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Nikon D3100 Digital Camera

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SLR 14.2MP 5.8x Feb 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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14 Reasons For

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Nikon SLR cameras have good ratings on average and across all cameras Nikon is one of the better rated brands.

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon D3100 has a built-in flash, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months do not have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D7200[plb_2778086_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon D3100 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3100 which do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Canon Rebel T5[plb_3343917_price] which has better reviews.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Canon EOS 1300D - Rebel T6[plb_3313106_price] is also worth considering.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this camera and we think the Nikon D7200[plb_2778086_price], and the Canon 700D[plb_3927497_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the D80[pl_3214002_price] (CCD), the D40[pl_3214006_price] (CCD), or the D3000[pl_3214012_price] (CCD) all from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Has Nine White Balances

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of white balance modes than most SLR cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3100. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent", "Manual", "Shade" and "Sunny" are also found on this camera.

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Has One Photo Effects

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of photo effects than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most commonly found photo effects is Neutral, but this photo effects is not found on this camera. The photo effectss Black&White are also found on this digital camera.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is the most frequently supported USB version on SLR cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Nikon D3100 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by SLR cameras that were released in the last 12 months. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 424 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. Across all SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the D3100 the video resolution ranges from 640 x 424 pixels (worst) to 3840 x 2160 pixels (best).

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Has Four Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Nikon D3100 is more than most SLR cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure modes, which is the most commonly found light exposure modes found on new digital cameras. The light exposure modess "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many SLR cameras that were launched in the last year.

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Supports Seven ISO Sensitivitys

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras that were released in the last 12 months. This Nikon digital camera supports a 100 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by SLR cameras that were launched in the last year. The ISO sensitivitys "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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H.264 Video Formats Supported

This camera supports a H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video formats supported, which is the most commonly supported video formats supported on comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for the last year.

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Features Three Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Nikon D3100 is more than most SLR cameras that are a similar age to it. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Servo Auto Focus, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Nikon camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection and Single Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on latest SLR cameras.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Nikon D3100 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other latest SLR cameras also do not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support wi-Fi including the Canon 1300D[plb_3861494_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D3100 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Nikon D3100 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) including the D3300[pl_3289888_price], or the D5300[pl_4015272_price] both from Nikon which is also higher rated.

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon D3100 is not waterproof. Most of the other SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3100 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other SLR cameras that came out around the same time as the D3100, the Nikon D3100 does not have an image stabilizer.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other cameras that have been available for the last year, the Nikon D3100 is not 3D.

Digital cameras which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Nikon D500[plb_3195942_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras that have been on the market for the last year do not support video capability. The Nikon D3100 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a video capability and we think the Nikon D7200[plb_2778086_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The megapixels of latest SLR cameras range from 6MP to 37MP, and the average megapixel is 19MP. With a megapixel of only 14.2 megapixels, the Nikon D3100 has a quite low megapixel compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3100.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel then you might want to consider the Canon 1200D[plb_3842490_price] (18MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Narrow Field of View

The Nikon D3100 has a fairly narrow field of view (only 95 percent) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for the last year. The narrowest field of view of newly released similar spec cameras is 95% and the widest is 100%.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec cameras that came out in the last year. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras that were released in the last year. The flash modess "Flash off", "Pre-flash" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

The Nikon D3100 has a quite few total megapixels (only 14.8 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the D3100. New SLR cameras have total megapixelss of between 6.2MP and 38MP, and the average total megapixels is 20MP.

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Very Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the Nikon D3100 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s amongst cameras of this age. The display resolution (numeric)s of new SLR cameras range from 130,000 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels.

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Very Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

With an ISO sensitivity (max) of only 3,200, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for the last year. The ISO sensitivity (max)s of recently released SLR cameras range from 1,600 to 110,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 24,000.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 30 frames per second, the Nikon D3100 has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other SLR cameras that are a comparable age to the D3100. The average motion JPEG frame rate of new SLR cameras is 50fps.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

At 0.45 meters, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other SLR cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. The smallest closest focusing distance of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the D3100 is 0.25m and the largest is 51m.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D3100

Released Twelve Months Ago

It was twelve months ago when this camera was released.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for the last year.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D3000[plb_3214012_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the D810[pl_3289290_price] (3.2"), or the D5500[pl_3901067_price] (3.2") both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many recently released digital cameras. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Alternative digital cameras that support an Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to look at include the Canon Rebel T5[plb_3343917_price] which has better reviews.

If the memory card type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the D7200[pl_2778086_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the D3000[pl_3214012_price] (SD|SDHC) both from Nikon or the Canon 1300D[plb_3861494_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 505 grams, the Nikon D3100 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released in the last 12 months.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus Adjustment
Smile Detection
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Compensation
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Diopter Adjustment (D-D)
Eye Relief
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Type
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Other Features
Built-In Flash

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Expert Reviews

(96)
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

(11)
Reviewed 17 August 2011 by Mr. W.
(Verified Purchase)

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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Barcodes 00000001616596, 00000010003903, 00018208097982, 00018208254729, 00799975142487, 00847567014046, 00885909797042, 06927071616692, 06927071616890

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