Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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Superb SLR for skills progression
Member Name: tzlubbock
Advantages: Cheaper end of the SLR spectrum, trumps the Canon EOS1100, quality feel and build, range of lenses
Disadvantages: Lowest dynamic range, for some users its too small in their hands, LCD low detail
The D3100 camera is a low end digital SLR (Single Reflex Lens) camera. It is the cheapest SLR model that Nikon has for sale. I bought it because I wanted to get started on photography without the price tag in the middle to top end cameras, but I did want the features that an SLR offers. Needless to say I am happy with my purchase, the sensor offers good enough megapixels to print larger than normal photos without loss of detail (A4 or at a stretch A3 if captured tack sharp). It offers interchangeable lenses from the Nikkor range (so you can have just about any flavor lens you like as long as its DX format). On this basis the camera has allowed me to toy around with lenses and settings, depth of field and even the larger type flash guns which make portrait photography possible in studio settings - it's great! The view finder seems small in my opinion, it does the job but having seen larger models and more expensive models their view finders are more comfortable to use in comparison to this unit. The menus are helped by Nikons no fuss menu systems, it's easy to change settings and the camera even offers a no hassle setting that takes load should you just simply want to point and click.
The camera takes SD cards and has good battery life, spares are cheap to buy so adding to the kit bag for this unit is easy and cheap.
It's no surprise why most users new to SLR turn to this unit. Would I recommend to a friend in a similar position to me? YES. Would I buy it again? If I were starting out again, then YES, but since it's done its job (and still forms part of my photography kit range because of its superb functionality and quality of build) NO - but hence its done its job!
Better alternatives? Not really, the canon EOS1100 is the nearest competitor but in comparison to this model lacks the rubber grips and feel of quality that the Nikon has. The only thing I would say is that Nikon now has a D3200 out with higher megapixels. Maybe worth a look at if you are going to print A3+, what it does mean is that this unit is now even cheaper, you can pick up a great digital SLR for next to nothing now that the new model is taking the lead. OK the new model does a few things better, but again this unit still turns out professional quality pictures with the right lens.
I like this camera because: It's small and compact, it is quality in both build and in output, adaptable because of the lens range and accessory range.
Things I don't like: I cannot see the ISO setting when the camera is on auto mode, I cannot preview depth of field, the screen lacks the pixels so the preview is lower (but not too low) in detail. I cannot use lenses unless they are DX format.
Summary: Great little learning SLR or general use SLR, can achieve
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