Nikon D3100 First Look

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September/October 2010 was a busy one for Nikon as they launched not only a new high performance Coolpix P7000 compact digital but entry-level (D3100) and prosumer (D7000) DSLRs as well.

Nikon D3100

The D3100 was first to market and becomes the first DX (APS-C) sensor Nikon to go beyond 12.3 megapixels resolution, coming in at 14.2 megapixels. The camera also features 1080 HD video with full time auto focus, EXPEED 2 processing technology, and a native ISO sensitivity range of 100-3200, expandable to 12800.

Nikon D3100

The D3100 is the replacement for the D3000 (which remains on Nikon USA’s website as of this writing) and retains some D3000 features such as the 11-point AF system, 3.0-inch LCD monitor, 3 fps continuous shooting rate and Nikon’s Guide Mode to assist newcomers to a DSLR with navigation around the setup, shooting and playback functions.

Nikon D3100

The D3100 is compact and light, not only for a Nikon but for DSLRs in general. The smallest DSLR I’ve ever shot prior to the D3100 was the Olympus E-420 at 5 x 3.5 x 3.75 inches. The D3100 tapes out at 4.9 x 3.8 x 2.9 inches, and is offered as a kit with Nikon’s VR (stabilized) 18-55mm G series zoom lens.

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