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Should i get the Nikon D3100?

18 Feb 2013 11:20AM
hello, i am a teenager (still at school) and i am looking to upgrade my camera to a DSLR. I have loved photography ever since i started secondry school. I am not one of those silly teenagers who buy a professional camera just because it's 'the trend' and they really have no interest in photography other than taking good display pictures of themselves!
I have got 2 digital basic cameras and a bridge camera.
The bridge camera is good but i think i am ready to upgrade.
I am interested in nature photography, portraiture,macro,travel photography (i want to travel the world when im older and take photos of dirrerent cultures and places), city and landscape photography and just stuff like that really.
I also would like it to take nice pictures (good quality) of me and my friends on birthdays or each others house Smile
I have 0 but i am going to wash cars and sell stuff on ebay. Im also going to try and get a job but not sure how easy it will be...
My parents have agreed to pay 100.

So my question is:
1. Will this camera be worth the money or is it TOO basic for me.
2. Is it good for what i want to do?
3. Can anyone reccomend any other better cameras in the 300 - 380 region
4. What are some good ideas to get money?
5. Will is be too heavy to carry around? ( i will only use the basic lense and maybe a macro one, nothing massive)
6. Is there much difference between bridge cameras and DSLR except the changeable lenses and price?

Thank you for taking the time to read/ respond to this question.

Also if you have any time, please have a look at my photo and tell me what you think on the comments!

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thewilliam 9 6.1k
18 Feb 2013 12:39PM
An entry-level camera can be a stepping-stone into the system and Nikon is as good as any. The D3100 gives excellent image quality as well as being small and light. In skilled hands it'll give superb results.
18 Feb 2013 12:44PM
I'm biased so it would be Nikon for me
I did have a D3100 but sold it on ebay as I've now got a D200
The D3100 is a terrific camera.
It does have guide mode for beginners but has the full range of other modes too
It's 14.2MP so images are very high resolution
It's quite a compact camera so it weighs very little
The basic 18-55mm lens is very good and you could add extension tubes or a Raynox macro lens
Not sure about the difference to a bridge camera as I've never owned one
I can't comment on other makes but the D3100 is reasonably priced(esp 2nd hand) as there are newer model out now
I'd say it's worth a go

Good Luck
18 Feb 2013 12:49PM
Hi Cait,

I can't answer all of your questions but I do like my 3100. It's light and easy to handle, has enough bells and whistles to keep me confused most of the timeGrin. Being a entry level model and having been replaced by the 3200 you should be able to find some good prices. I personally feel it would be a great place to start, then save for good glass that you can take with you to your next model.

That's my 2 pennies worth, but there are many far more qualified members on this site I am sure will offer up better advice than I

18 Feb 2013 1:10PM

Quote:7. And finally, SHOULD I GET THIS CAMERA?

yes Smile

cracking camera (as the others have pointed out).

s/h lenses from MPB can be had relatively cheaply too.

IQ wise, it should be considerably better than your point and shoot or bridge camera due to the much larger sensor.
there are enough controls (PASM etc) to get your teeth into too.

go on, go get one Smile
thewilliam 9 6.1k
18 Feb 2013 3:09PM
One thing to remember is that lenses will need to be the so called AFS, which have a focussing motor within the lens, if you want auto-focus.

The older AFD lenses rely upon the focussing motor that's built into some Nikon bodies but not the D3100. You can still take pictures but you'll have to focus manually.

You have to lose some facilities when you buy entry-level. But more important, you get the same processing engine as the upper models and a high quality sensor.
18 Feb 2013 3:24PM
the d3100 is the camera I went for as a first dslr, I love it and Im a beginner. If you look at my portfolio they are all taken with the d3100 not saying they are special but they do me

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