Posted : 7/4/2011 8:26:28 PM
At the end of last year I got the Nikon D3100 and I absolutely love it. I wanted a camera that has video capabilities; interchangeable lenses and will allow me to be as basic or as complex a photographer I want to be. The basic lens that comes with the package is a 18-55mm with auto/manual focus and vibration reduction features. If I remember correctly, the cost was good at just under $450.00 at Sams Club. This camera would be great for action shots too.
A few months later, I realized I needed an additional lens for zooming capabilities and opted for the Nikkor 55-300 mm lens, which was a little bit over $300 online. The lens is heavier, but not much and it does everything I want it to do.
Its possible that the next version is out by now, the D4100.
Nikon also carries a much smaller sized range of camera that I've seen do a very nice job.