The Nikon D3100 is a beginner-friendly 14.2MP DX-format DSLR, boasting full 1080p HD video and helpful Guide Modes for a first-time SLR owner. The D3100's 11-point AF system with 3D tracking is highly sophisticated for this entry-level class, and a full-time AF mode is available in live view. More advanced photographers will find all of the manual controls they'd want at hand. RAW files can be converted in camera, with several processing options available. The D3100 should be uncomplicated enough to appeal to a beginner while offering the sort of features and handling experience that more experienced shooters will appreciate.
Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera Kit
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“ There's no doubt that the D3100 is one of the best entry-level SLRs available, offering very good image quality coupled with speedy operation and straightforward handling.”
- 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
- 3.0 inch LCD with 230,000 dots
- 1080p HD video with full-time AF
- 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
- IS0 100-3200 range (12800 expanded)
- RAW + JPEG shooting
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||4608 x 3072|
|Other resolutions||3456 x 2304, 2304 x 1536|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||14 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||15 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.1 x 15.4 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (12800 with boost)|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal, Basic|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||11|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)|
|Flash modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain|
|Continuous drive||3 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||505 g (1.11 lb / 17.81 oz)|
|Dimensions||124 x 96 x 75 mm (4.88 x 3.78 x 2.95″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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With the addition of video and live view, Nikon has given its entry-level DSLR all the features its predecessor seemed to be missing. The result is an excellent beginners camera that encourages the user to grow into it whatever their existing level of knowledge. However, it's not alone in offering this and, though it's a great DSLR, there are plenty of equally attractive mirrorless alternatives.
First time DSLR users who want a camera that will encourage them to make the most of its capabilities.
Not So Good For
People wanting a camera that behaves just like their existing compact. Users for whom compactness is a priority.
Quite a good camera for its money
After shooting almost 25000 pics with my D3100, I can say I am quite content with the camera, which proved even more reliable than I had expected from an entry-level model: I shot as many as 850 pics in some 4 hours, with no problems at all. Very intuitive for learning photography, it may also serve as an effective instrument for (budget) events, as small weddings or christenings - at least until you want something more potent. Though, I would rather recommend you put quality lenses - a ...
one function missing auto bracketing
overall a good camera, no autobracketing feature which shocked me when I went to use it. silly omission
I love my Nikon My 1st good camera
This Camera Is Amazing Not The Best FPS But Great Overall Beginner Body 100% Recommend £300 With A 18-55 Great Buy. NIKON RULES
Getting into DSLR world
For sometime, I've been reading reviews and going through the spces of DSLRs to pick the right one for me. After some careful selection, it has narrowed down to these three, Nikon 5200, Nikon 5100, Canon 650D * Even though there is the new Canon 700D, I've simply taken it out of consideration due to lack of improvement from the predecessor. * The question is between these three cameras. Since I'm getting into DSLR world, there is no issue in selecting either one of them. (like lenses, build of cameras, GUI & etc.) * According to many reviews, the Nikon duo stands ahead of the Canon 650D. And also, I'm not a big fan of the touch screen. It's only going to leave marks on the screen after using the touch screen. * I'm more of a travel photographer (that includes both day and night shots with low light). Therefore, I feel that the Nikkor 18-105mm lens would suit me as the kit lens. And also, it's cheaper compared to Canon 18-135mm STM. * The biggest question remains between the Nikon ...
There has always been, and will always be greener grass on the other side of the fence. I am not all that familiar with the D5100/5200, and know nothing about Canon offerings. It sounds like the D5100/5200 is pretty much like the D7000/7100. Rather than the 18-105, I would recommend the 16-85. It costs a little more, but is a better lens. Later I would add a 70-300. Check this link to the D5200/70-300. He may have a better opinion than I do. http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51727418 Continue Reading
I just bought my first DSLR a few months ago. Previously I had been using an Olympus EPL-3. I went with the D5100, 18-105 and 35 1.8g and I could not be happier. The better AF of the D5200 would be nice, but when you factor in price, I don't think you can beat the D5100 right now. There is always something that is a little better and little more expensive, but the D5100 does everything I need and more, and my whole kit cost less than $800. ETA: the Sensor in the D5100 is excellent. I think you'd need really expensive glass, or real pro level talent to pull anything noticeably better out of the D5200 in that regard. Continue Reading
I started with a factory refurbished Nikon D3100 and 18-55 kit lens a few months ago. It was around $350 which I feel was a real bargain. The D3100 was my first DSLR and made an excellent learning platform IMO. I wanted the additional features like 39 focus points, auto bracketing, better video, articulating screen, 24 megapixels and more of the D5200. But as the knowledgable and generous members of this forum suggested, I could do fine with the D3100 body and better lenses. So for $200 I bought the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G lens and it was a BIG jump in image quality. The next lens I wanted for the D3100 would be the 70-300 VR. Then in June Nikon ran a "buy more and save" promotion and I could buy the D5200 body with 70-300 VR lens and save $200 off the individual purchase prices. I went for it. No regrets. I love the camera and lens. My 35mm f/1.8 lens works beautifully on the D5200 and I recently bought a wide angle lens. I'm going to do my best to make this a "three lens kit" and stop ... Continue Reading
I wanna go pro! a typical question (tailor-made though)!
Aiight, to be begin with, I never had a camera, only the one in my phone, but I see a great potential in myself when the right resources are available for me. I am from Bahrain (a tiny island in middle east, very hot, humid and dusty, bummer), we don't have much nature to capture, so basically it will be mostly about portraits or professional jobs such as weddings (which are indoor here, rarely outdoor). so what do you recommend for such an amateur? I have read much about photography, and I tend now to buy a nikon, but not sure which one is the right one to start with?! D3100? D5100? other ones? other brands?
Jack McHammocklashing wrote: As for weddings DONT GO THERE unless you are WELL INSURED Even more true if you happen to be the groom... Continue Reading
Buy a camera, any camera, with the basic controls of aperture, shutter speed and focus. Keep it cheap -- second hand is good! Buy a couple of decent books on how to do photography. Go away with the camera and the books and take photographs, lots and lots of photographs. Look as critically as you can at your results. Try posting on suitable forums for constructive criticism. If, after a few months, you still think you'll make a photographer come back and ask us what you need to know. Continue Reading
You do NOT get to dictate who can answer you or what kind of answers you get. It's a public forum and you're the one who posted asking for advice. You don't have to like the answers you get. Given the question you asked, you got exactly the kind of answers you could expect. People can only go by what you posted. Continue Reading
New lens for nikon d3100 body
Hi I looking to buy a new lens in 2-3 days , I am beginner I have a default 18-55mm lens which I am using for last 4-5 months. I am looking to upgrade my lens. Since I don't have much experience I am looking for cheaper and good lens may be sigma I cam across 2 lenses please suggest which one should I go for or if any other suggestion please let me know. I am currently leaving in Pune http://www.snapdeal.com/product/NikonAFZoo/59647?pos=0;11 http://www.snapdeal.com/product/sigma-70300456-dg-macro-for/270805?pos=10;11 I am looking for lens for Nature/wildlife photography
I would recommend the tamron 70 300. http://www.tamron.com/en/photolens/di_telephoto/a005.html Continue Reading
rossphotography wrote: Hi I looking to buy a new lens in 2-3 days , I am beginner I have a default 18-55mm lens which I am using for last 4-5 months. I am looking to upgrade my lens. Since I don't have much experience I am looking for cheaper and good lens may be sigma I cam across 2 lenses please suggest which one should I go for or if any other suggestion please let me know. I am currently leaving in Pune http://www.snapdeal.com/product/NikonAFZoo/59647?pos=0;11 http://www.snapdeal.com/product/sigma-70300456-dg-macro-for/270805?pos=10;11 I am looking for lens for Nature/wildlife photography Both of these lenses are made for full frame sensors so the quality is not optimised for the d3100. You should have a look at the 55-200mm or 55-300mm instead. Continue Reading
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- D3100 Camera Body
- AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
- (2 Lens kit also includes AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6 G ED IF DX VR Lens)
- EN-EL14 Battery
- MH-24 Battery Charger
- DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
- DK-20 Rubber Eyecap
- AN-DC3 Camera Strap
- BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
- BF-1B Body Cap
- ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
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