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 processor, 11-point AF system, advanced Face recognition that can detect up to 35 faces in the frame, broad ISO range (up to ISO 12,800 with expansion enabled), HDMI output, Live View, full 1080p HD video recording, and full-time AF in Live View and Movie modes.

The most impressive consumer model to date from Nikon, the D3100 looks to be a promising opponent in a very competitive category. Check back in the coming weeks as we get our hands on an eval unit and start putting it though the paces.

Nikon D3100 main features:
  • 14.2-megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor
  • Nikon EXPEED 2 image processing technology
  • Dust Reduction System
  • Durable shutter mechanism (tested to 100,000 cycles)
  • Accepts Nikon F-mount lenses (with 1.5x FOV multiplier)
  • AVCHD (H.264) Full HD (1920x1080) video at 24p or 720p (1280x720) video at 24 or 30fps
  • Live View Mode uses the LCD as the viewfinder for framing images/movies
  • Continuous drive at 4fps with dynamic buffer
  • 11-point AF System
  • Bust mode shooting at up to 3fps
  • 3.0-inch color LCD with 230,000 pixels and 100% frame coverage
  • High-quality, eye-level pentamirror optical viewfinder
  • New Guide Mode helps beginners with step-by-step assistance
  • ISO sensitivity from 100 to 3200; 12,800 available with ISO expansion
  • 420-pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering sensor
  • Noise Reduction circuitry for long exposures
  • High ISO Noise Reduction
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card storage
  • HDMI High Definition output as well as standard NTSC and PAL video output
  • Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) compliant
  • High-capacity EN-EL14 battery and compact AC Charger
The D3100 camera kit includes the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilized lens, and is scheduled to be available at in mid September 2010 with an estimated retail price of $699.95 US.

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