My Nikon D3100 experience

So I already have the Nikon D3100 for nearly 3 and a half year now. I shot thousands of photos in that time. Today I want to show you my Nikon D3100 experience.

I bought the Nikon D3100 kitnikon d3100 experience
version with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses for round about 400€.
Just as a small indication for the price, but we will deeper in that theme later.

Nikon D3100 nikon d3100 experience technical specifications

  • 14,8 Megapixel
  • ISO 100 to 3200
  • 11 AF points
  • Full HD videos (1920×1080) at 24fps
  • HD videos (1280×720) at 30fps
  • 3″ Screen
  • Live view mode
  • SHutter Speed 1/40000 to 30s
  • single frame, continous, self-timer, quiet shutter release
  • Weight 505g

What do you want to do?


So this is the strong part of the Nikon D3100.
Because of the weight and the size the Nikon D3100 is perfect for traveling. It doesnt need a lot of space in your Backpack.

The camera has a very easy handling, but it is very different to for example canon cameras as you can see in the menue.
But after a couple of times you used it you know this camera as if you used it for months.
The best addition on this camera compared to previous versions is the Live View mode, with the red button that start recording. It gives you a direct preview on your pricture. That makes it easy to use also when you are in positions where it is hard to get a view threw the viewfinder.

If you want to shoot a picutre late at night and want to use a high ISO it will add a lot of grain that will show up in your picture. So it is definitely a camera that need good lightning.



Personally I dont recommend to use the Nikon D3100 for video only.
It can shoot videos in a maximum of 30 fps at 720p which is solid, but not recommended if you start videography today. It is not able to shoot at 60fps what makes slow-mo pretty shaky.

But for the time I bought it the Nikon D3100 was the first Nikon DLSR that offers 1920×1080 movie recording, but only up to ten minutes.
The video part is a nice feature that is nice to have if you have your small entry dslr on vacation and want to film a few moments without slow-mo and awesome  editing.


I paid around 400€ for the Nikon D3100 Kit with the 18-55mm and 55-200mm. That is a very low price for the options you get with this camera. It is perfect for beginners with a low budget.

These days you pay around 250€ for the Nikon D3100 Kit with the 18-55mm lense what is great if you want to start with photography.


The Nikon D3100 was for me the perfect entry DSLR because i mostly wanted to shoot nice pictures with an awesome sunset.
Easy handling, nice features, low weight and the great kit lenses are the reasons why it was perfect 3 and a half years ago.
But now when I start to get more intrested in low light and street photography and videography becomes a bigger topic for me, I start to reach the end of the possibilities of the Nikon D3100.

That was my Nikon D3100 experience! Did you already use this camera? Feel free to share your opinion about it.