Nikon D3100 First Look

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Our review D3100 kit arrived yesterday, along with a VR 55-300mm zoom Nikon debuted at the same time as the camera. Here’s a few shots with the kit lens, and a couple hummingbirds with the 55-300.

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Nikon D3100 Sample Image Nikon D3100 Sample Image
Nikon D3100 Sample Image Nikon D3100 Sample Image

The D3100 starts quickly, with shutter lag and focus acquisition times in keeping with the high level of performance expected from even an entry-level DSLR. Both the kit VR 18-55mm and the VR 55-300 focus quickly with the 11 point system, and we got to the beach this morning and mounted my VR II 400mm f/2.8 to the camera with the following results:

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Nikon D3100 Sample Image Nikon D3100 Sample Image

Image quality and color fidelity look good so far, and camera build quality seems good and appropriate for the price point. Video quality also looks pretty good, and the full time AF seems to do a decent job of holding focus on moving subjects.

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Nikon D3100 Sample Image Nikon D3100 Sample Image

The D3100 may be the low man on the Nikon DSLR totem pole, but it’s proving to be a capable entry-level camera so far. There’s a lot of shooting yet to go to wring the D3100 out more completely, but first impressions are that this little Nikon DSLR can produce some big-time quality images.



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