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