- Resolution: 14.2 MP
- Sensor size: 23.1 x 15.4 mm
- Screen size: 3 inch
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Type: DSLR
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Red Eye Reduction: Yes
- Battery Type: Lithium
- LCD Info Display: TFT LCD
- Lens Kit: 18-55 mm + 70-300 mm
Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm + Tamron 70-300mm Lens:
After releasing the best selling digital SLR, the D3000 worldwide, Nikon bought out its successor, the D3100. This is an affordable DSLR with new promise for aspiring photographers.
The D3100 incorporates a DX format CMOS sensor and is targeted at those trading up from a compact or bridge camera for the first time, as well as families wanting a decent capture device for stunning pictures. This was the company’s first DLSR that came out with Full HD video capabilities to its range. The camera captures 24 frames per second and has wide accessibility with MPEG formats. The camera also features an “Enhanced Guide” as a notable extra feature on its chunky shooting mode dial. There are also 13 options that illustrate the type of creative pictures that can be taken with the camera and enables the required options and settings to be selected within the Guide mode. This camera also features VR (Vibration Reduction) that comes as a bonus feature with body-integral anti-shake capability.
Design and Display:
At first glance, the D3100 camera isn’t much larger than the regular bridge camera. However, it is more compact with a reasonably tough exterior. The solid feel accompanied by lightweight and robust appeal makes it feel less plastic-y and more sturdy. Sadly, this camera takes a knick with its handgrip. Being small and less comfortable, it does get a tad annoying for those with big hands. You can curl three fingers around it, but it's a squeeze. Your forefinger hovers over the shutter release button. The camera does not have a front command dial as the high-end DSLR cameras; neither does it have a top mounted LCD window for sneak-peek into the key settings. The D 3100 has a chunky shooting mode dial that sits in the usual place. It is pretty comfortable for first time users to get a hold of. The dial has the usual smorgasbord of auto settings as well as enhanced subject specific options that will will enable the less experienced to point and shoot to begin with and move on to experimenting with the creative quartet of program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual as confidence and natural curiosity grows. There is a stiff lever to the right side that provides access to the camera's various drive modes, ranging through single shot, continuous burst, self-timer and, usefully for those attempting candid portraiture and quiet shutter option. The camera has a 3-inch 230-k dot resolution screen placed on its rear side. Nikon has also included an eye level penta mirror single lens reflex viewfinder.
18-55mm + Tamron 70-300mm Lens:
The D3100 can usually be availed with an 18-55mm kit lens. However, the Tamron 70-300mm lens can be purchased additionally. Although, Tamron produces 3rd party lenses that fit perfectly into the camera’s mount, you might have a compromise a tad with the image quality especially towards the extreme end.
The D3100 successfully takes the entry-level DSLR baton ahead. It does a great job with enriching features.