Nikon D3100 makes an entry
In 2013 it was time to finally enter into a new chapter of digital photography with Nikon D3100. I was introduced to this entry level camera from Nikon by my girlfriend ( read my previous blog on Digital photography: the girlfriend connection).
So every date we had, even though I was excited to see her. I made it a point for her to bring the camera so that I could get back in touch with photography and also get
to know this new found love.
Nikon came out with its new D3100 in the year 2010 as a better version of their previous D3000 model. It was the first Nikon camera to provide high definition video recording.
Nikon D3100 has a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor. Which brings with it the capacity to shoot full-length HD videos and that too at an entry-level price. what more can you ask for!!
14.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound
Easy-To-Use with Guide Mode
11-point Autofocus System
3-inch monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting (actually there is a trigger above the monitor which is used to toggle between live mode and lens view) and movie capture
Playback Image and Movie with remote controls
Automatic Exposure Scene Modes – Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait
Comes with 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens
Compact design and Lightweight with good grip
ISO 100-3200, expandable up to ISO 12800
Scene Auto Selector and Recognition System for Live View
Nikon’s EXPEED 2 image processing engine
Active D-Lighting for shadow recovery
Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning
In-camera Image Editing available
Compatible with SD, SDHC and SDXC cards
95% Viewfinder frame coverage
3 frames per second in Continuous Shooting Mode
AF-S lens required for autofocus (no built-in focus motor)
Nikon D3100 – Design and Handling
For an entry-level camera, Nikon D3100 is made out to be a compact and an ultra-lightweight.
The camera is very small in comparison if you have ever handled a Nikon’s full frame camera.
Nikon D3100 is just 30 grams lighter than its parent – the Nikon D3000, which also makes it the lightest Nikon camera. It is mostly made of plastics except for the lens mount.
The Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens looks perfect with the camera and looks aesthetic.
There is a trigger to toggle between Live View and lens view. It has a red button in the toggle to record videos. There are a total of 9 buttons at the back plus a joystick-like control to navigate the cursor in the menu, plack-back of the gallery. It has a turn dial to adjust the shutter speed and aperture at the back.
Nikon has been very smart in adding a lever on top of the camera nestled with the mode dial that allows changing the camera between Single, Continuous, Timer and Quiet modes. Also, it has a very good rubber grip in front of the camera but the depth is left to desire.
Considering it is an entry-level camera, there are not many things to complain about the ergonomics.
You need to carry an umbrella if you want to capture in the rain since there is not much of weather sealing which you might in a bit more expensive camera. Come on guys give this camera a break 🙂
The Nikon D3100 is really very quiet even in the regular modes.
Some of my shots
Best camera for beginners
I have been using this camera for the last 5 years for my everyday shooting or leisure time. I also took it to shoot my first studio fashion shoot (more on that later). But as I have stated earlier the mechanics and the technical enhancements have made the pictures look better straight out of the camera. So I would have recommended this camera for any person graduating from a point-shoot camera. But sadly this camera is no more in the market and Nikon has introduced D3400 in 2016.
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I am Manas, a budding photographer and a full time IT consultant. I love exploring new things, travelling, reading and riding bikes. In my free time, i enjoy taking care of my beloved plants and i sometimes talk to them !!