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Nikon D3100 Features

nikon d3100
Release Date: September 2010
List Price (with 18-55mm lens): $550 USD

This camera has been replaced with the Nikon D3200


The Nikon D3100 replaces the D3000.

Both cameras are designed specifically with beginning DSLR photographers in mind. Like the D3000, the D3100 has a "Guide Mode" where the camera provides information in basic terms about common settings like shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Unlike the D3000, the D3100 features a live view LCD screen and a new 1080p Full High Definition video capture mode.

The D3100 does not include an autofocus motor — this means that autofocus will only work with lenses that include an autofocus motor of their own (Nikon calls their lenses with focus motors AF-S or AF-I lenses).

Lenses without focus motors will be manual focus only when used on the D3100.

Feature List

StabilizationIn Lens
Memory CardSD / SDHC / SDXC
Max. Shutter Speed1/4000
Max. Photo Capture3 per second
ISO Range100 to 12800
Movie ModesH.264
1920 x 1080p
1280 x 720
640 x 424
LCDStatic 3in (230,000 dots)
ViewfinderPentamirror (96% coverage)
Autofocus11 point
Face Detect AFNo
Sensor Dimensions23.1 x 15.4 (1.5x crop factor)
HDMI PortYes
Live ViewYes
Built-in FlashYes (Sync: 1/200)
Compatible LensesNikon AF-S or AF-I
BatteryEN-EL14 LiIon
Dimensions4.9 x 3.8 x 3.0in
124 x 96 x 77mm
Weight17oz (505g)

New and Notable

The main enhancements the D3100 provides over the D3000 are its live view mode and its video capture capability.

Otherwise, the D3100 is a fairly basic camera, which keeps the kit price relatively low.

It's also fairly small and lightweight (as DSLRs go) making this a good option for those who are looking for a simple camera that's also easy to carry around.

If you like to travel and don't want to draw a lot of attention when taking pictures, the D3100's smaller size should help.

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