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Nikon D3100 Digital Camera

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SLR 14.2MP 3.6x Oct 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
- 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor delivers lifelike images with vivid colors, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations. - EXPEED 2 image processing engine provides enhanced movie... More
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23 Reasons For

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 19,074 expert and user reviews for Nikon digital cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically within its SLR cameras range.

Has a GPS

has a GPS

Unlike most of the other SLR cameras that came out more than two years ago which do not have a GPS, the Nikon D3100 has a GPS.

Alternative digital cameras with a GPS currently available which you might also want to look at include the Nikon D5300[plb_2189436_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Nikon D3100 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the D3100 also support video recording.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support video recording currently available including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], or the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon D3100 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the D3100.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think because of it's better review score, the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], and the SLT-A57[pl_1611476_price] both from Sony or the Pentax K-5 IIs[plb_1716817_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon D3100 has a built-in flash. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D3100 also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], and the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price] both from Sony which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on cameras of a similar age and spec to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you would prefer a camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Pentax 645Z[plb_2522250_price] (Eye-Fi|FLU|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Light

The Nikon D3100 is one of the lighter cameras of this age and type (only 455 grams) amongst SLR cameras of this age. The average weight of SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3100 is 650g.

Other cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Nikon D3000[plb_993_price] (485g).

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Pentax K-50[plb_2053942_price], and the Nikon D5000[plb_1640596_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon D3100 is more than most digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3100. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this digital camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Very Light

The weights of digital cameras of this type and age range from 0.45kg to 240kg. With a weight of only 0.455 kilograms, the Nikon D3100 is one of the lighter digital cameras that were released more than two years ago amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Has Two White Balance Modes

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of white balance modes than most SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This Nikon camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras of this spec and age. The white balance mode "Manual" is also found on this digital camera.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most commonly found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White are also found on this digital camera.

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Supports One Audio Format

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of audio formats than most digital cameras of this age and type. This digital camera supports a PCM audio format, which is the most frequently supported audio format supported by SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3100.

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Narrow

Cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D3100 have widths of between 100mm and 160mm, and the average width is 130mm. With a width of only 124 millimeters, the Nikon D3100 is one of the narrower digital cameras that were released more than two years ago amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the Nikon D3100 is more than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This digital camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D3100.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this spec and age.

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Short

With a height of only 74.5 millimeters, the Nikon D3100 is one of the shorter digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D3100 amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The heights of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 34mm to 160mm.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon D3100 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Nikon camera). A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all SLR cameras that are a similar age to the D3100.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Supports Seven ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon D3100 is more than most SLR cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by SLR cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO speeds "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This digital camera supports a H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Features One Light Metering Mode

The number of light metering modes featured on the Nikon D3100 is more than most SLR cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most frequently featured light metering mode is Centre-weighted, but this light metering mode is not featured on this Nikon camera. The light metering modes Spot are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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14 Reasons Against

Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon D3100 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

Cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the SLT-A35[pl_964_price], the SLT-A37[pl_1436794_price], or the SLT-A65[pl_1620656_price] all from Sony which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Nikon D3100 does not support WiFi connectivity.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the D7100[pl_2082345_price], or the D5300[pl_2189436_price] both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago are not waterproof. The Nikon D3100 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3100 do not have an image stabiliser. The Nikon D3100 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

The narrowest field of view of cameras of this type and age is 95%, the widest is 170%, and the average field of view is 100%. The field of view of the Nikon D3100 of only 95 percent is one of the narrowest amongst SLR cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on digital cameras of this age and type. The flash modes "Flash off", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon D3100 is more than most SLR cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the D3100. The camera file systems "DPOF 1.1" and "Exif 2.21" are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

SLR cameras that were released around the same time as the D3100 have maximum focal lengths of between 3mm and 880mm. With a maximum focal length of only 82.5 millimeters, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for a similar time to the D3100.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Nikon D3100 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3100. The shooting modes "Manual" and "Movie" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Quite Small Frame Rate

With a frame rate of only 3 frames per second, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly small frame rate compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec. The frame rates of similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 1.1fps to 6fps, and the average frame rate is 4.1fps.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of SLR cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D3100 is 780,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 640 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels. The Nikon D3100 has one of the lower display resolutions (only 230,000 pixels) amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Only ±1EV (1/3 EV Step) Flash Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a -3EV - +1EV (1/3 EV step) flash exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Thick

The average depth of SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the D3100 is 79mm, and the depths range from 32mm to 130mm. With a depth of 96 millimeters, the Nikon D3100 is one of the thicker similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the D3100 amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3100 have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 1.2m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.34m. At 0.45 meters, the Nikon D3100 has a quite large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the D3100.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D3100

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the D3100.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price].

If you want a larger screen size then you might want to look at the Df[pl_1740408_price] (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4[pl_1998795_price] (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Nikon released the D3100.

Average Megapixel Count

The Nikon D3100 has a relatively average megapixel count (14.2 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the D3100.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth looking at include the Lumix DMC-GX1[pl_1663553_price] (16MP), or the Lumix DMC-G5[pl_1773329_price] (16.05MP) both from Panasonic or the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price] (14.6MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Format
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Protection Feature
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus Points Selection
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Shutter Speed Setting
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Guide
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Correction
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Diopter Adjustment
Eye Relief
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Other Features
Metering
Weight
Interface
Dimension
Data Compression
Operating System
Focal Length
Cable
Aperture Range
USB 3.0 Port
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed Range
Lens System
Frame Rate
Technical Details
Audio Recording Format

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Expert Reviews

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19 April 2012

Nikon D3100 Tech Specs suggest that this is an exceptionally great entry level DSLR, which is able to deliver excellent picture quality for experienced photographers. But for novices too it is...

3 January 2012

Now a year-and-a-half old, the D3100 was the first D-SLR in Nikons lineup to offer full HD video and is built around an APS-C 14.2Mp CMOS sensor, offering a maximum 4608x3072 pixel resolution...

6 November 2011

2011 was an impressive year for Nikon's video-capable DSLRs, as the company went to great lengths to improve both video performance and features on its new cameras. For this reason, the D3100 is...

6 November 2011

Nikon gained significant traction with this years crop of video-capable DSLRs?the Nikon D3100 included. The 1080p video performance was better than previous models, and the features were solid in... Read more…

4 November 2011

The Nikon D3100 is a solid entry-level DSLR that is aimed squarely at those looking for an easy-to-use camera that offers affordable performance and interchangeable lenses. It?s a lightweight...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 17 August 2011 by Mr. W.
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Newegg has been so prompt. Everything I bought here has been working very very well. I often wonder why I don't buy more often from this site. Perhaps the site design has a bare-bones, Walmart... Read more…

Reviewed 7 October 2011 by Meng V.

Speaking of ISO, thanks to its 14.2MP EXPEED 2 image processor that branched off the more expensive D7000, the D3100 is able to give exceptional image quality even at an ISO of 3200. The D3100 is... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2011 by David K.
(Verified Purchase)

If you just want to set your camera on "auto" and take pictures, you'd be better served with a cheaper, smaller, point and shoot. If you are willing to learn how to set the camera properly, and... Read more…

Reviewed 30 November 2010 by Gary R.
(Verified Purchase)

Accidentally wrote and posted the previous "ME" post for this camera and I was to post for the Canon SX30. MY bad, please forgive me for my confusion, not fair to Nikon. This a very good camera... Read more…

Reviewed 24 June 2011 by Anonymous

Just an amazing overall camera, especially for the price. After buying a nice lens, I am incredibly happy with it...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon f456, 1870mm3545, nikon d3100, nikon w1855, 1870mm3545g, nikon f3556, nikon f4556, nikon f456g, nikon f3556g, nikon f4556g, nikon d3100l, nikon w1855m, nikon d3100lk, nikon w1855mm, lightdow d300, lightdow nex5, lightdow d300s, lightdow nex5n, nikon 1855mm32, nikon 1855mm32g, lightdow ld0103, lightdow ld0103b, lightdow ylg0103bf2, nikon d3100185555200, nikon d3100185555200k, nikon d3100185555200ki, nikon d3100185555200kit
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