Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera

By | October 20, 2013

Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera  ReviewThe Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera has an excellent sound profile; it the existing leader in the budget plan DSLR classification, the Pentax K-x. It produces extremely clean JPEGs up with ISO 800 and extremely functional ones with ISO 3200. The camera provides exceptional color recreation in its default SD mode too– a good modification from some extremely saturation-pushing rivals like Pentax and Sony– and its metering and exposure system work dependably and well.

In addition to the constantly trustworthy 18-55mm VR kit lens, I shot with the brand-new pro-level 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR and customer 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 ED VR, as well as the older 35mm f1.8 lens. For a reasonably low-cost lens, the 35mm f1.8 fares rather well general. There’s a little bit of unbalanced distortion on the right, nonetheless, as well as some fringing along backlit edges.

The camera does provide complete manual exposure controls throughout motion picture capture. A 30-second countdown-to-shutoff timer appears in the upper left side of the screen while the camera is still in Live View/movie mode– a fascinating touch.

The camera’s efficiency is completely great, it is a bit slower than the D3000 total and not rather as quick as its rivals. It powers on and shoots in about 0.4 2nd and can concentrate and shoot in excellent light in the exact same 0.4 2nd. The Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera likewise has the slowest burst efficiency of the team, at 2.9 fps; in practice, it actually did feel a hair too sluggish to photo arbitrarily moving topics, like squirrels and birds.

It has basically the exact same viewfinder as the D3000, although it now makes use of the small AF points I despise; Nikon declares they were asked for by individuals. The viewfinder itself is on the little, low-magnification side, however isn’t really regrettable. You can see the LCD quite well in direct sunshine.

The D3100’s body is a bit smaller sized and lighter than the D3000‘s– it’s the lightest in its course– however Nikon has actually likewise handled to stuff more direct-access controls onto it. It’s rather a comfy camera to shoot with, though it feels a little plastic.

The area of some controls has actually altered, it has the exact same total operation.
A programmable Fn button– you can set it to manage the image quality, ISO sensitiveness, white balance, or Active D-Lighting menus– lies under your left thumb, though it’s a little tough to separate from the flash pop-up/compensation button that sits above it by feel alone.

Behind the shutter button circumscribed by the power switch are the exposure settlement and information buttons; the latter toggles the back screen.

As typical, the leading mode dial is set apart into the scene, PASM (Program, Aperture- and Shutter-priority, and Manual), and complete car modes. Nikon includes a twist right here, a Guide mode that offers numerous levels of detailed aid for a restricted number of typical shooting situations. In Easy Operation/Distant Subjects it puts you into the Sports scene mode– the camera informs you exactly what it’s doing, which is actually good– then additionally permits you to readjust flash, launch mode, and ISO sensitiveness.

On the back there’s a well carried out thumb-operated Live View rocker switch and record button. The four-way navigation switch feels a bit even more receptive than the D3000‘s.
Nikon moved the drive mode controls– single, burst, self-timer and Quiet– to a switch next to the mode dial, a place I choose to burying it in the menus or in the interactive screen. I likewise like Nikon’s execution of the interactive screen.

There are a lot of even more helpful shooting functions still missing out on that various other cameras in this cost course offer, consisting of wireless flash control. A lot of egregiously, however, the Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera does not have easy exposure and flash exposure bracketing.


Excellent photo quality;

Well-laid-out controls;


Easy to use Guide mode;

Complete manual controls in video capture.


Smallish viewfinder;

Slower than the competitors;

No bracketing.


A great entry-level DSLR, the Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera provides outstanding image quality in a body that’s structured for knowledgeable photographers.Its only disadvantage is efficiency; though strong, it nonetheless lags behind the competitors.