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Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 6)

by Gevon Servo on 02/07/2011

In my time with the Nikon D3100, I had an interesting thought. It will make a nice family DSLR. A camera like the D3100 can play many roles in a family without breaking the bank. It’s features, menus  and ease of use make it an ideal camera to capture special moments. The camera is a great photography training tool for that your photographer in your life also..

New Parents

As a dad and a photographer, it amazes me how some new parents buy camera’s like a D700, because a salesman was good and not because it was what they needed. New parents just want to, easily, take good pictures of their kids. The Guide modes of the D3100 will make that easier than the menus of a D700. The camera is small enough to be out of the way and easy to hand because of its low weight. If the little bundle of joy knocks it off the table ~$600 hits the floor and not $ well over $1000 USD.

Getting Young People into Photography

The D3100 makes for a great teaching tool. I have been introducing my children to photography. I have been using my old point and shoot and would consider a camera like the D3100 as their first DSLR. The Nikon D3100 is a great camera to get when young people are more serious about photography. It is an ideal first DSLR for a teenager. The cost of the camera and its guide system will enable young people to be more independent with their photography helping to build confidence. And when they’re ready they can shoot manual and completely understand it.

For the family

For a DSLR, the Nikon D3100 is compact. Its size makes it easy to carry around. Its kits lens is good and has vibration reduction so pictures can be taken while holding on to children. The Nikon D3100’s live view is conveniently placed, so a person does not always have to look through the viewfinder. The Video mode is easy to use. This camera will work well on family vacations, parties, and all school events.

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