Nikon D3100 DX- Format Digital SLR w/ 18-55mm VR and 55-200 VR Lenses

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NKDA157
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25472VVVV

- 14.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
- Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound
- Easy-To-Use Featuring Nikons Guide Mode
- Fast 11-point Autofocus System


Total Resolution:
14.8 million
Total Resolution:
The full count of pixels on a camera's sensor.
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Effective Resolution:
14.2 million
Effective Resolution:
The amount of pixels on a camera sensor that are used when an image is captured. Although sometimes smaller than the total pixel count, it is an insignificant difference.
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Screen Size:
3"
Screen Size:
The size of the screen listed by height and width.
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Video Resolution:
1920 x 1080 (24p): 24fps (23.976fps) 1280 x 720 (30p): 30fps (29.97fps) 1280 x 720 (25p): 25fps 1280 x 720 (24p): 24fps (23.976fps) 640 x 424 (24p): 24fps (23.976fps)
Video Resolution:
The measurement in height x width of a captured video file. Common sizes are VGA, 720p, and 1080p.
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Lens Filter Size:
18-55mm Lens: 52 mm; 55-200mm Lens: 52 mm
Lens Filter Size:
The size of the filter that fits the lens.
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Lens Type:
Zoom Lenses
Lens Type:
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Overview

Overview

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.

This 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 EDAF-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.
 
14.2 Megapixel DX-Format CMOS Image Sensor
 
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.
 
Active D-Lighting
 
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.
 
Picture Control
 
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.
 
Guide Mode
 
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
 
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.
 
Shutter Mechanism
 
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.

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Specifications

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Image Sensor
Total Resolution: 14.8 million
Total Resolution:
The full count of pixels on a camera's sensor.

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Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Type:
Describes the makeup, build, and technology of the sensor that is in the camera.

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Effective Resolution: 14.2 million
Effective Resolution:
The amount of pixels on a camera sensor that are used when an image is captured. Although sometimes smaller than the total pixel count, it is an insignificant difference.

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Display Specifications
Screen Size: 3"
Screen Size:
The size of the screen listed by height and width.

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Display Type: Rear Screen LCD
Display Type:
The type or brand of the screen.

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Dots: 230,000
Dots:
A measurement of the LCD Monitor's resolution not by width by height, but rather the total amount of dots.

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Detailed Specifications
Viewfinder: Pentamirror
Viewfinder:
The eye level device you look through to compose the image.

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Shutter
Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV Bulb
Shutter Speeds:
The amount of time the shutter stay open for exposure. Measured in fractions of seconds.

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Remote Control: MC-DC2 (available separately), GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Remote Control:
An external device that can be used to activate the shutter in a camera so no physical contact with the camera is necessary. There are both wired and wireless remote controls for various applications.

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Shutter Type: Electronic
Shutter Type:
Blades or some type of cover that controls the time during which light reaches the film or sensor. Older cameras use mechanical shutters while new cameras use electronic shutters.

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Self Timer: 2 sec. 10 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
Self Timer:
Allows a delay between pressing the shutter release button and the actual firing of the shutter. Commonly used to give photographers time to put themselves in the shot and to take photos without having to physically have their hands on the camera during exposure.

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A/V Mode
Video Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (24p): 24fps (23.976fps) 1280 x 720 (30p): 30fps (29.97fps) 1280 x 720 (25p): 25fps 1280 x 720 (24p): 24fps (23.976fps) 640 x 424 (24p): 24fps (23.976fps)
Video Resolution:
The measurement in height x width of a captured video file. Common sizes are VGA, 720p, and 1080p.

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Video Clip Length: 10 minutes
Video Clip Length:
The longest clip that a video camera can record.

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Video Recording System: Yes
Video Recording System:
Describes the camera's video recording capability. Will describe the camera's video recording system, image sensor, video resolution, as well as other pertinent information related to the camera's video recording.

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Audio Recording: With Video
Audio Recording:
Describes the camera's audio recording capability. Will describe the type of microphone and any additional XLR/miniphone jacks.

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Physical Specifications
Dimensions: Camera Body: 4.9 x 3.8 x 3.0" / 12.45 x 9.65 x 7.62 cm; 18-55mm Lens: Approx. 2.9 x 3.3" (7.37 x 8.38 cm); 55-200mm Lens: Approx. 2.9 x 3.9" (7.37 x 9.91 cm)
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Weight: Camera Body: 1.0 lb / 454 g; 18-55mm Lens: 9.35 oz (265 g); 55-200mm Lens: 11.8 oz (335 g)
Weight:
The physical weight of the item without packaging.

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Color: Black
Color:
The color of the item.

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Flash
Maximum Sync Speed: 1/200
Maximum Sync Speed:
Fastest shutter speed.

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Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in Flash:
A flash that is embedded or part of the camera. Built-in flashes are found in both DSLR and Point & Shoot cameras. Although practical because of their small size and ease of use, built-in flashes are often ineffective and/or unflattering as a main source of light.

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Flash Modes: Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye correction, Rear curtain with slow sync
Flash Modes:
Different modes that determines how a flash will be used in a photo.

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Exposure Compensation: 5 EV in increments of 1/3EV
Exposure Compensation:
Refers to the option for the user to override the internal light meter in the camera to either OVER or UNDER expose based on middle/18% gray. This is especially useful when photographing either extremely white/bright scenes or when in very dark/dimly lit scenarios.

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External Flash System: Hotshoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
External Flash System:
An off camera flash used for more creative lighting.

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Interface
Video Output Terminal: NTSC, PAL
Video Output Terminal:
A terminal for video output.

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Imaging & Exposure Control
White Balance: Auto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Fluorescent H, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade
White Balance:
White Balance is the process of removing unrealistic color casts so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo.

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Meter Modes: Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering, 3D Color Matrix Metering
Meter Modes:
The various modes in which the camera will measure light. Most DSLRs and some advanced point and shoots have the ability to meter an entire scene (matrix/evaluative) or a specific point (centerweighted/spot)

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Exposure Control: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Exposure Control:
Controls to get the correct exposure for a photo.

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Exposure Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 0.33 EV steps)
Exposure Compensation:
Refers to the option for the user to override the internal light meter in the camera to either OVER or UNDER expose based on middle/18% gray. This is especially useful when photographing either extremely white/bright scenes or when in very dark/dimly lit scenarios.

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ISO Speed: ISO 100 - 3200 Hi-1 (ISO 6400) Hi-2 (ISO 12,800)
ISO Speed:
The ISO speed setting dictates sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO speed, the more sensitive the film or digital sensor is to light. Higher ISOs have the effect of noise in an image. The actual ISO at which the noise occurs varies from camera to camera. Low ISOs are generally used for brighter lighting conditions and high ISOs are often used for low light or action shots.

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Power System
AC Adapter: EH-5a (Optional)
AC Adapter:
The type of AC adapter.

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Battery Type: 1x EN-EL14 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Battery Type:
The type of battery for a device. Some cameras use single use alkaline while others use rechargeable lithium batteries.

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Maximum Burst: Up to 3 frames per second
Maximum Burst:
Refers to the maximum number of shots that can be taken continuously before the internal buffer is filled and the shutter release is locked, temporarily preventing further exposures.

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Recording Data
Image Formats: Still Images: JPEG, RAW Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Audio: Linear PCM
Image Formats:
The types of files that a particular camera produces. All cameras output JPEG images, but some of the more sophisticated models will shoot in RAW mode. RAW Image Formats will vary based on manufacturer.

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Brand
Brand: Nikon
Focusing Control
AF Points: 11 Points
AF Points:
Refers to Autofocus points on a digital camera. A camera can have as many as 51 AF points.

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Focus Modes: Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), Continuous-servo (AF-C) ,Face-Priority AF, Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only ,Normal area Single-servo AF (AF-S), Wide area
Focus Modes:
The types of focus modes an item has.

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Metering Range: 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20C/68F) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens at 20C/68F)
Metering Range:
The range that the meter can work in. Usually indicated as exposure values.

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Camera Attributes
Sensor Size: 23.1 x 15.4mm
Sensor Size:
Refers to the actual physical size of the imaging sensor in the camera. A sensor that has the same dimensions as a 35mm frame of film is considered to be "full" frame. Other smaller sensor sizes are described in terms relative to a "full" sized sensor. (e.g. an APS-C 1.5x crop sensor)

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Focusing Screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Focusing Screen:
Refers to a thin translucent plate of glass that rests in the pentaprism of a DSLR camera that allows a user to compose images in the viewfinder. Some cameras have several screens (both OEM and 3rd party) that can be interchanged.

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Camera Type: Single-lens reflex digital camera
Camera Type:
The type of camera. Examples: SLR, point and shoot, mirrorless.

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Lens Specs
Lens Min. Focus Distance: 18-55mm Lens: 11" (27.94 cm); 55-200mm Lens: 3.61' (1.1 m)
Lens Min. Focus Distance:
The shortest distance that a lens can focus.

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Lens Filter Size: 18-55mm Lens: 52 mm; 55-200mm Lens: 52 mm
Lens Filter Size:
The size of the filter that fits the lens.

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Minimum Aperture: 18-55mm Lens: f/22; 55-200mm Lens: f/22
Minimum Aperture:
How wide a lens can be opened.

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Elements / Groups: 18-55mm Lens: 11/8; 55-200mm Lens: 15/11
Elements / Groups:
The individual pieces of glass that form the overall optical construction. Most lenses have between four and eleven elements to bend the light rays to ensure a perfectly formed image appears on the light sensitive surface, such as a film or CCD. The elements are arranged in groups and may be seen in specification sheets as, for example, 6 elements in 4 groups. That configuration may have two single elements and the other four grouped in pairs.

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Lens Type: Zoom Lenses
Lens Type:
This is the type of lens.

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Angle of View (diagonal): 18-55mm Lens: 76° - 28°; 55-200mm Lens: 28° - 8°
Angle of View (diagonal):
Area of a scene that a lens covers or sees. Determined by the focal length of the lens

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Maximum Aperture: 18-55mm Lens: f/3.5 - 5.6; 55-200mm Lens: f/4 - 5.6
Maximum Aperture:
How wide a lens can be opened.

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Focus Type: Auto / Manual
Focus Type:
The type of focus of the lens from full manual control to auto focus.

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Mount Type: Nikon
Mount Type:
This is the mount type for the lens to attach to the camera body.

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In The Box

Nikon D3100 DX- Format Digital SLR w/ 18-55mm VR and 55-200 VR Lenses
EN-EL14 Battery
MH-24 Battery Charger
DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
DK-20 Rubber Eyecap
AN-DC3 Camera Strap
BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
BF-1B Body Cap
ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

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