Nikon D3100 + 18-55 VR £499 @ Expansys - Cheapest price on the 'net!
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Nikon D3100 + 18-55 VR £499 @ Expansys - Cheapest price on the 'net!

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Found 30th Sep 2010
Best price on the net as far as I can see
Still only available for pre-order, but promising price for a great camera


• 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor delivers lifelike images with vivid colors, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations.
• High ISO (100-3200) light sensitivity - extendable up to 12800
• GUIDE mode: quick and easy-to-use in-camera assistance.
• D-Movie – full HD (1920 x 1080) movie clips: record beautiful high-definition (HD) movie clips with sound.
• Live View with Scene Auto Selector: makes it easy to compose images using the LCD monitor.

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Nice starter camera at a great price, For people just starting in DSLR the D3000 is invaluable, you realy cannot go wrong, its all there in the menus. This has the added bonus of movie, which is a boon for the learners, like me. VR lenses realy do make a difference, saves having to try and rest on a walltop, tree trunk or arm.

Anyone seen an in depth review of this yet ? Having trouble deciding decide between this and the 550D (swinging towards the 550D though.

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Definately wouldn't touch the D3000, either would go for the older D40/D60, or jump straight for the D3100

Toby, I'd probably go for the D3100, seems like a nice jump by Nikon, offering some great features in a fairly low end DSLR. Personally I don't like the feel of Canons either, although that's 100% personal preference
Edited by: "weirdwilli" 30th Sep 2010

tobycgraham

Anyone seen an in depth review of this yet ? Having trouble deciding … Anyone seen an in depth review of this yet ? Having trouble deciding decide between this and the 550D (swinging towards the 550D though.



Before making a decision, if you've not already done so, get to your local camera store and have a "feel". You don't want to opt for Canon, Nikon or any other brand based on specs and then find you don't like the handling.

[quote]Before making a decision, if you've not already done so, get to your local camera store and have a "feel". You don't want to opt for Canon, Nikon or any other brand based on specs and then find you don't like the handling.[/quote]

Very good advice!
Quite expensive for the specs. Other makes offer more for your money. I used to have a Nikon SLR in the film days but the digital Nikon's aren't good value, imo.

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pet2000

[quote[b]Quite expensive for the specs. Other makes offer more for your … [quote[b]Quite expensive for the specs. Other makes offer more for your money. I used to have a Nikon SLR in the film days but the digital Nikon's aren't good value, imo.


Really?
It's Nikon's first Full HD video DSLR, a brand new sensor, ISO up to 12800, live view and a bunch of other things - those features for the price of Nikon's second cheapest DSLR in the current range makes it pretty attractive IMO

ok thanks, I'll go and check out the ergonomics - though I would like to see a review - how long does it usually take dpreview to produce one after the camera comes out ? thanks

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There are a couple of reviews on Youtube - all very positive, saying this has taken the Nikon's own D3000, D5000 and D90 out of the game and marks the future for all of the next generation of DSLRs

tobycgraham

Anyone seen an in depth review of this yet ? Having trouble deciding … Anyone seen an in depth review of this yet ? Having trouble deciding decide between this and the 550D (swinging towards the 550D though.



Might be worth reading this comparison

don't like handling of canon's. nikon far better, but it's mine opinion. for the beginners would recommend D60 and all extra saved cash invest into nikkor AF-S 35mm 1.8G (~£180).perfect for portraits, landscapes and in low light conditions.but again it's mine opinion. dslr camera for me it's just for pictures,not videos. videos just ruins name of DSLR
CMOS sensor is bigger on D60 (!)

weirdwilli

Really? It's Nikon's first Full HD video DSLR, a brand new sensor, ISO up … Really? It's Nikon's first Full HD video DSLR, a brand new sensor, ISO up to 12800, live view and a bunch of other things - those features for the price of Nikon's second cheapest DSLR in the current range makes it pretty attractive IMO



I believe there is no bracketing, and you will not use the video at all. Its a feature everybody looks for, but the audio is mono (unless you carry around a stereo mic), which considering you are already lugging gear is not an option. Plus u find photogrsphers trying to shoot video always make the mistake of 90% of the time switching from landscape to portrait without realising the video doesnt auto straighten!!
I'd say for this kind of money, make sure you buy something useful. If you plan to do HDR, make sure you have the right steps in bracketing. It also does not have a AF motor, just in case u have older glass around.
Not saying Canon is any better. Try the feel of it first. Also look at D90, which might be going at very low prices. It is available in the US for about this price with the 18-105VR!! Incase you have connections or relatives!!

£1.01 cheaper at Dabs (but negligible really, I know).

goodgrr

Might be worth reading this comparison


Don't forget there are other makes too. Pentax for instance. If you want primarily photography the new K-r would be a much better camera (720p video).

If one doesn't care (too much) about video, then the D5000 is a little cheaper at £464 from Jessops: jessops.com/onl…tml. The D5000 has a vari-angle display, more control over the active D-Lighting, bracketing and IR remote shutter, and I'd expect the sensor to be less noisy than the one in the D3100 (though dxomark.com doesn't have the D3100 ye to confirm thist).
Edited by: "cowbutt" 1st Oct 2010

I've handled nikons and canons and prefer nikons as they feel better built. Profesionals tend to prefer canon as they support more lenses even without built in autofocus.

As for the options within nikon- the d3100 is still too new to know If it's any good. No one has reviewed the new CMOS. The D90 is known to have a brilliant sensor and the D5000 shares it. I think the D5000 still might beat the D3100 in photos.

I'd wait for the D5000 to get cheaper or wait for more D3100 reviews. Want to know if the 2 extra MP, the higher ISO and the news Digic processor makes a big difference.
Edited by: "Rukshan" 1st Oct 2010

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No hotter?

I've made it hot. Trying to find a decent package for this camera though realistically will be getting it after xmas :o)

Same price at Argos

And Amazon and Jessops.
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