The D3100 Gives Nikon the Edge
This entry-level D-SLR sets the standard in it’s class
Great features include a large live view LCD screen, simple set up sections, straight forward shoot/delete buttons and loads of different options in the menus. It is really easy to use and the controls for the new features integrate well into the body design.
The D3100 is really simple to use. The controls are quite intuitive and the image quality is superb. It is ideal for family snaps, portraits, studio and landscapes.
The camera’s Guide Mode leads you through the basics step-by-step so that you can capture stunning images really quickly. The D-Movie option lets you record full HD movie clips in superb quality even in low-light. The 14 megapixel files give remarkably clear images with vivid colors. The D-Lighting system gives you optimum exposure for high contrast shot.
Nikon D3100 image quality and handling
The Nikon D3100 new 14 MP sensor offers really good results, particularly in low light, extending ISO up to 3200. It has a good range and keeps detail, even in strong light. This Nikon is a real favourite in this class, partly because it is such a pleasant camera to use. The buttons and options are well laid out and easy to understand and the live view/movie controls are well-placed and easily to operate. The Nikon D3100′s autofocus system is one of the most sophisticated and competent AF systems available in this class. When it is combined with the live view option it become the obvious choice for everyday shooting.
Nikon D3100: Conclusion
The Nikon D3100 is a really good camera for those who want a step up from compact cameras. The controls are intuitive on the basic settings and allow the photographer the options for more sophisticated choices. The live view focus and shooting experience is excellent. Although it is not the newest camera in this market, it is still a great choice for those who want to expand their knowledge and experience and get on the ladder for Nikon equipment.
NIKON D3100 FEATURES
14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor IMPRESSIVE
Expeed 2: Nikon’s advanced image processing engine EXCELLENT
High ISO (100-3200) light sensitivity – extendable up to 12800 GREAT RESULTS IN LOW-LIGHT
GUIDE mode: intuitive in-camera assistance A BRILLIANT WAY TO LEARN THE TRICKS OF THE TRADE
D-Movie: full HD (1920 x 1080) movie clips AMAZING IN A CAMERA AT THIS LEVEL
OUR EXPERT SAYS
Great image quality and a simple interface, with plenty of manual controls make this an excellent starter D-SLR. The Live View, Movie controls and sophisticated AF system are easily the best in this price range. Easy for beginners to learn with Guide modes and help screens for most functions.
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