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Sixteen Industry Awards

This camera has received sixteen awards from digital camera experts.

This digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews, Prylportalen.se, M3.idg.se, Pcactual.com and Alphr.com all of whom wrote that this Nikon camera was good.

This Nikon digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" from CNET.com.au, Macworld.co.uk and Photoreview.com.au all of whom thought that this Nikon camera was exceptional.

This SLR camera received a "Highly Recommended" from Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all of whom thought that this camera was very good.

Furthermore, this SLR camera received a "Silver" award from DP Review and the expert at Expert Reviews gave it a "Best Buy" award and wrote it was good.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on sixty-eight expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this camera is 82%.

User Reviews Are Average

On average, based on 11 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 78 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

Twenty-five Nikon D3100 owners who reviewed it considered that it was able to produce good images. Goodgearguide.com.au gave it a score of 4 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Good Gear Guide.com.au five years ago “It's capable of supplying very good image quality and it also has the ability to shoot HD video”. Six years ago Cnet.com.au mentioned on expert website CNET.com.au “A host of features and excellent image quality sends this camera to the top of the pack” in their Nikon D3100 review. Pcadvisor.co.uk wrote in their review on PC Advisor.co.uk “It has a great set of features for a beginner photographer and decent image quality”.

A few Nikon D3100 owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Photoreview.com.au mentioned “It also adds Live View shooting plus Full HD video recording” in their review. Six years ago Amateurphotographer.co.uk rated the Nikon D3100 4 stars and wrote in their review “14.2 million effective pixels 3in, 230,000-dot LCD screen 1080p HD video Live View Street price £499 with 18-55mm kit lensScores”.

One Nikon D3100 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was good in low light. Expert review site Maximumpc.com gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars and wrote “The D3100 sports a 14.1MP CMOS APS-C sensor with very good low-light capabilities for a camera in its class” in their review.

One Nikon D3100 reviewer said in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Expert review site Techmagnifier.com wrote “It has 14.2 CMOS sensor with a 3”LCD” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only gave it a rating of 40 out of 100.

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Good Video Capture

A few customers who purchased it concluded that it was good for video recording. Photographyblog.com said in their review of the Nikon D3100 on PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon D3100 is an entry-level digital SLR camera boasting 14.2-megapixels and full HD movies”. Expert review site About.com wrote in their Nikon D3100 review “The D3100 has 14.2MP and full HD movie mode”. Camcorderinfo.com said “The 1080p video performance was better than previous models”.

Easy to Use

Some Nikon D3100 reviewers said that this digital camera was easy to use. Expert review site Digitalversus.com scored the product 80 out of 100 and said “The camera is fast and responsive to use” in their review.

Some Nikon D3100 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned on expert website Good Gear Guide.com.au five years ago “It's a comfortable camera to hold” in their review of the Nikon D3100 and scored it 4 stars.

Two Nikon D3100 owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Pcauthority.com.au said “A top video mode and great handling making it a deserving winner” and gave it an excellent rating.

One person who bought the Nikon D3100 wrote that it had a good experience. Six years ago Pcmag.com wrote in their review on expert review site PC Mag “Is currently the only D-SLR to offer continuous autofocus during video recording for a true camcorder-like video-capture experience” and scored it 80 out of 100.

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Good Technical Features

A few people who bought it considered that it had good features. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert website Ephotozine “The D3100 features full HD video recording, 3 inch screen, 14.2 megapixel sensor, ISO12800” in their review of the Nikon D3100. Expert review site Goodgearguide.com.au said “The D3100 has some fresh features that make it a very attractive DSLR option for photographers who are starting out” in their Nikon D3100 review. Goodgearguide.com.au also said “It has a great set of features for a beginning photographer”.

Good Product Quality

A few people who bought it thought it was good quality. About.com wrote “Image quality is exceptional for an entry-level camera” in their review of this digital camera. Cameralabs.com said on Camera Labs “The image quality looks great, there's both Live View”. Pcauthority.com.au wrote five years ago “The Nikon D3100 camera has absolutely superb image quality” and rated the product as excellent.

Good Size

Three Nikon D3100 owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was compact. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk six years ago “Those upgrading from compact cameras”. Neocamera.com said “This is a relatively compact DSLR camera with a 14 megapixels sensor” in their review and scored the product 4 stars. Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com said in their review “It's a great step up for those wanting to upgrade from compact c” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

Several Nikon D3100 owners wrote in their reviews that it was lightweight. Expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com said in their Nikon D3100 review “It’s a lightweight camera that handles well, offers a great deal of control, a”. Expert website T3.com mentioned six years ago “The 14.2 megapixel Nikon D3100 digital SLR upgrades the, Europe’s number one best selling DSLR according to its manufacturer, so expectations are high of its compact and lightweight successor” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One customer who purchased the product said that it was a good body shape. Expert website Techworld.com wrote “It's relatively small, has a comfortable body”.

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Nikon Digital Cameras Have Good Reviews

Nikon has good average reviews for its SLR cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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A number of customers who reviewed it considered that it was well made. Camcorderinfo.com said “The features were solid in video mode.” in their review of the Nikon D3100. Six years ago Stuff.tv mentioned in their Nikon D3100 review “A very solid performer.”. Photoanswers.co.uk said in their Nikon D3100 review “The D3100 was the first D-SLR in Nikons lineup to offer full HD video and is built around an APS-C 14.2Mp CMOS sensor, offering a maximum 4608x3072 pixel resolution”.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was reliable. Expert review site Stuff.tv scored the Nikon D3100 4 stars and mentioned “The D3100 is a superbly reliable DSLR, particularly for beginners” in their Nikon D3100 review.

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Nice Design

One customer considered that the Nikon D3100 was a good design. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com scored the product 4 stars and mentioned in their Nikon D3100 review “Old-school photographers will embrace the Nikon D3100’s sharp stills and classic design.”.

One person concluded that the Nikon D3100 was ergonomic. Four years ago expert website Techmagnifier.com wrote in their review of the Nikon D3100 “Nikon D3100 Price in India of Rs 32,950 shows a host of features that are ergonomically designed”.

One Nikon D3100 owner said in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking. Gadgetshow.channel5.com said in their review “With the same mini-me styling as proper pro cameras” .

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Nikon D3100 owner said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Digitalversus.com rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and said in their review of the Nikon D3100 on Digital Versus “The low-definition screen costs it a star.”.

Good Support

One customer who purchased it concluded that it had good technical guidance. Expert website Techworld.com mentioned “Includes some built-in guides that can help you take the type of shot you're after” in their review of this digital camera.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who bought the product considered that it was noisy. Ephotozine.com mentioned on expert review site Ephotozine “If you want to be able to take great photos with low noise” in their review of the Nikon D3100.

One Nikon D3100 reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it was quiet. Six years ago expert website Photographyblog.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Nikon D3100 “A Quiet Shutter Release mode, a”.

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Good Quality Lens

One Nikon D3100 owner who purchased it reckoned that it had a good autofocus.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on recently released SLR cameras.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Unlike most of the other new digital cameras which do not have a built-in flash, the Nikon D3100 has a built-in flash.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon D3100 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other recently released similar spec cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been available for the last year.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon 1200D[plb_3842490_price].

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Has Nine White Balance Modes

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Nikon camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on latest SLR cameras. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Sunny" are also found on this camera.

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Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon D3100 is more than most SLR cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this Nikon camera. The photo effects Black&White are also found on this camera.

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Very Narrow

At only 124 millimeters, the Nikon D3100 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other recently released digital cameras. The widths of comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the D3100 range from 110mm to 160mm.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many new SLR cameras.

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Very Short

The heights of new SLR cameras range from 66mm to 160mm, and the average height is 100mm. With a height of only 74.5 millimeters, the Nikon D3100 is quite short compared to most of the other newly released similar spec digital cameras.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon D3100 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3100. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this Nikon digital camera. In addition, this camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 424 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all latest SLR cameras.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 640 x 424 pixels.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most recently released SLR cameras. This camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on SLR cameras that came out in the last 12 months. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Auto" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon D3100 is more than most cameras that have been available for the last year. The most commonly featured auto focus is Servo Auto Focus, but this auto focus is not featured on this digital camera. The auto focus Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection and Single Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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3456 X 2304 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D3100 has a higher still image resolution than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for the last year. This camera has a 3456 x 2304 still image resolution, whereas most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 720 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Nikon camera have a still image resolution of 2304 x 1536 and 4608 x 3072. Latest SLR cameras still image resolutions range from 480 x 480 (worst) to 6000 x 4000 (best).

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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15 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon D3100 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other SLR cameras that were launched in the last year also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for the last year, the Nikon D3100 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most SLR cameras that have been around for the last year do not have an image stabiliser. The Nikon D3100 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon D3100 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other new comparable spec digital cameras are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon D3100 does not have a GPS, although this is within the context that most of the other new SLR cameras also do not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

The Nikon D3100 does not support video recording, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other latest digital cameras also do not support video recording.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The average megapixel count of SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D3100 is 20MP, and the megapixel counts range from 6MP to 37MP. The Nikon D3100 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 14.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3100.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel count that might also be worth looking at include the Canon 1200D[plb_3842490_price] (18MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Narrow Field of View

The average field of view of digital cameras that are a similar age to the D3100 is 99%, and the field of view range from 95% to 100%. The Nikon D3100 has one of the narrower field of view (only 95 percent) amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon D3100 is more than most recently released SLR cameras. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on latest digital cameras. The flash modes "Flash off", "Pre-flash" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of only 14.8 megapixels, the Nikon D3100 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3100 the total megapixel counts range from 6.2MP to 38MP, and the average total megapixel count is 21MP.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of latest SLR cameras range from 130,000 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Nikon D3100 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of only 3,200, the Nikon D3100 has a quite low maximum ISO speed compared to most of the other SLR cameras that are a similar age to the D3100. Across all the comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the D3100 the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 110,000.

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Only 4608 X 3072 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Nikon D3100 has a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. Most cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. Cameras that were released around the same time as the D3100 maximum image resolutions range from 2560 х 1280 pixels (worst) to 8688 x 5792 pixels (best).

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Very Thick

The Nikon D3100 is one of the thickest comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the D3100 (96 millimeters) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The average depth of digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3100 is 77mm, and the depths range from 53mm to 97mm.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

At 0.45 meters, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3100. SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3100 have closest focusing distances of between 0.25m and 5m.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D3100

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Nikon D3100 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other recently released comparable spec digital cameras.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this SLR camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon 1200D[plb_3842490_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Nikon D3100 has a relatively typical weight (505 grams) compared to most of the other latest digital cameras.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Diopter Adjustment
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Other Features

16 Awards

What Digital Camera Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended DP Review Silver Trusted Reviews Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy Camera Labs Highly Recommended Pocket Lint Hot Product macworld.co.uk Editor's Choice pcauthority.com.au A-List alphr.com Recommended (A List) CNET.com.au Editor's Choice photoreview.com.au Editor's Choice prylportalen.se Recommended M3.idg.se Recommended pcactual.com Recommended

Expert Reviews

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19 April 2012

Nikon D3100 Tech Specs suggest that this is an exceptionally great entry level DSLR, which is able to deliver excellent picture quality for experienced photographers. But for novices too it is...

3 January 2012

Now a year-and-a-half old, the D3100 was the first D-SLR in Nikons lineup to offer full HD video and is built around an APS-C 14.2Mp CMOS sensor, offering a maximum 4608x3072 pixel resolution...

6 November 2011

2011 was an impressive year for Nikon's video-capable DSLRs, as the company went to great lengths to improve both video performance and features on its new cameras. For this reason, the D3100 is...

6 November 2011

Nikon gained significant traction with this years crop of video-capable DSLRs?the Nikon D3100 included. The 1080p video performance was better than previous models, and the features were solid in... Read more…

4 November 2011

The Nikon D3100 is a solid entry-level DSLR that is aimed squarely at those looking for an easy-to-use camera that offers affordable performance and interchangeable lenses. It?s a lightweight...

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Reviewed 17 August 2011 by Mr. W.
(Verified Purchase)

Newegg has been so prompt. Everything I bought here has been working very very well. I often wonder why I don't buy more often from this site. Perhaps the site design has a bare-bones, Walmart... Read more…

Reviewed 7 October 2011 by Meng V.

Speaking of ISO, thanks to its 14.2MP EXPEED 2 image processor that branched off the more expensive D7000, the D3100 is able to give exceptional image quality even at an ISO of 3200. The D3100 is... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2011 by David K.
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If you just want to set your camera on "auto" and take pictures, you'd be better served with a cheaper, smaller, point and shoot. If you are willing to learn how to set the camera properly, and... Read more…

Reviewed 30 November 2010 by Gary R.
(Verified Purchase)

Accidentally wrote and posted the previous "ME" post for this camera and I was to post for the Canon SX30. MY bad, please forgive me for my confusion, not fair to Nikon. This a very good camera... Read more…

Reviewed 24 June 2011 by Anonymous

Just an amazing overall camera, especially for the price. After buying a nice lens, I am incredibly happy with it...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers f3556g, nikon f456, nikon w1855, nikon 25472, nikon f3556, nikon f456g, nikon w1855m, nikon f3556g, nikon case16, nikon w1855mm, nikon vr55300, nikon case16g, nikon lenses3, nikon vr55300m, nikon case16gb, nikon dxcase32, nikon lenses3p, nikon dxcase16, nikon dxcase16g, nikon d31001855, nikon vr55300mm, nikon dxcase32g, nikon lenses3pc, nikon dxcase32gb, nikon dxcase16gb, nikon d31001855m, nikon d31001855mm, nikon d31001855mmk, nikon d31001855mmki
Barcodes 00013803222449, 00018208049714, 00018208130269, 00018208132843, 00018208132904, 00018208254866, 00018208916610, 00018208919536, 00018208919543, 00018208919574, 00182089195294, 00617529209229, 00689466369014, 00791916504002

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