Review Nikon D3100 – Best Serious Dslr Cameras for Beginner
Here are some reviews of the Nikon D3100, a DSLR camera is best for beginners. Nikon D3100 built around a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, bringing not only the live view, but also captures Full HD video to Nikon’s entry level model for the first time. In fact, it makes Nikon’s first DSLR to offer movie recording 1920 × 1080. It can only record clips up to about ten minutes (for a maximum of 4Gb file size limitation shared by all DSLR), but this is still considered as additional features are impressive at this level.
On August 18 2010, Nikon announced its latest entry-level digital SLR – the D3100 DSLR camera. The Nikon D3100 comes in the company’s product line between the D3000 and D5000 models. It is based around a brand new Nikon-designed, DX-format, 14.2 Megapixel CMOS image sensor, together with Nikon’s latest generation EXPEED 2 image processor. Comparing to the existing D3000, this D3100 has about 20% increase in resolution and a much better ISO support (from ISO 100 to 3,200 and extendable to 12,800 in Hi setting).
In additions to offering a live view function with full-time autofocus, the D3100 can capture full HD 1080p movie at 24 fps (frames per second), or shoot at 24 or 30 fps at 720p. The D3100 is the first DSLR to implement full time AF for D-Movie video shooting and while in Live View mode. Using contrast based AF, the D3100 automatically focuses on subjects when Live View is activated when using the LCD. The D3100 camera also uses Face Detection technology to lock focus on up to 35 human faces. Live View can be activated at a single flick of a dedicated switch, and HD video recording is achieved by a simple press of a button.
The D3100 also features an enhanced Guide Mode (introduced first in D3000) to help customers through on-demand, step-by-step assistance. This enhanced help function now features sample assist images that change with camera settings to inspire consumers to achieve a desired look and feel to their images, while guiding through easy to understand photographic techniques. For example, to instill the majestic appearance of moving water, users can select ‘show water flowing’ from the Guide Mode, and simply follow the prompts to create the ideal camera settings to capture an amazing image. The D3100′s still image burst rate is 3 fps, the same as that of the D3000, and it also retains the same eleven-point Multi-Cam 1000 AF system, 420 pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix II metering sensor, Dust Reduction, and Picture Control systems.
The D3100 with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization kit is currently selling at around $579 (drop from $630 about 1.5 month ago). The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens is selling at $399.95. Here is the summary of review by NeoCamera, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 4:
“Note that the Nikon D3100 is only sold with a kit-lens in some markets. This specific lens is the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR. As this lens is of poor quality, get a higher-quality lens to avoid disappointments. This is clearly visible in tests and real-world photography. Towards the long end, things are rather soft until stopped down to F/11. This is dangerously close to the diffraction limit of this camera. The D3100 has a reliable and generally accurate exposure system, carried over from the D3000. With most scenes, exposure compensation is not required and burnt highlights are quite rare. The metering system is best described as conservative. This may make prints straight of the camera appear too dark when bright highlights are present in the scene. Noise levels are very low until ISO 800 and moderately low but noticeable at ISO 1600. At ISO 3200, noise is evident but medium-sized prints are possible given the available resolution. ISO 6400 is still usable for small 4×6″ prints. Even the ISO 12800 option can be usable in cases of emergencies. All in all, the D3100′s handling of image noise is great, balancing increased noise and loss of details progressively as ISO increases.
The Nikon D3100 is an excellent option for new DSLR owners. At the same time, it gives users access to the second largest lens lineup of the industry. The headline video feature of the D3100 may not be as hot as we expected but it does not take anything away from this being a deserving entry-level DSLR. This digital camera is well-built with very good image quality and reasonable speed of operation. Noise-levels, dynamic-range, contrast, white-balance and metering are all superb. Sharpness is compromised by the kit-lens in some markets, but a good Nikkor lens can easily compensate for that. Focus speed, at least with the kit-lens, is on the slow side for a DSLR but most users upgrading from a fixed-lens camera well get an improvement. The feature set and ergonomics of the Nikon D3100 are very reasonable for an entry-level DSLR. Pros will feel limited but novices will not find this camera daunting. Its more advanced features like spot-metering and white-balance fine-tuning make nearly any desired result achievable. In the end, the D3100 is great because it delivers image quality in a simple and durable body that will appeal to DSLR novices. The well-specified video-recording capability rounds-off the Nikon D3100 as a camera which can replace a fixed-lens one without losing that major feature, which is probably a top concern when upgrading.”