Nikon Coolpix 3100 Review

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Nikon Coolpix 3100



Record Modes & Screens


Nikon Coolpix 3100

AUTO record mode screen display. The Zoom indicator displays briefly whenever the Zoom is operated. The ISO icon indicates that the camera has increased the sensitivity to offset lower lighting conditions. The "3M*" icon indicates the image resolution is 2048x1536 at High quality. Flash is set to Auto and will fire when needed and there's 309 pictures remaining at the current image resolution.

In AUTO mode you can change the image quality/size, flash mode or exposure compensation, you can enable macro focus, the selftimer or time and date imprint. AUTO is the point-n-shoot mode.



Nikon Coolpix 3100

AUTO record menu options:

    Image Quality/Size - 2048x1536 High, 2048x1536 Normal, 1600x1200 Normal, 1024x768 or 640x480

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering by +/-2.0EV in 1/3EV steps

    Date Imprint - Stamp the date or time and date on the image

    Format - Format the CF card





Nikon Coolpix 3100

Manual record mode. Similar to AUTO but there are more exposure options available, see screen below.



Nikon Coolpix 3100

MANUAL record menu options:

    Image Quality/Size - 2048x1536 High, 2048x1536 Normal, 1600x1200 Normal, 1024x768 or 640x480

    White Balance - Auto, Manual preset, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy or Speedlight

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering by +/-2.0EV in 1/3EV steps

    Date Imprint - Stamp the date or time and date on the image

    Continuous - Shooting mode: Single frame, Continuous, Multi-Shot 16-1 or Multi-Shot 16-2

    BSS - Best Shot Selector

    Image Sharpening - Auto, High, Normal, Low or Off

    Format - Format the CF card





Nikon Coolpix 3100

Scene mode options include: Party, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up, Museum, Fireworks, Copy and Back Light



Nikon Coolpix 3100

Some of the pre-programmed exposure modes have special onscreen framing displays to help you lineup your subjects. Portrait Couple mode (shown here) is used for two people standing side by side.



Nikon Coolpix 3100

Portrait mode options include: Portrait, Portrait left, Portrait right, Portrait close-up, Portrait couple and Portrait figure.



Nikon Coolpix 3100

Landscape mode options include: Landscape, Scenic view, Architecture, Group right and Group left



Nikon Coolpix 3100

Sports mode options include: Sports, Sports Spectator and Sports Composite



Nikon Coolpix 3100

Night Portrait options include: Night Portrait, Portrait Left, Portrait Right, Portrait Close-up, Portrait Couple and Portrait Figure



Nikon Coolpix 3100

Movie mode screen display. You can record QuickTime MOVie clips up to 40 seconds in length at 320 x 240 resolution or 20 seconds at 640 x 480 (TV) resolution. There is no microphone so the movies are silent. The optical zoom can be used during movie recording.



Nikon Coolpix 3100

Movie mode menu options:

    Small Movie - Color 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps

    TV Movie - Color 640 x 480 pixels, 15fps

    B/W Movie - Black & White 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps

    Sepia Movie - Sepia toned 320 x 240 pixels, 15fps





Nikon Coolpix 3100

Macro focus mode allows you to focus on subjects as close as 1.6 inches. Without leaving macro mode the camera can focus all the way out to infinity.





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