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NikonD3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens
 
4.6

(based on 1150 reviews)

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    (767)

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    (354)

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    (23)

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    (2)

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    (4)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (1035)
  • Good image quality (1031)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (799)
  • Large clear LCD (684)
  • Image stabilization (666)

Cons

  • Noisy at high ISO (82)
  • Short battery life (69)
  • Poor in low light (64)
  • Lag / shutter delay (54)
  • Small LCD screen (24)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (889)
  • Landscape/scenery (795)
  • Travel (728)
  • Low light (546)
  • Sports/action (478)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (489), Photo enthusiast (440), Semi-pro photographer (128), Photography student (39), Pro photographer (35)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (910), Yes (205)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good for filmmaking on a budget

I produce independent television and short films utilizing DVX100b and HVX200a cameras. I decided to move into DSLR video production specifically due to this camera. I've shot still photography for years on Nikon with...Read complete review

I produce independent television and short films utilizing DVX100b and HVX200a cameras. I decided to move into DSLR video production specifically due to this camera. I've shot still photography for years on Nikon with beautiful results. With this camera I can now get those looks on video without buying overly expensive 35mm adapters for video cameras. I've seen a lot of complaints elsewhere about the "jello effect" this camera supposedly has. I don't see any more than you'd get on normal CMOS censors as long as you aren't a moron and know how to operate video/film cameras. I've gotten bit rates up to 21mbps, which for some people is too low, but if you're like me and shooting with HDTV or the web in mind I think it's an appropriate bit rate. You ARE able to use manual controls for shooting, you just have to lock them with the AE-Lock button before you move into live view. All exposure functions (ISO, F-stop, Shutter, White balance) can be locked giving you for all extents and purposes full manual control in video mode. Manual focus and Exposure compensation are available to tweak while recording. Subject Tracking AF is useful for tracking and steadicam shots, but outside of that I wouldn't really consider using automatic features. It doesn't have microphone inputs, but I record to a separate audio recorder anyways. I've also done some quick chromakey tests with it and pulled decent keys without much work.
With Nikon's 35mm F1.8 DX prime lens this camera is capable of some really stunning cinematic HD video. Against Canon cameras in a similar price range the D3100 appeared much more cinematic in quality, whereas the Canon had more of a video look to me. Of course if you can afford it the D7000 would be even better, but if you're like me and can't justify paying more than double the price of this camera than the D3100 is right for you.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wanted to love, but just didn't

I previously owned a Nikon D40 for three years. Recently it started freezing while focusing, staying that way for days, before deciding to start working again. I decided it was time for an...Read complete review

I previously owned a Nikon D40 for three years. Recently it started freezing while focusing, staying that way for days, before deciding to start working again. I decided it was time for an upgrade and was so excited to order this D3100. When I took it out of the box I loved the additional buttons on the body and thought the upgrades were nicely done. However, I didn't not enjoy shooting with it nearly as much as I expected. It seemed slower and louder to focus than my D40, but the LCD screen[...] It is larger than the D40's, which is nice, but the resolution is the same. I thought all my pictures were blurry until I loaded them on my laptop and realized they looked fine. I might have adjusted with time, but ultimately decided to upgrade to the D90 instead.

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5.0

Great value

By Bill from Kansas

from Kansas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

    Purchased this as a backup. Works well. I would prefer that it be easier to use by having two 'wheels' -- one on front and on back -- for easy adjustment of Aperture and SS. But, having said that, it's a lightweight, excellent product with great value and, used correctly, excellent image quality.

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    4.0

    Great entry level SLR

    By Stella

    from Minnesota

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

      Took this on a trip 2 days after I received it hoping it would be easy to use/learn. Was very user friendly and I was happy with the pics I got. Had trouble a few times with the autofocus, but it was due to low light levels. Pulled out the manual that came with the camera and once I figured out how to push ISO it was no problem. Could be quieter. Shutter seemed loud to me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Loving my first DSLR

      By Jcronan

      from Jersey City, NJ

      Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

      This is the perfect camera to take my photography passion to the next level.

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      5.0

      Great Buy!

      By PhotoFanatic

      from New Jersey

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Quality
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

          I am not a proffesional and this is my first SLR camera purchase- Im loving the clarity of the photographs taken and the user-friendliness of the camera itself. WIN WIN WIN

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Hot diggity dog

          By Otis

          from North Carolina

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

              Casual and family photography.
              It has a lot of bells and whistles that I am not used to since this is my first DSLR camera. I can't really say anything negative about it. I do think however that the more I use it the more I am going to like it and the more I will become acclimated to all of it's features.

              I bought this camera on a recommendation from others that are on other hobby boards. I do not think I went wrong.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Great start up camera

              By big dan

              from blanco, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Noisy At High ISO

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

              This camera is easy to use, and gives clean, clear pics every time. I highly recommend it to someone that is just getting started in digital photography. Better than starting with one that you will want to replace when you get more comfortable with shooting digital.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Awesome

              By Elizabeth

              from Merrick, ny

              Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

              Awesome camera and company

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              5.0

              D 3100 Nikon with 18-55 Nikor VR

              By Geri

              from Margate, Florida

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                It was a gift for my fiancé Gerry !!

                My camera a D 7000 was too heavy !!

                The 31oo allows her to use my lenses that she
                can handle !!

                She is very happy with it; its easy to use !!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great Start for Grandsons passion

                By bigc45

                from Michigan

                Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                Got this as a starter DSLR for my grandson putting himself through college. I shoot Nikon and I think this is one great way to help. Affordable and Nikon quality and B&H photo.... Kid can't fail!

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                4.0

                Good quality

                By jondpatton

                from Greenville, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                  Good quality for the price... received in great condition. Works well. Used for commercial product photography.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Photograph pf a cant with reflector

                  By Danny

                  from Selma Ca.

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Light

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Noisy At High ISO
                  • Poor In Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                  This is a great little camera to have in your bag light and effective. If your getting into Dslr Photography this is a great learning platform to start on.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Easy use

                  By Sharon

                  from Wahkon, Mn

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                    I plan on using this camera for fun family time and vation. It was easy to set up and use right away. I should be able to capture many memories with this camera.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great SLR intro camera

                    By Pat

                    from Canton MI

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                      User friendly. Takes great shots at kids basketball games as well as at family gatherings.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Camera

                      By Sean

                      from New york

                      Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                      Excellent product

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful entry level DSLR

                      By Steve

                      from Fort Wayne, IN

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                        I use this camera for family and event photos. I haven't begun to scratch the surface on options. It takes high quality pictures and is easy to use. I wish I could zoom more without having to buy another lens.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        GREAT investment!

                        By XAPKIB

                        from Charlotte, nc

                        Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                        This is our 3rd purchase from B&H and our 2nd Nikon 3100.
                        Perfect for both the beginner and also fairly advanced shooter.

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                        5.0

                        GREAT!

                        By DCSPhoto

                        from Redding CA

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                          B&H was great, ordered as a christmas gift, arrived christmas eve as estimated by B&H. Everything was as expected, and I got a heck of a deal! Thanks!!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          works great

                          By Nathan

                          from Brooklyn

                          Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                          my first slr camera. easy to use. good in low light. great battery life.

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                          5.0

                          Great value!!!!

                          By Train guy

                          from Steeleville, IL

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                            I am a rail photographer. This camera is easy to use and takes great photos!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Nikon D3100 Good images poor plastic

                            By Drguy

                            from Albuquerque NM

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Fast Shutter Speed
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Lag / Shutter Delay
                            • Short Battery Life

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens:

                            Quality of images is excellent. Compared to the earlier D50 the construction D3100 is of lower quality. Cables should be included in purchase.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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