Best camera ever.
My first DSLR. It is durable – even if I dropped it, it still works without a problem. Video is amazing, especially the full 1080p resolution. Photos come out great. Lens compatibility isn't an issue – I have a lens from 1998 that fits and still works with this camera (you have to shoot in manual mode, though). For first-time photographers like me, this is really easy to use. A versatile camera for everyday photography, I recommend this to every first-time DSLR buyer.
September 15, 2014
BEST ENTRY/ INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CAMERA ON THE MARKETim
I'm new to the DSLR world well was when I first got this camera for an amazing price. I'd seen reviews and such so I knew how to work it out of the box but I decided to give the manual a look and it wasn't the novel I Thought it would be. It was very simple. Image quality is amazing, can go days without charging while using it for hours each day. The only and not that bad things that wish were here were the ability to use IR remotes to control this camera and for it to be a little quiter. Nothing to bad at all. Still in love with this camera years after it release!
March 2, 2014
Love this camera!
A week or so ago, I got the d3100 from Best Buy, but the flex circuit broke and I can't send it to Nikon headquarters, so I exchanged it today. It is my first DSLR and a great beginner DSLR to have, for I spend most of my free time with my cameras (both are Nikon). I'm really sad that they are discontinuing this product. I totally recommend this to a lot of people!
February 16, 2014
Perfect Entry Level DSLR
I bought this camera recently to use for photo shoots, web shows, and music videos. This is the first DSLR that I have purchased but I have used a Lumix GH2 before. I was amazed to see how well this camera works. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the more expensive DSLR cameras have, but its over all functionality is wonderful. It works great in low light and the photos I have taken with it are incredible. The video quality is also great. The only thing that I could say that I don't like is that video is only in 10 min sections, but this is not a "video camera". The auto-focus is snappy, the settings are easy to learn and use, and over all it is a great camera. If you are looking for an entry level DSLR this is the perfect camera for you. Especially for the price.
November 23, 2013
Great entry level DSLR that will grow with you!!
I bought this DSLR as a smaller and lighter alternative to my two Nikon D7000's. The D7000 is a great body but I'm not one to bring expensive gear with me on family vacations and trips.
The D3100 is an exceptional little camera. Its very lightweight and is just as fast and responsive as my higher end D7000's. The 14mp sensor delivers great image quality with fantastic clarity and color. When I want to remember an event or vacation, I'd much rather capture the moment with a quality camera instead of a cellphone camera or point and shoot. I want a clear and detailed picture/memory, not a blurry grainy mess.
I like the fact that the D3100 is ready when you are to take a picture or video. No waiting no nothing just point and shoot. Or if your like me and you like to take full control of exposure settings then you can access them quickly via the rear LCD.
The D3100 is rated for 550 shots on a freshly charged battery. However you can easily get almost a thousand shots if you don't use live view or the popup flash. I usually average around 750+ since I do use the built in flash to fill in shaded areas sometimes. I also have used the D3100's video mode. Video quality is very good. I usually use either my 18-55mm VR kit lens or the 35mm 1.8G. Both give really good results. The AF performance while shooting video is just okay. The lens does hunt while shooting video. Its less of an issue if you use smaller apertures though. I prefer to use manual focus while recording video. I do own the Nikon 10-24mm DX. I can tell you that this lens is amazing for video. You can get some really amazing panning shots. Its also great for general purpose videography. But like I said the D3100 was to be an affordable camera to bring on vacations and such. So the expensive glass stays home.
As an entry level DSLR the D3100 is both easy to use and packed with features, while at the same time allowing new comers to easily learn the art of photography with out overwhelming them with buttons a complex menus.
Its a much better camera in every way compared to my first DSLR the Nikon D60. Everything about the D3100 is just so much better. The image sensor on the D3100 puts all the older 6 and 10mp sensors to shame. Its ISO performance and dynamic range aren't even on the same level. The D3100's viewfinder has more useful info on the bottom LCD (when compared to the D70/s,D50, D40 D40x and D60), the overall operation is faster, the rear LCD is larger, its AF system is ALLOT better, even the hand grip is better. The hand grip is both larger and more comfortable to hold. I also like the larger mode dial and shooting selector switch.
If your looking for a great entry level DSLR the Nikon D3100 is it. Or if your looking for a step up in image quality compared to older entry level DSLR's then I'd also recommend the D3100.
The D3100 is a fast little camera that can be used for wildlife, sports and basically any form of photography on a budget. You just have to keep in mind that the D3100 is only as quick as the lens being used and the photographers timing.
October 19, 2013