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The most immediately apparent change to the D3100 is the addition of the liveview lever and movie record button on the rear of the camera. They're well positioned so that they can be easily activated, but with little risk of doing so accidentally.
The D3100 gains two ports over its predecessor. In addition to the USB and AV sockets, the newly video-capable camera gains an HDMI connector.

In keeping with the rest of the company's range the D3100 gains a connector for the GP1 GPS unit, which doubles as a socket for the MC-DC2 remote control that's shared with the D5000 and D90. Note though that the wireless remote receiver has disappeared.
The D3100 adds a drive mode switch, offering single, continuous, self timer, and Nikon's now-standard 'Quiet' mode. This is a nice touch, making for one less thing that requires setting in the 'info' screen.

The D3100 can utilize SD, SDHC or SDXC cards. It's worth getting hold of some fairly large, fast cards if you're hoping to make any great use of the camera's 1080p movie recording capabilities.
As with all the recent little Nikons, the D3100 doesn't have a focus motor built into the body. This means it's unable to autofocus with older-design (although still currently available) 'screw-drive' lenses, although these can still be used in manual focus mode. Fortunately most popular entry-level lenses are now available with built-in focus motors.
The D3100 uses a new battery, the EN-EL14. It's a very similar capacity to the one used in the D3000 but offers a slightly higher voltage and recessed, anti-shorting connectors. As a result it's entirely incompatible with the older units.

One slight disappointment with the D3100 specification is the rear screen, which looks the same as the D3000's. It's a large panel (3.0") that's bright and contrasty, making it about as usable in bright light as these things get.

However it's a little low in resolution compared to many screens we've seen on recent cameras. It's by no means bad at 230,000 dots, but it doesn't quite live up to the rest of the camera's specification.

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Spectre13

I bought this camera for my wife when it first hit shelves 5 years ago. We got the package deal that came with two great lenses, plus we bought a third. It's a fantastic DSLR camera with pro features, but simple enough for beginners to use out of the box. The only feature that's missing, and certainly not a deal breaker is the lack of an external microphone input. This is something photographers won't miss at all, yet a feature that filmakers can easily get around with some ingenuity. That leads into my new love of this little gem. As a budding filmaker, I was watching tutorials and reading articles on the subject and found out that most independent filmakers and some pros swear by DSLR cameras for their tool of choice for capture. I remembered my wife's Nikon 3100 and immediately repurposed it for my new endeavor. With a cage, shotgun mic, 7" live feed monitor and matte shade on the way--our Nikon 3100 will get even more use!

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AminDoha

Hi
I'm using Nikkon D3100...can anyone suggest which other lens should fit into it for zoom as well as for wide angle pictures. please tell me the specifications. the current lens 18/55mm...

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Redzone

Hi,
I have just bought the new Tokina 11-20 and it's amazingly sharp !
AF is fast an IQ is awsome.
For Zoom, I wait to buy the Tamron SP 150-600mm. I have currently the Nikkor 55-300. This one is a good one but now I want more.

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Spectre13

More information is needed in order to answer this. There are plenty of fantastic lenses available. It just depends on your needs. What zoom magnification you need, for example.

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ekobkc

salam hangat

saya memiliki camera nikon D3100 dan saya memiliki masalah pada camera saya,permasalahannya adalah ketika saya ingin melakukan pemotretan dengan modul manual atau auto lampu flash tidak menyala dan timbul tulisan (r24) pada Viewfinder Eyepiece namun apabila lampu flash tidak di aktifkan camera dapat melakukan proses pemotretan
terima kasih

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aliceinblack

Hello
i am a novice and use my D3100 in auto mode. do you know if i can set a slower shutter speed for effects and still stay in auto mode? i want to try special effects with motion blur. any help would be appreciated.
thank you
ali black

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Spectre13

Hi Alice,
The short answer is no. One of the things you'll learn as you get acquainted with digital photography is that Auto Mode is a neat feature for quick shots that have predetermined settings calculated and set for you. I'm not sure if you're shooting video or stills, but the same principles apply to both.
Manual settings are where you can get down into the great features of DSLR cameras for what you are looking at doing.
You must learn these features to properly use your camera.
There are many great online resources that will walk you through it.

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sarath cp

nikon d3100 is an intermediate dslr? right? i saw a post about guides for buying a dslr on www.know4u.com
actually they says that there is too much to investigate before buying one... is that true always..? the link is http://know4u.com/dslr%20photography/How%20to%20Choose%20a%20DSLR%20Camera/How%20to%20Choose%20a%20DSLR%20Camera.html

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whodat101

Looking at the comparison, it appears to my novice mind that the d3100 has in most areas slightly better specs than the d5000. Since I am looking at both of these cameras, would appreciate comments. The 3100 is on sale at the local camera shop; the 5000 is available on Craiglist at a considerably lower price, but is of course used.

Also; packed away I have two nikon entry level cameras from the early 1980's with quite a few E series lenses. The E series lens was standard on the two cameras. Will these work on the 3100 and 5000, and if so, are there problems in compatibility such as auto-focus, etc.

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Flight815

D3100 is a great camera. i bought another one recently new from Target..dont need anything newer or more $$$ this thing is just perfect.I think it only auto focuses with Nikon AF-S..you'll have to read up on 3rd party lenses for af.

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