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||3.0 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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|Metering & focus accuracy||
|Image quality (raw)||
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|Viewfinder / screen rating||
|Movie / video mode||
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 beginner's 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
What is the best DX Nikon for noise?
I'll admit this is a bit of a long shot, as it's a very technical question, but here we go... Which is the best Nikon DX camera for low-light performance? That is, which performs best in terms of noise? It's time to upgrade my D60, and it's a great time to do it because Nikon has so many models on the market, past models are an absolute steal on ebay. It's a choice between the D3100, D3200, D3300, D5100, D5200, D5300. Although the D7000 is lovely, I don't want a camera that big and heavy - the small size and weight of the smaller models is important for me. I've scoured dpreview.com and there doesn't seem to be much difference between these models. Higher resolution = more noise BUT = more detail which kind of makes up for the increased noise. Very confusing!
The D3200, D3300, D5200 and D5300 all have very similar noise levels at the same ISO. The D5300 and D5200 do 14 bit in the camera for the image processing pipeline, so they are a bit better than the D3200 and D3300, but only at the very, very extremes. As for even older models, the D3000 has the same 10 MP sensor that is found in your D60, but without the old Nikon colors so skip it, so matter how cheap it is. The D3100 is 14 MP and a decent camera, but the D3200 and D3300 are better. The D5000 has the same sensor as the D90 and is a slight step up regarding noise and White Balance in incandescent light, however the D5100, D5200 and D5300 are even better. The D5100 is a fine camera at 16 MP and the first camera (in this series) that you can get decent results at ISO 6400 if you are careful with exposure and if you are shooting in light near 5000-5600 Kelvin (sunlight). So I would put the D5000 as very marginal unless bought for a song, the D3100 and D5100 are only worth looking into ... Continue Reading
You are correct! It used to be bad... Here is a shot I took last week at ISO 1600 using my D200: I applied some Topaz Denoise and its usable: So yes, the older cameras are BAD for high ISO. However, they type of noise they create does clean up very easily. I don't shoot high ISO much so I still use the D200. 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
Self Timer & Focusing Question
My fiance and I will be going on vacation soon and I plan on bringing my Nikon D3100 with the 18-55mm kit lens with me. My question is how do I properly focus the camera, set the self timer and jump in the picture? I did a little practice on this the other day and we weren't as focused as I'd like. (He was of course focused better than I was.) He is also about 8 inches taller than me. I was shooting in Aperture mode f4, AF-S, single point AF, self timer selected, I was focusing on his eye then doing a little recomposing so that I could fit in the picture, then fully pressing the shutter button and stepping into the picture. Is there a better way to do this? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
First use a smaller aperture than f/4. Do some calculation for DOF and allow you at least 3 feet of DOF. A normal perspective would be at 35 mm. At f/5.6 and a distance of 7 feet you have about 2.8 feet DOF. If you don't like the result you may try f/8 and 6 feet distance. Focus on the person then set the lens to MF. Unfortunately your camera doesn't have an IR remote sensor. Enjoy! Continue Reading
You still have to half press the shutter to achieve focus lock.......once done, press completely and that will activate the timer while keeping the focus. The tips the previous poster provided about aperture should also help keeping the proper DoF for both of you......... 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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