#1. "RE: Newbie Question - Shutter Release Disabled" In response to In response to 0
Welcome to Nikonians! Congratulations on your new D3100.
Camera batteries need several charge and discharge cycles before they reach maximum capacity.
Were you using Live View to capture the 40-50 images? The reason I ask, is Live View drinks batteries.
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Thanks in advance. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!