Summary: The D3100 is Nikon's replacement for the . Aimed squarely at the entry-level DSLR camera market, it's certainly going to be a wake-up call for other manufacturers. The D3100 has 14.2MP and full HD movie mode.
Conclusion: Although the Nikon D3100 has been supplanted by the newer Nikon D3200 (Est. $530 with kit lens) , it remains a well-reviewed camera. Aside from resolution and video features, these two cameras are otherwise virtually identical and image quality is much the same.
Pros: Great image quality for the price, Compact and lightweight, Easy for beginners to use
Cons: Movie mode is limited, No external microphone jack
Summary: The Nikon D3100 is an excellent non-professional SLR that well approaches the amateur world without making him feel inferior. The ergonomics and design are the classics of the house but at the same time are dusted with the new mode dial to some devices and functional.
Pros: Double system of protection against dust; Reflex for families; Wide range of compatible lenses, viewfinder, the display size; HDMI Input.
Cons: Display resolution; Video limited to 10 minutes.
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: With the addition of video and live view, Nikon has given its entry-level DSLR all the features its predecessor seemed to be missing. The result is an excellent beginner's camera that encourages the user to grow into it, whatever their existing level of knowledge.
Pros: Very good image quality, Unintimidating interface, but with plenty of manual control, Easily accessible Live View and Movie controls, Useful drive mode lever (unique on an SLR at this price level), Highly sophisticated AF system for the price, Easy manual selection of off-centre AF points, Unusua...
Cons: Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions, Buggy Live View / Movie Mode (movies aren't necessarily recorded at set aperture), Crude live view magnification is of little help for critical manual focus, No live histogram in live view, AF still a little sluggish in live view mode, full-t...
Summary: The D3100 is a compact, feature-packed DSLR from Nikon. It has many useful upgrades from the existing D3000 and is looking to establish itself as the best entry-level DSLR for consumers. This review explores how good it really is, and includes some sample images to show what you can expect.
Excerpt: For many years I have been using a Nikon F60 35mm camera getting some great results in my amateur hands. Late last year I decided to upgrade and get a DSLR, and after trawling the internet for hours decided to stick with Nikon and purchased the D3100 18-55mm VR kit.