The Nikon D3200 and the D3100 are entry-level DSLRs targeted at those who are just starting out in photography. The Nikon D3200 is a third iteration of the original D3000 that came out in 2009. While it has not gone through drastic changes, having a very similar layout as the D3100, the same 11 point autofocus system, the same metering sensor and a similar build, it has slightly improved over its predecessor. The camera now sports a very high resolution 24 MP sensor developed by Nikon, faster continuous speed of 4 fps, a much better LCD screen, superior video recording capabilities and other improvements such as WiFi capability through an optional accessory. In this Nikon D3200 vs D3100 comparison, I will go over the features of each camera and compare specifications differences between the two cameras.
With lots of people waiting for the 24.3 MP Nikon D3200 announcement, lets not forget the great entry-level D3100 camera. With only a fraction of the expected resolution of its upcoming successor, the D3100 still offers great Full HD video and ISO performance at a low price. Its 14.2 MP sensor is also more than enough for most users, and user-friendly interface and ergonomics are sure to help you get better and develop stronger photography skills!
Not everyone needs super high resolution, and while, naturally, the D3200 is expected to be technically better, the D3100 remains just as good as it was a year ago. You can order it through B&H for $546.95 (D3100 + AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX kit lens; with $100 instant savings applied). If you haven’t heard about this camera yet, Nasim has a review written – I’m sure you will find it very informative!
Don’t forget about the current instant rebates with up to $300 in savings.
Now that the Nikon D5100 is announced, many first time buyers will be wondering which one to get – the Nikon D3100 or the Nikon D5100. I decided to put together a quick comparison between the two cameras in this “Nikon D3100 vs D5100” article to hopefully make it easier for our readers to decide which DSLR to go with.
The new Nikon D5100 is an update to the existing Nikon D5000 line which was introduced in 2009 as an “upper-entry-level DSLR”. Sitting above the Nikon D3100 camera, the Nikon D5100 comes with more features and a better sensor technology to attract current entry-level DSLR owners that want to upgrade and potential customers that want to invest in a more advanced DSLR. Both DSLRs have the new Expeed II processor from Nikon, which allows faster image and video processing up to 1080p (the previous Expeed processor could not handle more than 720p video).
This long overdue review of the Nikon D3100 is based on my 30 day experience with the camera. I get plenty of comments and emails from our readers asking about the D3100 and whether they should buy it over the older Nikon D3000 and Nikon D5000 cameras, so I decided to post a review of the camera with some sample images and comparisons with other Nikon DSLRs to hopefully make it easier for our readers to make the right choice. Please note that the sample images provided below are “test” shots that have not been heavily modified in post-processing.
I received both D7000 + 18-105mm VR and D3100 + 18-55 VR kits for testing yesterday. Planning to get out and take some pictures this weekend with both cameras. I also asked Lola to help me out with the testing, so she will be taking the D7000 with her on her photo shoots.
Let’s see how both perform. A full review will be published within the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
This is a comparison between the new Nikon D3100 and the Nikon D5000 for those who want to know the differences between the two. I get a big number of requests from our readers, asking which one to buy and I hope this quick comparison in this “Nikon D3100 vs D5000” article will make it easier to make the right purchasing decision.
The new Nikon D3100 is an update to the existing Nikon D3000 line which was released in 2009 as an upgrade to the Nikon D40/D40x/D60 line. Similar to the D40/D40x/D60/D3100 cameras, the Nikon D3100 is classified as an entry-level, affordable DSLR camera that is targeted towards photo enthusiasts that want to get into the DSLR world. The Nikon D3100 was the first camera announced by Nikon that features the new Expeed II processor, allowing faster image and video processing up to 1080p (the previous Expeed processor could not handle more than 720p video).
I have not been posting for more than a week now, so I wanted to let our readers know that we have been extremely busy with moving to a different location and heavily testing Nikon gear (cameras and lenses). The new lenses have arrived and I will be out testing them under all kinds of conditions and will do some traveling next week.
The good thing is, I not only have the newly released lenses, but also some of the older DX lenses such as Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G, Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G and Nikon 55-200mm f/3.5-5.6G to compare against. The Nikon 85mm f/1.4G will get a special treatment and Lola will be shooting heavily with it to get a good number of shots for my review. The new Nikon D3100 will be compared against the Nikon D5000 and D300.
More to come!
Today Nikon announced the new Nikon D3100 DSLR camera – an update to the existing Nikon D3000 that was released a year ago. The D3100 is not just a cosmetic update, it comes with a brand new sensor and advanced video recording capabilities that are not yet present in any of the current Nikon DSLR bodies. Specifically, there is now an option to shoot 1080p video, the absence of which has certainly been a disadvantage when compared to Canon’s line of beginner cameras.