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Nikon D3000 Vs. Nikon D3100 – Product Description, Pros and Cons

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The market holds an unlimited range of digital cameras and electronic devices, which makes it all the more difficult for customers to choose the products they want to purchase. Their mission gets downright dreadful when they have to compare two similar products, such as, Nikon’s D3000 and the D3100 models.

Nikon D3000 is the successor of D60 and the predecessor of D3100. Despite the striking resemblances between the three models, there are, nevertheless, some features that make them all unique to a certain extent. Nikon D3000, for instance, was the first DSLR to feature a beginner friendly shooting mode (the Guide Mode). Thanks to this option, users can easily set their cameras to take pictures in case they are not familiar with the advanced features that are usually foreseen on DSLRs. Nikon D3100 preserves the Guide Mode, so the device can satisfy the requests of both experienced and inexperienced photographers.

  • Lighter, smaller design
  • Slightly improved performance
  • Video capabilities
  • Too expensive
  • The features are too basic for a DSLR

Nikon D3000 has a 10.2-Megapixel sensor and is usually provided with an 18-55mm lens. Even though the manufacturer increased the ISO sensitivity range, most of the pictures won’t come out alright when you set the sensitivity at extreme ISO levels. Also, the AF system and the resolution haven’t been improved at all, so the noise reduction is not significant compared to the D60 model.

Nikon D3100, on the other hand, has a better performance thanks to the 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and the increased ISO sensitivity (12,800). Moreover, the camera has a better color reproduction than D3000, so pictures will appear more vivid and bright.

Video capabilities will definitely help customers choose the right model for them between Nikon D3000 and Nikon D3100. The former camera cannot record videos, whereas Nikon D3100 can support various files up to 1080/24p and the clips are usually in HD format with auto focus and stereo sound. The images are not as good as with other DSLRs, but still, the D3100 is a far better choice for users who want to record clips, as well.

Customers, who have bought Nikon D3000 have often complained about the large dimensions of the camera. Nikon has taken their requests into consideration and thus, the D3100 is much smaller and lighter than any other camera in its category. The DSLR has 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches and weighs 17.7 ounces. The 3-inch fixed LCD display and the controls are in the same position as they used to be, even though some slight modifications might have been enacted.

Nikon D3100 is a better choice than its predecessor, even though the differences are barely visible. The price ($699.95) is somewhat big, so customers might select the Nikon D5000 model instead which has more or less the same price ($699.99).

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