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Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Auto Focus-S Nikkor Zoom Lens (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 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
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||14.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||3,200|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type||auto|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/200_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector|
|Focus Description||Multi, Spot, Continuous|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Form Factor||Compact SLR|
|HDMI Type||Mini Type C|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (12800 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||3.78 x 2.95 x 4.88 inches|
|Item Display Weight||455 grams|
|Item Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||2.6 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.195 grams|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Average|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Expeed 2|
|Remote Control Description||Optional|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Comprehensive Dust Reduction System|
|Shipping Weight||2.15 pounds|
|Style Name||18-55mm VR Lens|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL19|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Continuous Shooting||7||3||4||5 frames_per_second||5||4|
|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual||automatic_only||Autofocus & Manual||manual-and-auto||Includes Manual Focus||Automatic with Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (12800 with boost)||—||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (12800 with boost)||100 to 25600||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 (with boost)||Auto, 100- 6400 (plus 12800, 25600 with boost)|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 4.88 x 3.78 in||4.88 x 3.78 x 2.93 in||3.03 x 4.92 x 3.78 in||4.88 x 2.97 x 3.86 in||2.99 x 4.88 x 3.86 in||3.11 x 5.04 x 3.82 in|
|Item Weight||1.3 lbs||1 lbs||1.11 lbs||0.87 lb||0.95 lb||1.23 lbs|
|Megapixels||14.2||14 megapixels||24.2||24.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||16.2|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.2 megapixels||14.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||16.2 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C||—||APS-C||CMOS (23.5 x 15.6mm)||APS-C||APS-C|
|Style Name||18-55mm VR Lens||Body Only||w/ 18-55mm||w/ 18-55mm||w/ 18-55mm||With 18-55mm Lens|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||1080p||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 Full HD, 1280 x 720 HD||1080p_hd||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentamirror)||optical viewfinder||Optical (pentamirror)||Eye-level Pentamirror Single-Lens Reflex||Optical (pentamirror)||Optical (pentamirror)|
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.Lens: 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension).
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 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.
Nikon D3100 Highlights
Delivers beautiful photographs and prints well beyond 20 x 30 inches.
Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens
Included lens offers the legendary NIKKOR optical quality and fast, accurate autofocus for vivid color, striking contrast and crisp detail and VR image stabilization to ensure the sharpest hand-held pictures and movies.
Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video
Features full-time autofocus and sound; record cinematic-quality movies in Full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels).
The D3100 features Nikon's Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helping you take better pictures every step of the way.
Compact and Lightweight Design
Beautifully styled--ready to go wherever life takes you.
Split-second Shutter Response
Eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss.
Fast 11-point Autofocus System
Delivers razor-sharp pictures.
ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent
Delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations.
Features One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture.
Scene Auto Selector
Lets the D3100 decide the best mode to match the shooting situation when using Live View.
Nikon's new image processing engine assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed.
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.
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.
Restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.
Choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape to apply a personal look and feel to your pictures.
Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning
Ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot.
Built-in pop-up flash
Perfect for those times when there isn't enough light.
In-camera Image Editing
Allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions.
- 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.
What's in the Box
D3100 digital SLR camera body; AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens; EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion 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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(This review is for beginner photographers.)
If you're a beginner, you're most likely asking yourself: Nikon or Canon? Really, I feel confident in saying that you can't go wrong with either. I've used both brand's cameras extensively and find that they both offer amazing image quality with well-built, solid cameras that, if taken care of, will last decades. There are two differences between the cameras, though, that can be taken into consideration.
The user-interface: If cameras were computers, Nikons would be PCs and Canons would be MACs. PCs are built for people not afraid of technology whereas Macs are built for people who want things super-easy. Nikons excel at customization options which means you'll see so many more options with the Advanced features of a Nikon than you will with a Canon. Canons, on the other hand, excel at ease-of-use for beginners. Canons offer less advanced options and can be easier to learn on. This can be frustrating down the line, though, once you've learned a lot about photography. At that point you may want all of the options that Nikon offers and be frustrated with your Canon. If you're someone who really likes to delve deep into your hobbies or if you're intent on becoming a professional photographer, I'd say a Nikon would be your best bet. If you're someone who wants to learn the basics of photography and only imagine yourself being a hobbyist, Canon would be a better option for you.
Where Nikon excels: Flash photography. I often find myself in situations where I'm shooting event photography (weddings, movie premiers, benefits and galas) where I need to use a lot of flash. For this kind of photography, I'll always prefer to be shooting with a Nikon. Nikon's flash metering (how the camera magically decides how much light to fire out of the flash) is much more consistent than Canon's. You can take a Canon and shoot the same scene three times in a row with flash and all three images will be at different brightness levels. You can do the same thing with a Nikon and all three images will be wonderfully the same. If you're somebody who plans on shooting a lot with flash (indoor photography, event photography, etc.) you'll want to consider going with Nikon.
Where Canon excels: Richness of colors. I've been in numerous situations where I've been on the red carpet taking the exact same picture as the photographer next to me. I'll have a Canon and the person next to me will have a Nikon. This has provided quite a few opportunities to compare the images side-by-side. What I've found is that the colors on the Canon's images look richer and make the image pop more. If I'm doing fine art photography (anything I'd like to someday hang in a gallery), I'll always want to be shooting with a Canon for this reason.
If you're set on Nikon, there are three cameras you should be considering and it all comes down to what your budget is:
D7000 $1,400 without lens
D5100 $750 without lens
D3100 $600 only available with lens
(current prices as of 2/19/11)
Here's what you get for spending extra money (each camera compared to the one below it):
D3100 vs. D5100:
The D3100 is an EXCELLENT camera so if you only have $550 to spend total on camera and lens then go out and buy this camera. You won't regret it. If you're considering spending more money, here's what you'll get from the D5100 in comparison:
-Better performance in low light situations.
-A higher resolution screen on the back of the camera so you can see your images more clearly and make out if they actually turned out well.
-An external mic jack. (If you're planning on shooting video with an external mic, you'll want the D5100 over the D3100.)
-A flip out screen (handy if you want to put your camera anywhere but at your eye level and be able to see what your camera is about to capture before you shoot it)
-Faster continuous shooting. If you're often shooting sports or any fast moving subject, continuous shooting allows you to capture multiple images in a single second. The D3100 shoots at three frames per second whereas the D5100 shoots at four frames per second.
-Higher ISO options. The D5100 offers one more stop of ISO than the D3100 does. If you don't know what ISO means (or what a stop is) just know that this allows you to more easily shoot images in low-light situations.
-Longer battery life. The D5100's battery will last 20% longer than the D3100
The two advantages of the D3100 over the D5100 are: less expensive and less weight. Whenever a camera is less expensive, it means you'll have more in your budget for the lens. The D3100 weighs 10% lighter and is 10% smaller than the D5100.
D5100 vs. D7000:
The D5100 is Nikon's latest and greatest and is even newer than the D7000. Phenomenal camera! If you're stuck, though, between the D5100 and the D7000, here's what you'll get by spending more money on the D7000:
-More focus points. When using auto-focus, the D7000 will have an easier time focusing on what you want it to focus on.
-60% longer lasting batteries.
-Faster continuous shooting. If you're often shooting sports or any fast moving subject, continuous shooting allows you to capture multiple images in a single second. The D5100 shoots at four frames per second whereas the D7000 shoots at six frames per second.
-Weather sealed. This means you can shoot with the D7000 in the rain.
-Two memory card slots. This is really a cool feature. The D7000 has two memory card slots which means you'll be less likely to find yourself standing in front of a gorgeous scene with no more memory left.
-Faster shutter speed. The fastest shutter speed on the D5100 is 1/4000th of a second; on the D7000: 1/8000th of a second. To be honest, I can't think of any practical reason why this would benefit you unless you're planning on shooting some really bright scenes like directly into the sun.
Advantages of the D5100 over the D7000:
-A flip out screen (handy if you want to put your camera anywhere but at your eye level and be able to see what your camera is about to capture before you shoot it)
-Smaller and lighter: The D5100 is 10% smaller and 30% lighter than the D7000. This is something to consider if you plan on carrying your camera around with you a lot.
-Less expensive so you can spend more on your lens!
If I can clarify any of this, please email me!
-JP Pullos, photography teacher, NYC and online (see my Amazon profile for my website)
Which camera excels Nikon D3100($Cheap) VS. D300($1600) VS. D700 ($2,700):
* Lens = The D3100 is the only camera that comes with a lens at it's normal price
* ISO Performance = Tie between D3100 and D700! (It could be Nikon's new processing but the JPEG looks fantastic I was shooting D3100 on 6400iso with very little noise at all)
* Low Light Focusing = D700
* Focus Speed = D700
* External Buttons & Controls for Pros = D700
* Menu Navigation = D3100
* Ease of Use = D3100
* Megapixel = D3100 (14.2)
* Sensor size = D700 (Much more important than megapixels but I won't get into this)
* Can use older lenses with functionality = D700 & D300
* Video = D3100 of course! 1080P video looks amazing.
* Frame Rate = D300 at 6 photos a second
* Weight = D3100 (light as a feather)
* Ergonomics = D700 (big enough for all my finger)
The lens is a kit lens, it will work outside but not so great in low light. The Vibration Reduction will help indoors but Vibration Reduction can't stop a child or pet in motion indoors. Consider buying a 35mm 1.8dx AFS for around $200 and you will be super happy with this camera.
I purchased the 3100 specifically to shoot video, so I put on Nikon's brand new 85mm 1.4g Nano lens and shot video with it. The lens costs more than double the camera but I wanted to see how the 1080P video looked. It has the look of a cinematic movie. After the 85mm, I put on Nikon's 50 1.2 manual focus lens and was able to take very cinematic video in manual mode. In order to make it brighter or darker you either need to use a really old lens like the 50mm 1.2 and hit the AE-L (auto exposure lock) and twist the aperture to change exposure. Or you can hit the AE-L button when you get the exposure you like. Its not a perfect system but it works well for me. Inside the menu options you can change the AE-L button to hold the setting until you reset which is helpful.
Jello Cam (What's not so great):
This camera still suffers from the "Jello Cam" look in video if it is not on a tripod and you are shaky. The video can look like jello if moved too quickly. Use a monopod or tripod when shooting to avoid this. I'm not sure if a faster video frame rate 60fps would help - but at 24 and 30 it can suffer badly.
This is an amazing deal! Unless you make most of your income from photography or have a stockpile of old lenses (this camera can only autofocus with AFS lenses) then this camera is the must have camera of the year. If you have good composition skills and an eye for light you can take photos worthy of a magazine with this. Seriously, you won't regret buying this camera. When you do, do yourself a favor and buy an additional Nikon AFS lens that has a maximum aperture of 2.8, 1.8 or 1.4. These lenses will take better portraits and deal better in low light than the kit lens.
Enter the D3100
No way P&S or cell phone cameras could give us the shots we get for the D3100. Last weekend at our 4 year old's soccer game, that became even MORE glaringly obvious. I opted for the VR lens, but can't tell you if it makes a difference or not. Worst case is that I spent $100 extra if we don't like the VR and turn it off.
I have no other SLR to compare it to (other than a 1980s Canon A1 that I used to use) so I can't say how it stacks up against other current offerings. All I can tell you is that if you think you want to step up to a SLR, this is a nice way to go. The body is not huge, you get 2 lenses that should handle 95%+ of all your needs and you get speed, and quality shots that are FAR better than P&S cameras we spent $300 on.
I just got back from a trip to oregon and wished I had taken the SLR. Phone camera was great for shots durign bike rides, etc., but "coastal tourist" shots would have been much better with the 3100.