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Nikon D3100 Digital Camera

SLR 14.2MP CMOS Aug 2010
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
Sixteen industry awards
Good technical features
Lens focusing sound can be heard while recording video
113 Reviews + 16 Awards
DP Review Silver Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended

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Reviews

Sixteen Industry Awards

This medium megapixel digital camera is one of the most awarded of all the digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

The authors at six expert review sites all concluded that they would recommend this camera. What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews, Prylportalen.se, M3.idg.se and Pcactual.com all gave this Nikon camera a "Recommended" award and Alphr.com gave it a "Recommended A-List" award.

This medium megapixel digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from review sites CNET.com.au, Macworld.co.uk and Photoreview.com.au all of whom said that this camera was superb.

The writers at websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all concluded that this Nikon camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

An additional two expert review sites thought that this camera was good. The author at review website DP Review decided that this medium megapixel digital camera was great and gave it a "Silver" award and it received an Expert Reviews "Best Buy" award.

Pcauthority.com.au gave this camera an "A-List" award and Pocket Lint gave it a "Hot Product" award.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on sixty-nine expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this camera is 83 out of 100. The camera expert review sites think this Nikon camera is one of the very best medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

Average Owner Reviews

Based on 22 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camera is 78 out of 100. 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 25,424 owner and expert reviews (including 1,649 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 92% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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No Manual Controls for Video

Nine owners said that the product was not good for video recording. Six years ago website Hardwarezone.com.ph mentioned “Rolling shutter effect in videos”. Eleven years ago Mac World wrote “Buggy Live View Movie Mode (movies aren't necessarily recorded at set aperture”. Camera Labs said “No stereo sound or manual controls for video” nonetheless they still gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Lens Focusing Sound Can Be Heard While Recording Video

Two customers who reviewed it thought it did not have a good lens. Website Hardwarezone.com.ph said “Lens focusing sound can be heard while recording video”. Camera Labs mentioned in their Nikon D3100 review “Audible noise from lens when refocusing during video recording”.

Average Screen

Two customers who purchased it considered that it did not have a good screen. Six years ago Digital Versus mentioned “Screen displays just 230 000 dots”. Camera Labs wrote in their Nikon D3100 review “Average screen”.

Good Quality Pictures

Nineteen people mentioned in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Six years ago expert website Goodgearguide.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It has a great set of features for a beginning photographer and decent image quality”. In the same month expert review site Cameragearguide.com said “Improved image quality thanks to larger sensor sizes, has never been as tricky as it is today” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Alphr.com mentioned seven years ago “Absolutely superb image quality” and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.


Features

Good Technical Features

Eight customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had good features. Expert review site Pcadvisor.co.uk said “It has a great set of features for a beginner photographer” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Expert review site Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review of the Nikon D3100 “A host of features and excellent image quality sends this camera to the top of the pack”. Expert review site Camcorderinfo.com said six years ago “The features were solid in video mode.” .


Other

Released Over Six Years Ago

Nikon released the D3100 in August 2010.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon D3100 supports video capability. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also support video capability.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think the Canon A3300 IS, the Samsung NX100, and the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm which all of have better reviews are 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 medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think the Canon A3300 IS, the Sony SLT-A57Y, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 which all of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Nikon D3100 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the Canon A3300 IS, or the Nikon Coolpix D7000 which both of have better reviews.

If this Nikon digital camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the D4 (£4,225) (3.2" and higher rated), or the D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2" and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

Across all the comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera the field of views range from 95% to 100%. With a field of view of only 95 percent, the Nikon D3100 has one of the narrowest field of views amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D3100 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared all the other cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) to this digital camera and we think the Sony HX100V, or the Samsung Camera (£22.98) are also worth considering.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Nikon D3100 has an anti-dust function. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago also have an anti-dust function.

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Supports Live View

The Nikon D3100 supports live view. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years also support live view.

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Has a Tripod Mountable

The Nikon D3100 has a tripod mountable. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a tripod mountable.

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Features Histogram

The Nikon D3100 features histogram, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Lens System

Quite Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 14x. At only 3.1 times zoom factor, the Nikon D3100 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the G1 X (£479.99) (4x and higher rated), or the A3200 IS (5x and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Quite Small Maximum Aperture Number

When compared to other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera that we have assessed, the Nikon D3100's maximum aperture number of 22 is one of the smallest. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.5 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the Nikon D3100 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age. The smallest minimum aperture number of medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera is 1.7, the largest is 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was noisy. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com wrote “Noisy video keeps it out of the big leagues with competing models”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon D3100 does not have a built-in microphone. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago do have a built-in microphone.

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Features Voice Recording

The Nikon D3100 features voice recording, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Nikon D3100 has a carrying case. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also have a carrying case.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Nikon D3100 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Nikon D3100 has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Battery

550 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Nikon D3100 is a camera that takes 550 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other cameras of this age and spec take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Nikon D3100 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon D3100 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon D3100 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this digital camera support a video resolutions of 640 x 424 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all medium megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Nikon D3100 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best video resolution amongst all cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D3100 has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. In addition, this Nikon camera have a still image resolution(s) of 3456 x 2304 and 2304 x 1536. Medium megapixel cameras that have been available for more than two years still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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14.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 14.2 megapixels camera.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Canon G1 X (£479.99) (14.3MP and higher rated), or the Samsung NX100 (14.6MP and higher rated).

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Focusing

Fairly Large Closest Focusing Distance

When compared to other medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera that we have checked the closest focusing distance of, the Nikon D3100's closest focusing distance of 0.28 meters is one of the largest. The closest focusing distances of cameras of this age and spec range from 0.001m to 0.5m.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

Across all the medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera the weights range from 20g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 250g. With a weight of 505 grams, the Nikon D3100 is one of the heavier medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Lightweight and Compact

Four owners who purchased it agreed that it was lightweight. Six years ago website Reviewed.com wrote “Lightweight and compact”. Website Hardwarezone.com.ph mentioned “Small, lightweight design makes for easy carrying”. Six years ago expert website Digitalcamerainfo.com said “It’s a lightweight camera that handles well, offers a great deal of control, a”.

Three people who bought the product thought it was compact. Camera Labs wrote seven years ago “Compact and light” in their review of this digital camera. Website Walmart.com wrote “And compact enough to use as an every day camera”. Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in the same month “It's a great step up for those wanting to upgrade from compact c”.

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Price

Low Cost

Eleven owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money. Camera Labs mentioned in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “Reasonably priced” and rated the product 4 stars out of 5. They also said “Decent value for money” in their review. Website Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote “Good image quality for the price” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.


Design

Good Ergonomics, Menu System

Two customers wrote in their reviews that the Nikon D3100 was ergonomic. Camera Labs mentioned in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “Good ergonomics, menu system”.

Dustproof

The Nikon D3100 is dustproof, as are most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Well Built

Seven people who reviewed the product concluded that it was well made. Camera Labs said “Well built”. They also wrote “Lightweight yet robust construction” in their review. Website Reviewed.com said in their review of this digital camera “Excellent ergonomics and build”.

Good Photo Quality

Sixteen owners who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was good quality. Camera Labs wrote “Good photo quality”. They also said “It's a robust and well made solution” in their review. Website Alphr.com mentioned “Excellent image quality for its class”.

Easy to Use

Eight customers considered that it was easy to use. Mac World mentioned “With plenty of manual control” in his review of this digital camera. Seven years ago website Alphr.com wrote “Excellent noise control” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Digitalversus.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Picture quality is excellent and the camera is fast and responsive to use”.

Three owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Website Pcworld.com_techhive.com said in their review of this digital camera “Intuitive controls and guide menu for beginners”. Website Walmart.com wrote “Are accessible via menu instead of direct control”.

Two customers who bought the Nikon D3100 concluded that it was easy to handle. Expert website Alphr.com wrote “A top video mode and great handling make this a deserving award winner”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon charger42111stockcode, nikon sdsdb016ge11, nikon af18200mm, code vba280k001, nikon f3556g, d310018105, vba280k005, vba280k003, vba280k006, nd3159
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Nikon D3100 Review Sources

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