At A Glance

The D3100 is an entry-level DSLR on the higher end of that category's price range. However, it has a great set of features for beginning photographers, and decent image quality.

Manufacturer’s Description

The D3100 is equipped with a new Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor and a new image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, both developed by Nikon. The CMOS image sensor offers an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels (D3000: CCD image sensor with 10.2-million effective pixels) and enables capture of high-definition images exhibiting superior image quality with extremely detailed rendering and rich tones. The camera also makes the most of its standard sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200 (D3000: ISO 100-1600) and additional increases up to HI 2 (ISO 12800 equivalent), with shooting under dim lighting, such as in the evening or indoors, as well as with sports scenes of rapidly moving subjects.

EXPEED 2 is Nikon's new image-processing engine, developed by refining the concepts, know-how and technologies regarding digital images that Nikon has spent years cultivating. It maximizes the performance of the CMOS image sensor to suppress noise in still images and movies and produces images that faithfully reproduce vivid colors.

The Specs

Battery Information
Battery Size Supported Proprietary Battery Size
Battery Built-in No
Battery Included Yes
Battery Rechargeable Yes
Number of Batteries Supported 1
Interfaces/Ports
USB Yes
HDMI Yes
Display & Graphics
Screen Size 3.00 "
Effective Camera Resolution 14.2 Megapixels
Image Sensor Size 0.91" x 0.61"
Image Sensor Type CMOS
Exposure
Shortest Shutter Speed 1/4000 Second
Longest Shutter Speed 30 Second
Flash
Flash Modes Auto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Red-eye Reduction
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Corporation
Manufacturer Part Number 25472
UPC Code 018208254729
Brand Name Nikon
Product Name D3100 Digital SLR Camera
Marketing Information

The D3100 is equipped with a new Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor and a new image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, both developed by Nikon. The CMOS image sensor offers an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels (D3000: CCD image sensor with 10.2-million effective pixels) and enables capture of high-definition images exhibiting superior image quality with extremely detailed rendering and rich tones. The camera also makes the most of its standard sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200 (D3000: ISO 100-1600) and additional increases up to HI 2 (ISO 12800 equivalent), with shooting under dim lighting, such as in the evening or indoors, as well as with sports scenes of rapidly moving subjects.

EXPEED 2 is Nikon's new image-processing engine, developed by refining the concepts, know-how and technologies regarding digital images that Nikon has spent years cultivating. It maximizes the performance of the CMOS image sensor to suppress noise in still images and movies and produces images that faithfully reproduce vivid colors.

Product Model D3100
Product Type Digital SLR Camera
Image
Maximum Image Resolution 4608 x 3072
Lens
Optical Zoom 3.1 x
Aperture Range f/3.5 to 5.6
Image Stabilization Optical
Autofocus Points 11
Focus Modes Auto
Minimum Focus Distance 10.80
Memory
Memory Card Supported Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
  • D3100 Digital SLR Camera
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens
  • EN-EL14 Battery
  • MH-24 Battery Charger
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • DK-20 Rubber Eye Cap
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • CD-ROM
Features Face Detection, Manual White Balance, External Flash Shoe, Aperture Priority, Live View
Physical Characteristics
Camera Assembly Body with Lens Kit
Height 3.8"
Width 4.9"
Depth 2.9"
Weight (Approximate) 16.0 oz
Video
Video Formats QuickTime MOV
Maximum Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate 30 fps
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type SLR
Warranty
Limited Warranty 1 Year

Performance

Performance (New)
Exposure Good
Color Good
Sharpness Good
Distortion Very Good
Video Quality Good
Video Sound Quality Very Good