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This camera is a great camera for those looking to try out DSLR cameras. It is not considered a "Professional" camera by any means, however, it is a great camera to have for a first timer or beginner in the photography field. Make sure you pay attention to the lenses you choose to shoot with this camera as the type of glass (lens) you choose to use can make or break your photos. As with any camera, assuming you're NOT a professional (or you'd of gotten something better), you need to understand how to use this camera outside of the AUTO features. If you want to shoot in AUTO, buy a point and shoot style camera. You really need to take the time to learn the manual settings to get the most from this camera.
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.
This is my first DSLR camera, but I think this is a great starter camera for someone who's interested in photography. That being said, I think I have a pretty good idea about general expectations of DSLRs based on research I've done, so hopefully, you'll find this review helpful if you're comparing DSLR cameras. Here's a rundown of my impressions of the camera, both good and bad:
~ Manual settings (lots included i.e. shutter speed, aperture, exposure)
~ Changeable lenses (1 included)
~ Video capabilities (Nice feature on a low-end DSLR. Can hear sound on video playback on camera. See notes below about video.)
~ Great quality strap included (very sturdy, should hold up should I drop the camera, despite the heaviness of it compared to automatic cameras)
~ Vibration reduction
~ Option for standard view or live screen view
~ Guides in standard view
~ Timer function (with beeping to let you know when it will take the picture)...no options for length though
~ Pop out flash (couldn't find button for it at first, but it does pop out automatically when needed for a picture)
~ Option to add an external flash
~ Guides for manual options explained on camera
~ Larger and heavier than automatic cameras (this is expected with a DSLR, but it's not always convenient to carry because of the size and weight)
~ Few presets compared with automatic cameras (I wish there were a few more, but could be a pro, depending on your needs)
~ No string to keep removable lens cap with camera (I'm concerned I will lose the cap because of this)
~ Not a lot of zoom with the provided lens (not a huge deal since you can change out lenses)
~ Can only video 10 minutes at a time
~ Picture process time is long in live view
~ Some buttons seemed to be in odd places at first (For example, the flash button is on the front while every other camera I've owned has had it on the back or top of the camera near the shutter button. However, the arrangement seems fine once you get used to the placements.)
*************Video capability notes: I've read reviews where people have complained about the auto-focus being loud while filming, however, I have not noticed this. I will say that the auto focus does not seem to work well while zooming in and out in my opinion, and I do prefer to manually adjust the focus as I feel that option lends itself to a better end result.
*************Despite having been refurbished, I have had no issues with the camera thus far. I'm always a bit wary of buying refurbished products, but Nikon did a great job with the fixes it seems.
**************Overall, I think this camera is worth the money. I have been very happy with the results of the pictures I've taken. If you are in the market for lower-end DSLRs, I would consider this one.
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.
Unfortunately, after paying, the camera was never sent. An intermediary payment company that I used to purchase the camera recovered my money and I spent it on the Nikon D3200 that I purchased from a reputable dealer. eBay's "customer service" failed me completely. I am very happy with the D3200. Great "kit lenses" (same as the D3100). Very sharp.
I've been a Nikon user professionally for over 40 years and Nikon never fails to meet my expectations.... though I must admit I am not crazy about the plastic substituted for metal.
If I were new to photography, I would be completely overwhelmed by the sheer/staggering number of available and quite similar cameras and the range of prices and bells and whistles. I miss the old much easier to use manual cameras. Oh well .....
I just bought the camera. It is really nice and really easy to find the functions. But I will not comment the qualities only the problems.
I put four stars because I think it coud be better to find the exact focus point. Some SLRs have zoom only in the area where the focus is to help to find the exact focus point. Also, I did not like you only have 2s and 10s as timer options. Also you need to go into the menu to change from one to another. I expected more from the iso quality. with iso 800 usually there is a significative loss of quality.
The 18-55 lenses I think are really not enough and I was really happy to be able to buy a 18-105mm instead.
Also it is heavy, and I am still get used to manae this aspect.
Overal a great camera, specially comparing the price with other cameras.
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How to get better with children so I don't get blurry pictures with movement. Learning how to use the tripod with the camera. Learning how to do more with all the features offered. Love doing light painting with the camera. Wonderful experience. Look forward to doing .fireworks also because I didn't make it out this year. Haven't printed any pictures I took yet but can't wait to see how they turn out.
Easy to set up and use, takes great pictures so far. Taking great shots of my grand kids but will need a different lens for takeing close ups of coins (e-bay). Going on a trip soon looking forward to great trip photos.
I bought this product as a started dslr machine.
I like the full set of features in an affordable presentation.
However, the contents of package cannot be worse. For starters, you cannot use the machine if you only buy the box.
You need to buy an additional sdcard, they neglected to put even a 1 gb sdcard.
Also, no connection cables come with the box. You have to have a card reader to fetch the pictures, or buy a USB cable. These small additions to the box would bring huge convenience, but very little addition to the cost. In short words, the package contents are just disappointing.
I do not have access to another DSLR, but the package made me think I should have bought a canon.