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Nikon D3100 14.2 Megapixels Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm & 55-200mm NIKKOR VR Lenses, 3in TFT LCD Display

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About Nikon

The Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera is an affordable, compact and lightweight photographic power-house. It features a high-resolution 14.2 MP CMOS sensor along with a feature set that's comprehensive yet easy to navigate - the intuitive onboard learn-as-you-grow guide mode allows the photographer to understand what the 3100 can do quickly and easily. This particular package includes two stellar NIKKOR lenses; the all-purpose 18-55mm and its long-range sister and the 55-200 VR lens. These lenses allow you to photograph everything from groups in small rooms to subjects far in the distance. Capture beautiful pictures and amazing Full HD 1080p movies with sound and full-time autofocus. Easily capture the action other cameras miss with a fast start up time, split-second shutter release, 3 frames per second shooting and 11-point autofocus. Capture pictures and make movies in near darkness with an ISO range of 100 to 3200 (expandable to 12800-Hi2).

EXPEED 2, Nikon's new image processing engine, assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure and noise. One-touch Live View and movie recording lets you see the action on the 3" monitor and the Scene Recognition System automatically chooses the ideal settings. You can also select from 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes- Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions.

Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights. A built-in pop-up flash is ready for those times when there just isn't enough light and in-camera image editing allows creative freedom and effects, without the need for a computer.

Nikon Features

  • 14.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor delivers beautiful photographs and prints well larger than 20 x 30in
  • 3x 18-55mm /3.5-5.6G and 3.6x 55-200mm f/4-5.6G Zoom-NIKKOR VR Lenses with legendary NIKKOR optical quality and fast, accurate autofocus for vivid color, striking contrast and crisp detail and VR image stabilization to ensure the sharpest hand-held pictures and movies
  • Compact and Lightweight Design: Beautifully styled-Ready to go wherever life takes you
  • Help Function - One-touch Access to In-camera Assistance: When viewing menu items and you don't understand a function, just press the help button. A description of the currently selected item will be displayed while the button is pressed. Release the button and the previous screen appears
  • Easy-To-Use Guide Mode: Taking photos is easy with D3100's Guide Mode - in-camera guidance that shows you step-by-step how to change camera settings. Just select a Guide Mode setting that matches the scene then let Guide Mode assist
  • 18 Guide Mode Shooting Options
  • Split-second Shutter Response: Eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss
  • Fast 11-point Autofocus System
  • Advanced White Balance Control: The Improved Scene Recognition system offers outstanding auto white balance performance that nearly rivals the precision of the D3s, Nikon's flagship camera. White is reproduced more faithfully while maintaining stable color balance regardless of light source
  • ISO Sensitivity 100-3200, Expandable to ISO 12800: Equivalent delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations
  • Large 3in Monitor: Live View with AF Modes
  • Easy-to-view Finder - New Superimposed Indicators for a Better View: During autofocus, D3100's superimposed indicators and BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen provide a cleaner, less cluttered view from corner to corner
  • Rangefinder - Quick and Easy Focusing: When focusing manually, the electronic rangefinder helps you quickly achieve proper focus. It is especially useful when shooting in dimly lit settings
  • AF Mode for Live View and Movie Shooting: Full-time-servo AF (AF-F), Single-servo AF (AF-S),
  • AF-area Modes for Live View and movies: Normal-area AF, Wide-area AF, Face-priority AF, Subject-tracking AF
  • Scene Auto Selector: Lets the D3100 decide the best mode to match the shooting situation when using Live View
  • EXPEED 2: Nikon's new image processing engine assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed
  • Scene Recognition System
  • 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes: Just set the Mode dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions
  • Scene Auto Selector
  • Active D-Lighting: Restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights
  • Picture Control: Lets you choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape to apply a personal look and feel to your pictures
  • Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning
  • Built-in Pop-up Flash: When the light gets low or you find yourself shooting in tricky backlit lighting, use the built-in pop-up flash to brighten the scene. It activates automatically when needed depending on exposure mode, or can be enabled manually
  • Continuous 3fps Shooting: D3100 can shoot approximately 3 frames per second - great for capturing dynamic motion and elusive facial expressions that are a challenge for any photographer. Simply rotate the release-mode selector and shoot away
  • Eye-Fi Support - Transfer Photos and Movies Wirelessly
  • Date Imprint - Stamp Photos with Shooting Date: Know the exact date you took a photo. The position of the date changes automatically depending on camera orientation
  • In-camera Image Editing: Allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions. Including Miniature effect, Color outline, Perspective control, Color balance, Monochrome (Sepia), Fisheye, Filter effects (Cross screen), Soft filter, NEF (RAW) Processing
  • Playback Functions: Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar), playback by date, playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show with transitions, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
  • Long-lasting Lithium-ion Battery - Plenty of Stamina for Plenty of Photos: The Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL14 delivers up to approximately 550 frames on a single charge. Now you can focus on getting the shot rather than worrying about battery power
  • Supported Languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • ViewNX 2 software - Your Imaging Toolbox & Smart Image Management

Nikon Specifications

Camera Type
Single-lens reflex digital camera
Total: 14.8 Megapixels, Effective: 14.2 Megapixels
23.1 x 15.4mm Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor
File Formats
NEF (RAW), JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression, NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
File Size
4608 x 3072 (L), 3456 x 2304 (M), 2304 x 1536 (S)
Creative Color Modes
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome
Movie Modes
Yes HD 1080P (24fps; recording duration 10 minutes)
HD 720P (30, 25, 24fps user selectable; recording duration 10 minutes)
VGA/SD equivalent (30fps; recording duration 10 minutes)
QVGA equivalent (30fps; recording duration 10 minutes )
Image Stabilization
Depends on lens
Crop Factor
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR
18-55mm: 3x
55-200mm: 3.6x
Lens Mount
Nikon F-bayonet
AF-S and AF-I lenses: All functions supported
Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported
IX NIKKOR lenses not supported
Focus Type
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 1' 8" to 9' 10")
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F), Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode: Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Focus Range
18-55mm: 11" (0.28m) to infinity
55-200mm: 3.5' (1m) to infinity
Accessory Lens/Filter Mount
18-55mm: 52mm, 55-200mm: 52mm
ISO 100 to 3200 in steps of 1 EV; Can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or to approx. 2 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available
Shutter Speeds
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Exposure Modes
Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off ]); Scene Modes (Portrait; Landscape; Child; Sports; Close up; Night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M), -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV, Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
White Balance
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine turning
Burst Capability
Up to 3 frames per second
Self Timer
2 sec, 10 sec
Interval Recording
Remote Control
MC-DC2 (available separately), GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Built-in Flash
Built-in pop up, auto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and rear curtain with slow sync
Effective Flash Range
Guide number: Approx. 39' (12m), 43' (13m) with manual flash (ISO 100), -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
External Flash Connection
Hotshoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Dedicated Flash System 1
TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400 (i-TTL balanced fill-flash is available when matrix or center-weighted metering is selected)
Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S
Dedicated Flash System 2
Distance-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with built-in flash and all CLS-compatible flash units
Max Sync Speed
Memory Card Type
SD, SDHC, & SDXC compliant
Recording Formats
MOV, H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Video Recording
Video Resolution
1920 x 1080 (24p): 24fps (23.976fps)
1280 x 720 (30p): 30fps (29.97fps)
1280 x 720 (25p): 25fps
1280 x 720 (24p): 24fps (23.976fps)
640 x 424 (24p): 24fps (23.976fps)
Video Clip Length
10 minutes
Audio Recording
Linear PCM
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Diopter adjustment: 1.7 to +0.5 m-1
Eyepoint: 18mm (-1.0 m-1)
Magnification: Approx. 0.8 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Focusing screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Viewfinder Coverage
Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
3in, Approx. 230k-dot TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Live View
USB - Hi-speed USB, Type C mini-pin HDMI connector, NTSC, PAL
Operating/Storage Temperature
Temperature: 32 to 104 deg.C (0 to 40 deg.C)
Battery Type
EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery (included)
Power Adapter
EH-5a AC adapter (sold separately); requires EP-5A power connector (sold separately)
Camera: 4.9 x 3.8 x 3in / 124.46 x 96.52 x 76.2mm
18-55mm Lens: 2.9 x 3.1in / 73.66 x 78.74m
55-200mm Lens: 2.9 x 3.9in / 73.66 x 100mm
Body without battery, memory card, or body cap: 1lbs / 453g
18-55mm Lens: 9.3oz / 263.65g
55-200mm Lens: 11.8oz / 335g
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New to the SLR world


I bought this SLR camera so I could take really nice pics of my kids playing different sports. I LOVE this camera! Its so easy to use, even for a newby like myself. Totally worth every penny!!!


I Love this camera!


I always liked the convenience of a pocket camera in my business shooting 100 - 200 photos a day of dogs I care for. I wanted to improve my picture taking so I bought this camera on the advice of Ken Rockwell. It's got all sorts of great features if you want to get finicky, but just set on auto it is so easy to use I can hardly believe it. Now I'm taking 300 - 400 pix a day and the quality of them has improved tenfold. My clients absolutely love the pictures I'm emailing to them. The Nikon D3100 has made it so easy for me! It's a real quality camera, very fast to capture my always moving subjects, and super simple to use.




This camera is amazing. It takes great pictures and has great focusing abilities. I do appreciate that it comes with 2 different t size lenses. To get you started


Almost all I would want from an intro level DSLR


I am a semi Pro Photographer and I have some very very expensive equipment. I take very good care of this equipment and generally only use is for commissioned shoots or important personal events. The usual substitution for a DSLR is a point and shoot or a mirrorless camera but I am not the biggest point and shoot fan and I am really really disappointed with Nikon's 1 series. So what I usually do is I have an older Intro Level DSLR to take with me everywhere and if anything happens too it, well darn but no biggy. I recently replaced my old D60 with the D3100 and so far I absolutely love it. It is an intro level camera so we are talking bare bones and basic and with all things you do get what you pay for but I make no apologies for this little trooper. If you are looking for an intro level DSLR as a first DSLR or to upgrade from an aging model then look no further. The D3000 series is an excellent line. It has all of the auto modes you could ever ask for for the newbies so do not be intimidated by the idea of this being too much camera for you it is incredibly user friendly. But my favourite part is that this camera grows with you as you develop your skill and knowledge. So get to know it, take some classes, get some more kit to expand your abilities but have no doubt it will keep up with you every step of the way. To be fair this is not a camera I would take on commissioned shoots but even then get the right lighting and the right lens and there really is no reason you couldn't if you wanted. My only bones to pick with the D3100 are that for video (and I shoots stills, I could hardly care less) the sound and the auto focus are terrible but again you get what you pay for and this model was never really intended to be strong in video. If you are looking for a video capable intro level camera then you will love the D5000 series with much better sound and auto focus. And the only actual legitimate complaint I have with the D3100 is there is no Inferred sensor to allow wireless remote control. Why? Why would you do that you have always had it in you DSLRs, why cut it from this model? Fortunately Nikon fixed this issue in the D3200 and D3300 models. Two amazing intro level DSLRs in their own right. So aside from one mirror annoyance I have to say, great job Nikon I am a life long Nikon shooter but I know, love and use most other brands as well, still I am pleased I chose Nikon for my kit. If you are looking for an intro Level DSLR the D3100 and it's successors the D3200 and D3300 are excellent choices that are perfect for complete beginners and grow with you every step of the way.

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Awesome camera! Good for people moving from film to D-SLR, or professional photographers. Easy to use, high quality, great pictures!


Great start with DSLR


The D3100 is a good start for those want to venture into DSLR. It has all the basic features to learn the rope of taking great digital photographs.


New user


Just received camera. Pleased with package and instructions. After some time will be better able to determine the numbers of stars involved. From what limited time involved it would appear a very favorable rating will be forth coming.


Execllent product Nikon D3100


Easy to use and understand amazing performance. A Great Companion


I love this camera


I got this camera as a birthday/christmas present and I couldn't be happier with it! Not only does it take amazing photos and videos, but it's super easy to use and it has so many fun features!! This camera came with two different types of lenses and the standard battery/charger. As someone who has recently taken up photography as a hobby and loves to travel, this camera is definitely worth it and has come in handy for fun adventures as well as school projects. If you want a great DSLR to start out with, I'd recommend this camera/model.


Nothing else can be asked !


I bought this camera two days ago only but the options that I have explored are really making me fall in love with this machine :D in short in can say BEST CAMERA !

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