The Nikon D3100 is now selling for under $500 for camera and kit lens.  This is quite a fantastic deal for someone looking to move up from a point and shoot camera and is on a tight budget.  We often get caught up in the bells and whistles of newer cameras but the truth is all DSLRs in the last 5-6 years are capable of producing wonderful images and images that could easily be printed in large poster sizes and hung on your wall.  The D3100 has been replaced by the D3200 but as I just said, the older one is still VERY capable of taking excellent photos and at one time was the camera many were clambering to own.


  • 14.2-megapixel
  • 3″ LCD Sensor
  • Includes 3x 18-55mm Lens with Image Stabilization
  • Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus* and sound
  • Easy-To-Use Nikon Guide Mode
  • Uses SD cards – current promotion includes a free 16GB SD Card

That’s right, it is older but shoots 14 lovely MP and full 1080P video, so really no slouch.  Downsides for photographers- none.  Downside for videographers – no mic input so you are stuck with the mono input for video.

If not for you consider picking one up as a holiday present for the photographer in your life.  It has been discontinued and as stock vanishes the price of new models is going to jump.     If I were buying I’d grab the Nikon 35mm and I would have a lovely low light capable camera that can easily fit in a small bag.

There are several deals on other lenses too.

Everything you need- Nikon D3100 | 16GB SanDisk SDCard

I am happy to answer questions about this camera or other!


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 They all had dreams. They all had family. They died for us. Arlington National Cemetery is a heavy place, I can't help but think about all the pain and suffering when presented with row upon row of a headstone representing a fallen soldier and my mind boggles that this still happens today. On this little planet hurtling through an incomprehensible ginormous space - some people think it is ok to kill each other. :( p.s. You should google Cornelius H. Charlton - his story is interesting p.p.s My grandfather is buried in Arlington- my Mom's father was instrumental in designing and implementing early radar systems for the Navy in WW2. Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 200mm and f/3.2
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  1. Please help me decide between Nikon D5100 – Nikon D3200 – Sony a65 and Canon t4i. For Landscape, Parties and Family.

    • Hi Max – First question – How do you feel about the flip-out screen(articulating)? Tell me more about you as a photographer. Do you just want the easiest means to capture moments or would you like to grow as a photographer and begin collecting lenses? Answer that and I can provide a bit more of a targeted recommendation.

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