Summary: The Nikon D3100 DSLR offers excellent value for money and is currently the cheapest DSLR with full HD video recording, as the nearest competitor, the Canon EOS 550D, costs over £100 more. If you want to be able to take great photos with low noise, and have the ability to record full HD videos, then the D3100 with VR kit lens makes a great case for itself.
Pros: 14.2 megapixel sensor with low noise, Lowest price DSLR with full HD Video, Very good ISO performance, Good battery life, Excellent video, Easy to use with built in guide, Quiet shutter – with additional quiet live view option
Cons: Only autofocuses with AF-S lenses, Continuous shooting not available with flash, 3fps continuous shooting beginning to look dated
Conclusion: As a whole the D3100 is an incredibly well-specced DSLR that delivers in droves. For those looking for a first time DSLR purchase, then the other options on the market are either dated or pale in significance by comparison. Great to use, with enough guiding through the user interface for the most novice of shooters, and plenty of spec for those snappers more familiar, there’s very little to moan about at all. Add Full HD movie mode and that ices an already sweet cake.
Pros: Guide Mode, Full HD movie capture, well-handled image quality
Cons: Pricier than many entry-level models, no Depth of Field preview button, limitations to movie capture
Excerpt: Когда-то в сегменте бюджетных зеркалок «правили бал» Nikon D40 и D40x, во многом благодаря существенному ценовому преимуществу перед Canon EOS 350D и 400D. Но останавливаться на достигнутом нельзя, и вскоре в продажу поступит интересная новинка — Nikon D3100.