Excerpt: Nikon D3100 Review Nikon fixes the broken D3000, mostly Add a comment or send Thom feedback on this article. I'm going to try to keep this short, as there isn't a lot to talk about beyond what I've already written about low-end Nikon DSLRs.
Pros: Wide isn't wide . Nikon hasn't really produced a true wide angle that's small enough to complement this camera., Video is wobbly. Rolling shutter problems are about as bad as I've seen in a DSLR. Talking head videos are okay; roller blade action, not so much., Complicated for a beginner's camera . The "GUIDE" doesn't. The normal menu system scrolls too much (esp. the SETUP menu).
Cons: Wide isn't wide . Nikon hasn't really produced a true wide angle that's small enough to complement this camera., Video is wobbly. Rolling shutter problems are about as bad as I've seen in a DSLR. Talking head videos are okay; roller blade action, not so much., Complicated for a beginner's camera . The "GUIDE" doesn't. The normal menu system scrolls too much (esp. the SETUP menu)., Good AF. Like the D3000, the AF system is decent, even with Live View for stationary sub...
Conclusion: It's all very well having a posh specifications list and a barrow-load of features, but it's how they translate into photographic quality that's key. With great handling for such a small SLR and impeccable image quality in practically every shot, the Nikon D3100 is both highly impressive and utterly dependable.
Summary: Oddly, though, both Nikons lack standard exposure bracketing, where the camera takes three shots instead of one -- one normal, one at a slightly higher exposure and one slightly lower -- just in case the normal exposure wasn't quite right. The Canon EOS Rebel T3 has this feature. Even so, PhotographyBlog.com calls the D3100 "a surprisingly well-featured and complete package for an entry-level digital SLR camera.
Pros: Great image quality for the price, Compact and lightweight, Easy for beginners to use
Cons: Lower resolution than newer Nikon D3200, Slower burst rate than D3200, Movie mode is limited, no external mic jack
Excerpt: The Nikon D3100 is one of the hottest digital SLRs on the market right now. The great price (under $600 with a lens), plenty of features, excellent image quality and access to Nikon’s excellent lenses make it a no-brainer for first time digital SLR buyers or even serious photographers on a budget.
Summary: The D3100 is a refinement of the D3000 which now sits at the low-end of Nikon's entry-level DSLRs. The notable changes are a 14 megapixels sensor and 1080p video capability with autofocus. It is a relatively compact DSLR with the most basic feature set. The D3100 is directly aimed at new DLSR owners. Among entry-level DSLRs, the Nikon D3100 is one of the most basic but also one of the most consistent in terms of performance.
Pros: Very low image noise, Excellent white-balance, Conservative metering, Accurate autofocus system, Short shutter-lag, Good shot-to-shoot speed, Excellent time-to-first-shot, Generally good ergonomics, Full HD video with autofocus, Good build quality, Easily usable with gloves on
Cons: Slow autofocus, Uneven color response, Slight image softness, LCD glare when settings are changed, Live-View not exposure-priority, Microphone records camera noise, Impossible to setup video framing, Limited interface control, No exposure bracketing, Odd Auto ISO behavior, Exposure steps always 1/3 EV, Lens mount lacks mechanical-coupling
Summary: Like earlier entry-level Nikon DSLRs, some older lenses that lack built-in motors won’t work with the camera. The unit feels plasticky in hand, and you should be careful in wet weather, as it’s not well-sealed. Video settings are limited, but this camera is a good foray into the DSLR world.
Pros: Lightweight and compact; low cost; good low-light performance.
Cons: Body balance feels awkward; limited manual (but built-in guide is useful)
Summary: Considering that you can get the D3100 for $250 less than Canon's Rebel T2i, the D3100 stacks up well against that top dog of the entry level. Sure, it trails the Canon a bit in resolution and focusing speed, especially in dim light. But the D3100 has even more accurate colors than the Canon and basically matches it in noise performance.
Excerpt: In the last several years, Nikon has been updating their 10MP, entry-level DSLR on an annual basis. In the past, the D40X, D60, and D3000 all share a version of the 10MP CCD sensor that was also used on the D200 and D80, but there have been some significant improvements such as the AF system.
Excerpt: Apparently, when Nikon decided to add video capture functionality to its D3000 follow-up, they weren't just kidding around. Not only have they made it the first Nikon DSLR to capture full 1080p (1920 x 1080) footage, but they also made it the "world's first" DSLR with full-time auto focus in Live View and D-Movie modes. It can even capture the 24p stuff that cinema-types crave.