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Neewer® Professional Vertical Battery Grip Holder for NIKON D3100/D3200/D3300 SLR Digital Camera EN-EL14 Battery
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- Brand New Pro Battery Grip for Nikon D3100 D3200 D3300 SLR Camera
- Hold 2 EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion batteries.
- Vertical shutter with half-press function. More comfortable vertical shooting.
- Doubling the battery capacity of your camera, effectively extend your shooting time.
- Significantly improves stability.Signal transferring cable included.Tripod screw mount.
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|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 4.72 x 6.3 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.25 Kilograms|
|Shipping Weight||0.26 pounds|
Still waiting for the Nikon original battery grip for D3100 D3200 D3300 SLR camera that hasn't been released yet? No need to wait any longer! Here is a perfect solution for you! This high quality battery grip is compatible with Nikon D3100 D3200 D3300 SLR cameras. It has a built in vertical shutter release button, and can hold two EN-EL14 rechargeable battery packs. Additionally, it comes with a signal transferring cable with which you will be able to use a shutter release.
Type: Battery grip for Nikon D3100 D3200 D3300
Compatible Battery (not included): 2X EN-EL14 battery pack
Power Switch: Camera's power switch
1 x Pro Battery Grip for Nikon D3100 D3200 D3300
1 x Signal Transferring Cable
1 x Manual
Top Customer Reviews
On to the grip.
Physically, the grip does look like it "belongs" - the texture is spot-on, and it fits under the camera nicely with only a minute amount of play once screwed in tightly. However, by just having it in your hands, you'll realize that the grip itself has thinner plastic than the camera. This may not matter to some, but basically it just feels different when switching from horizontal to vertical. It's similar to the difference between holding a Nikon and a Holga - it's almost toy-like. And the grip portion is just a touch too fat and square. I'm sure they could have worked it to be much more ergonomic and mimic the D3100's grip slightly. Again, it's the impression of being toy-like. But, regardless of the feel, the one thing that might have given it another star is if there was a command dial on it.
The battery door is a tad loose, but not much more than the camera's SD card door. A little irritating, to be sure, but certainly not a deal-breaker. When bored, I'm positive you can make a drum kit out of the two.
There is a signal cable that goes from the grip and into the camera's GPS port. No configuring, just plug and play, which is handy. The problem, of course, is that the flap covering the ports is wide open. When you're walking around, dust is going to get in there, without a doubt. But this is not a flaw of the grip - we all know who's at fault here. (Us, for owning a camera that doesn't have normal signal connectors in the first place.) In any case, it works as advertised - half press initiates AF, and the full press takes the shot. I was concerned there would be a tiny delay because of cable involvement, but not so. At least, imperceptibly there didn't seem to be a delay.
All in all, not a bad grip at all. Given that as of this writing it is the only D3100 battery grip available... Well, you gotta take what you can get. It may not be a great blend of form and function, but it seems to serve its purpose just fine for now. It will certainly tide us over until someone makes a higher quality grip.
Also, I will try to update this review after I've seen some use with it. One thing to watch for is how it handles one of the batteries running out.
First off, its important to note that at this time, Nikon does not offer a grip for the 3100 and there is no indication that they will. So aftermarket products are all we have to choose from. Contrary to popular belief, these are not the same grips - they are very different and the Bower costing almost 3x that of the Neewer.
- Both are made in China and both require the cable to activate the vertical shutter release button.
- The Bower has a much more substantial, professional feel to the plastic, but neither are as high quality as the Nikon body.
- The Bower has a lower profile; the Neewer is 5mm taller.
- The Bower's cable is slightly shorter (which is a good thing as it fits better) and thicker which indicates to me, higher quality.
- The Bower grip slightly curves and then tapers on the bottom of the grip (when held vertically) which I think looks better than the larger rectangular shape of the Neewer.
- The Bower has a wheel to lock the grip to the body that is similar to the wheel Nikon offers on its OEM grips (for other cameras); the wheel on the Neewer is smaller.
- The Neewer has a rubber grip on the front side of the grip which I liked; the Bower has nothing.
- The Neewer can hold the original Nikon battery cover (which you remove when you install the grip) inside the grip itself - which is nice if you are prone to misplacing small things like that.
- The bottom of the Bower has a ribbing similar to the bottom of the Nikon body; the Neewer has nothing.
- The Bower has an on/off button for the grip - which I do not completely understand; the Neewer doesn't.
- The Bower comes with an infrared remote, which is a nice bonus; the Neewer does not have the remote.
- The Bower states on the box that it has "mode adjustment wheel" on the grip - which it does not actually have.
Ultimately, even though the Bower cost 3x more than the Neewer, I decided to stay with the Bower. This is because the plastic and overall build quality is slightly better with the Bower, and the smaller profile fits more to the "smaller" nature of the 3100 than the Neewer. I can't say its 3x better, and frankly, I think I would've been happy with the Neewer had I never seen the Bower.
Hope this helps!
Build / fit & finish: The first thing you'll notice is the plastic is somewhat flimsy, and the battery door tends to rattle. A lot. This is easily fixed with some foam tape or the like. The grip matches the d3100 finish quite well, though the grip material is of a lower quality. The light weight, even with batteries in it, is nice, but I'd rather it felt a bit more sturdy. I'm afraid of splitting the grip every time I attach it. The external cord for the vertical shutter release is a little annoying, but not a major issue, unless you shoot outdoors a lot where dirt and water will get into the ports.
Ease of use: Plug-and play functionality, in a sense, though you will have to remove the battery door (simply hold at a 30-degree angle and pull gently). The battery door stores neatly in a slot in the coupler. The included cable attaches easily and securely.
In a nutshell: If you need or really want a grip for your d3100 and don't want to wait, this is a perfectly fine piece at a great price. If you insist on great build quality, stay away.