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Nikon Coolpix 3100 Digital Camera

14MP 5x CCD Apr 2011
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX 3100 Digital camera. A compact, lightweight digital camera 3.2 megapixel and a powerful zoom lens 3 x, the 3100... More
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Nikon Coolpix 3100 Digitalkamera camera Review
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28 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on five expert reviews from sites including DP Review, CNET.com, Pocket Lint and PC Mag this Nikon digital camera has an overall expert rating of 72 out of 100.

Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Nikon has good average ratings for its compact camera digital cameras as well as across its entire camera range.

Good Quality Pictures

Some people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com mentioned on CNET.com “Digital camera, 3,200,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5 in - Color, 1 x 16 MB - CompactFlash Card” and rated it 74 out of 100. Thirteen years ago expert review site Pcauthority.com.au said “A good range of basic features needed for quick and easy shooting”.

Several Nikon Coolpix 3100 reviewers who purchased the product concluded that it was able to produce good images.

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Good Technical Features

Some Nikon Coolpix 3100 owners agreed that it had good features. Cnet.com said on CNET.com thirteen years ago “Not outstanding 3-megapixel compact camera with a great point-and-shoot feature set.” in their review and scored it 74 out of 100. Expert review site Pcauthority.com.au said “The Nikon Coolpix comes with a 3.2-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom and a good range of basic features needed for quick”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner considered that the Nikon Coolpix 3100 was quiet. Expert review site Cnet.com said in their review of this digital camera thirteen years ago “Relatively bulky body; short, silent, fixed-duration videos”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen.

Easy to Use

One person who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use. Expert review site Cnet.com said “Numerous shooting presets; intelligent control layout”.

Good Video Capture

One person who reviewed the product considered that it was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

One person considered that the Nikon Coolpix 3100 was good quality. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote in their Nikon Coolpix 3100 review “Its an easy-to-use mid-range model with superior image quality that will satisfy the needs of beginners to advance”.

Good Quality Lens

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom.

Good Size

One person who bought it concluded that it was lightweight. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com mentioned “The Coolpix 3100 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 3.2 megapixel effective image resolution” in their review of the Nikon Coolpix 3100.

One customer who bought the product reckoned that it was compact.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available that you might want to look at including the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the GE J1458W[plb_1861982_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40[plb_1786919_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Coolpix S6500[pl_1882940_price], or the Coolpix L120[pl_1186_price] both from Nikon or the Canon IXUS 145[plb_2166060_price].

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Coolpix 3100 supports video recording, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix 3100.

Alternative cameras which support video recording currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the IXUS 140[pl_1561326_price], or the PowerShot ELPH 300 HS[pl_1658031_price] both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price].

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix 3100.

Other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available which you might want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS40[plb_1786919_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix AX600[plb_1735654_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Coolpix 3100 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Duo[plb_1829795_price], or the GE A1455[plb_1772760_price].

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Coolpix 3100 has a greater number of image editing modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This Nikon digital camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix 3100. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter, which is the most frequently found camera shutter on cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix 3100. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this Nikon camera.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution

The Coolpix 3100 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most cameras that have been available for more than two years. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix 3100 is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on compact camera digital cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Light

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago the weights range from 20g to 710g. With a weight of only 118 grams, the Coolpix 3100 is one of the lighter cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix 3100 amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Coolpix 3100 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 the best video resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most frequently found focus on digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

With a width of only 93.5 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 is one of the narrower comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The average width of digital cameras of this type and age is 100mm, and the widths range from 22mm to 470mm.

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Very Small Minimum RAM Requirement

Digital cameras of this spec and age have minimum RAM requirement of between 64MB and 1.1GB, and the average minimum RAM requirement is 370MB. The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has one of the smaller minimum RAM requirement (only 64 megabytes) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Very Low Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement

The average minimum hard disk space requirement of compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 270MB. The Coolpix 3100 has a fairly low minimum hard disk space requirement (only 60 megabytes) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Very Thin

The average depth of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 is 38mm. With a depth of only 18.4 millimeters, the Coolpix 3100 is one of the thinner digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix 3100 amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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12 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Coolpix 3100 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix 3100 also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to look at including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price], or the GE G100[plb_1861772_price].

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Only 1/2.7"" Optical Sensor Size

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.7"". That's 14% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". 5.37 x 4.04mm. Across all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix 3100 the optical sensor size ranges from 1/4"" to 4/3"".

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Coolpix 3100 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at alternative digital cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the ST200[pl_378406_price], the WB200F[pl_2071998_price], or the ST200F[pl_1682904_price] all from Samsung which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Coolpix 3100 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7700[plb_1714924_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Coolpix 3100 does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix 3100 also do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Samsung ST200[plb_378406_price], the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS[plb_1565812_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S3600[plb_2208617_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Coolpix 3100 is not waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix 3100 are also not waterproof.

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Only Features Two Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix 3100 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Nikon digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this spec and age. The flash mode "Manual" is also featured on this camera.

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Very Narrow Field of View

With a field of view of only 97 percent, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a quite narrow field of view compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 have field of view of between 96% and 100%, and the average field of view is 99%.

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Very Short Maximum Battery Life

The average maximum battery life of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix 3100 is 18h, and the maximum battery lives range from 0.83h to 320h. The Coolpix 3100 has a fairly short maximum battery life (only 1.3 hours) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix 3100.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix 3100 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix 3100.

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Quite Slow Shutter Interval

The fastest shutter interval of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix 3100 is 0.008s and the slowest is 30s. The Coolpix 3100 has a fairly slow shutter interval (4 seconds) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix 3100.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 0.1 meters, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a fairly large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 30m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.28m.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix 3100

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Nikon released the Coolpix 3100.

Average Digital Zoom

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a pretty standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix 3100.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think the Nikon Coolpix L120[plb_1186_price], the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], and the Samsung ST90[plb_1216_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this compact camera digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon IXUS 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Coolpix 3100 has a relatively typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Coolpix S5100[pl_1308_price], and the Coolpix S100[pl_50845_price] both from Nikon or the Samsung ST90[plb_1216_price] is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix S5200[plb_3179968_price] (6x) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Coolpix 3100 has a relatively typical megapixel count (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

If this camera megapixel count is too low for you then you might want to look at the Coolpix S1100[pl_185015_price] (14.1MP), or the Coolpix S1200[pl_1146831_price] (14.1MP) both from Nikon or the Vivitar VF128[plb_2058981_price] (14.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the Coolpix 3100 has a fairly standard screen size compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix 3100.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Coolpix S5100[pl_1308_price], and the Coolpix S2500[pl_50841_price] both from Nikon or the Samsung ST90[plb_1216_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price] (2.8"), the Fujifilm FinePix X100S[plb_1609683_price] (2.8"), or the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price] (2.8") which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Manual Focusing Range
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Interval
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Camera
White Balance Mode
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM Requirement
Minimum Hard Disk Space Requirement
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Other Features
Interface
Dimension
Lens Focal Range
Operating System
Video Out Port
Focal Length
Aperture Range
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Minimum System Requirement
Camera Focusing Range
Power Supply
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

(11)
22 March 2012

The Nikon Coolpix S3100 comes in a range of seven colours (silver, black, purple, red, pink, yellow & blue), is styled with smooth curves and a sleek profile, and weighs in at 118g...

Stylish, slim and pocketsized
Easy to use pointandshoot
The zooming power caters to fine detailing, something which a photographer always wants
Movie mode gives versatility from stills to moving shots
Easy to take and carry motility makes it convenient
Closest focus 10cm in macro
LCD has limited viewing angle, limited control for enthusiasts
Prices one could sulk that other similar product offers a cost cut while Nikon COOLPIX 3100 is a little pricy
Yes, low screen resolution could be a cause for cribbing for advance users
Apart from the above small glitches here and there could occur
1 June 2006

Nikon Coolpix 3100 review The Nikon Coolpix 3100 were looking at here is a better specified version of the Coolpix 2100. These type of cameras are aimed at a growing market of people new to... Read more…

Small well designed body with ergonomic control layout
Very easy to use, simple menus and straightforward features
Large number of zoom steps allows very fine adjustment
Unique Framing Assist live view overlays
Good build quality, solid feel
Lens soft near corners edges at maximum aperture
No AF Assist lamp (although still a good performance without it)
Sometimes slow AF in low light
Over saturation of magenta
Halo sharpening artifacts visible around black detail
16 December 2003

Check out this model?s price again as it will have inevitably dropped, making it competitive against the usual suspects from Sony Kodak et al...

2 September 2003

Specs: Megapixels: 3.2, Maximum Resolution: 640 x 480 pixels...

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User Reviews

(4)
Reviewed 14 November 2011 by Amazon Customer

We are sometimes conned into thinking we have to spend a small fortune to buy a camera that will take decent images. Wrong! Here is an inexpensive, small (but sturdy) pocket camera by Nikon which... Read more…

Reviewed 20 November 2011 by Krunchie
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent neat camera with lots of usefull functions to create the perfect picture, video etc. Given as a gift where by it was appreciated very much by the owner and informed that it is used... Read more…

Reviewed 11 December 2011 by Vilma

I puchased this small red camera because my other one was too big and this one slips easily into a pocket or handbag..it's a great little camera, easy to use and best of all, for me anyway, it... Read more…

Reviewed 16 June 2011 by LED overdose

I had been really looking forward to getting my hands on one, but once I received it from Amazon, things didn't go well. First of all, it couldn't connect to any WiFi at all. I lost hours trying... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

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