When it comes to a high quality DSLR, look no further than Nikon and their new D3100 with a 14.2 megapixel sensor, EXPEED 2 image processor and video recording. Kevin Pereira and Milynn Sarley explore the $650 DSLR kit to review its new digital photography features.
What You Need To know
This camera is actually on the lighter side of normal sized DSLRs.
The body only weighs about a pound and it measures 5" across.
The grip makes the camera fit easily in your hand, which makes it easy to carry around and use.
It may loko intimidating with a lot of buttons, but these make the camera really easy to use.
Nikon added shortcuts like the Drive Mode Switch, which makes it simple to change to continuous shooting or self-timer.
One thing is that the camera is a little laggy between the time it takes to turn on and shoot, as well as between shots.
The same goes for Burst shooting, which is a little slow.
There's also a Guide Mode which helps beginners learn how to use a DSLR, HD video recording and Live View Mode, all of which work pretty well.
The Guide Mode only gets better with each new Nikon we review; they make it easier than ever to perform simple tasks like taking a good close-up shot or more advanced stuff like bringing more into focus.
The HD video looks great. You can shoot at a resolution of up to 1080p, the colors are vibrant and you have manual exposure control.
Overall, this is some of the best video we've seen from a DSLR in this class.
Live View Mode takes advantage of the bright 3" LCD but picture taking is a little slower since the shutter has to open twice.
The image quality lived up to our expectations.
Normal light photos look spectacular with accurate color reproduction coupled with vibrancy and sharp detail.
Low light photos are also good. Occasionally, you might get some blur in your shots but the flash exposes evenly.
Overall, the pictures looked better than we thought they would.