New year — new camera! (At least, we think that’s a good excuse!)
The Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera is an affordable, compact, and lightweight photographic power-house. (Price: $599.95 + Free Shipping [USA]) It features the all-purpose 18-55mm VR lens, a high-resolution 14.2 MP CMOS sensor along with a feature set that’s comprehensive yet easy to navigate – the intuitive onboard learn-as-you grow guide mode allows the photographer to understand what the 3100 can do quickly and easily. 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).
EXPEED 2, Nikon’s new image processing engine, assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure and noise. One-touch Live View and movie recording lets you see the action on the 3″ 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.
Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights. 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.
- 14.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor
Delivers beautiful photographs and prints well larger than 20 x 30″
- 3x 18-55mm /3.5-5.6G Zoom-NIKKOR VR 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.
Breathtaking full HD 1080p movies with Sound and Full-time Autofocus
- Help Function
One-touch Access to In-camera Assistance. When viewing menu items and you don’t understand a function, just press the help button. A description of the currently selected item will be displayed while the button is pressed. Release the button and the previous screen appears. A truly handy function that makes it easy for even first-time D-SLR users to operate D3100.
- Easy-To-Use Guide Mode
An enchanting portrait against a softly defocused background, or a radiant couple surrounded by sparkling lights. Taking photos like these 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.
- 18 Guide Mode Shooting Options (Auto, Close-ups, Landscapes, No flash, Sleeping faces, Portraits, Distant subjects, Moving subjects, Night portrait,Soften backgrounds, Freeze motion (people), Show water flowing, Bring more into focus, Freeze motion, etc.)
- Split-second Shutter Response
Eliminates the frustration of shutter delay, capturing moments that other cameras miss.
- ISO Sensitivity 100-3200, Expandable to ISO 12800
Equivalent delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations.
- Large 3″ Monitor: Live View with AF Modes
And actually, that is just the start of the Nikon D3100 features…!
Also comes with my Picturetown – Free Image Sharing and Storage — Nikon’s own image sharing website allows you to easily store, manage and share images with family and friends worldwide. Membership is free and permits storage of up to 2GB of photos and/or movies. (Pay an additional fee and get up to 200GB of storage). The service supports MOV and AVI movie files in addition to JPEG and RAW (NEF, NRW) still image files.
If you want a great camera, but have limited funds or are just starting out the journey of photography, this is the camera for you!