Help please: New D3100 or refurb D5100

Started Feb 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Help please: New D3100 or refurb D5100
Feb 12, 2013

DSLR newbie. But I want to learn.

I'm looking at two kits: New D3100 with 18-55mm VR for 449 or a refurb D5100 with same lens for 448 with a one year warranty.
My gut feeling is to go with the D5100 as it is a more advanced model but I've read so many good things about the D3100. It appears to be very beginner friendly and in comparison maybe the D5100 is a little more cumbersome to work with (more drill down into on-screen menus)?!
I'm sure the IQ will not be limited by either camera, it will be me (and my IQ) that is the limiting factor. But I want to make the right choice.
I will be shooting (as in photographing) people, landscapes/nature and some architectural stuff.
Also a consideration is that when my wife wants to use the camera it better be able to "make like a P&S" and produce good results on Auto mode...
I would appreciate any advice. Comments from someone who used both would be fantastic!

Nikon D3100 Nikon D5100
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