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Nikon D3100 Digital Camera

SLR 14.2MP CMOS SDXC Aug 2010
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Nikon has good reviews for its cameras
Supports video capability
Does not have a GPS (satellite)
111 Reviews + 16 Awards
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Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 25,534 expert and owner reviews (including 1,510 verified purchases), Nikon has good ratings for its cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically within its medium megapixel digital cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon D3100 supports video capability. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Nikon Coolpix S8200 ($499.00) 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, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

There are a number of other cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm which has better reviews.

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Design

Dustproof

The Nikon D3100 is dustproof. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also are dustproof.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Nikon D3100 has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also have a shoe mounting point.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Nikon D3100 has a flash exposure compensation. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also have a flash exposure compensation.

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Camera

Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Nikon D3100 has an anti-dust function. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have an anti-dust function.

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Supports Live View

The Nikon D3100 supports live view, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon D3100 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Histogram

The Nikon D3100 features histogram. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also feature histogram.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D3100 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) which you might also want to consider including the 200, or the SAMSUNG WB850F ($399.00) both from Samsung or the Sony HX100V.

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Nikon D3100 has a carrying case. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also have a carrying case.

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Lens System

Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of 22, the Nikon D3100 has one of the smallest maximum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age. The maximum aperture numbers of similar spec cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 2.5 to 38.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera is 0.34x, the biggest is 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. With an optical zoom of only 3.1 times zoom factor, the Nikon D3100 has one of the smaller optical zooms amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Polaroid IS426 ($49.57) (4x).

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

The Nikon D3100 has a fairly large minimum aperture number (3.5) compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera. The average minimum aperture number of cameras of this spec and age is 3.4, and the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22.

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Battery

550 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras of this type and age take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Nikon D3100 which takes 550 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Nikon D3100 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon D3100 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D3100 has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Nikon camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 3456 x 2304 and 2304 x 1536. The best still image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon D3100 features voice recording. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon D3100 does not have a built-in microphone, unlike most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as this camera which have a built-in microphone.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon D3100 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. This Nikon camera also support a video resolutions of 640 x 424 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. 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 cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon D3100 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Display

Quite Narrow Field of View

With a field of view of only 95 percent, the Nikon D3100 has one of the narrowest field of views amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. The field of views of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera range from 95% to 100%, and the average field of view is 99%.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon D3100 has a pretty typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3" screen digital cameras currently available including the Coolpix S6150, or the L120 both from Nikon or the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm which has better reviews.

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Df ($1,995.95) (3.2"), or the D4 ($4,299.99) (3.2") both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

With a weight of 505 grams, the Nikon D3100 is one of the heavier digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera the weights range from 20g to 1.3kg.

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Focusing

Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 0.066m, and the closest focusing distances range from 0.001m to 0.5m. The Nikon D3100 has one of the largest closest focusing distances (0.28 meters) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Other

Released Over Six Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market since April 2017.

Product Identifiers

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