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Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera Body Only (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD

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  • 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • High ISO (100-3200) light sensitivity - extendable up to 12800
  • GUIDE mode: intuitive in-camera assistance
  • EXPEED 2: Nikon's advanced image processing engine
  • D-Movie: full HD (1920 x 1080) movie clips

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Product details

Style Name: Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 12.4 x 9.6 cm ; 454 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: D3100
  • ASIN: B00403MGLO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,814 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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Product Description

Picture shows the D3100 with the two lenses included in the twin-lens kit.
Cover a wide range of situations with the high-performance twin-lens kit.

Designed for newcomers to D-SLR photography, the Nikon D3100 is a feature-rich, simple to use camera that can teach you more about the art of photography through the intelligent step-by-step Guide Mode. Whether you are shooting a delicately composed still life, everyday snapshots or full HD movies, the D3100 produces images with exceptional detail and vivid colours even in dimly lit settings.

The D3100’s intuitive design with superior ergonomics provides a secure grip with dedicated controls close at hand for frequently used functions like the shutter release, Live View and Scene Recognition. The compact, lightweight body, weighing only 455g, makes this SLR the ideal camera to take on holiday or out on long country walks.

Available as body-only to use with your existing DX format lenses, and in both single and twin-lens kits incorporating superb Nikkor lenses, the clever Nikon D3100 provides a moving experience in digital photography that everyone can enjoy.

Stunning Pictures in Every Situation

Leveraging our vast technological know-how the effective 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor works in tandem with the EXPEED 2 image processing engine to produce highly detailed photos and movies containing rich tonal gradations. This combination also helps produce beautifully defocused backgrounds - a hallmark of quality digital SLR cameras. In addition a maximum ISO of 3200 (expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent using the Hi 2 setting) allows you to shoot without worrying about blur due to camera-shake.

Picture shows the Guide Mode menu screen displayed on the camera's LCD monitor.
The in-camera guide shows the effects of different camera settings.

A Photography Lesson

Using your very own in-camera assistant, the intelligent Guide Mode not only helps you to create great pictures, but helps you understand how the shot was achieved so you can develop your photographic skills for the future. Through Guide Mode you can choose a setting that matches the scene you want to create, this quick and easy-to-use feature will then do the rest. You can even view sample images of what you can expect from each setting, for example if you change the aperture or shutter speed settings.

Automatic Simplicity

The D3100 has a range of automatic settings to help create beautifully balanced photos at decisive moments. When Nikon’s highly praised Live View is activated and Full-time-servo AF (AF-F) is selected, the camera will go to work even before you press the shutter release. Subject-tracking AF keeps your subjects in focus, even when they are in motion and the Face-priority AF can instantly detect up to a maximum of 35 faces in a scene and even if the faces move the camera continues to track and focus in on them. Composing beautiful images is made so much easier with Scene Auto Selector which automatically selects a scene mode suited to the shooting situation and subject. For added convenience, an icon of the selected scene mode appears in the top-left corner of the LCD monitor so you’ll know whether the camera has selected Landscape or Night Portrait mode for your next shot.

Picture shows the rear of the camera and the LCD image display while the Live View feature is activated.
Flip the switch and you're ready to go - Live View gives you an intuitive, familiar way to photograph subjects on the move.

Effortless Shooting

A variety of practical and innovative in-camera tools help to make the most of every shooting opportunity and ensure your pictures are captured to perfection. Some shots are so easy to miss but with the high-speed superior accuracy of the 11-point AF system the D3100 delivers razor sharp images by maintaining focus on even the smallest subjects however unpredictable their movements may be. And when facing extremely high-contrast lighting beyond the camera’s dynamic range, Nikon’s exclusive Active D-Lighting helps you maintain details in the highlights without losing them in the shadows. Boosting your creativity in Picture Control you can customise images before you shoot. Choosing from six creative settings you can determine the look and mood of your photos or video by choosing to change the image to Monochrome or Neutral. And with the extensive in-camera editing functions you can enhance images with techniques such as Red-Eye Correction and Quick Retouch, as well as a range of Filter Effects.

PIcture shows the LCD display when the 11-point autofocus marks are being displayed over the live view image.
The D3100's precision high-speed 11-point AF system responds immediately to changes in scene or composition.

Breathtaking Movies

The D3100 isn't just a great stills camera; it’s equally at home shooting movies. Recording full 1080p HD at 24fps you benefit from the same exceptional optics and processing capability as in photo mode. And using Subject-tracking AF your action sequences will keep perfect focus. Once filming is complete you can make simple edits in-camera like trimming scenes before or after a designated point, saving specific frames as still images or deleting unwanted scenes. To view the final cut you can connect your camera with the HDMI cable provided to your television and watch in full HD from the comfort of your sofa.

The large 7.5 cm (3-inch), high-resolution LCD monitor also makes movie playback a joy and with a series of special transitions to choose from you can view photos in a slideshow or employ interesting effects like Zoom, Fade and Cube.

Lens Kits – The Right Choices

With outstanding Nikon technologies behind every lens kit, you can feel confident that you will capture amazing photos with precise quality. The Nikon D3100 is available in both a single-lens kit with an AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm[1] VR lens, and a twin-lens kit which also includes an AF-S NIKKOR 55-200mm[2] lens. With superb optics designed for use with Nikon DX format SLRs, and incorporating smooth Silent Wave Motor autofocus, these lenses are perfect for capturing all types of photos from casual snapshots to breathtaking landscapes. And with Vibration Reduction (VR) stabilisation enabling up to 3 stops (8 times) faster shooting on the 18-55mm lens, the photographic opportunities are endless.

With easy operation and take-anywhere portability the Nikon D3100 allows you to enjoy the beauty of photography whilst guiding you to achieve ever better photos.

[1] 35mm equivalent: 27-82.5mm
[2] 35mm equivalent: 82.5-300mm

Box Contains

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera Body
Neck Strap
Rechargeable Battery
Battery Charger
Body Cap
Hot Shoe cover
Eyepiece Shield
Eyepiece Cap
View NX2 software
Instruction Manual
Warranty

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

922 of 946 people found the following review helpful By Porl on 14 Dec. 2010
Style Name: 18-55mmVR Lens Kit Verified Purchase
Having been away from 'proper cameras' for the best part of 10 years I decided to venture into the world of DSLR's. My Dad and Brother had both bought Nikon D40s last year and I was impressed with their results, so I had already decided on a Nikon. I spent a couple of months weighing up whether to buy the D40's replacement, the D3000 or blow my budget and buy the new D3100. In the end, after reading lots of reviews and a slight drop in price I went for the D3100. I made the right choice!!!

The updated guide mode (improved from the D3000) makes taking superb pictures simple, even for a novice such as me. Picture's are superb, warm and clear, and I am thoughly pleased with the results. Live view is a good addition if setting up group shots on a tripod to then be taken on the self timer, but for all other shots I've found the viewfinder to be much better and quicker at focusing.

The bonus for me was also the inclusion of full HD video (which can only be used in Live view mode). I had read reports that the video was a bit shakey or wobbily, and that the video record button was in an awkward place, but I've got to say that I have found video to be fine taking 'normal videos' (I have never felt the need to shake the camera vilently from side to side to make the film shakey whilst filming; as shown on some video reviews I had seen - to prove that video was shakey?). As for the record button being in an awkward place... I've found it to be fine. In fact, no different to most compact camera's (with video) that I've owned.

This camera is everything that I had hoped for, and a little bit more. I probably wont buy another 'proper camera' for quite a few years and so I wanted something that would not only last, but would help me rediscover photography and allow me to grow. If you are a novice and/ or, returning to photography after a considerable time away, then I would highly recommend the Nikon D3100.
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482 of 498 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. Turner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2010
Style Name: 18-55mmVR Lens Kit
I have owned and used a number of Nikon digital SLR's. My first was a D50, then D80, D200 and more recently the D300. All great cameras and the D300 is amazingly good. But like all digital SLR's they are only as good as the sensor (chip) inside. For example, the 1999 D1 is better built than any modern consumer SLR but effectively useless due to the relatively poor pictures it takes.

The big change recently for Nikon was the switch to CMOS sensors from their previous Sony CCD sensors. CMOS is what Canon's have used for the last 10 years and offer a marked improvement in low light photography and power consumption. The D300 can take ISO 6400 pictures that will print out just fine. To put that in perspective that is a photo taken by candle light, hand held at 1/20 second.

Q: So why buy the D3100 then?
A: Because it has the latest sensor inside.

It is 90% of the Nikon D300 for less than half of the cost. It is also about half the size and weight. I am not a professional photographer and being able to carry a camera more often means I take more photos. The D3100 and 35mm DX lens I purchased fit in a large coat pocket. The D300 requires a strong bag and a stronger neck.

The D3100 is fast to use, has great autofocus and metering and takes photos in low light that embarrass the previous generation of Digital SLR's. It can also be used by anyone who can point and shoot. Sure, it cannot use old AF lenses or manual focus lenses but to be honest that is not a great problem. The bundled 18-55mm VR lens is light and sharp and if you spend another £150 and buy Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f1.8G you can take photos by moonlight hand-held.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By JoeRed on 9 Oct. 2011
Style Name: 18-55mmVR Lens Kit
After looking at possibly hundreds of reviews for cameras I settled on this one, despite it being slightly more expensive than other entry models at the time, and I have to say it was the right decision. This is my first DSLR but I am by no means a beginner having used many other cameras and particularly bridge cameras until now.

1) Picture Quality
This really is very good, especially with the 'Active D Lighting' which can really brighten and enhance some shots. I have taken many photos with this camera and have not been disappointed by them at all, although I think the kit lens sometimes let's the side down, it has some distortion round the edges. Furthermore I have a friend with a Canon 500D and we both think the Nikon seems to take better photos.

2) Low light
The camera generally performs well in these areas although you will see noise on anything at 800 ISO and above. 800 is generally ok though and at 1600 it is more noticeable, particularly when blown up.

3) Build Quality and handling
Overall the camera seems well built, although some might think it a bit plasticy, but for me it is fine. The camera itself is actually quite small for a DSLR and those with bigger hands may find the grip not as comfortable, but it's not a major issue.

4) Battery life
This is the only thing that seems to let the side down. Quite often I have turned it on to check and it has full power but within 30 mins of use it falls right down.
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