Nikon D3100 Review

November 29, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | |

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#101 Millie

@Dave Thanks! I can’t wait to get started!!!

4:18 am - Thursday, August 22, 2013

#102 Mary

I am the mother of a 5 months old and have no experience in photography, but I’m looking for a good camera that will be easy to use and take great pictures of my daughter, who is always moving. I consider buying the Nikon D3100 or Canon EOS Rebel T3. Which one do you recommand?

10:04 pm - Saturday, September 21, 2013

#103 sreerm

Finn ritz: Thank you for the comment, its very informative, actually we thought of buying the camera as a gift to my friend who likes photography, we decided for the nikon d3100 dslr.

2:48 am - Sunday, September 22, 2013

#104 Dave

Are you talking about the Canon t3, or the t3i?  The t3 is a slightly older camera, and is very inexpensive, but not nearly as good.

Either Canon or Nikon will do a good job for what you are looking for.  They are very similar.  For shooting indoors, most people find the colors of the Nikon a little more pleasing.  The Canon colors are a little more “flat”, so if you like tweaking the color in photoshop, the Canon will give you more room to play.

The Nikon also has slightly higher resolution than the Canon T3, unless you are talking about the T3i, which is the other way around.  In either case, the difference in resolution doesn’t amount to much.

The Canon is also about $100 cheaper.  if you are talking about the t3i, then it is about $30 more than the Nikon.

The Nikon will autofocus during video, although slowly, and the T3 will not.  I am not sure about the t3i, but I think it does.

Most people like the Canon menu system a little better, but either menu system is pretty easy to learn.  Most people like the Canon autofocus system a little better, but that is a mater of personal preference.  Canon has an autofocus motor built into the camera, while Nikon d3100 has the AF motor in the lenses.  This means that the Canon T3 can use their older lenses, while the d3100 requires newer lenses.  The newer lenses do not cost that much extra, though.

For the price, you won’t go wrong with either one.  If you shoot a lot of video, you might also want to look into the Sony A58.  The video autofocus on the A58 is much faster, and the A58 throws in a few extra features for roughly the same price, such as in-body image stabilization, and a flip-out screen.  You have to shop around for the Sony, though, because the price has had some odd jumps and drops.

These days, the t3 can be found for about $350 or less, while the d3100 and t3i are around $450.  The A58 is over $500, but Sony runs sales where you can pick it up, including the long-range lens, for about $450. 

Always buy from a well-known and well-reviewed dealer.  The money you save buying “slightly used” cameras is rarely worth it.

11:25 am - Sunday, September 22, 2013

#105 Hobit

Very careful when you compare the price. Before buying this camera check whether you are getting VR kit lens or Non-VR kit lens. A number of sellers selling camera with non-VR lens but charging the price of camera with VR lens (e.g. Argos). So don’t let them fool you.

6:24 pm - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

#106 Merpatie

NIKON D3100….....Best for Beginner….maybe i give you sample image from Nikon D3100

don’t forget for comment

10:03 am - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

#107 Abdul

I want to buy a DSLR, is D3100 best for me, I’m new user of DSLR!
Guys waiting for your response. TY

12:19 pm - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

#108 Dave

Abdul,  The 3100 is a good all-around camera for the money.  You should be able to get one new (with lens) around $330.  The 3200 is an extra $100 or so, and all it really adds is the 24MP sensor. 

Every few minutes, some company comes out with a new camera that is faster, or smaller, or has a bigger sensor, but you will find that you can take some very good pictures with a $300 camera.

After a while, you may find that you want some better lenses, but that is a different question.

11:30 am - Friday, November 14, 2014

#109 Martha

I’m trying to trouble shoot the D3100 for Video taking.  I’m am using an external mic the Azden WLX-Pro Lavelier and when I connect the receiver to external mic jack it causes interference.  The transmitter and receiver on it’s own is fine.  I even checked the settings on menu of camera and they are on.  The internal mic picks up fine.  But, I wanted to use an external mic for better sound.  Any suggestions?

7:37 pm - Thursday, December 11, 2014

#110 Nisha Sen

I am using Nikon D3100 from since last 16 months. I love to use it for photography. I did some great photography with help of this Nikon D3100. This could be a great option for photography biggeners.

10:02 am - Thursday, October 8, 2015

#111 Finn Ritz

To day D3100 is history. The D3200, which is far superior to the D3100, is available at $400 incl. 18-55mm kit lens!!!!! I had D3100 years ago but now I use D3200 and D5300. Both 24 Megapixel. The D5300 has no AA filter. I made some tests. Can’t see any difference in IQ. Nice with two bodies if you have more than one lens.

1:43 pm - Thursday, October 8, 2015

#112 Michelle Labuschagne

I have the Nikon d3100. When I take pictures using the zoom, the image is not saved in zoom format but resorts back to the original image and not the close up. Is there a setting that I am missing?

5:32 pm - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

#113 mike linder

Thanks for the in depth reviews on you blog. I am late on the scene with this camera and even though it is now no longer in manufacture there are enough new parts in stock to keep me happy using mine for years to come. Thanks again for the information. Mike

12:38 pm - Friday, July 8, 2016

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