I'd get it. If you find you really like photography and want to do more with it, you can always upgrade. But there is no point in spending a ton of money at the start and finding out later that you dont enjoy it that much. the 3100 is a good camera. Keep in mind that nikon will come out with the d5100 and probably 2 other DSLR's this year. But the d3100 is pretty new, and at that price range, is quite good.