Hello all I have a Nikon D80 which was given to me as a gift. I love it and have not had a problem with it until now. When I sent it to Nikon to be fixed it will cost to much. So I was looking into getting the new D3100. I use the basics on the camera and that is all, I love to take pictures of my family and friends. Can you give me your opinions about the d3100 and if you think its a good idea to buy it.
Since you would be stepping down from the D80/D90 line, a good first question is this: Given that the D3100 is missing the focus motor, are all your current lenses AFS so that the D3100 can do auto-focus?
There is a size difference in the two bodies. Will this change in ergonomics be OK for you?
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#2. "RE: D3100" In response to Reply # 0 Fri 12-Nov-10 11:10 PM by jpFoto
Joseph is right about the autofocus motor, and if any of your lenses are not AF-S, they will not autofocus with the D3100. Almost all G lenses are AF-S. Other than that, and that's a big one, the D3100 is IMO, a more sophisticated camera, with a better sensor and with far better low light capabiities. It is not a "step down" it's definitely a better camera, IMHO.
I had a D80 a few years ago. I just purchased the D3100 and with the limited trial shots i have done so far, it really impresses. It seems to be very accurate, compact, and easy to use. You cant beat if for the price if you are a casual photographer.