Nikon D3000 User Manual (en)

The Mode Dial
The camera offers a choice of the following modes:
❚❚P, S, A, and M Modes
Select these modes for full control over camera 
P—Programmed auto
Camera chooses shutter 
speed and aperture, user 
controls other settings.
S —Shutter-priority auto
Choose fast shutter speeds 
to freeze action, slow 
shutter speeds to suggest 
motion by blurring moving 
A—Aperture-priority auto
Adjust aperture to soften 
background details or 
increase depth-of-field to 
bring both main subject and 
background into focus.
: Match shutter 
speed and aperture to your 
creative intent.
❚❚GUIDE Mode
g (0 27): Take and 
view pictures and adjust 
settings with the help of 
an on-screen guide.
❚❚Auto Modes
Select these modes for simple, point-and-
shoot photography.
i Auto (0 17): Camera adjusts settings automati-
cally to produce optimal results with “point-and-
shoot” simplicity. Recommended for first-time 
users of digital cameras.
j Auto (flash off) (0 17): As above, except that the 
flash will not fire even when lighting is poor.
❚❚Scene Modes
Selecting a scene mode automatically optimizes settings to suit the selected 
k Portrait (0 22): Shoot portraits with back-
ground in soft focus.
l Landscape (0 22): Preserve details in 
landscape shots.
p Child (0 23): Create portraits of children. 
Clothing and background details are vividly 
rendered while skin tones remain soft and 
m Sports (0 23): Freeze motion for dynamic 
sports shots.
n Close up (0 23): Take vivid close-ups of 
flowers, insects, and other small objects.
o Night portrait (0 23): Shoot portraits 
against a dimly-lit backdrop.