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Digital-SLR camera Nikon D3100

August 19, 2010

An entry level digital-SLR camera with a new CMOS image sensor, image-processing engine and helpful Guide mode that makes capturing beautiful images easy
TOKYO Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D3100, an entry level Nikon DX-format digital-SLR camera. The camera is equipped with a new CMOS image sensor developed by Nikon and a new image-processing engine that enable capture of highdefinition images exhibiting superior image quality, and a Guide mode that allows users to capture images just as they intended. The following lens kit will also be released.

D3100 and AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

D3100 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR The number of people advancing from a compact digital camera to a digital-SLR camera for better quality images and a more authentic photography experience has been increasing in recent years. However, many have indicated that digital-SLR cameras are difficult to master. To respond to this concern of users advancing to a digital-SLR camera, Nikon began equipping its entry level digital-SLR cameras with a Guide mode that displays instructions for the most basic camera operations for shooting, image playback and editing and the application of camera settings, in the camera monitor. The first camera to be equipped with Guide mode was the Nikon D3000 released in August 2009. This function has proven to be very popular with users. A new DX-format CMOS image sensor developed by Nikon and the new image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, have been adopted for the new D3100, enabling capture of images exhibiting excellent image quality and definition. The D3100 has also inherited Guide mode

from the D3000, with the addition of more options and assist images that make the camera easier to understand and operate. The D3100 is also equipped with a live view function that allows the user to frame images in the monitor, and the D-Movie function that provides support for highdefinition movie recording. 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.

D3100 primary features


1. A new DX-format CMOS image sensor and image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, both developed by Nikon enable capture of high-definition images with superior image quality The D3100 is equipped with a new Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor and a new image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, both developed by Nikon. The CMOS image sensor offers an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels (D3000: CCD image sensor with 10.2-million effective pixels) and enables capture of high-definition images exhibiting superior image quality with extremely detailed rendering and rich tones. The camera also makes the most of its standard sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200 (D3000: ISO 1001600) and additional increases up to HI 2 (ISO 12800 equivalent), with shooting under dim lighting, such as in the evening or indoors, as well as with sports scenes of rapidly moving subjects. EXPEED 2 is Nikon's new image-processing engine, developed by refining the concepts, know-how and technologies regarding digital images that Nikon has spent years cultivating. It maximizes the performance of the CMOS image sensor to suppress noise in still images and movies and produces images that faithfully reproduce vivid colors. 2. A refined Guide mode that is even easier to use Guide mode has been refined to make most camera operations even easier, from shooting to image playback and editing to the application of camera settings, regardless of the user's skill level. Assist images The D3100 displays assist images that show the effect of various camera settings, giving users an idea of the results they can expect with specified settings. For example, when "Soften backgrounds" is selected and an aperture value is specified, the assist image displayed in the monitor changes to show the effect that aperture setting will have on images. This allows users to confirm that images will appear as they intended prior to shooting and reduces the number of unsuccessful shots. Assist image sample

Other new functions built into Guide mode 1. Selection from 3 shooting techniques: "Use the viewfinder," "Use live view," "Shoot movies" 2. "Bring more into focus" and "Show water flowing" options have been added to the "Advanced operation" menu for shooting 3. "Movie settings," "HDMI," "Flicker reduction" and "Eye-Fi upload"* options have been added to the "Set Up" menu for applying basic camera settings"  *:Only available when compatible Eye-Fi memory card is inserted 3. Live view mode that allows users to use the camera monitor to easily frame still image or movies By simply rotating the live view switch, the view through the lens is displayed in the monitor, enabling immediate live view recording. This makes shooting feel more like shooting with a compact digital camera, easing the transition to digital-SLR for beginners. In addition, various information such as the shooting mode, time remaining (movie mode) and battery indicator, can be shown in the live view display. 4. D-Movie for recording and editing full-HD movies and AF-F (full-time servo AF) focus mode for movie recording The D3100 is equipped with the D-Movie function that enables recording of highdefinition movies (with monaural sound) by simply pressing the movie-record button. Movies can be recorded with the same aperture and other settings applied in Guide mode, and movies that take full advantage of the characteristics of individual interchangeable lenses, whether wide-angle, telephoto or fisheye, can be recorded for movies that are only

possible with a digital-SLR camera. In addition, the camera also offers an AF-F (full-time servo AF) focus mode for movie recording. When AF-F mode is enabled, the camera focuses continuously during movie recording without the need for holding the shutterrelease button down halfway. The D3100 also offers in-camera movie editing functions that allow users to save a single frame as a still image or delete unnecessary portions from the beginning or end of movie files. 5. Scene auto selector built in The D3100 is equipped with the scene auto selector function. When live view mode is enabled in Auto or Auto (flash off) mode, the camera automatically analyzes the scene and selects the appropriate shooting mode from Portrait, Landscape, Close up or Night portrait.* This function allows users achieve the intended images while leaving all settings up to the camera.
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*:Scene auto selector is disabled with manual focusing.

Other functions and features new to the D3100


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Equipped with a face detection function capable of detecting up to 35 human faces (D3000 D5000 : up to 5 faces (Revised on August 24, 2010)) Operation has been improved with the addition of an independent movie-record button and release-mode selector. In addition, the rubber grip provides a better fit. Equipped with a Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) bus that enables remote control playback of images and movies recorded with the camera when the camera is connected to a high-definition TV Equipped with a new exposure compensation algorithm for greater flexibility and performance with NEF (RAW) processing The new ViewNX 2 software is bundled with the D3100

Nikon D3100 digital-SLR camera primary specifications


Type Lens mount Effective pixels Image sensor Image size (pixels) Single-lens reflex digital camera Nikon F mount (with AF contacts) 14.2 million 23.1 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor 4,608 x 3,072 [L] 3,456 x 2,304 [M] 2,304 x 1,536 [S] 1) NEF(RAW), 2)JPEG, 3)NEF(RAW)+JPEG SD (Secure Digital) memory cards *1, SDHC- and SDXC-compliant

File format Media Frame advance Up to 3 fps *2 rate

ISO 100 to 3200 in steps of 1 EV; Can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO ISO sensitivity 3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or to approx. 2 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available Frame size (pixels) and frame rate: 1,920 x 1,080; 24 p - 1,280 x 720; 30 p 1,280 x 720; 25 p - 1,280 x 720; 24 p - 640 x 424; 24 p Maximum Recording Time:10 min. File format/Video compression: MOV, H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Movie Cording Audio recording device; Supported:monaural recording with built-in microphone. LCD monitor 3-in., approx. 230 k-dot TFT LCD with brightness adjustment Battery; One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery Power source AC adapter(optional);EH-5a AC adapter; requires EP-5 power connector Dimensions 124 X 96 X 74.5mm (approx.) (W x H x D) Weight 455g without battery, memory card, or body cap, (approx.) 505g;with battery and memory card but without body cap Major supplied EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-24 battery charger, AN-DC3 accessories camera strap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, Ferrite Core (2 types)
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*1Not applied to Multi Media Card *2manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery operating at an ambient temperature of 20 C (68 F). Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D3100 Specifications


Type Type Lens mount Effective angle of view Effective pixels Effective pixels Image sensor Single-lens reflex digital camera Nikon F mount (with AF contacts) Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)

14.2 million

Image sensor Total pixels Dust-reduction system Storage Image size (pixels) File format

23.1 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor 14.8 million Image sensor cleaning, Airflow Control System, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required) " 4,608 x 3,072 [L] " 3,456 x 2,304 [M] " 2,304 x 1,536 [S] " NEF (RAW) " JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression " NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified SD (Secure Digital), SDHC and SDXC memory cards DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical Approx. 0.8 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1) 18 mm (-1.0 m-1) -1.7 to +0.5 m-1 Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen Quick return Instant return, electronically controlled " AF-S and AF-I: All functions supported. " Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported. " Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported. " Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes. " AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. " Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Note: Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster. Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter 1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower

Picture Control System Media File system

Viewfinder Viewfinder Frame coverage Magnification Eyepoint Diopter adjustment Focusing screen Reflex mirror Lens aperture Lens Compatible lenses

Shutter Type Speed Flash sync speed Release

Release mode (single frame), (continuous), (self-timer), (quiet shutter release) Frame advance rate Up to 3 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values) Self-timer 2 s, 10 s Exposure Metering TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor Metering method " Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses) " Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame " Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point Range " Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0 to 20 EV (ISO 100, f/1.4 " Spot metering: 2 to 20 EV lens, 20C/68F) Exposure meter CPU coupling Exposure modes Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M) Exposure -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 EV compensation Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button ISO sensitivity ISO 100 to 3200 in steps of 1 EV; can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO (Recommended 3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or to Exposure Index) approx. 2 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available Active D-Lighting On, Off Focus Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5 to 3m/1 ft. 8 in. to 9 ft. 10 in.) Detection range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20C/68F) Lens servo " Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status " Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used Focus point Can be selected from 11 focus points AF-area mode Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button Flash Built-in flash Auto, Portrait, Child, Close up, Night portrait: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release

Guide number Flash control

Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20C/68F) " TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400 (i-TTL balanced fill-flash is available when matrixor center-weighted metering is selected) " Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens " Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S " Distance-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800 Flash mode Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and rear curtain with slow sync Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV Flash-ready Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-900, SB-800, indicator SB-600, or SB-400 is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock Nikon Creative Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as Lighting commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with builtSystem (CLS) in flash and all CLS-compatible flash units Sync terminal Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (available separately) White balance White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning. Live View Lens servo " Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) " Manual focus (MF) AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected) Scene Auto Available in auto and auto (flash off) modes Selector Movie Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor Metering method Matrix Frame size (pixels) " 1,920 x 1,080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps) " 1,280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps) and frame rate " 1,280 x 720 (25p): 25 fps " 1,280 x 720 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps) " 640 x 424 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps) Maximum 10 min. recording time File format MOV Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding Audio recording Linear PCM format Audio recording Built-in monaural microphone

device Monitor LCD monitor 7.5-cm/3-in., approx. 230 k-dot TFT LCD with brightness adjustment Playback Playback function Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters) Interface USB Hi-Speed USB Video output NTSC, PAL HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector Accessory terminal " Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately) " GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately) Supported languages Supported Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, languages Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish Power source Battery One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14 AC adapter AC adapter EH-5a; requires power connector EP-5A (available separately) Tripod socket Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222) Dimensions / weight Dimensions (W x Approx. 124 x 96 x 74.5 mm (4.9 x 3.8 x 2.9 in.) H x D) Weight Approx. 505 g (1lb. 1.8 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap; Approx. 455 g / 1lb. (camera body only) Operating environment Temperature 0 to 40C (32 to 104F) Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation) Accessories Supplied Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14, Battery Charger MH-24, Eyepiece accessories Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecap DK-20, (may differ by Camera Strap AN-DC3, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Body Cap BF-1B, country or area) ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, Ferrite Core (2 types)
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Memory card capacity*1


The following table shows the approximate number of pictures that can be stored on a 4 GB SanDisk Extreme SDHC card at different image quality and size settings. Image quality Image size File size*1 No. of images*1 Buffer capacity*2 NEF (RAW) + L 19.8 MB 151 9 JPEG fine*3 NEF (RAW) 12.9 MB 226 13 JPEG fine L 6.8 MB 460 100 M 3.9 MB 815 100 S 1.8 MB 1700 100 JPEG normal L 3.4 MB 914 100 M 2.0 MB 1500 100 S 0.9 MB 3300 100 JPEG basic L 1.7 MB 1700 100 M 1.0 MB 3000 100 S 0.5 MB 6000 100
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*1 : All figures are approximate. File size varies with scene recorded. *2 : Maximum number of exposures that can be stored in memory buffer at ISO 100. Drops when noise reduction is on. *3 : Image size applies to JPEG images only. Size of NEF (RAW) images can not be changed. File size is the total for NEF (RAW) and JPEG images.

Approved memory cards


The following SD memory cards have been tested and approved for use in the D3100. Cards with class 6 write speeds are recommended for movie recording. Recording may end unexpectedly when cards with slower write speeds are used. SD memory cards SDHC memory cards*2 SDXC memory cards*3 SanDisk 64GB 512 MB 1GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 2GB*1 Toshiba 64GB 512 MB 1GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB 2GB*1 Panasonic 512 MB 1GB 4GB 6GB 8GB 12GB 16GB 48GB 64GB 2GB*1 32GB LEXAR 512 MB 1GB 4GB 8GB MEDIA 2GB*1

Platinum II Professional
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512 MB 1GB 2GB*1 512 MB 1GB 2GB*1

4GB 8GB 4GB 8GB 16GB 32GB

*1 : Check that any card readers or other devices with which the card will be used support 2 GB cards. *2 : Check that any card readers or other devices with which the card will be used are SDHCcompliant. *3 : Check that any card readers or other devices with which the card will be used are SDXCcompliant.

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* Please check with the SD card manufacturer regarding features, specifications, warranty, and other items. Nikon cannot assure compatibility with SD cards not listed above. * Limited to cards tested at the time of July 2010. Additional cards may be fully compatible. Contact Nikon Customer Service for additional information.