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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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User Reviews

80
Jim K
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
80
Sean Shin
Pros - good image quality - ease of use - light weight, good ergonomics - easy...read more
80
franz899
Is an excellent entry level DSLR, at a very good price.
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Model

Key Specs

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

General

Type
DSLR (Nikon F) (Yes)

Other features

Screen size
3 inches
3 fps (max)
Screen resolution
320x240
Screen type
LCD
Location support
Yes
Orientation sensor
Yes
PictBridge support
Yes
Red-eye removal
Yes
Remote control
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes

Sensor

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

Flash

Flash
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
Lcd, Optical

Storage

Memory card
SD

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual

Imaging

Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Macro, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Scene selection
Yes
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Custom

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine
Video recording
Yes

Connections

USB
2.0
Video output
Yes

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable