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(based on 26 ratings)
Brand: Nikon
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Nikon D3100 DSLR DX-Format Camera Features

The D3000 promised and delivered incredible pictures, incredibly easily. This winning combination resulted in amazing sales and a high level of customer satisfaction. Expanding and adding to this promise is the all-new Nikon D3100 D-SLR. It adds powerful new features including a 14.2-Megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, Full 1080p HD Movie capture and is powered by the new EXPEED 2 Image Processor, all packed into an even more compact and lightweight body. The Guide Mode has been enhanced further, as well as the built-in help and automatic functions, all of which will satisfy your customers’ desire to take better pictures and will help them grow, leading to repeat business. The D3100 includes the venerable 18-55mm VR Image Stabilized NIKKOR Lens.

  • 14.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor delivers beautiful photographs and prints well beyond 20 x 30 inches

  • Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens with legendary NIKKOR optical quality and fast, accurate autofocus for vivid color, striking contrast and crisp detail and VR imagestabilization to ensure the sharpest hand-held pictures and movies

  • Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound lets you record cinematic-quality movies in Full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels)

  • Compact and Lightweight Design Beautifully styled—Ready to go wherever life takes you

  • Easy-To-Use—Featuring Nikon’s Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helping you take better pictures every step of the way

  • Split-second Shutter Response eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss

  • Fast 11-point Autofocus System delivers razor-sharp pictures

  • ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations

  • 3-in. monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture

  • Scene Auto Selector lets the D3100 decide the best mode to match the shooting situation when using Live View

  • EXPEED 2 Nikon’s new image processing engine assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed

  • Scene Recognition System in Live View automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance, allowing you to obtain beautiful photos without the hassle of making complicated cameraadjustments yourself

  • 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes - Just set the Mode dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions

  • Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.

  • Picture Control lets you choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape to apply a personal look and feel to your pictures.

  • Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning uses an ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot.

  • Built-in pop-up flash for those times when there isn’t enough light

  • In-camera Image Editing allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.8 stars
(based on 26 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to setup(3), Easy to set up(18), Easy to use(24), Energy efficient(13), Well built / quality(20)
Best Uses:
Replacement(7), Upgrade(16)
Describe Yourself:
Casual user(8), Enthusiast(17)
Primary use:
Personal(26)
Was this a gift?:
No(19), Yes(7)
 
A well-rounded dSLR camera
By NewbieVerified Purchaser from Pittsburgh, PA on 2/1/2011
Pros:
Quality Construction, Superior picture quality
Cons:
Can be daunting
Best Uses:
Good entry level camera
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

The wizard setup feature is useful for beginners.

 
Awesome Nikon to the MAX
By MrDave007Verified Purchaser from Phoenix, AZ on 1/30/2011
Pros:
Easy To Setup, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Power User
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Love the Larger Mega Pixels and full HD Movie ability.

 
Great purchase!!
By LindzVerified Purchaser from South Carolina on 1/27/2011
Pros:
Easy for beginners, Easy To Setup, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Three people I work with have bought this camera and we all have had a great experience with this camera so far. It was so easy to set up and the video it came with really helped me with what settings to use and when. I thought I was going to be intimidated by this camera, but it is so easy. I can't wait to order some blown up pics that I have taken of my kids.

 
d3100-awesome
By ncmomVerified Purchaser from Mt Airy NC on 1/22/2011
Pros:
Easy To Setup, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Absolutely awesome camera! My first Nikon SLR. Once I learn everything about it Im sure the photo capabiliites will be outstanding! Wonderful clear pictures-very pleased.

 
More than I expected.
By StanVerified Purchaser from The Woodlands, Texas on 1/5/2011
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Replacement, Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Anxious to try my D3100 at Cancun, viewing jungle & temples nearby.

 
D3100 DSLR w/ 18-55 VR lens - Good Buy
By WyattVerified Purchaser from Seattle Area, WA on 1/5/2011
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction, Sharp Images, Vibration Reduction
Best Uses:
Entree to Mid Level User, Nature, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

I have used the camera for a few weeks now. Although I still consider myself a beginner, the 3100 is great as it allows you to start learning your aperture/shutter speeds without having to immediately go full manual. The VR (Vibration Reduction) really does help with camera shake. Try turning it off and on and take some zoomed pics at a distance. The SB600 flash is also a great accessory (sold separately), allowing you to soften the flash by bouncing it off walls or the ceiling rather than directly toward the subject, eliminating dark shadows behind and skin reflection you may not want. I always use the eye-finder so the live action lcd screen has not been used at all, except in taking video. The ease of turning it on though means I will likely use it on occasion in the future for low to the ground macro shots or such. Sometimes the menus get a little overwhelming, and a few more "direct function buttons" would be nice, but it will just take some getting used to finding items and navigating menus. All in All a great product, I would recommend, and I look forward to the birth of my first child in a few months so I can go picture happy with the baby pics!

 
Excellent
By busy momVerified Purchaser from Troy, NY on 1/3/2011
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Great photos, Replacement, Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Love this camera! Used the older model D40 but missed the video. This one is great to use anywhere and anytime. Quick and easy to operate. Pictures are incredible and video too. Easy to swap lenses.

 
Great camera
By MattVerified Purchaser from Richmond,va on 1/1/2011
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Great camera though not the best experience with Ritz. Hope they do a better job on the future.

 
Finally the pictures I have dreamed of..
By JJVerified Purchaser from Detroit, Michigan on 12/30/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Replacement, Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

We've only has this a month - but the whole family is able to easily use it (well, my daughter helps me a lot) and the pictures are amazing.

 
Just Love It!
By CindyVerified Purchaser from Tacoma, WA on 12/26/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

We wanted a camera that didn't have the delay of our current point and shoot. We went on a cruise in June and I have alot of pics of water where the whales "were" because of the delay. We started our research when we got home and a new camera became a must when our daughter had her first soccer season with similar results as the whales. My niece recommended the Nikon brand and helped me choose the right model. It's been great since day one and the "How to Video" was a huge help making the camera not quite so intimidating. Very user friendly for even the most basic of beginners like me. (Even my husband is enjoying taking pictures with it.) I'm truely happy to not be "missing" any more moments. Thank you Nikon!

 
Very Satisfied with my D3100
By MarshmanVerified Purchaser from Marietta, GA on 12/17/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Replacement, Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

I have a background with Canon film SLRs and found the switch to DSLR and a new brand to be pretty seamless. I compared the D3100 to similar Canons and the D3100 just seems to be the best bang for the buck for what I was interested in. For the beginner it offers "presets" for photos specific to landscape, kids, portrait, etc. For the more experienced, it has much more "tunability" than a point and shoot. The info button on the camera can help tremendously if you don't have the manual close by. We got a training DVD with our D3100 and it was very easy to understand other than having to pause the DVD to try to keep up with the presenter. If you get the camera and are still confused, the DVD should offer great pointers from settings, to personal technique for taking great shots.

Images shared by: Marshman

Experimental water shot using manual settings

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Tags: Made with Product

 
Love it!
By jeneise533Verified Purchaser from colorado on 12/16/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Have only taken a weeks worth of shots, but am loving it already. Seems to be doing well in low-light settings.

 
Great Camera so far!
By JoshVerified Purchaser from Hoboken, NJ on 12/16/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Great clarity, Quality Construction, Quick action
Best Uses:
Starter Camera
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

I am a new user to the DSLR realm with this being my first DSLR camera and I couldn't be more happy with it. The camera is easy to use and there are plenty on manuals and instructional videos online to teach you to take better pictures. I've had it for about a month and have taken it to a football tournament I was playing in. The continuous shutter action is great. The pictures are clear and the ability to zoom in real time and adjust the pictures on the fly is great.

 
I would recommend this camera & Ritz to
By DeepyaVerified Purchaser from Fremont, CA on 12/2/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Excellent for travels. A very sharp picture. I like live view capability

 
Great camera!
By BpmedmanVerified Purchaser from Kennesaw, GA on 10/22/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Replacement, Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Excellent alternate camera, or for first venture into DSLR photography. Camera is easy to use right from the box. Guide mode is useful in the field to provide tips on how to shoot difficult shots. No need to carry around a book.
Video is responsive, and with autofocus, makes shooting easy. Highly recommend for the newbie or for the seasoned photographer.

 
Great Product
By nikkiVerified Purchaser from Homosassa, Fl on 10/22/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Replaced SRL camera, Replacement, Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Easy to use. Grat Pictures

 
A lot of camera
By AnnaVerified Purchaser from Raleigh, NC on 10/22/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use
Cons:
Too many extras needed
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

No comment

 
Very good first DSLR
By RavishVerified Purchaser from Lombard, IL on 10/22/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good all round DSLR, Good at high ISO also
Cons:
External mic desirable, No AEB for HDR
Best Uses:
Good all round
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Its a very good first DSLR camera for anyone.

 
I like my purchase
By AnojVerified Purchaser from Dallas tx on 10/22/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use
Cons:
Too much thing to know
Best Uses:
Anytime photos
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

very nice camera like it very much.

 
Great Camera
By Mr CVerified Purchaser from NJ on 10/22/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

Always looking for that great shot, but mostly for sports.
Very easy to setup and use.
Battery life

Images shared by: Mr C

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Great pictures at a great price
By La Scala MamaVerified Purchaser from Laguna Niguel, CA on 10/20/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

This is my first digital SLR camera, and I am taking pictures like a pro.

 
D3100
By EvelynVerified Purchaser from Appleton, WI on 10/12/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Cons:
A tad hard to use
Best Uses:
Replacement, Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

I love this camera with a burning passion-- takes incredible photos, the features actually do what they say they will. As it's an entry-level DSLR, it could be a tad more self-explanatory, but otherwise it's fantastic. Highly reccomend it.

 
Very happy with my D3100
By BTDVerified Purchaser from Tacoma, WA on 10/6/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

I'm a recreational photographer who wanted better pictures than my point and shoot camera. Very happy so far with the ease of use, shutter speed, and picture quality. I've used film SLR in the past but this is my first DSLR so I cannot compare to other models. I can definitely say I am happy with this purchase.

 
Nikon D3100
By ArlieVerified Purchaser from Hudson, Florida on 10/6/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use
Cons:
None
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

After 30 years, I decided to get back into photography. The camera is easy to use and setup for the type of shots I want. Outstanding entry level camera when moving from 35mm to digital.

 
Light De-light.
By Phil4fun.Verified Purchaser from Augusta,GA. on 10/4/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

It's not heavy,that's my camera (D3100).

 
Excellent dSLR for the first time user!
By Michelle the dSLR NewbieVerified Purchaser from Pasadena, CA on 10/4/2010
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Quality Construction
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Nikon Nikon D3100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera w/18-55mm DX VR Zoom Lens:

I purchased this camera as an upgrade from a digital point and shoot. THis is my first dSLR. I did research prior to this model becoming available and I preordered the 3100 in August. This is an incredible camera! Right out of the box, I was able to pick it up and use it with no trouble! It has a "Guide Mode" which helps you to choose the right settings for the type of shot you are tyring to take. This is very helpful for a dSLR newbie. As one learns how to program the camera, the guide mode will become obsolete, but helpful right out of the gate! The pictures I have taken so far are amazing! I am just so happy with this camera! I have not spent a lot of time on using the video mode, however. What I have tried of it is not very good. I am not sure if this is just because I am getting to know the camera or if this is the way the video will work all the time- but when I transfer the movie files to my PC, they are all choppy and hard to watch. Hopefully I will figure out how to use that function, since it is very convient to have the full HD video. One more thing- I thought I would use the live view viewfinder to actually take photos...but it is too slow and not as easy as I thought...better to use the viewfinder. Overall I am very happy with this camera and would recommend it to anyone!

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