Nikon D3000 Review

Nikon D3000

The Nikon D3000 is an entry-level 10.2-megapixel DSLR.  It follows closely with the feature set and functionality of the Nikon D40, D40x and D60 cameras.  However, the D3000 is focused even more directly toward the first-time DSLR user.  Several manufacturers are putting forth a serious effort to make the transition from point & shoot cameras to DSLRs easier on everyone involved.  Cameras like the Nikon D3000 and Sony A330 make DSLRs a viable choice for those who don’t necessarily have a desire to really “get into” photography.  At the same time, the D3000 maintains flexibility and room to grow as a photographer whenever he or she is ready.

No bones about it, the D3000 is a great little camera.  But, is it for you?  Read on for the full picture on this bargain of an entry-level shooter. [Read more...]

Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 Now Available

Adobe has updated Lightroom 2 to version 2.5 and Camera Raw 5 to version 5.5.

Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 now include support for the following cameras:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3000
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • Panasonic DMC-GF1

The updated versions can be downloaded here.

Nikon D3000 Sample Images

Nikon D3000

The D3000 is Nikon’s current low-end DSLR model.  It features a 10.2-megapixel DX-format CCD sensor, as found in the Nikon D60 that the D3000 replaces.  The updates are fairly subtle; however, it is clear after spending some time with it that Nikon is targeting a very entry-level crowd.

Expect more details in a full review coming soon.  For now, you can take a look at the below sample images from the D3000 and judge for yourself.  These images are from a production camera as shipped from Nikon.  Don’t expect any real differences from what we know the Nikon D60 could do though. [Read more...]

Adobe Camera Raw 5.5 Release Candidate Available

Adobe has made the release candidate for Camera Raw 5.5 available for download on Adobe labs.

Release notes are as follows:

Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3000
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ35

Camera Raw 5.5 includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Bayer sensor cameras with unequal green response

More details and download links are available over at Adobe labs.

Nikon D300s and D3000 Availability

Nikon D300s

Several online vendors are already taking orders for the new Nikon D300s and D3000.  Others are offering in-stock notifications.

You can pre-order or sign up for notifications at the vendors listed below.

Nikon D300s Availability

Amazon.com

B&H Photo

Adorama

Ritz Camera

Wolf Camera

Camera World

International Availability:

Jessops

Amazon UK

Amazon Germany

Amazon Japan

Nikon D3000 Availability

Amazon.com

B&H Photo

Ritz Camera

Wolf Camera

Camera World

International Availability:

Amazon UK

Amazon Germany

Amazon Japan

Stay tuned for more as more vendors update their online stores.

Nikon D3000 Announced

Nikon D3000

The Nikon D3000 is a 10.2-megapixel DSLR and replaces the Nikon D60 at the low end of Nikon’s lineup.  Improvements over the D60 include a larger 3-inch LCD, improved interface and 11-point autofocus system.

The Nikon D3000 should be available in August 2009 at an initial retail price of $599.95 that will also cover the included AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens.

Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details available at Photography Bay’s Nikon D3000 Reviews and Resources.