47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DSLR, particularly for beginners, only problem battery life
After looking at possibly hundreds of reviews for cameras I settled on this one, despite it being slightly more expensive than other entry models at the time, and I have to say it was the right decision. This is my first DSLR but I am by no means a beginner having used many other cameras and particularly bridge cameras until now.
1) Picture Quality
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by JoeRed
146 of 200 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
The camera itself is quite good. Lots of options. Not heavy. Great camera for a beginner. However, battery is a big disappointment. It lasts for about 150 shots in auto mode. I was able to consume the whole power 10AM to 6PM the same day :( Really bad. Make sure you have a spare, charged battery in a pocket. Second disappointment was when I found that the camera has no...
Published 17 months ago by Grzegorz Witkowski
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price, room to learn the advanced stuff,
This review is from: Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I have had this for a week now, I'm a total newbie to photography but the in built guides make it all very easy to use complex features ... Or just let the camera do the thinking on auto and get excellent shots until you figure everything out.
The money you save on this model (over the d5100) means you can invest in better lenses... Lenses being the most important single conponent of a DSLR.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D3100 18-55vr kit,
This review is from: Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)This was my first venture into the DSLR world after having went from compact to bridge. If this is an entry level camera then the more advanced DSLR's must be out of this world because the D3100 is incredible. Sharp images coupled with beautiful colour saturation. The kit lens is a great all round lens for wide and close up photos, i bought a telephoto lens to get a bit more reach, the 55-300mm vr lens. Each photo session now tells a story, the 18-55mm lens gives wide views of the subject and the telephoto allows you to get closer to the subject without intrusion. If you like me trawled through hundreds of reviews, have a look at this camera you won't be disappointed.
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect entry level DSLR !!,
This review is from: Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)Well after days of research on Internet and stores, I finally ordered Nikon D3100 and I am pleased with my purchase. It takes amazing photographs, My aim was to get a body and standard kit under £500 so that I can spend extra money on lenses. Well we have to admit that, whether we buy a Nikon or Canon, we are almost investing on the same technology (in similar price band). It finally comes down to how the camera feels in your hand and brand loyalty we want to maintain. I have compared the pictures taken with my friends Canon D500 and there is nothing to choose. Both takes exception pictures for entry level DSLR.
My only concern is that people with large fingers may find D3100 a bit uncomfortable to hold, It is a compact DSLR so if you are used to using Nikon D90 etc you might find it too small for comfort, Girls will have no problem using it as its light and compact.
I don't care about 1080p video or the lack of autofocus in Video mode, I think most people buy DSLR to take stunning pictures and if it can shoot videos than it's just a bonus.
Well in my case, I wanted to take high quality pictures in low price and I can compromise on build quality, grip etc to get good pictures, so it worked for me.
Update after 3 weeks of use: This camera is a beast when it comes to night photography, I couldn't believe the photos are coming from a entry level DSLR with standard lens kit, brilliant photos, Nikon has set a very high benchmark with Nikon D3100. It's absolutely the best DSLR you can get under 500 pounds.
51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I buy one before?,
First the positives - I have found the D3100 easy to use and yet the photos it produces are far better than those I was able to take with my compact camera (my photos look like they were taken by a professional!). Where it really outperforms my compact is indoors. I have used my D3100 at home, restaurants and in a church without needing to use a flash and the results are amazing. This is particularly important for me, as I take alot of photos of my 8 month old son (I didn't buy the DSLR until he was 3 months old, and I really regret it, as the compact camera photos look rubbish in comparison!). We even took a photo of him sleeping in a dark room and were amazed by the amount of light the camera 'found.'
Now the negatives - It is more expensive than a compact camera. I still think it is worth it, but it is alot of money. It is also not as portable as a compact camera, which means that it is not ideal for parties, skiing, etc. We have kept our compact camera for those sorts of things (although we did take the DSLR up skiing for a 'photo day').
This is my first DSLR and before I bought it I had seen many of my friends buying them and thought, "What a waste of money." Having decided to see what the fuss is all about, I'm so glad I did, and I can't believe I put it off for so long. If you don't own a DSLR and are looking for a simple, good quality, entry level DSLR then I would recommend the D3100 (as a beginner myself). If you aren't sure if it is worth it - it is, it really REALLY is.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Regrets !! ... FANTASTIC Camera !,
I was contemplating between buying the Nikon D3100 and the Lumix G2 SLR . Unfortunately i could not afford the Nikon D5100 which is almost £200 more than the Nikon D3100. I know a little about photography and was looking for an entry level camera which has features that can allow me to improve my photography skills up to a proficient level. After a lot of research and having taken a proper look at the camera's at the store. I can honestly say this camera is highly superior, and a bargain for this price bracket.
The lense itself is extremely good quality, you can see that by just looking at it. it is not a digital view through the view finder, which is great, because you can see the real live scene and then have the option to turn on the digital view finder on the LCD screen.
The weight of the camera and lense, the quality of the picture, the expensive shutter sound...says it all ! this is extremely good value for money.
The vibration mode on the lense, and the ability to switch between vibration on/ off and auto/manual on the lense. The flash , which needs to be prompted on many other DSLR camera's automatically opens on this camera. The subject tracking focus, is highly superior. Other cameras i have looked at like, the Lumix dont have this sophistication. Its worth the price alone for this feature.
The other great features on this camera, are the Guide which allows any beginner to learn about particular settings required for different scenes and types of photos.
If you get one of the DVDs on how to use the D3100 , like "Kaiser Video-Tutorial for Nikon D 3100 DVD" this will help because it will teach you about the different uses of the different features on this camera. Which i found Extremely helpful. And saved me having to work it all out myself using the reference manual.
The iso sensitvity ranges on this camera are not as great as professional camera's and this feature is on the Nikon D5100, and the LCD screen offers 230k dots compared with 950k dots on the Nikon 5100 ... but this doesnt make the Nikon D3100 camera basic. It is still a great starter camera, which has everything you could possibly need and MORE. It takes such fantastic quality photos and i LOVE IT ...Its user friendly.... which makes this camera a much more worthy choice, then a cannon, lumic, sony or any other brand.
Well worth the cost, this is real value for money. This sophisticated piece of equipment far outweighs all its competitors in this price bracket.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Image Quality, Recommended,
I decided to sell it and upgrade so I got round to trawling the web for reviews for a new cammy, D3100 seemed to come up a lot as the best "entry level" pick so I plunged for this one, plus I'm also a Nikon fan, having previously owned the superb pre digital era Nikon FM2. I've had plenty of SLR and medium format film photography experience but the Nikon D3100 would be my very first digital SLR. Is this an entry level camera with entry level quality pictures? Absolutely not. You get a lot of bang for your buck.
After a week or so of ownership and after some 1000 odd pictures of studio work, I am simply stunned by the image quality, superior in every aspect to my bridge camera. Pictures are punchy and show bright, vivid strong colours with loads of ooomph. Colour rendition is very accurate with used with a WB/grey card.
I'm also delighted with the high ISO performance and now I have the capability to do handheld stuff indoors without flash, ramp it up to iso 1600 and it produces excellent pictures with very little noise, I would not hesitate to use this at 3200 on a pinch. It does start to get nasty at 6400 and 12800 and those should only be used as a last resort, or if you want to simulate grainy black and white film.
So, lets go through my list of Pros and Cons:
> Superb image quality with Nikons newest generation of sensor technology. Beats compact camera image quality into the ground.
> Lightweight for an SLR, suprisingly it is only marginally heavier than my Canon Bridge.
> Indoor, flash free photography at will with good high ISO performance. The VR on the kit lens works remarkably well and i've had pin sharp handheld shots as slow as 1/4s! However, combine this with the fast 35mm DX Nikkor and you have a beastly amount of low light and night capability.
> Good battery life. There have been some complaints about the battery life but this has not been an issue for me. However, video and using live mode WILL drain the battery fast. It is best to use this through the viewfinder and minimise preview/review mode usage.
> I don't use the guide mode as I pretty much know what I'm doing, but it is useful for beginners.
> I love playing around with the inbuilt image editing features, the D3100 almost has a mini photoshop built into it. Lens correction, soft mode, miniature mode, cropping, its all there. All edited images are also written as seperate files, so the original image is always preserved.
> Good kit lens, very good VR performance.
Cons and Nitpicks:
> Live mode has slow, clunky focusing, and drains battery life. Use the viewfinder instead. If you are a user that prefers to frame photos using the LCD, you would be better off with a good MFT camera like the Panasonic G series.
> Battery cover feels cheap and the micro thin catch doesn't feel secure at all. It feels like its going to break every time I change the batteries.
> Spare battery is advisable if you're on the move, but is also costly as only genuine Nikon ones will work here.
> No depth of field preview, something I sorely miss and will be looking for in my next DSLR purchase.
> Low resolution screen is a common complaint and I concur. I'm having to zoom my pictures a lot when reviewed just to check focus and quality.
> Thumb dial is somewhat stiff.
Overall, this is a goodie and I am delighted with it as a first DSLR purchase. Of paramount importance is the image quality and on that point, it has surpassed all my expectations. Bang for buck, this is not "entry level" and I'm making pro quality shots on the D3100. I would give this a 5/5 if the LCD screen was better, but for that you need to upgrade and shell out considerably more for the D5100.
4/5, highly recommended.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal first DSLR,
While I've only taken pictures of the plants in my garden and my unfortunate cat, the results are fantastic, crisp clear images even in dark conditions, each one staggers me with it's quality.
I was reading through many reviews between this and the Canon EOS 1100, now while I can't speak for the Canon, this is great for an amateur like me. I really havent a clue how to use all of the features on this, however the guide mode has already started to teach me what to use where and I'm hoping to really put it to the test on an upcoming holiday.
A really great buy for anyone looking to start off in the semi-pro camera world, but don't want to shell out for a top of the range item.
PS: The 1080P video works amazing too! Just use a Class 10 SD Card for the best results!
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great upgrade from my D40,
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newbie to DSLR's...,
*Well put together
*Guide mode is handy for Newbies ;)
*Takes fantastic photos
*Decent price as the new D3200 has been released and brought prices down.
I would so far recommend this to those looking for their first DSLR and to learn proper photography with before upgrading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it.,
Well, Lay your hand on a Nikon D3100... and you will instantly understand why
I always thought that DSLR were tricky, complicated hard to use cameras.. The sort of cameras that requires a Master or a PhD to be able to find your way through it..
all I can tell you is that, the Nikon D3100 is the complete opposite.. Thanks to its Guide Mode, even if you don t have much of a clue about photos, aperture, shutter speed etc.... you can find your way through it.. the Guide mode, really guides you to help you achieve the sort of picture you like. I have bought mine with its usual VR Nikkor 18 - 55 lens, and I can t stop using it..
Serious, if you re like me, new to the DSLR world, this is REALLY the camera to get.. It won t ruin you, it is easy to use, and the picture quality is stagering.. I never thought that there would be such difference in picture quality between a Bridge [had a fuji hs20 exr]... and a DSLR, even an entry level DSLR. but I m just gob smacked when i look at the quality of the shots i ve been taking since I bought it.
Also, something that is a big help for people like me who jumps from bridge to DSLR is Digitutor ..is Nikon online course about the D3100.. It is a sere of "watch and learn" manuals in movie form, and it is available from the following website
In a word.. I love that camera...
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