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  • Brand :
    Nikon
  • Optical Sensor Resolution (in MegaPixel) :
    14.2 MP
  • Sensor Type :
    CMOS Sensor
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Specifications of Nikon D3100 SLR

  • General Features

    Brand
    Nikon
  • Pixels

    Optical Sensor Resolution (in MegaPixel)
    14.2 MP
  • Sensor

    Sensor Type
    CMOS Sensor
    Sensor Size
    23.1 x 15.4 mm
  • Lens

    Lens Type
    Nikon F Mount
    Focal Length
    1.5x
  • Zoom

  • Display

    Display Type
    Low-Temperature Polysilicon TFT LCD
    Screen Size
    3 Inches
    Image Display Resolution
    230000 dots
    ViewFinder
    Eye-level Penta-Dach Mirror Type, Built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5m-1)
  • Dimension

    Weight
    455 gms
  • Power Source

    Supplied Battery
    Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (EN-EL14)
    AC Adaptor
    AC Adaptor EH-5A
  • Media & Software

    Memory Card Type
    SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Images & Video

    Image Format
    JPEG : Baseline - Compliant (NEF : 12 bit Compressed RAW)
    Video Format
    H.264, MOV, MPEG-4
  • Flash

    Flash Modes
    Auto, Rear Curtain Sync Flash
    Built in Flash
    Yes
  • Shutter Speed

    Maximum Shutter Speed
    1/4000 sec
    Minimum Shutter Speed
    30 sec
  • Connectivity & System Req.

    USB
    Yes
    HDMI
    Yes
    GPS
    Yes
  • Other Features

    ISO Rating
    Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 (12800 with boost)
    Self Timer
    2, 5, 10 & 20 sec
    Face Detection
    Yes
    Shooting Modes
    Continuous Shooting Mode: 3Fps, Quiet Shutter Release, Self-Timer Mode, Single Frame Shooting Mode
    Metering
    3D Color Matrix (Type G & D Lenses), color Matrix II (Other CPU Lenses), Center-Weighted, Spot
    Red Eye Reduction
    Yes
    Continuous Shots
    Up to 3 fps
    White Balancing
    Auto, Cloudy, Direct Sunlight Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent
    Supported Languages
    20 Languages
    Sync Terminal
    1/200 Sec
    Additional Features
    Operating Temperature: 0Deg - 40Deg C
  • Additional Features

    Color
    Black
    External Memory
    Yes

Over all Review of Nikon D3100 SLR

Nikon D3100 SLR Price

Overall Review

The successor of best selling Nikon D3000 was launched in 2010 and made up many key upgrades to the already amazing model. Most notable of which were the Live View and video recording facilities – indeed it becomes the first Nikon DSLR (hotly followed by the D7000) to offer 1080p video recording in addition to 720p. To satisfy market demands, the resolution has also received boost from 10 to 14 Megapixels and there's a number of tweaks to the controls and ergonomics.Like Nikon D3000 before it, Nikon D3100 features a Guide mode which asks simple questions about what you'd like to take before setting up the camera appropriately. It's a great option for beginners which also teach you about camera settings, and Nikon D3100 builds upon its predecessor by sensibly showing example images before finally asking if you'd like to shoot with the viewfinder or screen, or film movies instead. Live View and movies are the two major new features on Nikon D3100 SLR, which were sorely missing on the earlier D3000. Rather than simply lifting the existing capabilities of models like the D90 and D5000 though, Nikon D3100 SLR offers a choice of HD resolutions and frame rates, and a more efficient encoding system which allows longer recording times. Better still, it's one of the first DSLRs which takes a decent stab at continuous autofocusing while filming, unlike most rivals which effectively become manual focus once you start recording. Several features like screen, viewfinder, main AF system and continuous shooting may be unchanged from its predecessor, and enthusiasts still won't find exposure bracketing, an optical depth-of-field preview or a built-in AF motor to drive older (non AF-S) lenses, but the new higher resolution CMOS sensor coupled with Live View, HD video with continuous autofocus and an HDMI port, not to mention everything from a guide-based auto mode to full manual means there's a lot to like about the new Nikon D3100. It brings the somewhat dated Nikon D3000 bang up-to-date, while trumping most rivals in this category.

Design and Build Quality

Nikon D3100 physically matches its predecessor a lot when viewed from the front and shares essentially the same width and height. It is however thicker and features a classy rubber grip which feels better in your hands than most entry-level DSLRs. The grip also features a shallow indentation for your fingertips which may not be as deep as the company's higher-end bodies, but certainly helps in holding the camera comfortably and securely. One should not expect miracles at this price-point, but personally speaking it enjoys the best ergonomics of its rivals. The infra-red remote control sensor flaunted by Nikon D3000 is now missing, so it's cabled remotes only on Nikon D3100. Nikon D3100 is equipped with both a popup flash with a Guide number of 12 and a hotshoe for external flashguns. Flash compensation and power level is adjustable, and you can also choose from red-eye, slow-sync and rear-curtain options. The built-in flash Guide number increases to 13 with manual control, which matches that of the Canon EOS 1000D, both beat the relatively weak popup flash on the Sony A290 which has a Guide number of 10. The D3100’s built-in flash can either popup automatically or by pressing a button on the side of the head, and once you’re finished with it, just push it back into place. 

Focus and Face Detection

Nikon D3100 comes along exactly the same 11-point AF system as Nikon D3000, along with the D5000 and D90. This employs the same Multi-CAM 1000 module with a single cross-type sensor, and the options appear to be identical. As such there’s three main AF modes: AF-S (Single Servo AF), AF-C (Continuous Servo AF) and AF-A (an Auto mode which selects between them depending on whether the subject is in motion – this is the default option). These are selected from the main information display screen, where you’ll also be offered a Manual focusing option.

Lens and Image Stabilization

Nikon D3100 is typically sold in a kit with the Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR lens. The VR stands for Vibration Reduction and provides the lens with anti-shake capabilities which you can see through the viewfinder, although with a longest equivalent focal length of 83mm, any wobbling isn’t that obvious. The lens stabilisation is good for around three stops of compensation in practice.

 

Screen and Menus

Nikon D3100 is fitted with the same 3inch 230k 320x240 pixel fixed screen as its predecessor Nikon 3000, which considering the panels available today and the camera's elevated price, is a huge disappointment. To be fair, it is bigger than the 2.5in / 230k screen on the cheaper Canon EOS 1000D, but falls behind on brightness and viewing angle. One of the headline new features of Nikon D3100 is Live View, a capability sorely lacking from its predecessor. Some traditionalists may still not see the point in Live View, but the ability to compose with the screen has many advantages over the viewfinder, for both beginners wanting the familiar operation of a point-and-shoot, and enthusiasts who'll exploit magnified focusing assistance direct from the sensor and superimposed graphics.

Battery

Nikon D3100 works with new rechargeable EN-EL14 Lithium Ion battery pack, rated at 1030mAh and good for around the same 550 shots as its predecessor, under CIPA conditions.

Video Mode

 Not surprising and a welcome development is in the field of viedo recording with Nikon revamping the movie mode capabilities and experience on the D3100. Previous Nikon DSLRs offered a best quality movie mode of 720p at 24fps, but now the D3100 offers the same resolution at the choice of 24, 25 or 30fps, while crucially adding a new Full HD 1080p mode at 24fps. 

Sensors

Nikon D3100 employs a new 14.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. This gives the D3100 four extra Megapixels, along with a switch of sensor technology from CCD to CMOS; now the entire Nikon DSLR range employs CMOS technology.

 

Pros

14 Megapixel sensor with great quality.
Friendly goal-oriented GUIDE mode.
1080p HD video with autofocusing.
Decent metering and 11-point AF system.

Cons

Relatively expensive for an entry-level DSLR.
Continuous AF in movies can be slow and noisy.
No bracketing, DOF preview or AF with non AF-S lenses.
Changing multiple settings requires many clicks.

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17 September 2010: Nikon DSLR D3100, an entry level DSLR, has been put on show with a new CMOS image sensor, helpful guide and a fast image-processing engine. The price of the camera is Rs. 27,950 with AF-S 18-55mm VR Kit Lens wherein, only the body costs Rs. 22,250, though online retailers for quite lower prices as well. A DSLR bag and a 4GB SD card come for free. The new CMOS Image sensor offers effective pixel count of 14.2MP. The ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 1600 with Hi 2 ISO up to 12800 that allow you to shoot without worries in dim light, evenings, indoors, and in sports field. Other important features get listed below.


*        EXPEED C2 processor backs the CMOS sensor to produce images that reflect vivid colors.

*        D movie function lets you record videos in Full HD resolution. You can edit the clips and use AF while recording video with AF-F mode is enabled.

*        Videos can be captured with same aperture and other settings under guide mode.

*        Live View mode lets users to frame stills and videos quite easily. By rotating the LiveView switch, you turn it on and can find about the remaining battery life.

Nikon can be considered as a new rival to the leading camera and camcorder brands. Nikon D3100 SLR Camera is definitely a excessively stuffed gizmo. This camera is of 14.2 megapixels resolution for those special memories to capture. 

 
Nikon D3100 SLR Camera is a CMOS optical sensor that is 23.1 x 15.4 mm in size to grab more exposure and wider view of the location. Nikon F mount lens compatible to Nikon cameras. This lens has dramatic focal length of approx 1.5x. The auto focus is fused with development in technology proven by the feature of TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist. Manual focus ability is also instated. A flamboyant shutter speed configuration yields high quality images even for randomly clicked pics. Shutter speed tends to maximum of 1/4000 sec making it a smarter camera.
 
A broad TFT of 3.0 inches low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD display of 230000 pixels is fitted in this camera. Customization of the brightness is done by using the given predefined options like Auto that has TTL white-balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, White balance preset. Nikon D3100 SLR Camera has an in built Flash. The several flash modes available are Auto, Red-Eye, Slow and Rear curtain. External flash can also be attached for that extra contrast. Film Sensitivity of this camera in auto mode shoots to 12800 with boost.
 
Still images are captured in 4608 x 3072 resolution which does not permit any sort of imperfection in the photos. The still images are captured in NEF (12 bit compressed RAW) and JPEG (Baseline-compliant) format and the video format is coded in MOV movie H.264/MPEG-4 compression format with monaural sound. 3D color matrix metering, Center-weighted and spot metering is programmed for metering purposes. Various shooting modes are programmed in Nikon D3100 SLR Camera such as Single frame shooting mode, Continuous shooting mode and Quiet Shutter Release to provide large number of alternatives for the user. For data exchange with other peripheral devices, Nikon D3100 SLR Camera has a USB port and a memory card slot.Some features like Red Eye Reduction, Picture Angle, Self Timer and Face Detection are available with this camera. Rechargeable EN-EL14 Li-ion battery powers Nikon D3100 SLR Camera with a longer battery life. It weighs less, so this camera can be taken for any hectic outdoor events easily.  
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