Pros I did not need live view or video. After weeks of research fro something within my price range I was thrilled to find the D3000 was right there. I take loads of pictures of my kids, sports they play in and this camera hasn't let me down.
Cons The ONLY thing I can think of is that when your looking through the viewfinder your nose is against the LCD, but I can definitely live with it!
Summary I searched for weeks for something in my price range and I so wanted to step up from my point and shoot. Don't get me wrong, it's a great camera and fits in my pocket on the go. But I always dreamed of owning a Nikon so when I came across the D3000 I was excited. Photography is a passion that I indulge in quite often. I take walks with the kids, camera goes too. I even did a friends wedding with my D3000. Bottom line is that you have to explore all the settings to get a feel for it and honestly, it's not the camera who gets great shots, it's the photographer. Have you taken any great shots today?
Pros = Build quality(Sturdy and feels perfect in hand)
= 11 point AF system (cool to track moving objects)
= Ownership Feel/Brand Reputation
= Nikkor 18-55 VR Kit lens
= VR(though a lens feature) allows shooting low light scenes without a tripod
Cons = Lack of dedicated buttons to alter settings on the fly
= No exposure bracketing
= Nikkor lenses are expensive(compared to Canon)
= Live view (personally I never felt the need)
= Camera's picture saving time is slow(when 'Active D-lighting' is ON)
Am Sidharth, 25yrs old, a software engineer by profession. I love taking photographs and have mostly used point and shoot. I decided to go for my first SLR in december 2009 and after a lot of research/hands on, I zeroed in, on the D3000. I had 2 options(out of the recommended brands):
a) Canon 1000D(1 yr old but feature rich)
b) Nikon D3000, latest offering, but with less frills
My requirements which lead me to Nikon's this model are as follows:
1. I do long motorcycle rides(iluvriding.blogspot.com), and these are the times I would love to capture the places, experiences, so my cam needs to be reliable and sturdy, so that I can carry it without much fuss/extra attention
2. I wanted to carry it all the time, so the one I feel most comfortable(out of the 2), would be my choice, and it was D3000, the weight, size and sturdiness got me hooked.
3. During my stint with cameras, I have read many articles and books and knew enough concepts/theory than most professionals I have come across(I bet), so all I needed was a reliable(lasting) device with manual mode. Frills(live view, video,etc) doesn't impress me much anyways, at least not at the cost of build quality.
4. I liked the brand Nikon, since I was a kid
5. I had read in a site the advantage of having a Nikon(or Canon) is on special situations an accessory can be rented(i.e with hassles about compatibility)
Pros Nice feel (solid)
18-55mm lens is good
amazing pictures (compared to point and click)
good battery life
Cons none really. buffer memory could be a bit bigger.
Pros Nice Size, Great Ergonomics, Decent Manual and Great Features
Cons Others offer live and view and better bundles than the Nikon at it's price.
"Amazing Camera!!"on by westley864
Pros The image quality is great, the preprogramed modes enhance the experience, many retouching options available, auto mode is very intuitive, offers excellent manual functions as well.
Cons view finder is very small, when taking night pictures the assist light does not stay on long enough to line up the picture, the battery life is ok but I would suggest buying and carrying an extra.
Summary I stepped up from point and shoot cameras and film slr's to dslr. So far I have been impressed by the nikon d300. My ancient Pentax (which I still love) and my slightly less over the hill Minolta are both jealous of the time I spend with this nikon! I have taken indoor and outdoor pictures and discovered that i really appreciate the easy of the d3000. Adjusting for light, review pictures and keeping them organized, and retouching on the camera are all very fast and easy. The only limit I've discovered with this camera is my imagination! I am also a big fan of photoshop for anything I can't do on the camera.