However the D3100 has a definite disadvantage in the lack of auto-focusing capability with some of the older Nikkor lenses. Nikon’s affordable, compact and lightweight D3100 digital camera features a high-resolution 14-megapixel CMOS DX sensor, high-quality 3x NIKKOR 18-55mm VR image stabilization zoom lens and intuitive onboard assistance including the learn-as-you grow Guide Mode. Capture beautiful pictures and amazing Full HD 1080p movies with sound and full-time autofocus. Easily capture the action other cameras miss with a fast start up time, split-second shutter release, 3 frames per second shooting and 11-point autofocus. Capture pictures and make movies in near darkness with an ISO range of 100 to 3200 (expandable to 12800-Hi2). One-touch Live View and movie recording lets you see the action on the 3-inch monitor and the Scene Recognition System automatically chooses the ideal settings.
You can also select from 6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions. A built-in pop-up flash is ready for those times when there just isn’t enough light and in-camera image editing allows creative freedom and effects, without the need for a computer. Included lens offers the 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. Features full-time autofocus and sound; record cinematic-quality movies in Full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels).
The Nikon D3100 Digital Camera features Nikon’s Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helping you take better pictures every step of the way.
Nikon’s new image processing engine assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed. Automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance, allowing you to obtain beautiful photos without the hassle of making complicated camera adjustments yourself.
Just set the Mode dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions. Choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape to apply a personal look and feel to your pictures. Ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot. Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported.
I have just started using this camera so more update will follow but in the meantime my initial assessment of this camera is – I am impressed! I give this camera 5 Stars because it takes excellent pictures in almost all conditions (bright or low-light) and that is exactly what I wanted this camera to do for me.

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If you’re confused as to what is a pentamirror, then it is a cheaper variety to a more professional option of using a pentaprism.
These lenses don’t have an auto-focusing motor built in and rely on the AF motor of the camera which the cheaper entry level DSLRs like the D3100 does not have. Also it does not have a built-in AF motor which makes it impossible to use older AF lenses. Although it’s more powerful and much younger sibling (D3200) has been out for a few months, the D3100 is still going strong. EXPEED 2, Nikon’s new image processing engine, assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure and noise. I am not a pro by any means but I have used many different D-SLRs including Canon (40D, T2i, XSi) and Nikon (D90, D5000). It is one heck of a camera which can certainly compete against the best in its class (Canon T1i, T2i, Nikon D5000). That video recording lever once unlocked, gets locked in 30 seconds if you do not record and the countdown begins as soon as you unlock the lever.
Additional rechargeable Lithium Ion EN-EL14 battery so you never run out the juice when you’re traveling and do not want to miss capturing a moment for good. 18-55 VR lens has its limitations so if you have extra $$$s, buy body only (if that even is an option) and get yourself a 18-105 VR lens. They instead kept the photographer in mind and focused on delivering greater picture quality.
The Vibration Reduction will help indoors but Vibration Reduction can’t stop a child or pet in motion indoors. Unless you make most of your income from photography or have a stockpile of old lenses (this camera can only autofocus with AFS lenses) then this camera is the must have camera of the year.
Technically though there is a difference, the extra 2 point does not make that much of a difference.
While other competitors have migrated to a brighter 921,000 dots or even 1,040,000 dots resolution, this leaves a lot to ask.

If you’re planning to use a modern G type Nikkor lens or anything else which comes with a built-in auto-focusing motor then this camera is just perfect for you. Another camera that should be mentioned is the Sony Alpha a65 which retails also at $699 but has one of the fastest continuous drive of 10 fps. Also you can record video while you’re in any dial (imaging) mode (Auto, P, A, S, M, and so on) where as in Canon T2i, etc. There are many cases to choose from and it’s up to you to decide but I suggest getting something like Lowepro SlingShot 102 AW (all weather proof carrying case) so if it rains, you can pull out the weather guard and cover it up. Those who have used speed lights would know what difference it can make to an image with adjustments you can make to light for an image. But at that point, you may want to consider D90 which still is a good camera and offers many more controls. As a wedding photographer I regularly shoot with Nikon’s high end professional equipment and I was amazed how close this camera is to a pro camera.
Consider buying a 35mm 1.8dx AFS for around $200 and you will be super happy with this camera. If you have good composition skills and an eye for light you can take photos worthy of a magazine with this. The D3100’s viewfinder gives 95% frame coverage basically it means you capture more than you see through the viewfinder. Comparing with some of the older models such as the D90 or the D40, the D3100 has certainly lost a lot of bulk. So this is a great convenience – you can jump between taking pictures and recording videos with a simple unlocking of the lever. In order to make it brighter or darker you either need to use a really old lens like the 50mm 1.2 and hit the AE-L (auto exposure lock) and twist the aperture to change exposure. For the size and feel, it’s very similar to D3000 but has more goodies from the higher versions. Additionally, you can be in a preferred dial (imaging) mode (Auto, P, A, S, M, and so on) and change the release mode to Single, Continuous, Self-timer or Quiet mode (this is located right underneath the main dial) – another great convenient feature.
So from an initial wow factor, I quickly moved on to focusing on features and capabilities.
Inside the menu options you can change the AE-L button to hold the setting until you reset which is helpful.

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