Though it's 2 years old, at around $480 from a variety of places, the Nikon D3100 with the 18-55mm kit lens is probably the best dSLR deal yet of the season. It's a solid camera for first-time dSLR buyers.
- Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 26 user reviews
Starting at: $419.99
The good: Excellent photo quality; well-laid-out controls; interesting, user-friendly Guide mode; full manual controls in video capture.
The bad: Smallish viewfinder; slower than the competition; no bracketing.
The bottom line: A very good entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3100 delivers excellent photo quality in a body that's streamlined for experienced photographers, but relatively unintimidating for the less advanced. Its only weakness is performance; though solid, it nevertheless lags behind the competition.
November 20, 2012 11:59 AM PST
Photo by: Sarah Tew/CNET
| Caption by: Lori Grunin
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