Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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Nikon D3100 digital SLR Camera - just brilliant
Member Name: panandtilt
Advantages: Light and easy to use
Disadvantages: Some buttons not well placed
Nikon D3100 SLR digital camera
We have owned this camera for about 1 year and have been more than happy with the ease of use, picture quality and general durability. The camera came with a rechargeable battery pack and holds its charge for 4 to 5 hours of constant use. The USB, HDMI and AV connecters are easily accessible on the body and are protected by a rubber flap. The Nikon D3100 is a single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera. The camera body did not come with a lens. We have a couple of lenses and find we use an 18-70mm Nikon lens most of the time. We paid around £400 for the camera and today it can be bought from Amazon for around £485 (includes basic lens). This type of camera holds its price and is a good investment if kept in good condition.
The main body of the camera has many functions. The mode dial, situated at the top of the camera (when it is held in the normal upright position), controls the aperture and shutter speeds, the auto settings and scene settings. Each setting has a relevant symbol or capital letter to help you to recognise them quickly (i.e. a stick person running for sport mode). Next to this dial is the release mode selector which allows you to change how the camera takes photos (single shot, multiple shot etc) and also controls the self timer. The last mode on the selector allows you to take a silent shot which is perfect when taking outdoor/wildlife settings for example. Situated in front of these dials and selectors is the shutter release button (the button which actually takes the picture). It sits in a good position on the top of the body and has a good sized silver/chrome button (about the size of the end of an average finger). A handy button which sits behind the shutter release button is the information button; this button allows you to quickly access all your settings before you take a picture (they are displayed on the monitor). Next to this is the exposure compensation button, this is the button you use when you're on manual mode (M), where you have to hold it down and use the command dial to change to aperture (f/stop). You use the command dial to also change the shutter speed. In my opinion this button is in the wrong position as it is difficult to control both with one hand. The command dial is in a good position as it levels with where the thumb would be when holding the camera. On top of the body is the flip-up flash and also an additional 'shoe' for optional flash. Sitting just below this is the viewfinder which has a removable rubber eye cap. This eye cap is handy if you spend a lot of time doing close-ups as it allows you to rest your eye socket comfortably while focusing. There are many other options based on the front (monitor face) of the camera. These include:
* A range of buttons mostly connected with recording and playback of recent photos
* Multi selector button
* Movie record button
Under the camera you will find the battery chamber and tripod socket; this can be a little tricky to secure sometimes but is worth the effort for the benefit of tripod use.
The monitor or information display is, for me, the most important part of the camera as it is very visual and will give you pretty much everything you need to know about your current settings so you can take the best photos. The symbols are matched with the mode dial which I find very helpful. The monitor can also be used as a viewfinder for 30 seconds. There are around 30 different pieces of information that can be displayed at any one time on the display.
This is what you use to capture your image, what you see in the viewfinder is the image that you will eventually take. It is well positioned and gives you 15 important pieces of information along the bottom of the view; shutter speed and aperture are the ones I find the handiest.
~~ Recording Facility~~
I haven't used this much but you can get 10 minutes of recording facility with sound. What I have done has been good quality, sound and picture. My main love is photography hence the little use.
This camera is a very versatile yet concise camera. It takes brilliant pictures with ease. It is sturdy but fairly light; light enough to hold for periods of time to take a good amount of pictures. I have been very happy with Nikon and would definitely buy another Nikon if this needed replacing.
There is so much more to this camera that I haven't covered but I hope to have given you enough to make an informed choice if considering buying a SLR camera.
14.2 effective pixels
1.5 x lens focal length
23.1x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
SD, SDHC and SDXC supported memory cards
Summary: A really good camera which takes amazing pictures
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