The Nikon D3100 has won praise for its accessibility to amateur photographers; we take a look at some of the key features below.
Who’s it for?
The Nikon D3100 is a camera for everyone, combining high-end features and simple easy-to- navigate menus, to produce consistently perfect and vivid images at the touch of a button. Whether you’re just starting out in photography or looking for a camera to fuel an existing hobby, the D3100 is designed to help, not hinder your passion.
|Maximum Resolution||14.2 Megapixels (4,608 x 3,072)|
|ISO Sensitivity||100-3200 range (expandable to 12,800)|
|Video Quality||Full HD (1080p, 720p or WVGA)|
|Image Sensor||Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor|
|Focus Area||11-area AF system, Multi-CAM 1000 AF
|Storage||SD, SDHC and SDXC compatible|
|Rear LCD Screen||3-inch, 230,000 pixel|
|Weight||Approx. 455g (camera only)|
Simple shooting for perfect pictures
Nikon D3100 Features
For a relatively low-cost, entry level DSLR, the Nikon D3100 boasts an impressive set of premium features. It’s ergonomic design and dedicated controls ensure that the ideal setting is always at your fingertips.
DX-Format CMOS Image Sensor – Provides highly detailed images, rich tonal graduations and faithful colour with minimal noise. Enjoy grain-free backgrounds and capture the depth and texture of every shot.
EXPEED 2 Image Processor – Makes the most of the high-performance CMOS sense to process images that are as rich as real life. Produce stunning defocused backgrounds with ease and help your subjects to stand out.
ISO Sensitivity 100-3200 – Shoot at a range of shutter speeds to reduce blur, improve low-light images and maintain a natural look in all photos. The D3100 is also expandable to an ISO 12800, allowing you to recreate vivid night scenes in tremendous detail.
Active D Lighting – Keep your foregrounds out of the shade when shooting against light backgrounds. Create the perfectly exposed shots that you always wanted.
Learn as you go
If you’ve ever felt lost in a sea of aperture and autofocus, the next set of features on the Nikon D3100 might be just what you’re looking for.
Guide Mode – Take the photos you want using the settings that you need. Guide Mode provides jargon-free in-camera guidance for every step of your shot. Understand what you need to capture the perfect picture finally realise your camera’s true potential.
Help – The help mode on the Nikon D3100 is fully integrated into the throughout the camera. Simply press the help button whenever you’re stuck and you’ll get a simple on-screen explanation of any camera control at the time that you need it.
Six Scene Modes – Save time and effort when capturing a series of similar photo with a selection of six predetermined scenes, ready-made for every situation. The scenes included on the D3100 include: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up and Night Portrait.
Media MasterGone are the days where you needed separate still and video cameras. The Nikon D3100 handles both with ease allowing you to confidently record every special moment in perfect clarity.
D-Movie: Full HD Movies – Shoot movies using a selection of NIKKOR lenses to explore a full range of angles in high definition. Once you’ve finished, watch and edit your work on the large 3-inch LCD monitor.
Live View – Film and photograph subjects on the move. Live View can be activated with the flick of a switch and locks the focus on active children and pets without you having to chase after them! Plus, the face-priority function tracks faces in a crowd even if they turn away from the camera.