Nikon D3100 Review

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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.

Nikon D3100

NIKON D3X @ 150mm, ISO 100, 10/600, f/20.0

The camera was kindly provided by B&H – the largest photo reseller in the world that I personally use to buy my photography gear.

1) Nikon D3100 Specifications

Main Features:

  1. 14.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
  2. Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound
  3. Easy-To-Use with Nikon’s Guide Mode
  4. Fast 11-point Autofocus System
  5. 3-in. monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture
  6. Built-in HDMI port
  7. Control Image and Movie Playback with most HDTV remote controls
  8. 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes – Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait
  9. Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape Picture Controls
  10. Built-in pop-up flash
  11. Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens
  12. Compact and Lightweight Design
  13. ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent
  14. Scene Auto Selector and Scene Recognition System in Live View
  15. Features Nikon’s new EXPEED 2 image processing engine
  16. Active D-Lighting for shadow highlight recovery
  17. Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning
  18. In-camera Image Editing
  19. Compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
  20. 95% Viewfinder frame coverage
  21. 3 frames per second in Continuous Shooting Mode
  22. AF-S lens required for autofocus (no built-in focus motor)


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