These days, more and more people are taking pictures than ever before. With the emergency of social media, the demand for good quality photographs has never been higher. It should be no surprise that the market for entry level DSLR cameras is booming right now. However, with such a wide selection available to the consumer, it can be hard to choose the right camera for you. Luckily, the following article focuses on one of the newest and most popular budget DSLR cameras currently on the market. Here you will get a comprehensive Nikon D3100 review so that you can make an informed decision as to whether or not you want to give it a try.
The first thing that struck us as odd with this camera was its price. The Nikon D3100 currently costs about the same as the Nikon D5000 which has been out for some time now, and in many ways, the 5000 is the better camera (with a few big exceptions). Also, the Nikon D3100 is very similar to the much cheaper Nikon D3000 so it seems like Nikon had quite a bit of trouble finding the right price for this device. That having been said however, there are still many reasons why the D3100 might be the camera for you.
D3100 Noise Profile
The Nikon D3100 has an extremely good noise profile. In fact, it is the best in its class of budget DSLR cameras. it produces very clean JPEGs all the way through ISO 3200. The D3100 has wonderful color reproduction, which is something that lacks among many of its competitors. Often times DSLR cameras in this price range will give you over saturated colors that dont look real. The exposure and metering system also function much better than we initially anticipated.
When it comes to performance, the Nikon D3100 was just okay. It is slower than many of its competitors, even the cheaper Nikon D3000. It has a power to shoot time of .4 seconds. It is also able to focus and shoot in .4 seconds too (in good light). In poor light however, the D3100 took .9 seconds to shoot, significantly longer than many other models. With flash that shooting time is even longer at 1.1 seconds. What this means is that this camera might not be ideal for those looking to photograph random moving objects a lot.
The video quality of the Nikon D3100 is similar to many other cameras in its class however, the full time AF leaves much to be desired. The AF had trouble locking on to moving objects when we tested it, and it was also extremely loud. The sound quality however, was actually better than we thought, outperforming most if not all of the competition.
Nikon D3100s Look and Feel
With regards to the Nikon D3100s look and feel, it has a smaller and lighter body than the D3000. It is very comfortable in the hands, and while it has many direct access controls attached to it, it doesnt feel cramped, something we found to be very pleasing. Generally, most of the location of these controls are in the same places as it was in previous models which should make it easy to use for someone upgrading to this device.
Our Nikon D3100 review wouldnt be complete without telling you what comes in the box. Along with the camera, this device also comes equipped with a USB connector and proprietary software for those of you who like to do their own editing. All in all, the Nikon D3100 is a decent DSLR camera, but you can get the D5000 for the same price, or opt for the similar but cheaper D3000. We hope you found this Nikon D3100 review helpful!