I picked up a Nikon D3100 a few weeks ago to take away with me on an extended trip at the end of the year. Mostly I grabbed it for the reduce size & weight over my D300. The D3100 is Nikon’s smallest & lightest DSLR to date, you can see compared to the D300 below:
It also didn’t hurt that the insurance company wouldn’t insure my D300 for the full amount. So I grabbed one as soon as it was available to give myself time to get the hang of the camera before well in advance of the trip. I’ve been taking it with me to work and have been snapping a few shots here and there.
So far I’m impressed with the results. I still prefer using the D300, which gives me much easier access to change settings. The D300 view finder is light years ahead of the one on the D3100. Other than that the 3100, is a very capable camera.
I should note I actually haven’t tested out the RAW image quality (which is what I normally shoot) on the 3100 as Lightroom does not currently support it.
Anyway here are a few of the better shots …