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22 Reasons For

Good Brand

Based on 19,122 user and expert reviews, Nikon has good ratings for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically within its SLR digital cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Nikon D3100 has a GPS, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the D3100 do not have a GPS.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Sony SLT-A65[plb_1620656_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Nikon D3100 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the D3100 also support video recording.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras which support video recording currently available including the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price], or the Nikon D90[plb_1836503_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Nikon D3100 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3100.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon D3100 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the D3100.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], and the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price] is also worth considering.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus OM-D E-M1[plb_2009986_price], or the Nikon D5200[plb_1829432_price].

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth considering include the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] (MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated).

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of supported image formats than most SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. The most commonly supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this camera. The image formats JPEG XR and RAW are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on cameras that are a similar age to it.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Nikon D3100 has a wider light exposure correction than most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction, whereas most digital cameras that are a similar age to it have a ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

A ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction is the worst light exposure correction across comparable types of camera.

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Has Three Photo Effects

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of photo effects than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera has a Neutral photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on digital cameras of this type and age. The photo effects "Black&White" and "Vivid" are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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Narrow

Across all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the D3100 the widths range from 100mm to 300mm, and the average width is 140mm. With a width of only 124.46 millimeters, the Nikon D3100 is quite narrow compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to the D3100.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has Three Image Editing Modes

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of image editing modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The image editing modes "Resizing" and "Trimming" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 424|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Nikon camera.

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Has a Mini HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Nikon D3100 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This camera has a Mini HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the D3100.

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Supports Four ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon D3100 is more than most cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Nikon camera supports a 100 ISO speed, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the D3100. The ISO speeds "3200", "6400" and "12800" are also supported by this camera.

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Features Six Auto Focus

The Nikon D3100 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D3100. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Face detection", "Servo Auto Focus", "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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B Shutter Speed Setting

This camera has a B shutter speed setting, which is the most commonly found shutter speed setting on digital cameras of this type and age.

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TFT Display

The Nikon D3100 has a TFT display which is better than most SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display across all cameras of a similar type and age to the D3100.

The worst display amongst comparable types of camera is LCD.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on cameras of this type and age.

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12 Reasons Against

Not 3D Compatible

The Nikon D3100 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the D3100 are also not 3D compatible.

If you are looking for a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon D3100 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the D3100 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other cameras which also support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think the D7100[pl_2082345_price], or the D5300[pl_2189436_price] both from Nikon which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been around for more than two years, the Nikon D3100 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Nikon D3100 does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

The Nikon D3100 has one of the narrowest field of view (only 95 percent) amongst digital cameras of this age. Cameras that were launched more than two years ago have field of view of between 95% and 170%.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the Nikon D3100 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of this type and age. The camera file systems "DPOF" and "Exif 2.21" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

The Nikon D3100 has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths (only 82.5 millimeters) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. Cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the D3100 have maximum focal lengths of between 3mm and 320mm, and the average maximum focal length is 100mm.

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Only Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Nikon D3100 is more than most cameras of this type and age. This digital camera has a Manual shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the D3100. The shooting modes "Auto" and "Movie" are also found on this camera.

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Very Small Frame Rate

At only 3 frames per second, the Nikon D3100 has a quite small frame rate compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average frame rate of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the D3100 is 8.9fps, and the frame rates range from 3fps to 30fps.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The average display resolution of comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago is 750,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 1 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels. At only 230,000 pixels, the Nikon D3100 has a quite low display resolution compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The Nikon D3100 has one of the lower maximum ISO speeds (only 3,200) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age. SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3100 have maximum ISO speeds of between 1,600 and 210,000.

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Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 0.45 meters, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly large closest focusing distance compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Cameras of a similar type and age to the D3100 have closest focusing distances of between 0.18m and 0.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.32m.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Nikon D3100

Released Over Four Years Ago

Nikon released the D3100 over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price], or the Canon EOS 700D - Rebel T5i[plb_1609405_price].

Digital cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth considering include the Df[pl_1740408_price] (3.2"), or the D4[pl_1998795_price] (3.2") both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 455 grams, the Nikon D3100 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the D3100.

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Average Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 14.2 megapixels, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly average megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as the D3100.

If this camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Lumix DMC-GX1[pl_1663553_price] (16MP and higher rated), or the Lumix DMC-G5[pl_1773329_price] (16.05MP and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Samsung NX100[plb_1417534_price] (14.6MP and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

Other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might want to look at include the Sony SLT-A35[plb_964_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a camera with a better sensor type then you might want to consider the Nikon D3000[plb_993_price] (CCD).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Design
Colour
Dust-Resistant
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Aspheric Element
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Filter
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Correction
Shoe Mounting Point
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Tripod Mount
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Technical Details
Audio Recording Format
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Frame Rate
Special Features

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19 April 2012

Nikon D3100 Tech Specs suggest that this is an exceptionally great entry level DSLR, which is able to deliver excellent picture quality for experienced photographers. But for novices too it is...

3 January 2012

Now a year-and-a-half old, the D3100 was the first D-SLR in Nikons lineup to offer full HD video and is built around an APS-C 14.2Mp CMOS sensor, offering a maximum 4608x3072 pixel resolution...

6 November 2011

2011 was an impressive year for Nikon's video-capable DSLRs, as the company went to great lengths to improve both video performance and features on its new cameras. For this reason, the D3100 is...

6 November 2011

Nikon gained significant traction with this years crop of video-capable DSLRs?the Nikon D3100 included. The 1080p video performance was better than previous models, and the features were solid in... Read more…

4 November 2011

The Nikon D3100 is a solid entry-level DSLR that is aimed squarely at those looking for an easy-to-use camera that offers affordable performance and interchangeable lenses. It?s a lightweight...

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Reviewed 17 August 2011 by Mr. W.
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Newegg has been so prompt. Everything I bought here has been working very very well. I often wonder why I don't buy more often from this site. Perhaps the site design has a bare-bones, Walmart... Read more…

Reviewed 7 October 2011 by Meng V.

Speaking of ISO, thanks to its 14.2MP EXPEED 2 image processor that branched off the more expensive D7000, the D3100 is able to give exceptional image quality even at an ISO of 3200. The D3100 is... Read more…

Reviewed 12 January 2011 by David K.
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If you just want to set your camera on "auto" and take pictures, you'd be better served with a cheaper, smaller, point and shoot. If you are willing to learn how to set the camera properly, and... Read more…

Reviewed 30 November 2010 by Gary R.
(Verified Purchase)

Accidentally wrote and posted the previous "ME" post for this camera and I was to post for the Canon SX30. MY bad, please forgive me for my confusion, not fair to Nikon. This a very good camera... Read more…

Reviewed 24 June 2011 by Anonymous

Just an amazing overall camera, especially for the price. After buying a nice lens, I am incredibly happy with it...

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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon f3556, nikon f3556g, nikon sdsdb016ge11
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