Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD
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- 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor delivers lifelike images with vivid colours and reduced noise
- EXPEED2 image processing engine provides enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality
- High ISO (100-3200) light sensitivity - manually extendable up to ISO12800
- D-Movie – full HD (1920 x 1080) movie clips: record beautiful high-definition (HD) movie clips with sound
- GUIDE mode: quick and easy-to-use in-camera assistance
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Style Name: 18-55mmVR 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Nikon has developed a habit of making very attractive entry-level DSLRs, which are rarely the best specified but cleverly designed so that they're easy and enjoyable to shoot with. The D3000 fitted this pattern perfectly, a gentle refresh of the D60 (which was itself a slightly updated D40X), it added ease-of-use features to make it a pleasant little camera to use, despite a specification that was beginning to look rather out-of-step with the rest of the market.
The D3000 sold well, despite its rather aged 10 megapixel sensor and lack of both live view and video. However, there's only so long that clever product design and feature integration can make up for a specification that looks dated. So with this in mind, Nikon has announced the D3100 - probably the biggest refresh of its entry-level offering since it really attacked the low end market with the original D40.
The D3100 is built around a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, bringing not only live view but also Full HD video capture to Nikon's entry-level model for the first time. In fact, this made it the first Nikon DSLR to offer 1920x1080 movie recording. It can only record clips up to about ten minutes long (due to a 4Gb maximum file size limitation shared by all DSLRs), but this still counts as an impressive feature addition at this level.
The body gets a slight refresh from a basic design that essentially dates back four years to the D40, gaining an extra button to the left of the screen, a drive mode switch at the base of the mode dial, a sprung lever to engage live view and a direct record movie button. Revisions have also been made to the feature-teaching, hand-holding 'Guide Mode', and an additional autofocus mode that's designed to allow better focusing in live view and autofocus during video shooting.
All of this adds up to a DSLR that incorporates all of 2010's 'must have' features but looks like the product of evolution, rather than dramatic innovation. And 2010 has been a year during which the rest of the market hasn't devloped along such predictable lines, not least during the expansion of the large sensor, mirrorless interchangable lens camera crowd.
Camera makers always try to stress that mirrorless cameras are creating an entirely new market, rather than competing with entry-level DSLRs, but it's pretty clear that many people planning to upgrade from their point-and-shoot compact will consider both types of camera when making their decision. So, while the D3100 is unequivocally a DSLR (in a time where the line between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras is becoming increasingly hazy), its beginner-friendly guide mode puts it squarely in competition with several of the mirrorless models that are equally eager to welcome point-and-shoot upgraders.
Many of these cameras, such as Sony's NEX-3 and 5, Olympus' E-PL1 and Panasonic's GF2, offer similarly accessible interfaces in a smaller, competitively-priced packages. They also, by eshewing the conventional DSLR design, are able to offer a shooting experience that is much closer to that of a compact camera - which even the best DSLR live view implementation can't easily mimic at the moment.
So, while the D3100 offers an improved feature set when compared to a camera we really liked, it remains to be seen whether these additions will be enough to make it stand out as well as its predecessor did.
Nikon D3100 Key Features
- 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
- 3.0" LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
- Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
- 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
- IS0 100-3200 range (12,800 expanded)
- HD movies (1080p, 720p or WVGA)
The D3100 substantially refreshes the D3000, taking a rather outdated-looking specification and turning it into one of the most competitive in its sector.
- Higher resolution sensor (14.2MP vs. 10MP)
- Ability to shoot Raw + Fine JPEG
- Socket for connecting Nikon GP1 GPS unit
- Optional wired remote via GPS socket
- No wireless remote option
- Live view
- 1080p HD movies
- HDMI output
- Wider ISO range
- Full-time AF mode (AF-F in live view)
- Revised focus screen (different AF point illumination)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
Build: solid and really comfortable to hold, I haven't found any wrongs in the ergonomics of this camera and the buttons are where they are meant to be
Menu/Navigation: navigation flows and options are easy to find and change
This maybe a entry level camera but it certainly packs a punch in terms of functionality and quality photos, my personal advice - don't read to many reviews else you will go round in circles! Read the professional reviews on which camera etc and make your decision. I am 100% content with my choice.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this camera for a few years but it has been treated well. Out of the blue the mirror locked so I sent it to Nikon for assessment of repair cost. Read morePublished 4 months ago by annap
A really good quality camera. I was just after a body. It's got all the features that I need. A still and video camera in one. A good up grade from my Nikon D40.Published 5 months ago by Raymond Hambleton
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