Nikon is in a habit of making a very attractive entry-level DSLRs, which are cleverly designed so that they’re easy and enjoyable to use. The D3000 fitted this pattern perfectly, to make it a pleasant camera to use. Despite a specification that was beginning to look rather out-of-step with the rest of the market.
The D3000 sells well in fact it is the bestseller on Amazon in it’s class, despite its rather aged 10 megapixel sensor and lack of both live view and video. However, there’s only so long that clever product design and feature integration can make up for a specification that looks dated. So with this in mind, Nikon has announced the arrival of the D3100 – probably the biggest refresh of its entry-level offering since it really attacked the low end market with the original D40.
This Nikon Camera is built around a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, bringing not only live view but also Full HD video capture to Nikon’s entry-level model for the first time. In fact, this made it the first Nikon DSLR to offer 1920×1080 movie recording. 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.
The body gets a refresh from a basic design that essentially dates back approx four years to the D40, gaining an extra button to the left of the screen, a drive mode switch at the base of the mode dial, a sprung lever to engage live view and a direct record movie button. Revisions have also been made to the feature-teaching, hand-holding ‘Guide Mode’, and an additional autofocus mode that’s designed to allow better focusing in live view and autofocus during video shooting.
Product Features and Technical Details
14.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor; 3-inch monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization lens Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound Easy-To-Use Nikon Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance Capture images to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards (not included)
Brand Name: Nikon Model: D3100 18-55mm Kit Optical Sensor Resolution: 14.2 MP Optical zoom: 3 x Display Size: 3.000 inches Width: 3.8 inches Height: 3.0 inches Weight: 1.11 pounds
From the Manufacturer
Nikon’s affordable, compact and lightweight D3100 digital SLR features a high-resolution 14-megapixel CMOS DX sensor, high-quality 3x NIKKOR 18-55mm VR image stabilization zoom lens and intuitive onboard assistance including the learn-as-you grow Guide Mode.
Capture beautiful pictures and amazing Full HD 1080p movies with sound and full-time autofocus.
Easily capture the action other cameras miss with a fast start up time, split-second shutter release, 3 frames per second shooting and 11-point autofocus.
Capture 3 frames per second for fast action shooting.
Capture pictures and make movies in near darkness with an ISO range of 100 to 3200 (expandable to 12800-Hi2). EXPEED 2, Nikon’s new image processing engine, assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure and noise.
One-touch Live View and movie recording lets you see the action on the 3-inch monitor and the Scene Recognition System automatically chooses the ideal settings.
You can also select from 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions.
Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.
A built-in pop-up flash is ready for those times when there just isn’t enough light and in-camera image editing allows creative freedom and effects, without the need for a computer.
AF-S and AF-I: All functions supported
Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function.
Note: Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.