Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nikon-ica Electronica

It's the holiday season - a.k.a. the electronic shopping season. All the good electronics are on sales that are totally affordable and probably the lowest they will be of the year. It's probably the best time to get that technological gadget of your liking.

Stores compete with other stores during this time. For example; Best Buy competes their prices with options that are known for their low prices such as

In the electronics department, items are usually known to come out for completion and upgrades in the fall just in time to be out long enough for the big price drop for the holiday season, and to later be picked right back up to MSRP again for the new year.

I took advantage of the big sales! You all know I just got myself a new SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera which I purchase from Best Buy over since Best Buy dropped the price in competition. I'd rather have it right away then have to wait for shipping - which is still free from either website for the holidays.

I bought the Nikon D3000 which was released just this fall in September of 2009. Brand new model, brand new specs, brand new software and photo processor. The D3000 was made to replace the discontinued Nikon D40 and D60 which both achieved almost Guinness World Record numbers for positive reviews. (This is all information I've attained from doing my own personal research online).

Behold; my new DSLR

What is a DSLR?

D-igital S-ingle L-ens R-eflex

SLR's come with separate lenses, therefore the camera is not limited to taking photos with one lens, as are Point and Shoot cameras. If you are looking for specific specifications for a photo, you can change your lens to a lens which would be able to capture what you are looking for. It really may not even mattter what the body is, the lenses are what truly make the difference.

SLR's differentiate from everyday compacts by having a mirror inside the body of the camera that allows you to see exactly what the lens is doing through the view hole that you look through. Basically what you see is what you get...for the most part. Some SLR's have adapted live view screens where you can see what you are shooting on the screen, but usually you will be using your SLR through the view hole to only see the final picture on the screen once the photo is taken so you can debate wether the photo is worth keeping, or just tossable, or even to add some effects! In my opinion, live view on an SLR is kind of pointless, unless it is something you are very comfortable with being a compact point and shoot user.

I only own the kit lens - 18-55mm - which comes with the camera. You can get those big deals that come with 2 lenses...of some other specifications, but I just wanted this for now.

I'm a n00b, so I write in n00b language...
easier for the beginner and total nonner to understand.

Why did I choose the Nikon over the Canon which was the same price?

Nikon, Canon...whatever. They're both outstanding companies which are top of the line. You can't go wrong with either one. I personally chose the Nikon because it felt better in my hand, the pictures came out to my better liking, and it seemed easier to use. Also, the Nikon was a new model that had just been released this fall as opposed to the year old model of the Canon.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi on the left - Nikon D3000 on the right

Both images are great. Taken in the store with those beat up display models so I have no idea what settings they were on, which could make a huge difference in image quality and look, but I was sold on the Nikon anyway. It was exactly what I was looking for. Honestly...the Canon made me look like hell.

I was also very impressed with images I saw in the D3000 group pool on To see a better (bigger) version of the D3000 shot, along with few others - check out my post with them - HERE.

Really, I don't think you can go wrong with either Canon or Nikon. They are both the top notch. So if you're looking for my opinion between the two - go research it for yourself. It's all personal opinion.

Why did I get an SLR?

I wanted that bokeh (blurred background) effect that SLR's give you. They just allow you capture images with more depth. Point and Shoots focus on the entire area of the photo, unless in macro, bbut the SLR focuses in on an object, just like the human eye would. The photos come out true to vision...or you can add cool effects while processing the image in the camera!

One key to remember about any camera is - it is not the camera, it's YOU!

It's not important what make or model a camera is,
as long as YOU are not limiting IT'S potential.

Companies have the most advanced technologies going into their products and they have specific instructions at times, but it is important to remember to keep your options open to new ideas and settings for your camera.

Another option for me was the D5000. This model was priced $200 above the D3000 and specifically for the swivel screen. Something I was not interested in one bit was a swivel screen.

I know within a week, that camera won't have a screen at all if I get my hands on swiveling it around all day.

Nikon D5000 - $200 extra for a swivel screen
Nahh...I'll pass.

Also, since its a swivel screen, it's so much smaller than the nice big 3 inch screen on the D3000.

The D5000 also has live view, which is nice is you are very used to being a point and shoot photo taker, but in my opinion, also something completely unnecessary for me - especially not for $200 extra. I'd rather look like a pro and look through the peep hole!

The pictures came out the same...I would recommend going for the D3000 over the D5000.

Okay...on to some more D3000 test shots. (If you still seek more - Click here)

Sock Monkey

Twinkle effect - makes the camera so much more fun!

Miniature Effect - makes things look tiny, almost like toys!

Nikon D3000 (left) in comparison to Canon SD1100IS P&S (right)

The difference - the blurred background and the filled in flash.

SLRs will blur backgrounds for a 3 dimensional in-depth image, where as point and shoots with focus on the entire are of the photo. Flashes on point and shoots light up the entire image area where SLR's fill in light where needed. The Canon image might look brighter, but I had the settings on Manual with vivid color, when the Nikon was set on Macro with decreased flash and no color settings. That can all be altered and is not important, take note of the details.

Since I have a baby, I need a camera that will take a clear picture even when sudden movements can ruin it...I need quick shutter speed.

Even with the incredible super speed moving baby - I got a nice pic!

A great item to have if you do own an SLR is a lens filter. These help keep your lens clean of any dust, scratches or any other kind of debris that can damage your lens. There are many different lens filters that can give off different effects, so definitely shop around! They are cheap and worth it. One that you absolutely MUST OWN is the Ultraviolet HD filter. I use it everyday.

The D3000 lacks video mode so you cannot record any videos with this camera. Some SLR's have HD video which is cool if you wish to record different videos using the effects of certain lenses, but it was not necessary for me since I already own a seperate HD camcorder. Whereas it would be cool to take HD video on a camera that I will probably be holsting around with me everywhere, but I also do not need to be filling up my memory card with video when I could be snapping some great photos. HD videos will be taken with my camcorder. For those of you wondering when my YouTube page will finally be stacked with vids - I'm working on finding some time to do know, without a baby screaming and breaking toys in the background.

Now back to the camera...

My Rating : 5 Flashing Stars

  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Great images
  • Wonderful quality
  • Sturdy body
  • Great kit lens
  • Quick shutter speed
  • Great performance in low light
  • Fun to use
  • Cool effects
  • Not too heavy...just right!

I love it!

Nikon really hit the nail on the head with this one.

They have excelled in the SLR realm...
Now they need to focus on making their compact point and shoots better.
(cuz we all know they could use a little work...)

You know what really helps when you want to buy a camera?

Looking at test shots!

Go to and type in the make and model of the camera you want and look through all the shots. Compare them to another make and model and you can see which images you like more.

Also, bring your memory card when you go to the store to check it out. Put it in the cameras and snap away. This way you can compare your pictures at home on your computer and see how they really look. Sometimes an image can look a lot better on the LCD screen of the camera than it will once uploaded to the computer, and other times, an image can get blurry and unsatisfying once uploaded or processed by the camera.

It might not be much of a big deal to you, but if I will spend money on something, I want it to be on something that is exactly what I wanted. I've learned my lesson from buying cameras because of the hype. Never again will I do that. Hype is hype...people are paid to hype things up. The facts are the facts though, and you can' deny them.

I am more than happy with my purchase. I could never get a better deal for that price! I love my Nikon DSLR and I will expand my lens collection once I get some more mooollllaaaaa.

Disclaimer: this is just a post I made to help anyone out there who is in the market for an SLR. The camera is my own, purchased by me. Images of camera models D3000, and D5000 have been obtained from Google images. All other photos are my own.



  1. Great family
    Great blog
    Pretty mommy
    And great bloody camera!!!!

    Do you know where i can make collages out of my pics besides Picassa?

    Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you hun!

    Of course! Try! It's free, easy and so fun to use! Enjoy dear!!

    Happy New Year to you as well!!

  3. Hey doll,

    Well first I wanna say thanks for the post comment on my prev. post you are super sweet and you always know how to make someone feel better and I appreciate that :)

    Also, this blog post was MORE than helpful, your shots are amazing,like a pro and you look beautiful. Loving the tree shots :)

    So I think I made up my mind, cuz your right $200 more for a swivel screen is too much and the glass is what matters anyway so thanks hun

    Dulce Cnady

  4. love this, needed this thanks

  5. Thank you for sharing this information with us. I love the twinkle effect! How pretty!

    Your little one is SO cute! Look at those long lashes! I'm jealous! LOL!


  6. ooh my head I feel like you did this post just for me (lol), because I'm actually going to be purchasing the d3000 this weekend (I've been saving for a while). Now I'm extra excited and glad that I got a review with a face I can attach to it. The Brandsmart @ Sawgrass has it for slightly cheaper so I'm going over there to get it...
    FYI: They're having a sale on laptops on Friday if you or anyone you know needs one :)

  7. really good review

  8. It's so much fun...I can't wait to see more pics..xoxo

    btw..I am so glad you went for the's just an amazing camera.

  9. well now I know what camera I am buying. I was debating between the Nikon D3000 and the Canon Rebel XS. Now I know thanks

  10. I'm soooo happy so many of you found this helpful! I was second guessing whether or not I should write this since I'm a n00b, but hey, I know what I like! So why not spread the word? I went through all the time and trouble of picking it out, might as well share the journey. Makes me happy to read your comments!!!


  11. i love the miniature affect. it makes the picture look surreal. i want this camera!!

  12. great review. Nikon should give you a cut

  13. AMAZING review, chica!!! I'm glad I too chose the D3000, it's love at first click!

  14. Thank you so much for your review! I've been eyeing the Nikon 3000 too. Your blog and pictures just added another + in my book.

  15. Awesomeness! I want to get a camera like this. I don't really like my Sony Cybershot. The setting button which swivels around is so sensitive. And the pictures don't focus well =/ But this babe looks great, such beautiful pictures! Love the twinkle setting ^.^ Heehee

  16. OMG this was sooo helpful Katrina!

    It's my birthday in a couple of weeks and i really want my parents to get me a DSLR...this looks amazing and your review is by far the best on the web!

    Beautiful Photographs too, Little JJ gettin big! :D

    Thanks so much for this!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas...enjoy the new year!

    God Bless.


  17. thanks for teaching me about slr cameras! and it IS affordable! i love all the test shots.. so professional and such great quality pictures!

  18. Great post! Thanks for the info! Cant wait to see more pics!! Makeup up close and personal! lol! I think you made the right choice:)

  19. Hiya!! This is my first comment here, and I need to say that you are so beautiful !! You remind me of Kim Kardashian (which I think is truly gorgeous with that dark hair !!!) Anyway, you must have heard about it tons of times, but......
    I really appreciate the fact that you love the photo shoots, they are all awesome. I would love to see pictures of different things you do with your perfect hair,like pony tails, or pretty clips, this stuff...(in case you do of course, sorry)I also added you on twitter. xoxo :)

  20. great post and great review. Could you teach me how to use the camera? I have a nikon d40 and I love it. I actually just bought it since it was very cheap, yes it is discontinued and hard to find. I'm having trouble figuring out how to use it even though it like the easiest dslr to use. Thanks, Sam

    by the way, I came across your blog from googling my cam, and I am addicted to your blog now. I will be a frequenter

  21. Oh wow! you are so lucky! This camera is amazing!

  22. hi your skin is flawless. can you please share what you use?

  23. thank you for this. I was debating between the two for weeks now! I feel like you wrote this post with just me in mind. You are amazing.

  24. I got the D3000 as well and loooove it! Wish it was small enough to take out with me at night though. Your baby is beyond adorable!! xoox

  25. Lovely review and I was wondering, did Nikon pay you for this or is this your own personal review? I want this camera now, but wanna know if it was like 100% honest, u know?

  26. y is everyone like oh I have this camera, or oh i Want this camera. I dont think Katrina can give 2 shits if you have or want this camera. She has it and she is blogging about it and if you have it too, good for you and nobody cares.

  27. Katrina, doll, I wonder why you allowed the last Anonymous comment for one, obvious reasons and two, the horrendous grammar. ;-)

  28. oh my, I may need to read my comments better before I approve them. I dont even remember reading this one before approval.

    In response to them, I actually totally appreciate everyone's feedback and hearing about how much they love their D3000 - if in fact they do own one.

    If someone told me they had this camera and they wish they could burn it and hunt down the Nikon Manufacturer and beat him to a pulp, then I would not give 2..."the s word" pluralized.

    Besides, doesn't hearing so many other opinions make you feel more confident in buying this camera if in fact you were to look into it? I read reviews, but most importantly, I go read the feedback and comments because those are more people giving their opinions!

    And is a FANTASTIC camera!

  29. Tylar, I was in no way compensated or sponsored for this post.

    I got this camera as an early Christmas gift from my family. I just happen to be passionately satisfied with it...if not completely obsessed with it, and know how hard a long people search for great and affordable cameras, and I just want to give them another opinion and review to be able to look back to. Simple as that.

  30. Ditto - the comments just make you feel that much better about your choice!


  31. very helpful post. Thank you and finally in language I understand!

  32. the pictures are awesome with nikon! i've been in love with the camera ever since i saw it at an exhibition. its the best i think!

  33. Hi Katrina!! Thanks for this post! I know i read it a bit late haha but your information is very helpful and easy to understand for someone like me haha that technology is not my best :P
    I will buy the camera but after saving because right now here is a bit expensive but I thank you for this information :) And the photos u took are awesome! Cheers and greetings!

  34. i love your blog. you seem honest and upfront about everything. i'd love to get a gorgeous camera like this

  35. This is BY FAR, the best review of this camera and DSLR cameras in general that I have found on the web, that I could actually follow and understand! LOL, SERIOUSLY

    I am super late to this post but aside from that I have been on the market for an SLR for months but have been unable to decide. I must confess I was being sucked in by the hype of much more expensive DSLR cameras. I thought that compared to the $1500 cameras that this one wouldn't be any good since it's so affordable. Your review was so helpful and in depth yet in language that I could understand. I'm not a professional photographer, I'm just a photography enthusiast and noob also and this really helped me, you have no idea! I want to be able to take great photos and have variety with the settings.

    I have a few questions for you if you don't mind. I would like to purchase an additional lens which one would you recommend for the D3000? What do you think of the 55-200mm lens? Since you've had the camera for a few months now how do you feel about it? Do you love it as much as you did when you first purchased it?

    I would really appreciate your feedback. Thank you so much for your time and this review/post, it was extremely helpful for me!

  36. OMG, maybe all you need is a man like me to take photos of you both :)

  37. I was debating between the Nikon D3000 and the Canon Rebel XS. Now I know thanks. I will buy the camera but after saving because right now here is a bit expensive but I thank you for this information :) And the photos u took are awesome! Cheers and greetings!

    Checkout my webblog: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mirrorless Camera

  38. This article is beautifully written. I really like the way you've presented the article. I would like that you continue this amazing work. Cheers!

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