Summary: I got this to replace my D60. I really wanted the D5100 but couldn't afford it. It has all of the basic features I wanted but is missing the additional resolution of the D5100, 14.2 Meg vs 16.2 meg, and the adjustable screen which is OK.
Excerpt: I bought the D-3100 kit with the 18-55, and 55-200 VR kit lenses, but would only advise someone to do this, if they do NOT plan to buy other Nikkor Lenses, and don't have older Nikkor lenses like the AI-S lenses.
Summary: This is my 3rd dslr/ilc camera, and I will say I have owned entry level before. The Olympus E-420 or E-450, Sony A100, A200 Etc. are entry level. This camera is more mid level in my opinion, and I knew that going in. I was close to buying Canon t1i or t2i and decided on this.
Excerpt: At first I did all the research between the main cameras at the range price I could afford and seen all the specifications of the D3100 made me choose it right away. Its my first DSRL and I don regret for a second of buying it, it does everything i need (I would have loved bracketing but I can...
Excerpt: It is a great little camera designed and tailored to the beginning DSLR user. It takes great images. If your looking for a DSLR that you can change settings on the fly this is not it. Everything can be changed but it takes quite awhile to get through the menus.