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Nikon D3100

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SLR 14.2MP 1" 4608 X 3072 Pixels Jan 2014
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Nikon D3100 Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Nikon D3100 number 66 in best selling cameras and number 660 across all digital cameras.
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Why Has it Scored 74?

It has very good expert reviews and marvellous user reviews with an average overall rating of 89%, based on 833 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2018.
This Nikon digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Higher than average maximum ISO sensitivity
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
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 recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.\
GUIDE mode: quick and easy-to-use in-camera assistance. asks you about the picture you want to take and automatically optimizes settings for superior results. sample images appear on the display to show you what will happen to your image if you apply the suggested settings.\
Live view with scene auto selector: makes it easy to compose images using the LCD monitor. scene auto selector will select the best mode for the scene and subject you want to capture, and fulltime servo AF (af-f) mode keeps subjects in focus without the need to press the shutter release button.\
Large 7.5 cm (3-inch), high-resolution LCD monitor makes it easy to view essential camera information, and a pleasure to review and edit your photos and movies.\
Razor-sharp 11-point autofocus system offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame. four af-area modes, including 3d-tracking AF, deliver sharp results, whether your subject is off-center, moving fast or completely unpredictable.\
Active d-lighting automatically retains details in highlights and shadows for stunning images with natural contrast.\
Picture controls lets you set the look and mood of your images before you shoot. choose from six settings: standard, vivid, neutral, monochrome, portrait and landscape.\
Extensive in-camera editing functions let you edit and enhance images and movies in the camera. offers techniques such as red-eye correction and quick retouch, as well as a range of filter effects.\
Dual integrated dust reduction system: image sensor cleaning and airflow control systems keep dust away from the camera\'s image sensor for clear, spot-free images.\
Lightweight body and superior ergonomics: a secure grip makes the camera comfortable to handle. dedicated controls for frequently used functions like live view, d-movie and shutter release make it a joy to operate
Lower than average megapixels
Heavier than average

Nikon D3100 Video Reviews

How Big is the Nikon D3100?

The Nikon D3100 is 124.46mm wide and 96.52mm tall. It is 73.66mm deep and weighs 455g.

Nikon D3100 front dimensions
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Nikon D3100 In-Depth Analysis

Features

4608 X 3072 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Nikon D3100 is 4608 x 3072 pixels. That's 11% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels digital camera, which is the most common resolution.

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Lower Than Average Megapixels

The lowest megapixels of cameras is 0.3MP, the highest is 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The megapixels of the Nikon D3100 of only 14.2MP is lower than 65% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera. Nikon offers hundreds of lenses ranging in optical zoom from approx 0.5x (10mm focal length) to approx 50x (800mm focal length).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on digital cameras.

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

Digital cameras have ISO sensitivities (max) of between 200 and 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000. The Nikon D3100's maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800 is higher than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the highest 32% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This Nikon digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera. Nikon offers lenses with apertures ranging from F/1.4 to F/6.3.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used. Nikon offers a wide range of lenses with built in image stabilisation.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Nikon D3100 has a built-in flash, as do 68% of digital cameras.

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Heavier Than Average

Across all the cameras the weights range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g. The Nikon D3100's weight of 455g is heavier than 79% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon D3100 has an HDMI port. 73% of cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Features Smile Detection

The Nikon D3100 features smile detection. 97% of cameras do not feature smile detection.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Nikon D3100 has an anti-dust function, unlike 90% of cameras which do not have an anti-dust function.

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Features Calendar

The Nikon D3100 features calendar, unlike 87% of digital cameras which do not feature calendar.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Nikon D3100 supports dioptic correction. 90% of digital cameras do not support dioptic correction.

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Has a Carrying Case

The Nikon D3100 has a carrying case, unlike 88% of cameras which do not have a carrying case.

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Wide Range of Minimum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Narrower Than Average Field of View

Across all the cameras the field of views range from 92% to 1,000%, and the average field of view is 100%. The Nikon D3100's field of view of only 95% is narrower than 99% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D3100 has a GPS (satellite). 89% of cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Nikon D3100 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. 76% of cameras do not support Full HD video.

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Dustproof

The Nikon D3100 is dustproof. 93% of cameras are not dustproof.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of all cameras is 620,000 pixels, with the lowest being 23,000 pixels and the highest being 6,300,000 pixels. The display resolution of the Nikon D3100 of only 230,000 pixels is in the lowest 28% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Nikon D3100 has a self-timer. 82% of cameras do not have a self-timer.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Nikon D3100 features noise reduction, unlike 91% of cameras which do not feature noise reduction.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Nikon D3100 supports video capability, unlike 67% of cameras which do not support video capability.

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Average Image Sensor Size

The image sensor size of the Nikon D3100 of 0.435" is fairly average compared to most other cameras. It is bigger than 64% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Features Smile Detection

The Nikon D3100 features smile detection, unlike 89% of cameras which do not feature smile detection.

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Smaller Than Average Eye Relief

The average eye relief of all cameras is 19mm, with the smallest being 8mm and the biggest being 27mm. The Nikon D3100's eye relief of only 18mm is smaller than 67% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Nikon D3100 features flash exposure compensation, which is unusual. 79% of cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon D3100's display diagonal of 3" is relatively typical compared to most other cameras. It is larger than 25% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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550 Battery Life

Most cameras take between 4 and 4,699 battery life, including the Nikon D3100 which takes 550 battery life.

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Has a Tripod Mount

The Nikon D3100 has a tripod mount, unlike 73% of digital cameras which do not have a tripod mount.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 424 pixels, which is the most frequently supported resolution on digital cameras.

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Has a Microphone in

The Nikon D3100 has a microphone in, which is unusual. 88% of digital cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Wide Range of Magnifications Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the magnification depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of magnifications are possible with this camera. Hundreds of different lenses are available for Nikon SLRs ranging in magnification from approx 0.5x (8mm focal length) to approx 50x (800mm focal length).

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Nikon D3100 features brightness adjustment, unlike 78% of digital cameras which do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Nikon D3100 has a shoe mounting point, unlike 89% of cameras which do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Supports Live View

The Nikon D3100 supports live view, which is unusual. 83% of cameras do not support live view.

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4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D3100 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 3072. That's over four times the resolution of the most frequently found resolution of 1712 x 1712. The worst resolution of all cameras is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

nikon d3100185555200kit, vba280aetamron, nikon f456g, vba280k006, d310018105, f3556g, f4556g

Barcodes:

00001820888816, 00018208097982, 00018208132843, 00018208132904, 00018208254729, 00018208805907, 00018208884575, 00018208884582, 00018208884599, 00018208884605, 00018208884612, 00018208888160, 00018208919529, 00018208919567, 00018208919574, 00018208924738, 00182088845756, 00182088846128, 00182089195294, 00182089195676, 00602638030970, 00885909797042, 02374439501338, 02510695091217, 03610170485650, 03610170529811, 05054230283226, 05711045151774, 05711045242496, 05711045380587

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