Nikon D3100 DSLR

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Nikon today announced the arrival of the Nikon D3100. The lightweight (454g), entry level D3100 is equipped with a 14.2 MP CMOS sensor, delivering full 1080p video capability with auto focus.

Nikon D3100 features

  • D-Movie for recording and editing full-HD movies and AF-F focus mode for movie recording
  • New DX-format 14.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • EXPEED 2, Nikon’s updated image-processing system
  • Refined Guide mode
  • Live View shooting Built-in scene auto selector

Here is a comparison between the Nikon D3100 and Nikon D3000.

Nikon D3100 DSLR

Nikon D3000 DSLR

Technical Specifications

Nikon D3100 DSLR

Nikon D3000 DSLR

Announced : 19-08-2010

Announced : 30-07-2009

Effective Pixels

14.2 million

Effective Pixels

10.2 million

Image Sensor

Nikon DX format (23.1 x 15.4 mm) CMOS sensor

Image Sensor

Nikon DX format (23.6 x 15.8mm) RGB CCD sensor

Image Size (Pixels)

4,608 x 3,072 [L], 3,456 x 2,3404 [M], 2,304 x 1,536 [S]

Image Size (Pixels)

3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]

Sensitivity

ISO 100 to 3200 in steps of 1 EV, plus HI-1 (ISO 6400) and HI-2 (ISO 12800)

Sensitivity

ISO 100 to 1600 in steps of 1 EV, plus HI-1

File Format

NEF (12 bit compressed RAW); JPEG (Baseline-compliant); MOV movie (H.264/MPEG-4 compression format with monaural sound)

File Format

NEF (12-bit compressed RAW), JPEG (Baseline-compliant)

Storage Media

SD memory card (SDHC and SDXC compliant)

Storage Media

SD memory card (SDHC compliant)

Shooting Modes

1) Single frame shooting mode, 2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3fps, 3) Self-timer mode, 4) Quiet Shutter Release

Shooting Modes

1) Single frame shooting mode, 2) Continuous shooting mode: approx. 3fps, 3) Self-timer mode, 4) Delayed remote mode: 2sec delay, 5) Quick-response remote mode

LCD Monitor

3.0", 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD

LCD Monitor

3.0", 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD

Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent)

Approx. 1.5x lens focal length

Picture Angle (in 35mm [135] format equivalent)

Approx. 1.5x lens focal length

Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)

Approx. 95%/ Approx. 0.8x

Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)

Approx. 95%/ Approx. 0.8x

Autofocus

TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist (range approx. 0.5-3m); 11 focus point; Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)

Autofocus

TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist (range approx. 0.5-3m); Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)

Focus Modes

1) Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous servo AF (AF-C); Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status 2) Manual focus (MF) can be selected

Focus Modes

1) Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous servo AF (AF-C); Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), 2) Manual focus (MF) can be selected

Exposure Metering System

1) 3D color matrix metering Ⅱ (type G and D lenses), color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses), 2) Center-weighted (weight given to 8-mm circle in center of frame), 3) Spot metering (meters 3.5-mm circle centered on selected focus point)

Exposure Metering System

1) Scene-recognition system compatible 3D color matrix metering Ⅱ (type G and D lenses), color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses), 2) Center-weighted (weight given to 8-mm circle in center of frame), 3) Spot metering (meters 3.5-mm circle centered on selected focus point)

Exposure Control

1) Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Auto [Flash Off], Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait), 2) Programmed Auto [P], 3) Shutter-Priority Auto [S], 4) Aperture Priority Auto [A], 5) Manual [M], 6) Guide mode

Exposure Control

1) Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Auto [Flash Off], Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait), 2) Programmed Auto [P], 3) Shutter-Priority Auto [S], 4) Aperture Priority Auto [A], 5) Manual [M], 6) Guide mode

Shutter

Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000sec in steps of 1/3 EV plus bulb

Shutter

Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000sec in steps of 1/3 EV plus bulb, Time (Optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 required

Sync Contact

X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/200 sec

Sync Contact

X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/200 sec

Flash Control

1) TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400, 2) Auto aperture: Available with SB-900 or SB-800 and CPU lens, 3) Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S, 4) Distance-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800

Flash Control

1) i-TTL flash control by 420-segment RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR

Flash Sync Modes

1) Front-curtain sync, 2) Red-eye reduction, 3) Slow sync with red-eye reduction, 4) Slow sync, 5) rear-curtain sync

Flash Sync Modes

1) Front-curtain sync, 2) Red-eye reduction, 3) Slow sync with red-eye reduction, 4) Slow sync, 5) rear-curtain sync.

Power Requirements

Rechargeable EN-EL14 Li-ion battery, EH-5a AC adapter (available separately; requires optional EP-5A power connector )

Power Requirements

Rechargeable EN-EL9a Li-ion battery, EH-5a AC adapter (available separately; requires optional EP-5 AC adapter connector; EN-EL9 also supported)

Battery Life (on a fully charged battery)

Approx. 550 shots

Battery Life (on a fully charged battery)

Approx. 510 shots

Dimensions

Approx. 124 x 96 x 74.5 mm

Dimensions

Approx. 126 × 97 × 64 mm

Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap)

Approx. 455g

Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap)

Approx. 485g

Other Features

Expeed 2 Image Processing Engine, Graphical User Interface, Guide Mode, D-Movie (Full HD recording), Full-time servo AF (AF-F) movie recording

Other Features

Retouch menu, Info Display on LCD monitor, Intergrated Dust Reductions System, Graphic User Interface, Guide Mode

 

ISO test shots by Manfred Bachmann.

Nikon D3100, ISO1600, 1/80s f/5.6 @ 55.0mm. Click image for the full size.

Nikon D3100, ISO3200, 1/200s f/5.6 @ 55.0mm. Click image for the full size.

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