Excerpt: If you're concerned about buying Nikon refurbished, I say you should take the chance. The camera I received could have been new, except for the packaging.I spent an hour with the D3100 and the kit lens, and was a little underwhelmed with the ISO performance. I was also frustrated with the lack of a top LCD and front control dial. Using this camera with a 35mm 1.8g lens was enjoyable, but I'd already decided it wasn't the camera for me.It's a small camera, and light.
Summary: We have only had this camera for a few weeks but it is exactly what we were looking for. Have yet to learn what most of the settings are for but the pictures are stunning. I like being able to zoom in on a shot and see if this is the picture you want right on the camera.
Excerpt: I purchased a refurbished unit, took two pictures of my dog to "test" it, and then got an error that the shutter wasn't functioning. After talking to a very helpful representative from Adorama, they suggested I get a used unit instead, which I did, and I haven't had any issues with it. The staff was incredibly helpful, and the return process went very smoothly.
Excerpt: My first DSLR, and worth the wait. Very good image quality, mostly a practical trade-off of good qualities between it and film. Program exposure defaults higher than necessary, causing blown-out highlights; I set at least -1 stop for most situations. Only disappointment is the 18-55 VR. Fine details are soft, even at modest print or screen sizes.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Lite weight, Quiet
Excerpt: We were looking for a step up from our point and shoot camera. Gets used alot by our two teenagers who love to take those candid and action shots for Facebook and Instagram. Very happy with the image quality, shutter speed and overall ease of use. For the price, this has been a very good purchase.
Excerpt: I am a professional wedding photographer and one's a while clients ask me for camera recommendation under $500. I recommended clients this Nikon D3100 and when it arrived I test it out, and have to say I'm pretty impressed with quality of image at this price. Very nice!