It's a great time to be in the market for a DSLR. First time buyers have more choices than ever to wade through, and companies are competing for your business by cramming more features into their entry-level models. That includes Nikon's new D3100 .
The D3100 comes with a new CMOS image sensor and image processing engine that lets users capture high-definition images and movies (1080p/24 H.264 AVCHD).
Nikon claims the new 14.2 megapixel sensor can be goosed from its native maximum of ISO 3200 all the way up to 12,800 for those extra dark scenes. Some of the other features include a Live view mode, built-in scene auto selector, face detection that's capable of detecting up to 35 human faces, and a 3-inch LCD screen.
Look for the D3100 to ship in September for $700 with an 18-55mm VR kit lens.