Summary: I would strongly advise that you Do not buy from Nikon. We bought a Nikon D3100 in February of this year. Last month I took it out and realized the bottom of the camera where the battery door closes had snapped off making the battery door unable to remain closed. I sent it off to be repaired and received an estimate for $223.44 When I called to ask why it wasn't covered under warranty I was told it was because the camera had "impact damage.
Summary: So far this is working good. Still not a pro but if i have enough tome to set it up i usually end up taking good picture. Definitely not a point and shoot kinda thing but it gets the right shot when configured correctly.
Summary: I saw this camera on a cruise ship (photography shop was selling them), however it was $150.00 more than what I found on Amazon. It has excellent picture quality and all of the features you would expect. I did also purchase the more powerful lens as I travel extensively all over the world for pleasure and need both lenses. A great SLR for the price.