Excerpt: My husband surprised me with this for Christmas. I have wanted a professional type camera all of my life, and this is a great one to start with. It is very user friendly, and allows you to "grow with the camera". As you gain more experience you are able to upgrade lenses!
Excerpt: Pros: -3D Color Matrix Metering -Full HD Video -$650 Street Price (January 2011) -High ISO and overall Image Quality rivals higher end DSLRs -Small & Light without sacrificing build quality/feel -Excellent ergonomics & layout The D3100 is a light and small DSLR. It has a great 14MP sensor (megapixels dont affect image quality, its just marketing, so dont worry), auto focus while recording videos, high ISO range with low noise.
Excerpt: My husband and I bought this for Christmas last year. We had a traditional point and shoot digital camera and decided to upgrade to a DSLR instead. Neither one of us a background in photography, but wanted a good quality camera to document family moments. Let me say that this is definitely not a camera for beginner SDLR users! There are a ton of features and the owner’s manual assumes that you already know the basics of DSLR cameras and their features.
Excerpt: I have this camera and can say that, in the range of digital single lens reflex cameras, it is above average, but not one of the best ones out there. The best thing about this camera is that it takes great indoor photos. You do not necessarily need to buy a flash accessory because the flash that comes built into the camera is fairly good quality for most people's needs. No matter what, these photos come out fast and sharp, which is great benefit.
Excerpt: I recently bought this cameral with two lenses on amazon, and when I first got it, I had no idea how to use it, but after going through some instructions, it was fine. This is a pretty good competitor with the Canon Rebel, which my friend owns. Though the rebel has some features this camera does not, I like the D3100 better because of its image quality and better color.
Excerpt: My sister has this Camera, the nikon D3100, and i had the pleasure of using it during the Thanksgiving holiday. MMMMM turkey. The camera controls are super easy to use even for the novice, like me, and are close enough to the controls on my Canon, i could figure them out no problem. This camera takes super sharp, well , tack sharp pictures, with the kit lens.
Excerpt: After having a Nikon D3000 for just over a year when it started giving me problems, I decided rather than replacing it, I'd "upgrade" to the Nikon D3100. Although I prefer the setup of the controls, and the HD video option is a plus, I don't know if the new features are worth the extra money. As an amateur photographer who mostly enjoys taking pictures of my kids, I was probably just as happy with my old D3000 as I am with the new D3100.
Summary: This kit is awesome and comes with just about everything you need. The camera takes awesome pictures and if you purchase the Nikon D3100 book along with this, you'll be in even better shape. Once you have the book you can understand how to use the camera to its abilities. I would recommend this to just about everyone.