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Succeeding Nikon’s friendliest DSLR D3000, the D3100 adopts a new CMOS image sensor and image-processing engine that enable capture of high-definition images exhibiting superior image quality. As an entry level digital-SLR camera, the D3100 inherits the Guide mode from the D3000, with the addition of more options and assist images that make the camera easier to understand and operate.

Split-second shutter response eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, so you’ll never miss any special moment. Six automatic exposure scene modes ranging from landscape to portrait automatically delivers stunning results under challenging conditions. The D3100 is also equipped with a live view function that allows you to frame images in the 3-inch monitor, and the D-Movie function that provides support for Full 1080p HD movie recording. Fast 11-point autofocus system delivers razor-sharp pictures.

While the D3100 offers authentic digital-SLR camera performance, it is also an extremely lightweight digital-SLR camera from which even beginners can expect beautiful images that accurately reflect their shooting intent. It also comes with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Image Stabilization lens at a price you’ll appreciate.

  • newegg Nikon-developed CMOS Image Sensor and Image Processing Engine A newly developed DX-format CMOS sensor with 14.2 effective megapixels works in tandem with new EXPEED 2 image processing engine to produce highly detailed images containing rich tonal gradations and faithful color. This combination also helps produce beautifully defocused backgrounds - a hallmark of quality digital SLR cameras. In addition, a maximum ISO of 3200 (expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent) delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations.
  • newegg Guide Mode Taking Great photos is easy with 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.
  • newegg Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with Full-time Autofocus and Sound The D3100 is equipped with the D-Movie function that enables recording of high-definition videos with sound by simply pressing the movie-record button. View recorded videos on the large 3-inch LCD monitor and perform simple editing tasks like trimming scenes before or after a designated point and extracting still images. HDMI connectivity lets you connect D3100 to an HDTV with playback managed by the TV's remote control (HDMI CEC-compatible TVs only).
  • newegg 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization Lens Featuring legendary NIKKOR optical quality, and fast, accurate autofocus and Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, the lens helps capture dramatically sharp, blur-free pictures with vivid color, striking contrast and crisp detail.
  • newegg Active D-Lighting Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are often lost when strong lighting increases the contrast between bright and dark areas of an image.
  • newegg Picture Control - Customizing images before the shot Expand creative expression with Picture Control. Six settings - Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape - let you determine the look of photos and full HD movies before you shoot. In addition, sharpness, contrast, brightness and saturation can be adjusted to customize settings.

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Nikon DX


Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Processor

LCD Monitor

LCD Coverage

Recording System

Recording Media


Movie Format
Movie Recording
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fpsHD 1,280x720 / 30 fpsHD 1,280x720 / 24 fpsVGA 640x424 / 30 fps


Compatible Lenses
AF NIKKOR for F3AF not SupportedAF-S, AF-I: All Functions SupportedAI-P NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering IIElectronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or FasterIX NIKKOR Lenses Cannot be UsedNon-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but Exposure Meter does not Function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or FasterOther AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering IIType G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except AutofocusType D PC NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus and some Shooting Modes
Lens Mount
Nikon F Bayonet Mount
Lens Spec
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IIAF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED


A/V Out

Power Source

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack


with 18-55mm Lens
Grip Color
Body Color
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Thomas T.
  • 5/3/2013 7:54:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this camera!

Pros: Great starter DSLR! Easy to learn and use. Kit lens, 18-55mm, is a quality and versatile lens. I have used it to take some nice astrophotography photos.

Cons: None

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  • David D.
  • 12/11/2012 9:38:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Camera Overpriced

Pros: You can pay more for fancier cameras, but no camera takes better
pictures than a D3100! The D3100 has all the same features as the more
expensive cameras but are accessible via menu instead of direct control.
Auto adjust is fast enough to catch just about any kind of action in any light
and compact enough to use as an every day camera.
BTW - the D3100 is the same camera inside as the D3200 but at a lower

Cons: The price here is about $200 overpriced compared to most well known online camera shops.

Other Thoughts: I pays to be a smart shopper. Do your research first before
investing in a high-end product such as the D3100.
Nikon is closing out the D3100 right now to make room
for their new replacement model D3200. My 3 egg rating has
nothing to do with the quality of the camera but is a reflection
of the 3rd party seller inflating the price of a great product.

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  • Mustafa K.
  • 12/8/2012 3:56:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat started DSLR

Pros: It's just a great starter level DSLR, it takes a stunning pictures and a beautiful 1080p video, buy it if you gonna use it for family profissional pictures, or you want to start in the photography world with a cheap and great quality DSLR.

Cons: the only problem I guess is it doesn't have a Microphone jack. However I used an alternative way to record my audio with a separate audio recorder.

Other Thoughts: Go buy it now, and don't panic. you'll get the best camera in this price range, buy if you're looking for something little bit better, with a better display and pictures quality get the D3200

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  • Stephen T.
  • 10/21/2012 3:07:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat starter SLR

Pros: This camera takes stunning photos even on the auto settings!
But to take some really gorgeous photos you can just play around with the settings. This camera works as an amazing learning tool for D-SLR's. It comes with an incredibly helpful manual that will help you take beautiful pictures.

Cons: Not the greatest for video production. It can only shoot full HD at 24 FPS, I would love if it could do 60.

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  • Eden o.
  • 10/9/2012 5:22:20 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsOutdated, don't waste your money

Pros: A fine camera in it's day, but that day has long passed.

Cons: Outdated and outclassed compared to modern cameras.

Other Thoughts: This camera has been replaced twice since it's release. The D3200 and the D5100 are both better cameras for nearly the same price. The sensors and focus systems have been updated on the newer models as well as most other functions. Do yourself a favor and look into the D3200 or D5100 instead.

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  • Elizabeth O.
  • 9/17/2012 3:22:39 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEnvy of my Friend


Cons: none

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  • Dmitry S.
  • 8/29/2012 4:41:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPhoto - Good. Video - Bad

Pros: Nice photo quality. Good to use for photoshooting

Cons: Microphone is terrible and there is no external mic input jack.
So if its loud and noisy then audio will be terrible

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  • Ryan M.
  • 5/22/2012 9:50:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat 1st DSLR

Pros: - Light. Compared to my friend's D7000, this camera is a feather.
- Takes great pictures. I've used this camera in a variety of settings (low light, bright sunlight, astrophotography, long exposure, etc.) and this camera really does well, even with just the kit lens.
- Cost. I did considerable research and found this to be the best bang for the buck.

Cons: - Grip size. I have large hands, which makes the camera a little awkward to hold sometimes.

- Flash is...okay. I'd recommend a speedlight.

- LCD is a little low-resolution. The D5100 and 7000 dont' have this problem. Also, the 5100 has a swivel mounted LCD, which would be nice to have.

Other Thoughts: I bought this camera from a mom-and-pop shop. Got the refurbished price, so it was a great deal. The price attracted me. Even the new price allows plenty of savings over the bigger models, so you'll have plenty of cash to spend on lenses. I've used a few other lenses besides the kit lens (including a very old non-metering 50mm), and the pictures have all come out very well. I've had this camera for about a month and have been thoroughly pleased with my purchase.

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  • 11/19/2011 8:10:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGREAT CAMERA


Cons: NONE

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  • Meng V.
  • 10/7/2011 11:56:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Entry Level DSLR

Pros: I picked up one of these puppies a few weeks ago for my study abroad trip in Taiwan. Overall, I am very happy that the store I went to in Taipei ran out of the Canon T3 cameras, or else I wouldn't have gotten myself this lovely higher-end D3100. The lady who sold me this camera also threw in a free lens cleaning kit along with a $10 haze/UV protector. Awesome bonus as well.

The 18-55mm VR kit lenses are excellent for taking everyday photos and can also be used for light macro shots. Night shots, however, it does a great job or making a completely dark area bright if you set up a few settings via Manual mode (search up "tips for DSLR" into You Tube)

In Aperture mode (the mode I prefer), I use an F number of either 3.5 or 5 to easily blur out the background from the subject I'm focusing on. Along with an ISO of either 400-1600 in quite mode, I get sharp and stunning results.

Cons: Comparing the D3100 to its predecessor, the D3000, there is not much difference in build quality as the two cameras are both made of plastic and rubber. The D3100 still has a burst rate of 3FPS, which is the same as the D3000. But however, this is still an entry level DSLR so it's completely understandable.

Other Thoughts: Speaking of ISO, thanks to its 14.2MP EXPEED 2 image processor that branched off the more expensive D7000, the D3100 is able to give exceptional image quality even at an ISO of 3200.

The D3100 is one of the first DSLR cameras to record full 1080p videos at up to 24FPS with auto focusing from the lens as well. Sadly, the auto focusing of the lens will be picked up in the audio track of the recording and there is no external mic jack for an external microphone. But hey, this is an entry level DSLR and beginners wouldn't want to mess with external mics and all those other external gadgets anyways. Overall, I am happy with this D3100 and I will highly recommend it to any beginner.

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