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Nikon S3100 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 14MP 5x CCD Aug 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Nikon has good reviews for its cameras
Supports video capability
Has a vari-angle LCD display

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Reviews

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 25,534 expert and user reviews (including 1,510 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon S3100 supports video capability. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras which support video capability currently available including the Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, or the Nikon Coolpix S8200 ($499.00) which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon S3100 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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 Sony SLT-A35Y + DT 18-55mm + DT 55-200mm, and the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm is also worth considering.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon S3100 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon S3100 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Very Narrow Field of View

Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera have field of views of between 95% and 100%. With a field of view of only 97 percent, the Nikon S3100 has one of the narrower field of views amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Nikon S3100 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Sony DSC-WX10 (2.8"), the Fujifilm FinePix x100 Classic Kit (2.8"), or the Canon G1 X ($481.60) (2.8") which is also higher rated.

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Picture Quality

4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon S3100 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 spec. Across all medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera the still image resolution ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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Only 4320 X 3240 Pixels Image Resolution

The Nikon S3100 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera has a 4320 x 3240 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most medium megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera the image resolution ranges from 4288 x 3216 pixels (worst) to 4928 x 3264 pixels (best).

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1/2.7"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the Nikon S3100 is 1/2.7"". That's 37% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/1.7"". 5.37 x 4.04mm.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Nikon S3100 features voice recording, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon S3100 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Light

The weights of medium megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera range from 20g to 1.3kg. With a weight of only 118 grams, the Nikon S3100 is one of the lighter medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera amongst cameras of this age.

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Video

1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon S3100 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. 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). The video resolution of all digital cameras of this type and age ranges from 320 x 120 pixels to 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Memory

Very Small Maximum Memory Card Size

The Nikon S3100 has a fairly small maximum memory card size (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera. Similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera have maximum memory card sizes of between 4GB and 130GB.

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Shutter

Fairly Slow Camera Shutter Interval

At 4 seconds, the Nikon S3100 has a fairly slow camera shutter interval compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera the camera shutter intervals range from 0.008s to 30s.

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Focusing

Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

Digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera have closest focusing distances of between 0.001m and 0.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.066m. At 0.1 meters, the Nikon S3100 has a fairly large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon S3100 has a pretty average digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the L120, or the L31 both from Nikon or the Canon SX150 IS which has better reviews.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Nikon S3100 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 5x optical zoom cameras and we think the Nikon L31, and the Canon A3300 IS which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth looking at include the Nikon D5100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (5.8x) which also has a higher rating.

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Product Identifiers

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