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Nikon D3100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4667 reviews of Nikon D3100. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the portability and image quality. The price and performance also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the water proof and control panel. The optics and storage get mixed views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon D3100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Nikon D3100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 436 user reviews of Nikon D3100 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and performance. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, portability, performance, image quality

97% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Nikon D3100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 755 user reviews of Nikon D3100 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People really like the image quality and performance. The portability and price also get good comments. Opinions are divided on the flash.

usability, price, portability, performance, image quality

97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Nikon D3100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of Nikon D3100 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca. People really like the image quality and battery. The focus and price also get good feedback. Many are negative about the performance. Views about the reliability and shutter are different.

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83% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Nick Newell (pcworld.com)

Nikon D3100

 

Just a step above its other entry-level DSLR camera (the D3000), Nikon's new D3100 has some fresh features that make it a very attractive DLSR option for photographers who are starting out. Notable features include 1080p high-definition video and...

Shoots HD video ; Autofocus in movie and live view modes ; Good image quality for the price ; Intuitive controls and guide menu for beginners ; Good low light abilites

Autofocus makes noise in movie mode ; Fixed LCD screen ; No exposure bracketing

The D3100 is an entry-level DSLR on the higher end of that category's price range. However, it has a great set of features for beginning photographers, and decent image quality.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Andrew Westlake , Richard Butler (dpreview.com)

Nikon D3100 Review

 

Nikon has developed a habit of making very attractive entry-level DSLRs, which are rarely the best specified but cleverly designed so that they're easy and enjoyable to shoot with. The D3000 fitted this pattern perfectly, a gentle refresh of the D60...

Very good image quality Unintimidating interface, but with plenty of manual control Easily accessible Live View and Movie controls Useful drive mode lever (unique on an SLR at this price level) Highly sophisticated AF system for the price Easy manual...

Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions Buggy Live View / Movie Mode (movies aren't necessarily recorded at set aperture) Crude live view magnification is of little help for critical manual focus No live histogram in live view AF still a...

The D3100 is the latest entry-level Nikon DSLR in a line that dates back four years to the D40 and, in arguably the biggest upgrade yet, gains two key features: live view and movie recording. Both of these were starting to look like awkward omissions,...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Nikon D3100 review: Nikon D3100

 

Nikon D3100

Excellent photo quality; well-laid-out controls; interesting, user-friendly Guide mode; full manual controls in video capture.

Smallish viewfinder; slower than the competition; no bracketing.

A very good entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3100 delivers excellent photo quality in a body that's streamlined for experienced photographers, but relatively unintimidating for the less advanced. Its only weakness is performance; though solid, it...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : PJ Jacobowitz (pcmag.com)

Nikon D3100

 

Nikon's D3100 is an excellent entry-level digital SLR, and offers continuous autofocus during video recording for a true camcorder-like video-capture experience.

Inexpensive. Great image quality. Large 3-inch LCD. Continuous autofocus during still and video shooting. Helpful Guide mode for new users. Small body (for a D-SLR).

Audible noise from lens when refocusing during video recording. No microphone input.

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Oct, 2010

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

Nikon D3100 Preview

 

Nikon's latest dSLR offering for 2010, the D3100 improves upon the D3000 released last year. While labeled an entry-level unit, the D3100 boasts some high-end specifications. These include a 14.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, their EXPEED 2 image...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Loyd Case (maximumpc.com)

Nikon D3100 Review

 

The D3100 is a welcome update to earlier entry-level DSLRs from Nikon, which offered aging sensor technology and limited feature sets. The D3100 sports a 14.1MP CMOS APS-C sensor with very good low-light capabilities for a camera in its class.

Body balance feels awkward; limited manual (but built-in guide is useful)

Body balance feels awkward; limited manual (but built-in guide is useful)

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Nikon D3100 Test

 

Nikon D3100 Test : Vor ungefähr einem Jahr hat Nikon die D3000 vorgestellt; eine 10,2 Megapixel DSLR-Kamera mit einigen Merkmalen, die man auch bei der Nikon D90 und D5000 antreffen konnten. Mit der Einführung der Nikon D3100 bekommt die D3000 eine...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

Nikon D3100Digital Camera Review

 

What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Nikon D3100. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at DigitalCameraInfo.com.

2011 was an impressive year for Nikon’s video-capable DSLRs, as the company went to great lengths to improve both video performance and features on its new cameras. For this reason, the D3100 is much better than Nikon’s older DSLRs that shot...

Nov, 2011

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Zoltan Arva-Toth (photographyblog.com)

Nikon D3100 Review

 

The Nikon D3100 is an entry-level digital SLR camera boasting a newly designed 14-megapixel DX format sensor, a quick-access Live View mode, one-touch Full HD video recording with autofocus, plus an interactive Guide mode, a sensor dust buster and an...

If you’ve read the entire review, you will probably agree that the Nikon D3100 produces image quality that defies its entry-level status. Compared to the one-year-old D3000, Nikon has managed to simultaneously increase the pixel count and improve...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Mike Tomkins, Shawn Barnett (imaging-resource.com)

Nikon D3100

 

Though in some specifications at its introduction it bested almost every camera in Nikon's digital SLR lineup, the Nikon D3100 slots into the company's product line directly above the entry-level D3000.

Compact, comfortable body ; Good ergonomics, plenty of well-positioned external controls ; Dedicated Live View switch and Movie Record button ; Drive mode switch reduces menu accesses ; Excellent image quality from the new 14-megapixel CMOS sensor...

No bracketing capability ; Auto and Incandescent white balance very warm in tungsten lighting ; No in-body image stabilization (but bundled kit lens has vibration reduction) ; Won't autofocus with older "screw-drive" AF lenses ; No improvement in burst...

While the Nikon D3100 carries a list price slightly higher than that of the company's most affordable SLR, it offers a number of very worthwhile improvements that make it easy to justify the extra cost. Key among these for most photographers will be...

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