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Nikon D3100 Kit with Standard Zoom and Telephoto Zoom Lenses

14.2-megapixel camera with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses

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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.

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 two supplied Nikon zoom lenses helps keep your pictures and movies looking sharp, thanks to the quality Nikon optical elements. This kit offers both a standard 3X zoom lens, giving you angles of view from wide-angle to portrait length, and a telephoto zoom, that takes you from that portrait length to impressive, detailed close-ups, captured from a football-field's distance.

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.

Product 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/3.5-5.6 G ED II lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm) and an AF-S DX f/4-5.6 55-200mm telephoto zoom lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 82.5-300mm)
  • 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 Nikon standard zoom lens
  • 55-200mm Nikon telephoto zoom lens
  • rechargeable EN-EL14 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • adjustable neck strap
  • body cap
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

Great camera but takes a while to learn it when you are a first timer. Takes nice video but only up to 10 minutes at a time. Works great for my needs. Would recommend to friends.

John, Kansas

What's in the Box:

  • 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
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • 2 Ferrite Core noise filters (1 large/1 small)
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IIlens with front (52mm) and rear lens caps installed
  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lens with front (52mm) and rear lens caps installed
  • HB-34 Bayonet lens hood
  • Nikon CL-0815 flexible lens pouch
  • Nikon ViewNX2 Software CD-ROM
  • Nikon Reference Manual CD-ROM
  • User Manual (English)
  • User Manual (Spanish)
  • Quick Start Guide (English)
  • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
  • 55-200mm Lens Instruction Manual
  • Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty sheet
  • 2 Lens Warranty cards
  • 2 Lens Extended Warranty forms
  • Product Registration card
  • Manual error sheet

Nikon D3100 Kit with Standard Zoom and Telephoto Zoom Lenses Reviews

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(25 Reviews)

Nikon 3100

John from Kansas on 4/12/2014

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Great camera but takes a while to learn it when you are a first timer. Takes nice video but only up to 10 minutes at a time. Works great for my needs. Would recommend to friends.

Pros: Takes great pictures even in RAW format whatever that is LOL

Cons: Editing software bundled with this camera kit is not that great.

Nikon D3100 camera

Diana B. from Washington, Texas on 3/11/2014

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Exactly what I needed and had been looking for. Camera came with two lenses which cover all I need for picture taking. A camera which has all the options you could wish for without being loaded with a lot of gimmicky stuff you probably wouldn't use. A good buy.

Pros: Lightweight and easy to use. Monitor very easy to read - a plus when you are older. Mode changing is quick and uncomplicated.

Cons: None really except it doesn't have WI-FI.

Just learning

Jim from New York on 2/24/2014

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Wanted a DSLR camera, Crutchfield emailed me a price cut on the 3100, Came with the 2 lenses, was a no brainer. Had a crash corse taking pics in Disney world with the family and it took some really nice photos.(over 1300 Photos and videos) Wish I could give a more technical review, but I really just started using the camera and I'm not to familiar with all the features, looking forward to learning!

Pros: Has a good feel to it, battery life is really good am able to snap pics at a good rate.

Cons: When using the view screen to take photos, the speed of the camera slows to a crawl.

Nikon D3100

Dave from Pittsburgh PA on 1/18/2014

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I have been a "prosumer" and amateur photographer for over 20 years. For 99 percent of us, this is all the camera you will ever need. Do no fall prey to the megapixel myth and remember, more expensive cameras DO NOT take better pictures. Many current and past NY galleries were taken with the dated Nikon D70, and the D3100 is nothing more than this year's D70.



Great Buy!

Nish from West Haven, CT on 1/14/2014

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This is a great beginners camera that was a gift to someone just starting to use a DSLR format camera. Also with the accessories offered with the purchase it proved to be quite the eye-opener on Christmas morning. Service and delivery were exceptional and I look forward to continue as a satisfied customer.

Pros: Lightweight, easy to handle with many useful features and settings.

Cons: Too soon to find faults, but I am sure for this price range it will still prove to be a great value.

Nikon D3100

Anonymous from San Lorenzo, Ca. on 1/6/2014

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Great product and easy to use.

Pros: Easy to use. Clear picrures.

Cons: None.

Love this camera!!

tommyandsara from Atlanta, GA on 1/4/2014

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My husband and I decided it was time to get a DSLR camera to start taking better pictures. We are both interested in photography, but have not had a good camera to take pictures with. We ordered this camera (along with the two lenses) before Christmas, and we have not stopped taking pictures! IT IS FABULOUS! It is easy to use, and the pictures are amazing! We love the service that comes with the camera, and look forward to going back to Crutchfield for our other electronic needs.

Pros: Quality, Price, Ease of Use, Size, Weight.... EVERYTHING!

Cons: None so far

Nikon D3100

Deb and Birnie from Westminster, MD on 1/3/2014

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We are so happy with our new Nikon D3100 camera kit - have always wanted a good digital SLR but it was always so cost Crutchfield to come up with a sweet deal that was affordable. And it's a NIKON to boot!!

Pros: The setup of the camera was so easy and the manual explained anything not obvious quite concisely. Have taken beautiful photos of wildlife right off the bat! Can't wait to go on vacation!!


Nikon D3100 Kit

Paul M. from Redwood City California on 12/26/2013

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Great entry level DSRL camera



Nikon D3100 Kit with Standard Zoom and Telephoto Zoom Lenses

jeff i from hinckley, mn on 12/14/2013

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Great pic quality and the camera itself is easy to use. Changing the lenses is quick

Pros: Light weight easy to operate

Cons: Haven't found one yet

Nikon D3100

Rafyv from Long Beach, CA on 12/13/2013

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Cmon...It's a Nikon. Christmas present for my wife who is not a Professional fotographer. That makes the D3100 perfect for her. This camera will make her smile when she opens the huge gift box under the tree, and thanks to Crutchfields prompt service and delivery, I will shine thru her eyes. Sincere Thanks Rafyv

Pros: Quality brand name and the fact that my seasonal shopping for her is done!!! :)

Cons: None so far, we haven't opened it yet.

Amazing camera

Anonymous from Hanford, ca on 11/21/2013

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Great camera, easy to use, and the picture quality is amazing. The SD card slides into a slot in my laptop which makes picture transfer a breeze but if you don't have such a slot, as I thought at first, finding a cable is a pain and there is no wireless transfer options I am aware of. Excellent camera all around



Good value camera

Kathy L from Albany, NY on 11/11/2013

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The picture quality if very good and the ability to zoom in from a distance was the key factor I purchased the camera for and it is very good as well. I have a minimal amount of experience with the camera but so far it seems to be ok for the basic things I have used it for.


Cons: My only complaint is that the cable to transfer the photos to your computer is not included. I found one for $6.99 on Amazon and was truly perplexed as to why this wouldn't be included at such a low price this was an unnecessary inconvenience.

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Anonymous from Schertz, TX on 11/10/2013

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This is my first DSLR and is a huge step up from my old point and shoot. The 3100 has great features and is a tremendous value for just a few dollars more than many top point and shoot cameras. The quick start guide and built in learning systems are great, I was able to use the camera as soon as the battery was charged.

Pros: Easy to understand guide mode, great value.

Cons: less megapixels than the newer models but stillmore than adequate for a casual user like myself

Nikon D3100 Kit with Standard Zoom and Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Marty T. from Long Island, NY on 10/27/2013

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There are just two words to define this camera, the best! It takes the most incredible photos. Worth every Penny!



Nikon D3100 Kit with Standard Zoom and Telephoto Zoom Lenses

RAG from San Antonio, tx on 10/25/2013

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Great beginner camera



Nikon D3100 Kit with Standard Zoom and Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Anonymous from Massapequa, NY on 10/12/2013

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Excellent camera and easy to use for the beginner. Excellent quality pictures and a great price.



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abbeyrd from holiday, fl on 10/2/2013

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Easy to use.

Pros: Comes with 2 lenses, with everything needed to get started, good for a beginner.

Cons: Non so far.

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Don M. from Rome Ga. on 9/30/2013

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excellent pitcures, easy to use.



Great Beginner Camera

Jeff from Chicopee, MA on 9/26/2013

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This package is great. It has everything you need (except memory card) to get into the world of digital SLR. Picture quality is great, and the HD video is really cool. It also helps you through the settings. Cant beat it for the price.

Pros: Picture quality, ease of use. Value

Cons: None

Nikon D3100 Kit

Redneck from Hammond, Indiana on 9/12/2013

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After reading the manual the camera is easy to use.Have taking pictures of and with hooters girls at my favorite hooters restaurant and pictures of and with tilted kilt girls at my favorite tilted kilt restaurant and they turned out awesome.Even the hooters and tilted kilt girls loved the pictures.I would recommend this camera. i'm extremely happy with the camera.



Nikon D3100

Don from Minocqua, Wi on 7/21/2013

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A wonderful value for the dollars spent. Great you tube training available.

Pros: Ease of use

Cons: None

Nikon D 3100

MikeV from Littleton, CO on 7/16/2013

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Great product for the price. We bought this camera to take pics of our daughters playing lacrosse as well as general use including vacation. Takes great actions shots, scenic shots, and close up shots. Overall very satisfied with this purchase.

Pros: Picture quality, ease of use

Cons: None

Nikon D3100 Kit with Standard Zoom and Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Jerry W from Ankara, Turkey on 7/15/2013

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Got this camera for my wife to begin her photo course. Had an older model for myself and enjoyed it very much. This camera has enhanced features that will make her learning experience as fun as when I took a course. The kit comes with everything she needs to get started bringing the world in pictures to reallity.

Pros: Easy camera for someone learning the art of photography. Can't go wrong with a Nikon

Cons: None

Nikon D3100

MikeH from Fairfax on 6/20/2013

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Easy to learn and use right away. Light weight is a plus. My first time use I ended up taking 658 pictures.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-82.5, 82-300
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter 52mm
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 23.1 x 15.4mm CMOS
Megapixels 14.2
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 4608 x 3072
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Width (inches) 4-15/16
Height (inches) 3-13/16
Depth (inches) 5-3/4
Weight With Battery (ounces) 24.8
Parts Warranty 1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg
Labor Warranty 1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg

Product Research

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

Recording Features

Overview: The Nikon D3100 Two Lens Kit includes the Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera body, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Lens, and the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED 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.
L: 4608 x 3072
M: 3456 x 2304
S: 2304 x 1536
Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
Normal image quality, suited to most applications
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 lenses is 1 Year Parts & Labor, with an additional 4 years when the product is registered.

Lens Features

Included Lenses: This package includes two AF-S DX Nikkor lenses: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED. The lenses both include 52mm snap-on front lens caps and rear lens caps. The 55-200mm lens also includes a bayonet lens hood.

Note: Neither lens included in this kit has Vibration Reduction (VR).

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.

Focus Mode Switch: The focus mode switch on each lens enables quick switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus).


  18-55mm 55-200mm
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 52mm
Focal Length Range 18mm to 55mm
27mm to 82.5mm (35mm equivalent)
55mm to 200mm
82.5mm to 300mm (35mm equivalent)
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 (wide) - f/5.6 (telephoto) f/4 (wide) - f/5.6 (telephoto)
Minimum Aperture f/22 (wide) - f/32 (telephoto) f/22 (wide) - f/32 (telephoto)
Minimum Focus Distance 0.9 feet (0.28m) 3.1 feet (0.95m)
Lens Construction 7 elements in 5 groups (1 aspherical lens element and 1 ED glass element) 13 elements in 9 groups (2 ED glass elements)
Picture Angle 76° to 28° 50' 28° 50' to 8°
Focal Length Scale 18, 24, 35, 45, 55mm 55, 70, 85, 105, 135, 200mm

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.


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 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

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We are not currently carrying the D3100 as body only. You can see the kit versions we carry here: [ Jeff  Dec 14, 2013 ]  Staff