Nikon (Japan) revealed last August 19, 2010, the new Nikon D3100, an entry level Nikon DX-format digital-SLR camera. An upgrade of the Nikon D3000 another entry level DSLR. The D3100 comes with EXPEED 2, a new CMOS image sensor and a new image-processing engine for HD video capturing.
According to Nikon, the EXPEED 2 engine enables the camera to capture of high-definition images exhibiting superior image quality with detailed renderina and rich tones.
With the release of Nikon D3100, Nikon also introduced a new kits lens the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR which will be included in with the D3100 Body. Still the HD features of D3100 remains to be seen if it’s comparable with the Nikon D5000 and Canon 550D.
Features of the new Nikon D3100.
- DX-format CMOS image sensor and image-processing engine/EXPEED 2
- Refined Guide Mode
- Live view mode
- D-Movie for recording and editing full-HD movies and AF-F (full-time servo AF) focus mode for movie recording
- Built-in Scene auto selector
- Face Detection (up to 35 human faces)
- Independent movie-record button and release-mode selector
- Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) bus (for remote controlled playback when connected to an HD TV)
- New exposure compensation algorithm for RAW file processing
- New ViewNX 2 software
Specs of Nikon D3100
Image sensor: EXPEED 2, 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
Image size (pixels): 4,608 x 3,072 [L], 3,456 x 2,304 [M], 2,304 x 1,536 [S]Lens mount: Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective pixels: 14.2 million
File format (Image): 1) NEF(RAW), 2)JPEG, 3)NEF(RAW)+JPEG
File format (Video): MOV, H.264/MPEG-4
Movie (Recording): HD movies (1080, 720p or WVGA)
Media (Storage): SD (Secure Digital) memory cards *1, SDHC- and SDXC-compliant
Frame advance rate: Up to 3 fps *2
ISO sensitivity: ISO 100 to 3200 in steps of 1 EV; Can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or to approx. 2 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available
LCD monitor: 3″ TFT LCD (230k dots) with brightness adjustment
Battery: One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery
AC adapter(optional): EH-5a AC adapter; requires EP-5 power connector
Dimensions (W x H x D): 124 X 96 X 74.5mm
Weight: 455g (without battery, memory card, body cap) / 505g (with battery and memory card but without body cap)
The estimated price for the Nikon D3100 is $699.00,
Image and PR Link: Nikon releases the D3100 digital-SLR camera
Last modified: August 22, 2010