Nikon D3100
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Nikon D D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)


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Take professional-quality pictures in style with the impressive Nikon D3100 14.2 MP digital SLR camera. This D3100 body is the perfect starting point for those who want to capture great moments. The high-powered video shooting feature lets you memorialize everything from weddings and birthday parties to sporting events and a child's first steps. Any video you shoot is recorded in Full HD 1080P and saved in either H.264 or MPEG-4 format. The product also comes with all of the features that prosumers, professionals, and even beginners need in a digital SLR camera body. You'll get an accurate autofocus mode, advanced white balance control, and a long-lasting lithium-ion battery. A single charge allows you to take upwards of 800 pictures before a recharge is necessary. You will also be able to enjoy the Picture Control feature. This setting gives you even more creative control with filters like monochrome, vivid, and portrait for a new light on your images. Any photo you take with this Nikon digital camera can be captured in the standard JPEG or RAW format for precise photo editing. The autofocus technology available with this Nikon camera offers nine focus modes that you can select. These modes include live view, face detection, tracking, contrast detect, and many more. The camera's sleek, black body is outfitted with a myriad of easy-to-use controls as well as a useful grip. The 3-inch LCD display offers crystal clear imaging at all times. The Nikon DSLR is also equipped with a full-frame CMOS sensor. This image sensor is designed to capture every detail of the picture you take. The Nikon D3100 camera body is compatible with a wide range of lenses including popular 18-55mm models. It works with any Nikon FX lens or DX lens. The lenses that are compatible with this device are classified as zoom lenses. When you wish to take a lot of photos in a small amount of time, use the continuous shooting mode. This mode allows you to take pictures at a fast 7 frames per second to capture fast-moving action. This DSLR weighs only 1.3 pounds, making it easy to stick in a bag or carry around your neck. Image and video transfer from the camera to your computer is made easy with the built-in USB 2.0 port. Any image you capture can be saved to an SD card, SDHC card, or SDXC card. In addition, there are several flash modes available for these cameras. You can make use of built-in flash, wireless plus sync connector, or hot-shoe. A mini Type C HDMI port can be found equipped on the side of this device. The Nikon D3100 offers great results with 14.2 megapixels of clarity and detail in your shots. While the optical zoom is set to 3x, a digital version is also available at 6.7x. When dealing with different lighting conditions, expanded ISO settings offer a range of 100 to 3,200 ISO. The D3100 has a max shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second.

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.

Product Highlights

Product Identifiers
UPC018208919529, 018208919543, 689466369014

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Sensor Resolution14.2MP
Screen Size3"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size15.4 x 23.1mm
Sensor TypeCCD, CMOS

Lens System
Lens For SDBody Only
Focus AdjustmentAutofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast and phase detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera27 - 82.5mm

Max Shutter Speed30 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 Sensitivity100-12800
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, 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 MemoryCompactFlash Card Type I, MultiMediaCard, SD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card, SDXC Memory Card

Viewfinder TypeOptical, Optical (Through-the-lens)
Optical Viewfinder TypeEye-level mirror pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.8x
Dioptric Correction Range-1.7 to +0.5

Depth2.9 in.
Height3.8 in.
Width4.9 in.
Weight16 Oz.

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

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

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

Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Digital Video FormatMOV, QuickTime
Still Image FormatDCF 2.0, DPOF, EXIF 2.21, JPEG, NEF (RAW), NEF (RAW) + JPEG, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image

Max Video Resolution1920 x 1080

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

Other Features
Additional FeaturesUSB
Face DetectionYes

Shooting ProgramsChildren, Close-up, Landscape, Night portrait, Portrait mode, Sports mode
Special EffectsLandscape, Monochrome, Neutral, Portrait, Vivid
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Shade (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed3 frames per second
Exterior ColorBlack

eBay Product ID: EPID100173598

Reviews & Research

CNET Editors' reviewExcellent


    Excellent photo quality; well-laid-out controls; interesting, user-friendly Guide mode; full manual controls in video capture.


    Smallish viewfinder; slower than the competition; no bracketing.


    A very good entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3100 delivers excellent photo quality in a body that's streamlined for experienced photographers, but relatively unintimidating for the less advanced. Its only weakness is performance; though solid, it nevertheless lags behind the competition.

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