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Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Double-Zoom Lens Kit with 18-55mm and 55-200mm DX Zoom Lenses (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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Overall score: 72%
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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|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description||Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/200_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Multi, Spot, Continuous|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & 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 Weight||1.11 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||7.7 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||99 ounces|
|Maximum Focal Length||200|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Average|
|Minimum Focal Length||18|
|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|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Comprehensive Dust Reduction System|
|Shipping Weight||4.75 pounds|
|Style Name||18-55mm & 55-200mm Non-VR|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Max Resolution||14.2||24.2||24.2 MP||16.2|
|Iso Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (12800 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (12800 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600 (with boost)||Auto, 100- 6400 (plus 12800, 25600 with boost)|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7||4||5||4|
|Wireless Communication Technology||EyeFi||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Item Weight||1.11 pounds||1.11 pounds||0.95 pounds||1.23 pounds|
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Review summary from DPReview
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.
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From the Manufacturer
Two Lens Zoom Kit
Includes the 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR lens and AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm lenses, ideal for shooting wide through telephoto subjects.
Exceptional image detail
DX-format 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
Nikon equipped the D3100 with a newly developed CMOS sensor for outstanding subject detail and smooth color gradation. Whether shooting photos or Full HD movies, the sensor is crucial to image quality. The high pixel count of D3100's sensor produces photos of striking clarity, revealing all the nuance of the original scene with minimum noise—ideal for intricately detailed textures and noise-free background defocus.
Bring moments to life
Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound
Discover the difference a digital SLR makes when shooting movies. A wide selection of NIKKOR lenses gives you freedom to explore different angles and obtain lovely defocused backgrounds while the D3100's advanced imaging system assures outstanding quality. And for action sequences, new Subject-tracking AF keeps subjects properly focused. After the shoot, view movies on the large 3-inch LCD and perform simple editing tasks like trimming scenes before or after a designated point. HDMI compatibility lets you connect the D3100 to an HDTV with an optional HDMI cable, with playback managed by most TV's remote controls.
Compact and lightweight design
At only approx. 1 lb. 1.8 oz., the compact and lightweight D3100 goes where you go. And it's so easy to use thanks to the ergonomic grip that simplifies shooting, both in horizontal and vertical positions. New dedicated controls for frequently used functions like Live View,
D-Movie and shutter release modes further enhance ease of use.
Nikon's Guide Mode
The sure way to obtain desired results
An enchanting portrait against a softly defocused background, or a radiant couple surrounded by sparkling lights. Taking photos like these is easy with the D3100's Guide Mode—in-camera guidance that shows you step-by-step how to change camera settings. Just select a Guide Mode setting that matches the scene then let Guide Mode assist. Not only will you obtain the desired results, you'll understand how you achieved them. Guide Mode even displays sample photos so you'll know what to expect from each setting.
Catch the decisive moment
Split-second shutter response and continuous 3 fps shooting
D3100 can shoot approximately 3 frames per second—great for capturing dynamic motion and elusive facial expressions that are a challenge for any photographer. Simply rotate the release-mode selector and shoot away. Split-second shutter response eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss.
Top Customer Reviews
(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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
So I finally had a chance to get hold of this D-SLR at Best Buy today. I am not a pro by any means but I have used many different D-SLRs including Canon (40D, T2i, XSi) and Nikon (D90, D5000). When I picked-up the camera for the first time, my initial reaction was, "whoa - this is so small and light weight"! It wasn't that I wasn't aware of the specs - I knew them beforehand but I was still blown away by how small and light it felt when I held it in my hands. Then, I thought, the grip would not be very comfortable but I was wrong as holding and operating the camera is just fine - thanks to Nikon's well-thought-out design and grip. For the size and feel, it's very similar to D3000 but has more goodies from the higher versions. So from an initial wow factor, I quickly moved on to focusing on features and capabilities.
I have just started using this camera so more update will follow but in the meantime my initial assessment of this camera is - I am impressed! It is one heck of a camera which can certainly compete against the best in its class (Canon T1i, T2i, Nikon D5000). Check out detailed reviews at dpreview (.com) and cameralabs (.com) - they should be added soon if not already there.
I love this camera because it:
+ has enough mega pixels for my needs (14.2).
+ captures crystal clear images (thanks to EXPEED2 processor & the CMOS sensor, the sensor is slightly smaller than the one used in D7000).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was pleased this was so similar to my previous Nikon d-3100 in usage and understanding. I am still looking for the first one I bought several years ago that was lost or stolen. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kate Huxel
Great camera. If you want a beginner camera, this is perfect. It's forgiving in color for the most part when you're ready to edit photos. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Long Time Amazon Customer
Does all I hoped for this long-time Canon guy to get his foot started in the Nikon world.Published 17 days ago by S. J. Snyder
Exceeded my expectations. Great camera overall. Delivered much sooner than expected. So pleased with my purchase! Thank you.Published 28 days ago by siarah
The best camera I've bought in some time love the red eye additionPublished 1 month ago by matthew horne
I have owned my Nikon D-3100 for several years and even though it’s been discontinued I still love it and use it on a regular basis. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paddywhack
Great camera, great price. Still just as good as current entry level dslrsPublished 1 month ago by Rbrb2424