Pros & Cons
Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR is an amazing camera for the price, especially for someone getting their first DSLR. It has an improved resolution of 14.2 MP compared with the 10.2 MP of the previous model. It can shoot HD video (1080p) which was not previously available at this price point. It comes with EXPEED 2 which is Nikon's new image processing engine and live view to help you frame your shot using the LCD screen.
Some users complain about lack of AEB and infrared sensor in front for wireless remote. Also users do not like that LCD screen is fixed on the camera and that there is nothing to tie lens cap to camera.
Most users think that this is an amazing camera and the best if you are planning on making a transition from a point and shoot series camera to the DSLRs category. For the amateur photographer who wants a simple to use, lightweight, high picture quality camera you can't go wrong with the Nikon D3100
Where to Buy
Amazon.com Rating: 4.70 stars from 687 reviews, Price: $446.95
Cnet.com Rating: 4.00 stars from 26 reviews.
Walmart.com Rating: 4.70 stars from 1438 reviews, Price: $388.00
Amazon.com Rating: 4.70 stars from 57 reviews, Price: $469.95
Amazon.com Rating: 4.90 stars from 37 reviews, Price: $614.95
Amazon.com Rating: 4.40 stars from 34 reviews, Price: $596.95
Ease of usefrom 328 reviews
Very easy to use for beginners.There is Guide mode also
You can still achieve HDR shots without AEB, but you need to either use the timer to reduce shake, or a remote shutter.
Megapixelfrom 100 reviews
14.2 MP Camera
Image Qualityfrom 83 reviews
Most of the reviewers like Nikon D3100 for its excellent image quality. Few of the things which users talk about are:
1.The image quality is excellent, with a 14.2 MP it can capture great images.
2.The different shooting modes (auto, close up, distant, sports, night mode, etc) are amazing.
3.The guide mode helps beginners to learn in their transition phase while they are getting used to the DSLR.
4. It can shoot bursts of pictures.
5. It can shoot in Raw and JPEG.
6. Image quality is great with JPEG shots also.
Viedo Qualityfrom 153 reviews
Most buyers like that it can shoot amazing HD 1080P videos.But they suggest to get a large capacity SD card since it really uses a lot of memory (if you are going to do a lot of video)
But at the same time some reviewers did not like that it is limited to only 10 minutes video clips.
Battery Lifefrom 75 reviews
Good battery life if used just for still photography(Less for HD Video Recording)
Lensfrom 125 reviews
Different buyers use different lenses with this camera. Here is a summary of some options reviewers have chosen.
1. 35mm f1.8 lens is a really good companion for everyday shooting. It is awesome for low light shooting with D3100.
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