Nikon D3100 Review

Welcome to my Nikon D3100 review page.

Having spent a small fortune on digital cameras over the years, there is one that really impresses me. The Nikon D3100 Digital SLR. True, it’s not the most expensive camera I’ve ever purchased, or the one with the best specifications. However, it is a solid all round performer.

It is a top seller on, and for a very good reason – it is an awesome piece of equipment, pitched for amateurs and professionals alike. This has something for everyone. Nikon D3100 Review Image

Product Features

  • 14.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor; 3-inch monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture.
  • Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization lens.
  • Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound.
  • Easy-To-Use Nikon Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance.
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included).

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: D3100 18-55mm Kit
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.2 MP
  • Optical zoom: 3x
  • Display Size: 3.000 inches
  • Width: 3.8 inches
  • Height: 3.0 inches
  • Weight: 1.11 pounds

Nikon D3100 Review Summary

From my own point of view, I would say that this camera will make you shoot like a pro if you get some basic knowledge on how to compose your frame. Although it is an entry-level camera, it produces as good as, if not better, pictures from its expensive counterparts.

Good Points :

  • The price – there’s a lot of bang for your buck with the D3100 camera.
  • 14 megapixels – more than enough at this price range and allow you to make large prints of shots without sacrificing quality.
  • Large LCD screen – particularly good for ensuring that everyone has their eyes open at group shots (without having to zoom in to each persons faces).
  • It’s small & light weight and has good grip – useful for my careless hands.
  • I’ve tried continuous shooting and the 3fps speed was quick enough for what I needed.

Bad Points :

  • The only thing that I picked up on during this Nikon D3100 review was the fact that when in VERY quiet surroundings you can hear the lens focusing when recording video – but then you get that with many cameras. Of course, with any amount of background noise then you can’t hear the motor at all. If you’re buying a DSLR specifically for video capabilities, then maybe you should be thinking about a camcorder anyway.
  • Also the self-timer has just two settings 10 sec or 2 sec. It would be nice to be able to define this yourself for say 5 seconds rather than 2 – small point, but I like self-portraits.

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I did note that there were professional photographers commenting on the review page saying how close to a professional camera it really is – for a fraction of the cost.

For the price, this is a massively fantastic deal.

I’m quite happy to say that the Nikon D3100 is one of the best cameras I have ever owned.

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