Hands-on Preview posted for Nikon D3100!|
Zig Weidelich, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 00:01 EDT)
The Nikon D3100 slots into the company's product line between the D3000 and D5000 models, although in some specifications it bests almost every camera in Nikon's current digital SLR lineup.
The D3100 is based around a brand new Nikon-designed, DX-format, 14.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, whose output is passed to Nikon's latest generation EXPEED 2 image processor. Compared to the D3000, this combination allows the Nikon D3100 both a 20% increase in linear resolution, and a much wider range of ISO sensitivities -- 100 to 3,200 equivalents, which can be extended to 12,800 using the Hi settings. It also provides for a live view function with full-time autofocus, even during 1080p movie capture at 24 frames per second. The D3100's still image burst rate is three frames per second, the same as that of the D3000, and it also retains the same eleven-point Multi-Cam 1000 AF system, 420 pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix II metering sensor, Dust Reduction, and Picture Control systems. Read our Nikon D3100 Hands-on Preview for more.