14.2 Megapixel DX-format CMOS Image Sensor delivers beautiful photographs and prints well beyond 20 x 30 inches.
Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound lets you record cinematic-quality movies in Full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels).
Easy-To-Use—Featuring Nikon’s Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helping you take better pictures every step of the way.
Fast 11-point Autofocus System delivers razor-sharp pictures.
3-in. monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture.
Built-in HDMI port lets you connect directly to your HDTV using an optional HDMI cable
Control Image and Movie Playback with most HDTV remote controls
6 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes Just set the Mode dial to Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions.
Picture Control lets you choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape to apply a personal look and feel to your pictures.
Built-in pop-up flash for those times when there isn’t enough light
Includes 3x 18-55mm Zoom-NIKKOR VR Image Stabilization 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.
Compact and Lightweight Design Beautifully styled—Ready to go wherever life takes you.
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.
Scene Auto Selector lets the D3100 decide the best mode to match the shooting situation when using Live View.
EXPEED 2 Nikon’s new image processing engine assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed.
Scene Recognition System in Live View automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance, allowing you to obtain beautiful photos without the hassle of making complicated camera adjustments yourself.
Active D-Lighting restores picture-enhancing detail in shadows and highlights.
Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning uses an ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot.
In-camera Image Editing allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions.
DX-Format Digital SLR
Max. Image Resolution
Dust Reduction System
Image sensor cleaning
Airflow Control System
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Still Image Size
(L) 4608 x 3072
(M) 3456 x 2304
(S) 2304 x 1536
Still Image Formats
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
Movie Size and Recording
1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
1280 x 720 (25p): 25 fps
1280 x 720 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
640 x 424 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
Nikon F bayonet mount
11 focus points
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Auto Focus Modes
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
Live View Lens servo : Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F), Manual Focus
Live View Autofocus : Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subejct-tracking AF is selected
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
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
0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20°C/68°F)
2 to 20 EV (Spot metering at ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens at 20°C/68°F)
AE Lock and AE Bracketing
Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
Focus can be locked by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
±5 EV in increments of 1/3EV
ISO 100 to 3200 in steps of 1 EV
Can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or to approx. 2 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 12800 equivalent