Nikon, $949 nikon.com.au
★★★★ NIKON is attempting to recruit fresh photographers to its camp with this sub-$1000, entry-level DSLR camera. The D3100 tempts them with more than most beginner DSLRs including full high-definition video capture at 24 frames per second and an upgraded image sensor. That sensor is a 14.2-megapixel CMOS model with an Expeed 2 processor for fast and clear images. Those new to DSLR cameras will like the on-screen menu explanations, automatic scene selection and Live View shooting. More advanced users will miss bracketing options and screen quality.