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Nikon Coolpix 3100
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Nikon Coolpix 3100 Digital Camera

14MP 5x CCD Apr 2011
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the COOLPIX 3100 Digital camera. A compact, lightweight digital camera 3.2 megapixel and a powerful zoom lens 3 x, the 3100... More
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24 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

Based on five expert reviews from sites including DP Review, CNET.com, Pocket Lint and PC Mag the average expert rating of this Nikon camera is 72 out of 100.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Nikon is one of the superior digital camera brands according to average reviews from users and experts, and Nikon also has good reviews for its compact cameras.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Nikon Coolpix 3100 reviewers said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Cnet.com said on CNET.com “Digital camera, 3,200,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5 in - Color, 1 x 16 MB - CompactFlash Card” in their review. Fourteen years ago Pcauthority.com.au wrote in their Nikon Coolpix 3100 review “A good range of basic features needed for quick and easy shooting”.

Some Nikon Coolpix 3100 owners who reviewed the product considered that it was able to produce good images.

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Good Technical Features

A number of people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good features. Cnet.com gave it a score of 74 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site CNET.com “Not outstanding 3-megapixel compact camera with a great point-and-shoot feature set.”. Expert review site Pcauthority.com.au said “The Nikon Coolpix comes with a 3.2-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom and a good range of basic features needed for quick” .

Acceptable Noise Level

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner who purchased this digital camera considered that it was quiet. Cnet.com said on expert website CNET.com “Relatively bulky body; short, silent, fixed-duration videos”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person said in their reviews that the product had a good screen.

Easy to Use

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. Fourteen years ago Cnet.com gave it a rating of 74 out of 100 and wrote in their Nikon Coolpix 3100 review on expert review site CNET.com “Numerous shooting presets; intelligent control layout”.

Good Video Capture

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com wrote “Its an easy-to-use mid-range model with superior image quality that will satisfy the needs of beginners to advance”.

Good Quality Lens

One customer who reviewed it mentioned that it had a good zoom.

Good Size

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner reckoned that this digital camera was compact.

One Nikon Coolpix 3100 owner who reviewed the Nikon Coolpix 3100 concluded that it was lightweight. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com mentioned fourteen years ago “The Coolpix 3100 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 3.2 megapixel effective image resolution”.

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CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that have a CCD sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon 28 (£159.99), and the Olympus VR-350 (£79.99) is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

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

There are a number of other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Rollei PowerFlex 800, the Olympus VG-180, or the Fujifilm X10.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Coolpix 3100 supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix 3100 do not support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s, the Sony DSC-HX10, and the Fujifilm FinePix JX500 is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Coolpix 3100 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 also have an image stabilizer.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer and we think the Fujifilm X10, the GE C1033, and the Olympus VR-370 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also have a built-in flash.

There are a number of alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s, the GE J1455, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ36.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter type, which is the most frequently found camera shutter type on cameras of this type and age.

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Features Four Flash Modess

The Coolpix 3100 has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100. The flash modess "fill-in", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Nikon digital camera.

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Has Two White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon Coolpix 3100 is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. The white balance "Manual" is also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Coolpix 3100 has a 4320 x 3240 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix 3100 the worst still image resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Coolpix 3100 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 video resolutionss range from 320 x 240 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1080 pixels (best).

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Very Low Minimum Hard Disk Space

The Coolpix 3100 has a fairly low minimum hard disk space (only 60 megabytes) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The minimum hard disk spaces of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 25MB to 1.1GB, and the average minimum hard disk space is 270MB.

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Very Small Minimum RAM

With a minimum RAM of only 64 megabytes, the Coolpix 3100 has a quite small minimum RAM compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. Compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix 3100 have minimum RAMs of between 64MB and 1.1GB.

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11 Reasons Against

Only 1/2.7"" Optical Sensor Size

The Coolpix 3100 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/2.7"". That's 14% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.33"". 5.37 x 4.04mm. The worst optical sensor size of all digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 is 1/3"" and the best is 4/3"".

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 also do not support Full HD video.

It is worth also looking at other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Fujifilm X10, the Olympus XZ-2, or the Canon 115 HS which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Coolpix 3100 does not support wi-Fi, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the Samsung ST200, the Canon IXUS 265 HS, or the Sony DSC-WX300 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

The Coolpix 3100 is not 3D. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec are also not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus VR-360, the Samsung ST200, or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ41 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 does not have a GPS (satellite), although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to consider including the Canon IXUS 140, the Sony DSC-HX10, or the Panasonic DMC-TS5 which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Most cameras of this age and type are not waterproof. The Coolpix 3100 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Very Narrow Field of View

At only 97 percent, the Coolpix 3100 has a fairly narrow field of view compared to most of the other compact cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix 3100. Across all the compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix 3100 the field of views range from 96% to 100%, and the average field of view is 99%.

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Quite Short Battery Life (max)

At only 1.3 hours, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a fairly short battery life (max) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix 3100. The average battery life (max) of cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix 3100 is 16h, and the battery life (max)s range from 0.83h to 320h.

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Only Supports Six ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon Coolpix 3100 is more than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO sensitivitys 80, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Coolpix 3100 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

The Coolpix 3100 has a fairly large closest focusing distance (0.1 meters) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix 3100. Compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix 3100 have closest focusing distances of between 0.01m and 0.2m.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix 3100

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when this camera was released.

Average Digital Zoom

The Coolpix 3100 has a relatively standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix 3100.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 4x digital zoom cameras currently available including the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS, or the Nikon Coolpix P3 which has better reviews.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Canon 500 (4.1x) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Coolpix 3100 has a relatively typical optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix 3100.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 5x optical zoom cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon S100, or the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might want to look at the 3200 (6x), or the Coolpix S5200 (6x) both from Nikon which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel

The Coolpix 3100 has a pretty average megapixel (14 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might want to consider the Nikon S1100PJ (14.1MP and higher rated), or the Vivitar VF128 (14.1MP and higher rated).

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix 3100.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S2500, or the Rollei Sportsline 99.

If this camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot N (2.8"), the Sony DSC-WX10B (£254.59) (2.8"), or the Fujifilm FinePix x100 Classic Kit (2.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 118 grams, the Coolpix 3100 has a pretty standard weight compared to most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Other 118g cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Nikon Coolpix S1 which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Closest Focusing Distance
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (wide)
Manual Focusing Range (tele)
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Interval
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Camera
White Balance
Self-Timer Delay
Image Editing
Camera Playback
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
System Requirements
Mac Compatibility
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM
Minimum Hard Disk Space
Packaging Content
Cables Included
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Lens Focal Range
Compatible Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum System Requirements
Camera Focusing Range
Power Supply Type
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

(9)
16 December 2003

Check out this model?s price again as it will have inevitably dropped, making it competitive against the usual suspects from Sony Kodak et al...

2 September 2003

Specs: Megapixels: 3.2, Maximum Resolution: 640 x 480 pixels...

13 August 2003

Heres my rating of the Nikon Coolpix 3100: (3 megapixel compact) DetailRating (out of 10)Construction8Features7Image quality8Lens / CCD combination8Ease of use8Value for money8The Coolpix 3100 is...

25 June 2003

Spec: Digital camera, 3,200,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.5 in - Color, 1 x 16 MB - CompactFlash Card
Good: Numerous shooting presets; intelligent control... Read more…

The Nikon Coolpix comes with a 3.2-megapixel CCD, 3x optical zoom and a good range of basic features needed for quick and easy shooting. One of the smallest in this round-up, the Nikon Coolpix... Read more…

18 February 2003

The Coolpix 3100 is a compact, lightweight digital still camera with 3.2 megapixel effective image resolution and a Nikkor 3x zoom lens. Its an easy-to-use mid-range model with superior image... Read more…

26 November 2003

I Nikon Coolpix 3100 sitter det et Compact Flash-kort - noe som er uvanlig for så små kameraer...

26 June 2003

Nikon Coolpix 3100 er lite, billig og ser ut til å gi mye kamera for pengene. 3 Megapiksler og 3x optisk zoom burde holde for de fleste. Men holder kvaliteten mål?

Brochures and Manuals

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