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Nikon D3100 Digital SLR (DSLR) Camera Review

Updated on October 9, 2011
the nikon d3100
the nikon d3100

Nikon has become such a big name in the photography industry for all these years, that’s a fact that can’t be denied. With that being said, it is always worth considering a new camera, not to mention a digital SLR (DSLR) camera, product that comes from the company. This time, the device that’s lucky enough to have been manufactured with the company’s brand is the Nikon D3100 DSLR camera.

Nikon D3100 Sensor and Lens

This digital camera comes with a lot of features to offer. To start it off, it has a maximum resolution of 14.2 Megapixels with an image sensor of type CMOS DX. In addition to that, the gadget also features a 3” monitor that the user can use to view what they are shooting as well as to record their memorable moments in life and turn them into movies. This monitor features a particular shooting mode known as the One-Touch Live View.

The Nikon D3100 DSLR camera also features the NIKKOR VR lens that has a purpose of stabilizing images captured by the camera. Well, in addition to that, the lens is also capable of providing users with 3 zoom levels ranging from 18 up to 55 mm.

With the lenses and resolution mentioned earlier, the device has the ability to snap quite impressive images even when the ISO setting used is as low as the ISO 800. Yet, for those that switch to the ISO 3200 setting, they will witness images that with much better quality. Reproduction of colors is amazing with this device and the user is less likely to notice overly saturated images.

Recording Movies with the Nikon D3100

As mentioned earlier, the camera can record movies as well. However, the device doesn’t record just movies like what older camcorder devices did. Better than that, the Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera records full HD cinematic videos that feature a maximum resolution of 1080 pixels. In addition to that, sound recording and full-time autofocus are what the user can expect from the device as well.

Speaking of movie recording, the Nikon D3100 does the job with quite a sensation. Unlike other DSLR cameras available out there, this one can record movies at both 24 and also 30 frames per second (fps) with the 1080p full HD resolution.

Guide for the Beginners – Learn as You Go

For the beginners in the world of photography, Nikon has provided this digital camera device with Nikon Guide Mode feature. Thanks to the on-board assistance along with the intuitive controls available, the feature is fairly easy to use.

Support for External Storage Devices

Also, it seems that the manufacturer really understands how important storage spaces can be these days. This may have been the reason the manufacturer has equipped the Nikon D3100 with the ability to support external storage devices such as the popular SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory or storage cards. However, user of the camera will have to spare some money in order to buy those storage cards as they are not included in the purchase package of the digital SLR camera device.

Disadvantages of the Nikon D3100

Nevertheless, the Nikon D3100 may also have a few disadvantages. Due to the compact size of the body, the viewfinder becomes somehow rather limited. However, over time, most users find that they can likely get over this problem. As a result, this shouldn’t have been a problem at all in the first place. The impact is not too severe after all.

A bit slower performance may also be a drawback that the camera comes with. To power and shoot, the user will likely have to wait for around 0.4 up to 0.6 seconds. Yet, this will usually depend on how bright or dark the situation around the user is. The shot-to-shot timing, in comparison normally needs to take about 0.6 seconds at the minimum and 0.9 seconds at the very most.

Conclusion – Who Is the Camera for?

Taking into accounts all aspects with regards to the device – what it can and cannot offer, the Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera is still worth people’s money. As a matter of fact, it has become one of the best sellers to date. The device seems to fit hobbyists, both professional and amateur photographers, and also those that are looking forward to buying a digital SLR camera with as little amount of budget as possible.


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      Leoning 3 years ago

      Going to put this artilce to good use now.