Monday, October 18, 2010

Nikon D3100

Not sure you feel the same or not, when a lot of folks try to invest to for their first SLR, usually they will have a lot of hard time in choosing which SLR worth to spend their hard earn $$$, go for Canon, Nikon or Sony? of course there are other brand out there but in Malaysia this 3 are the top runners. I group top 6 considerations that bugging their mind the most
  1. Cost of the camera
  2. Branding (which one better, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax)
  3. Lens choice
  4. Weight & Size
  5. Image quality
  6. Do i really need SLR??

But if you are looking for the first SLR that won't put a big hole to your pocket and answer all the worries above, personally i would recommend Nikon D3100. Why? price is very attractive loh, tag at RM1988 in Shashinki with free SLR bag & 4GB memory. Sui leh...Compare to Canon still selling 1000D as their budget line with dated features, Nikon really outshine in

  • 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
  • 3.0" LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
  • Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
  • 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
  • IS0 100-3200 range (12,800 expanded)
  • HD movies (1080, 720p or WVGA)
  • Live View
  • Ability to shoot Raw + Fine JPEG
  • Expeed 2 Image processing engine
Image below compare side by side between Canon 1000D & Sony A390. Three of them almost the same in size. D3100 is quite lightweight, so no worry to carry around. 

Ok, let review again the top 6 considerations for D3100

  1. Cost of the camera - Cheap, less than RM2k
  2. Branding - Nikon leh, big brand, no worry on build quality
  3. Lens choice - plenty out there, but your lens need to have build in motor lo..
  4. Weight & Size - only 505grams. lightweight lah.. small in size, easy to carry around
  5. Image quality - impressive for a budget SLR standpoint
  6. Do i really need SLR?? - ask back yourself
Alright, i hope i do provide a little help before you make up your mind which SLR to go. Watch the quick hands on from youtube, the ISO performance is remarkable good for a budget camera, good job Nikon. 


  1. The last consideration : Do i really need SLR??
    The answer is NO, but I hope to have one.. hehehehee....
    I'm looking at this model too.. hehehe...
    this one and the one u recommended... hmm... which one better?

  2. if you really like photography and you plan to spend extra time & effort on it, D3100 is really a good start. If your still "ragu-ragu, 16 /16, then go for Panasonic FZ35/45 lo....

  3. There is never a need, but it is always a want. As long you didn't break an arm or leg or suffer as a result of this purchase, I don't see why not bro? Like what Nike says.. "Just do it!" :)

    (Mitigating factor: well, you didn't really buy a lot of things for yourself this year. Take it as a reward for the year?) (growing horns liao) haha