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Nikon D3100 14.2 MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens & 55-200mm NIKKOR VR Lens - BUNDLE - with 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card, Camera Case, and Spare Lithium Battery

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About Nikon D3100

The Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera is an affordable, compact and lightweight photographic power-house. It features the all-purpose 18-55mm VR lens, 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. 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 D3100 Features

  • 14.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor delivers beautiful photographs and prints well beyond 20 x 30 inches
  • Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound lets you record cinematic-quality movies in Full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Easy-To-Use featuring Nikon's Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helping you take better pictures every step of the way
  • Fast 11-point Autofocus System delivers razor-sharp pictures
  • 3in monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture
  • Built-in HDMI port lets you connect directly to your HDTV using an optional HDMI cable
  • Control Image and Movie Playback with most HDTV remote controls
  • 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
  • Picture Control lets you choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape to apply a personal look and feel to your pictures
  • Built-in pop-up flash for those times when there isn't enough light
  • Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens 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
  • Split-second Shutter Response eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss
  • ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations
  • 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 in Live View automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance, allowing you to obtain beautiful photos without the hassle of making complicated camera adjustments yourself
  • Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights
  • Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning uses an ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot
  • In-camera Image Editing allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions

Nikon D3100 Specifications

Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Picture Angle
Effective picture angle 1.5x (Approx.) conversion factor (Nikon DX format)
Effective Pixels
14.2 million
Sensor Size
23.1 x 15.4mm
Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Total Pixels
14.8 million
Dust-reduction system
Image sensor cleaning
Airflow Control System
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image Area (pixels)
(L) 4608 x 3072
(M) 3456 x 2304
(S) 2304 x 1536
File Format
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
Picture Control
Storage Media
SDXC memory cards
File System
Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
EXIF 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
95% horizontal
95% vertical Approx
Viewfinder Magnification
0.80x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0m-1) Approx
Viewfinder Eyepoint
18mm (-1.0m-1)
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 to +0.5m-1
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Lens Aperture
Instant-return type
Electronically controlled
Compatible Lenses 1
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
AF-S, AF-I: All functions supported
Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster IX Nikkor lenses cannot be used
Electronic Rangefinder usable with lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Compatible Lenses 2
Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus
AF-NIKKOR for F3AF not supported
Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II
Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes
Shutter type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb
Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/200 sec, Synchronizes with shutter at 1/200s or slower
Shutter Release Modes
Single-frame [S] mode
Self-timer mode
Quiet Shutter Release
Frame Advance Rate
Up to 3 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster, and other settings at default values)
2 sec, 10 sec Timer duration electronically controlled
Exposure Metering System
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method
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
Metering Range
0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 deg.C/68 deg.F)
2 to 20 EV (Spot metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens at 20 deg.C/68 deg.F)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Exposure Modes
Auto modes ( auto, auto [flash off])
Scene Modes
Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Scene Modes
Night Portrait
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3EV
Exposure Lock
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO Sensitivity
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
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
1 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent)
2 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 12800 equivalent) Approx.
Auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting
Auto-area AF Mode
Single Area AF
Auto-area AF
3D-tracking (11 points)
Autofocus System
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Detection Range
-1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68 deg.F/20 deg.C)
Lens Servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); Predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Focus Point
Can be selected from 11 focus points
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in Flash
Night portrait
Auto flash with auto pop-up [P], [S], [A], [M]
Manual pop-up with button release
Guide Number
39/12, 43/13 with manual flash (ft/m, ISO 100, 68 deg.F/20 deg.C) Approx.
Flash Control
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 available when matrix or center-weighted metering)
Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include BS-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S
Distance-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash Mode
Auto with red-eye reduction
Auto slow sync
Auto slow sync with red-eye correction
Rear curtain with slow sync
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator
Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX or SB-50DX is fully charged
Blinks for 3 sec. after flash is fired at full output
Accessory Shoe
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, BS-800, SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communications supported with built-in flash and all CLS-compatible flash units
Flash Sync Terminal
Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (available separately)
White Balance
Fluorescent (7 types)
Direct Sunlight
Preset Manual
All except preset manual with fine tuning
Live View Shooting
Live View Lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Manual focus (MF)
Live View AF-area mode
Face-priority AF
Wide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Subject-tracking AF
Live View Autofocus
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected
Live View Scene Auto Selector
Auto mode
Auto (flash off) mode
Movie Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Metering method
Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
1280 x 720 (25p): 25 fps
1280 x 720 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
640 x 424 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
Movie Maximum recording time
10 min
Movie File Format
Movie Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Movie Audio recording device
Built-in monaural microphone
Monitor Size
3 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
230,000 Dots
Monitor Type
TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Functions
Full frame
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images)
Movie Playback
Histogram display
Auto image rotation
Image Comment (up to 36 characters)
Highlight point display
Hi-speed USB
Video output: NTSC, PAL
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal: Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately); GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
GP-1 GPS unit
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
AC Adapter
EH-5a AC Adapter
Power Connector EP-5a available separately
Tripod Socket
1/4in (ISO1222)
Operating Environment
32 to 104 deg.F (0 to 40 deg.C)
Less than 85% (no condensation)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.9 x 3.8 x 2.9in / 124.46 x 96.52 x 73.66mm
16oz / 455g camera body only
Mfr #
13290 A

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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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