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How awesome is this? If you’ve always wanted to get your hands on a decent digital SLR, now’s the time to really get excited. We’re giving away a Nikon D3000 dSLR to a lucky MakeUseOf reader. This is a great beginner’s digital SLR to get you started with photography.

There’s just one to give away, so what are you waiting for? Join now!

The D300 is Nikon’s entry level dSLR which comes equipped with a 10.2 MP sensor, a crisp 3″ rear LCD display, amazing 11-point autofocus system, 3 frames-per-second burst image capture and it comes bundled with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikon lens which is an okay everyday lens. Not a bad start indeed.

The Nikon D3000 supports image capture in both JPEG and RAW formats and accepts SD cards. It’s also capable of minor in-camera editing.

Even though the D3000 may look barebones compare to the rest of the Nikon line, using a digital SLR trumps a compact digital camera any day of the week.

So if you’re even the slightest bit excited about owning a new dSLR, here’s how to join the giveaway.

How do I win it?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway is over.

Step 2: Share!

You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

Like it on Facebook

Or share it on Twitter

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, July 15th at 2100hrs PDT. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

[update] And the winner is …

* Gordon Wood

Thanks for participating!

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  1. Kriezlringor
    July 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    please let me win! i don't have camera, please i hope i'll win this

  2. JoAnn Francis
    July 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    MakeUseOf has the best information and downloads, not to mention the great contests! Keep up the totally awesome work you do for us!

    • Aibek
      July 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

      thanks for the kind words!

  3. Robin Catling
    July 14, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Keep coming back for more...

  4. Ljordan00
    July 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Great Giveaway!  Can't wait!

  5. Mei Chagas
    July 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I'm joining :)

  6. Moriya Jairo Rivera
    July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I love love love love this site!

  7. aditya trivedi
    July 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Looks promising, hope i win! :)

  8. Pitwall
    July 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Fingers crossed, my camera sucks!

  9. dinil
    July 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    good one

  10. Paulwdower
    July 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    And there am I, in need of a new camera, sure looks fine, I'll give it a good home and plenty of exercise, thanks all.

  11. Kellie Determan
    July 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I'm glad to have Make Use Of and all the insights found and shared here!

  12. Philippe Gauron
    July 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    wow jackson you guys always have great apps to give away and now this beauty u guys are crazy and great :P keep the goodies comming :P

  13. Rendy Ho
    July 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

    MakeUsOf Always Givea a Great Giveaway,Hope I Can Get One Hahaha

  14. Daaku
    July 14, 2011 at 10:31 am

    woha this is hell of a give away. I would love to win this. 

  15. Cath Padfield CircuitRider
    July 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

    awesome :oD

  16. Cherylejhimes
    July 14, 2011 at 9:52 am


  17. Garryrgcoloma
    July 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I hope I win this!

  18. Rahilparker
    July 14, 2011 at 9:45 am

    cool I love this site.. love to read articles here.. I hope I win :D

  19. enemyofarsenic
    July 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Nicey! :)

  20. Mohammad Eid
    July 14, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I know My luck !! is too hard :(

  21. Rene Gatdula
    July 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

    ..i love you...not in a gay way...

  22. Muhammad Ammar
    July 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

    is Pakistan included in the list of countries, eligible to participate...?

  23. Sajan Shetty
    July 14, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Done ! Really want to win this more than anything, even than the previous giveaways like MacBook.

  24. Richard Gailey
    July 14, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Awesome competition!

    You called it a D300 on the third paragraph though; very different camera.

  25. MuhamadH
    July 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    awesome giveway..I "Liked" your page on facebook and tweet your URL.
    My Facebook :
    twitter id : hibasy

  26. Devlin Gonçalves
    July 13, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    The best of, this site really ROCKS!

  27. Pantonjimrs
    July 13, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I would like to win! Nice opportunity. Thanks a lot

  28. Varun
    July 13, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Trying out my luck... Done everything required.

  29. pawan
    July 13, 2011 at 6:39 am

    sounds great :-)

  30. Rockgoddess117
    July 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I never win anything, but I entered anyway! :P

  31. Dharmin K
    July 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Tx for d giveaway!!

    Tweet from my twitter ac-!/dharmink/status/90919314156298240 and like ur FB fan page...

    Count me in...

    Hope to win!!!

  32. kimberly
    July 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    love this site.. just joined share via twitter :) hope to win

  33. princess
    July 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Always wanted a camera like this. Very useful site.

  34. Troy Janda
    July 12, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Very cool giveaway and I am a subscriber and have been for a while. I always find great articles and information, thanks

  35. Paul
    July 12, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Win, Mac, info Giveaways. MUO is where it's at!

  36. Littlebluepixel
    July 12, 2011 at 12:40 am

    I'm super pumped for this one. I'd love to get a way from phone photography and get into some real dSLR stuff. Great Giveaway guys!

  37. bara'a
    July 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    hope i win

  38. Karthikeyan Vedi
    July 11, 2011 at 7:19 am


  39. Sagetech Terry
    July 11, 2011 at 2:14 am

    My wife really likes photography and if I win this Nikon camera, I'll be giving it to her. She takes great pictures and this camera would definitely give her a great amount of pleasure.

  40. Mc Leila
    July 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    What an fantastic giveaway! And since you posted it on my BDay - would be one incredible gift....  BTW, MakeUseOf is a fab site & well worth exploring.

  41. Ronniora
    July 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    nice fucin' way to get some free traffic,exploitation of the dumb population

    • Tina
      July 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm


      the main intention of our contests is not to create traffic peaks. The goal is to attract visitors, who will hopefully explore the rest of our free and quality content and return and/or subscribe because they appreciate our articles and find them useful. 

      Besides, we really do give away the announced prizes (and more). So how is this exploitation?

  42. Jawaadali_hz
    July 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Always Wanted To!

  43. Oinkoink
    July 10, 2011 at 5:12 am

    cool, i was looking for a good camera, and i think ill win this one.. thanks makeuseof you really come in handy every moment of the year

  44. FANWA
    July 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    thanks for awesomw giveaway

  45. Charles Thomerson
    July 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Ditto... Ditto... Ditto... I have always wanted to be an amateur photographer, but I have to get a camera first.

  46. Charles Thomerson
    July 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Ditto... Ditto... Ditto... I want to be an amateur photographer, but I got to have a camera first.

  47. Lucky Boom
    July 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    All the best all of you participants..
    Wish From,
    Laxmikant Bhumkar

  48. Dushyant320
    July 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    im gonna win this.......

  49. Rakesh Narang
    July 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Makeuseof is a great site and this giveaway is fantastic, i am in. I hope i'd take home this beautiful dslr camera, i love nikon dslr cameras and i want one for me!!! :)

  50. Brittney
    July 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Wow great giveaway!! A year ago i bought my first decent bridge camera but i couldnt afford a dslr i hope i am lucky with this one and advance my photography skills !! Thank you for the giveaway !

  51. Nika Shvelidze
    July 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Having a camera is my dream!

  52. sreenath
    July 9, 2011 at 6:20 am

    I Really Love This Site........

  53. Nirmal Shah
    July 9, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Wow... I've always dreamt of having a DSLR. Keepin my fingers crossed :)

  54. Mackers
    July 9, 2011 at 2:42 am

    This is a really useful website - love getting the weekly Best Articles!

    • Aibek
      July 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      thanks, you find our newsletter useful.

      Looking forward to read more feedback in comments )

  55. Mike
    July 9, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I enjoy using the docs on this site, and I recommend them to friends, especially when they want me to put my "technician" persona on and fix one of their computer problems.

  56. Sharon
    July 9, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Very useful site.

  57. Dandy Putra
    July 8, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    wow...awesome for giveaway...thaks to

  58. Martin van Zyl
    July 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Good show!  Excellent website!  Great giveaway!

  59. Acord7119
    July 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    love all this great info you share. thanks so much

  60. Evandro
    July 8, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Hallo friends!
    Thanks a lot for this chance!

  61. techfrill
    July 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Wow Fantastic Giveaway !! hope i will win

  62. Kevin Ross
    July 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this prize!

  63. Azah
    July 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    done all of it. :D

  64. Dave
    July 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Great Giveaway! Love to win it!

  65. Dave
    July 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Shared on Google+

  66. JCofVAB
    July 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Some of the best info around!!!

  67. Marilyn Wall
    July 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    this is great now I can get rid of the one that only works with a tooth pick

  68. Rachel Kapsalakis
    July 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    This is the BEST SITE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Always HELPFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tina
      July 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

       Thanks for the feedback! :)

  69. vnjcas
    July 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    keeps me up to date and informed

  70. Nikhil
    July 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Nice giveaway :)
    shared here!/sadsidh/status/89337704562692096
    please count me in.

  71. Ritch Sagun
    July 8, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I want to have this. :)

  72. Ritch Sagun
    July 8, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I want to have this! :)

  73. Santosh Ghimire
    July 8, 2011 at 4:34 am

    hmmm i like the way you all are doing. i got impress at first sight...that's good

  74. Chris
    July 8, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I want this camera so bad.

  75. Dav532000
    July 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Great giveaway, done my duty, liked and tweeted cross my fingers now.

  76. Chips Chapman
    July 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    MUO offers another very nice giveaway with the Nikon D3000. Thanks!

  77. MrTax
    July 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    RT and liked!!!!

  78. Glad
    July 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm


  79. Prashanth Sharma
    July 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    i'm a photographer come blogger ans i too test many software and do the same thing exactly what you guys are doing. But i need this camera because I love DSLRS and I really need 1 Camera to shoot all best memories of my life with family and friends. Hope'll I'll get this camera 1 day :) Good and Great Work Guys tc.. Have a nice future..

  80. Suroshree Roy
    July 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    i gotta get 1

  81. Santelmo
    July 7, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for another great contest ^_^

  82. Larry_m7
    July 7, 2011 at 3:53 am

    What I have a really hard time understanding is why you insist on tying this to facebook, that evil destroyer of privacy?

  83. Pao Mateo
    July 7, 2011 at 12:23 am

    Ohmigosh! This is so amazing! :D 

  84. Jimena Roldán
    July 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I´m from Argentina!.. I wanna win it!! :)

  85. Bu
    July 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Since I've never won anything ever, I'm crossing my fingers this time...I SO WANT TO WIN it

  86. Ljohnjr
    July 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Enjoy the newsletters.  Could really use a camera for an up coming wedding!

  87. Mike L.
    July 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Awesome! Fingers crossed ;)

  88. Osama
    July 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm


  89. Ian H.
    July 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I don't know how you guys manage it, but I'm always drooling over your giveaways. I haven't won one yet, but here's hoping!

  90. Umer
    July 6, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    goodluck everyone =)

  91. Monika M
    July 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I always go to the MUO site first to solve all and sundry problems!  Thanks for all the great and very helpful articles!!!

  92. allin77
    July 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I like to photograph. It's a nice souvenir. Best of luck to everybody!

  93. Sofia Byrd
    July 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Done!! I so hope I win!! thanks for the giveaway!! 

  94. Thiago Teixeira
    July 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Is it allowed to someone in south america to participate?

  95. Jeanne Lord
    July 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I was in my garden a few minutes ago, just wishing that I had a decent camera to photograph my beautiful flowers. 

  96. K Brown
    July 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    great giveaway, I've been curious to try out a Nikon SLR camera for a while now, here's to hoping!

  97. Muhammad Abdullah
    July 6, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    i want it....plZ...DOinG photOgraphy with my Nokia 6300 classic...plZ pLz..thaT shOuLd be miNe..:)

  98. Connie O
    July 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    This would be the perfect camera to capture the GrandChildren with when we see them.

  99. Francesco Adragna
    July 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Wow, amazing!

  100. Amelia Avossa
    July 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Entered!! amazing SLRS ROCK

  101. Anonymous
    July 6, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks so much for this! ! - bri <3

  102. Indy
    July 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Out of all the contests so far - this is the one I need. My clients always need pictures taken at events that go into their marketing, but I don't have a good digital camera. I could stop relying on them and start doing the job faster and better. Love photography, just never got a dSLR. Can't wait for the 15th! 

    Make Use Of - just rocks! Love all the white papers and info on a daily basis. You make my job easier.

  103. Vincent Raja
    July 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Wow.. Im in... Let me check my luck

  104. Imalemap
    July 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Crossing everything that can be crossed!

  105. darkprop (Pedro Oliva)
    July 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    wow!!... i'm really impressed... :D

  106. Vijay
    July 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Nice giveaway!

  107. Vishnusivadasan
    July 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    this is bloody cool.... :D :D

  108. Yozman
    July 6, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Too Good!! Thanks for giving us things! I don't allow to many things in my important gmail section but your newsletter makes it!

  109. ryandigweed
    July 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    come on !!. i want itt.. !!!.. :( its so difficult to win a makeuseOf giveaway !.. :(

  110. Uttam
    July 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    your site is really very good... and this giveaway is awesome...... gudluck to all and me as well...........

  111. Jeet Dholakia
    July 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway.
    please count me in.

  112. Sriram Umashankar
    July 6, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Will i win :) ?

  113. LJH
    July 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Been reading Makeuseof every day. I find it sorts info better than many other websites.

  114. pramu
    July 6, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Great site with Great giveaway 

  115. Sravi
    July 6, 2011 at 8:58 am

    wow, a very great giveaway. I did like it on facebook and I also filled the form. Pl count me in.

  116. Prakash Pathak
    July 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

    thanks , love this site and i  love  this cam
    shared!/FX_Arena/status/88528372271038464 and like ur page

  117. Shebin Sheikh
    July 6, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I really LUV this SITE...........<3
    I'm a loyal fan of make use from the last 3 years.
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  118. murlidhar
    July 6, 2011 at 6:17 am

    oo la la .........:)
    a very nice give away.

  119. Telor Ceplok
    July 6, 2011 at 4:47 am

    This new site that my first visit today. May be useful for me and my friends. Especially if I can win it .... I'm very happy

  120. Mayur
    July 6, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Hope to win.......

  121. Jeannie Roberson Purvis
    July 6, 2011 at 1:49 am

    This would be a wonderful gift for my daughter. She takes beautiful
    pictures and she also wants to learn how to make them even better.

  122. Nirmal Patel
    July 6, 2011 at 1:46 am

    this is damn good
    nice give away.......

  123. Nirmal Patel
    July 6, 2011 at 1:45 am

    this is awesome...
    nice give away

  124. Andrew Gould
    July 6, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I really need a good DSLR.

  125. Jennifer
    July 6, 2011 at 12:55 am

    What a great prize to win thanks to Nikon and Might be an upgrade to my Pentax.

  126. Laly
    July 6, 2011 at 12:54 am

    This is awesome!

  127. David Craker
    July 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    OMG a Nikon D3000 with an 18-55mm zoom lens...
    It looks like a sharp shooter for sure.

    Shoots in Raw and JPG and has a true Nikon lens....
    With luck, I may be a sharp shooter myself, thanks MakeUseOf for the chance to win..

    Just the thing I could use on holidays to capture the best of the Australian landscape and well as record my fun...

  128. Alex
    July 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I love this siete and i love Nikon!
    Another great giveaway!!! A great contest, thank you! Twetter-Tweeted.
    Facebook- i like!
    I am in . Thanks for he chance to win!!!

  129. F?rid Zeynalov ?
    July 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm


  130. Rahul Kumar
    July 5, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    done.....nw w8in 4 the luck 2 do its work

  131. Linda Roberson
    July 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    This would be a wonderful gift for my granddaughter. She takes beautiful pictures and she also wants to learn how to make them even better.

  132. Vaibhav Srivastava
    July 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    This is really an amazing and awesome giveaway...
    completed all the steps and also shared about this giveaway..!/vibhusri/status/88319833002885120

  133. Jennifer Roberson
    July 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Entered. I hope I win! I take pictures of EVERYTHING and most of the quality sucks. I have some really great picture ideas but cannot use them because my camera does not support the capability to capture such picturesque moments.

  134. Bikash Goshwami
    July 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    give it 2 me

  135. dan
    July 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Wow !! this is big! Thanks for giveaway and good luck to all.

  136. Allyson Lyne
    July 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Crossed fingers - have just been looking at my disastrous cheap compact holiday photos!!

  137. Siddharthan Vaithilingam
    July 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Your site is awesome !

  138. slugbug55
    July 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    This would certainly be a nice upgrade from my current Canon SD1000.

  139. Celia Anderson
    July 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Great job ! Good luck to all !! :)

  140. Bill joseph
    July 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    great comp, hears hoping

  141. Marco
    July 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Been reading for a couple of years now. It would be nice if I happened to win on my first entry. 

  142. Alkalain
    July 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    That would be awsome for my photography tumblr!

  143. Anonymous
    July 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Fantastic giveaway!

  144. ShinoKitsune
    July 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Really Loving the site :D How to Make Use Of WordPress really helped =D

  145. Venkatesh Giri
    July 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Done and I really wish I get lucky and win this. Tweeted and also clicked the FB like button. ::Crossing my fingers and Wishing that I would win this::

    Spreading the words to my friends as well :)

  146. Pedro Lobo
    July 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Keeping my fingers crossed although I'm never very lucky when it comes to this sort of thing.

    Great giveaway though. Best of luck to everybody!


  147. Fatimah
    July 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    wish to win this one

  148. Catherine
    July 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    This would be so great to win, so I can take great photos of my 2 little granddaughters!

  149. Dan T
    July 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    You guys exceeded my expectations with this one! Thanks!

  150. Judy
    July 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Done! Is it one entry per person or can we enter more than that?

  151. I Heart Contest
    July 5, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! I just hope I win! More power to you guys! :)

  152. Diane Schwarz
    July 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I so need this camera! I have a very, very bad camera, and can't pictures that I want. I have an narley rapture nut that I would love to take awesome detailed pictures with.

  153. Lorenz
    July 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    didnt have a chance to have my own camera even just a digicam, hope i can win it! i want to learn photography :)

  154. Ikke aviy
    July 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    really awesome.

  155. Affan
    July 5, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    This site always comes out with awesome giveaways!

  156. Anonymous
    July 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity guys, and gals! I'm Making Use Of facebook's and twitter's buttons because of this. Good luck everyone, and hopefully some who really needs a cam like me will win this. Lovely!

  157. Sarah Campanile
    July 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I recently found your site when looking for information on how to combine PDF files. Little did I know how freakin' AWESOME you guys are. I "Liked" your page on facebook, if I could have clicked a "Love" button, I would have :) I look forward to your posts and articles, thank you so much for being totally awesome!

  158. Himanshu Dhamija
    July 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Done..Very enthusiastic about it..