Nikon D3100 Pt. 2
Adam Scorey, editor of Digital SLR User Magazine gets creative in the menus as well as the kitchen as he continues playing with the Nikon D3100.
In Nilon D3100 review Adam looked at the D3100's features. Continuing in the same vein we hope you enjoy part 2 ans he looks at in camera editing.
Handling and ease of use
Simplicity sums the D3100 up; pick it up, switch the dial to any mode and take great looking images. No hassle. No fuss. The layout is not daunting, though to get the most from it you'll need to swat up a little on deciphering what the little icons mean. It's light in the hands, with just the right dials and knobs added on the chassis for the improver to start experimenting with once more confident, yet not feel 'lost' in the menu system. The flash is a one-touch affair, as are Live View and the red button for shooting movie clips. The D3100 screen is both bright and sharp, but lacks the density of dots more expensive models sport.
The Nikon D3100 is designed to be lifted out of the box, switched into one of the automatic modes and probably left there for the vast amount of its working life and that's no bad thing. It's a small, cheeky-looking thing that has bags of charm that urges the user to just go out and take pictures. I'd even go as far to say that it's not really a 'photographer's' camera. There are a lot of claims made by marketing types about cameras which aren't true, but, finally, I think you can start to believe all the mumbo-jumbo from Nikon on the D3100. We are in a new era now for the DSLR where superb image quality is a given and this sometimes-technical subject is becoming so much easier to grasp. I'm really struggling to say a bad thing about the D3100... Does this make it the perfect entry-level DSLR? Personally I think it does for now ...
I completed your 7 Building Blocks of Photography course last summer. The main benefit for me is the ability to pre-visualise the subject as I would like it, then create it using the relevant blocks. This makes the whole process much more interesting, creative and rewarding. It has added a new dimension to my photography.