Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera 

by Nikon | Item  #: 740093 | Model #:  D3100 |
Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera
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14.2 MP
3" LCD
3x Optical Zoom
1080p HD Video




Nikon’s 14.2MP DX-format CMOS Image Sensor delivers beautiful photographs and prints well beyond 20 x 30 inches, and full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound lets you record cinematic-quality movies in full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels). This camera includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens with legendary NIKKOR optical quality and fast, accurate autofocus for vivid color, striking contrast and crisp detail and VR image stabilization to ensure the sharpest hand-held pictures and movies.

The D3100 also features split-second shutter response that eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss. ISO sensitivity of 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent, delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations, and a built-in pop-up flash helps for those times when there isn’t enough light. A fast 11-point autofocus system delivers razor-sharp pictures, and automatic imagesensor cleaning uses an ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control to combat the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot. EXPEED 2, Nikon’s new image processing engine, assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed.

The D3100 is also easy to use. It features Nikon’s Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helping you take better pictures every step of the way. The LCD monitor with One-Touch Live View assist in shooting and movie capture, as well as in-camera controls and editing. A built-in HDMI port lets you connect directly to your HDTV using an optional HDMI cable, and you can control image and movie playback with most HDTV remote controls.

In-camera image editing allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions. Scene Auto Selector lets the D3100 decide the best mode to match the shooting situation when using Live View. Scene Recognition System in Live View automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance, allowing you to obtain beautiful photos without the hassle of making complicated camera adjustments yourself. Or you can choose from six automatic exposure scene modes: just set the Mode dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions. Picture Control lets you choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait or Landscape to apply a personal look and feel to your pictures, and Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.


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Image Capture Device:

  • Effective Pixels: 14.2 million
  • Total Pixels: 14.8 million
  • Picture Angle: Effective picture angle 1.5x (approx.) conversion factor (Nikon DX format)
  • Sensor Size: 23.1 x 15.4mm
  • Image Sensor Format: DX
  • Image Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Dust-reduction system: Image sensor cleaning; Airflow Control System; Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)


  • Lens Mount: Nikon F bayonet mount
  • Viewfinder: Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage: 95% horizontal, 95% vertical (approx.)
  • Viewfinder Magnification: 0.80x approx.
  • Viewfinder Eyepoint:18mm (-1.0m)
  • Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment: -1.7 to +0.5m
  • Focusing Screen: Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
  • Reflex Mirror: Quick-return type
  • Lens Aperture: Instant-return type, electronically controlled


  • Dynamic AF Mode: Number of AF points: 11 and 11 (3D-tracking)
  • Auto-area AF Mode: Yes
  • Autofocus System: Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
  • Detection Range: -1 to 19 EV (ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
  • Lens Servo: 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
  • Focus Point: Can be selected from 11 focus points
  • Focus Lock: Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF); focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
  • Focus Modes: Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo (AF-C); Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only; Face-Priority AF; Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status; Normal area; Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used


  • Monitor Size: 3.0" diagonal
  • Monitor Type: Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD

Aperture and Shutter:

  • Shutter type: Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV Bulb
  • Fastest Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV
  • Slowest Shutter Speed: 30 sec. in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV
  • Flash Sync Speed: Up to 1/200 sec. Synchronizes with shutter at 1/200s or slower
  • Shutter Release Modes: Single-frame [S] mode; Continuous; Self-timer mode; Quiet Shutter Release
  • Frame Advance Rate: Up to 3 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster, and other settings at default values)
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: 3 frames per second

Light Metering Method:

  • Exposure Metering System: TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
  • Metering Range: 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F); 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens at 20°C/68°F)


  • Exposure Modes: Auto modes ( auto, auto [flash off]); Scene Modes; Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P); Shutter-Priority Auto (S); Aperture-Priority Auto (A); Manual (M)
  • Advanced Scene Modes: Portrait; Landscape; Close-up; Sports; Night Portrait; Child
  • Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV in increments of 1/3EV
  • Exposure Lock: Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 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
  • Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity: 100 in steps of 1 EV
  • Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options: 1 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent); 2 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 12800 equivalent) approx.; Auto ISO sensitivity control available
  • Active D-Lighting: On, Off


  • Flash Control: i-TTL Balanced fill-flash, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR
  • Flash Mode: Auto; Auto with red-eye reduction; Fill-flash; Auto slow sync; Auto slow sync with red-eye correction; Rear curtain with slow sync
  • Flash Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
  • Accessory Shoe: ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and ata contacts and safety lock

White Balance:

  • White Balance: Auto; Incandescent; Fluorescent (7 types); Direct Sunlight; Flash; Cloudy; Shade; Preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored); Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000K)

Image Storage:

  • Compatible Storage Media (not included): SD/SDHC/SDXC

Playback Specifications:

  • Playback Functions: Full frame; Calendar; Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images); Zoom; Movie Playback; Slideshow; Histogram display; Highlights; Auto image rotation; Image Comment (up to 36 characters); Highlight point display
  • In-Camera Image Editing: Trim; D-Lighting; Image Overlay; Filter Effects; Small Pic; Monochrome; Color

Movie Specifications:

  • Movie Metering: TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
  • Movie Metering method: Matrix
  • Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate: 1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps); 1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps); 1280 x 720 (25p): 25 fps; 1280 x 720 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps); 640 x 424 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
  • Movie Maximum recording time: 10 min.
  • Movie File Format: MOV
  • Movie Audio recording device: Built-in monaural microphone


  • Interface: Hi-speed USB; Video output: NTSC, PAL; HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
  • Accessory terminal: Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately); GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
  • AC Adapter: EH-5a AC Adapter; Power Connector EP-5a available separately


  • Battery: EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Battery Life (shots per charge): 550 shots (CIPA)

Additional Information:

  • Operating Environment: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C): Less than 85% (no condensation)
  • Tripod Socket: 1/4 in. (ISO1222)
  • GPS: GP-1 GPS unit
  • Picture Control: Landscape; Monochrome; Neutral; Portrait; Selected Picture Control can be modified; Standard; Vivid
  • Self-timer: 2 sec. 10 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
  • Live View Shooting: Yes
  • Balance; NEF (RAW) Processing; Quick retouch; Straighten; Distortion Control; Fisheye; Red-eye Correction; Perspective Control; Color Outline; Edit Movie; Miniature Effect; Before and After


  • EN-EL14 Battery
  • MH-24 Battery Charger
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • DK-20 Rubber Eyecap
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

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Assembled Size

  • 4.9"W x 3.8"H x 2.9"D
  • 16 oz. (camera body only)

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