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This review is from: Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)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 built-in memory, so you cannot take a single picture if you forgot to purchase a SD card in a first place.
For the last seven years I was using simple point&shot camera with 7.2MPix and Carl Zeiss lenses which has built-in 1GB and I added extra 2GB card. The battery in this camera lasts for at least a week intensively using, so comparing D3100 with it you feel that you get a nice chassis but the gear inside does not work exactly as you would expect.
Also I was considering a better lenses with it. I regret I did not order it in a first place as well. 18-55 is not bad, but may not be enough.
Conclusion: If the battery would be better and the camera had at least 1GB built-in or pre-installed default SD it would be a great camera. But because especially of the very poor battery in my opinion D3100 is very overpriced for the entry level camera from the bottom shelf. You may be more happy with the simple, small point&shot, but... yes, it looks cool and it says Nikon and on a stripe ;)
I hope it will help you to make a right decision.
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Initial post: 11 Jul 2012 14:19:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jul 2012 14:20:10 BDT
K. Francis says:
Interesting especially about the battery life. I don't tend to use the inbuilt memory on the camera I have now but I do see your point.
Posted on 3 Aug 2012 19:22:40 BDT
Mike Mac says:
I think you must have a faulty battery. Either that or it was incorrectly charged before first use. The battery on my D3100 is good for at least 4 or 5 days worth of holiday work i.e. multiple shots, sometimes 50 plus per day. Its almost as good as the battery on my D40X, which seems to go on forever. As for the SD card issue, I'm not interested in built-in memory as it simply pushes the price up for not many GB.
Posted on 13 Aug 2012 16:44:07 BDT
The performance of the standard battery on the Nikon D3100 appears to be very good. Used my Nikon D3100 at an indoor Olympic event a couple of days ago (no flash allowed). The battery outlasted the day, taking 1200 shots plus much reviewing of the photographs afterwards on the train home.
Posted on 1 Sep 2012 01:30:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Sep 2012 01:33:29 BDT
A. O. Shillingford says:
Actually for me it would be preferable for the camera NOT to have a built in card, as flash memory slowly degrades over time. However, an entry level memory card should have been supplied with the camera.
Posted on 9 Oct 2012 12:12:23 BDT
Mr. M. Fisher says:
Like other comments have said i'm sure you must have a faulty battery as i have found Nikon batteries to last anywhere from a few hundred shots to two thousand shots, The in camera memory, Why should you need it?. If you keep the camera in its case always keep a spare 1/2gb card, (under £5) its worthwhile than paying £100+ for a camera with the same built in memory, And i bet if you go out without your memory card once , you wont do it again..
Posted on 13 Oct 2012 09:22:51 BDT
Mr. R. C. Maytum says:
Anyone with any sense would carry a spare battery!
Posted on 13 Oct 2012 21:14:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Oct 2012 21:17:01 BDT
When I saw the three stars, I read the comment carefully because I was expecting some unpleasant comments about the core- i.e. when one decides to go for DSLR main concern is more about the image quality and main optics. Battery life or memory is not really the primary concern. How do you find the image quality, quality of main optics, high iso imaging, noise level in the dark pictures etc?
Posted on 19 Oct 2012 21:13:48 BDT
Best you stick to point and shoot mate! The better stuff is wasted on you. Did you know that this was the best selling DSLR in Japan last year?
Posted on 11 Nov 2012 05:49:59 GMT
Maybe the short battery life is due to use of LiveView ?
It's a DSLR - look through the viewfinder instead !
Posted on 12 Nov 2012 20:36:01 GMT
Mr. G. Reeves says: