Nikon D3100 a good bet for the price

December 6, 2010


Looking for a new camera for yourself or as a gift for someone else? If you have been looking at cameras at all lately, you’ve seen the new Nikon D3100.

Recently a coworker of mine at The Catholic Spirit asked for advice on buying a new camera. We both did some research and came up with the D3100. Since then, I’ve been seeing it everywhere!

It was featured on a segment of the Today show about great gifts for this Christmas. It was also listed as one of “Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things 2010.” On the Oprah website it says,  “It’s the device Oprah calls ‘the ultimate camera from the ultimate camera-makers.’ The Nikon D3100 has all the bells and whistles a camera pro would want—including hi-def video—but it can also be a simple point-and-shoot. ‘May I say,’ Oprah says, ‘it is one sexy camera.’

It is also on sale everywhere. Best Buy, Target, Ritz Camera and others have had it featured in ads in the last few weeks.

So, why should you buy this camera?

The D3100 is a digital SLR aimed at people who take their photography seriously but are not professionals, that want really good quality and ease of use.

The 14.2 Megapixel Nikon D3100 has been available since mid-September. It is the lightest camera Nikon has ever made. It takes full 1080p HD video with full-time autofocus and sound. It features, just to name a few, a guide mode to help you take better pictures, ISO sensitivity from 100-3200 and automatic image sensor cleaning. This last feature is very important. I have had so much trouble with dust getting in my camera and then I have to send it in to be cleaned.

I don’t own one — yet. I have my eye on this as a back-up to the new D700 that I have decided I need to replace my 5-year-old D2hs (only 4.1 megapixels! We’ve come a long way in 5 years).
I have read tons of really good reviews from reliable, professional sources. says “The D3100 remains one of the most pleasant-to-hold cameras in its class. It may be small but it’s very comfortable to use. It’s almost impossible to pick up without your hand falling into a sensible position with all the key controls at your fingertips. The layout and positioning of the buttons is some of the best we’ve come across and their function has been carefully thought-out too.” says, “It feels like the precision product it is.”

I’ve played with it a little in the store and the only thing that would concern me is the size. Most people will like the fact that it is very small, but I’m used to using a much bigger, heavier camera. It would take a little getting used to, but I could do it.

So for under $700 with a lens, you can’t beat this camera.