|1. Maximum Memory: The D3100 can record images and video to the new high-capacity SDXC cards, and is compatible with SD and SDHC, too. 2. GPS-Compatible: For those who want to record the location in the metadata for each image, the D3100 is compatible with Nikon’s GP-1 shoe-mount geotagging GPS unit. 3. Easy Live-View/Movie Access: The Lv lever provides easy entry to Live View mode; pressing the Lv button starts and stops video recording.
LIST PRICE: $699
(with 18-55mm VR zoom)
Fitting into Nikon’s entry-level lineup between the D5000 and D3000, the new D3100 tops them both in a number of areas, including pixel count (14.2 megapixels vs. 12.3 for the D5000 and 10.2 for the D3000) and video (1080p full HD vs. 720p HD for the D5000 and none for the D3000) with full-time autofocusing during recording. Like all newer Nikon DSLRs, the D3100 offers both Live View and video modes. When in Live View, the camera automatically matches the mode to the shooting situation. A Scene Recognition System in Live View automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus and white balance.
|NEW 14.2-MEGAPIXEL CMOS SENSOR: A new 14.2-megapixel CMOS DX (APS-C) sensor and new advanced EXPEED 2 processing improve image quality, make possible full HD video and provide a normal ISO range of 100-3200, expandable to 6400 and 12,800.
FULL HD VIDEO: The first Nikon DSLR to provide 1920x1080 full HD video (the D7000 also offers it), the D3100 can record it at 24 fps, plus 1280x720p HD video at 30, 25 and 24 fps, and 640x424p at 24 fps. (The 30 fps and 24 fps speeds are actually 29.97 and 23.976, respectively, to meet industry standards.) Full-time servo autofocus while recording opens up new shooting opportunities. Videos are recorded as .MOV files in AVCHD format with H.264 compression, with a maximum individual clip length of 4 GB/10 minutes. Sound is mono via a built-in microphone.
LIGHT AND COMPACT: At 4.9x3.8x2.9 inches and 16 ounces, the D3100 is easy to carry most anywhere. It’s sold with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G VR zoom; add the new low-cost AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G VR zoom, and you have a lightweight shooting system with 35mm-equivalent focal lengths from 27-450mm.
AUTO CHROMATIC-ABERRATION CORRECTION: Higher-end Nikon bodies have provided automatic correction of chromatic aberration for a few generations, but now this useful feature comes to an entry-level model. No more purple/green fringing; the camera automatically corrects it as you shoot.
While the D3100’s live-view LCD monitor doesn’t swivel like the D5000’s, it’s bigger (3.0 vs. 2.7 inches). Resolution is 230,000 dots, the same as the D3000’s. Like all recent Nikon DSLRs, the D3100 features an ultrasonic sensor-dust removal system.
The D3100 can use the full line of AF Nikkor lenses, but note that, like the D3000 and D5000, the camera doesn’t have a built-in AF motor, so will provide autofocusing only with lenses that have one—primarily, the AF-S Nikkors, including the new low-priced AF-S 55-300mm zoom introduced with the camera. There are currently 38 AF-S lenses, ranging from a 10-24mm zoom to a 600mm supertelephoto.