Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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Best entry-level Nikon SLR
Member Name: schmoogrz
Advantages: Excellent image quality, top-notch construction, competitvely priced
Disadvantages: Can overblow exposure on auto, video-recording could be better
I've had this camera for about a year now and I'm fairly happy with it. You can get some absolutely brilliant shots provided you know what you're doing with it - though a quick and easy mode dial is conveniently located up top - so pretty much anyone can use this even if it does look a bit scary.
The provided kit lens is very versatile and enables you to compose landscape shots or take cool macro shots - and autofocus will ensure you get really nice 'bokeh' (blurred backgrounds) - that or you can switch it off at the lens using the convenient AF button and go manual with the focus ring.
Photos from the camera are pretty amazing. Up close images can appear a little soft; the first camera-enthusiast forum I went to I was told that Nikons shoot softer by default instead of sharpening like other cameras. You can change this in the settings though or process them later.
Not every exposure will be perfect and whilst it's a brilliant camera - it does, in certain conditions, overblow bright areas if you are shooting on automatic. Enabling RAW NEF is handy if you need to sort anything like this out; you can import your photos to LightRoom and/or PhotoShop without any JPG compression quality loss.
HD video recording possibly the only area that I can fault on this camera. Whilst it can take great-looking 1080p video, the microphone picks up noise from the AutoFocus mechanism motors and there's only a monophonic microphone.
Construction quality is top-notch - my D3100 has survived a few nasty drops and still looks new. Couldn't be happier with this camera.
Summary: I personally think this is the best entry-level SLR money can buy, if you like Nikons :)
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