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Nikon Coolpix 3100
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Nikon Coolpix 3100 Digital Camera

14MP 5x CCD Apr 2011
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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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Expert Reviews Are Average

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

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 15,565 user and expert reviews, Nikon has good ratings for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Nikon Coolpix 3100 reviewers said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com said on CNET.com “Digital camera, 3,200,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5 in - Color, 1 x 16 MB - CompactFlash Card” in their review. Fourteen years ago Pcauthority.com.au wrote in their Nikon Coolpix 3100 review “A good range of basic features needed for quick and easy shooting”.

Some Nikon Coolpix 3100 owners who reviewed the product considered that it was able to produce good images.

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Good Technical Features

A number of people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. Cnet.com gave it a score of 74 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Not outstanding 3-megapixel compact camera with a great point-and-shoot feature set.”. 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 who purchased this digital camera considered that it was quiet. Cnet.com said on expert website CNET.com “Relatively bulky body; short, silent, fixed-duration videos”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person said in their reviews that the product had a good screen.

Easy to Use

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. Fourteen years ago Cnet.com gave it a rating of 74 out of 100 and wrote in their Nikon Coolpix 3100 review on expert review site CNET.com “Numerous shooting presets; intelligent control layout”.

Good Video Capture

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote “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 customer who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good zoom.

Good Size

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner reckoned that this digital camera was compact.

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix 3100 concluded that it was lightweight. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com mentioned fourteen years ago “The Coolpix 3100 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 3.2 megapixel effective image resolution”.

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CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on compact cameras that were launched 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.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think the Rollei Powerflex 240 HD[plb_1879236_price], and the Olympus VR-350[plb_1835931_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to consider including the Rollei PowerFlex 800[plb_1950271_price], the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], or the Nikon Coolpix S9700[plb_2173237_price] which has better reviews.

If you would prefer a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Sony DSC-W570[plb_2128686_price] (MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

Unlike most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago which do not support video capability, the Coolpix 3100 supports video capability.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price], or the Fujifilm FinePix JX500[plb_1672380_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Coolpix 3100 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 also have an image stabilizer.

Other digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at include the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro Video[plb_1829794_price], or the GE C1233[plb_1772801_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 compact cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], and the GE C1033[plb_1772798_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon Coolpix 3100 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix 3100. The flash modess "fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon camera.

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Has Two White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Coolpix 3100 is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Nikon camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix 3100. The white balance "Manual" is also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this age and type. Across all cameras of this age and type the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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Light

The Coolpix 3100 is quite light (only 118 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix 3100. Digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix 3100 have weights of between 20g and 840g, and the average weight is 170g.

We compared this camera to all the other 118g digital cameras and we think the Nikon Coolpix S1[plb_37119_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Coolpix 3100 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100. 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 comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Small Minimum RAM

With a minimum RAM of only 64 megabytes, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 has one of the smaller minimum RAMs amongst similar spec cameras of this age. The smallest minimum RAM of similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix 3100 is 64MB and the biggest is 1.1GB.

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Very Low Minimum Hard Disk Space

The minimum hard disk spaces of cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix 3100 range from 25MB to 1.1GB. With a minimum hard disk space of only 60 megabytes, the Coolpix 3100 has a fairly low minimum hard disk space compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100.

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12 Reasons Against

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 a 1/2.33"" camera, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 5.37 x 4.04mm. Cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix 3100 optical sensor sizes range from 1/3"" (worst) to 4/3"" (best).

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Like most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix 3100, the Coolpix 3100 does not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video which you might also want to consider including the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price], or the Sony DSC-HX10V/R[plb_1543755_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Coolpix 3100 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the ST200[pl_378406_price], the Galaxy Camera EK-GC110[pl_2083466_price], or the SAMSUNG WB150F[pl_1682907_price] all from Samsung.

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Not 3D

The Coolpix 3100 is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix 3100 are also not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Olympus VR-360[plb_362476_price], the Panasonic DMC-TZ30[plb_1847857_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most compact cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix 3100 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Coolpix 3100 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of alternative cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at including the Nikon 9500[plb_1721861_price], the Samsung EK-GC100[plb_2075290_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 is not waterproof.

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Very Narrow Field of View

The field of views of cameras of this age and type range from 96% to 100%. The Coolpix 3100 has one of the narrower field of views (only 97 percent) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Battery Life (max)

The shortest battery life (max) of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix 3100 is 0.83h and the longest is 520h. With a battery life (max) of only 1.3 hours, the Coolpix 3100 has one of the shorter battery life (max)s amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a quite few total megapixels (only 14.48 megapixels) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100. Across all the comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 the total megapixelss range from 10MP to 48MP.

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Only Supports Six ISO Sensitivitys

The Coolpix 3100 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 80, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Nikon Coolpix 3100 is more than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has one of the larger closest focusing distances (0.1 meters) amongst digital cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix 3100 the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.2m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.039m.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix 3100

Released Over Five Years Ago

Nikon released the Coolpix 3100 over five years ago.

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a relatively average digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P3[plb_2003_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Canon 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 fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 5x optical zoom cameras currently available including the Nikon S100[plb_50845_price], or the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price] which has better reviews.

If this compact camera digital camera optical zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the 3200[pl_1729050_price] (6x), or the Coolpix S5200[pl_3179968_price] (6x) both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 14 megapixels, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a fairly typical megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

If you want a higher megapixel then you might also want to look at the Nikon S1100PJ[plb_185015_price] (14.1MP), or the GE C1433[plb_1772802_price] (14.1MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Coolpix 3100 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.7" screen cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S2500[plb_50841_price], or the Rollei Sportsline 99[plb_173046_price].

If this camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon PowerShot N[plb_1478196_price] (2.8"), the Sony DSC-WX10[plb_595125_price] (2.8"), or the Fujifilm FinePix x100 Classic Kit[plb_1609683_price] (2.8") which is also higher rated.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Interval
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera Playback
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements
Mac Compatibility
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Lens Focal Range
Compatible Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum System Requirements
Camera Focusing Range
Power Supply Type
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

(9)
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...

13 August 2003

Heres my rating of the Nikon Coolpix 3100: (3 megapixel compact) DetailRating (out of 10)Construction8Features7Image quality8Lens / CCD combination8Ease of use8Value for money8The Coolpix 3100 is...

25 June 2003

Spec: Digital camera, 3,200,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5 in - Color, 1 x 16 MB - CompactFlash Card
Good: Numerous shooting presets; intelligent control... Read more…

The Nikon Coolpix comes with a 3.2-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom and a good range of basic features needed for quick and easy shooting. One of the smallest in this round-up, the Nikon Coolpix... Read more…

18 February 2003

The Coolpix 3100 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 3.2 megapixel effective image resolution and a Nikkor 3x zoom lens. Its an easy-to-use mid-range model with superior image... Read more…

26 November 2003

I Nikon Coolpix 3100 sitter det et Compact Flash-kort - noe som er uvanlig for så små kameraer...

26 June 2003

Nikon Coolpix 3100 er lite, billig og ser ut til å gi mye kamera for pengene. 3 Megapiksler og 3x optisk zoom burde holde for de fleste. Men holder kvaliteten mål?

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Product Identifiers

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