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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and good value, 31 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
I have been in photography for many years and worked with a large range of cameras. Usually I use a D300s most of the time, but I bought a D3100 for casual photography and for those times when I didn't really feel like carry something that felt like a brick on a rope.

I love the size and shape of this camera, it reminds me of the old Olympus OM1 series. Not only is it easier to carry but it is much less visually intimidating than the larger models and allows you to be less conspicuous it you are photographing in public places. Its image quality far surpasses what most people will ever need unless you regularly print your work out billboard size. I think if people realised the full potential of this camera Nikon would not sell nearly as many of its more up market models. If it is not producing the results you require then the problem is more likely to be with the user than the camera. Unless you require special features like a high speed motor drive it is hard to see why this camera would not deliver what you need. Its viewfinder is not as big as its more expensive siblings, but unless you are using manual focus lenses I don't see why this should be an issue. If you have a basic grasp of digital cameras then you should find this refreshingly intuitive.

I have have been using it for a week and have not yet felt the need to take the instruction manual out of its wrapper yet. OK, it may not be my first choice for press or studio work, but the fact remains that for most of the people most of the time this is as much, if not more, than you are likely to need. In summary, in my opinion this camera more than makes up for any short comings it may have in performance by its light weight, price, and excellent handling. There is little reason why you cannot produce photographs with it that are as good as any camera could take.
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2012 01:34:43 BDT
Mark Sampson says:
Totally redundant comment, but I just wanted to say that I agree with the spirit of your review wholeheartedly - especially the second paragraph! Absolutely bang on.

Thanks, happy shooting.

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 22:33:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2012 22:34:14 BDT
The Doc says:
A very frank review, thanks. Couldn't agree more with the general point about image quality and price of camera - unless you need a rugged model for work purposes, the entry levels of SLRs far exceed most people's need. After all the Pros were getting brilliant pictures from far less sophisticated electronics only 5 years ago!
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