The latest entry and an upgraded version of Nikon D3000 is Nikon's D3100 Digital SLR camera. The camera is packed with 14.2 megapixel DX format sensor, one-touch full HD video recording with autofocus, Live View mode, sensor dust buster, 11-point autofocus module and an interactive guide. The camera is suitable for most lighting conditions due to its sensitivity range of ISO 100-3,200 that is expandable to ISO 12,800. If you are a beginner and want a budget-friendly digital camera with lots of features then the Nikon D3100 is the right choice for you that is available in an affordable price.
Nikon D3100 is a small DSLR camera that comes with a Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm VR lens equivalent to 27-82.5mm in terms of 35mm film. Moreover, the camera features Silent Wave Motor (SMW) that helps in keeping the noise down especially in videos. It has HDMI out and SDXC memory card support that is expandable to up to 64 GB. Both the camera and lens comes with a 2 year of warranty. The built-in guide is a useful feature that guides you through the various features of the camera such as setting up the camera, shooting and viewing. You can simplify the camera menu system with clear labels and larger texts by selecting the playback and setup menus.
The camera has a 3-inch screen with a good skin tone, 230k pixels, bright saturated colors and the screen updates quickly. To full resolution video the camera comes with full HD 1920x1080p at 24fps that makes the camera one of the best among others. To avoid blur in low light or in telephoto shots the Vibration Reduction (VR) optical image stabilization is built into the 18-55mm kit lens that can be switched on and off using the switch on the side of the lens. Some additional features are HDMI out, speaker, microphone, live view switch, video button, shooting mode button, 14.2 megapixel sensor and EXCEED 2 processor as well to speed up the performance of the camera.
The camera offer a large well positioned rubber thumb grip that makes it easy to hold tightly. Another good area to hold the camera is the rubber grip on the lens. With an easy to reach mode dial, live view, switches on/off and shooting mode offers a well positioned controls. Nikon D3100 has a plastic body with solid built and large rubber eye cover. It offers metal strap mounts, high-quality switches and controls. The camera is easy to use due to its lack of complicated buttons and is suitable for the one who want a compact DSLR camera. Apart from this, according to CIPA standards the battery life is rated at 550 shots and includes 7 videos. The cover of the battery is solid and there is no additional clip.
The Nikon D3100 camera offers an excellent noise performance even at low ISO settings and offer a very smooth detail in as low as ISO 100. Moreover, the camera has a number of customizable settings for color tone such as Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Neutral, Monochrome, and Landscape. The camera offers a number of filters, creative options, color that are available in playback mode. The kit lens offers an excellent level of detail and sharp images. The performance of the lens at zoom feels like a premium quality lens. The Vibration Reduction helps in getting sharp photos even in low light condition.
Nikon D3100 Digital SLR camera is a value for money and is the cheapest camera that offers full HD video recording as compared to its competitors. If you want to take photos in low noise and want to record full HD videos then D3100 is a great choice for you. The camera has many useful features, easy to control, offers excellent image quality and is a high specification DSLR. In a nutshell, Nokia D3100 is a highly recommended camera for both professional and amateur photographers.