Nikon D D3100 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S DX VR 18-55mm Lens)
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- bjrautorecyclin...Jul 10, 2012by
Why I Chose the D3100 over the D5100
I just had to write a reveiw for my Nikon D3100 and maybe it can help others that are stuck between the D3100 and D5100 like I was. I looked for weeks for my first SLR camera...reading what seemed to be hundreds of on line reviews,many talking about specks of a camera that I did not understand. Reading all the reveiws really begin to confuse me even more. Do I need a high ISO camera,fast shutter clicks?...what about lens?? Now I have a few more hundred reveiws to read. At this point I am even doubting if I can learn to use a SLR, maybe I am better off with my point and shoot.Then I realized the reveiws are written by pros who know every aspect of a camera and prefer the highest of settings for there equipment.
So I went looking for the camera I thought would best suit my needs as a new SLR user and learning as I go. After years of being a Cannon user I narrowed my choice to the Nikon D3100 and D5100 as I was not crazy about the Rebel line. I went to the store to look at them both,the D5100 had more special effects such as night vision and color select,brighter LDC screen which moves and turns and could use a wireless remote and outer speaker for movies.Then I picked up the D3100...my hands fit perfect,the buttons on it was so easy to find and use and I LOVED the lay out of them. If you look at photos of both camera you will see how they are set up,I did not pay a lot of attention to this until I started to play with them at the store and wow this is VERY important while using the camera...the D3100 has them all in a row on the left side and so easy to use (while holding camera with right hand it is very easy to work them with left hand)...on the right side there is a lever for live veiw and on the top is my favorite lever of all for changing the drive mode (this lets you change from single shot,to continuous shot for action photos to timer to quite mode) This lever is often only on high dollar cameras and it does not come on the new D3200. The D5100 has most of its buttons on the right and was harder to work while holding the camera,you have to go into the menu to change drive speed which I did not like.So I left all the fancy effects,the moving LDC screen and the D5100 SLR at the store and purchsed the D3100. I have been using it for two months now...what great fun it is!
It is easy to learn and use,I have come out of the auto modes and using A and S settings and the photos keep getting better and better. I now know how to go into camera and change sharpness,color and many settings of my photos. So take the time to set down with your manual or a good D3100 book and really play with this camera,you will be amazed.Everything you learn how to do will produce even better photos than your last shots.I purchased this camera with the 18 55mm kit lens and purchased the 55 200mm zoom lens and they have been awesome!! Both are light weight lens and balance perfect on the D3100 and both use the same filters. Read reveiws these were slow lens...they have produced nothing but beautiful clear photos of my children playing,riding 4 wheelers,lakes,flowers,my bulldog and stunning photos of my horses running through the fields!! I am more than thrilled with my new camera,its many differnt fuctions,its ease of auto mode and the fun of learning to use P,S and A modes...and if you get stuck along the way,just push the "I" button on the back and the D3100 is there to help guild you. Awesome Job Nikon for a grRead full review
- milandragicevicAug 18, 2011by
excellent entry level dSLR for the money, don't look any further.
I just recently bought this dSLR, and took around 400 shoots in different light conditions. Still learning it, so far I can say I am very pleased. I am glad I chose it over the more expensive D5100, the extra cash will go on equipment.
pros: good build quality - feel very solid in your hand; very good image quality; ISO usable up to 1600 with very low noise; easy accessible commands - on the body as well in the menus using the convenient info button; very cheap for what you get.
cons: viewfinder does not cover the whole frame - got to be careful while shooting, unwanted stuff can end up in your photo; no auto EV bracketing - even though it was simple to add in the firmware, low resolution LCD.
pros: very cheap, decent optics - for the money; usable for macro - even though it is not a macro lens.
cons: chromatic aberrations, slow auto-focus - can hunt in low to medium light conditions and on certain colors (green)
So in my opinion this lens is holding back the camera, if u can just buy the body and the excellent AF-S 35 mm f/1.8 and u will be thrilled with what this camera can do.Read full review
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- pt-portugalJan 25, 2012by
One of the best entry-level SLRs available
Nikon D3100 jopafavoritus’s review
Nikon usually produces very attractive entry-level DSLRs, which are rarely the best specified but wisely designed so that they're easy and enjoyable to shoot with.
The D3100 is built around a 14.2 MP CMOS sensor, bringing not only live view but also Full HD video capture to Nikon's entry-level model for the first time. It can only record clips up to about ten minutes long (due to a 4Gb maximum file size limitation shared by all DSLRs), but this still counts as an impressive feature addition at this level.
All of this adds up to a DSLR that incorporates all of 2010's 'must have' features but looks like the product of evolution, rather than dramatic innovation.
Nikon D3100 Key Features
• 14.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
• 3.0" LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
• Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
• 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
• IS0 100-3200 range (12,800 expanded)
• HD movies (1080p, 720p or WVGA)
• Very good image quality, high ISO performance; a big improvement over the D3000
• Compact, ergonomic and comfortable body
• Plenty of manual control
• Excellent image quality from the new 14-megapixel CMOS sensor
• Good dynamic range
• Fine-grained adjustment of color saturation, contrast, sharpness, etc.
• Active D-Lighting does a good job of bringing out shadow detail
• Good in-camera JPEG engine
• Automatic chromatic aberration reduction with all lenses
• Optional distortion correction with most Nikkor lenses
• Full 1,920 x1,080 HD movies
• New continuous AF mode (AF-F) during movies
• Good buffer depths for entry-level model
• Electronic rangefinder helps with manual focus when using optical viewfinder
• Expanded Retouch options
• Quiet shutter release mode is great for museums, weddings, and the like
• Fast USB transfer speeds
• Lots of in-camera raw conversion and post-processing options
• Will not focus all Nikon lenses
• No bracketing capability
• White balance often excessively orange under artificial light
• Auto and Incandescent white balance very warm in tungsten lighting
• No in-body image stabilization
• Doesn't support wireless flash control
• No on-demand grid-lines in optical viewfinder
• Fixed-position LCD panel
• LCD resolution could be better
• Buggy Live View / Movie Mode and no phase-detect AF available in Live View mode
• Obvious AF drive noise from kit lens picked up by internal mic during movie rec
• AF still a little sluggish in live view mode, full-time AF not very effective in live view or movies
• No manual exposure control for movies
• No external mic jack
• Kit lens somewhat soft in the corners wide open, with high geometric distortion at wide-angle
• Bundled software is a bit clunky and does not extract any more detail from RAW files
• USB and A/V cables not included
There's no doubt that the D3100 is one of the best entry-level SLRs available, offering very good image quality coupled with speedy operation and straightforward handling at least for conventional eye-level use.
The D3100's guide mode is clearly aimed at attracting customers who have only used compact cameras, which makes the ability to offer a similarly fast live view focus and shooting experience a key consideration.
However, while the D3100 represents a specification upgrade over a family of cameras we've generally liked, in some respects it has found itself rather out-paced by the market.Read full review