Nikon D3100 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour



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”’Here are some general test shots taken with the Nikon D3100 and 18-55mm VR-equipped zoom to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the focal range provided.”’


With the Vivid option selected from amongst the D3100’s Picture Control options, the natural foliage of this scene takes on a additional lusciousness, but also serves to highlight some obvious pixel fringing creeping into the top right hand corner of the frame


Back to more naturalistic colour here and the DSLR has picked up on the lovely dappled effect of these leaves that appear almost painted on. Again some visible pixel fringing because of pointing the lens skyward and the contrast between light and dark, but that’s not what draws the eye


A wide angle shot with pretty uniform sharpness front to back. Albeit we’ve lost detail in the sky again. The colours here are the closest to the actual ones at the time of the test shots we’ve included


Another colour-rich image to highlight the vibrant markings on the ducks and goose. There’s sufficient detail here to be able to pick out the delicate feather arrangement on the Egyptian goose, centre of frame


Score in detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 8


Camera type Digital SLR
Megapixels (Megapixel) 14.2 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) N/Ax
Image Sensor DX format CMOS imaging sensor
Optical focal length Dependent on lens in use
Shutter speed 1/4000 to 30 seconds in 1/3 EV steps
Auto focus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points, AF assist illuminator
Manual focus Yes
Max output resolution 4608x3072
Other resolutions 3456x2304, 2304x1536
Focus range Dependent on lens in use
Exposure control P, A, S, M
Exposure metering Matrix, Centre Weighted average, Spot
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV steps, +/- 5EV
Image Stabilisation Optical
ISO settings ISO100 to ISO3200 in 1EV steps, expandable to ISO12800
LCD Monitor 3-inch, 230k dot resolution
Viewfinder Eye level pentamirror single lens reflex viewfinder
Flash range Guide number of approximately 12/39
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red eye reduction, Fill-flash off
White balance modes Auto, incandescent, flourescent, sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, manual
Drive modes Single, continuous
Image formats Raw, JPEG
Picture adjustments Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape, Portrait
Video (max res/format) 1920x1080 pixels at 20fps, 1280x720 at 30fps
Movie length Up to 4GB in size and 10 minutes in length
Self timer 2, 10 secs
Memory card slot SD/SDHC/SDXC and Eye Fi card compatible
Supplied memory N/A
Batteries supplied Lithium ion battery pack
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output HDMI
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
Manual Basic printed guide, full manual on CD

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 124mm
Depth (Millimeter) 96mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 505g with battery and memory card insertedkg