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Nikon D3100 Kit

14.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm lens & HD movie mode

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Item #: 054D3100
 

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Our take on the Nikon D3100 Kit

by Dave Bar
Nikon

Develop your photography hobby

You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR — they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.

Your child's first trip to the beach. A backyard party with friends and family. That once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Nikon's D3100 makes it easy for anyone to accurately capture the beauty of life's fleeting moments. This feature-rich digital SLR will surprise you with its simplicity, and impress you with superb results. Whether shooting casual snapshots, carefully composed portraits, or colorful HD movie clips, you'll love the ease and precision with which the D3100 does it all.

A great first SLR — no previous experience required
You don't have to be an expert to use the nimble D3100. Its intuitive Guide mode lets even first-time SLR photographers snap gorgeous, detailed images with minimal effort. Simple, step-by-step instructions on the LCD screen help you adjust camera settings to get the exact look you want for your photos. The supplied Nikon image stabilizing zoom lens helps keep your pictures and movies looking sharp, even in low-light shooting environments where camera shake can cause images to blur.

Fast, responsive handling
If you've ever missed a perfect photo opportunity because your digital camera just couldn't keep up, you'll appreciate the D3100's quickness. Its near-instant start-up time, split-second shutter response, and speedy autofocus make it ready to snap crisp, in-focus shots as soon as you turn it on. A continuous drive mode lets you hold down the shutter button to capture cool action sequences at three frames per second. And of course, you get the fully manual exposure control and focusing capabilities that SLRs are famous for. Save your photos to optional SD memory cards (no memory included).

A bright, clear display and lots of cool extras
The large, crisp 3" LCD monitor gives you a clear view of the pictures and videos you've taken. Flip a switch to toggle between "live view" shooting using the LCD or framing your shots using the optical viewfinder. Use Nikon's Active D-Lighting in tricky, high-contrast lighting conditions. This mode preserves important photographic details that otherwise might be washed out in brightly lit areas of your picture, or lost in deeply shadowed ones. A wide variety of in-camera editing options let you retouch, enhance and have fun with the look of your images, while leaving the original picture file intact.

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Highlights:

  • 14.2-megapixel effective recording
  • DX-format CMOS image sensor (23.1 x 15.4 mm) for superior low-noise and low-light image performance
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (vibration reduction) lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
    • 3X optical zoom (approximate)
  • high-def movie mode with dedicated record button and full-time autofocus
  • 3" color LCD screen with live view for composing shots on-screen in real-time
  • optical SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment)
  • Integrated Dust Reduction System to keep image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • Nikon's latest EXPEED 2 image processing engine for more responsive shooting and higher-accuracy photos
  • fast 11-point autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
  • Active D-Lighting mode for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • intelligent pop-up flash and flash exposure compensation
  • in-camera image editing functions, including: red-eye correction, cropping, image overlay, monochrome settings, filter effects, NEF (RAW) processing, miniature effect (tilt-shift), color outline, and perspective control
  • warranty: 1 year camera body, 5 years lens
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses: all autofocus and metering functions supported
  • AF Nikkor lenses (type G or D) not equipped with an autofocus motor: all functions supported except autofocus
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 3 frames per second
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-12,800
  • program auto, scene modes, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • flash sync at up to 1/200 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG (Fine, Normal, Basic), RAW (NEF), and RAW+JPEG (Fine)
  • JPEG options (pixels): 4,608 x 3,072; 3,456 x 2,304; 2,304 x 1,536
  • movie mode: up to 1080p (1920 x 1080 resolution at 24 frames per second with mono sound and full-time autofocus)
  • accepts optional SD/SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface (USB cable not included)
  • Mini HDMI output (type C connector, cable not included)
  • video output (video cable not included)
  • accessory terminal (accepts optional Nikon MC-DC2 remote shutter release cord and GP-1 GPS unit)
  • 4-15/16"W x 3-13/16"H x 5-3/4"D (with lens attached)
  • weight (body only): 16 oz.
  • supplied lens weight: 9.2 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • 18-55mm vibration reduction Nikon lens
  • rechargeable EN-EL14 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • adjustable neck strap
  • body cap
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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3"
Adjustable-angle LCD
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No
Wi-Fi
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No
GPS-enabled
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Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent
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27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom
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3x
Digital Zoom
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N/A
Filter Diameter
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52mm
Manual Focusing
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Yes
Manual Exposure
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Yes
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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Mini
Memory
Internal Memory
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None
Memory Media
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SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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14.2
Total Megapixels
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14.8
Image Stabilization
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Optical
Highest Resolution
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4608 x 3072
HD Video Recording
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1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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4-15/16
Height (inches)
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3-13/16
Depth (inches)
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5-3/4
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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26.9
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg
Labor Warranty
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1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg
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What's in the box?

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  • D3100 Camera body with body cap and accessory shoe cover installed
  • Viewfinder eyepiece cover
  • EN-EL14 (7.4V/1030mAh/7.7Wh) Lithium Ion battery pack with plastic terminal cap
  • MH-24 battery charger
  • Nylon adjustable shoulder strap
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens with front (52mm) and rear lens caps installed
  • 2 Ferrite Core noise filters (1 large/1 small)
  • Nikon ViewNX2 Software CD-ROM
  • Nikon Reference Manual CD-ROM
  • User Manual (English)
  • User Manual (Spanish)
  • Quick Start Guide (English)
  • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
  • Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty sheet
  • Lens Warranty card
  • Lens Extended Warranty form
  • Product Registration card
  • Manual error sheet

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Recording Features
Lens Features
Playback, Editing And Printing Functions
Connections
Battery Information
Supplied Software
Image Capacity

Recording Features

Overview: The Nikon D3100 18-55mm VR Kit includes the Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera body and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6G VR Image Stabilization Zoom Lens. The kit also includes a EN-EL14 rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and a battery charger.

LCD Monitor: The Nikon D3100 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 230,000 dots and adjustable brightness (-3 to +3). The large 3-inch LCD monitor has large fonts with easy-to-view menus. The monitor can display shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture, and number of exposures remaining as well as the settings currently applied. You can choose from a classic information display or a graphic display.

Live View: The camera features One-Touch Live View, which allows you to frame your photographs in the monitor instead of the viewfinder. When the Live View switch is rotated, the mirror is raised and the view through the lens will be displayed in the monitor. The subject will no longer be visible in the viewfinder. The Live View display will show up to 10 items, including shooting, focus, and AF-area modes, along with other status indicators. You can opt to hide many of the indicators, or overlay a framing grid in the monitor.

Optical Viewfinder: The D3100 uses a fixed eye-level penta-mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter adjustment to set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without glasses). The viewfinder's coverage area is approximately 95% horizontal and vertical. During self-timer or remote control operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use the supplied eyepiece cap to cover the eyepiece.

Image Sensor: The D3100 features a 23.1mm x 15.4mm CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 14.8 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 14.2 million.

Dust Reduction System: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be set to turn the auto cleaning function off.

Recording Media: The camera records images on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards up to 2 GB in size, SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB, and SDXC cards up to 64 GB. No SD cards are included with the camera.

Still Image Formats: The D3100 records still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats. You can choose from the following Image Quality and Image Size settings:

Quality Option
(Compression ratio)
Available Image Sizes Description
NEF (Raw) 4608 x 3072 Raw 12-bit data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in compressed Nikon Electronic Format (NEF).
NEF + JPEG Fine 4608 x 3072 Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one fine-quality JPEG image.
Fine
(1:4)
L: 4608 x 3072
M: 3456 x 2304
S: 2304 x 1536
Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
Normal
(1:8)
Normal image quality, suited to most applications
Basic
(1:16)
Basic image quality, suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in web pages.

Movie Recording: The D3100 records movies in High Definition in 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition in 3:2. Movies are recorded in MOV file format, with H.264/MPEG-4 advanced video coding, and Linear PCM audio, recorded by the built-in monaural microphone. The maximum clip length is 10 minutes. The only metering method available is Matrix. Movies can be recorded in the following frame sizes and rates:

Frame Size (pixels) Frame Rate (frames per second)
1920 x 1080 (16:9) 24 fps (actually 23.976)
1280 x 720 (16:9) 30 fps (29.97)
1280 x 720 (16:9) 25 fps (for PAL displays)
1280 x 720 (16:9) 24 fps (23.976)
640 x 424 (3:2) 24 fps (23.976)

Focus Modes: The D3100's advanced 3-Area AF system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise Autofocus. AF refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures. You can choose from the following autofocus and manual focus modes:

  • AF-A: Camera automatically selects single-servo autofocus if subject is stationary, and continuous-servo autofocus if subject is moving.
  • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): For stationary subjects. Focus locks when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
  • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): For moving subjects. Camera focuses continuously while shutter release button is pressed halfway.
  • Manual (M): Manual focus is available for lenses that do not support autofocus (non-AF Nikkor lenses) or when autofocus does not produce the desired results.

AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'-8" to 9'-10".

AF-Area Modes: The D3100 offers a choice of five focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

  • Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
  • Dynamic Area: In AF-A and AF-C modes, user selects focus point manually but camera will focus based on information from surrounding focus points if subject briefly leaves the selected point. In AF-S focus mode, you select the focus point manually.
  • Auto Area: Camera automatically detects subject and selects focus point.
  • 3D-Tracking (11 points): In AF-A and AF-C focus modes, you select the focus point using the multi-selector. If subject moves after camera has focused, camera uses 3D tracking to select new focus point and keep focus locked on original subject while shutter release pressed halfway. If subject leaves viewfinder, you will need to remove finger from shutter release button and recompose photo with subject in the selected focus point.

Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in one of the focus points in the final composition.

Release Modes: The camera can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an optional remote control. The camera allows you to choose from the following Release Modes:

  • Single Frame: The camera takes one photograph each time the shutter release button is pressed
  • Continuous: The camera records photographs up to 3 frames per second while the shutter release button is held down. In this mode, you can get continuous bursts of up to 100 JPEG images. The fast framing rates that contribute to the ability to capture moments in time instantly, along with high-speed buffer memory handling, fast image processing, high-speed SD memory card access and large system bus bandwidth help to make this feature possible. You cannot use the built-in flash with this mode.
  • Self-timer: This mode can be used to reduce camera shake or for self-portraits. The shutter is released about 10 or 2 seconds after shutter-release button is pressed depending on setting.
  • Quiet Shutter Release: The camera takes a single photograph, as in Single Frame mode, except that the camera makes no shutter sound when shooting or beep when focusing.

Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D3100's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging lighting conditions.

Metering: You can choose from the following Metering Modes to determine how the camera sets exposure:

  • Matrix: Produces natural results in most situations. Camera uses 420-pixel RGB sensor to meter a wide area of the frame and set exposure according to tone distribution, color, composition, and with type G or D lenses, range information. (See 3D Color Matrix Metering II above). With other CPU lenses, the camera uses color matrix metering II, which does not include 3D range information.
  • Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight to center area.
  • Spot: The camera meters exposure in active focus point only. This ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is much brighter or darker.

Shooting Modes: The Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a choice of shooting modes:

  • Auto Modes:
    • Auto: The camera handles exposure, shutter-speed, ISO sensitivity and White balance so you can just point and shoot.
    • Auto Flash Off: Captures scenes using only available lighting. Ideal for museums, weddings or any situation where a flash is prohibited or inappropriate.
    • Scene Auto Selector: When in Live View in Auto or Auto Flash Off modes, the camera will automatically analyze the subject and select the appropriate shooting mode when autofocus is enabled. Modes that can be selected include: portrait, landscape, close up, and night portrait (see descriptions below).
  • P, S, A, and M Modes:
    • Programmed Auto: Choose from one of the automatically selected shutter speed/aperture combinations and allows control over exposure compensation, metering and other features.
    • Shutter-Priority Auto: You determine the shutter speed to freeze or blur motion, while the camera decides the ideal aperture.
    • Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal shutter speed.
    • Manual: Choose both the shutter speed and the aperture on your own. You can refer to the electronic analog exposure display of the camera for help with appropriate exposures.
  • Scene Modes:
    • Portrait: Keeps your main subject in sharp focus with a soft background for more pleasing portraits.
    • Landscape: Ideal for beautiful scenery with great perspectives and optimized greens and blues.
    • Child: Delivers fresh, natural skin tones for stunning shots of children. Clothing also vividly rendered.
    • Sports: Freezes fast-moving subjects easily.
    • Close Up: Find beauty in small details by focusing sharply on a small area with a softly blurred background. Ideal for flowers and coins or other small treasures.
    • Night Portrait: Capture your main subject in low light while retaining a natural looking background exposure.

Guide Mode: The Guide Mode provides a menu for shooting, viewing and deleting, and set up. In this mode, the camera provides you step-by-step guidance for basic automatic shooting, as well as Advanced Operation. Easy Operation selections include: Auto, No flash, Distant Subjects, Close-ups, Sleeping Faces, Moving Subjects, Landscapes, Portraits, and Night Portraits. Advanced Operation selections include: Soften backgrounds, Bring More Into Focus, Freeze Motion (People), Freeze Motion (Vehicles), and Show Water Flowing.

AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings.

  • AE/AF Lock: both focus and exposure lock while the AE/AF lock button is pressed
  • AE Lock: exposure locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the focus is unaffected
  • AF Lock: focus locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the exposure is unaffected align
  • AE Lock Hold: exposure locks when the AE/AF lock button is pressed and remains locked until the button is pressed again
  • AF-On: the AE/AF button initiates autofocus while the shutter-release button cannot be used to focus

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.

Noise Reduction: This option controls whether photographs taken at high sensitivities (over ISO 400) or shutter speeds slower than 8 seconds are processed to reduce noise before being recorded to the memory card. If turned off, noise reduction will only be performed at ISO sensitivities over ISO 800, and does not apply to noise caused by slow shutter speeds.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options:

  • Auto: The white balance is automatically adjusted to suit the lighting conditions.
  • Incandescent: This is used under incandescent lighting situations.
  • Fluorescent: This is used for most fluorescent lighting conditions.
  • Direct Sunlight: This is for use with subjects that are under direct sunlight.
  • Flash: This is for use with built-in Speedlight or optional Nikon Speedlights are used.
  • Cloudy: This is used when taking pictures under overcast skies.
  • Shade: This is used under sunny skies when subject is in shade.
  • Preset: A white object is used as reference to set white balance under unusual lighting conditions.

Note: In addition to the the basic White Balance options, the camera features advanced White Balance (color temperature) settings for specific types of lighting. You can choose from Sodium-vapor lamps, Incandescent/Warm-white fluorescent, White fluorescent, Cool-white fluorescent, Day white fluorescent, Daylight fluorescent, and Mercury-vapor lamps.

ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 3200. Using the ISO button and main command dial, you can manually select from ISO settings 100 to 3200, with incremental steps of 1EV. You can also choose HI 1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or HI 2 (ISO 12800 equivalent) for even higher sensitivity.

Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.

Speedlight With i-TTL Automatic Flash Control: Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight is always ready to bring beautiful exposures to darkened conditions, as well as add sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images. In low-light or back-light situations, added illumination from the built-in Speedlight can make the difference between an average snapshot and a great picture. You can choose one of the following flash modes:

  • TTL: output of built-in Speedlight is adjusted automatically in response to shooting conditions
  • Manual: allows you to adjust the power of the Speedlight to one of the following settings: 1/32 power, 1/16 power, 1/8 power, 1/4 power, 1/2 power, or Full power

Flash Sync Modes: The camera offers the following flash sync modes depending upon the shooting mode selected:

  • Off: flash does not fire even when lighting is poor or subject is backlit
  • Auto: When lighting is poor or the subject is back lit, flash pops up automatically when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
  • Red-eye Reduction: reduces the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash
  • Slow Sync: flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light
  • Slow Sync with Red-eye Reduction: combines red-eye reduction with slow sync
  • Rear-curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects
  • Fill Flash: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken

Flash Exposure Compensation: In P, S, A, and M modes, the flash exposure compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure compensation can be set to values between -3 EV (darker) and +1 EV (brighter) in increments of 1/3 EV.

Accessory Shoe: The camera's integrate accessory shoe located above the viewfinder allows you to connect optional SB-series Speedlights. The shoe is equipped with a safety lock for flash units with a locking pin, such as the SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, and SB-400. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and can be used with CLS-compatible flash units.

Histogram: The D3100 features the ability to view a histogram on the LCD monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image.

Image Enhancement: When the camera is set to one of the P, S, A, or M modes, you can choose from the following image enhancement options:

  • Standard: Standard processing for balanced results--recommended for most situations.
  • Neutral: Minimal processing for natural results. Choose for photos that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
  • Vivid: Pictures are enhanced for a vivid photoprint effect. Choose for photographs that emphasize primary colors.
  • Monochrome: takes photos in black and white
  • Portrait: lowers contrast while lending natural texture and rounded feel
  • Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes

Optional GPS: The GP-1 GPS unit (sold separately) can be connected to the camera's accessory terminal to allow information on the camera's current position to be recorded when photographs are taken.

Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from one of 20 languages for display of the camera menus and messages including English, French and Spanish.

Compatible Lenses: The D3100 is equipped with the standard Nikon F bayonet mount. It is compatible with the following types of optional lenses:

  • AF-S or AF-I: all functions supported
  • Type G or D AF NIKKOR (w/o built-in autofocus motor): All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
  • Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
  • Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
  • AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
  • Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in Manual mode, but exposure meter does not function.

Warranty Information: The warranty on the camera body is 1 Year Parts & Labor. The warranty on the included lens is 5 Years Parts & Labor.

Lens Features

18-55mm Lens: This package includes an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. The lens includes a 52mm snap-on front lens cap and a rear lens cap.

3X Optical Zoom: The compact 3x zoom lens has a broad 18-55mm focal range for use in a variety of situations. When mounted to the camera the lens' picture angle is equivalent to approximately 1.5x the focal length of 35mm format (27-82.5mm). Close focusing distance to 0.9 feet (10.8") throughout the entire zoom range is possible. Separate zoom and focusing rings ensure responsive operation.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet auto focus operation. Auto Focus-Silent Wave (AF-S) is a type of focusing motor used in a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast and quiet. AF-S lenses also have an A-M mode selector which allows the user to switch from automatic to manual focus with almost no lag time.

Vibration Reduction (VR): Vibration Reduction (VR) minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, enabling sharper pictures, hand-held, at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible.

Focus Mode Switch: Focus mode switch enables quick switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus).

Super Integrated Coating (SIC): High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color reproduction, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare.

Lens Element: A Hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types of lens aberration.

Diaphragm: A rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.

Specifications:

  • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR lens with built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Focal Length Range: 18mm to 55mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (wide) - f/5.6 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22 (wide) - f/32 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9 feet (11")
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical lens element)
  • Picture Angle: 76° to 28° 50'
  • Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 45, 55mm

Playback, Editing And Printing Functions

Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to "On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was taken, including Landscape, Portrait (rotated clockwise) or Portrait (rotated counter-clockwise).

Rotate Tall: Portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.

Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken. You can choose how long photographs are displayed in the monitor after shooting. If Image Review is turned off, pictures can only be displayed by pressing the playback button.

Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, or 72 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. You can also choose a calendar playback, sorted by date.

Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an automatic slide show manner. You can set the frame interval (2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds) and the transition type (zoom/fade, cube, or none).

Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 27x for large images, up to 20x for medium images, and up to 14x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

In-Camera Image Editing with Retouching Menu: These options can be used to create, trimmed, resized, or retouch existing copies of the photographs in the memory card. You can choose from the following options:

  • D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects.
  • Red-eye Correction: Correct "red-eye" caused by flash.
  • Image Trimming: Create cropped copies of existing photos. You can change the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, or 16:9. Each copy is saved as a separate file.
  • Monochrome: Copy pictures in the Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype colors.
  • Filter Effects: Create copies with color filter effects. You can choose from one of the following:
    • Skylight: Creates the effect of a skylight filter, giving the copy a "cold" blue cast.
    • Warm Filter: Creates a copy with warm tone filter effects, giving the copy "warm" red cast.
    • Red Intensifier: Intensifies reds
    • Green Intensifier: Intensifies greens
    • Blue Intensifier: Intensifies blues
    • Cross Screen: Just as with a cross screen filter, this feature produces a star pattern with lines radiating outward from bright objects.
    • Soft: Add a soft filter effect; choose from high, normal, or low effect.
  • Color Balance: You can create a copy with modified color balance using the multi-selector to increase the amount of amber, magenta, green, or blue.
  • Small Picture: You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file. You can choose from the following sizes:
    • 640 x 480: Suited to television playback.
    • 320 x 240: Suited to display on web pages.
    • 160 x 120: Suitable for email attachments.
  • Image Overlay: Combine two RAW photographs.
  • NEF (RAW) Processing: Create JPEG-format copies of NEF (RAW) photographs recorded at an image quality setting of RAW or RAW+B.
  • Quick Retouch: Create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been
  • enhanced.
  • Straighten: You can create a straightened copy of an image. You can rotate the image clockwise or counterclockwise up to five degrees in increments of 0.25 degrees.
  • Distortion Control: Create copies with reduced peripheral distortion (barrel distortion or pin-cushion distortion).
  • Fisheye: You can create a copy that appears to have been taken with a fisheye lens. You can increase or reduce the effect using the multi-selector.
  • Color Outline: You can create an outline copy of a photograph to use as a base for painting.
  • Perspective Control: Copies can be created that reduce the effects of perspective taken from the base of a tall object.
  • Miniature Effect: You can create a copy that appears to be a photo of a diorama. Works best with photos taken from a high vantage point.
  • Edit Movie: You can trim footage to create edited copies of movies or save selected frames as JPEG stills.
  • Before And After: Compare a retouched copy to the source image by displaying them side-by-side.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

PictBridge Printing Capability: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand. An optional USB cable is required for connecting the camera to the printer.

DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that support DPOF.

Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The D3100 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

Connections

USB Connection: The Nikon D3100 utilizes a high-speed USB 2.0 connection for interfacing with your computer. No USB is included; an optional USB cable (such as item 119USBHS15, 119USBHSM3, or 119CMNUSB7) must be obtained to connect the camera to your PC.

HDMI: For playing back High Definition movies and high resolution still images on an HDTV, you can connect the camera via an optional HDMI cable. A Type C mini-HDMI cable is required (such as 119HDMICAM). The HDMI output resolution can be set to Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, or 1080i.

A/V Out: The camera features a 3.5mm minijack audio/video output plug to playback still images on a standard definition TV using the optional EG-D2 video cable (sold separately). You can select between NTSC or PAL video playback.

Battery Information

Li-ion Battery Pack: The D3100 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (EN-EL14), with the capacity of approximately 550 shots per charge (when measured using the 18-55mm VR lens).

Quick Charger: The camera also comes with an AC Quick Charger (MH-24) to the charge the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-24 will charge the EN-EL14 battery pack in approximately 90 minutes.

Backup Battery: The camera's internal backup battery can provide up to a month of backup power after about three days of charging from the EN-EL14 battery pack. The backup battery powers the camera's internal clock, and maintains settings when the power is turned off.

Auto Off Timers: This feature allows you to choose how long the monitor and exposure meters remain on when no operations are performed to prevent battery drain. You can choose from the following four selections:

Selection Playback/Menus Image Review Live View Auto Meter Off
Short 8 sec 4 sec 30 sec 4 sec
Normal 12 sec 4 sec 30 sec 8 sec
Long 20 sec 20 sec 3 min 1 min
Custom Make separate adjustments to each of the three timers.

Optional AC Adapter: The optional EH-5A AC adapter and optional EP-5A power connector are recommended for extended playback.

Supplied Software

ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer 2, View NX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in pictures as they are transferred. View NX 2 is used to view pictures after transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file format.

Supported Operating Systems: The supplied software can be used with computers running the following operating systems:

  • Windows:
    • Windows 7* (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise)
    • Windows Vista* Service Pack 2 (32-bit Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate)
    • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Home Edition, Professional)
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X (version 10.4.11, 10.5.8, 10.6.4)

* ViewNX 2 runs as a 32-bit application in 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Image Capacity

Estimated Image Capacity of an Optional 4GB SDHC Flash Card:

Image Quality Image Size File Size (MB) Number of Images Buffer Capacity
NEF (Raw) + JPEG Fine Large 19.8 151 9
NEF (Raw) ---- 12.9 226 13
JPEG Fine Large 6.8 460 100
Medium 3.9 815 100
Small 1.8 1700 100
JPEG Normal Large 3.4 914 100
Medium 2.0 1500 100
Small 0.9 3300 100
JPEG Basic Large 1.7 1700 100
Medium 1.0 3000 100
Small 0.5 6000 100
 
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By William E, Linville, VA on Thursday, January 23, 2014
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The Nikon D3100 is a great value for those who want more than a point and shoot camera. This camera harkens me back to the old film days and manual settings. This camera work great on full auto settings, but it nice to be able to easily set my exposure to my liking. Even my 40 year old Nikkor lens works on this camera in full manual mode. Auto focus is very fast so you don't miss those action shots. The flash recovery time is faster than I thought it would be, and you can even use it for a fill flash. Buying from Crutchfield I knew if there was something wrong of if I didn't like it, I could return it hassle free.
Pros:
Easy to learn and use. Great beginners DSLR camera.
Cons:
Haven't found any yet.
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5 out of 5

D3100 Review

Written By Glenn, Dallas on Friday, October 18, 2013
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I am a professional photographer, but my D3 is a bit much to lug around for personal use. I bought the D3100 as a small, light personal camera that I can also shoot video with. So far, I'm quite pleased with it.
Pros:
Compact, lightweight, controls are similar to my Nikon D3, so I didn't have to learn much. Image sharpness is good, colors are good in RAW mode (see cons), the display is big for the size camera, and the menus are easy to use.
Cons:
In JPEG modes, the camera over-processes the images too much for my tastes, so I shoot in RAW mode, and convert to JPEG in Photoshop as needed. That is a bit of a PITA, but the images look good.
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5 out of 5

Love this camera!

Written By Awilson, Metter, GA on Monday, June 10, 2013
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Origanlly bought this camera from another company and asked the to ship ASAP - after 2 days and no tracking #, I called and found out that they were out of stock and had not shipped my camera yet. Cancelled my order and called Crutchfield - they shipped the same day and I got it within 2 days!!! Great Service~ Love this camera. Easy to understand and use. Love the video feature.
Pros:
Easy to use!!! Nice pictures. Love the easy video feature. Nice not to have to take a camera and video recorder on vacation.
Cons:
Havent found one so far
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5 out of 5

Nikon D3100 Kit

Written By JimG, Dexter, NY on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Bought this for my son who recently moved to Alaska. He says that it is very easy to use and not to heavy. Turn on time is quick which is important when taking unexpected animal shots. The pictures he sends to us are clear and bright. I would recommend this camera for anyone.
Pros:
Quick turn on time, Crisp looking pictures, light weight
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5 out of 5

B3100

Written By Dave, Palmyra, VA on Thursday, May 02, 2013
 
My first DSLR and I am very pleased with it so far. Have not taken many pictures yet but the one's I have are great.
Pros:
Value, easy to use and great picture quality
Cons:
Nothng Yet!!
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5 out of 5

Great Camera

Written By Rob M, New York on Monday, April 22, 2013
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Great Camera, takes fast pictures and very clear pictures!
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5 out of 5

Great camera!

Written By Amzona, Gilbert AZ on Friday, March 15, 2013
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The Nikon D3100 is first DSLR and it's been so much fun to use. I know some other reviews had weight as a con but I have small hands and it fits perfectly in them and it is not heavy at all. and even with a 55-300 lens attached it's not too bad. . I also love the cheats like portrait, sports, landscape that is similar to my point and shoot, they come in handy when you need to take a quick picture and don't want to waste time figuring out what settings to use. It's a great first camera to learn on
Pros:
so quick to take a great picture with little fuss
Cons:
none that I have found so far.
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5 out of 5

Very Pleased

Written By AJC, Tokyo, Japan on Friday, January 11, 2013
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The Nikon 3100 is my first DSLR. I'd always enjoyed the simplicity of a 'point-and-click' digital camera, but wanted to a more capable camera to capture kids and travel. The 3100 has fit the bill. Without much effort, I began taking some really breathtaking shots. Since my original purchase, I've added a 55-200 zoom lens and 35mm prime lens to my kit, and with the 3100 I've been able to turn a nascent interest in better pictures into a budding hobby. At some point, I'll probably 'trade up' to a much fancier suite of equipment, but if you're thinking of moving out of the 'point-and-click' market into the DSLR market, the 3100 is a very capable and fun platform for that transition.
Pros:
Great photos, ease of use.
Cons:
None that I've seen.
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4 out of 5

Nikon D3100 Kit

Written By Jay Z., Saratoga Springs NY on Friday, November 23, 2012
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Over all I like the camera. My only complaint is the lens does not zoom in as well as I thought it was going too.
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5 out of 5

Very Happy BIRTHDAY GIRL

Written By BIRTHDAY GIRL, Arrington, VA on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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I REALLY love this camera!!! It takes the best photos and I got such a great deal on it. The price was a steal for this quality of a camera--what's even more impressive is that I called Crutchfield a couple weeks after purchasing it (because I forgot to use a gift certificate I had when purchasing the camera) and the camera had dropped in price. They refunded my credit card, applied the gift certificate AND gave me the difference in the cost of the camera!!! I love Crutchfield!
Pros:
EXCELLENT shot--very quick and rarely blurry.
Cons:
Kind of heavy and big.
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5 out of 5

Nikon D3100 Kit

Written By S NYE, Plattsburgh NY on Thursday, October 11, 2012
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I bought this as a birthday gift for my son. I have owned many Nikon cameras , I thought this was a great time for my son.
Pros:
Easy to use ,Quality photos, great first DSLR to start out on
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Great photos

Written By Mike in Napa, Napa, CA on Friday, May 25, 2012
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My wife had expressed interest in getting a better camera so she could get better pictures of our two young kids. I bought the Nikon D3100 for her birthday. She loved it and in the first weekend we had frame worthy shots before we really even learned how to use it. This camera has a lot of features that we will have to learn to use but as novices, we are already enjoying the quality of the photos.
Pros:
Outstanding picture quality right out of the box.
Cons:
As beginners, it will take some time to figure out all the features.
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5 out of 5

Great light SLR

Written By J. W, Edwardsburg, MI on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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This is a great little, light-weight DSLR. I got it to replace a broken D70 and look forward to it serving my young family for years. I'm looking forward to using the video feature, but am disappointed it is hard capped at a 10 minunte recording length, that means I still need the video camera for sports events. The large size Jpeg image files look good even at 1920 x 1080 on my 27" monitor, I'm sure they'll print out clearly in any size I need as well.
Pros:
Size & weight. Standard DX lenses. pop-up flash and accessory/flash shoe. Usual gamut of well-designed and well-made Nikon accessories and options. The Guide option could be used by budding photogs to try and learn about settings.
Cons:
10 minute hard cap on video recording.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Preformance

Written By Mario, Manati, P.R. on Friday, March 30, 2012
 
Luego de gastar en opciones Point & Shoot, tuve que detenerme y evaluar que busco en una camara, fue cuando consulté a GIL de Cruchtfield, quien tuvo la paciencia de escucharme y descubrir que lo que yo buscaba no lo podia encontrar en una camara digital corriente. Soy un aficionado de la fotografia, no tengo los conocimientos tecnicos, pero gracias a la ayuda de Gil, me di la oportunidad de probar por fin una SLR que no arruinara mi bolsillo y que me diera la calidad que yo buscaba. Es bueno que te orienten con objetividad y conforme al presupuesto que tenenmos. Muy complacido una vez mas del servicio sin presedentes de Cruchtfield y sus asociados. Gracias Gil. Buen Trabajo!!

Having spent previously on Point & Shoot options, I had to stop and evaluate what I was looking for in a camera, and that's when I consulted with GIL from Crutchfield, who had the patience to listen to me and discover what I was looking for but hadn't been able to find in a digital camera. I'm a photography fan, I don't have a lot of technical knowledge, but thanks to Gil's help, I finally got the opportunity to try an SLR that wouldn't break the bank and that would give me the quality I was looking for. It's good that they advise you objectively and according to the budget that you have. Very happy one more time with the unprecedented good service of Crutchfield and its associates. Thanks Gil. Great job!!
Pros:
Una guia para ir conociendo las capacidades de la camara. Respuesta rapida en los shooting y setting de la camara! A guide to help you learn to use the camera's functions. Fast answers on shooting and setting the camera!
Cons:
La Pantalla LCD no captura la calidad real de la foto, es solo una referencia, solamente 230,000 dots. The LCD screen doesn't capture the true quality of the photo, it's only a reference, only 230,000 dots.
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5 out of 5

Great middle of the road camera

Written By Kristin, Upstate, NY on Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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I was looking for a DSLR that wasn't too expensive, easy to use, decent image quality and I'll be honest, a Nikon. I've used Nikons since I worked at a camera shop many many years ago. The ease of use with this camera is so great. The LV switch got me at first but that was a quick dismissal just realizing that even though I prefer the old school viewfinder, it is nice seeing the image on the screen. I haven't grabbed any of my other K-mount lenses to try with it but I'm looking forward to trying it out even if I can't use the auto focus. I would say that this is a great camera for the cost and the shipping here at Crutchfield is very fast!
Pros:
cost, K-mount, size
Cons:
can't think of any yet!
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5 out of 5

Nikon D3100 Kit

Written By Anonymous, Livonia Michigan on Saturday, July 02, 2011
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Love it
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1 out of 5

Disappointed

Written By Gary, Ellicott City, MD on Monday, June 27, 2011
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The pictures are no better than my $200 point and shoot. It doesn't seem to focus well. A photo of a butterfly is terribly out of focus, though the focus point (as shown on ViewNX 2) is right on the butterfly. On a number of occasions outdoors, the "low light" indicator came on at 100 ISO. I spent too long playing with the camera, testing it out, and so I am past the 60 day trial period Crutchfield provides. There may be something wrong with my camera, so my next step may be to get warranty service. But I want to play with it for a while longer before deciding it's a camera problem. The camera has a good feel to it, though. I just wish it took better photos.
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5 out of 5

Awesome camera

Written By Pete, New York on Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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This is my first dslr. I owned an slr years ago but when I went digital I went to point and shoot cameras. I'm very happy with this purchase I just wish the kit lens had a little more magnification. I'm now in the process of buying a zoom lens. I don't know a lot about DSLRs but this camera is easy to use and after a few weeks I have learned to use some of the manual settings. I took some shots in a school auditorium which were not bad and even though the subject was 50 feet away the flash was effective. The ability to make video clips was a major reason why I chose this camera. The quality of the video image is really sharp but also a bit jumpy due to the 24fps. The auto focus settings in video mode take some getting used to. Overall, I'm happy with this camera and with Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Nikon D3100 Kit

Written By Anonymous, Madera, CA on Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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Great for families and vacations.
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5 out of 5

Exelente

Written By Carlos, Puerto Rico, Manati on Friday, April 22, 2011
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Excellent camera. You don't have to be a photography expert to get professional-looking photos. Image quality is surprisingly good. This camera is better for daylight photos, as the flash it has will work well in the late afternoon/dusk, but for taking photos at night, I recommend the flash they sell separately. I bought the Speedlight SB-700 flash and in combination with the Nikon D-3100 camera, they'll make your photos a dream, looking totally professional. I also bought the carrying bag for the camera which included a photography guide I've used a lot to get to know the marvelous things this camera can do, which I recommend to anyone who buys to understand all the different ways to get that great image we're all looking for.
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4 out of 5

Wife's 1st nice camera

Written By Mike, Santa Barbara on Monday, March 28, 2011
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I got this camera for my wife as she seems to have an eye for good pictures. I was very impressed with the array of features this camera offers. The build quality and ease of use were the primary factors in buying this camera. My wife loves it and I love the great pictures she's been taking.
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5 out of 5

Love It!

Written By AmyM, Maine on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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I absolutely love this camera. After spending hundreds of dollars or worthless
point and shoot cameras, I had enough. I have four kids ages 12, 10, 10, and 5.
They play all kind of sports and do all sorts of activities. I was sick of
blurry shots of my children playing sports. We finally decided to invest in a
more expensive camera and an additional lens. I have never had anything besides
a point and shoot camera and I was worried that it would be too difficult for me
to figure out. I was wrong. I can't believe how easy this camera is to use.
It also came with a dvd that explains its features and that was so helpful. We
almost bought the d3000 and one of our friends bought that instead, but I am
glad we got the d3100. The d3100's ability to easily take continuous action
shots makes this model worth it for me. Our friend's camera is suppose to be
able to do the same thing, but after several weeks, she couldn't figure out how
to get it to work. It isn't a matter of just flipping a little switch like this
one is. I am very pleased with this camera's ability to take pictures in
gymnasiums and it's ability to take wonderful action shots. We also took the
camera to Disney World, and got great photos there too. If you are considering
upgrading from a point and shoot camera, this is a great camera.
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Brad, St.Cloud,FL on Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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This is the first SLR camera I have ever owned. I can definitely say, anyone that
has a complaint about this camera, does not know what there talking about. It
takes excellent pictures as long as you take the time to learn the camera.
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5 out of 5

Great camera, great service

Written By Ceebs15, Boston, MA on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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This is a great camera--takes beautiful shots, and I haven't even started to
figure out the ins and outs! It has a variety of shooting modes, which make it
easy to take stunning photos in just about any condition. Highly recommended
for a first-time SLR user, and most likely for seasoned vets as well!
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5 out of 5

Awesome Camera!!

Written By Sonny, Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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We LOVE this camera. We upgraded from the Nikon D40, which we also loved.
However, the additional clarity and versatility of this camera are truly amazing.

We recently took family photos and enlarged a print to 20"x30". Even at that size, the print
came out looking spectacular!

Very good low light performance. Most photos that would have required a flash using our
D40 we can now take relying on natural lighting alone. It is very simple to operate, yet
has all of the features an amateur enthusiast would need to customize any photograph
manually.

The only small criticism I can think of is that it is a little slow to release the shutter when
shooting in live preview mode (using the LCD as a live viewfinder).

2 recommendations: purchase the SB-600 Nikon speed light and a lens with a very
large aperture to ensure you can adequately light any situation and have a narrow
enough depth of field to make portraits look great.
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5 out of 5

Good first SLR

Written By David C., Houston, TX on Monday, January 17, 2011
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This is our first SLR camera and so far we have been very pleased with the quality of the
pictures it takes. Easy to use too! Just wish I had got the zoom lens as well.
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5 out of 5

Professional Photos at an Amateur Price

Written By J. Laman, Erie, IL on Monday, December 27, 2010
 
After a ton of searching and looking over different specs I decided on this camera and
could not be happier!

Likes:
-Clear, crips, bright photos
- Easy to handle and set up
- Quality accessories
- Fun and easy to use software
- Easy video mode
- Great quality camera body

Dislikes:
- could be a better lens (though for the price I can't really complain)
- no USB cord included (this is the ONLY thing that really bothered me)
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5 out of 5

Point and shoot on steroids

Written By jc, Birmingham,AL on Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Finally making the move to digital from film, it just became too much trouble to find film,
especially slides and processing is at the mercy of a drug store clerk. I first purchased a
Coolpix L110 which don't get me wrong is an excellent point and shoot with optional
program enhancements, but the D3100 is the next level. Having a film background I
found the view finder and zoom control to be invaluable. 14 meg is also the next step
over 10 and 12 which is going by the wayside. This camera is user friendly and when
you combine Crutchfield and Nikon you can't lose.
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5 out of 5

It's a great first DSLR

Written By P P, CA on Monday, October 18, 2010
 
It's a great first DSLR camera.
-light
-good feel
-takes great pictures

There are two cons in my opinion:
- rear LCD could be of a higher resolution
-HD recording should be for as long as you have available memory, not a soft
time limit

Wish list:
-Wish the kit came with the 18 - 105mm lens that the D90 comes with
-Slightly bigger right hand grip
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4 out of 5

Best value for the money

Written By LoveDSLR, Wheeling,IL on Thursday, September 09, 2010
 
This is my second DSLR camera, my first one being NikonD40x. Following are four primary reasons for buying Nikon D3100:
1. FullHD 1080p with auto focus in Video mode (this is lacking in Canon 550D).
2. Body design -compact & light weight with same 3" LCD (though LCD pixel density was more on Canon 550D).
3. Nikon's Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance (this is lacking in Canon 550D)
4. Most important one - Best value for money, compared to Canon 550D which cost apprx $200 more than D3100.
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