Nikon D3100 Review by Andrew Rebegea
|Value For Money|
|My Overall Rating|
Nikon is trying to be the best entry-level DSLR seller and he is succeeding. The new Nikon D3100 replaces the not so old D3000. D3100 has almost 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, Live View and also Full HD 1080p video capture. These is the first Nikon digital slr camera that can capture 1920 x 10
80 movies. Because is a digital camera, not a video one, the maximum length of the clips is limited to 10 minutes and you don’t have zoom button, if you want to zoom in and out when filming you will have to use the lens. If you scroll down at the bottom of this page you will find a video review made by DigitalRev witch will make understand better what this camera can do.
The camera body is now more functional. Now you have a button that helps you switch between single shot, multishot, timer shoot and quiet shutter. On other cameras if you wanted to change between these option you needed to go threw menu and change that. Whit this is much easier.
Let’s see this camera key features:
- 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
- 3.0″ LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
- Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
- 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
- IS0 100-3200 range (12,800 expanded)
- HD movies (1080, 720p or WVGA)
- Drive mode switch (single, continuous, timer and quiet mode)
- Full time AF (AF-F)
- Weight only 505g (1.1lb), including battery
If you really want to have a great camera for traveling or you are just found out you like photography this camera has the best report.
What others are saying about this camera:
Dan Aurel Cristescu:
For people looking for new DSLR camera, stop, this is it. It has none of the D3000 drawbacks: Fast buffer, never overloaded. When intentionally overloaded by myself on continuous shots, it will clear the buffer very fast(ADL on if you’re wondering). Image sensitivity at high ISO is great according to random reviews, but I’m still waiting a prof test. But think about it, on Auto ISO the range goes to 3200 – WOW, and I can’t see any noise. You can shoot everything with it, but you need a flash – SB 400 will do.
You can take photos from the live-view LCD screen. I shot a few movies and seem great, in focus most of the time. I don’t care much about video, I have a video camera HD.
You can still set AUTO ISO from the menu and set minimum shutter speed. Downside is you cannot override the AUTO ISO in any mode including Manual. You have to change it back to off from menu and than loose time figuring out which is the best ISO/aperture/shutter speed.
Review paraphrased for size. If you wanna read the full review click HERE.
Now let’s analyze Nikon D3100:
- Full HD movies
- Full time auto-focus
- Drive mode switch
- Image sensor cleaning
- Easy to use guide mode
- Price ( Nikon D3100 is just $579 on Amazon)
- No flipping monitor
- Active D-Lighting has only On/Off option
Video Review made by DigitalRev Camera Magazine
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