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Menus

The D3100's menu system looks much the same as previous entry-level Nikons. There's a few changes compared to the D3000 which are mainly related to the addition of Live View and Movie mode, plus a smattering of additional post-processing options in the Retouch menu. Overall, there's an impressive level of control on offer here that's presented in a logical and easy-to-use fashion, with on-screen help available at any time by pressing the '?' button.

Playback menu

The playback menu should look very familiar to existing Nikon users - the only addition is the ability to apply 'Transition effects' when browsing through images or running a slide show.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Delete  • Selected
 • Select Date
 • All
 
Playback folder  • D3100
 • Current
 • All
Sets the camera to either display all images on the memory card or only those within a specific folder
Display mode  • Detailed photo info
Done
Highlights
RGB Histogram
Data
 • Transition effects*
Slide in
Zoom/fade
None
 
Image review  • Off
 • On
Sets whether or not an image is displayed immediately after capture
Rotate tall  • On
 • Off
When enabled portrait shots appear vertically orientated.
Slide show  • Start
 • Frame interval
2 sec
3 sec
5 sec
10 sec
 • Transition effects*
Zoom/fade
Cube
None
 
Print set (DPOF)  • Select / set
 • Deselect all?
Images tagged with DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) are marked for direct printing via compatible printers and/or photo finishing services

Shooting menu

The D3100 adds a new Picture Control parameter, 'brightness', which can bet set in three steps. There's also an 'Auto Distortion Control' which automatically corrects barrel or pincushion distortion when using a D- or G-type Nikon lens, and an option to manually control the output of the built-in flash.

A green superscript one (¹) indicates the default setting.

Option Values / Actions Notes / Sub options
Reset Shooting Options  • Yes
 • No
Resets shooting menu options to factory default settings
Set Picture Control  • Standard
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Neutral
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Vivid
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
 • Monochrome
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Filter (Off, Y, O, R, G)
Toning (10 options)
 • Portrait
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
• Landscape
Quick adjust (-2 to +2)
Sharpening (A, 0 to 9)
Contrast (A, -3 to +3)
Brightness (0, -, +)*
Saturation (A, -3 to +3)
Hue (-3 to +3)
- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)



- 'Brightness' option is newly-added


- Default (2, 0, 0, 0, 0)





- Default (4, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)





- Default (3, 0, 0, 0, 0)






- Default (4, 0, 0, 0, 0)
Image quality  • NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine*
 • NEF (RAW)
 • JPEG Fine
 • JPEG Normal ¹
 • JPEG Basic
Select image quality. The D3100 now records a 'fine' JPEG alongside RAW, rather than basic
Image size  • Large ¹
 • Medium
 • Small
- 4608x3072 / 14.2 M
- 3456x2304 / 8.0 M
- 2304x1536 / 3.5 M
White balance  • Auto ¹
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
1 Sodium-vapor lamps
2 Warm-white fluorescent
3 White fluorescent
4 Cool-white fluorescent
5 Day white fluorescent
6 Daylight fluorescent
7 High temp mercury-vapor
 • Direct Sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Preset manual
- A-B, G-M grid to fine tune WB
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- "
- Use photo/ program preset WB
ISO sensitivity settings   • ISO sensitivity
Auto
100 ¹
200
400
800
1600
3200
Hi 1
Hi 2
 • ISO sensitivity auto control
On / Off ¹
Maximum sensitivity
200
400
800
1600
3200 ¹
Hi 1
Hi 2
Minimum shutter speed
1/2000 - 1 sec
 
Active D-Lighting  • On
 • Off ¹
 
Auto Distortion Control*  • On
 • Off ¹
 
Color Space  • sRGB ¹
 • Adobe RGB
 
Noise Reduction  • On
 • Off ¹
When 'On', dark-frame removal noise reduction is applied to exposures of 10 seconds or longer. High ISO noise reduction is automatic at ISO 800 and above, but increases in intensity when 'On' is selected.
AF Area Mode  • Viewfinder
Single point
Dynamic area
Auto-area
3D tracking (11 points)
 • Live View/movie*
Face-priority AF
Wide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Subject-tracking AF
 
AF assist  • On ¹
 • Off
 
Metering  • Matrix ¹
 • Center-weighted 
 • Spot
 
Movie Settings*  • Quality
1920x1080; 24 fps
1280x720; 30 fps
1280x720; 25 fps
1280x720; 24 fps
640x424; 24 fps
 • Sound
On
Off
 
Built-in flash*  • TTL ¹
 • Manual
Full
1/2
1/4
1/8
1/16
1/32
 
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sarath cp
By sarath cp (1 month ago)

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
By whodat101 (5 months ago)

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
By Flight815 (3 months ago)

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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