Nikon D3100: Featuring the AF-F Autofocus Mode, 14.2MP Sensor and Bundled Lens Kits
Nikon has launched the D3100, a successor to its immensely popular D3000, featuring some innovative tweaks and modifications. Be it the extra button on the body or the elusive drive mode, this camera looks a promising option for the pixel seekers and beginners, alike. Here is a detailed analysis of the offered specs sheet:
The D3100 sports a 14MP image sensor offering an image aspect ratio of 3:2. This compact SLR offers a maximum image resolution of 4608x3072 pixels besides supporting other formats as well. The CMOS sensor sports an APS-C make and measures 23.1mmx15.4mm, in terms dimensions. The Expeed 2 image processor is paired along, for vibrant clicks and better clarity. ISO sensitivity range of 100-3200 is offered by this camera, even in the Auto mode. The upper tick can be expanded up to 12800 using the Boost. 12 white balance presets are included as well in addition to the solitary custom white balance mode. RAW format is supported by this camera in addition to the JPEG quality levels like Fine, Basic and Normal. In terms of autofocus, this camera packs in several modes like Multi-area, Tracking and many more. Manual focus is integrated with 11 points to rely upon. Nikon F is the featured lens mount, offering a focal length multiplication limit of up to 1.5X.
Photography and Videography
The D3100 offers a shutter speed range of 30-1/4000 sec. In terms of featured modes, the D3100 boasts of aperture and shutter priority in addition to the manual exposure mode. Multiple subject and scene modes are supported, working in unison with the built-in flash. Flash range for the D3100 is 12.00m, active at ISO 100. External flash is also supported by this camera via Hot-Show. Continuous shooting is allowed at 3.0 frames per second. Self timer is featured along in addition to the multiple metering modes. This camera also supports the exposure compensation mode.
Full HD video recording is supported by this camera at 24 frames per second besides other resolutions in HD and 424p. In terms of video format, the D3100 supports MPEG-4. Mono speaker and microphone are included as well.
The 3 inch screen comes into the play that is fixed and boasts of 230K dots as the offered resolution. The TFT LCD monitor supports Live View and packs in the Optical Viewfinder as well. The Penta-Mirror offers 95 percent coverage and magnification limit of up to 0.8X.
Connectivity and Storage
The D3100 sports the USB 2.0 in addition to the HDMI port; mini Type C. Eye-FI support is available with this camera. Optional features include Remote Control and GPS. An Orientation sensor is included as well.
Build ad Design
The D3100 measures 124mmx96mmx775mm and weighs 505g. Powering the same is a Li-Ion En-EL14 battery module.
The D3100 comes bundled with AF-S 18 - 55 mm VR Kit + AF-S DX NIKKOR 35 mm f/1.8G lens kits. The former offers Vibration reduction in addition to the 3X zooming limit. The latter boasts of the Silent Wave Meter for better autofocus.
Nikon D3100 Rivals:
Canon EOS 1100D
Canon EOS 1200D