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Nikon D3100

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A multi award winning and good spec SLR camera, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 13 further awards from other expert sites
SLR 14.2MP 1" 4608 X 3072 Pixels Jan 2014
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Nikon D3100 Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Nikon D3100 number 347 across all digital cameras.
95
Reviews
833 Reviews + 16 Awards
61
Value for Money
Good
78
Features
Good Features
65
Age
4 Years Old
76
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 76?

It has great expert reviews and superb user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. 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. Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer 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 2018.
The D3100 has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
14.2 megapixel dx-format CMOS image sensor delivers lifelike images with vivid colors, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations.\
EXPEED 2 image processing engine provides enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.\
GUIDE mode: quick and easy-to-use in-camera assistance. asks you about the picture you want to take and automatically optimizes settings for superior results. sample images appear on the display to show you what will happen to your image if you apply the suggested settings.\
Live view with scene auto selector: makes it easy to compose images using the LCD monitor. scene auto selector will select the best mode for the scene and subject you want to capture, and fulltime servo AF (af-f) mode keeps subjects in focus without the need to press the shutter release button.\
Large 7.5 cm (3-inch), high-resolution LCD monitor makes it easy to view essential camera information, and a pleasure to review and edit your photos and movies.\
Razor-sharp 11-point autofocus system offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame. four af-area modes, including 3d-tracking AF, deliver sharp results, whether your subject is off-center, moving fast or completely unpredictable.\
Active d-lighting automatically retains details in highlights and shadows for stunning images with natural contrast.\
Picture controls lets you set the look and mood of your images before you shoot. choose from six settings: standard, vivid, neutral, monochrome, portrait and landscape.\
Extensive in-camera editing functions let you edit and enhance images and movies in the camera. offers techniques such as red-eye correction and quick retouch, as well as a range of filter effects.\
Dual integrated dust reduction system: image sensor cleaning and airflow control systems keep dust away from the camera\'s image sensor for clear, spot-free images.\
Lightweight body and superior ergonomics: a secure grip makes the camera comfortable to handle. dedicated controls for frequently used functions like live view, d-movie and shutter release make it a joy to operate
Only 4608 x 3072 pixels image resolution
Lower than average megapixels

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is very good for everyday photography, ranking number 291 in everyday photography cameras. It is also very good for landscape photography, ranking number 309 in landscape photography cameras as well being very good for wildlife photography, ranking number 305 in wildlife photography cameras.
75
Portrait Photography
Very Good
78
Landscape Photography
Very Good
78
Everyday Photography
Very Good
75
Sports Photography
Very Good
76
Wildlife Photography
Very Good

Should You Buy it Now?

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How Big is the Nikon D3100?

The Nikon D3100 is 124.46mm wide and 96.52mm tall. It is 73.66mm deep and weighs 455g.

Nikon D3100 front dimensions
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Nikon D3100 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

16 Industry Awards

This Nikon camera has received 16 awards from expert review sites.

This camera received a "Recommended" award from review websites Pcactual.com, Trusted Reviews, Prylportalen.se, M3.idg.se, What Digital Camera and Alphr.com all of whom decided that this Nikon camera was very good.

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

This Nikon digital camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from websites PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Camera Labs all of whom concluded that this camera was great.

An additional two expert review sites endorsed this Nikon camera. Website Expert Reviews gave this camera a "Best Buy" award and concluded it was a sensible purchase and the author at review website DP Review gave it a "Silver" award and concluded it was great.

Two other expert review sites both concluded that this Nikon camera was very good. Pcauthority.com.au gave this Nikon digital camera an "A-List" award and it received a "Hot Product" award from Pocket Lint.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on 70 expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com and Trusted Reviews the average expert rating of this Nikon digital camera is 83%.

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Excellent User Reviews

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as fantastic. 603 reviewers (83% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. This puts this Nikon camera in the top 14% of all the cameras when ranked by average user review score.

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Nikon Has Very Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 40,636 expert and user reviews (including 10,692 verified purchases), Nikon has very good ratings for its cameras. 96% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Value For Money

Disappointing Value for Money

Whilst the product is in the cheapest 61% of cameras, it has excellent reviews but average features and is over 6 months old, and at £490.26 it does not seem like great value for money overall.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

Nikon released the D3100 in January 2014.

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

Only 4608 X 3072 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Nikon D3100 is 4608 x 3072 pixels. That's 11% lower image resolution than the most frequently found resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. Across all digital cameras the worst resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Lower Than Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the Nikon D3100 of only 14.2MP is lower than 66% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. Across all the digital cameras the megapixels range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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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 digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found resolution on digital cameras.

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The Nikon D3100's maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800 is in the highest 29% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. The lowest maximum ISO sensitivity of cameras is 200, the highest is 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This 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 digital 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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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Nikon D3100 has a built-in flash. 68% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Heavier Than Average

The average weight of all cameras is 300g, with the lightest being 50g and the heaviest being 1.5kg. The weight of the Nikon D3100 of 455g is in the heaviest 21% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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550 Battery Life

The Nikon D3100 is a digital camera that takes 550 shots battery life.

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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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Average Image Sensor Size

The image sensor size of the Nikon D3100 of 0.435" is fairly standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 39% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Features Smile Detection

The Nikon D3100 features smile detection, which is unusual. 88% of cameras do not feature smile detection.

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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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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Nikon D3100 has a shoe mounting point, which is unusual. 89% of cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Nikon D3100 features noise reduction, which is unusual. 91% of cameras do not feature noise reduction.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolutions of cameras range from 23,000 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 620,000 pixels. The Nikon D3100's display resolution of only 230,000 pixels is lower than 71% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Tripod Mount

The Nikon D3100 has a tripod mount, which is unusual. 73% of digital cameras do not have a tripod mount.

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Smaller Than Average Eye Relief

The eye relief of the Nikon D3100 of only 18mm is smaller than average when compared to most other cameras. It is smaller than 67% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. The smallest eye relief of digital cameras is 8mm, the biggest is 27mm, and the average eye relief is 19mm.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

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

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Has a Microphone in

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

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Nikon D3100 of 3" is relatively typical compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 75% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Supports Live View

The Nikon D3100 supports live view, unlike 83% of cameras which do not support live view.

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4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D3100 supports a maximum still image resolution of 4608 x 3072. That's over four times the resolution of a 1712 x 1712 camera, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by digital cameras. Across all cameras the worst resolution is 384 x 480 and the best is 6016 x 4016.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Nikon D3100 features brightness adjustment, unlike 78% of cameras which do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Nikon D3100 supports Full HD video. 76% of cameras do not support Full HD video.

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Features Smile Detection

The Nikon D3100 features smile detection. 97% of cameras do not feature smile detection.

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Dustproof

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

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Nikon D3100 has an anti-dust function, which is unusual. 90% of cameras do not have an anti-dust function.

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Features Calendar

The Nikon D3100 features calendar. 87% of cameras do not feature calendar.

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Supports Dioptic Correction

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

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Nikon D3100 features flash exposure compensation. 78% of cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Wide Range of Minimum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Narrower Than Average Field of View

The field of views of cameras range from 92% to 1,000%, and the average field of view is 100%. The field of view of the Nikon D3100 of only 95% is in the narrowest 1% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon D3100 has an HDMI port, which is unusual. 72% of cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

GPS (satellite)

The Nikon D3100 has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. 89% of cameras do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has a Carrying Case

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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

nikon d3100185555200kit, vba280aetamron, nikon f456g, vba280k006, d310018105, f3556g, f4556g

Barcodes:

00001820888816, 00018208097982, 00018208132843, 00018208132904, 00018208254729, 00018208805907, 00018208884575, 00018208884582, 00018208884599, 00018208884605, 00018208884612, 00018208888160, 00018208919529, 00018208919567, 00018208919574, 00018208924738, 00182088845756, 00182088846128, 00182089195294, 00182089195676, 00602638030970, 00885909797042, 02374439501338, 02510695091217, 03610170485650, 03610170529811, 05054230283226, 05711045151774, 05711045242496, 05711045380587

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