Summary: The new 14 Megapixel sensor records noticeably finer details than 10 Megapixel models, while noise levels are kept in check at high sensitivities – indeed as you'll see in our results pages, the D3100 performed similarly to the pricier Canon EOS 550D / T2i, at least when both were equipped with their kit lenses.
The presence of Live View and HD movies may not make much difference to DSLR traditionalists, but they're essential features in today's market.
Pros: 14 Megapixel sensor with great quality., Friendly goal-oriented GUIDE mode., 1080p HD video with autofocusing., Decent metering and 11-point AF system.
Cons: Relatively expensive for an entry-level DSLR., Continuous AF in movies can be slow and noisy., No bracketing, DOF preview or AF with non AF-S lenses., Changing multiple settings requires many clicks.
Conclusion: As a pure camera, the D3100 is an excellent choice. Unfortunately DSLRs are now rated on their ability to capture high-def videos—for better or worse. In this case, it’s worse. If you just want a solid 14.2-megapixel DSLR and aren’t concerned with video clips, by all means choose this camera. Fortunately, your options are much greater now if movie quality is important.
Pros: Terrific 14.2MP stills, Noise well under control at high ISOs, Good ergonomics, menu system
Cons: Mic picks up lens noise when shooting videos, Jelly effect when panning, No USB cable supplied
Summary: Although the D3100 may stretch the ‘entry-level' price point (thus its biggest drawback on the score board), it equally stretches the sheer amount of specification you're getting too. Usually always on the money, it's only the slightly sluggish autofocus during live view (and, therefore, movie mode) that may frustrate.
Excerpt: The Nikon D3100 ups the D3000’s megapixel ante from 10.2 megapixels to 14.2, adds Live View, video capture, and support for all functions of AI-P Nikkor lenses except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II. For a comparison of the major features of these two compact SLRs be sure to read the comprehensive review of the D3000 written by our Editorial Director George Schaub. It’s online at: www.shutterbug.com.
Excerpt: Falling into line just above Nikon's other entry-level Nikon D3000 DSLR, the Nikon D3100 has some fresh features that make it a very attractive DSLR option for photographers who are starting out.
Nikon D3100 review: A an entry-level digital SLR with great image quality and HD video recording
Good Gear Guide.au
12 April 2011
Summary: The Nikon D3100 may only be an entry-level SLR camera, but it's capable of supplying very good image quality and it also has the ability to shoot HD video. It's a comfortable camera to hold and an easy one to use, and its in-built guides allow you to learn how to use its manual features on-the-fly. It's a great model for a novice user.
Pros: Very good image quality, HD video capability, compact and comfortable body, built-in guides are useful, excellent high ISO performance
Cons: Menu could use more detail, no dedicated ISO button, no microphone jack, screen doesn't swivel
Conclusion: Nikon D3100 DSLR camera is an easy-to-use camera, which is perfect for capturing high-quality photos and videos. This is perfect for a photography enthusiast, who wants nothing but the best performance.
Pros: Nikon D3100 DSLR camera is an easy-to-use camera, which is perfect for capturing high-quality photos and videos. This is perfect for a photography enthusiast, who wants nothing but the best performance.
Conclusion: All in all, Nikon D3100 is one such intuitive camera with which can capture beautiful memories of your life with excellent perfection. This means, pictures and videos captured by this DSLR camera will be of great clarity. So, enjoy capturing your world with this stupendous photography solution by Nikon.