Nikon® D3100 Review, 8.4 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
As we mentioned in our Nikon D3100 vs Canon T2i article, the Nikon D3100 is one of the best affordable, entry-level DLSRs on the market. If you’re looking for a DLSR that is easy-to-use and able to produce high quality images, you should most definitely consider the Nikon D3100. Like all cameras, this Nikon DLSR has some major perks and some shortcomings. Before you decide to make a financial investment in it, you should know what photographers like and don’t like about it.
Nikon D3100 Pros
- This camera can record HD videos in 1080p, and you can easily play those videos on your HDTV thanks to the D3100’s HDMI port.
- The Nikon D3100 has relatively no noise at high ISO settings. So, taking clear pictures in dark settings isn’t a problem.
- A lightning fast 11-point autofocus system allows the camera to capture sharp, clear pictures in most situations.
- There are currently 169 lenses available for the D3100, which means you won’t have trouble finding a lens that meets your needs.
- Nikon’s impressive EXPEED 2 image processor reduces delays related to image processing and enables D3100 users to take high-quality images that are clear and vibrant in color.
- The Nikon D3100’s 14.2 MP true resolution allows the camera to pick up quite a bit of detail in each image it captures.
- The D3100 comes with a built-in, pop-up flash attachment, which is helpful when there simply isn’t enough light in a setting to capture a good quality picture.
Nikon D3100 Cons
- This camera has a relatively slow max shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second. This means taking clear pictures of moving subjects is a challenge.
- In comparison to other, similar DLSRs, the D3100 has a relatively slow continuous shooting speed of three frames per second. So, taking several pictures in succession in a short amount of time isn’t as easy or efficient as it could be on another camera.
- The Nikon D3100 only has 95% viewfinder coverage. So, photographers can’t see exactly what the photos they are taking will look like in their entirety through the viewfinder.
- Unlike many DLSRs with video recording capabilities, the D3100 does not come with a flip-out screen. This makes recording videos on the camera a little less flexible and comfortable in certain situations.
As you can probably tell, the D3100 has a lot going for it, but it’s not necessarily the fastest camera with the most impressive specs. Overall, however, the Nikon D3100 is relatively affordable and a solid choice for beginning photographers.