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Nikon D3100 review

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Sunday 22nd, August 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

About a year ago Nikon presented the Nikon D3000 DSLR, a 10.2 Megapixel digital SLR camera with several features that we also saw in the Nikon D90 and the D5000. With the introduction of the Nikon D3100, the successor to the Nikon D3000, Nikon again has an amateur SLR camera in its assortment with specifications and functions that are all up-to-date again. The resolution has increased quite a bit, from 10.2 to 14.2 Megapixels and the Nikon D3100 digital camera now also offers Full HD video. Of course the Nikon D3100 SLR camera offers Live View, and there are also new AF settings included. The Nikon D3100 is a digital SLR camera aimed at the amateur photographer. A DSLR camera that has user friendliness as a bonus.

Nikon D3100 review

Nikon D3100 review
Its predecessor, the Nikon D3000 camera, was received well and according to Nikon grew to be one of the best sold DSLR cameras in Europe (GFK; first half of 2010). Still, there were some functions that were missing in the D3000. The Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera has an answer to that. It now has Full High Definition video and Live View and both features are extended with various extra functions. Live View is now extended with the AF-F mode that makes it possible to focus continuously on the subject without having to hold down the shutter-release button.

Nikon D3100 review

Nikon D3100 DSLR camera
If you are up to date on the current DSLR market, then you have also seen the small system cameras come by. Camera systems such as the PEN and Lumix Micro Four Thirds cameras, and Sony’s NEX and Samsung’s NX cameras. These system cameras have a common denominator: namely a compact format and light weight. Although the rumors about a Nikon system camera are on the rise, at this moment there is still no answer to the compact dimensions that the competition has to offer. To fulfill the wishes of the consumer a bit, the designers have done their best to keep the Nikon D3100 as small as possible. They have been successful in that exercise, as the Nikon D3100 is Nikon’s smallest digital SLR camera with the lightest weight.

Nikon D3100 video
The Nikon D3100’s resolution has been increased quite a bit, to 14.2 Megapixels. Additionally, Nikon has switched from a CCD to a CMOS image sensor. Combined with the new EXPEED 2 processor to maximize the results of the CMOS sensor. Lively colors, a better signal/noise ratio and powerful image processing to keep up the speed of the high resolution images and Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) video clips. We will run extensive technical tests on the Nikon D3100 in our DIWA Lab and compare the results with the Nikon D3000.

Nikon D3100 review

Nikon D3100 guide
It is especially noticeable that the Nikon D3100 is designed for the beginner photographer when activating the built-in Help guide. It is a handy guide for the inexperienced photographer, so that he almost gets taken by the hand and shown the way in different setting possibilities and functions. Changing the camera settings is as easy as pie for the experienced photographer, as the basic photography rules have remained unchanged. But the beginning DSLR photographer will be a benefit for the beginner photographer. The guide not only serves to take a shot as it is meant to, but also as a learning tool to gain more experience as a photographer and gain insight into photography.

Nikon D3100 review

Nikon D3100 price
The Nikon D3100 SLR camera will be available shortly, according to Nikon, the Nikon D3100 kit (D3100 body + DX 18-55 VR lens) will be available as of September 16th for the suggested retail price of 649 Euros. We are curious to see what the consequences will be for the Nikon D5000. The Nikon D3100 and D5000 have many similarities, and the D3100 is the most up-to-date and is about 100 Euros cheaper (this varies per region). The Nikon D5000 is equipped with a foldable display. The Photokina 2010 show will be held from September 21st through 26th in Cologne. The 2010 Photokina World of Imaging show is open to the public and this will be the moment to admire the Nikon D3100 Digital SLR camera.

Nikon D3100 review

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