Nikon D3100 Price in USA

Nikon D3100 Price in US

Nikon has made it a habit to produce digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLR) that are highly appealing to consumers at the entry-level price point. These cameras often do not have the highest specifications, but they are ingeniously built to be user-friendly and pleasurable to use while shooting. It was a gentle refresh of the D60, which was itself a slightly updated D40X. It added ease-of-use features to make it a pleasant little camera to use, despite having a specification that was beginning to look rather out-of-step with the rest of the market. This pattern was perfectly fit by the D3000, which was a perfect example of how this pattern could be applied.

Despite having a sensor that was somewhat outdated at 10 megapixels and one that lacked both live view and video, the D3000 was successful in the market. However, there is a limit to how long innovative product design and the seamless integration of features can make up for a specification that appears to be out of date. Therefore, with all of this in mind, Nikon has introduced the D3100, which is undoubtedly the most significant update to its entry-level product since the company first began to seriously compete in the low-end market with the original D40.

Not only does Nikon’s entry-level model now have live view, but it also has the capability to record video in Full HD for the first time. The D3100 is constructed around a CMOS sensor that has 14.2 megapixels. In point of fact, as a result of this, it was the very first Nikon DSLR to support recording of movies at 1920 by 1080 resolution. It can only record clips up to roughly ten minutes long (owing to a maximum file size constraint of 4GB that is shared by all DSLRs), but this still ranks as an outstanding feature addition at this level.

A basic design that dates back essentially four years to the D40 has been updated with a few new features, including an additional button to the left of the screen, a drive mode switch at the base of the mode dial, a sprung lever to engage live view, and a direct record movie button. Additionally, the body has been given a slightly more modern appearance. Revisions have also been made to the feature-teaching and hand-holding ‘Guide Mode,’ as well as a new autofocus mode that is intended to allow for improved focusing in live view and autofocus while video recording. Both of these modes have been added.

The culmination of all of these factors is a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) that contains all of the characteristics that are considered to be “must haves” for 2010, but seems to be the product of gradual evolution rather than radical invention. And 2010 has been a year in which the remainder of the market has not developed along such predictable lines, not least during the rise of the big sensor, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera crowd. This has been one of the most notable examples of this.

It is pretty obvious that many people who are planning to upgrade from their point-and-shoot compact will consider both types of cameras when making their decision. Camera manufacturers are always trying to stress that mirrorless cameras are creating an entirely new market, rather than competing with entry-level DSLRs. However, it is pretty clear that mirrorless cameras are creating a completely new market. Therefore, despite the fact that the D3100 is unequivocally a DSLR (during a time when the line between DSLRs and mirrorless cameras is becoming increasingly hazy), the fact that it features a beginner-friendly guide mode places it squarely in competition with several of the mirrorless models that are equally eager to welcome point-and-shoot upgraders.

Many of these cameras, such as Sony’s NEX-3 and 5, Olympus’ E-PL1, and Panasonic’s GF2, have interfaces that are just as user-friendly but are housed in smaller, more portable bodies that are sold at prices that are more affordable. They are also able to give a shooting experience that is considerably closer to that of a small camera since they eschew the typical design of a DSLR. This is something that even the greatest implementation of a DSLR’s live view mode is unable to effectively replicate at the time.

Therefore, despite the fact that the D3100 comes equipped with a more advanced feature set in comparison to a camera that we found to be quite satisfying, it is still unclear as to whether or not these improvements will be sufficient to cause it to be noticed in the same way that its predecessor was.

Nikon D3100 Specifications

Price (Body + 18-55mm VR Lens)US: $699
UK: £579.99
EU: €599
Body colorBlack
Sensor*• 23.1 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor
• Nikon DX format (1.5x FOV crop)
• 14.2 million effective pixels*
• RGB Color Filter Array
• 12-bit A/D converter
Anti-dust measures• Image sensor cleaning system
• Airflow control system
• Image dust off from reference frame (using optional Capture NX software)
Image sizes*• 4608 x 3072 (L)*
• 3456 x 2304 (M)*
• 2304 x 1536 (S)*
Image quality *• NEF (12-bit compressed RAW)
• JPEG fine (1:4)
• JPEG normal (1:8)
• JPEG basic (1:16)
• NEF (RAW) + Fine JPEG*
Movie sizes*• 1920 x 1080 24p*
• 1280 x 720 30p*
• 1280 x 720 25p*
• 1280 x 720 24p*
• 640 x 424 24p*
Movie format *• MOV, H.264, mono sound recording (PCM)
Color space• sRGB
• Adobe RGB
Lens mountNikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Lens compatibility• AF-S, AF-I
• Other Type G or D AF Nikkor
• Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor

• Type D PC Nikkor

• Non-CPU

• IX Nikkor/AF Nikkor for F3AF
• AI-P NIKKOR-All functions supported
– All functions supported except autofocus
– All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
– All functions supported except some shooting modes
– Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
– Cannot be used
-All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
Autofocus• 11 area TTL phase detection
• Nikon Multi-CAM1000 autofocus module
• Detection range: EV -1 to +19 (ISO 100 equivalent, at normal temperature)
• Manual focus [M], Electronic range finding supported
Lens servo*• Single-servo AF (AF-S)
• Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
• Automatic AF-S/AF-C (AF-A)
• Full time AF (AF-F)*
• Manual focus (MF)
AF Area mode• Single Area AF
• Dynamic Area AF
• Auto Area AF
• 3D Tracking (11 points)
• Closest Subject Priority Dynamic Area AF
Focus trackingPredictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Focus areaCan be selected from 11 focus points
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF AssistWhite light lamp
Exposure mode*• Auto
    – Auto
    – Flash off
• Scene Modes
onereview menu 1Portrait
onereview menu 1Landscape
onereview menu 1Child
onereview menu 1Sports
onereview menu 1Close up
onereview menu 2Night portrait
• Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
• Shutter-priority auto (S)
• Aperture priority auto (A)
• Manual (M)
• GUIDE mode
    • Easy operation
onereview menu 1Auto
onereview menu 1No flash
onereview menu 1Distant subjects
onereview menu 1Close ups
onereview menu 1Sleeping faces
onereview menu 1Moving subjects
onereview menu 1Landscapes
onereview menu 1Portraits
onereview menu 2Night portrait
    • Advanced mode
onereview menu 1Soften backgrounds (aperture priority)
onereview menu 1Bring more into focus (aperture priority)*
onereview menu 1Freeze motion (people) (shutter priority)
onereview menu 1Freeze motion (vehicles) (shutter priority)
onereview menu 2Show water flowing (shutter priority)*
    • Use a timer / quiet shutter
MeteringTTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
• Matrix :3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
• Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to a 8mm circle in center of frame
• Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area
Metering range• EV 0 to 20 (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
• EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
Meter couplingCPU coupling
Exposure comp.• +/- 5.0 EV
• 1/3 EV steps
AE LockExposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
AE BracketingNone
Sensitivity*• Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200*
• ISO 6400 (Hi1)*
• ISO 12800 (Hi2)*
Auto ISO options*• On/Off
• Maximum ISO (200 to Hi2)*
• Minimum shutter speed (1 to 1/2000 sec)
Shutter• Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
• 30 to 1/4000 sec (1/3 EV steps)
• Flash X-Sync: up to 1/200 sec
• Bulb
White balanceAuto (TTL white-balance with 420 pixels RGB sensor)
• Twelve manual modes with fine-tuning
    • Incandescent
    • Fluorescent
onereview menu 1Sodium-vapor lamps
onereview menu 1Warm-white fluorescent
onereview menu 1White fluorescent
onereview menu 1Cool-white fluorescent
onereview menu 1Day white fluorescent
onereview menu 1Daylight fluorescent
onereview menu 1Daylight fluorescent
onereview menu 2Mercury-vapor lamps
    • Direct sunlight
    • Flash
    • Cloudy
    • Shade
• Preset white balance (immediate or from photo)
WB fine tuningYes, (except preset manual)
Image parameters• Picture controls: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape
• Quick Adjust: 5 settings (adjusts Sharpening, Contrast and Saturation by preset amounts)
• Sharpening: Auto, 10 levels
• Contrast: Auto, 7 levels
• Brightness: 3 levels*
• Saturation: Auto, 7 levels
• Hue: 7 levels
Viewfinder• Optical fixed eye-level
• Pentamirror type
• Built-in dioptre adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5 m-1)
• Eye point: 18 mm (at -1.0 m-1)
• Frame coverage 95% (approx.)
• Viewfinder magnification approx. 0.8x with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1
• Focusing screen: Type B BriteView clear matte screen Mark VII*
LCD monitor• 3.0″ TFT LCD
• 230,000 pixel
Built-in flash• Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait
• Auto flash with auto pop-up,
• Manual pop-up in P, S, A or M modes
• Guide number approx. 12/39 at ISO 100 (m/ft)
• Guide number approx. 13/43 at ISO 100 (m/ft) in manual mode
Sync contactX-contact only; flash synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/200 sec
Flash control• TTL flash control by 420-segment RGB sensor. i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR available when CPU lens is used with built-in flash, SB-400, SB-800, and SB-600
• Auto aperture with SB-800 and CPU lenses
• Non-TTL auto with SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27 and 22s
• Range-priority manual with SB-800
Flash mode• Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction; fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
• Night portrait: Auto, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction; slow sync and slow sync with red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
• Landscape, Sports: Fill-flash and red-eye reduction available with optional Speedlight
• P, A modes: Fill flash, rear-curtain with slow sync, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction
• S, M modes: Fill flash, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction
Flash compensation• -3 to +1 EV
• 1/3 steps
Nikon Creative Lighting system• Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800 or SU-800 as commander
Shooting modes• Single frame shooting (S) mode
• Continuous shooting (C) mode: approx. 3.0 frames per second
• Self-timer
• Quiet release (Q) mode
Continuous buffer• Unknown
Self-timer• 2 or 10 sec
Remote control*• Using optional MC-DC2 cable via GPS socket*
Text inputUp to 36 characters of alphanumeric text input is available with LCD monitor and multi-selector; stored in EXIF header
Playback functions• Full frame
• Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
• Playback with Playback zoom
• Slide Show
• Histogram Display
• Highlights
• Auto Image Rotation
• Image Comment (up to 36 characters)
Orientation sensorYes (Rotates user interface when using camera in portrait orientation)
Storage• SD / SD HC / SDXC
• FAT / FAT32
• Supports firmware update via SD card
Video outputNTSC or PAL selectable
Connectivity• USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
• Mass storage / PTP selectable
• A/V out
• HDMI out
• DC-IN (optional AC adapter and adapter connector)
Languages*Czech, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Power*Lithium-Ion battery pack EN-EL14 (7.4 V, 1030 mAh)
Working environment• 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
• Less than 85% humidity
Dimensions124 x 96 x 75 mm (4.9 x 3.8 x 3.0 in)
Weight (no batt)455g (1.0 lb)
Weight (inc. batt)505g (1.1 lb)
Supplied accessories• Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
• Quick Charger MH-24
• Eyepiece Cap DK-5
• Rubber Eyecup DK-20
• USB Cable UC-E4
• Video Cable EG-D100
• Camera Strap AN-DC3
• Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1
• Body Cap BF-1A, Software Suite CD-ROM
Optional accessoriesRemote Control MC-DC2, Capture NX2, Camera Control Pro, AC Adapter Connector EP-5, AC Adapter EH-5, Video Cable EG-D100, Semi Soft-Case CF-DC1, Speedlight SB-900/600/400/T041/R1C1
7Expert Score

Nikon has equipped its entry-level DSLR with all of the capabilities that its predecessor appeared to be lacking, including video and live view, thanks to the advent of these two functions. The end result is a very good camera for beginning photographers that also pushes the user to advance their skills while using it, regardless of how much experience they already have. However, it is not the only camera that has this feature, and although it is an excellent DSLR, there are other mirrorless competitors that are just as appealing.

Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Image quality
Image quality
  • Excellent picture quality overall.
  • User-friendly interface, in addition to a large number of manual control options
  • Live View and Movie controls that are very easy to reach
  • Easy-to-use gear shifter (unique on an SLR at this price level)
  • Incredibly advanced AF technology for the price
  • Off-center AF locations may be easily selected by hand.
  • Exceptional Live View AF speed for an SLR camera (but still relatively slow compared to mirrorless competitors)
  • Numerous tools to assist newcomers (Guide mode, help screens for most functions)
  • With Active D-Lighting enabled, continuous shooting is noticeably better.
  • Numerous raw conversions and post-processing options are available in-camera
  • A propensity to overexpose in challenging lighting situations.
  • Buggy Live View / Movie Mode Streaming (Movies aren't always shot with a specific aperture in mind.)
  • When it comes to important manual focus, crude live view magnification doesn't assist all that much.
  • There is no live histogram shown in the live display.
  • In live view mode, autofocus is still a little bit slow, and full-time AF is not very effective in either live view or movies.
  • The 'Fn' button on the back of the camera is the only way to directly alter the ISO setting from the outside.
  • Only when the ISO setting is being adjusted will it be shown in the viewfinder (and not at all in Auto ISO)
  • The auto ISO logic is not well suited for shooting that is done casually every day (good for action though)
  • Under artificial light, the white balance frequently leans overly orange.
  • No exposure bracketing
  • Will not focus any Nikon lenses (though most popular choices are available)


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