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Nikon has given its entry-level DSLR all the features its predecessor seemed to be missing. The result is an excellent beginners camera that encourages the user to grow into it whatever their existing level of knowledge. quote


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Critic reviews

7.8
8 reviews
  • Image quality
    8.2
  • Video quality
    6.0
  • Battery life
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Durability
    6.8
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    7.5
  • Ease of use
    9.0

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8.7
26 reviews
8.0
PC Mag Oct 15, 2011

Nikon's D3100 is an excellent entry-level digital SLR, and offers continuous autofocus during video recording for a true camcorder-like video-capture experience.

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7.0
CNET Oct 21, 2010

A very good entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3100 delivers excellent photo quality in a body that's streamlined for experienced photographers, but relatively unintimidating for the less advanced. Its only weakness is performance; though solid, it nevertheless lags behind the competition.

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7.0
Digital Photography Review Dec 1, 2010

Nikon has given its entry-level DSLR all the features its predecessor seemed to be missing. The result is an excellent beginners camera that encourages the user to grow into it whatever their existing level of knowledge.

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8.0
Camera Labs Nov 15, 2010

But if you want what's arguably the friendliest DSLR on the market which also offers 1080p HD video, then the D3100 is your best bet. ... Ultimately the D3100 is the best DSLR for discerning beginners with a little more to spend.

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8.0
Digital Trends Oct 27, 2010

Old-school photographers will embrace the Nikon D3100’s sharp stills and classic design, but noisy video keeps it out of the big leagues with competing models.

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9.0
Photography Blog Nov 29, 2010

That said, the Nikon D3100 is a surprisingly well-featured and complete package for an entry-level digital SLR camera, and at the current market prices ... it also represents good value for the money.

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8.0
ai4281 ai4281

Pros - good image quality - ease of use - light weight, good ergonomics - easy to shoot video Cons - no manual control during video - AF in video is practically useless - no mic input - no support for remote liveview on computer This is a very suitable camera for someone starting out on DSLR....

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7.0
beto0918 beto0918

A great starter camera, but the options aren't for the tester. I have to practice before I start shooting pictures.

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7.0
Vatican Vatican

The D3100 is the first DSLR I've owned, so I don't know what a better DSLR feels like, other than my friend's recently-purchased D7100, and I haven't used that extensively. Over the years, the lens I've used most with this camera is a manual 50mm 1.8 prime without an AF engine. With that lens,...

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9.0
xicanix xicanix

Coming from a Sony a200 DSLR, I didn't think that low-end DSLRs could pull off such incredible image quality, especially in low light. This thing isn't a mini-D7000, but for the money it's capable of capturing great images.

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9.0
andrewjyale andrewjyale

Good beginner camera, the interface makes it easy to learn how to use a dslr. Also the video is nice to have although I wish you could do 60 fps. But good camera to start with.

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9.0
magallon magallon

Very nice fit and very easy operation, although some of the features can be hard to find depending on the mode. In some modes it's not possible to use over/under exposure and in others it's not possible to force the flash not to fire. Even if the D5100 implements exposure bracketing purely in...

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