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Nikon Coolpix 3100

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Nikon Coolpix 3100

Editor's Review

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 offers point & shoot simplicity in a very small package, making it a good choice for beginners or amateurs looking for an ultra-compact camera. Unlike Canon's Elph series, the 3100 accepts AA batteries, making it ideal for travelers and other photographers on the go. Though its manual controls are limited, it offers a variety of preset scene modes and a unique framing assist feature that helps beginners compose better photographs.

Specifications

  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG format only
  • ISO range 80 - 320
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • UPC: 00018208255092
  • Release Date: Apr 29, 2003

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Nikon Coolpix 3100 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix 3100 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
battery door broke early (Pedro Solberg — 10/01/2008)

I have taken over 3000 photos with this camera, and love it.But the battery door broke after a few months and I have been keeping it locked with tape ! Now the message "lens error" showed up and returns after I turn the camera off. Is this a "death sentence " ?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Battery life and door issues (Todd Vargo — 07/27/2008)

I had the same problems as others with this camera.
Rechargable batteries (2300mAh) don't hold enough charge to keep the camera on for very many pictures, and the latch on the camera body for the battery door to hook into, broke off.

After getting tired of using a rubberband to keep the battery door closed, I fixed it by drilling two holes in the camera body and epoxy glued a paperclip in to create a new latch for the battery door to hook into. Problem solved.

Rechargable batteries are 1.2 volts, not the full 1.5 volts of a AA battery. The camera requires 3 volts (or 2 AA @ 1.5v each) but two fully charged recharcable batteries only provide 2.4 volts. It's no wonder the camera keeps shutting down so early when using rechargable batteries.

Through this site I discovered there is a firmware 1.3 update that I hope will lower the voltage threshhold and fix the battery life problem. So far it seems like the update has solved the problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon 3100 battery door (Winston — 08/01/2007)

You are not alone. Nikon should fix it for free because of its bad design. It ruins its engineer's reputation.

  • 3.0 out of 5
battery door keeps breaking!!! (Tiffany — 01/15/2007)

I, too, had problems initially with the battery life. After dumping the batteries that came with the camera and purchasing my own lithium rechargeable batteries (approx. $20) it fixed that problem.

MY BIGGEST ISSUE with this camera is the fact that the battery door is so flimsy it has broken for a second time. The first time it broke I had only been using the camera for about 10 months. I couldn't find my receipt so I had to pay $100 plus shipping, from Nikon, to get it fixed. It has broken, AGAIN, but I can't bring myself to pay for it. Not when I can buy a new camera for only a few dollars more. Am I the only person out there with this problem?!?

I also wish the 3100 had sound capability when in movie mode...not having sound is a waste of a mode.

  • 4.0 out of 5
update firmware, and you will find the difference (Darwin — 12/18/2006)

When i got this camera, it had a bad battery life. firmware version 1.2

after updating the camera to the latest firmware version 1.3 , this little creature had a better battery life.

so the point is, UPDATE YOUR FIRMWARE !!
Check your Nikon Coolpix 3100 firmware by pressing "MENU" button while you switch on"

Update the latest firmware with easy steps by going to this website below

http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?goingto=dtc_options&cat=1&grp=2&productNr=25509

Cheers,

  • 3.0 out of 5
****Battery problem Fix**** (Steven Wilde — 09/10/2006)

A quick note to other owners of the coolpix 3100. I have been having the same battery problem as all the others above me and have a simple fix. I have had to replace the nikon batteries with new ones (which have a better capacity anyway) and have upgraded the firmware with the latest version from Nikons website. As soon as I did this I was able to shoot up to 150 shots with the flash and used the zoom unnecessarily trying to kill the batteries. This has completely fixed the camera and I wish I had looked into this problem earlier. I was only getting about 10 shots from the same batteries before the upgrade. I am once again happy with this little camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I also have had bad battery life,switched to cr-v3 (Randy Kielan — 08/28/2006)

I have changed my review from a 2 star to 5 star.
I originally could only take about ten pictures and have to change batteries,and I would also have 70 percent of my photos say corrupted file and they were unable to open..
I first stopped using AA batteries,and switched to Nikon's re comended CR-V3 and choosing Duracell brand. I immediately had weeks of battery life and could take hundreds of pictures.
But... I would still have 70 percent of my photos say corrupted file and they were unable to open.
I lost two worth of vacation pictures....
I now have upgraded the firm ware from 1.2 to 1.3,and upgrade the Nikonview from 5.xx to 6.27.
I also am not removing the 512mb memory card and using the USB cable to transfer photos.
I have been taking pictures for two weeks and it has been terrific....I am extremely happy so far..
I am using the heck out of it BEFORE my next vacation..
Thanks Randy

  • 1.0 out of 5
worst camera money can buy (Abhishek — 08/28/2006)

Bad battery means you cant really take any pictures. what use is such a camera. i think all the people here should team up and sue nikon.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery problems (Sharlan Douglas — 08/21/2006)

I chose the Nikon over other digital cameras because it uses AA batteries. While I knew that the rechargable nickel metal hydride batteries would work best, I wanted to be able to use standard AA batteries in an emergency. They have NEVER worked. This is a major disappointment. I won't buy Nikon again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
I also have had bad battery life,switched to cr-v3 (Randy Kielan — 08/16/2006)

I could only shoot 10 pictures before I got battery failure.
I also lost pictures due to file corruption.
I switched to crv-3 and now I have great battery life but lost 66% of my pictures to corrupted flies,I could see the folders with names like 00zz000z00z, but couldn't open them.
I downloaded the latest firmware version 1.3,
and watched it say updating from 1.2 to 1.3,yes/no,
complete.
I noticed the menus have changed from 1M to 2M .
We will see.
I lost my second summers vacation with this thing.
I am going to use this thing alot before my next vacation....

  • 4.0 out of 5
good for me takes good pictures beginner user (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

want more definition in action shots. The camera's on button broke and it will not turn on or do anything

  • 4.0 out of 5
Firmware upgrade to v1.3 fixed my battery problem as well... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am re-rating this camera from a 1 star (see my prior review "Terrible Battery Life") to a 4 star after updating my firmware to v1.3, as suggested below. With freshly charged 1800 mAh NiMH batteries, I have taken 40+ pictures (with flash) within a 30 minute period and the low-battery indicator has yet to come up. I must say that the firmware update has totally resolved my battery issue. I am not sure how/why the camera's problem developed over time with v1.1, but I am hoping that it will not do the same with v1.3.

  • 1.0 out of 5
p.o.s (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

battery life = about one photo.This camera is a p.o.s

  • 2.0 out of 5
Another Owner frustrated with no battery life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As the others above, we have this camera and after three years we've finally given up on it. It takes great pictures, and the battery power lasted for about a year. Then we started to have the battery problems where we could get two or three shots in before the battery died. So next we had tried the solution that was mentioned above about getting high-quality re-chargable batteries. This worked and we took our camera to Japan and took around 1000 pictures and figured our camera woes were solved. But then we ran into the battery problem again a year later, with the Lithium-Ion rechargeable batteries, where we would be out of juice after two or three pictures. Just for fun we would put in a new set of standard batteries and could get one picture before it would die.

End result? After three years the camera is a lemon and even the Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery "fix" mentioned above is just a temporary fix. You will end up with a lemon, it's just a matter or when, as there is no permanent fix.

We've moved on from Nikon after this less than desirable experience.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad batteries. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As with everyone else my 3100 worked OK at the start but after about a year it is impossible to use as the batteries (old and new) are used after a couple of shots.
I have used Nikon all my life but will never again buy one of their products. I have written to them re. the problem but got no response.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Firmware upgrade fixed battery life problem - hopefully (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I, too, have been very disappointed with the battery life on my 3100. Finally, yesterday I emailed Nikon support about it and received a very nice reply within a couple of hours (on a Sunday, even). The technician had me check the firmware upgrade (I had v1.2) and said I needed v1.3. I downloaded and installed it with no problem, put in freshly charged batteries and proceeded to take 75 pictures over a period of 4 hours just to see how it would work. About half were flash, indoors and the rest outside. I'm not saying for sure this has solved the problem but for now it's working 1000% better than it did prior to the upgrade.

  • 1.0 out of 5
give me money back! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought more rechargable betteries for nikon for all my past over 30 years. Why you don't call back your bad product and return money to consumers.
NEVER A NIKON AGAIN.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Beautiful Pictures, Poor battery life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera three years ago and have bought countless rechargeable batteries and chargers since. Even the most expense high capacity batteries and expensive chargers will give this camera good battery life. I have managed to make it slightly usable, but I still carry around five sets of spare batteries and am constantly swapping them out. That said on 2500mAh NiMH batteries I can get about 20 or 30 pictures which is usually about how many I take anyway. I have used this camera for a digital photography class with excellent results. I was intimidated at first when most other students had very expensive cameras, but in the end the picture quality of my pictures was as good as if not better than most of theirs. I was extremely pleased with the picture quality. If you take a little time to learn the camera and use the right settings you can take great pictures every time (except when the batteries run out)

  • 1.0 out of 5
DO NOT BUY! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is an excellent camera except for the battery life! We you are just ready to take a very important photo, the camera just shuts down because the battery has drained out! It worked fine intially but after a few months, nothing seemed to work. We tried all kinds of batteries, different chargers, but it didnt help. We even fought with the guys who sold the charger, thinking it was a problem with their product. We are gonna buy a new one, and definitely not a 3100!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery state (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Since the battery problem seems to be very common I think that Nikon should find a way to reimbourse all Coolpix 3100 as it is a case with another big brands. Besides, I suspect that has Nikon integrated certain 'chip' in the Nikon brand batteries which give no possibility to use effectively other battery types. In any case I would not recommend the Nikon products solely due to the poor technical support.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Broken battery door (Randy S — 04/15/2006)

Broken battery door, camera is useless now. The part that broke is on the main body so fixing it doesn't make sense. They should advertise these as "disposable".

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great pics, bad battery life! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I would like to add my name to the list of people hurt by this battery issue. This camera started off great and had ok battery life, taking wonderful shots which rival even modern 2006 cameras. My parents, brother, and even girlfriend's sister bought this camera on my word, then it happened. My brother and I both get only about 4 shots before the battery is dead. Not very portable when you have to carry 10 extra batteries. It does take good pictures so I keep it around even if it is a real pain...but my brother is tossing his.
These cameras are not old and have been well taken care of, there is no excuse for this. There is a good chance we won't be buying Nikon in the future.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor battery life of Nikon Coolpix 3100 after 3 years (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Unfortunately I have to join all bad reviews so far. At the beggining the battery life was excellent, but now I cannot take more 10 pictures with whatever batteries I use. I will never buy Nikon again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Takes alright pictures..... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

for the two minutes you have before you put the batteries back on the charger. No more Nikons for me.

  • 5.0 out of 5
I found the perfect battery solution for this camera!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved this camera from the beginning — it takes fantastic pictures and is extremely flexible and easy to use. But the issue of batteries slowly wore on me until I started to think about throwing into the river. Since I bought a Lithium-Ion rechargeable (r-crv3) battery and charger, it takes many, many pics on a single charge. And the flash recharges extremely quickly. I recommend the one from Delkin Devices... Get it! You'll enjoy the camera much more!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible Battery Life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Worked okay for the first 1.5 years I've owned it, albeit with poor battery life. Now, for some reason, I can't even take 2 pictures with fresh batteries. Will not be purchasing another Nikon Coolpix product.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Piece of junk (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

owned it for 2 years and batteries last for 6 minutes max. Then in its 14th month (out of warranty) it developed a problem where for the first 30 secs or so it was turned on, the viewfinder would go crazy. Photos taken would reflect what was in the viewfinder. Is now so bad that camera is un-useable. Piece of junk. No future camera of mine will ever be a NIKON.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great little camera (Megg — 01/30/2006)

I've owned my little coolpix for a couple of years now. I purchased it for it's size. I take a lot of pictures while snowmobiling and I keep it in a little pocket in my bibs. The biggest 2 problems I've had with it is: 1-the batteries that come with it are not the best quality that one would want and so I purchased a better rechargeable set, 2-the crappy little latch for the battery storage broke off when I dropped it on a tile floor (I've been using electrician's tape and it works fine, just looks like crap). I've talked to someone else who has the same camera and their battery storage door latch is broken too. Personally I think it's a great little camera. I've had one other digital and it only lasted a year due to how rough I've treated my cameras. I'm about to pass this little coolpix to a daughter and am looking at the 7600. Biggest reason for switching is the flashcard. They have changed them from the CompactFlash to the SD cards which my laptop will take without an external card reader, which is what I use now. I can't complain about picture quality. I am a 'scrapbooker' and I have been able to do just about anything I want with these pictures. I do use a couple softwear programs to alter some pictures, due to my having left the camera on a wrong setting or moving while taking a shot, to improve the picture quality. I just hope the 7600 is as good a camera as the 3100 has been.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Just an okay camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was my first digital camera and at first I was satisfied with its performance and it was very easy to use. I have taken a lot of outdoor shots that are beautiful and I have absolutely no complaints about them. However, in pictures that I make indoors, they tend to be dark and grainy if I'm too far away from the subject. If I move closer, I get pictures of people with glaring red eyes, and this is with the red eye reduction setting turned on. I know people with different brands of cameras who have minimal problems with this, but it has become a major problem for me.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Battery Pronlem - Solved (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After a lot of problems with the battery, a lot of reading a lot of tries what worked good for me is using gp 2300 batteries - since then everything works great.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Hooray! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

(from the UK). Really glad to read these reviews - we bought our first digital camera (yep, a coolpix 3100) about 2 years ago, and have been dumbfounded by the battery problems. I've been tearing my hair out thinking that it's something I've been doing wrong, and have been really happy to see that everyone else has had the same problem. I am now going to follow my convictions, put it in the bin, and buy a camera that actually works. My daugther is now 2 years old, and I haven't been able to take more than one picture of her before the battery discharges. Needless to say, I have very few good photos. Thanks again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
JUNK no battery life! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Brought this camera duty free whilst on holidays in Singapore. Luckily this was on the end of our trip, as the camera has been a dud ever since purchase! battery is lucky to last for 5 pics! No use having a small camera when you need to carry twice its bulk just in batteries to run it! We'd never buy a NIKON again!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bought two both lemons (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First one worked great for a couple months. It developed problems with the lens not retracting and blanking out. Chasing around looking for support was not worth it. Purchased another figuring the first was just bad luck. Well the second developed battery eating problems very quickly. Just two photos are enough to drain the battery. Even for just one shot the coolpix is unreliable. Very bad. I feel stupid for making the same mistake twice. I would say find something other than a Nikon to buy.

  • 1.0 out of 5
What battery???? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Hi i have had the same problem as everyone else, its obvious that the camera has a major technical default? So why has there now been a recall??? Can anyone shed some light on our situation?? Nikon are well known for their quality cameras and it would be a shame for them to loose their credibility! Does Nikon have a response??

  • 2.0 out of 5
Faulty design / Short battery life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has caused me numerous problems. The design is poor: the lens occassionally does not retract when the camera runs out of battery, and after normal use, the battery compartment now does not close completely.

The delay when using a flash is almost unbearable - it first takes long to take the picture, then takes even longer to recharge the flash and display the image.

Finally, I too have had the problem of extremely short battery life. If I use the same rechargable NiMH batteries with another camera, the battery life is long. This is a problem with the camera itself!!

I do NOT recommend buying this camera!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not good value (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Maybe it isn't true for all the Nikon Coolpix 3100 models but I am not pleased with the one I have. This is my first digital camera and so I did not know what to expect. Since the beginning, the automatic shot did not produce good pictures. It had really good sharpness and clarity but the flash was too bright and gave the images a very harsh white brightness, and took away the natural lighting. Now I always use the manual shot, but even then I can never or always have to adjust the whitelight to a particular setting. Sometimes it takes good pictures but overall it it too complicated and unsatisfying for a digital camera. The worst part about this camera is, of course, the battery life. This camera is known to suck battery life. I used to use rechargeable batteries but after a while even that wasn't enough. Now if I use regular batteries and take pictures with flash, the camera cannot even take 3 pictures. Seriously, the battery life blinks after I take 3 pictures. Sometimes I have to turn it off and turn it on, and it might be able to take one more picture. Anyways I would suggest the Canon Powershot A70. My boyfriend has it and I am so envious. He can take continous pictures for hours with flash and also without having to use the maual mode... and his pictures look great. Luckily I have a three year warranty on this camera so I am going to see what I can do. If anyone is still thinking about buying this Nikon camera, I would suggest that you make sure you test it out as much as you can before the refund date on your receipt. Good luck!

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

up until friday this was was my camera. i think it is a great camera and i have have taken hundreds of photos with it. it takes amazing photos (even in the dark) and holds many memories. the only small downside is the lack of sound in video mode but that's it. my camera was stolen on friday and i am going to miss it a lot.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Failed Product (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was affected by the great name of Nikon in Camera when I first bought my first digital camera just to find out a great disappointment. Not only I can't use the camera anymore but Nikon has successfully depressed me with its terrible battery life. Now, I just want to get rid of this camera and find another brand. This is a failed product type and Nikon should draw back this type of camera and return the money to the buyers, like what a company with great name does.

  • 1.0 out of 5
DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been unable to use my coolpix 3100 because the battery only lasts 5-10 pictures no matter what kind of battery I buy! This is very frustrating because do not have the resources to purchase another camera. My coolpix sits in a box in the closet. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to tell all DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Batteries exhasted after only 2 shots (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having real problems with the battery life. It was working fine for the past few months but now the batteries only last a couple of shots. I 've tried loads of different batteries and bought new rechargables but the problem lies with the camera. It is now useless.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor mass product (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It is more than one year ago since Nikon tried repair my Coolpix 31000. Unfortunately it did not bring to much. I have met some others with exactly the same model. We all have the same experience. To our opinion Nikon brought a bad quality product on the market.

As a teenager with interst in photography Nikon cameras had the most excellent reputation in respect of quality. When buying my first, an probably only Nikon I was fooled. It was only half good, it worked to some extent but was never a reliable companion. Poor.

  • 1.0 out of 5
piece of crap (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

incredibly dissapointed with this camera, although i have owned it for 2 yrs., i have nothing to show for it. between battery life and the cards needing formatting every 10 photos, all has been deleted by trying to figure it out! an absolute waste all around!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Bad Battery! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Normal weekend user of the camera. Recently, the camera started exhausting the batteries within 7-10 pictures, rendering the camera unusable as far as I'm concerned. I have tried all the suggested batteries, all have had the same result. Nikon has fallen to the bottom of the digital camera list for me.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery Life AWFUL (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

While it takes wonderful pictures and great action photos, it is useless because after I had it for a few months, the battery life became non existent. And I tried every battery out there. Even batteries just for digital cameras. The camera is only good for garbage now.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery problem: camera unusable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can not believe Nikon anymore: this product has a problem and they would not care of the abused customers

  • 2.0 out of 5
Terrible battery life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The battery life is very disappointing. I tried several types of batteries but they last only a few shots. The best rechargeable ones, NIMH 2300mA take 20 shots with flash. I've updated the firmware to the latest version but is the same. Nikon should come to a solution because this is irritating having a camera but not able to use it fully.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Battery problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Ever since this camera was purchased it has had battery problems making it almost unusable. What worth is a camera that cannot take picutres wen you need it? This is both with the nikon supplised batteries, alkaline and a second set of 2300 NiMh. The firmware was upgraded, no diff. Alkalines last 3 shots.

All of these batteries will run the camera on idle for hours or torches suggesting that the camera is mis-detecting low battery condition.

The only time the batteries work is after they have just been discharged by leaving the camera on for ages (taking no pics) and then charged.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointing (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Purchased in 2003 - pictures come out grainy/dark. More recently, this thing can't hold a battery charge. Even fresh batteries only last a few pictures. This makes the camera almost worthless.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Batteries (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having a lot of trouble with batteries. Sometimes on fully charged batteries I only get one or two pictures. Have tried two different rechargeable batteries.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Poor Battery Life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We tried both AA and Lithium batteries and found that the battery life was very disappointing and very inconsistant. Sometimes we would get only a dozen pictures before the battery died. With one (expensive) lithium battery we were about to shoot about 75 pictures before it also died. Clearly, from our experience and other posts there is an inconsistent problem with battery life. We contacted a Nikon support person who was totally disinterested and could not offer any clues. Otherwise the camera takes pretty good pictures and we like the small camera size.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Pathetic battery life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Having read all the rave reviews in the press I thought I was on to a winner! As you can see elsewhere though the battery expectancy makes this camera virtually useless. The best batteries I had were a set of expensive lithiums which gave me over 50 shots before expiring. I think there may be a real variance in the cameras because often the battery life is praised.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes Great Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Simple to use controls. Excellent pictures. Definitely need extra set of rechargeable batteries. Users manual confusing.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fine for first time users. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

People complain all the time about the AA batteries. If you spend just a little more on the batteries MEANT for Digital Cameras/Electronics then you will have no problem with battery life. This little camera works just fine, its the same as their brand new line except shaped a little different. All the features seem the same and no one REALLY needs 6 megapixels in their cameras if they are not an avid photographer. The 4x6s I get DEVELOPED (just, don't print at home if you don't want to invest in the photo paper, ink, software, etc) look like 35mm. Nikon makes their cameras easy to use and easy to look at. I love mine.

  • 3.0 out of 5
irritating battery life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

tried everything, also changed the firmware, support from NIKON is terrible. after 5 to 10 shots the camera dies, "battery exhausted" with freshly charged 2200 NiMH batteries. Camera and picture quality itself is great but I will never ever buy from the NIKON firm again after this experience with handling customers.

  • 4.0 out of 5
pretty good, most of the time (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

easy to use, great form factor (small, I carry it in my pocket everywhere, so I get some shots I would not with a larger device). Weakness - two batteries seems to make it slow to respond, esp. if batteries are low. Quality is acceptable for "snaps". I like it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Astronomical results!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Last night I finally forced myself to set up my LXD55 from Meade Optics and attempt to shoot the moon using my hand held 3100. It was cold and windy but crystal clear under the stars. The shots were incredible. Even the Pleiades were picked up notably by the camera. They are the 'seven sister' asterism in the constellation Taurus, the Bull. Up I went with the power using the zoom. Still excellent for this last minute attempt. I will send along some pictures as soon as I obtain your e-mail address. Amateur astronomers take note! Oh, yes, I have to cover the flash with a black swatch of electricians tape to prevent wash out. I use the same piece of tape to 'lock' the mode wheel. It is notoriously easy to move. My one BIG!! complaint. Thanks Nikon
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