Nikon D3100 overview
Nikon D3100 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially released on December of 2010. It has got a 14 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 4608 x 3072.
The D3100 comes in at #43 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all-around #324 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can test our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your personal criteria.
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Nikon D3100 family
The Nikon D3100 has a history of related cameras. Underneath, you can find all earlier and new models as well as key features.
Nikon D3100 Gallery
You can look at the D3100 from several angles in the gallery below.
Nikon D3100 Pros and Cons
Here is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon D3100 based on features which are normally seen as essential in a camera.
Nikon D3100 Sensor information
The Nikon D3100 is powered by the Expeed 2 processor. The sensor dimension in the Nikon D3100 is 23.1mm x 15.4mm (APS-C). The 356 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3072 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The CMOS sensor has 14MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. The ISO can be widened digitally to a maximum of 12800. RAW files are supported which means that you have more room to maneuver in post.
The image underneath displays the D3100's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The D3100 sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is showcased in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon D3100 dimensions
Nikon D3100 weighs around 1.11 lb (505 grams or 17.81 oz) & has exterior size of 124mm x 96mm x 75mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 3.0"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538 grams so the Nikon D3100 is very similar when compared to various competitors.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Underneath is a image of the Nikon D3100 beside a softdrink to help you get a feel for its size.
The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the D3100.
Nikon D3100 Lens information
The D3100 uses the Nikon F mount and has 308 lenses available on the market. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the D3100.
Nikon D3100 Connectivity
The D3100 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send pictures and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also stream a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery using the USB socket.
Nikon D3100 Video information
The highest video resolution in the Nikon D3100 is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in MPEG-4 format. 1080p resolution can provide a good balance for quality and file size but FULL HD will not give you any room to downsample. The body doesn't include a microphone and headphone socket which means you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably best to order a different model if you want decent audio for your video clips.
Nikon D3100 Weather Sealing
Nikon D3100 doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions can affect the camera.
Nikon D3100 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon D3100 has got a 3" fixed display screen having a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the display has no touch support.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The View Finder details for Nikon D3100 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- Coverage 95 percent
- Magnification 0.53x
For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders are pretty useful.
Nikon D3100 Shutter information
Nikon D3100 has the ability to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Nikon D3100 Flash and Hot shoe information
Nikon D3100 features both integrated flash as well as external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/200 sec.
Nikon D3100 Autofocusing information
Nikon D3100 features both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster and accurate as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has got Face detect which makes it helpful for taking photos of people.
The AF system has got 11 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Nikon D3100 features manual focus if required for low light or you want to have more exact control on focus.
Nikon D3100 Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL14) for the Nikon D3100 is designed to last for 550 photographs based on the CIPA specifications making it comparable with it's competition. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x has got the highest (1900) battery life for this group of cameras.
Here is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras with the highest battery life:
Nikon D3100 for varying styles of photography
The following graph displays a analysis of the Nikon D3100 for varying styles of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.
Portrait photography with Nikon D3100
The Nikon D3100 gets a points total of 73 which is nice, meaning that it is a fine choice to use for portrait images. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor size, support for RAW files together with the flexibility to work with external lighting.
Street photography with Nikon D3100
Getting a decent rating of 58, the Nikon D3100 is reasonably appropriate for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Nikon D3100 as a Sports photography camera
A nice sports photography score of 61 means the Nikon D3100 is a fine fit for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs fantastic autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Nikon D3100 Travel photography highlights
Size is really important when buying a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon D3100 gets a average 58 as a travel camera which is relatively adequate to buy for your trips.
Nikon D3100 Landscape photography factors
For anyone looking to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect will be image quality. The Nikon D3100 and it's nice grade of 66 for a landscape camera is a fine option in the current market.
Nikon D3100 Vlogging details
A camera for vlogging should really posses a moving display, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Nikon D3100 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a terrible rating of 27.
Nikon D3100 Alternatives
If you want replacements to the D3100, below is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall within the family of Entry-Level DSLR.
The graph below provides you a summary of the D3100 versus it's top rated rivals listed above.
Following are several cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, just click on the "compare" link.