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Nikon D3100 Entry-Level DSLR Introduced


Nikon D3100 Entry-Level DSLR Introduced

Nikon has unveiled a new entry-level DSLR, the D3100, which it claims is its, smallest, lightest and easiest to use DSLR to date.

The follow up to the highly recommended D3000, the D3100 is based on a 14.2 megapixel sensor, offers Full-HD movie recording capability, a 3in Live View display and improved ergonomics.

Designed to ease the transition from compact to DSLR, the D3100 features a Scene Auto Detector, to optimise the camera settings based on the situation, and a guide Mode providing a step-by-step process for new users, showing how changing settings will affect the image.

There’s an 11-point auto focus system, while a face detection system claims to be able to track 35 faces in a shot at one time.

A new Expeed 2 processing engine is designed to make the best use of the light captured from the 14.2 megapixel sensor, while the 100-3200 standard ISO can be boosted up to 12,800, which Nikon said will be able to produce sharp images from moving objects such as children, even without a flash.

HD can be captured at a full 1,920 x 1,080 resolution at 24 frames per second, with sound, and simple edits can even be done on camera. Specific frames from the video can be captured as stills.

The Nikon D3100 will go on sale from the end of September for £499.99 body only, and for £579.99 with an 18-55mm starter kit lens.

Link: Nikon Europe


August 19, 2010, 8:49 pm

Sounds good can't wait for a review. The D3000 which I bought for my other half after reading your review takes excellent pictures, but lacks a video mode. Hopefully if this gets good reviews i can get her to buy me this for xmas :).

Nicholas Pires

August 19, 2010, 9:14 pm

This Nikon has the same sensor as the NEX-5 and NEX-3 cameras from Sony.


August 19, 2010, 9:26 pm

Look forward to seeing the review on this camera.


August 19, 2010, 10:22 pm

Full HD on an entry level camera :O


August 19, 2010, 11:28 pm

awwwwwwwww dammit!

I "upgraded" to a d3000...only cos i couldn't quite afford the d5000...

and now they bring this out! full hd video and 14.2MP sensor!! YES PLEASE!

do you think its worth a part trade-in to upgrade to this from my d3000? thanks.


August 20, 2010, 1:39 pm

Couldn&#8217t stand the &#8216moron mode&#8217 they put on the D3000, don&#8217t know why it just annoyed me. I cut my teeth on the D40 and it had just the right amount of help to teach me the basics of an SLR.

Also can&#8217t stand Nikons lack of firmware updates! Com on Nikon My F-ing D90 been crying out for one.

So nope, got no interest in this new model.


August 20, 2010, 1:54 pm

£579.99 seems awfully expensive for an entry level camera.


August 20, 2010, 2:13 pm

@comedian: Remember that's the RRP of the camera with the kit lens, it won't be what you pay from a retailer. To give an example, the D3000 has a RRP of £479.99 and sells on Amazon for £334.50. Considering that the D3100 adds in the video mode, ups the resolution and, if it follows the trend of Nikon's most recent revisions, improves low light performance as well I'd say it's priced just about right. Figure it'll retail around £400 with the VR kit lens and that's not a bad price at all for an SLR, especially if the video mode produces good results (which we'll have to wait for the reviews to find out obviously).

Personally I'm interested in what they do with the D90. That's always seemed to good to be true (and after having bought one I stick with that opinion) as you get a vast amount of camera for the money. Figure its replacement will jump up from the current £849.99 to somewhere just above £1,000 as it'll be awfully hard to justify the £1,499 they want for the D300s otherwise.


August 20, 2010, 2:20 pm

I've had a D40 for 2 years now and was a steal for £215 from Currys :)

However the D3100 could be a good upgrade for me once the price comes down a bit by Christmas but I'll wait for the reviews. I don't think I'll need 14MP - 6MP has been enough to be honest - but it could be useful for any cropping I do. I don't really find ISO3200 on the D40 useable (1600 isn't great but useable) so it would be nice to be able to go higher than 1600 for indoor shots, not sure how good 12800 will be though ! I have 35mm f/1.8G and 18-105mm lenses for my D40 which cover all of my needs so staying with Nikon makes sense. I also have a low-spec JVC SD camcorder which I don't use often so it would be nice to ditch that and use HD video from the D3100 instead when I feel the need, I could sell my D40 body, SB400 flash (I never use it as the f/1.8G lens helps to avoid flash but higher ISO would help even more) and camcorder to help fund a large chunk of the upgrade - the D40s sell on Ebay for about £200 which is almost what I paid for it :o

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