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    Question Nikon D3100 or J1


    I am looking to my a new camera. I had a bridge camera but recently sold it as I wasn't really using it a) because it was quite bulky and b because I thiank I had grown out of its features.

    I would ideally like a camera that is fairly compact but have manual controls to experiment with as I would really like to get into photography and take artistic pictures of family and landscapes when I go on holiday.

    My budget is around 500 which is why i have narrowed it down to

    the J1 - with both the 10-30 and 30-110mm lenses
    and the D3100 - I think if I have spending 500 should I go for the DSLR but the down side is that it is bulky.

    I don't know what to choose I am swaying towards the J1 mainly because it compact but have the two lenses to play with.

    HELP and advice needed.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    NW England


    hi and welcome look at your first line "it was quite bulky" . so that really tells you that you will not take a big camera out so much. mt advice go try the j1 see how it feals then make a decision.

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    Thanks for replying

    Do you think the J1 will have more manual controls being a CSC than my old bridge camera?

    Also where is the best place to go and try one out? Jessops?

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    Hi, the J1 might have the same controls as your bridge but will work in a different way due to the larger sensor. I.E. Aperture Priority will control more or less depth of field.

    Suggest you run through this, especially Part 2.
    Beginners DSLR, CSC or Compact tutorial to get you on the right track!
    Totally new to photography and just got a new DSLR, CSC or compact? Then take a look at Canons basic tutorials and learn how to use your camera. In Part 2, find out about ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, Aperture priority, Shutter priority etc in picture form – this applies to all makes of camera.

    You can see the J1 at Currys, Jessops, PC World Etc.

    And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are to get you started. The most useful is the and for even more adjustment. The is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever


    Last edited by Chris Cool; 13-07-12 at 03:37 PM.

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    So after watching tutorials and film on YouTube on how to use s3100 I went to Currys today. The Nikon j1 felt small and functions seen to be hidden in the menus. The s3100 felt nice in the hand and thought the guide function would be good for me as this would be my first dslr but it is a beast of a camera to lug around.

    The shop assistant suggested the dslr but buy the fuji Jx250 for 80 for holiday quick shots.

    Any thoughts on other cameras taking into account my delema of bulk v compact but wanting to improve photography From a bridge camera?


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    There are quite a few worth looking at. Have a look at the main rivals for the JI here

    Have a good read through the specs to find out if there are any a bit larger.




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