Nikon D3100 Review
There are very few changes here compared to the D3100 - just a couple of additional languages, and the ability to configure the camera's HDMI output.
A green superscript one (¹) indicates the default setting. Asterisk (*) indicates new or changed from the D3100.
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|Reset Setup Options|| Yes
|Returns all setup options to default settings|
|Format memory card|| Yes
|LCD brightness*|| LCD brightness
-3 to +3
|'Auto Dim' no longer available|
|Info display format|| Classic
|Auto Info Display|| On
|Clean image sensor|| Clean now
Startup & Shutdown ¹
|Mirror lock-up|| Start||Locks mirror up for the sole purpose of manually cleaning the sensor|
|Video Mode|| NTSC
|HDMI*|| Output Resolution
|Flicker reduction|| 50 Hz
|Time zone and date|| Time zone
Date and time
Daylight saving time
|Image comment|| Done
|When enabled the comment is written into the header of each image.|
|Auto image rotation|| On ¹
|Dust Off ref photo|| Start
Clean sensor and start
|Used to capture a 'dust reference image' for the 'Dust Off' feature of Nikon Capture NX/2. (RAW only).|
|Auto Off Timers|| Short
Auto meter off
|Sets the amount of time before a function or menu screen is deactivated after a period of inactivity, up to a maximum of 5 minutes (Live View), 10 minutes (Playback/Menus, Image Review) or 30 minutes (Auto meter-off)|
|Self-timer delay|| 2s
|The 5 and 20s options of the D3000 have been removed.|
|Beep|| On ¹
|File number sequence|| On
|Buttons|| Self timer/Fn button
ISO sensitivity ¹
AE lock only
AF lock only
AE lock (hold)
|Slot empty release lock|| Release locked
|Date imprint|| Off
Date and time
|Imprints date information at the bottom right corner of captured images|
|Storage Folder|| Select folder
|Selects the preferred folder for recording images or creates a new folder on the memory card|
|GPS|| Auto meter-off
|Firmware Version|| Version No.
|Information display only.|
The D3100 adds a few useful new features to what's already probably the most comprehensive in-camera processing suite available. You can now correct barrel or pincushion distortion (again for D- and G-type Nikon lenses only), rotate images which aren't quite straight, and apply perspective correction (most obviously to fix converging verticals when pointing a wide angle lens up or down).
|Option||Values / Actions||Notes|
|D-Lighting|| Select image
|Red-eye correction|| Select image||Corrects redeye automatically in portraits. Ignores images that do not contain faces|
|Trim|| Select image
Zoom / Scroll
|'Lighter/Darker' changes saturation of toning in Sepia and Cyanotype modes|
|Filter effects|| Skylight
Number of points
Length of points
|Color balance|| Select image
|Small picture|| Select image
|Image overlay|| Image 1
|NEF (RAW) processing|| Select image
Set Picture Control
|Quick retouch|| Select image
|Automatically adjusts contrast and saturation|
|Straighten*|| Select image
|+/- 5° rotation in 0.25° increments|
|Distortion Control*|| Auto
|Color outline|| Select image
|Perspective Control*|| Select image
|Adjust horizontal and vertical perspective (+/-20 scale)|
|Miniature effect|| Select image
|Edit movie|| Choose start point
Choose end point
Save selected frame
Recent settings/My menu
To help speed up the use of such long menus, the D3100 allows fast access to commonly-used menu options by grouping the twenty most recently used settings in the 'Recent Settings' menu. Because this menu is fluid, it is less versatile than a customizable 'My Menu'-type tab, of the sort found in Nikon's higher level DSLRs; the advantage is that it requires no user intervention.
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