Apr 13, 2012 18:22:53 PDT
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Hawthorne, CA, United States
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Beautiful pictures–Amazing movies–Incredibly Easy with the 14 Megapixel DX sensor and learn-as-you-grow Guide Mode.
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 lets you record cinematic-quality movies in Full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels).
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 delivers razor-sharp pictures.
3-in. monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture.
Built-in HDMI port lets you connect directly to your HDTV using an optional HDMI cable
Control Image and Movie Playback with most HDTV remote controls
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 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 for those times when there isn’t enough light
Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens with 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.
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.
ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations.
Scene Auto Selector lets the D3100 decide the best mode to match the shooting situation when using Live View.
EXPEED 2 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.
Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.
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 allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions.
Body & Design
At first glance the D3100 looks a lot like its predecessor, but the changes are more significant than the small numerical change would suggest. The higher resolution sensor brings with it several other enhancements such as live view and video capability. These additions, of course, require subtle changes to the camera body to accommodate them. On the back there's a sprung lever to enter live view, which surrounds a small red-dotted button that initiates movie recording; the previously-combined '+' and 'i' functions also now each get their own button (as both functions need to be available in live view). On the top plate, the new drive mode switch makes for a very welcome addition.
In addition to these buttons and switches the D3100 has also gained a proper rubber grip, rather than the rubberized coating that featured on the D3000 - a small change but a big improvement to handling. Small grilles on the front and back conceal the microphone that's used during movie recording and the speaker that provides sound during playback respectively. Finally the D3100 gains two connectors under the enlarged rubber door on its left side, namely HDMI for movie playback and a combined GPS / remote release socket, but loses the D3000's IR remote receiver in exchange.
Side by side
The D3100 is a similar size to its obvious competitors, the Canon EOS 1000D and Sony A290. Being the newest camera in this group it's no surprise that it offers the highest specification, and its Full HD movie recording (albeit at 24 fps) and 14.2MP sensor makes it look pretty impressive. Like the other two cameras here, the Nikon offers a decent degree of external control and, as a result, requires very little menu diving.
In your hand
Thanks to its lineage the D3100 remains one of the most pleasant to hold cameras in its class. It may be small but it's very comfortable to use. It's almost impossible to pick up without your hand falling into a sensible position with the key controls at your fingertips. The layout and positioning of the buttons is some of the best we've come across and their function has on the whole been carefully thought-out too. Our one quibble would be the positioning of the Fn button (which many users, we suspect, will use to control ISO) on the side of the camera, while the the far-less-useful 'info' button occupies prime real estate beside the shutter release.