Nikon D3100

81
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Digital Photography Review says:

Nikon has given its entry-level DSLR all the features its predecessor seemed to be missing. The result is an excellent beginners camera that encourages the user to grow into it whatever their existing level of knowledge.
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Model

Key Specs

Type
DSLR (Nikon F)
Resolution (effective)
14.2 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
Memory card
SD

General

Type
DSLR (Nikon F) (yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
14.2 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
ISO modes
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

Flash

Flash
yes (Internal, External (shoe)) (Front-curtain, Rear-curtain, Slow sync, Red-eye reduction)

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus, Manual (11 points) (Tracking, AF assist lamp, Face / smile detection)

Imaging

Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Exposure modes
Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Program, Macro, Automatic
Exposure compensation
yes
Histogram
yes
Scene selection
yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Other)
White balance modes
Automatic, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent / tungsten, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Custom / white set

Other features

Location support
yes (External module)
Orientation sensor
yes
PictBridge support
yes
Red-eye removal
yes
Remote control
yes
Self-timer
yes
Speaker
yes
Tripod mount
yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD, Optical (yes)

Storage

Memory card
SD (SDHC)

Image formats

Image formats
JPEG, RAW
Quality settings
Normal, Fine
Video recording
yes (h.264 / AVC) (Other)

Connections

USB
2.0
Video output
yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)