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Nikon usually produces very attractive entry-level DSLRs, which are rarely the best specified but wisely designed so that they're...Read more
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I just had to write a reveiw for my Nikon D3100 and maybe it can help others that are stuck between the D3100 and D5100 like I was. I looked for weeks for my first SLR camera....Read more

Nikon D3100 14.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S DX VR 18-55mm Lens)

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Nikon D3100 is a small, 14.2 MP camera that captures high-quality images and videos. This Nikon DSLR has a large 3-inch LCD monitor and is equipped with automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration that prevents purple/green fringing. The Nikon D3100 supports a GPS unit, for automatically geo-tagging photos. Moreover, this Nikon camera features continuous autofocus during video recording. The Scene Auto Selector function in the Nikon D3100 helps with face detection and subject tracking. This Nikon DSLR includes active D-lighting basic in-camera movie editing options for greater functionality. Besides, this Nikon camera works pretty well in low-light situations without the use of flash.

Product Features
  • 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
    14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor delivers beautiful photographs and prints well beyond 20 x 30 inches.
  • Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound
    Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound lets you record cinematic-quality movies in Full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels).
  • Easy-to-use-featuring Nikon's guide mode
    Easy-to-use-featuring Nikon's guide mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helping you take better pictures every step of the way.
  • Fast 11-point Autofocus System
    Fast 11-point Autofocus System delivers razor-sharp pictures.
  • Built-in HDMI port
    Built-in HDMI port lets you connect directly to your HDTV using an optional HDMI cable.
  • 6 Automatic Exposure scene modes
    6 Automatic Exposure scene modes just set the Mode dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions.
  • Picture control
    Picture control lets you choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape to apply a personal look and feel to your pictures.
  • Built-in pop-up flash
    Built-in pop-up flash for those times when there isn't enough light.
  • Compact and lightweight design
    Beautifully styled, ready to go wherever life takes you.
  • Split-second shutter response
    Split-second shutter response eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss.
  • ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent
    ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations.
  • Scene auto selector
    Scene auto selector lets the D3100 decide the best mode to match the shooting situation when using Live View.
  • EXPEED 2
    Nikon's image processing engine assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed.
  • Scene recognition system
    Scene recognition system in Live View automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance, allowing you to obtain beautiful photos without the hassle of making complicated camera adjustments yourself.
  • Active D-Lighting
    Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.
  • Automatic image sensor cleaning
    Automatic image sensor cleaning uses an ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot.
  • In-camera image editing
    In-camera image editing allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions.


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Product Identifiers
BrandNikon
ModelD3100
MPN25472

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Optical Zoom3.1x
Sensor Resolution14.2 MP
Screen Size3"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size15.4 x 23.1mm
Sensor TypeCMOS

Lens System
Lens TypeZoom lens
Lens For SDAF-S DX VR 18-55mm
Focal Length Range18mm - 55mm
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Lens Filter Size52 mm
Lens System FeaturesSilent Wave Motor (SWM), Aspherical Lens
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast and phase detection
Lens Construction8 group(s) / 11 element(s)
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera27 - 82.5mm

Exposure
Max Shutter Speed1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±5 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure Metering3D color matrix II, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority, i-TTL Program Flash
Light SensitivityISO 100-3200, ISO 12800, ISO 6400, ISO auto
Light Sensitivity Max12800

Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off, Front Sync Flash, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync, Wireless Off-Camera Control
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemorySD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card, SDXC Memory Card

Viewfinder
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Optical Viewfinder TypeEye-level penta-dach mirror
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.8x
Dioptric Correction Range-1.7 to +0.5

Dimensions
Depth2.93 in.
Height4.88 in.
Width3.78 in.
Weight16 Oz.

Display
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color
Display Size3"

Microphone
Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in - mono
Microphone Operation ModeMono

Connections
Connector Types1 x HDMI output, 1 x Hi-Speed USB, 1 x composite video/audio output
Expansion Slot1 x SD Memory Card

Battery
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Digital Video FormatMOV, MPEG-4
Still Image FormatJPEG, NEF (RAW), RAW + JPEG

Resolution
Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080

Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C

Other Features
Additional Features1080p Full HD Movie Recording, AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, AF Tracking, Active D-Lighting Technology, Automatic Face Tracking, Brightness Control, Built-In GPS, Built-In Help Guide, Cropping An Image, DPOF Support, Date/Time Stamp, Digital Image Rotation, Direct Print, Exif Print Support, Highlight Point Display, Histogram Display, Image Stabilization, Interchangeable Lenses, LCD Live View Mode, Orientation Detection, PictBridge Support, RAW Processing, Red eye Fix, Scene Recognition System (SRS), Text Input To Exif Header, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility, With Tripod Mount
Face DetectionYes

Miscellaneous
Shooting ProgramsChildren, Close-up, Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode
Special EffectsLandscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Vivid
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed3 frames per second

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One of the best entry-level SLRs available

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 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 25/01/12
Nikon D3100 jopafavoritus’s review

Nikon usually produces very attractive entry-level DSLRs, which are rarely the best specified but wisely designed so that they're easy and enjoyable to shoot with.
The D3100 is built around a 14.2 MP CMOS sensor, bringing not only live view but also Full HD video capture to Nikon's entry-level model for the first time. It can only record clips up to about ten minutes long (due to a 4Gb maximum file size limitation shared by all DSLRs), but this still counts as an impressive feature addition at this level.

All of this adds up to a DSLR that incorporates all of 2010's 'must have' features but looks like the product of evolution, rather than dramatic innovation.

Nikon D3100 Key Features

• 14.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
• 3.0" LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
• Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
• 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
• IS0 100-3200 range (12,800 expanded)
• HD movies (1080p, 720p or WVGA)

PROS
• Very good image quality, high ISO performance; a big improvement over the D3000
• Compact, ergonomic and comfortable body
• Plenty of manual control
• Excellent image quality from the new 14-megapixel CMOS sensor
• Good dynamic range
• Fine-grained adjustment of color saturation, contrast, sharpness, etc.
• Active D-Lighting does a good job of bringing out shadow detail
• Good in-camera JPEG engine
• Automatic chromatic aberration reduction with all lenses
• Optional distortion correction with most Nikkor lenses
• Full 1,920 x1,080 HD movies
• New continuous AF mode (AF-F) during movies
• Good buffer depths for entry-level model
• Electronic rangefinder helps with manual focus when using optical viewfinder
• Expanded Retouch options
• Quiet shutter release mode is great for museums, weddings, and the like
• Fast USB transfer speeds
• Lots of in-camera raw conversion and post-processing options


CONS
• Will not focus all Nikon lenses
• No bracketing capability
• White balance often excessively orange under artificial light
• Auto and Incandescent white balance very warm in tungsten lighting
• No in-body image stabilization
• Doesn't support wireless flash control
• No on-demand grid-lines in optical viewfinder
• Fixed-position LCD panel
• LCD resolution could be better
• Buggy Live View / Movie Mode and no phase-detect AF available in Live View mode
• Obvious AF drive noise from kit lens picked up by internal mic during movie rec
• AF still a little sluggish in live view mode, full-time AF not very effective in live view or movies
• No manual exposure control for movies
• No external mic jack
• Kit lens somewhat soft in the corners wide open, with high geometric distortion at wide-angle
• Bundled software is a bit clunky and does not extract any more detail from RAW files
• USB and A/V cables not included

Conclusion

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 at least for conventional eye-level use.
The D3100's guide mode is clearly aimed at attracting customers who have only used compact cameras, which makes the ability to offer a similarly fast live view focus and shooting experience a key consideration.

However, while the D3100 represents a specification upgrade over a family of cameras we've generally liked, in some respects it has found itself rather out-paced by the market.
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Why I Chose the D3100 over the D5100

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 11/07/12
I just had to write a reveiw for my Nikon D3100 and maybe it can help others that are stuck between the D3100 and D5100 like I was. I looked for weeks for my first SLR camera...reading what seemed to be hundreds of on line reviews,many talking about specks of a camera that I did not understand. Reading all the reveiws really begin to confuse me even more. Do I need a high ISO camera,fast shutter clicks?...what about lens?? Now I have a few more hundred reveiws to read. At this point I am even doubting if I can learn to use a SLR, maybe I am better off with my point and shoot.Then I realized the reveiws are written by pros who know every aspect of a camera and prefer the highest of settings for there equipment.
So I went looking for the camera I thought would best suit my needs as a new SLR user and learning as I go. After years of being a Cannon user I narrowed my choice to the Nikon D3100 and D5100 as I was not crazy about the Rebel line. I went to the store to look at them both,the D5100 had more special effects such as night vision and color select,brighter LDC screen which moves and turns and could use a wireless remote and outer speaker for movies.Then I picked up the D3100...my hands fit perfect,the buttons on it was so easy to find and use and I LOVED the lay out of them. If you look at photos of both camera you will see how they are set up,I did not pay a lot of attention to this until I started to play with them at the store and wow this is VERY important while using the camera...the D3100 has them all in a row on the left side and so easy to use (while holding camera with right hand it is very easy to work them with left hand)...on the right side there is a lever for live veiw and on the top is my favorite lever of all for changing the drive mode (this lets you change from single shot,to continuous shot for action photos to timer to quite mode) This lever is often only on high dollar cameras and it does not come on the new D3200. The D5100 has most of its buttons on the right and was harder to work while holding the camera,you have to go into the menu to change drive speed which I did not like.So I left all the fancy effects,the moving LDC screen and the D5100 SLR at the store and purchsed the D3100. I have been using it for two months now...what great fun it is!
It is easy to learn and use,I have come out of the auto modes and using A and S settings and the photos keep getting better and better. I now know how to go into camera and change sharpness,color and many settings of my photos. So take the time to set down with your manual or a good D3100 book and really play with this camera,you will be amazed.Everything you learn how to do will produce even better photos than your last shots.I purchased this camera with the 18 55mm kit lens and purchased the 55 200mm zoom lens and they have been awesome!! Both are light weight lens and balance perfect on the D3100 and both use the same filters. Read reveiws these were slow lens...they have produced nothing but beautiful clear photos of my children playing,riding 4 wheelers,lakes,flowers,my bulldog and stunning photos of my horses running through the fields!! I am more than thrilled with my new camera,its many differnt fuctions,its ease of auto mode and the fun of learning to use P,S and A modes...and if you get stuck along the way,just push the "I" button on the back and the D3100 is there to help guild you. Awesome Job Nikon for a gr
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Nikon D3100 - An Excellent DSLR For The Entry-Level Photographer,

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Created: 08/03/13
The Nikon D3100 is an excellent entry-level DSLR. Could you pay more to get a "better" camera with "more features"? Absolutely. But why? Would you use those features? I looked long and hard at several in my research before buying - the models I considered were the Canon T2i, Canon 60D, the Nikon D90, and of course, the Nikon D3100. In the end, I decided the extra features on those other cameras were features that I likely wouldn't use. I'm interested mainly in taking lots of pictures while traveling -- pictures of clouds, landscapes, maybe some street photography. I wanted a smaller, lighter DSLR with good battery life and great image quality. The D3100 delivers on all accounts.

So what do the cameras in the next price-tier have that the D3100 doesn't? A lot of stuff that most people looking in this price range won't be concerned with. Here's a list of the "missing" things and/or "problems" with the D3100 as I found while researching my purchase:

1) Most online reviews and forums mention a problem with AutoISO and the built-in flash. When using the built-in flash in full auto, AutoISO jumps straight to the maximum ISO value, which I believe is defaulted to ISO-3200. Nikon says this is intended to get a better exposed background, fine with me. Personally, I think that ISO-3200 images out of this camera are very useable unless you're pixel peeping. If you just want to blow up an indoor portrait to an 8x10 (or even larger, I don't know!), you won't have a problem. Don't worry about it!

2) You can frequently hear the lens auto-focusing in your videos. Ok, you got me. If you're in a silent environment, yes, you will hear the autofocus motor, but if you're recording kids laughing and having a good time at the local indoor waterpark or at a parade or something, it's not loud enough where it would be a bother. If it is an annoyance, you can still shoot video with manual focus.

3) No external mic input. The D3100 is sufficient for getting a clip when you want it, you're not going to have movie quality sound. Who carries an external mic with them on vacation? If you're buying a DSLR specifically for video capabilities, you probably should be considering a dedicated camcorder anyway. For my purposes, there's nothing wrong with mono sound.

4) Lack of bracketing -- too much to explain in a review. Google it and see if you would ever use it. I can see why it would be useful, but I doubt it'd be useful for on-the-go photography.

5) Manual settings buried in menus instead of having dedicated buttons -- Most people at the entry-level probably aren't shooting full manual. The D3100 features several "scene" modes that you can use, otherwise there's always aperture or shutter priority, or even full auto. Depending on which priority you're in, the scroll wheel on the back will adjust the aperture or shutter speed. If you shoot full manual all the time, you may want dedicated buttons, meaning you should look elsewhere. If you're not in full manual, I can't see this being a problem.

Until then, enjoy the D3100 for what it is. A great, inexpensive, entry-level DSLR, which, in my opinion, produces excellent images when in the hands of a photographer ready to learn!
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Great starter DSLR camera for a good price tag!

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 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 24/07/13
This is my first DSLR camera, but I think this is a great starter camera for someone who's interested in photography. That being said, I think I have a pretty good idea about general expectations of DSLRs based on research I've done, so hopefully, you'll find this review helpful if you're comparing DSLR cameras. Here's a rundown of my impressions of the camera, both good and bad:

************Pros:
~ Manual settings (lots included i.e. shutter speed, aperture, exposure)
~ Changeable lenses (1 included)
~ Video capabilities (Nice feature on a low-end DSLR. Can hear sound on video playback on camera. See notes below about video.)
~ Great quality strap included (very sturdy, should hold up should I drop the camera, despite the heaviness of it compared to automatic cameras)
~ Vibration reduction
~ Option for standard view or live screen view
~ Guides in standard view
~ Timer function (with beeping to let you know when it will take the picture)...no options for length though
~ Pop out flash (couldn't find button for it at first, but it does pop out automatically when needed for a picture)
~ Option to add an external flash
~ Guides for manual options explained on camera

************Cons:
~ Larger and heavier than automatic cameras (this is expected with a DSLR, but it's not always convenient to carry because of the size and weight)
~ Few presets compared with automatic cameras (I wish there were a few more, but could be a pro, depending on your needs)
~ No string to keep removable lens cap with camera (I'm concerned I will lose the cap because of this)
~ Not a lot of zoom with the provided lens (not a huge deal since you can change out lenses)
~ Can only video 10 minutes at a time
~ Picture process time is long in live view
~ Some buttons seemed to be in odd places at first (For example, the flash button is on the front while every other camera I've owned has had it on the back or top of the camera near the shutter button. However, the arrangement seems fine once you get used to the placements.)

*************Video capability notes: I've read reviews where people have complained about the auto-focus being loud while filming, however, I have not noticed this. I will say that the auto focus does not seem to work well while zooming in and out in my opinion, and I do prefer to manually adjust the focus as I feel that option lends itself to a better end result.

*************Despite having been refurbished, I have had no issues with the camera thus far. I'm always a bit wary of buying refurbished products, but Nikon did a great job with the fixes it seems.

**************Overall, I think this camera is worth the money. I have been very happy with the results of the pictures I've taken. If you are in the market for lower-end DSLRs, I would consider this one.
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The best ebay buy I ever made!

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Created: 09/01/13
I had been looking for a professional camera as I wanted to transition from the P&S. First, I had reservations because I really knew relatively little about DSLRs. So, I began my research and found this model to be very accommodating to me as a beginner. The features were stepped down for entry-level knowledge while maintaining the quality to shoot professional shots. Then there was the issue of the price jump from a simple P&S to the DSLRs. I began to think i could never really afford one and the idea came to look for a good used camera. I thought instantly, head to my trusty ebay account and search. I came upon a great seller (rogerscountypawn) that actually taught me quite a bit about the camera I wanted as well as other photog tips. When I say excellent customer service and beyond, I mean just that! This was probably the best buy I have ever made! Check out the listing... just the detail of the listing made me fall in love with the camera even more. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA​PI.dll?ViewItem&item=23088​4652122&ssPageName=ADME:X:​RTQ:US:1123
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