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Power comes from a CR-V3 Lithium battery and Nikon has provided the charger in the box for you--a nice touch. Pictures are saved on CompactFlash and a 16 MB card comes in the box. Images can be transferred to a PC via USB or to the TV.
The 3.2 Megapixel camera will produce images up to B4 (250 x 353 mm) depending on settings. With the 3x optical and 4x digital zoom lens the camera offers the equivalent of 38--115 mm in a 35 mm camera with an F range of F2.8--F4.9.
When it comes to pre-programmed options though the Nikon Coolpix 3100 wins hands down, apart from the basic portrait, landscape, sports and night settings you can also set the picture via the scene option, which allows you to break down things further. Here you can chose from a range of options including party/indoor, dusk/dawn, close-up and museum. Add to this, four flash modes and seven white balance modes and you've got a camera with plenty of options.
Picture quality is very good and for a 3.2 Megapixel camera, the detail is very good on grass and greens; other surfaces such as brick and similar-patterned surfaces are slightly lacking in colour variation. The Nikon 3100 also coped well with depth of field being able to capture landscapes.
Overall this camera is a good starter in the field of digital imaging. It is more expensive that the other entry-level cameras, however you do get a charger included in the box, a hassle saved from the start. --Jason Denwood
Featuring a 3x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and 4x digital zoom, the COOLPIX 3100 provides excellent optical performance. Coupled with Nikons advanced image-processing algorithm, this ensures vibrant color, contrast and clarity in every picture. The cameras 3.2 effective megapixels offer remarkable resolution in printouts as large as B4 size.
Shooting is simplified by general-use AUTO Mode and 14 Scene Modes, four of which offer a Scene Assistance function for perfectly composed pictures, which allow users to capture the essence of every situation and fully experience the fun of digital photography. The COOLPIX 3100 also features Continuous Shooting Mode and four Movie Modes, including one capable of recording a clip as large as 640 x480 pixels. Users can take up to 40 seconds of smaller-size video in color, B/W or sepia. In Macro Mode, the camera can shoot as close as 4cm (1.6 in.) from a subject and still get sharply focused shots.