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Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera Review

Some aspiring photographers may save up for the best digital single lens reflex camera out there in the market, and they may eventually set their sights on the Nikon D3100. Nowadays, many leading companies of the world are striving to produce the best high-end camera that would make proper use of all the current technology available. For most professionals, getting their hands on this camera would be like a dream come true, but will it just be a daytime delusion after this camera review?

The Nikon D3100 has many new features that were specially added by its manufactures, which will also serve as the points of concern in this review. This new digital single lens reflex camera will run on the company’s new EXPEED 2 image processor called CMOS image sensor, offering at least 14.2 megapixels of quality and a maximum resolution of about 4608 by 3072 pixels. The camera has 3 levels of JPEG compression, ISO sensitivities from 100 to 3200 equivalents, and an image burst rate at 3 frames per second. This new model also makes use of an AF-S lens mount, a Multi-CAM 1000 phase-detection auto focus sensor module, Scene Recognition System, 3D tracking, and a 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix II metering sensor. Aside from those mentioned, this digital single lens camera also has in-camera editing, a guide mode, a Dust Control System, and an EN-EL14 lithium-ion battery pack capable of a maximum of 550 shots.

In terms of performance, this digital single lens camera delivers exceptionally well with its stunning image and photo capture due to the new CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 2 Image Processor. It has good dynamic range and ISO performance compared to the other cameras on the same line. The camera has a bunch of necessary augments like the contrast detection, electronic rangefinder, expanded retouch modes and controls, automatic chromatic aberration color sharpness and contrast adjustments, and Active D-Lighting. Externally, the camera is extremely comfortable to operate with its ergonomic design, compact body and aptly-placed interface, it has a quiet shutter release that is good to use in solemn receptions, and a drive mode to eliminate the hassle searching for menus.

Unfortunately, the camera has a bunch of minor flaws of its own. It has a lot of lacking features when compared to other models of the same line, like the bracketing capability, on-demand grills, manual exposure mode for video capture, external microphone jack support, IR remote support, and in-body image stabilization. The USB cables and the audio/video cables are also not included in the package, which also proves as a hassle for users. There is also a distinct noise that comes from the internal microphone as it comes into contact with the kit lens. Lastly, the LCD resolution is a little subpar for a digital single lens reflex camera like this, so it could use more improvements.

The absence of numerous features may turn off some aspiring photographers, but the high ISO performance and exceptional image capture quality makes the Nikon D3100 a worthy purchase for its price.

Read our full Nikon D3100 review or check out the brand new Nikon D7000 review.

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