Excerpt: I love the ease of use and the size, fits nicely in your hands.Pictures very clear.Camera can do many things but manual not very good.If you want to get real proficient with camera buy Nikon D3100 for dummies.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Quiet
Excerpt: Good camera for the people moving to SLR. It gives additional option of recording videos which is handy. Also the shutter speed is better and the performance is better than D3000 and contemporary Sony model ( haven't tried Canon so I cant say anything for that).
Summary: I have just received my Nikon D3100 and I did buy the camera with additional Nikkor 55-300 lens (I was pleased with the USD 100 rebate promotion). I had read on one of the posts that the camera is made in Japan, but please note both the camera and 18-55 lens are Made in Thailand.