"TOPS IN VIDEO AND PICS; BOTTOM IS LACK OF EXTERNAL MIC."
27 February 2011
Pros: I SAW A RATING BY A VERY EXERIENCED DSLR USER ON YOU TUBE. HE SIDE BY SIDE COMPARED ISO SETTINGS AND OTHER SETTINGS ALONG WITH A HIGHER RATED AND PRICED DSLR THAT I WILL NOT MENTION FOR REASONS OF RESPECT. I PAID $580 TOTAL WITH KIT LENS.
Cons: BIGGEST CON IS LACK OF EXTERNAL MIC PORT. IMPORTANT FOR SERIOUS MOVIE MAKERS.
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. The Nikon 55-300 DX VR lens is Made in China. I will update the review on features soon.
Excerpt: This camera is everything it claims to be. Good entry to mid level DSLR. Image quality is excellent. Auto focus and vibration reduction works well with included 18-55mm lens. I also run a 55-300mm lens that has great image quality but a little slow on the auto focus with faster moving objects. I have worked around this issue by tracking the subject while shooting. The video function is somewhat disapointing. Auto focus is very jerky and noisy while taking video.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality