After researching many camera reviews, we were ready to buy a new camera. We wanted a DSLR camera and heard that Nikon is a good camera manufacturer. We didn't want to pay a substantial amount for a camera, but we didn't want a cheap camera either. Professional cameras can cost well in to the thousands if purchasing with a lens. We felt that the Nikon D3100 would be best suited for our needs for amatuer photography. The Nikon D3100 delivers excellent photo quality; easy to use controls; easy to shoot videos and is a lightweight camera. The camera is supplied with a battery charger and a shoulder strap.
The Nikon D3100 is a DSLR camera that is the latest entry in 2010, of cameras from Nikon. It's great for entry-level photographers as well as professional photographers. We are just starting out learning photography and we found that this camera does the job and yet is not intimidating to the beginner photographer. The camera has a mini built-in instruction manual to aid beginning photographers in getting more familiar with the camera's operation and features.The D3100 shoots up to 3 frames per second, in continuous mode, to help capture the action. You also have choices of HD resolutions.
In a compartment underneath the body you'll find the new rechargeable EN-EL14 Lithium Ion battery pack. It's a long-lasting lithium-ion battery, good for around 550 shots. You can optionally date stamp your photos, so you won't forget the date you shot your photos.
A great feature that the D3100 offers is a built-in pop-up flash that provides coverage for taking pictures at a closer range. It will pop-up automatically, depending on the mode, or it can be done manually.When lighting is low or you are shooting in those tricky backlit conditions, you can use the pop-up to brighten the scene.
Other features the Nikon D3100 DSLR camera has to offer are:
-Optical Viewfinder - lets you view your subject through the lens
-Screen and Live View
-High ISO noise
-Add a comment to new photographs as they are taken
-Exposure modes and metering
-Sensor and processing-Drive modes
-Menus and shooting information
-Equipped with a pop-up flash
-SD memory card slot
The D3100 gives the option to retouch your photo to after you have shot it. You can make your color photo black and white, sepia and cyanotype. This feature is great for those who enjoy the old fashion look.
The biggest drawback that I can tell is; we found with the Nikon D3100 is that it's a little slow in taking those, as I like to call "quick get that, " pictures. The D3100 does not feature a built-in motor required to auto-focus older lenses. If you want to use older model lenses, they will still work with the D3100 but only in manual-focus. The lens that came with our D3100 extends to 55 feet, which is great for the amateur photographer.
Although the price was a little more than what we intended to pay, We believe that the Nikon D3100 was well worth the cost.
Overall we were very pleased with the performance of the Nikon D3100 camera. We highly recommend this camera to anyone who is looking for a Nikon family camera.