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Review of Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera$446

Review of Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera

4.70 stars
Price Range
Reviewed on: June 01, 2013
Author: BoolPool.com

Pros & Cons

  • Easy to use and hold, Ergonomic grip
  • Lightweight, Small Frame and bigger screen
  • Excellent picture quality
  • ISO also has a huge range
  • On Camera Image editing feature
  • Great auto white balance
  • Reasonable price and worth the price
  • Lack of AEB (automatic exposure bracketing)
  • It is limited to 10-minute video clips
  • No infrared sensor in front for wireless remote
  • Auto focus motor is noisy
  • LCD screen is fixed on the camera
  • Nothing to tie lens cap to camera

Review Summary

This is the summary of consumer reviews for Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera. The BoolPool rating for this product is Excellent, with 4.70 stars, and the price range is $450.

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

User Voice

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Review Group #: 1
(5.00 stars)
8 Reviews
Reasonable Price Ergonomic design Lightweight Good build quality
Review Group #: 2
(4.50 stars)
9 Reviews
Takes great pictures in Auto Mode Camera has many different modes - Fully automatic to fully manual
Review Group #: 3
(4.50 stars)
43 Reviews
Users like manual control of ISO Excellent image quality Good performance in low lights
Review Group #: 4
(4.50 stars)
10 Reviews
Users recommend this camera This camera is comparable to Canon T1i and T2i
Review Group #: 5
(5.00 stars)
14 Reviews
Well worth the price HD 1080p video Much cheaper to buy the kit Competitive features
Review Group #: 6
(4.50 stars)
15 Reviews
Takes good photos Fast shutter mode is good for sports pictures VR mode prevents unclear pictures when hands shake while taking picture Guide mode helps in taking great pictures
Review Group #: 7
(5.00 stars)
16 Reviews
Lightweight Easy to hold Comfortable grip Easy to use Lots of features
Review Group #: 8
(4.50 stars)
17 Reviews
Good buying and delivery experience from Amazon Excellent camera
Review Group #: 9
(4.50 stars)
27 Reviews
Amazing camera Takes wonderful pictures There is delay in viewing pictures Good auto white balance

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Ease of use

  from 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.


  from 100 reviews

14.2 MP Camera

Image Quality

  from 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 Quality

  from 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 Life

  from 75 reviews

Good battery life if used just for still photography(Less for HD Video Recording)


  from 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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