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Elevate Your Photography to Beautiful New Heights

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Easily capture the beauty of life’s fleeting moments with Nikon’s compact and lightweight D3100—a feature-rich digital SLR camera that surprises you with simplicity, and positively delights with superb results. The D3100 comes equipped with Nikon’s easy-to-use Guide Mode to help you take better photos and capture breathtaking Full 1080p HD movies. Best of all, the D3100 is ready to go, out-of-the-box with an included AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. Whether shooting casual snapshots, a delicately composed still life or Full HD movies, you’ll love the ease with which D3100 does it all.
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Exceptional image detail

DX-format 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor

Nikon equipped the D3100 with a newly developed CMOS sensor for outstanding subject detail and smooth color gradation. Whether shooting photos or Full HD movies, the sensor is crucial to image quality. The high pixel count of D3100’s sensor produces photos of striking clarity, revealing all the nuance of the original scene with minimum noise—ideal for intricately detailed textures and noise-free background defocus.
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Ready out-of-the-box

Includes the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens

You’ll be ready to start shooting exceptional pictures as soon as you get the D3100 home because it comes bundled with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens ready for action! Achieve clear images easily with legendary NIKKOR optical quality and fast, accurate autofocus for vivid color, striking contrast and crisp detail. Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization ensures the sharpest hand-held pictures and movies, and it’s close-up capabilities capture fantastic detail shots at a 0.9 ft. focus distance.
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Bring moments to life

Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound

Discover the difference a digital SLR makes when shooting movies. A wide selection of NIKKOR lenses gives you freedom to explore different angles and obtain lovely defocused backgrounds while the D3100’s advanced imaging system assures outstanding quality. And for action sequences, new Subject-tracking AF keeps subjects properly focused. After the shoot, view movies on the large 3-inch LCD and perform simple editing tasks like trimming scenes before or after a designated point. HDMI compatibility lets you connect the D3100 to an HDTV with an optional HDMI cable, with playback managed by most TV’s remote controls.
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Take-anywhere portability

Compact and lightweight design

At only approx. 1 lb. 1.8 oz.*, the compact and lightweight D3100 goes where you go. And it’s so easy to use thanks to the ergonomic grip that simplifies shooting, both in horizontal and vertical positions. New dedicated controls for frequently used functions like Live View, D-Movie and shutter release modes further enhance ease of use.
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Nikon’s Guide Mode

The sure way to obtain desired results

An enchanting portrait against a softly defocused background, or a radiant couple surrounded by sparkling lights. Taking photos like these is easy with the D3100’s Guide Mode—in-camera guidance that shows you step-by-step how to change camera settings. Just select a Guide Mode setting that matches the scene then let Guide Mode assist. Not only will you obtain the desired results, you’ll understand how you achieved them. Guide Mode even displays sample photos so you’ll know what to expect from each setting.
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Catch the decisive moment

Split-second shutter response and continuous 3 fps shooting

D3100 can shoot approximately 3 frames per second—great for capturing dynamic motion and elusive facial expressions that are a challenge for any photographer. Simply rotate the release-mode selector and shoot away. Split-second shutter response eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss.
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Fast, precise 11-point autofocus system

The D3100's precision high-speed autofocus responds immediately to changes in scene or composition, maintaining tack-sharp focus to capture fleeting expressions and fast-moving sports.
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Great pictures in dimly lit settings

A maximum ISO of 3200 (expandable to ISO 12,800 equivalent) lets you shoot at fast shutter speeds, reducing camera-shake blur in dimly lit scenes. Twilight and indoor shots come alive with a refreshingly natural look without the need for a tripod or flash.
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3-inch LCD with one-touch Live View

Live View gives you an intuitive, familiar way to photograph playful pets or children on the move. Just flip a switch and you’re ready to go. Live View makes D3100 as easy to use as a compact camera.
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Scene Auto Selector

The D3100 automatically selects the Scene Mode that matches the shooting situation and subject. During Live View shooting in Auto Mode, Scene Auto Selector automatically activates Portrait, Landscape, Close-up or Night portrait modes depending on the scene.

Expand the creative potential of the D3100

NIKKOR lenses & Nikon creative lighting systems for every situation

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Best camera ever. My first DSLR. It is durable – even if I dropped it, it still works without a problem. Video is amazing, especially the full 1080p resolution. Photos come out great. Lens compatibility isn't an issue – I have a lens from 1998 that fits and still works with this camera (you have to shoot in manual mode, though). For first-time photographers like me, this is really easy to use. A versatile camera for everyday photography, I recommend this to every first-time DSLR buyer. September 15, 2014
BEST ENTRY/ INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CAMERA ON THE MARKETim I'm new to the DSLR world well was when I first got this camera for an amazing price. I'd seen reviews and such so I knew how to work it out of the box but I decided to give the manual a look and it wasn't the novel I Thought it would be. It was very simple. Image quality is amazing, can go days without charging while using it for hours each day. The only and not that bad things that wish were here were the ability to use IR remotes to control this camera and for it to be a little quiter. Nothing to bad at all. Still in love with this camera years after it release! March 2, 2014
Love this camera! A week or so ago, I got the d3100 from Best Buy, but the flex circuit broke and I can't send it to Nikon headquarters, so I exchanged it today. It is my first DSLR and a great beginner DSLR to have, for I spend most of my free time with my cameras (both are Nikon). I'm really sad that they are discontinuing this product. I totally recommend this to a lot of people! February 16, 2014
Perfect Entry Level DSLR I bought this camera recently to use for photo shoots, web shows, and music videos. This is the first DSLR that I have purchased but I have used a Lumix GH2 before. I was amazed to see how well this camera works. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that the more expensive DSLR cameras have, but its over all functionality is wonderful. It works great in low light and the photos I have taken with it are incredible. The video quality is also great. The only thing that I could say that I don't like is that video is only in 10 min sections, but this is not a "video camera". The auto-focus is snappy, the settings are easy to learn and use, and over all it is a great camera. If you are looking for an entry level DSLR this is the perfect camera for you. Especially for the price. November 23, 2013
Great entry level DSLR that will grow with you!! I bought this DSLR as a smaller and lighter alternative to my two Nikon D7000's. The D7000 is a great body but I'm not one to bring expensive gear with me on family vacations and trips. The D3100 is an exceptional little camera. Its very lightweight and is just as fast and responsive as my higher end D7000's. The 14mp sensor delivers great image quality with fantastic clarity and color. When I want to remember an event or vacation, I'd much rather capture the moment with a quality camera instead of a cellphone camera or point and shoot. I want a clear and detailed picture/memory, not a blurry grainy mess. I like the fact that the D3100 is ready when you are to take a picture or video. No waiting no nothing just point and shoot. Or if your like me and you like to take full control of exposure settings then you can access them quickly via the rear LCD. The D3100 is rated for 550 shots on a freshly charged battery. However you can easily get almost a thousand shots if you don't use live view or the popup flash. I usually average around 750+ since I do use the built in flash to fill in shaded areas sometimes. I also have used the D3100's video mode. Video quality is very good. I usually use either my 18-55mm VR kit lens or the 35mm 1.8G. Both give really good results. The AF performance while shooting video is just okay. The lens does hunt while shooting video. Its less of an issue if you use smaller apertures though. I prefer to use manual focus while recording video. I do own the Nikon 10-24mm DX. I can tell you that this lens is amazing for video. You can get some really amazing panning shots. Its also great for general purpose videography. But like I said the D3100 was to be an affordable camera to bring on vacations and such. So the expensive glass stays home. As an entry level DSLR the D3100 is both easy to use and packed with features, while at the same time allowing new comers to easily learn the art of photography with out overwhelming them with buttons a complex menus. Its a much better camera in every way compared to my first DSLR the Nikon D60. Everything about the D3100 is just so much better. The image sensor on the D3100 puts all the older 6 and 10mp sensors to shame. Its ISO performance and dynamic range aren't even on the same level. The D3100's viewfinder has more useful info on the bottom LCD (when compared to the D70/s,D50, D40 D40x and D60), the overall operation is faster, the rear LCD is larger, its AF system is ALLOT better, even the hand grip is better. The hand grip is both larger and more comfortable to hold. I also like the larger mode dial and shooting selector switch. If your looking for a great entry level DSLR the Nikon D3100 is it. Or if your looking for a step up in image quality compared to older entry level DSLR's then I'd also recommend the D3100. The D3100 is a fast little camera that can be used for wildlife, sports and basically any form of photography on a budget. You just have to keep in mind that the D3100 is only as quick as the lens being used and the photographers timing. October 19, 2013
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No it doesn't but that is what the purchase of an SD card would be for. Easy transfers. You will need one any way.
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No, the D3100 is not supplied with a USB cable. It is a USB to mini USB cable They are generic and are available at any electronics dealer for less than $10.
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Can you shoot tethered with the D3100?

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I am wanting to shoot tethered with my Nikon D3100. Does it have the capability, and if so, what additional software, cables, etc do I need to purchase?
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Agreed about the USB cable, however, there are other programs that will do this (I'm not familiar with the one mentioned above). I have used Image Capture (built-in to MacOS) and Aperture (paid/MacOS) to do tethered shooting. Image Capture has timed shooting as well, which is awesome for time lapse.
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You would need a usb cable and Camera Control Pro.
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Do you have to purchase a interface cable with the camera?

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You must purchase an SD card to make the camera function. The SD card can be removed and inserted into many laptops that have SD card slots. You can transfer photos from there until you get a USB cable.
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The D3100 does not come with any interface cables such as the HDMI, USB cable or the A/V cable.
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what the d3100 cam can use lences

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Camera models such as the D3100 do not have a built-in focusing motor and are smaller and lighter but will require an AF-S lens for autofocus. While these bodies can use a lens with no built-in focus motor, the user will have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus. For more information on what lenses to use with the D3100, please see: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3100/compatibility02.htm
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black spots on my d3100 ?

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see black spots on screen after tacking images?
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Please see this page on NikonUSA.com for an informative article on dealing with spots: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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You probably need a sensor cleaning. Take your camera to a local camera shop, they will charge @ $50-75 to clean it.
You could try to blow it off. Set camera to mirror up position, remove lens with the lens opening on the camera facing down. Purchase a rocket blower and place it in the lens opening on the camera and squeeze the blower 10-12 times making sure the opening is facing down. Replace lens and see if spots persist. If they do have the sensor professionally cleaned.
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WILL THE AF NIKKOR 70-210 & 35-70 WORK WITH THE D3100 IN ALL MODES

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They will fit but will not autofocus.
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what are all the modes in the d3100

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Does it have a date stamp / imprint feature on a developed picture?

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The D3100 does have the imprint date option.
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Download ViewNX 2?

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What are the compatible lenses for NIKON D3100?

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Can't list them all, but for autofocus you need AF-S or AF-I lenses. Here is the compatibility chart for your camera:
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