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Considering d3100 as First DSLR

buffumjr

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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Wed 05-Jun-13 08:30 PM | edited Wed 05-Jun-13 08:38 PM by buffumjr

Looked at Canon t2, t3, t2i, t3i, d3100, d3200 as first DSLR. Right now, I am using a Canon sx160is point and shoot with a lot of DSLR features. A year from now, I will want to move up. Leaning toward the d3100. To me, looks like great bang for the buck. Will be buying from a brick and mortar shop(?)

This is all new to me. Reading avidly, and using forums. I want this camera for still shots. I have a JVC camcorder, so the d3100 will be for stills.

Questions.

Is buying from a brick and mortar shop the best idea (support)?

In head to head comparisons, the articles keep mentioning lack of an autofocus motor in the d3100. The spec sheets don't speak of this. Isn't the autofocus motor in the lense?

My favorite review is a head to head between the t3i and the d3100.
http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-T3i-vs-Nikon_D3100
This is one of the places the lack of the autofocus motor is mentioned. Just how important is it to have this in the camera body?

Does the d3100 come with R/C (radio control) shutter release? Can find no mention.

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