Have You Met the Nikon D3000?

I bought my first dSLR in 2007 and it was the Nikon D50 model. It was being phased out to make room for the new models that were coming out. I never really did learn how to really use that camera before I upgraded to more megapixels and a better sensor. I ultimately bought a d90 this past January and took a photography class and really learned how to take photos and I have been in love ever since. Nikon is a trusted leader in photography and has been for many many years.

I received the d3000 model for review in the mail 2 days ago. The first day was spent charging the battery, reading the manual and just really looking. I needed to distance my brain from trying to compare it to the d90 which is a higher end model. Nikon wanted me to review this camera specifically for entry level consumers. They want my opinion on how this camera performs from a newbie perspective. So for the next 30 days (eat your heart out Morgan Spurlock!) I, along with my admittedly new to photography husband, will be reviewing this camera and reporting what we find along the way.

I have taken photographs with it. I didn’t use my offboard flash or my prime lens because I wanted a real representation of what I would get if I never used a dSLR before. Before I get real technical on you like I plan to in a couple days I want to tell you this. My husband used my D50 for his beginner photography class last semester, and only having THIS camera for one day I can say without a doubt that the D3000 would have been the PERFECT learning camera. Why? Because it has built in help and menu’s that help you choose what you need and when you feel advanced it walks you through setting the exposure and speed!

Now I do have a photography blog and that is where you are going to find my photos. But for now I will leave you with a taste-straight out of my camera, resized and sharpened for web only!

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Okay now stay tuned for the next installment when I will go over the specs of the D3000 and tell you what it can do 🙂


This is not a paid post. I did not recieve free product for this review. The camera featured in this review in on loan from Nikon.

About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of My Serendipity Life. She is the mother of 3 and a college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. an an AAS degree in Photographic Imaging from Lansing Community College. She also loves to blog about food, fun tech and travel. Email Candace


  1. Wow – Nikon sent you this camera to review? Can you share how others could be included in recieving these fantastic opportunities?

    • David – I am a professional product reviewer and not only do I review cameras but I am a customer of Nikon and I am privileged to work with a company I truly enjoy. I suggest if you want to be a product reviewer that you develop a site and gain an audience that attracts companies to ask you to review for them 🙂

  2. I have this camera. I also have 2 other friends that have the same one. It is a great camera and especially for those that have never used a DSLR or SLR.

  3. Hi Candy.. My friend who is a wedding photographer just go the D3000 so it must be good. I have heard it shoots absolutely beautiful photos.

    • Aaron, from what I have seen so far the mechanics are really very good for this entry level. I think as a backup camera for weddings it would be a good one but I have not taken it out to shoot flowers and whatnot yet. I have shot weddings with my other 2 Nikons (2nd shooter not the main photographer) and they were great so I know this one would be good too. Its not professional level but the results are still stunning.

      • How come you don’t consider it a professional level camera? Just curious because I shoot it professionally 🙂

        • According to the “industry” Professional level cameras begin at full frame models. That doesn’t mean you can’t use this one or even a d90 and shoot a wedding and get paid of course, but if you think about working possibly for a magazine like National Geographic then you have to have full frame. Same with shooting models for vogue.

          My sister in law doesn’t use a full frame, I don’t know much about Canon but she uses a 5D, not sure if that is full frame. I know I couldn’t professionally shoot a wedding my my D50, the speed alone would have stopped me but also the fact it was only 6 MP. And for me I hate spending hours in photoshop so I want the camera to give me the good stuff straight outta the camera.

  4. THANKS for reviewing this Candy. I am hoping to find my FIRST digital SLR this fall…hopefully as a 50th BD gift! I have been going back and forth from Canon and Nikon. I already have an SLR Canon and has served me well for almost 10 years. Time to get into the 21st century though!
    I feel like a putz…did not know you have a photo blog too! I will have to take a look. I love to take photos for the past 30 years has been a passion but no Pro. I love still life and nature as well as my WONDERFUL other subject matter…6 kids and 3 grandkids, plus various pets we have had.
    I am glad to have an HONEST reviewer for this product and someone who knows a LOT about cameras that are great for point and shoot but not JUST P&S!


    • Its ok Eileen I am not a professional photographer either! I could be but I don’t want to invest money and pay taxes in this economy. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting the best just in case I get a call from National Geographic LOL!

  5. Thanks for the review! I have wanted a DSLR forever. My only trouble is knowing which one to get. (and money!) I’m glad you enjoyed the Nikon D3000 – good to know!

  6. I would love to review Nikon products. I have a photography blog and am the organizer of a photography group. Currently own a Nikon D70. Would love to get a D90, D700 or a D3S.

    Congrats and have fun with the camera. If you need help with settings or anything please let me know.

    • Michael,

      You should get the d90. I bought it about 6 months ago and I love it! Its the successor to the D70/80 so you would be familiar with it but the sensor is better, same hardware as the D300!

      • I’d love to but I have been out of work for a bit, so money is really tight. Hopefully when I get back to work, I can get at least a D90.

        • I hear ya.. I had to save up for well over a year. Birthday and Christmas gifts went right into the camera fund. I am betting the D90 will come down in price too. My D50 I bought on ebay in 2007 was one of them Cameta auction things that come with a bunch a of stuff. Drawback is that its a floor demo but they do have the guarantees and that camera served me very well. I hate ebay but sometimes camera deals are the best there.

          • My D70 has been amazing. It’s about five and a half years old and has had at least 50,000 actuations. It might even be close to 100,000 honestly.

            Over the last five years, I have made some pretty amazing shots with it. It definitely keeps me a Nikon guy vs the other company…

            • I can tell you this. My instructor at college uses a D70 and swears by it. He started way back, he’s been teaching for 20 years so that gives you an idea. I loved that he used a D70. I wish the college could get a grant for his department so he can upgrade but if you asked him, he would tell you, if its not broke, don’t fix it!! 🙂

              • There’s no doubt that it is a great camera, but it’s failing as it should be at this age and with that many actuations. I have outgrown it and am ready to move on to a more advanced camera as well. Wouldn’t mind a full frame.

  7. KD Munoz says:

    These are awesome- a friend uses one & I admit I’m not envious often, nor would I covet- but, the this camera ROCKS! Totally want it. @FLboyzmom

  8. I like Canon than Nikon but D3000 is great digital camera.

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