Summary: The D3100 is the newest entry-level Nikon DSLR in a line that goes returning four decades to the D40 and, in probably the greatest update yet, benefits two key features: stay perspective and film documenting.
Excerpt: Nikon has taken the wraps off the Nikon D3100 ($699) , introducing a substantial upgrade to the popular entry-level Nikon D3000 DSLR . With category-leading features like a 14.2 CMOS sensor, 3″ LCD display with Live View, 100-3200 ISO (expandable to 12,800), 11-point full-time auto focus, a bevy of...
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.
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...
Excerpt: This review got off to a bad start: the DX format camera arrived just before a long holiday break… without a battery and fitted with a less than ideal (for review purposes) f4.5/55-300mm lens (equivalent to 82.5-450mm on an SLR).
Summary: Arriving in the marketplace about mid September 2010, the D3100 became Nikon’s new entry-level DSLR. While the D3000 and D5000 remain on Nikon USA’s website at this writing, you can bet those cameras are on their way out of the picture.
Pros: Good color, image quality, Light and compact DSLR, Decent kit lens
Cons: Short video record time, Noticeable rolling shutter
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.
Excerpt: The D3100 is Nikon's entry-level digital SLR, priced from just $699 with an 18 - 55 mm lens. The D3100 is a very user-friendly camera, with help screens and a unique "guide mode" that literally spells out what you need to do in order to get the shot you want.
Summary: In short, the Nikon D3100 is an excellent entry-level camera. The only real detraction from this camera is the crippled video capture mode, which fails to completely serve the needs of the consumer (no reliable autofocus) or enthusiast (no manual exposure controls) as a video camera.