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Hello OCN,

Today, I decided it was time to take the plunge on a new camera. I found the [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-FinePix-Digital-Fujinon-Optical/dp/B004HO58O8]Fujifilm S400 Point and Shoot[/ame] for $217 on Amazon, which is much lower then the base price of the camera(around $300). I was also looking at DSLRs, I thought one I should be looking at was the Nikon D3100 w/ a 55mm lens, which would run me about $420. Looking at [ame=http://snapsort.com/compare/Fujifilm-S4000-vs-Nikon_D3100]this page[/ame], it looks like the only differences that point toward the D3100 that I should care about are CMOS vs CCD, 14MP vs 10MP, and the APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm lenses. The reason I don't mention the interchangable lenses on the D3100 is that I'm not looking to put that much money into a camera, and chances are I'd never buy anything more then the stock lens it comes with (55mm).


tl;dr version: Look at this page, and tell me if the D3100 is worth $200 more. I will not be changing lenses on the D3100.
    
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The S400 is a point and shoot, which means its sensor is much smaller than that of the D3100 (or for that matter, any DSLR). This means the image quality will be worse as will the high ISO noise of the camera. Additionally, the image quality from point and shoot lenses tend to be worse than DSLR counterparts as well.

Where the S400 excels in is ease of use and portability.

You mentioned never upgrading from the kit lens on the D3100, so I must ask: Are you looking into photography as a serious hobby, where you're willing to take the time to learn how to properly take a photo, or do you want something small that you can take anywhere and something that just works?

If it's the former, then I'd consider a DSLR. If it's the latter, definitely a point and shoot.
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It is not worth the difference if you are just looking for a camera to take quick snapshots with. If you think that photography might turn into a hobby for you, then you might want to look into an older cheaper DSLR off craigslist. If you keep an eye out you could get an older canon or nikon DSLR with lens for <$300.

CMOS vs CCD is debatable, they both have advantages and disadvantages, and the sensor size in a DSLR wins hands down for image quality vs a p&s or micro 4/3 camera.
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