Nikon has announced the pending release of its latest digital SLR camera, the Nikon D3100. It’s a pretty serious camera: 14.2 megapixel, DX format CMOS sensor, Live View shooting, face detection function that can detect up to 35 human faces, and it will shoot full high definition video. All of this, and a Guide Mode that will help DSLR newbies make the most of the camera, looking to give the D3100 the ease of a point-and-shoot compact digital camera.
All of this imaging power, and ease, and the Nikon D3100 will be priced in the budget range, perhaps around the $700 – $800 mark. Read more about the price below.
Given the price, the specs and the ease-of-use, this is a very interesting camera. And the really interesting thing will be to see what effect its release has on the competition.
Nikon D3100 specifications
It’s a serious camera, so here’s a serious list of its specs.
Camera type: Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective pixels: 14.2 million
Image sensor: Nikon DX format (23.1 x 15.4 mm) CMOS sensor
Image size (pixels): 4,608 x 3,072 [L], 3,456 x 2,3404 [M], 2,304 x 1,536 [S]
Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 3200 in steps of 1 EV, plus HI-1 (ISO 6400) and HI-2 (ISO 12800)
File format: NEF (12 bit compressed RAW); JPEG (Baseline-compliant); MOV movie (H.264/MPEG-4 compression format with monaural sound)
Storage media: SD memory card (SDHC and SDXC compliant)
Autofocus: TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist (range approx. 0.5-3m); 11 focus point; Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
Focus Modes: 1) 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 2) Manual focus (MF) can be selected
Exposure Metering System: 1) 3D color matrix metering ? (type G and D lenses), color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses), 2) Center-weighted (weight given to 8-mm circle in center of frame), 3) Spot metering (meters 3.5-mm circle centered on selected focus point)
Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens): 1) 0 to 20 EV (3D-Color Matrix or Center-weighted metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering)
Exposure control: 1) Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Auto [Flash Off], Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait), 2) Programmed Auto [P], 3) Shutter-Priority Auto [S], 4) Aperture Priority Auto [A], 5) Manual [M], 6) Guide mode
Auto Exposure Bracketing: No
Shutter: Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000sec in steps of 1/3 EV plus bulb
Self-Timer: Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2 or 10s.
Remote control: Via Remote Cord MC-DC2 (optional)
GPS: via GP-1 GPS Unit (optional)
Power requirements: Rechargeable EN-EL14 Li-ion battery, EH-5a AC adapter (available separately; requires optional EP-5A power connector)
Battery life (on a fully charged battery): Approx. 550 shots
Dimensions: Approx. 124 x 96 x 74.5 mm
Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap): Approx. 455 grams
Other features:Expeed 2 Image Processing Engine, Graphical User Interface, Guide Mode, D-Movie (Full HD recording), Full-time servo AF (AF-F) movie recording
New Nikkor lenses
In addition to the D3100, Nikon also announced four new NIKKOR lenses:
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR: Nikon’s newest DX-format, super telephoto zoom lens. An exceptionally lightweight and compact interchangeable lens that guarantees simple and enjoyable super-telephoto photography.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR: a 5x standard zoom lens with a fixed maximum aperture of f/4 throughout its entire zoom range.
NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR: a 10.7x super-telephoto lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths from the wide-angle 28mm to telephoto 300mm.
Nikon D3100 price and availability
Nikon have given a release of date of September. Nothing more than that. And as for the Australian price, there was none given, no camera price, no lens prices, only that pricing will be announced in “early September”.
However, UK sites have published prices, so as a guide, here they are: