If you are that person who has always used a point and shoot type camera or a credit card sized camera and want to do a bit more with your photography, It could be time for you to try a DSLR. A DSLR is a digital single lens reflex camera. In english, this means that the camera uses a mirror mechanism to reflect your image on to the sensor. This also means when you look through the viewfinder, what you see is what you get because there is no computations being done between the lens opening and the viewfinder. This is called parralax error.
You might not know this but in a non DSLR camera, you aren’t seeing the whole picture because there is space between a viewfinder and the lens on a point and shoot. Another thing you might know, is that the shutter lag on non dSLR is pretty bad, especially if you are using a flash. Shutter speed is the main reason I made the switch.My first camera was a Nikon D50. It wasn’t amazing but it was leaps and bounds better that the 2 mp pos I was borrowing at the time. It was FAST. I didn’t have to worry anymore about the camera not being ready. It was a decent beginner camera for me because it was old enough that I could use any older lens on it and still autofocus but new enough to give me 6 mp and amazing results.
Switching to a DSLR is a commitment. They aren’t cheap and even the most entry level camera can run you $550. Your camera choice is going to depend on your needs. I researched my camera for a long time and and when it was time to upgrade I did the research again. I knew I didn’t need to go to a professional level camera but I needed more MP and an updated processor. I bought the D90 in January and I completely love it for my needs. I can still use it on Auto if I want but the real magic comes when I use it manually. As someone who stayed on auto with her first camera, I never though I would use manual.
The Nikon D3000 is the most entry level camera on the Nikon market. It was born after the D60. the camera does not have a top LCD readout. Very much like my old D50, the D3000 has identical controls for Aperture. Shutter speed is still controlled with the back wheel. Most of the magic on this one is actually inside. When you turn the dial on the top to guide mode, it will ask you what you want to shoot and after you choose, the camera will actually tell you on the screen how its going to achieve that so in essence, it is a teaching tool too!
You’re not going to see a lot of bells and whistles on this camera with good reason. Entry level cameras shouldn’t overwhelm the user with a bunch of options and buttons. And its compact design makes it lighter. This model does not have a motor arm to autofocus lenses so you can’t use older af/s lenses on this camera automatically. You CAN use them if you don’t mind manually focusing. I had no choice I needed product shots and I wanted to use my 50 mm 1.8 lens. Now I am no stranger to manual focus I have to use it when I use the video function on my D90. But with this particular lens its harder to manually focus because when you have it wide open its harder to find focus, but when you do, its magical!
Because I had to take pictures with the D3000 for 2 weeks straight I really got to love the camera. Having the D90 and this one I can say for certain that the D3000 is a very very good beginner camera. It has 11 focus points, just like the D90. Its got 10.2 MP and can shoot at 3 FPS. I am not going to list ALL the technical details but this camera is great and honestly I wish I had this for my husband when he took his beginner photography class!
Please check out this link to read more about the Nikon D3000 🙂
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.