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The Nikon D3100 is an entry level digital SLR camera aimed at photographers making their first venture into SLR ownership. To ensure that it is as easy to use and understand as possible, the D3100 is equipped with a Guide mode and a host of assist options to help you get the best from both the camera and your photography. The D3100 also features a new 14.2 megapixel CMOS digital sensor and new EXPEED 2 image processor to ensure that photos are of excellent quality and definition. In addition to great still photos, the Nikon D3100 is capable of full 1080P HD video with sound via the press of its D-Movie button. A lightweight digital SLR that is far from light on features, the Nikon D3100 allows beginners to capture beautiful images exactly as they intended. More
Nikon D3100 - 2 Year Warranty
To take advantage of the extended warranty you are required to register the product within 30 days of purchase. The camera or kit must have been distributed by Nikon UK & Republic of Ireland, through an official UK retailer such as Wex Photographic.
For details on how to register your product online please click here. Alternatively you can complete the in-box warranty slip or telephone 0800 408 5060 (Nikon UK).
A new DX-format CMOS image sensor and image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, both developed by Nikon enable capture of high-definition images with superior image quality
The D3100 is equipped with a new Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor and a new image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, both developed by Nikon. The CMOS image sensor offers an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels (D3000: CCD image sensor with 10.2-million effective pixels) and enables capture of high-definition images exhibiting superior image quality with extremely detailed rendering and rich tones. The camera also makes the most of its standard sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200 (D3000: ISO 100–1600) and additional increases up to HI 2 (ISO 12800 equivalent), with shooting under dim lighting, such as in the evening or indoors, as well as with sports scenes of rapidly moving subjects.
EXPEED 2 is Nikon's new image-processing engine, developed by refining the concepts, know-how and technologies regarding digital images that Nikon has spent years cultivating. It maximizes the performance of the CMOS image sensor to suppress noise in still images and movies and produces images that faithfully reproduce vivid colours.
A refined Guide mode that is even easier to use
Guide mode has been refined to make most camera operations even easier, from shooting to image playback and editing to the application of camera settings, regardless of the user's skill level.
*Only available when compatible Eye-Fi memory card is inserted.
Live view mode that allows users to use the camera monitor to easily frame still image or movies
By simply rotating the live view switch, the view through the lens is displayed in the monitor, enabling immediate live view recording. This makes shooting feel more like shooting with a compact digital camera, easing the transition to digital-SLR for beginners. In addition, various information such as the shooting mode, time remaining (movie mode) and battery indicator can be shown in the live view display.
D-Movie for recording and editing full-HD movies and AF-F (full-time servo AF) focus mode for movie recording
The D3100 is equipped with the D-Movie function that enables recording of high-definition movies (with monaural sound) by simply pressing the movie-record button. Movies can be recorded with the same aperture and other settings applied in Guide mode, and movies that take full advantage of the characteristics of individual interchangeable lenses, whether wide-angle, telephoto or fisheye, can be recorded for movies that are only possible with a digital-SLR camera. In addition, the camera also offers an AF-F (full-time servo AF) focus mode for movie recording. When AF-F mode is enabled, the camera focuses continuously during movie recording without the need for holding the shutter-release button down halfway. The D3100 also offers in-camera movie editing functions that allow users to save a single frame as a still image or delete unnecessary portions from the beginning or end of movie files.
Scene auto selector built in
The D3100 is equipped with the scene auto selector function. When live view mode is enabled in Auto or Auto (flash off) mode, the camera automatically analyzes the scene and selects the appropriate shooting mode from Portrait, Landscape, Close up or Night portrait.* This function allows users achieve the intended images while leaving all settings up to the camera.
* Scene auto selector is disabled with manual focusing.
Other functions and features new to the D3100
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Nikon D3100, great little package
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Comments about Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera Body:
Easy to use with a good feature set. Cant yet find any problems or issues.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Very nice camera indeed
By Cambrian Camera
My interest is almost entirely landscape photography. It was time to replace my D80, a camera which could give great results, but was quirky; I found ways around most of the quirks, but it still missed the boat on some shots. I also wanted something lighter to carry around. After reading many reviews including Ken Rockwell I bought the D3100.After using many film and digital cameras, this is one of the nicest cameras I've found. It's simple, but all the basics are there; I've got everything I need for landscapes. It's great to hold and use, and it reminds me of my best film cameras. Nikon generally knows how to design SLRs, and this is spot on.I bought it with the 18-55 kit lens. Somehow this wasn't quite there, so I switched to the 18-70 kit lens of my D80. Got pretty good results, but I was getting ambitious and bought the 16-85 stabilised lens. This is superb, absolutely tack sharp and a very useful range; only snag is it adds to the weight.Other things? I've tried the colour models in Picture Controls, Standard is OK, but Natural is what I want for landscapes and use, and Landscape I dislike a lot. Landscape scene mode insists on using Landscape colour so I don't use that, but I always use aperture priority not scene modes anyway. I turn down the sharpening as I prefer to control this in software. Active D-lighting, on by default, is great for avoiding blown highlights; I shoot 1/3 stop underexposed which also helps. The lens correction feature I turn on; even on landscapes it gives a worthwhile improvement.Basically, I can set up the camera as I want it and then just go out and shoot. It's a joy to use.
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Very useable little camera
By Studio Fred
from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
After a lifetime in commercial photography I decided to treat myself to a digital toy. As a previous Nikon film camera owner I found that I can use my old AI-S lenses in Manual mode without too much bother. But the convenience of using the 18-55mm kit lens with 'auto-everything' is great. The D3100 has very nice handling and is a pleasure to use. My photography is re-born!
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