In Focus: Nikon D3100

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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.

Specs Overview

 
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 Processor EXPEED2
Image Sensor Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor
Focus Area 11-area AF system, Multi-CAM 1000 AF
Sensor Module
Storage SD, SDHC and SDXC compatible
Rear LCD Screen 3-inch, 230,000 pixel
Weight Approx. 455g (camera only)


Nikon D3100 Features

Simple shooting for perfect pictures
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 Master

  Gone 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.


 
The Nikon D3100 has won praise for its accessibility to amateur photographers; we
 
take a look at some of the key features below.
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