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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 VR lens, and a twin-lens kit which also includes an AF-S NIKKOR 55-200mm 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.
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