Pros Excellent built in learning features
Excellent reference manual
Very good picture quality, especially for an entry level camera
Easy to use
Cons Some parts of the camera feel flimsy, but not enough to use that as justification not to buy this
It would be nice if it was waterproof
Summary This camera really excels at providing the user tools that can be used to help learn aspects of photography, such as aperture, shutter and ISO. If you use some of the auto modes, and the guide mode, you can quickly learn the result of making changes to settings, and then you can break away and grab control of the camera with more confidence. You don't really trade much off when it comes to picture quality either. Even though this is considered an entry level camera, it still takes fantastic photos. I would buy this camera again in a second and because of the all of the learning features combined with quality results, would recommend this to a beginner any day.
Pros Better picture quality, Cheep and user friendly
Cons No AF motor in body
Summary It's a good entry level camera for the beginners.
"Over priced!"on by tansnout
Pros Great quality of pictures when its not broken! Easy to use.
Cons Quality, quality, quality! Our camera broke after a year and a half. Shutter issued is not covered under warranty. Extra $170 to fix! Customer service is a joke!
Summary Bought to capture our son growing up. Paid $800 and the camera lasted a year and a half! A broken shutter due to poor quality will set you back another $170. Stay away from Nikon! Don't learn the hard way as I did!!!!
Pros - Excellent image quality, even in high ISO
- Guide mode for entry level people
- Rich set of post-production features
- Light weight
- Ease of use
- Superior battery life
Cons - No flip screen
- No slot for external microphone
- Slow burst rate - 3/sec
Summary The clear winner for entry level D-SLR, especially if your budge is less than $600. It is undoubtedly better than Canon T2i. But it lacks some features as compared to Canon T3i, although no compromise in image quality. But you pay around $100 more for T3i.
D3100 has real nice video capturing abilities with full HD 1080p at 24f/sec. Which turns out quite good. The video is although a bit noisy in low light condition.
In-short, I have no regret for my decision of buying Nikon D3100 after a research of almost 2 months. I still love the camera and the images it gives me. It is a best value for money option under $600. People planning to buy high-end point-to-shoot cameras with mega zoom, should consider this option, which may give far superior images than a point-to-shoot camera.
Pros Easy to use
Plenty of accessories and compatible lenses to use
I love the noise reduction
Battery lasts for hundreds and hundreds of shots
Feels solid, well built and ergonomic
Both kit lenses (the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm) are sharp, accurate, fast and v
Cons I would've enjoyed a higher res LCD screen but this one is sufficient
Video is OK and the settings are more flexible than the Canon equivalent (things like shutter aperture and ISO settings can be manually set)
Lacks some of the features that come higher
Summary I really can't fault this camera! It's my first DSLR and from the moment I fired it up and took my first shots with it I felt at home with it and haven't really needed to hit the manual to work things out! It's seen me progress from Amateur to Intermediate photographer and has accompanied me to many different occasions in all circumstances; it hasn't left me wanting for a moment!
I had a look at some of the 3 word 1 star reviews of this kit and I can't understand why, the pictures are brilliant and tack sharp, the menus make sense and even the video (which isn't what an SLR camera is really designed for) is OK; I'm gonna assume that people giving poor reviews just haven't taken the time to work this camera out and find what the best settings are or how to use it properly. I think there's a reason Flickr rates this as the 3rd most popular Nikon camera in its database, it's just that good and easy to use!
Cons ive listed above but for a cheap, good quality SLR this one is perfect!
P.S. if you wanna have a look at some of the photos I've taken with this camera as proof of what I think of it and its performance...have a look here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62178886@N05/
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