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Nikon D3000 vs. D3100?

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Initial post: Nov 26, 2012 9:02:03 AM PST
D3000 bundle is $465, D3100 is $629. My husband is just interested in starting with an SLR and I don't have much money to spend. Would rather get one for under $500 but don't want to have to buy a new one anytime soon.

I know the 3100 shoots video, but what else would compel me to pay more?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 9:12:01 AM PST
® says:
Nikon D3100 14.2MP is like under 500. What bundle is this? A memory card and a bag is all you need and tha two't cost too much. Which included lenses are in the bundle. You don't need filters or clean kit either, unless you get things dirty. I do think the d3100 sensor is a generation newer with increase MP and maybe worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 9:25:10 AM PST
It also includes a 55mm-200mm VR lens

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 9:38:52 AM PST
i'd get the d3100 if possible, it's got a superior sensor and is a considerable overall upgrade over the d3000. shop around, especially today, cyber monday, i'm seeing the body and 18-55mm kit lens under $500. and keep your eye out for the d5100 with 18-55mm lens, some great deals out there for under $600. try cameta camera, b&h photo, amazon, adorama camera, and 42nd street photo, all great photo sites with good cyber monday deals. good luck in your search.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 9:51:03 AM PST
Q. Trinh says:
D3100 has video and a much better sensor for low light performance.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 11:24:44 AM PST
thanks for your help

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 12:42:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 12:58:52 PM PST
Steve C. says:
I bought the D3000 specifically because I wanted the CCD. As an engineer, I happen to know that it took a long time to bring the CMOS sensor up to the level of quality of the CCD (noise issues that posed major filtering challenges). The motivation for camera makers was cost savings and availability, not quality (since CMOS wafer fabs produce memory chips, they can also produce sensors). I love the color and overall results I get with the D3000. Also, pxel count beyond a certain point is irrelevant.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 1:58:54 PM PST has the d3100 for $409, the d5100 for $499, both with the 18-55mm kit lens. great prices!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 6:15:53 PM PST
Jump on that 3100 woth the 55-200 then. He wil want to buy a telephoto next if you dont, then you will end up paying out more money in the long run, plus the 3100 has other features the 3000 doesnt.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 6:32:35 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 26, 2012 6:32:57 PM PST
With the 3000 you have to look through the view finder to see what you are taking a photo of you can not see the picture on the screen until after you take it

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 8:41:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 8:42:29 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
D3000 is not a logical choice when you can buy D3100 at a similar price. 650 dollars for D3100 is a rippoff. You can find a much better deal.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 10:34:44 PM PST
I have the D3100 and love it. I also saw it on sale with a memory card and the lens for 419.99 I believe

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 10:39:49 PM PST
® says:
I think the d3000 is discontinued as seller are just selling them low or whatever to get them out. You can get a refurbish d3000 for $250 at samy's. The d3100 is now nikon new sub $500 camera.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 11:38:05 PM PST
® says:
ok, maybe ok that one. Make sure there is VR. 200mm without VR is not a good lens at all, I had that one once (non VR version)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 1:34:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 1:41:35 AM PST
Neo Lee says:
New D3000 kit is on sale for as low as $420 on eBay. A new D3100 kit is for $477. Of course if you compare a new to a refurb, the refurb price will look a lot cheaper but still it's not new. Warranty is 90 days as opposed to 1 year. It could be an item quickly returned by the buyer or it could be broken, repaired, cleaned, inspected and put back on the shelve. IMO, i have nothing against refurbs but price comparison is only fair when it's new vs new, or refurb vs refurb.

Btw, I was looking at NikonRomors and it said there's a Nikon D3200 promo for about $600 which comes with two SanDisk 8GB cards and a nice bag. Right now, if I were to compare the D3xxx series, it would make more sense to compare D3100 and D3200. With a couple uneasy limitations, the D3000 is history.
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