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A great first DSLR,
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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)
I'm no expert, and I chose this camera as an affordable, first DSLR to step up from my bridge camera
Why Nikon ? - my neighbour owned a previous version of this, and although she has progressed to a D7000 she really rated this.
My remit was small - I wanted to be able to take lovely, clear and crisp lowlight shots and also liked the look of long exposure images. I did lots of internet searching, checked tons of online photo forums, talked to my neighbour and could see I could achieve this with the D3100 as my 'body' and some extras at a later date...
I expected it to take me a long time to move out of ' Auto' mode - but no, within 2 days I was happily using both exposure and shutter priority, and now 4 weeks later am fully 'manual'
The camera is easy to use, menus easy to navigate but reading the manual and watching some fantastic, helpful videos on You Tube really helped me understand how to use the camera properly. This is invaluable, and if you are a beginner looking for some guidance to make the most of your first DSLR I can recommend You Tube series' from Greg Cazillo, Jared Polin, Easy exposure and Mark Wallace as of particular help.
(The kit lens is OK, and have used it when out and about but poor weather has kept me indoors and I wanted better low light, flash free ability so have treated myself to the 35mm 1.8 lens and got some crisp, beautiful, flash free shots at an indoor party last weekend)
I love mine, and can recommend it to a beginner with a limited budget. Its a comfortable size to hold, not too bulky, light and easy to carry round...perfect...