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Scott Robarge Reviews the Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera

For amateur photographers like me, the Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera is an easy and affordable DSLR solution perfect for a family vacation, a little league game or a spectacular sunset. The D3100 offers 14.2-megapixel resolution and high definition (HD) video.  The camera’s LCD screen expertly guides users by recommending and/or adjusting camera settings to achieve the best results.

For home movies, there is nothing like shooting in real HD — 1080p resolution (1920×1080) and Nikon makes sharing and editing a snap by recording movies in the versatile H.264 AVCHD codec (.mov file).  For example, you can upload a video to the Scott Robarge channel on YouTube or Vimeo in under a minute.

Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) II technology helps to eliminate camera shake which make so many home movies look like they were filmed during an earthquake.

The D3100 camera is lightweight and packs a lot of advanced Nikon technologies into its compact size, such as a new EXPEED 2TM image processing engine that combines with the 14.2-megapixel DX-format for vibrant image quality.

Sometimes the sun and light just doesn’t cooperate, but when shooting in less than optimal lighting conditions, ISO 3200 (expandable to 12,800) allows you to take great shots at night or indoors.

When you are ready to take photography to the next level, the versatile NIKKOR lenses can be added, like the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm VR telephoto lens.

One of the other great features about the D3100 is a Quiet Shutter Release mode, which significantly reduces the sound of the mirror while shooting.  Nothing is worse than waking up a sleeping baby with the sound of your camera.

Price and Availability

The D3100 D-SLR camera outfit, including the versatile AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens, is available in most specialty electronics and camera stores for about $550.