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Nikon D3100

DP Review Silver Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended
A multi award winning SLR digital camera with good features
SLR 14.2MP 5.8x 1" Aug 2010
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Sensor Size Release Date

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Nikon D3100 Review

With excellent reviews but good features, we have ranked the Nikon D3100 number 588 across all digital cameras.
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90 Reviews + 16 Awards
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Good Features
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7 Years Old
Overall Score
47
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 48?

It has great expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 84%, based on 90 reviews. This digital camera has received 16 awards including a "Recommended" award from Pcactual.com plus five other sites and an "Editor's Choice" award from Macworld.co.uk plus two other sites. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Nikon digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
The D3100 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Very slow camera shutter speed
Heavy
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Excellent
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Good
67
Good
71
Very Good

Nikon D3100 Video Reviews


How Big is the Nikon D3100?

The Nikon D3100 is 124mm wide and 96mm tall. It is 74.5mm deep and weighs 455g.

Nikon D3100 front dimensions

Nikon D3100 size in context

Nikon D3100 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

16 Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras, this camera is one of the most highly awarded by expert review sites.

The authors at review websites Pcactual.com, Trusted Reviews, Prylportalen.se, M3.idg.se, What Digital Camera and Alphr.com all said that concluded that they would endorse this Nikon camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

This digital camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from websites Macworld.co.uk, CNET.com.au and Photoreview.com.au all of whom thought that this camera was outstanding.

Three more expert review sites all decided that this Nikon digital camera was very good. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Camera Labs.

The editors of two more expert review sites both thought that this camera was very good. This Nikon digital camera received a "Best Buy" award from review website Expert Reviews who concluded it was would make a great purchase and it received a "Silver" award from review site DP Review who decided it was great.

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

Expert Reviews Are Good

69 experts from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera and Ephotozine have rated this camera on average 83 out of 100.

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User Reviews Are Average

Owners have rated this Nikon digital camera on average 77%.

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Nikon Cameras Have Very Good Reviews

We checked 30,771 expert and user reviews (including 6,974 verified purchases) for Nikon cameras and found that on average Nikon has very good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Nikon has very good ratings specifically within its digital cameras range. 96% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Features

Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available

Nikon offers over 90 own brand lenses for their SLR cameras including macro, fixed focal length and zoom lenses allowing for huge creative versatility. More lenses that fit Nikon SLR cameras are available from third party manufacturers such as Tamron and Sigma.

Nikon lens range

Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the Nikon D3100 of 14.2MP is relatively average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 1% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera. Nikon offers hundreds of lenses ranging in optical zoom from approx 0.5x (10mm focal length) to approx 50x (800mm focal length).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found resolution on cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Very Slow Camera Shutter Speed

The camera shutter speed of the Nikon D3100 of only 0.00025s is in the slowest 15% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. Across all the cameras the camera shutter speeds range from 0.000062s to 8s, and the average camera shutter speed is 0.16s.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This Nikon camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera. Nikon offers lenses with apertures ranging from F/1.4 to F/6.3.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used. Nikon offers a wide range of lenses with built in image stabilisation.

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Heavy

Across all the digital cameras the weights range from 50g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g. The Nikon D3100's weight of 455g is fairly heavy compared to most other cameras. It is in the heaviest 20% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Nikon D3100 has a built-in flash, as do 66% of cameras.

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Features Calendar

The Nikon D3100 features calendar. 86% of digital cameras do not feature calendar.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Nikon D3100 features flash exposure compensation, unlike 80% of digital cameras which do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D3100 has a GPS (satellite). 90% of digital cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Nikon D3100 has a shoe mounting point. 90% of digital cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Across all the cameras the internal memory range from 1MB to 32GB, and the average internal memory is 390MB. The Nikon D3100's internal memory of 4.1GB is in the biggest 2% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Nikon D3100 features noise reduction, which is unusual. 92% of digital cameras do not feature noise reduction.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 424 pixels, which is typical of many cameras. 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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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Nikon D3100 supports Full HD video. 75% of digital cameras do not support Full HD video.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Nikon D3100 has an anti-dust function, unlike 91% of cameras which do not have an anti-dust function.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon D3100's display diagonal of 3" is fairly average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

The Nikon D3100 supports dioptic correction. 90% of digital cameras do not support dioptic correction.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon D3100 has an HDMI port. 71% of cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Supports Live View

The Nikon D3100 supports live view, unlike 84% of digital cameras which do not support live view.

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Has a Tripod Mount

The Nikon D3100 has a tripod mount, unlike 75% of cameras which do not have a tripod mount.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

The Nikon D3100's field of view of only 95% is in the narrowest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The narrowest field of view of digital cameras is 1.5%, the widest is 170%, and the average field of view is 100%.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Nikon D3100 features brightness adjustment, unlike 79% of digital cameras which do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Carrying Case

The Nikon D3100 has a carrying case. 89% of digital cameras do not have a carrying case.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Nikon D3100 supports video capability, unlike 67% of cameras which do not support video capability.

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Has a Self-Timer

The Nikon D3100 has a self-timer. 82% of cameras do not have a self-timer.

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Features Smile Detection

The Nikon D3100 features smile detection, unlike 97% of digital cameras which do not feature smile detection.

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550 Battery Life

The Nikon D3100 is a camera that takes 550 shots battery life. Most of the other digital cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life.

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Has a Microphone in

The Nikon D3100 has a microphone in, which is unusual. 88% of digital cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera. Nikon lenses range in aperture from F/1.4 to F/6.3.

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4608 X 3072 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Nikon D3100 is 4608 x 3072 pixels. That's 11% lower still image resolution than the most common resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. This Nikon camera also supports a still image resolution of 3456 x 2304 pixels and 2304 x 1536 pixels. Across all digital cameras the resolution ranges from 384 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6016 x 4016 pixels (best).

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Features Smile Detection

The Nikon D3100 features smile detection. 89% of cameras do not feature smile detection.

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Average Image Sensor Size

The image sensor size of the Nikon D3100 of 0.435" is pretty average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Dustproof

The Nikon D3100 is dustproof. 93% of digital cameras are not dustproof.

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Age

Released Over Seven Years Ago

Nikon released the D3100 in August 2010.


Product Identifiers

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