The flaw is the infamous Nikon coolpix flimsy battery door latch molded as a thin, easily broken loop of plastic on the coolpix camera body. The fix has been described in various ways by various users in other threads. The fix isn't the point of this thread.
DPREVIEW didn't even test camera integrity: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikoncp3100 /
DCRESOURCE totally missed the mark: http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/nikon/coolpix3100-review /
STEVE'S DIGICAMS was clueless: http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_reviews/nikon3100.html
The question I am incensed about and very curious about is how could the reviewers I trusted have been so inanely incompetent to have totally missed the fact the camera would inevitably turn into a brick due to the obvious poor engineering that wasn't visible to the consumer but which should have been wholly obvious to the "professional" camera reviewer?
Is it that the reviewers are: - Paid by the camera manufacturers to tout their products? - Paid by the advertisers to tout the manufacturer's products? - Clueless? - ??? or ???