The Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera speaks to the growing ranks of enthusiastic DSLR users and aspiring photographers by providing an easy-to-use and affordable entrance to the world of Nikon DSLRs. The 14.2-megapixel D3100 has powerful features, such as the enhanced Guide Mode that makes it easy to unleash creative potential and capture memories with still images and full HD video. Like having a personal photo tutor at your fingertips, this unique feature provides a simple graphical interface on the cameras LCD that guides users by suggesting and/or adjusting camera settings to achieve the desired end result images. The D3100 is also the worlds first D-SLR to introduce full time auto focus (AF) in Live View and D-Movie mode to effortlessly achieve the critical focus needed when shooting Full HD 1080p video.
Packed into the compact and lightweight body of the D3100 camera is a host of advanced Nikon technologies, such as the new EXPEED 2TM image processing engine. EXPEED 2TM in conjunction with Nikons new 14.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor is the driving force behind the enhanced performance and rich image quality. Ready to go wherever life leads, the D3100 features split-second shutter response and a blazing fast 11-point AF system to help ensure tack-sharp images. For shooting in challenging lighting conditions, ISO 3200 (expandable to 12,800) enables versatility in environments such as indoors or in the evening hours.
Nikon kit features the compact, affordable, and capable D3100 DX-Format DSLR
plus 2 lenses. Included with the D3100
body are AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED
lenses. With these two lenses, a wide range of photography is in your hands, from portraiture to action photography to macro photography. With the D3100
's versatility and this kit, your creativity is the only limit to what you can do.
Nikon equipped D3100 with a newly developed CMOS sensor for outstanding subject detail and smooth color gradation. Whether shooting photos or full HD movies, the sensor is crucial to image quality. The high pixel count of D3100's sensor produces photos of striking clarity, revealing all the nuance of the original scene with minimum noise - ideal for intricately detailed textures and grain-free background defocus.
ISO Sensitivity 100-3200 (expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent)
A maximum ISO of 3200 (standard range) lets you shoot at fast shutter speeds, reducing camera-shake blur in dimly lit scenes. Twilight and indoor shots come alive with a refreshingly natural look without the need for a tripod or flash. Moreover, fast shutter speeds make it easy to freeze action in dynamic situations such as children at play and sports events. For added versatility, D3100's Hi 1 and Hi 2 settings effectively boost ISO to the equivalent of 6400 and 12800, respectively.
Shooting in bright sunlight often produces pictures with extreme contrast between light and dark areas, resulting in loss of tone and detail. Active D-Lighting effectively combats this by preserving important details in shadows and highlights. The results are optimally exposed photos that better reflect the scene as you saw it.
Expand creative expression with Picture Control. Six settings - Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape - let you determine the look of photos and full HD movies before you shoot. In addition, sharpness, contrast, brightness and saturation can be adjusted to customize settings.
An enchanting portrait against a softly defocused background, or a radiant couple surrounded by sparkling lights. Taking photos like these is easy with D3100's Guide Mode - in-camera guidance that shows you step-by-step how to change camera settings. Just select a Guide Mode setting that matches the scene then let Guide Mode assist. Not only will you obtain the desired results, you'll understand how you achieved them. Guide Mode even displays sample photos so you'll know what to expect from each setting.
Full HD Movies
Discover the difference a digital SLR makes when shooting movies. A wide selection of Nikkor lenses gives you freedom to explore different angles and obtain lovely defocused backgrounds while D3100s advanced imaging system assures outstanding quality. And for action sequences, new Subject-tracking AF keeps subjects properly focused. After the shoot, view movies on the large 7.5-cm (3-in.) LCD monitor and perform simple editing tasks like trimming scenes before or after a designated point and extracting still images.
Live View gives you an intuitive, familiar way to photograph playful pets or children on the move. Just flip a switch and you're ready to go. When Live View is activated and new full-time-servo AF (AF-F) is selected, the camera keeps subjects in focus without having to press the shutter-release button - convenient for photos and movies. There is also new face-priority AF that locks focus on faces, even on people not directly facing the camera. Live View makes D3100 as easy to use as a compact camera.
11-point AF System
D3100's precision high-speed autofocus responds immediately to changes in scene or composition, maintaining tack-sharp focus to capture fleeting expressions and fast-moving sports. The all-important central focus point features a cross-type sensor while the new superimposed display achieves a clear, uncluttered viewfinder. Various autofocus modes cover nearly any situation, including auto-area AF that automatically selects the subject on which to focus, and 3D-tracking (11 points)* that maintains focus on a subject regardless of changes in composition as long as the shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
Scene Recognition System
Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System utilizes a 420-pixel RGB sensor to analyze a composition immediately before you take the shot. It then automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance, allowing you to obtain beautiful photos without the hassle of making complicated camera adjustments yourself. Face detection also benefits from Scene Recognition System, exhibiting improved recognition accuracy and definition as well as enabling instant zoom-to-face in playback mode.
Built-in Pop-up Flash
When the light gets low or you find yourself shooting in tricky backlit lighting, use the built-in pop-up flash to brighten the scene. It activates automatically when needed depending on exposure mode*, or can be enabled manually. In addition, support for i-TTL flash control increases exposure accuracy.
*When Scene Mode is set to Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up or Night portrait
Continuous 3fps Shooting
D3100 can shoot approximately 3 frames per second - great for capturing dynamic motion and elusive facial expressions that are a challenge for any photographer. Simply rotate the release-mode selector and shoot away.
D3100 employs a newly developed shutter that is ideal for both Live View and movie shooting. The lightweight and compact design coupled with the ability to operate while the mirror is up during Live View shooting contributes to quiet, energy-efficient performance. It is also highly durable, having been tested to 100,000 cycles.
Compact and Lightweight
At only approx. 505 g (1lb. 1.8 oz.)*, the compact and lightweight D3100 goes where you go. And it's so easy to use thanks to the ergonomic grip that simplifies shooting, both in horizontal and vertical positions. New dedicated controls for frequently used functions like Live View, D-Movie and shutter release modes further enhance ease of use.
*With battery and memory card but without body cap.
Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System
D3100 is equipped with Nikon's Integrated Dust Reduction System. This solution includes a special Airflow Control System that redirects dust away from the low-pass filter located in front of the image sensor. Additionally, when powering the camera on or off, the filter automatically vibrates at precise frequencies to release image-degrading dust that may adhere to it.
Long-lasting Lithium-ion Battery
The new Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL14 delivers up to approximately 550 frames on a single charge. Now you can focus on getting the shot rather than worrying about battery power.
ViewNX 2 Software
ViewNX 2 is the convenient way to manage images, providing functions for storing, browsing, editing and sharing photos as well as movies. You can also attach labels to images to facilitate searches. This bundled software offers a wide range of editing functions, including rotate, re-size, crop, straighten, auto red-eye correction and more. Movie editing functions include the ability to delete scenes. ViewNX 2 integrates seamlessly with my Picturetown for simple, drag-and-drop uploads and online browsing.
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
The ultra-compact 18-55mm 3x zoom lens provides superb versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations. Designed exclusively for Nikon DX format SLRs, this lens approximates the picture angle performance of a 27-82.5mm lens on the 35mm format. The Silent Wave Motor (SWM) with compact rod-type design enables ultra-high speed auto focusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation. It is equipped with a 7-blade rounded diaphragm for more natural out-of-focus highlights. Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element achieves minimized chromatic aberration and superior optical performance and a hybrid aspherical element ensures high resolution and contrast. The focus mode switch enables quick switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual focus). Nikons Super Integrated Coating minimizes ghosting and flare to provide even higher contrast and more vivid images, even in challenging light conditions.
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
Versatile and ultra-compact with a powerful focal length range of 55-200mm lens designed exclusively for Nikon DX format SLRs. Ideal 3.6x zoom lens for portraiture, sports or wildlife photography. The compact rod-type Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high speed auto focusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation and a 9-blade rounded diaphragm for more natural out-of-focus highlights. With two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, the lens achieves minimized chromatic aberration and superior optical performance. The focus mode switch enables quick switching between A (auto focus) and M (manual focus). Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) minimizes ghosting and flare to provide even higher contrast and more vivid images, even in challenging light conditions.