Well it looks like Nikon opens the big ball for the release of new equipment we usually see here in august. They have now released two new cameras being a D3000 entry dslr and a slight upgrade from D300 to D300s.
There are no huge news in any of this. The D3000 is more or less a D5000 without video and liveview. The D300s is a D300 with added 720p HD video.
Nikon also released info on two new lenses being the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II and AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8G ED VR II. Both lenses are upgrades to already existing lenses and again not any huge news.
I will make a short thing on each of the products, this will properly be a bit long because of sample and product images.
The D3000 is placed somewhere between the D60 and the D5000. It looks very much like a D5000 without video and liveview.
Key features in the D3000:
- 10.2 megapixel DX-format CCD sensor (effective pixels: 10.7 million)
- 3.0″ LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
- Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
- 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
- IS0 100-1600 range (3200 expanded)
- 3 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
- Expeed image processing
- Picture Styles – image parameters consistent with all current Nikon DSLRs
- ‘Miniature effect’ mock-tilt/shift effect as retouch option
- Higher capacity battery from D5000
- 72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback
D3000 only has a few things over the D60…
- Guide mode
- 11 AF points (MultiCAM 1000 autofocus system)
- 3D AF tracking
- 3.0 inch LCD (vs 2.7inch LCD in D60 – both 230,000 dots)
The D5000 has a fair few point that are above the D3000….
- 12.3 megapixels
- Adjustments to D-lightning where D3000 only has on/off
- And a few more possibilities for in camera editing.
The D5000 however does only have a 2.7″ lcd where as the D3000 is at 3.0″ the resolution is 230.000 dots for both.
D3000 Product images