The Nikon D3100 is the latest entry-level DSLR from one of the nation's most popular camera manufacturers. With the same mini-me styling as proper pro cameras, and stunning photo quality, it's a great step up for those wanting to upgrade from compact cameras.
Despite sitting at the low end of Nikon's digital SLR range, the Nikon D3100 is an excellent camera. It features similar styling to much more expensive cameras, with an oversized handgrip, and it's a robust and well made solution.
The kit lens is particularly impressive. It offers impressive colour reproduction, and pin-sharp photographs. Noise is very well contained, even in dark conditions, making this an excellent choice for night time photography.
The Nikon D3100 is also capable of recording high-definition video, so you'll also be able to use it as a full-on camcorder to capture those special occasions. As an all-rounder, it's an excellent device, and a great step up for those switching from compact camera to digital SLR.
The Nikon D3100 is competing in an increasingly crowded market, and it struggles to differentiate itself. It's good, yes, but there are also impressive options available from Canon, Olympus and others. The D3100 also lacks manual controls when filming videos, stopping you from adjusting certain settings.