Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D4S

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Nikon D3100
Nikon D4S

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
Vastly smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D3100 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 100 smaller than the Nikon D4S (200).
0.1x higher lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D3100 is a 0.8xx lens magnification ratio digital camera. That's 0.1x higher than the Nikon D4S (0.7xx). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

Cheaper by $5,294
The Nikon D3100 is $5,294.30 cheaper than the Nikon D4S.
9 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Seven more awards
The Nikon D3100 has 16 awards from expert review sites, but the Nikon D4S has 9 awards.
9 Reasons For
Higher megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D4S has a megapixel count of 16.2MPMP, but the Nikon D3100 is only a 14.2MPMP digital camera (2MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

11% more total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D4S has a total megapixel count of 16.6MPMP, however the Nikon D3100 is only a 14.8MPMP digital camera (1.8MP less).
A lot higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon D4S has a JPEG frame rate of 60fpsfps, however the Nikon D3100 is only a 30fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera (30fps lower).
One more memory slot Edit
The number of memory slots on the Nikon D4S is two, but the Nikon D3100 only has one memory slot.
0.2" larger screen size Edit
Nikon D4S is 3.2"" screen, but the Nikon D3100 is only a 3"" screen digital camera (0.2" smaller). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Vastly higher display resolution Edit
The Nikon D4S has a display resolution of 921,000 pixels pixels, however the Nikon D3100 is only a 230,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera (691 pixels lower).
379x lighter Edit
The Nikon D4S is a 1.2kgg digital camera. That's 453.8g lighter than the Nikon D3100 (1.2kgg). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Expert reviews are a lot better
The Nikon D4S has an average expert review score of 93% based on 52 reviews, whereas the Nikon D3100 has an average rating of 82% (based on 96 reviews).
User reviews are a lot better
The Nikon D4S has an average user review score of 98% based on 77 reviews, whereas the Nikon D3100 has an average rating of 80% (based on 12 reviews).

Reasons Against

10 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3100 is a 14.2MPMP digital camera. That's 2MP lower than the Nikon D4S (16.2MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

13% less total megapixel count Edit
The Nikon D3100 is a 14.8MPMP digital camera. That's 1.8MP less than the Nikon D4S (16.6MPMP).
Vastly lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Nikon D3100 is a 30fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps lower than the Nikon D4S (60fpsfps).
Only one memory slot Edit
The number of memory slots on the Nikon D3100 is one, but the Nikon D4S only has two memory slots.
7% smaller screen size Edit
Nikon D3100 is only 3"" screen. That's 0.2" smaller than the Nikon D4S (3.2""). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Vastly lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon D3100 is a 230,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 691 pixels lower than the Nikon D4S (921,000 pixels pixels).
Vastly heavier Edit
The Nikon D3100 has a weight of 455gg, however the Nikon D4S is a 1.2kgg digital camera (453.8g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Older by over one year
The Nikon D3100 is 16 months older than the Nikon D4S.
Expert review Rating is considerably Worse
The average expert rating of the Nikon D3100 is 82%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon D4S is 93% (based on 52 reviews).
User review Rating is considerably Worse
The average user rating of the Nikon D3100 is 80%, whereas the average user rating of the Nikon D4S is 98% (based on 77 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
A lot bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Nikon D4S has a minimum ISO speed of 200, however the Nikon D3100 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera (100 smaller).
0.1x lower lens magnification ratio Edit
The Nikon D4S has a lens magnification ratio of 0.7xx, whereas the Nikon D3100 is a 0.8xx lens magnification ratio digital camera (0.1x higher). Read more

The lens magnification ratio is the ratio between the true size of the object being photographed and the size of the object when projected on to the camera's sensor.

A higher lens magnification ratio is important for macro photography as it allows you to focus on very small object very close to the lens.

$5,294 more expensive
The Nikon D4S is more expensive than the Nikon D3100 by $5,294.30.
Fewer sellers
Only 2 retailers sells the Nikon D4S, but 11 shops sell the Nikon D3100. Read more
The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Nikon D4S has received 9 awards, the Nikon D3100 has received 16 awards.

Awards

16 Awards
alphr.com: Recommended (A List)
Camera Labs: Highly Recommended
CNET.com.au: Editor's Choice
DP Review: Silver
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
M3.idg.se: Recommended
macworld.co.uk: Editor's Choice
pcactual.com: Recommended
pcauthority.com.au: A-List
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
photoreview.com.au: Editor's Choice
Pocket Lint: Hot Product
prylportalen.se: Recommended
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
What Digital Camera: Recommended
9 Awards
Ephotozine: Highly Recommended
M3.idg.se: Recommended
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Highly Recommended
Pocket Lint: Editor's Choice
reviewed.com: Editor's Choice
Techradar: Recommended
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
vido.com.ua: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
 SLR
Megapixel Count
14.2MP 16.2MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 2304
 2304 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1600 x 1064
BEST
 4608 x 3072
 3456 x 2304
 2304 x 1536
 2048 x 1360
 1600 x 1064
Maximum Image Resolution
 4928 x 3280
 4928 x 3280
BEST
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
BEST
 4:3
Image Format
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 TIF
 RAW
 JPEG XR
 JPG
 TIF
Full-Frame Sensor Size
23.1 x 15.4 36 x 23.9
Total Megapixel Count
14.8MP 16.6MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 DX
 DX
Aspect Ratio
 4:3
BEST
 4:3
Image Sensor Size
 1
BEST
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Protection Feature
 Dust resistant
 Dust resistant

Lens System

Optical Zoom
3.6x Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture
4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Focal Length
82.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
27mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
18 - 200 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
15/11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount Interface
 Nikon F
 Nikon F
Aspheric Element
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
7 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
52mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Mount
 Bayonet
 Bayonet

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 Multi Point Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 spot
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Spot Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 multi point
 Multi Point Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.45m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Points Selection
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 64
 80
 100
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 25600
 25
Maximum ISO Speed
3,200
BEST
25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
100
BEST
200
Light Metering Mode
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
30s 30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Shutter Speed Setting
 B
 B
Camera Shutter
 Electronic
 Electronic

Flash

Flash Mode
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Guide
12m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
1s 1s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
Shoe Mounting Point
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Format
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 424
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Audio Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
Audio System
 Mono
 Mono

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
 CF+
BEST
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 XQD
 CF+
Internal Memory
4.1GB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slot
1 2
BEST

Display

Screen Size
3" 3.2"
BEST
Display
 TFT
 TFT
Field of View
95% Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
230,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
0.8x
BEST
0.7x
Viewfinder
 Optical
 Electronic
 Optical
 Electronic

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Connector
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent H
 Fluorescent L
 Auto
 Manual
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Incandescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Fluorescent H
 Fluorescent L
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effect
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,10 2,5,10,20
Image Editing Mode
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
 Trimming
 Resizing
 Rotating
Camera File System
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 DCF 2.0
 Exif 2.2
 Exif 2.21
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
Playback Mode
 Highlights
 Movie
 Slide show
 Highlights
 Movie
 Slide show
Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 - 0.5 -3 - 1
Eye Relief
18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Portrait
 Children
 Close-up (macro)
 Landscape
 Portrait
Display Language
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 ARA
 UKR
 THA
 RUM
 CHI (SIMPL)
 DAN
 DUT
 CZE
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 KOR
 CHI (TR)
 ARA
 UKR
 THA
 RUM
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
455g 1.2kg
BEST
Height
96.52mm 156.5mm
Depth
73.66mm 90.5mm
Width
124.46mm 160mm
Lens Weight
265g Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Length
79mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Diameter
73mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight Including Battery
505g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
1 1
Battery Size
EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery or EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL18a
Shot Per Battery Charge
550 shots Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
32 - 104 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
0 - 85 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Included Cable
 USB
 AC
 USB
 AC

Other Features

Metering
TTL Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight
0.46kg Unknown - Click to provide data
Interface
USB Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimension
124 x 96 x 74.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Data Compression
JPEG Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating System
Windows XP, Vista, 7,Mac OS 10.4 + Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length
27 - 157.5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Cable
EP-5A Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
3.5 - 5.6 Unknown - Click to provide data
Effective Sensor Resolution
14,800,000 pixels Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
1/4000 - 30 Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens System
F Unknown - Click to provide data
Ethernet LAN Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Frame Rate
3fps Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Audio Recording Format
 LPCM
 PCM
 LPCM
 PCM
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