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Dixons are selling a Nikon D3000 SLR camera with a 18-55mm VR kit lens.

You may also get 3% cashback from Quidco (£9.60).

If you are flying or taking the Eurotunnel, its £314.89 at Dixons Tax Free http://www.dixonstravel.co.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=imaging.view§ion=imaging&group=13&pro_id=7001204 but you won't get the Quidco cashback.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/643944/nikon-d3000-digital-slr-camera-18-5 is a thread from a few weeks ago with the price at £356

http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod1167.html has a graph showing the price since the camera was released. This is the cheapest it has been.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond3000/page26.asp is the conclusion page from the review at DPreview.com

You can register at Nikon to get a free 2 year guarantee http://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/23727
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#2
It's a good price if you want to commit to Nikon system. I personally find the D3000's viewfinder very small and dark compared to Canon or Sony, especially since the D3000 has no live view (Canon 1000D has).
#3
Got the D3000 a while back , as a starter DSLR i think its a great bit of kit, no live view ... why do you need one, there is a viewfinder, (like on the old cameras!). The user manual on the lcd is very useful, (if you look at the lcd before you take your pic' ! ... its foolproof!). Since getting my D3000 i have learned a lot and would recommend any budding DSLR fan to go get. Great price and well researched btw.
#4
Thanks H & R added
#5
Canon's have video as well don't they?

Still mulling which entry level SLR I'm going to buy.
#6
ash.connor
Canon's have video as well don't they?

Still mulling which entry level SLR I'm going to buy.

Do you want something to take great pic's with, or do you want a video camera? Most DSLR's are good, all have their different attributes. But that is the first question you have to ask. As a starter DSLR you cannot go wrong with a Nikon, (am sure Canon etc users would say different). Just for the onscreen menu i think the D3000 is worth it alone, the lenses you pickup as you go along, (once you have deceided on your prefered make, adaptors are available though). Enough rambling!:oops:
#7
ash.connor
Canon's have video as well don't they?

Still mulling which entry level SLR I'm going to buy.


It's a nightmare deciding on which to plump for. I've just gone for Canon as the gf and a few other friends have canon and I got a good deal. It also looks like the default processing of the cannon is a little sharper.
#8
ash.connor
Canon's have video as well don't they?


http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/index.aspx says you only get video recording with a EOS 500D which is £575 at Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-Digital-Camera-incl-18-55/dp/B0020MLKF0

I'm sure in time, video recording will appear on the cheaper SLRs, but they will take a while to drop in price.
#9
The next model up from this the d5000 also does HD video, I think I'd be tempted to get this over both the D3000 and the canon 500d. It's £150 more than the D3000 but still cheaper than the canon.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0025KV8Y0/watersphotogr-21/ref=nosim
#10
moorjock
Do you want something to take great pic's with, or do you want a video camera? Most DSLR's are good, all have their different attributes. But that is the first question you have to ask.:


I preferred the Olympus image for it's natural colours. Sony alpha system is a good set up too, very genuine images. I have found the Canons to be too garish.
#11
moorjock
Do you want something to take great pic's with, or do you want a video camera? Most DSLR's are good, all have their different attributes. But that is the first question you have to ask. As a starter DSLR you cannot go wrong with a Nikon, (am sure Canon etc users would say different). Just for the onscreen menu i think the D3000 is worth it alone, the lenses you pickup as you go along, (once you have deceided on your prefered make, adaptors are available though). Enough rambling!:oops:


Because the video on DSLRs is better than any video camera under £5k.
#12
Well if you're looking for industry standard HD video recording then Canon is more suitable (550D is the cheapest way to record true HD at 25FPS).
#13
ash.connor
Because the video on DSLRs is better than any video camera under £5k.


auto focusing during filming might be an issue...

might be worthwhile for you to look at the micro 4/3 or sony Nex bodies if you're interested in the video aspect as the lenses for those systems are designed to work with contrast detect systems
#14
neoboy
Well if you're looking for industry standard HD video recording then Canon is more suitable (550D is the cheapest way to record true HD at 25FPS).


I'm actually eyeing up the 7d as I won't be paying VAT, combined with the Zoom H4N.

And the auto focus is a bit of a bummer but considering the quality of the results I'll live with it.
#15
neoboy
Well if you're looking for industry standard HD video recording then Canon is more suitable (550D is the cheapest way to record true HD at 25FPS).


what about panasonic gh1?
#16
golo83
what about panasonic gh1?


It's a grand. The 550d is £650.
#17
Yup Panasonic is good too, but costs more dosh. Also these cameras can be limited as camcorders unless the user knows what he's doing and for sound you'll almost certainly want an external solution (particularly in case of 550D).

Still getting back to this deal, pretty good as a starter learner package if you want to go along brand new route. Nikon's do also offer 2 year warranty which is appealing to some.
#18
this is a good camera, very easy to use.
i bought it last month.

one thing you must bear in mind is that this camera has not got a auto focus motor built in. this means if you want to buy another lens that is fully functional with your camera, you will need to by a AF-S or AF-I lens which costs more than the ones that don't need a built in motor.

I want a prime lens (fixed length) and the cheapest AF-S 50mm is about £300 where as a 50mm non AFS is £100. This is the one thing I don't like about the d3000 and this is the same for the d5000.

Despite this, this is a really good first starter camera.
#19
Whatever DSLR you get the first port of call is to get yourself a good prime portait lens, i.e. 50mm f1.4. This will elevate your photography infinitely more than anything else you can buy. You'll be able to isolate your subject and have everything else in the background/foreground melt away in a buttery haze. After that an ultra wide angle lens for amazing landscape/distance shots. The joy of SLR is the lenses.

Modern digital prime lenses cost £300+ but you can also do as I have done and buy an old 70's one for £50 and attach it with an adapter. You won't have auto-focus but you can't always get what you want (for £50 anyway).
#20
pet2000
It's a good price if you want to commit to Nikon system. I personally find the D3000's viewfinder very small and dark compared to Canon or Sony, especially since the D3000 has no live view (Canon 1000D has).


On the plus side though the Nikon doesn't look and feel like a tonka toy and come with an awful lens.
#21
Wolf
I preferred the Olympus image for it's natural colours. Sony alpha system is a good set up too, very genuine images. I have found the Canons to be too garish.


There's probably a saturation control on the canon. There's certainly one on the Olympus e-600 I went for in the end. With the olympus I find that 'natural' colour tone with shaprness of -1 gives the most life like results.
#22
mac12
this is a good camera, very easy to use.
i bought it last month.

one thing you must bear in mind is that this camera has not got a auto focus motor built in. this means if you want to buy another lens that is fully functional with your camera, you will need to by a AF-S or AF-I lens which costs more than the ones that don't need a built in motor.

I want a prime lens (fixed length) and the cheapest AF-S 50mm is about £300 where as a 50mm non AFS is £100. This is the one thing I don't like about the d3000 and this is the same for the d5000.

Despite this, this is a really good first starter camera.


The Nikon 35mm 1.8 AF-S is around £160, if you want a cheap, fast prime.
#23
HD Video Recording is quite a way off on the DSLR's I think, as is Live View. Due to the autofocus. I have a Sony compact HX5V which takes better HD film than most high end DSLRS.

This is not what you should be buying it for.

Compared to Canon, the Nikon will give a more true image out of the camera without much tinkering, I have always found the Canons to be cold out of camera, unless you are using expensive lenses.

This D3000 is an ideal little camera for most applications, and will not dissapoint.

I used to own the D5000 and I never used movie mode, or live view. Waste of time IMHO!
#24
zaft
The Nikon 35mm 1.8 AF-S is around £160, if you want a cheap, fast prime.


Even better value (IMO) is the 50mm 1.8 prime that Nikon do for around £100
#25
pet2000
It's a good price if you want to commit to Nikon system. I personally find the D3000's viewfinder very small and dark compared to Canon or Sony, especially since the D3000 has no live view (Canon 1000D has).


The viewfinder will be dark if you chuck a slow lens on it. It's a completely optical system so there should be little reason for the viewfinder to be darker than comparable brands.

Stick a 50mm f1.4 on it and you'll have nooooooo problems.
#26
just got one from currys instore. did not have to wait for dixons delivery. and they price matched it to dixons price. nice camera, now play time!!!
#27
aircanman
HD Video Recording is quite a way off on the DSLR's I think, as is Live View. Due to the autofocus. I have a Sony compact HX5V which takes better HD film than most high end DSLRS.

This is not what you should be buying it for.


I disagree. DSLRs can be used to make some amazing footage.

Witness! http://vimeo.com/6759220
#28
ash.connor
I disagree. DSLRs can be used to make some amazing footage.

Witness! http://vimeo.com/6759220


If you read the piece underneath that you find he has added over £500 worth of add ons for the final product to look like that.
#29
I have a Nikon D60, would it be worth a swap for this D3000? :?
#30
I am thinking to buy Canon DSLR,as a beginner,I could not able to decide which one should I buy on reasonable price,please suggest and thanks in advance.
#31
lego
I am thinking to buy Canon DSLR,as a beginner,I could not able to decide which one should I buy on reasonable price,please suggest and thanks in advance.


The best advice is to go to your local specialist, Jessops are always good, and try them out.
Get a feel for the camera, they all have a different feel in the hand, ooh matron.
You will always get someone telling you theirs is best but until you try them out you won't know.
Reviews are only really a guide or sometimes a sponsored view.
#32
Wolf
The best advice is to go to your local specialist, Jessops are always good, and try them out.
Get a feel for the camera, they all have a different feel in the hand, ooh matron.
You will always get someone telling you theirs is best but until you try them out you won't know.
Reviews are only really a guide or sometimes a sponsored view.


This is the best thing to do, but sadly alot of stores dont like people doing this any more because they know you will go and buy it online for a better price!!

What I would do is buy it, if you dont like it send it back!
#33
Wolf
If you read the piece underneath that you find he has added over £500 worth of add ons for the final product to look like that.


Despite the addons it's still cheaper than an equivalent video camera.
#34
Thanks to the OP for posting this deal. I am also looking to buy entry level DSLR and looking for some deal for some time. More keen to buy a Canon 1000d with 18-55 IS Lens but so far unable to find a decent deal. Cheapest I am finding is from camerabox.co.uk for 379.99 and still undecided if its worth spending this much extra.

Please advice and help me finding a better deal.

Regards,

Bal
#35
singhengr
Thanks to the OP for posting this deal. I am also looking to buy entry level DSLR and looking for some deal for some time. More keen to buy a Canon 1000d with 18-55 IS Lens but so far unable to find a decent deal. Cheapest I am finding is from camerabox.co.uk for 379.99 and still undecided if its worth spending this much extra.


For a good deal on a Canon 1000d worth keeping an eye on http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod1020.html Amazon have it for £362 at the moment.

If you use Firefox, then UpdateScanner http://updatescanner.mozdev.org/en/index.html is good. It checks a URL every so often, and gives you a warning if there have been changes.

Its worth reading a review on a Panasonic G1 which is now available for ~ £320 (£390 from Jessops. I think there is a £20 voucher and there is a £50 cashback from Panasonic). They are more compact than a full size SLR, although you don't get the same range of lenses.

Other than that Sony DSLRs can use Minolta lenses with autofocussing that works even with a lens from a film Minolta SLR.
#36
Wolf
The best advice is to go to your local specialist, Jessops are always good, and try them out.
Get a feel for the camera, they all have a different feel in the hand, ooh matron.
You will always get someone telling you theirs is best but until you try them out you won't know.
Reviews are only really a guide or sometimes a sponsored view.


Thanks a lot....I am very much interested in buying Canon EOS 1000D Lens Kit EF-S 18-55,hoping to get cheapest deal.
#37
The price at Dixons has now gone up to £334.80

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