Why Does d3100 Get Branded as an "Entry DSLR"?

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Why Does d3100 Get Branded as an "Entry DSLR"?
Jan 14, 2011

I've spent quite a bit of time looking at the d90, the d7000 and the d3100, and for the life of me I can't understand why the d3100 gets branded as an "Entry DSLR".

If you compare the technical specs between the three; the d3100's sensor is the same as the d90 and d7000, but the d3100 has a higher Pixel density and Video quality than the d90. In fact, the d3100 image quality is more comparable to the "Mid-Range Pro Model" - d7000.

I see plenty of posts about Auto ISO being a problem in the d3100, but if you don't shoot Auto, why not save some money and buy the d3100 vs. the more popular d90. I know there are fewer features and options available in the d3100, but I typically only adjust shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focus to get the quality I'm looking for.

The one downside with the d3100 is the LCD resolution, it's about 1/4 of the resolution of the other two. This isn't that big of an issue for me... I typically only use LCD display to check composition.

Can someone who's familiar with the d3100, d90 and d7000 tell me why I should spend more money for the d90 or d7000, if the "entry dslr" - d3100 looks so good on paper (and in person)?

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