When it comes to cameras and digital cameras, especially DSLR models, Nikon is a company that generally delivers some truly impressive models. A quick review of the Nikon D3100 proves that the folks at Nikon are clearly still on top of the game. According to Nikon the specs breakdown like this: 14.2 mega pixel, full 1080p cinematic video capability, 11 point auto focus, built in HDMI port, pop up flash, several picture control modes, and much much more. The great part is the price which Nikon puts at around $699.95, and while seven hundred dollars is a lot for a camera, this easy to use DSLR is well suited at that price range.
The weight and balance of the Nikon D3100 is pretty impressive, plus the three inch LCD screen makes finding the action particularly simple. Plus, the camera is built to fit a variety of Nikon lenses, which means any serious photographer can pretty much dictate the ability of the camera. Still, while the camera may be available for around seven hundred dollars, the majority of SLR fans will likely have serious money sank into other lenses. That being said, anyone contemplating the D3100 should be certain their existing lens collection will mesh seamlessly with this camera before committing to a purchase.
While the 14.2 mega pixel resolution is fantastic, and the picture modes are a great addition and really get the creative juices flowing. Nikon really made the camera easy to use as the scene recognition system automatically adjusts exposure and white balance for a perfect picture every time. In camera editing is simple and fast, mostly due to the three inch screen. However, the real story here is the full 1080p video. Depending on the size of the SDHC card, users can take some impressive videos with this camera, plus the existence of the HDMI port allow for plugging right into a TV or computer monitor for instant gratification.
All things considered, the Nikon D3100 is a little pricey for first time DLSR purchasers, but moderate to advanced users will likely enjoy the chance to take some top quality video interspersed with what are likely some of the best photos around. The camera is easy to use, and stores images and video onto a SD or SDHC card. Obviously, with a camera with this resolution, SDHC is highly recommended, because once you get it you will be taking a ton of pictures and making a lot of movies.