Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens

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Display screen 3.0" Rear Screen LCD (230000)
Diopter adjustment - 1.7 to +0.5 m
Screen coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Pentamirror
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification Approx. 0.8x


Ac power adapter EH-5a (Optional)
Battery 1x EN-EL14 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4VDC, 1500mAh
Operating/storage temperature Operating
32 to 104 °F (0 to 40 °C)


Dimensions (wxhxd) 5.8 x 4.5 x 2.9" / 14.73 x 11.43 x 7.37 cm


Software requirements Windows: XP, Vista
Mac: OS X 10.4 or later
In-camera image editing Before and After, Color Outline, D-Lighting, Edit Movie, Filter Effects, Fisheye, Image Overlay, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, NEF (RAW) Processing, Perspective Control, Quick Retouch, Red-eye Correction, Small Pic, Straighten, Trim
Self timer 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec
Interval recording Yes
Connectivity 10-pin Terminal, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0

Kit lens

Magnification 0.31x
Groups/elements 8/11
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.9 x 3.3" (7.37 x 8.38 cm)
Image stabilization Yes
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:3.2
Angle of view 76° - 28°
Diaphragm blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Filter thread Front: 52 mm
Minimum focus distance 11" (27.94 cm)
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Weight 9.35 oz (265 g)
Focal length 18 - 55 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm


Pixels Actual: 14.8 Megapixel
Effective: 14.2 Megapixel
Camera type Digital SLR with Interchangeable lenses
Bit depth Not Specified By Manufacturer
Camera format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Other resolutions 8.0MP: 3456 x 2304 @ 3:2
3.5MP: 2304 x 1536 @ 3:2
Sensor type / size CMOS, 23.1 x 15.4 mm
Lens mount Nikon F
Memory card type SD
Aspect ratio 3:2
File formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max resolution 14.2MP: 4608 x 3072 @ 3:2

Focus control

Focus mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Focus type Auto & Manual
Autofocus points 11


Built-in flash Yes
Guide no. Not Specified By Manufacturer
Max sync speed 1 / 200 sec
Flash compensation -3 EV to +1 EV (in 0.33 EV steps)
Flash modes 1st Curtain Sync
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction
Continuous shooting Up to 3 fps
Effective flash range Not Specified By Manufacturer
External flash connection Hot Shoe

Exposure control

Exposure modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 0.33 EV steps)
Mirror lock-up Yes
White balance modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Fluorescent H, Incandescent, Preset Manual, Shade
Metering method 3D Color Matrix Metering, Center-weighted average metering, Spot metering
Remote control MC-DC2 (Optional)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec

Av recording

Audio recording With Video, Mono
File size 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
1280 x 720 (HD)
640 x 424 (SD)
320 x 216
Continuous shooting time 1920 x 1080
10 min.
1280 x 720
10 min.
640 x 424
10 min.
Exposure compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Iso sensitivity 100 - 3200, Expandable to 12800
Frame rate @ 1920 x 1080: 24 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps
@ 640 x 424: 24 fps
@ 320 x 216: 24 fps
Exposure control Auto: Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO
Video recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Focus Auto
Expert Reviews
3 July 2017

The Nikon D3100 ups the D3000’s megapixel ante from 10.2 megapixels to 14.2, adds Live View, video capture, and support for all functions of AI-P Nikkor lenses except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II.

Digital camera review.32822754
1 June 2011

The D3100 turns in a solid performance wiith good image and color quality. Video recording mode has some limitations.

  • +

    Good color, image quality, Light and compact DSLR, Decent kit lens

  • -

    Short video record time, Noticeable rolling shutter

27 October 2010

As a pure camera, the D3100 is an excellent choice. Unfortunately DSLRs are now rated on their ability to capture high-def videos—for better or worse. In this case, it’s worse. If you just want a solid 14.2-megapixel DSLR and aren’t concerned with video clips, by all means choose this camera.

  • +

    Terrific 14.2MP stills, Noise well under control at high ISOs, Good ergonomics, menu system

  • -

    Mic picks up lens noise when shooting videos, Jelly effect when panning, No USB cable supplied

Pc magazine.32817846
15 October 2010

Nikon's D3100 is an excellent entry-level digital SLR, and offers continuous autofocus during video recording for a true camcorder-like video-capture experience.

  • +

    Inexpensive. Great image quality. Large 3-inch LCD. Continuous autofocus during still and video shooting. Helpful Guide mode for new users. Small body (for a D-SLR).

  • -

    Audible noise from lens when refocusing during video recording. No microphone input.

Dp review.32823956
21 December 2010

With the addition of video and live view, Nikon has given its entry-level DSLR all the features its predecessor seemed to be missing. The result is an excellent beginner's camera that encourages the user to grow into it, whatever their existing level of knowledge.

  • +

    Very good image quality, Unintimidating interface, but with plenty of manual control, Easily accessible Live View and Movie controls, Useful drive mode lever (unique on an SLR at this price level), Highly sophisticated AF system for the price, Easy manual selection of off-centre AF points, Unusually...

  • -

    Slight tendency to overexpose in contrasty conditions, Buggy Live View / Movie Mode (movies aren't necessarily recorded at set aperture), Crude live view magnification is of little help for critical manual focus, No live histogram in live view, AF still a little sluggish in live view mode, full-time...

6 June 2017

All in all, the review conclusion is that the Nikon D3100 is a nice SLR, but the D5000 is a much better device at the same price.

Bright hub.34750551
1 June 2011

The D3100 is a compact, feature-packed DSLR from Nikon. It has many useful upgrades from the existing D3000 and is looking to establish itself as the best entry-level DSLR for consumers. This review explores how good it really is, and includes some sample images to show what you can expect.

Review guidelines.34355476
17 May 2011

The Nikon D3100 is an excellent non-professional SLR that well approaches the amateur world without making him feel inferior. The ergonomics and design are the classics of the house but at the same time are dusted with the new mode dial to some devices and functional.

  • +

    Double system of protection against dust; Reflex for families; Wide range of compatible lenses, viewfinder, the display size; HDMI Input.

  • -

    Display resolution; Video limited to 10 minutes.

22 February 2011

The D3100 is a refinement of the D3000 which now sits at the low-end of Nikon's entry-level DSLRs. The notable changes are a 14 megapixels sensor and 1080p video capability with autofocus. It is a relatively compact DSLR with the most basic feature set.

  • +

    Very low image noise, Excellent white-balance, Conservative metering, Accurate autofocus system, Short shutter-lag, Good shot-to-shoot speed, Excellent time-to-first-shot, Generally good ergonomics, Full HD video with autofocus, Good build quality, Easily usable with gloves on

  • -

    Slow autofocus, Uneven color response, Slight image softness, LCD glare when settings are changed, Live-View not exposure-priority, Microphone records camera noise, Impossible to setup video framing, Limited interface control, No exposure bracketing, Odd Auto ISO behavior, Exposure steps always 1/3...

Photo net.34752471
19 August 2010

In the last several years, Nikon has been updating their 10MP, entry-level DSLR on an annual basis. In the past, the D40X, D60, and D3000 all share a version of the 10MP CCD sensor that was also used on the D200 and D80, but there have been some significant improvements such as the AF system.

User Reviews
17 May 2015

I own a point and shoot camera but like the features of an SLR so I decided to upgrade to a DSLR. I chose the Nikon D3100 because it has enough manual features to get me back into amateur photography plus the AUTO setting that makes it easy enough for anyone else to use.

11 December 2012

I pays to be a smart shopper. Do your research first before investing in a high-end product such as the D3100. Nikon is closing out the D3100 right now to make room for their new replacement model D3200.

  • +

    You can pay more for fancier cameras, but no camera takes better pictures than a D3100! The D3100 has all the same features as the more expensive cameras but are accessible via menu instead of direct control.

  • -

    The price here is about $200 overpriced compared to most well known online camera shops.

Photography review.34752477
14 July 2012

I read a few reviews before I purchased this camera, which were all very positive. I have no regrets at all buying this camera, and it was just the thing to get me back into SLR photography after a 30 year break. Got a good deal in my view at £350 GBP with the 18-55 Nikkor lens ($545 USD approx)

  • +

    Easy to use, great results. The built in guide is useful, especially for a novice. The price is good for an entry level camera and I can see it lasting me quite a while. Although calling 'entry level' is a bit deceiving as it is capable of producing, as far as I can see, perfectly professional...

  • -

    Perhaps an infra red option for the remote as the older version used to have, but that's not a how stopper as there are plenty of good value wireless remotes out there. I can't think of anything bad to say about it to be honest as I'm loving using it!

Wolfcamera com.34753814
19 January 2012

This camera is user friendly and is a great camera for someone who loves to take photographs. My husband who does part-time professional photography work has even taken my camera along for jobs and loved what he was able to get out of it. It's a steal for the money and I highly recommend it.

  • +

    Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, High ISO Performance

Slr gear.32823196
19 December 2011

I am a Nikon professional user and I use this camera for travel photography. The 14.5mb sensor produces beautiful high resolution images with good file sizes for cropping. I use it with the AF-S 18-105mm VR lens or the AF-S 50mm f1.4. The results are superb.

  • +

    light-weight body, high resolution sensor, live view and D-lighting

  • -

    I am a Nikon professional user and I use this camera for travel photography.

4 December 2010

If you're looking for really awesome, professional riding pics, this is the camera for you. If you're not a photographer, DSLR cameras are hard to use. As there is a learning curve, The D3100 does have a guide mode that helps you set the camera up for the best results, making easier than most DSLRs.

  • +

    Incredible pictures, easy to use DSLR, guide mode, unbelievable HD video.

26 May 2011

The Nikon D3100 DSLR camera gets a rating of 9 out of 10 in my opinion. I love this camera and there is so many different factors to review so I am going to divide them into the following sections: ease of use, price, photo quality, and video quality.

Product Highlights
  • 14.2MP DX Sensor
  • 3" LCD
  • Live View
  • HD 1080p Video w/ Sound & Autofocus
  • 11-point Autofocus
  • 3 Frames per Second Shooting
  • ISO 100 to 3200 (Expand to 12800-Hi2)
  • Self Cleaning Sensor
  • EXPEED 2, Image Processing Engine
  • Scene Recognition System
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