Good for the money but the newer D3200 is better so compare prices
Gary Parker, Amazon
5 September 2011
Summary: This is a very good camera and is being offered at some impressively low prices. The picture quality is far better than compact cameras, so if you're moving up from a snapshot camera you will be seriously impressed. However, the newer D3200 has even better picture quality. The D3100's 14 megapixel sensor is good, but the D3200's 24 megapixel sensor is amazing.
Summary: Nikon D3100 is my first DSLR. I purchased it in feb 11 and had taken more than 2000 pics with it. Its a great camera with very good picture quality. picture quality at higher ISO is good and can actually be utilised. if u are not a pro and dont need some specific fun as i mentioned in cons, this is a perfect DSLR for anyone who need it for personal use.
Summary: Sometime in December 2010 I started looking into DSLR cameras. I didn't know much about them. All I knew is that I wanted one to go with my growing intrest in photography. Before I purchased this camera I started to familerize myself with DSLR controls. Borrowed a D40 for two weeks. That's when I realized that I loved shooting with a DSLR.
Nikon D3100: The baby of the range, but can it hold its own?
15 August 2011
Summary: Nikon are one of the leading companies in DSLR manufacture. They battle the title out with the other Giant Canon, and constantly these two companies lock horns in the battle for the budget DSLR. The budget DSLR is a funny beast. Its design is one of comprimise, but also of innovation. It must be cheap.. otherwise no-one will buy it. It must be easy to use, as its primary market is amateur or beginner photographer.
Pros: small, cheap, light, excelent value for money
Cons: Maybe too small for some. Limited options, Full time autofocus on video is a farce
Summary: The D3100 is my first experience with a DSLR Camera. My first impressions of my pictures with it were somewhat disappointing, but I learned over time that the camera is capable of taking pictures that far exceed my standards. You need to understand how the camera works and how to operate it to take quality photos. To help you with this, the D3100 has a guide mode designed to help a beginner choose the right settings to take their shot.
Summary: I have had the D3100 for 6 months now and will never go back to a point and shoot camera. The only negative thing I can say about this camera is the lack of controll. It dose allow a lot of controll for the user but not as much as I would like. Also I have lerned that it dose not do well in sandy inviroments. I am currently deployed to Afgahnistan and I am constently having to clean it after each time I go out and shoot.
Summary: I liked the camera but it is currently broken. The mirror was tilted and thus the camera is not working. We sent it to Nikon for repair and it has been two weeks without the use of it. We hope to get it back shortly since we have only had it for a short time (5 months).
Summary: Well I must say that the Nikon D3100 is an amazing camera. Entering the photography world, the D3100 was my first Nikon brand camera and DSLR. I've now had mine since December 2010 and I've found no serious problems with it. The battery life continues to work splendidly and the image quality is very good and sharp with the help of the 18-55mm kit lens that came with my camera. Colours on my shots come out with nice contrast and vibrance.