| Resolution||14.2 MP
| Display||3 Inch LCD
| Processor||Expeed 2 Processor
| ISO||Auto, 100-3200
| Battery||550 Shots
| weight||455 grams
| Warranty||2 Years
The world knows how great Nikon is in photography. Again, Nikon D3100 is released with more advanced technology than any other cameras. The EXPEED 2 provides beautiful gradation and smooth-bright color. The Picture Control enables you to decide the type of your pictures. It also gives you flexibility in shooting since it has many ways in the shooting.
Made for newbies to D-SLR digital photography, the Nikon D3100 is a feature-rich, straightforward to make use of a camera that can show you much more concerning the art of photography with the intelligent step-by-step Overview Mode. Whether you are firing a naturally made up still life, everyday snapshots or complete HD motion pictures, the D3100 produces images with phenomenal specific and vibrant shades also in poorly lit setups. The D3100’s instinctive style with remarkable ergonomics supplies a protected hold with devoted manages close at hand for regularly utilized features like the shutter release, Live Perspective and Scene Awareness. The small, light in weight physical body, analyzing simply 455g, makes this SLR the optimal cam to take on vacation or out on long nation strolls. Available as body-only to make use of with your already existing DX style lenses, and in both solitary and twin-lens packages incorporating excellent Nikkor lenses, the smart Nikon D3100 supplies a relocating experience in electronic photography that everybody could delight in.
The Nikon D3100 Digital SLR camera is an Entry Level Digital SLR Camera with advanced features. The D3100 is compact in size and weight compared to other digital SLR cameras on the market today. While the D3100 is marketed toward beginner Digital SLR users it packs the punch for both novice and advances users as well.
The Nikon D3100 features a “guide mode” which is perfect for entry-level digital SLR camera users. The guide mode was first introduced with the Nikon D3000 model. When you select guide mode from the rotary switch on top of the camera the D3100 guides you through all of the basic Digital SLR settings while you are taking a picture. This feature can teach you what each setting does and what the correct setting is for the situation you are in. Guide mode is perfect for those users who are new to photography who want to learn more about manual settings on the fly.
Another feature that caters to entry-level Digital SLR cameras is the option of Auto mode. When you choose Auto mode from the rotary switch on top of the camera you the camera will act just like a point and shoot camera. All settings will be chosen automatically including the built-in flash. So, if you ever run into the situation where you want someone else to take a picture and don’t want to take the time to set up all the manual settings, then just switch to auto mode and you will still get great quality pictures. This mode also comes in handy when you just don’t have time to make all the manual settings and just want to let Nikon’s sensors compute what the right settings should be.
The D3100 also offers 6 great preset profiles that you can quickly choose from the rotary dial on top of the camera. Each of these settings will automatically choose the correct aperture and shutter speed for a given situation. Here are the 6 available presets:
- Night Portrait – Used for taking pictures at night or low light conditions
- Close Up – Used for taking close up shots of plants, insects, or macro objects
- Sports – Used for fast action shots and moving objects
- Child – Used for taking pictures of children or pets who might move around a lot
- Landscape – Used for vividly detailed landscapes shot during the day
- Portrait – Used for taking portrait pictures to create soft natural skin tones
While the D3100 does have a lot of entry-level features on it, don’t let that fool you into thinking it doesn’t have a lot of manual controls as well. You can easily avoid using any of the entry-level features by selecting the manual modes. The D3100 has four other manual settings that give you complete control of the camera. There are P (Programmed Auto, S (Shutter Priority Auto),A (Aperture Priority Auto), and M (Manual) modes which allow you to set the camera exactly how you want. Each of these settings are applicable in different situations.
The Programmed Auto mode (P) gives you the least amount of manual controls of the four settings. The aperture and shutter speed is automatically chosen for you for the optimal exposure in most situations. However, you can adjust the shutter speed and aperture combination with a quick scroll of the command dial which is conveniently accessible to your right thumb. This will in effect change your “f” numbers up and down to change the depth of field without changing the exposure.
The Shutter Priority Mode (S) allows you to choose the choose the shutter speed you want and let the D3100 choose the correct aperture to match the correct exposure. This setting can be very useful when you want to either take pictures of fast moving objects or take pictures in low light conditions. If you want to take pictures of moving objects such as your child running you will want to set a fast shutter speed to freeze that moment in time. If you want to take a picture of the moon at night then you would take a picture with a slow shutter to give the camera time to get the light exposure. You can quickly change the shutter speed while taking a picture using the command dial which is accessible with your right thumb.
The Aperture Priority Mode (A) allows you to choose the aperture of the camera while the D3100 will automatically choose the correct shutter speed to reach the proper exposure. You can quickly change the aperture while taking a picture using the command dial which is accessible with your right thumb. This is very useful when you want to create a certain depth of field in your photograph. By choosing a large aperture you will lower the depth of field which will in effect focus on one depth and blur all other depths. A low depth of field allows you to focus on one object which is perfect for taking a photograph of a single object or person. By choosing a large aperture you will increase the depth of field and make the entire photograph in focus which is great for landscapes.
The Manual Mode (M) basically allows you to take complete control of the camera. You can set the aperture, shutter speeds, exposure, and all other settings available to you in the camera. There are no automatic exposure calculations in this mode so you are on your own. By playing with the camera in this mode you will soon find out how much the camera actually does automatically. However, with the Manual setting, it gives you free rein to take a picture however you like.
One of the disadvantages of SLR cameras in the past was that you can only use the view finder to take pictures and the LCD screen was just used to change options or look and edit pictures. This is the case because the image had a direct path from the lens to the view finder so that the view you see from the view finder is the same as the image you are taking.
To fix the problem of not being able to use the LCD to take a picture Nikon came up with a feature called Live View. Live View allows you to use the LCD to view your pictures and video as you would with a regular point and shoot digital camera. Nikon has seamlessly integrated this feature in with the flip of a lever. By flipping the lever you can switch in and out of Live View so you can choose to use the view finder or the LCD screen to take pictures. Now you can just set the camera to live view before handing off to someone else and they can take a picture just like they would any other point and shoot camera.
The Nikon D3100 also has a video camera mode that can be recorded in full 1080 HD at 24 FPS. The videos can also be recorded in 720 at 30 FPS, 720 at 25 FPS. 720 at 24 FPS, and 640 at 24 FPS. The one thing that is lacking is a microphone jack for recording higher quality audio. For most people the video should be quite sufficient. I personally don’t use video my SLR cameras for video, but it is a nice feature to have.
Changing to video mode is actually quite easy. All you have to do is flip the live view switch and then press the record button to start shooting video. The video features an auto focus tracking system in which it can keep the focus on an object. You can also turn auto focus off and focus manually while you are shooting video to get the exact look you want. If you are pretty crafty at shooting videos you can make some pretty high-quality videos using this camera, especially if you have some nice lenses.
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