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What is the difference in Point & Shoot, SLR and DSLR, in digital cameras?

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See the above for complete details but a SLR is a film-based camera (35mm) single-lens-reflex. Going to digital cameras which do not use film but have digital chips to capture the image, a point-and-shoot camera is smaller and does not have interchangeable lens and is for the amatuer while the D-SLR is more for high-end images and has lenses which you can interchange along with more features and costs more.

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It's larger and heavier than a point-and-shoot camera, but it's smaller and lighter than an high-end DSLR.

It has a smaller sensor than a high-end DSLR, giving poorer results, especially in low-light situations. It has a larger sensor than a point-and-shoot camera, giving better results, especially in low-light situations.

It's more complex than a point-and-shoot camera, requiring more time to learn how to use it well. It's simpler than a high-end DSLR, requiring less time to learn how to use it well.

It doesn't give you as much control over picture-taking settings as a high-end DSLR will, and many of the settings require going through menus instead of simple buttons and dials. This can make the D3100 slower in operation. It gives you more control over picture-taking settings than a point-and-shoot camera, and provides access to some of those controls through buttons and dials, instead of going through menus. This can make the D3100 quicker in operation.

The D3100 won't focus with lenses without an autofocus motor. Higher-end DSLRs will autofocus with any autofocus lens.

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First, I would suggest checking to make sure there isn't a smudge mark on the lens at the front of the camera, all too often this simple solution is overlooked.
Next (and not as nice to deal with) is if you have an SLR, your mirror may have shifted, or may have a smudge or dust on it. You are able to clean it yourself but you need to be incredibly delicate with it as it is a free moving part and can be wrecked easily.
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If you have a DSLR: Try attaching a different lens and see if you have the same issue, if not, it's the body and is likely either the mirror (see above) or the sensor (see above).
If you have a point and shoot: there is a middle focal lens that you aren't able to access in the barrel of the zoom lens, there is a chance that it has shifted or has fallen out of its place along the right side. You'll need to bring it to a repair depot to have someone take the device apart and check.
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