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Nikon D3000 Specs and Scores

Storage & Battery
Nikon D3000
Refers to the year this camera was officially made available for sale.
Announcement Date
Refers to the date the manufacturer publicly announced the upcoming release and general specs of this camera.
April 14, 2009
Camera Type
Camera Size
Camera Weight

The Nikon D3000 scores 36 out of 100 in our camera ranking. Introduced on April 14, 2009, this DSLR camera was priced at $730 upon release. With dimensions of 126 x 97 x 64mm and a weight of 536g (1.18lbs), the D3000’s specifications are now outdated compared to modern cameras. Despite being a reliable choice in its time, the D3000 may not be the best option for today’s photography enthusiasts.

Nikon D3000 Overview and Optics

The Nikon D3000 receives a score of 43/100 for its optics. With 12.3 megapixels, a shooting speed of 3 frames per second, and a CCD sensor type, the camera has decent specifications. The Expeed processor and a DXOMARK score of 62 for the sensor further support the camera’s performance. However, the absence of image stabilization might be a drawback for some users.

The Nikon D3000 features an APS-C sensor size and a Nikon F DX lens mount, allowing compatibility with a wide range of lenses. The camera’s aspect ratio is 3:2, which is standard for DSLR cameras. In comparison to current market offerings, the Nikon D3000 falls short in terms of megapixels and shooting speed. Many modern cameras boast higher megapixel counts and faster shooting speeds, making the D3000 less competitive.

While the Nikon D3000 has some respectable specifications, it struggles to compete with newer models on the market. The optics score of 43/100 reflects the camera’s limitations in today’s fast-paced photography world. Potential buyers may want to explore more recent offerings for better performance and features.

The higher the number of megapixels, the more detail the cameras sensor can capture.
12.3 MP
Image Resolution
Image resolution is measured in pixels and megapixels, width by height. The higher the number, the higher its resolution.
3872 x 2592 px
Sensor Type
The camera sensor captures light and records the image. Sensors vary in physical size, the number of pixels, and quality.
Sensor Size
The sensor size contributes to the overall quality as well as the dynamic and tonal range a camera can capture. As a rule of thumb, the more surface there is to read the light, the more information it will capture.
15.8 x 23.6 mm
Sensor Format
Refers to the most commonly used sensor sizes.
Frame Rate
The number of sequential frames per second the camera can write to the memory card when shooting in burst or continuous mode.
3 fps
Lens Mount
The lens mount will tell you what type of lens range you can fit onto the camera body. Often the same camera company will have different lens ranges for different cameras.
Nikon F DX
Image Processor
The image processor in the camera converts the information collected on the sensor for digital storage on the memory card.
Aspect Ratio
The aspect ratio refers to the proportional difference between width and height. The most popular aspect ratios are 3:2 and 4:3.
Minimum ISO (Native)
Refers to the lowest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Lower ISO are less sensitive to light but make a cleaner image.
Maximum ISO (Native)
Refers to the highest native (or 'base') ISO setting. Higher ISO is necessary for low-light situations or night photography, but higher ISOs often introduce grain or noise.
Minimum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Maximum ISO (Expanded)
Expanded (or extended) ISO is a digitally enhanced feature available on some cameras. It allows you to push beyond the native ISO range if necessary.
Minimum Shutter Speed
The minimum shutter speed will tell you the longest exposure your camera can take without using an external accessory.
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
The maximum shutter speed tells you the length inside 1 second the camera will capture. These can sometimes be extended with accessories such as extra external batteries.
1/ 4000 s
Autofocus Points
Autofocus points show where the camera is focusing graphically as squares or brackets in Live View or on an electronic viewfinder. These points are also used for light meter readings.
In-body Stabilization
In-body Stabilization means the camera has a certain technology embedded that counteracts camera shake.
Viewfinder Type
The viewfinder type is either electronic or optical. Electronic viewfinders will have a small screen in the viewfinder. Optical viewfinders will use prisms and mirrors to look through the lens.
Optical (pentamirror)

Nikon D3000 Video Performance

The Nikon D3000 lacks video capabilities. Unlike most cameras, it does not record video footage. This camera focuses solely on photography.

Indicates if this camera is capable of recording video.
Time-Lapse Built In
A built in time-lapse mode will allow continuous shooting throughout a prolonged period of time to be compressed into a sped up video.

Nikon D3000 Features and Benefits

The Nikon D3000 scores 23 out of 100 in the features category. This camera comes with a 3-inch screen with a resolution of 230,000 dots. However, it does not offer modern conveniences such as a touchscreen, flip screen, GPS, WiFi, or Bluetooth connectivity.

In comparison to contemporary cameras, the D3000’s specifications seem outdated. The lack of a touchscreen and flip screen limits its usability for certain shooting scenarios, such as vlogging or taking selfies. Absence of GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth capabilities hinders seamless location tagging, image sharing, and remote control options that many photographers find essential in today’s fast-paced digital world.

Despite its low feature score, the Nikon D3000 still provides the essential elements for capturing quality images. However, it falls short when compared to the advanced functionalities offered by newer cameras in the market.

Built-in Flash
A built-in flash will often be positioned right above the lens. This will automatically pop up when you activate it.
External Flash
External flashes are often connected through a hot shoe at the top of a camera, or a cable at the side of the camera.
GPS features in a camera will include location metadata to each of your photographs.
Weather Sealing
Weather sealing capabilities will give you more confidence when shooting in unfavourable conditions.
Screen Type
Touch Screen
Touchscreen allows you to change camera settings and access menus with a swipe of your finger, instead of using buttons.
Screen Size
Screen Resolution
Screen dots indicate the resolution of the LCD screen by including each sub pixel.
230,000 dots
Flip Screen
A flip screen (or articulating screen) is a second screen which can flip out from the side or top of the camera. This rotating screen allows you more freedom to take photos at different angles.
Live View
Live View feature allows you to see a continuous live video of what is being seen through your lens.
Bluetooth capabilities allow you wireless control of your camera with other external devices.

Nikon D3000 Storage and Battery

The Nikon D3000’s storage and battery receive a score of 27/100. This camera has one memory card slot, which accepts SD and SDHC cards. In today’s market, having a single memory card slot is less competitive, as many cameras now offer dual slots for increased storage capacity and backup options.

The battery life of the Nikon D3000 allows for 500 shots per charge, which is average compared to other cameras in its class. The camera uses an EN-EL9a battery type and does not support USB charging. This may limit convenience for users who prefer to charge their devices through USB ports.

Considering these specifications, the Nikon D3000’s storage and battery capabilities are not outstanding in the current market.

Storage and Battery
Storage and Battery
Memory Card
Dual Memory Card Slots
Battery Type
Battery Life
Approximately how long this cameras battery will last measured by how many photographs you will be able to take.
500 shots
USB Charging
Sensor scores tested by DXOMARK
Overall Score
DXOMARK overall sensor score.
Portrait (Color Depth)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Portrait score in our camera sensor reviews defines color depth performance and its unit is a number of bits. A color depth of 22 bits is excellent; differences below 1 bit are barely noticeable.'
22.3 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)
As described by DXOMARK 'The Landscape score in our camera sensor tests defines the maximum dynamic range of the camera sensor and its unit is an exposure value (EV). A value of 12 EV is excellent with differences below 0.5 EV usually not noticeable.'
11.1 EVs
Sports (Low-Light ISO)
Described by DXOMARK as 'The maximal value of ISO sensitivity needed to reach a given value of Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). The greater the value, the better'
User Scores
B&H photo video
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