Excerpt: Though the 100-3200 ISO range of the Nikon D3100 appears conservative on paper, there's the option of expanding this to Hi1 (ISO 6400) and Hi2 (ISO 12800) if required. Fitted with the 18-55mm image stabilised kit lens, it offers a focal length range that's equivalent to 27-82.5mm in film terms.
Nikon D3100 review: A an entry-level digital SLR with great image quality and HD video recording
Good Gear Guide.au
7 May 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.
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
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.
Pros: Shoots HD video; Autofocus in movie and live view modes; Good image quality for the price; Intuitive controls and guide menu for beginners; Good low light abilites
Cons: Autofocus makes noise in movie mode; Fixed LCD screen; No exposure bracketing
Excerpt: Like last year's D3000, the new Nikon D3100 is a rather small DSLR camera, although it does come with a fairly chunky right-hand grip that makes it better suited to hand-held shooting than some of its competitors.
Excerpt: The D3100 is the latest incarnation of a line of cameras that – if we’re brutally honest – we find a bit annoying. In an effort not to bamboozle first-time SLR users, it presents most photographic options via the LCD screen and navigation pad.