Summary: First of all the HD video are crazy! It works like nothing else. We've been tried a half a dozen digital cameras and those cheap HD recorders for $120 something. Besides it takes amazing pictures with little to no knowledge how to use a professional camera from the size of the camera to how easy to handle it takes unbelievable stills and full HD movies with amazing detail and dept of field.
Summary: This is my first DSLR camera, after doing so many research, talking to friends,Contacted Nikon USA customer care, I decided to buy this camera.I got this camera right before Thanks giving, as I know I'll not get best deal on this camera as this is one of the highest selling DSLR camera available in market.
D3100 is missing some features I loved about the D5000....
29 November 2010
Summary: I already own a Nikon D5000 and ordered the D3100 because of it's lower light capability and better HD video capability. HOWEVER, I was disappointed that some of the features I loved about the D5000 have been omitted with the D3100. The D3100 has no "scene" mode - ideal settings for beach, snow, autumn leaves, pets, etc. This mode was replaced with a "guide" mode... not needed if you refer to the manual and if you are familiar with the camera.
Excerpt: Has been excellent so far. I purchased the D3100 for a few reasons and compromises. I am interested in photography and my family is interested in point and shoot photography and I what them to be able to use this camera as well so I can be in some pictures too. Therefore, the size, guide mode, graphic display of aperture and shutter speed, large screen, easy menu system, movie mode with auto focus, and scened modes played into the purchase.
Pros: Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD
Summary: its a very compact camera in the dslr range, about the same as the d3000 or d5000 in weight and dimensions. but, the features on this beginner level camera are amazing. id highly recommend this camera to anybody who wants to move beyond point and shoot into slr. for a camera that was supposed to be equal to canons xsi, this is amazing. 1080p video, high ISO ranges, sleek body design, and a 14.2 mp sensor makes for a great camera, even for professionals.