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Nikon D3100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3682 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and lens. The image quality and value for money are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical opinions about the control panel.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D3100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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One of the best Camera in it's category


Nikon D3100 is undoubtedly one of the best camera in it's category. I haven't had it long but I am using it again and again and is amazed at what it can do. The picture quality is superb, and it is easy to operate. The guide mode may seem to be useful to learners/beginners in photography, but to me it wasn't that helpful.

Good Image Quality, High ISO Performance, Quiet, Easy to use, Good image stabilization, Large clear LCD

Short battery life

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Nikon D3100 Review


The D3100 is a welcome update to earlier entry-level DSLRs from Nikon, which offered aging sensor technology and limited feature sets. The D3100 sports a 14.1MP CMOS APS-C sensor with very good low-light capabilities for a camera in its class.

Body balance feels awkward; limited manual (but built-in guide is useful)

Body balance feels awkward; limited manual (but built-in guide is useful)

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Nikon D3100Digital Camera Review


The Nikon D3100 represents the entry point for Nikon's current DSLR lineup, featuring a 10-megapixel CMOS sensor, 2.8fps shooting, and beginner-friendly features such as Nikon's “guide” mode. The D3100 is aimed squarely at those looking to just get...

The Nikon D3100 is a solid entry-level DSLR that is aimed squarely at those looking for an easy-to-use camera that offers affordable performance and interchangeable lenses. It’s a lightweight camera that handles well, offers a great deal of control,...


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Nikon D3100


Just a step above its other entry-level DSLR camera (the D3000), Nikon's new D3100 has some fresh features that make it a very attractive DLSR option for photographers who are starting out. Notable features include 1080p high-definition video and...

Shoots HD video ; Autofocus in movie and live view modes ; Good image quality for the price ; Intuitive controls and guide menu for beginners ; Good low light abilites

Autofocus makes noise in movie mode ; Fixed LCD screen ; No exposure bracketing

The D3100 is an entry-level DSLR on the higher end of that category's price range. However, it has a great set of features for beginning photographers, and decent image quality.


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Nikon D3100


Ho-hum–another new DSLR that shoots HD video. That was our reaction at the announcement of this new Nikon geared for first-timers to interchangeable lens ranks. And yet there's something unique about this camera we'll share with you in a click or two…

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

Old-school photographers will embrace the Nikon D3100’s sharp stills and classic design, but noisy video keeps it out of the big leagues with competing models.

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Nikon D3100 (Body Only)


Until I sat down to actually write this review, it hadn't struck me how confusing the market placement of the Nikon D3100 is. It's priced the same as the still-available D5000, which is in many ways a better camera. And with the exception of video,...

Excellent photo quality; well-laid-out controls; interesting, user-friendly Guide mode; full manual controls in video capture

Smallish viewfinder; slower than the competition; no bracketing

A very good entry-level dSLR, the Nikon D3100 delivers excellent photo quality in a body that's streamlined for experienced photographers, but relatively unintimidating for the less advanced. Its only weakness is performance; though solid, it...

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Nikon D3100 Preview


Nikon's latest dSLR offering for 2010, the D3100 improves upon the D3000 released last year. While labeled an entry-level unit, the D3100 boasts some high-end specifications. These include a 14.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, their EXPEED 2 image...

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Nikon D3100


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

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Nikon D3100 Review


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 beginners camera that encourages the user to grow into it whatever their existing level of...

First time DSLR users who want a camera that will encourage them to make the most of its capabilities.

People wanting a camera that behaves just like their existing compact. Users for whom compactness is a priority.

The D3100 is the latest entry-level Nikon DSLR in a line that dates back four years to the D40 and, in arguably the biggest upgrade yet, gains two key features: live view and movie recording. Both of these were starting to look like awkward omissions,...

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Nikon D3100Digital Camera Review


What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Nikon D3100. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at

2011 was an impressive year for Nikon’s video-capable DSLRs, as the company went to great lengths to improve both video performance and features on its new cameras. For this reason, the D3100 is much better than Nikon’s older DSLRs that shot...

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Nikon D3100


Though in some specifications at its introduction it bested almost every camera in Nikon's digital SLR lineup, the Nikon D3100 slots into the company's product line directly above the entry-level D3000.

Compact, comfortable body ; Good ergonomics, plenty of well-positioned external controls ; Dedicated Live View switch and Movie Record button ; Drive mode switch reduces menu accesses ; Excellent image quality from the new 14-megapixel CMOS sensor...

No bracketing capability ; Auto and Incandescent white balance very warm in tungsten lighting ; No in-body image stabilization (but bundled kit lens has vibration reduction) ; Won't autofocus with older "screw-drive" AF lenses ; No improvement in burst...

While the Nikon D3100 carries a list price slightly higher than that of the company's most affordable SLR, it offers a number of very worthwhile improvements that make it easy to justify the extra cost. Key among these for most photographers will be...

Product Specifications

The Nikon D3100 is an entry level Nikon DX-format digital-SLR camera. The camera is equipped with a new CMOS image sensor developed by Nikon and a new image-processing engine that enable capture of high-definition images exhibiting superior image quality, and a Guide mode that allows users to capture images just as they intended. The following lens kit will also be released.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD / Optical Viewfinder


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:23.1 x 15.4 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL14
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL14


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes