, or body cap
0 to 40oC (32 to 104oF)
Less 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
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.
The D3000 18-55 II kit is the most affordable kit in the range and 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 for sharp, images.
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.
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.
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.
The D3000 18-55 VR kit includes the D3000 and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm VR lens with Vibration Reduction to reduce the effects of camera shake. A great value kit that enables you to shoot in low-light without a flash, for more natural-looking images.