Nikon D3100

Announced Aug 19, 2010 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
dpreview conclusion

With the addition of video and live view, 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. However, it's not alone in offering this and, though it's a great DSLR, there are plenty of equally attractive mirrorless alternatives.

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Silver Award
72%
dpreview score
Good for

First time DSLR users who want a camera that will encourage them to make the most of its capabilities.

Not so good for

People wanting a camera that behaves just like their existing compact. Users for whom compactness is a priority.

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Other reviews
Nikon D3100 Review
By: Mike Tomkins and Shawn Barnett, Imaging Resource (Dec 14, 2010)

The entry-level Nikon D3000 digital SLR has sold well, according to Nikon, since it was introduced in mid-2009; and after a modest $50 decrease in list pricing at the start of this year, spent several months as the dominant seller at its pricepoint. While the Nikon D3100 isn't a direct replacement for the D3000, with the latter slated to continue in Nikon's lineup for the time being, the new...

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DCRP Review: Nikon D3100
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Dec 11, 2010)

The Nikon D3100 is a very good entry-level digital SLR. Clearly targeted toward the beginner, its combination of Guide Modes, assist images, and help screens easily makes it the most accessible of any D-SLR out there. Add in very good photo quality, snappy performance (in most cases), a solid feature set, Full HD movie recording, and best-in-class battery life, and you've got a winner. The...

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Nikon D3100 review
By: Mike Lowe, What Digital Camera (Nov 4, 2010)

Although the D3100 may stretch the ‘entry-level' price point (thus its biggest drawback on the score board), it equally stretches the sheer amount of specification you're getting too. Usually always on the money, it's only the slightly sluggish autofocus during live view (and, therefore, movie mode) that may frustrate.

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Nikon D3100 review

Nikon's D3100 is the company's latest entry-level DSLR and the successor to the best-selling D3000. It builds-upon that model's friendly operation and brings it right up to date with higher resolution images, Live View and HD movie capabilities. Indeed it's arguably now the best-featured entry-level DSLR and will appeal equally to beginners along with enthusiasts on a tighter budget. The...

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