Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens - Now £299.99 + £10 Voucher @ Argos - HotUKDeals
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Thanks to luckystrike77 for pointing out that this camera does come with the VR Version Lens, even though the argos website states it doesnt, he went and viewed before buying and it does have this lens, so my advice, look before you buy :-)

The D3000 features a new Guide mode, intuitive in-cameraassistance that allows even first-time users to transform everydaymoments into stunning pictures.

Argos currently doing their voucher offer so you would get a £10 voucher with this purchase thanks to Silwka :-)
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1 Like #1
+ £10 voucher, and 1.5% quidco
1 Like #2
Its a good price for this camera. The lowest shown at http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod1168.html is £337. It has been a year or two since a Nikon digital SLR has been under £300.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond3000/page26.asp is a review from December 2009, ending with:

The D3000 may not have all the latest bells and whistles feature-wise, but what it does it does extremely well. If you can live without live view and movie modes it's the perfect beginner's camera.


If you can afford to spend more (~ £418) then a D3100 will get you live view and a movie mode. For £500, then you can get a D5000 and two lenses http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/nikon-d5000-18-55-55-200mm-vr-twin-lens-kit-499-jessops/920833?ppp=60 However, they aren't £290

If you search at http://www.icheckstock.com with your post code and the product code 559/3189 it will check availability in store for all the Argos shops in the UK. Its available in 89 branches at the moment.



Edited By: ahenry on Apr 20, 2011 18:38: add iccheckstock link
#3
Is this better than the Sony A380? also £300
#4
Nice camera, been using it all day but would advise to go for the much newer 3100 which has HD video if you can afford it.

(The D3000 has no video or live view)
#5
nutta
Is this better than the Sony A380? also £300


The A380 has Live View, but the summary on the review at http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonydslra380/page31.asp

Aside from its unique high-speed live view mode the Alpha 380 simply can't compete with the best of its peers in this fiercely competitive sector. Handling isn't great, nor is low light performance, and unless you find one very cheap indeed, it's best avoided.
#6
Good price, but note that the lens isn't the VR (vibration reduction) version, which although not essential on a lens of this length, is handy for low-light use.
#7
Is it possible to use normal nikon lens with this i.e those that fit nikon film slr cameras.
#8
Mighty Anorak
Is it possible to use normal nikon lens with this i.e those that fit nikon film slr cameras.


http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/compatibility-lens.htm has a table showing which lenses will work. In general, ones from the mid 1970s will work but you need to set the exposure manually. AF lenses from the mid 1980s will use more of the modes, but won't autofocus. Autofocusing will work with AF-S and AF-I lenses from the 1990s. VR lenses from 2000 have vibration reduction.
#9
nutta
Is this better than the Sony A380? also £300

http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D3000-vs-Sony_Alpha_DSLR-A380
#10
how come people are raving about this but no the vr lense from amazon at 305?
#11
Good spot - well worth the extra fiver (_;)

dan15
how come people are raving about this but no the vr lense from amazon at 305?
1 Like #12
dan15
how come people are raving about this but no the vr lense from amazon at 305?


Well having said that (and from what the Argos description itself says), it does have the 18-55mm VR lens. I've just picked mine up from the local Argos branch, asked to view the item before purchasing it, and to my surprise it is the VR version. Bargain!
1 Like #13
how do you know if it has the vr lens as this may be my first d slr thanks for any help....
#14
Thanks gone for this!
Would also like to know the answer to the above question

Edited By: nutta on Apr 24, 2011 17:03
#15
It will state be lens on the box, and if you can open it, clearly in gold writing on the lens itself.
#16
Vr silly text correct!
#17
victorcrothers
how do you know if it has the vr lens as this may be my first d slr thanks for any help....


Look for the VR sign written in big gold lettering across both the lens and box! :)
(VR written in red writing was the previous version of Nikons vibration reduction system, gold being version 2, iirc)

Edited By: luckystrike77 on Apr 25, 2011 12:19
#18
just checked one in Birmingham city centre, not vr lens, will keep looking though.
#19
ok. i was wrong. kept looking and can confirm that some of Argos stores does vr lenses. plus 10 quid voucher.
#20
got one of these yesterday from leicester fosse park, had 2 left in stock both with vr lenses

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