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Nikon D3100

£214.45
£188.99 £25.46 cheaper than 54 days ago
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A great value for money and multi award winning SLR camera, great for portrait photography
SLR 14.2MP 5.8x 4608 X 3072 Pixels Feb 2016
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Nikon D3100 Review

Representing excellent value for money and with reviews, we have ranked the Nikon D3100 number 23 across all digital cameras.
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90 Reviews + 16 Awards
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Why Has it Scored 81?

It has great expert reviews and not bad 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.
At over a year old this camera is slightly out of date, and newer cameras with more up to date technology are available. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report good picture quality, superior product quality and that it is reasonably priced.
It has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Heavy

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared this Nikon digital camera with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for portrait photography, ranking number 7 in portrait photography cameras. It is also excellent for wildlife photography, ranking number 17 in wildlife photography cameras, but good for sports photography, ranking number 23 in sports photography cameras.
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Should You Buy it Now?

Our unique forecasting algorithm looks at historic price trends and predicts the most likely price change over the next 2 weeks. You may want to consider buying now before the price goes up. The price has dropped from £188.99 to £188.99 in the last 54 days. You may want to consider buying now before the price goes back up.
There is a 88% chance that the price will go up. However the future is never certain and there remains a chance that the price will actually go down. Get Price Alerts.

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How Big is the Nikon D3100?

The Nikon D3100 is 124mm wide and 96mm tall. It is 74.5mm deep and weighs 505g.

Nikon D3100 front dimensions
Nikon D3100 top dimensions

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Nikon D3100 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

16 Industry Awards

Experts in digital cameras rave about this Nikon camera and have given it 16 awards.

The experts at review websites Pcactual.com, Trusted Reviews, Prylportalen.se, M3.idg.se, What Digital Camera and Alphr.com all endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The authors at review sites Macworld.co.uk, CNET.com.au and Photoreview.com.au all decided that this digital camera was brilliant and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

Review websites PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Camera Labs all strongly endorse this camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Furthermore, this camera received a "Best Buy" award from website Expert Reviews and it received a "Silver" award from website DP Review who concluded it was very good.

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

Good Expert Reviews

Based on 69 expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera and Ephotozine this camera has an average expert rating of 83 out of 100.

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Average User Reviews

This camera has an average user rating of 77 out of 100 based on 21 user reviews.

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Customers Report Good Picture Quality

10 customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was able to produce good images.

Nikon Has Very Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

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

Users Report Superior Product Quality

Eight people who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality.

Customers Report That it is Fairly Priced

Six people who reviewed the Nikon D3100 mentioned that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Great Technical Features

Four customers wrote in their reviews that it had good features.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

Three people who purchased the product agreed that it was easy to use and two people mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to handle.

Customers Report it is Robust

Two owners who bought the Nikon D3100 mentioned that it was well made.

  • A very solid performer.
    Stuff.tv October 2010
  • The features were solid in video mode.
    Camcorderinfo.com November 2011
  • Why would a manufacturer provide an unsafe neck strap? Would it have been that much more effort or expense to include a strap with clips? Apparently the camera landed on the external flash because the hot shoe guides are bent and the flash attachment guide is broken off…

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Two owners said in their reviews that it was good for video recording.


Value For Money

Excellent Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews, good features and is less than 18 months old. At £188.99 it is cheaper than 70% of cameras.

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Cheaper in the United Kingdom Than Overseas

We checked 22 other countries for prices for the Nikon D3100 and the United Kingdom price of £188.99 was the cheapest. The cheapest price that we could find overseas was in the United States where the price is $229.99 (£299.35).

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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 cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This Nikon digital 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 typical of many cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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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 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, as do 66% of digital cameras.

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Heavy

The lightest camera is 50g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g. The weight of the Nikon D3100 of 505g is fairly heavy compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the heaviest 17% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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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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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Average Display Diagonal

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

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

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

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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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Features Smile Detection

The Nikon D3100 features smile detection, unlike 89% of digital cameras which do not feature smile detection.

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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 worst resolution is 384 x 480 pixels and the best is 6016 x 4016 pixels.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 424 pixels, which is typical of many digital 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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Age

Released 18 Months Ago

This camera has been on the market since February 2016.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

code vba280k001, nikon w1855mm, nikon f35g, f3556g

Barcodes:

00018208097982, 00018208254729, 00885909797042

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