I've been looking for a new, easy-to-use camera for a while now. The point-and-shoot camera that we currently have is okay, but at 7 years old, it's a bit outdated now. Newer cameras have so many more features these days than the camera I have. I will definitely have to look into this camera since it's so well reviewed. A 9.5 is almost perfect!
The Nikon D3100 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera
The Nikon D3100 14.2 MP Digital SLR camera is about as user-friendly as a camera can be without losing the features that everyone loves from a semi-professional SLR camera.
What’s great about the D3100 is that it’s not only very lightweight, but it’s also extremely affordable. This fantastic combination makes it one of the top cameras on the market for families and home users that want a little professional touch to their photography and want to capture those special moments in style.
The Nikon D3100 has a 3 inch monitor, one of the largest monitors for a camera of this size. The camera itself is just 7 inches wide and weighs about a pound, making it easy to carry and handle with one hand and also makes it great to take with you on your vacations. The monitor offers a full color display and One-Touch Live View shooting. This process makes the delay that other digital cameras experience during start-up almost non-existent.
While, in the past, many professional photographers have been averse to the inclusion of video capture from such a fine camera, you’ll be delighted to hear that the Nikon D3100 has a 1080 pixel HD video component as the quality doesn’t take second place to functionality. You can actually get great quality video capture something that is becoming more and more popular for all-in-one devices.
Nikon’s commitment to quality shows in this latest addition to the Nikon line. The D3100 has a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery and a charger that both come with the camera. It features an 8GB micro SDHC card with SD adapter to store those photos before you have them printed or print them yourself. Optical image stabilization and a scene recognition system make taking pictures easier than ever. The camera senses movement from your hands and helps to stabilize pictures so that you do not end up with blurred photos. It also optimizes focus, exposure and shutter speed to help you get the best pictures possible without you having to take a photography class. Instructions are included with the camera in both booklet and CD format. The camera contains its own Guide Mode that helps you with step-by-step instructions to compliment the lighting conditions and format of the photos that you are taking at any particular moment.
The Nikon D3100 has 6 automatic scene exposure settings if you don’t want to take the time to adjust settings manually. It also includes facial detection technology that makes it easy to get your focus on the right subject in your photos. Facial detection keeps the camera from missing those all-important close-ups because of interference from objects around the subject of your photo. The Nikon D3100 also comes with a high sensitivity flash with a lens that’s included in Nikon’s one-year warranty. The flash allows for great pictures, no matter what the quality of lighting. Other lenses and other options are available through Nikon, and the camera is compatible with several Nikkor lenses.
The D3100 offers plenty of features at an affordable price and ranges from about $475.00 to $650.00 depending on your choice of optional equipment and you can even find them even cheaper online! For the price, The Nikon D3100 is probably one of the top SLR cameras on the market today and its ability to bring the professional touch to family photos is perfectly realized.
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