Nikon D3100 Features 1080p HD Video with Full-Time Autofocus

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Nikon has announced the arrival of the D3100, a new entry-level DSLR that sports, among other cool features, a 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Full 1080p (1920 x 1080) HD video capture @ 24 fps with—now hang on to your hats, kids—full-time autofocus with monaural sound. Now we're talking (and autofocusing)!


Like its predecessor, the Nikon D3000, the new camera is compact, light and well thought out in terms of usability. Shutter-release times are near instantaneous and an 11-point AF system helps you nail sharp snaps every time. When shooting under less than desirable lighting conditions, the D3100's EXPEED 2 image processor allows you to tweak the camera's native 100-3200 range up to an equivalent of ISO 12,800. 


Nikon's new D3100 with 18–55mm Nikkor VR lens

To enable easy, fumble-free composing, viewing and editing of stills and video, the D3100 features a bright 3" LCD with One-Touch Live View from which you can also call up the onboard Nikon Guide Mode, which explains, illustrates and walks you through the various Scene Modes made available on the new camera. There's also an Auto Scene Selector that automatically selects the best shooting mode when shooting in Live View mode. For "normal" shooting, the D3100 also has a bright penta-mirror, which displays approximately 95% of the image field (the 3" LCD displays 100% of the total image area).

The D3100 can capture JPEGs, NEF (RAW) or a combination of NEF(RAW)+JPEG at burst rates up to 3 frames per second. Shutter speeds range from 30 seconds through 1/4000th of a second and images can be recorded to your choice of SD, SDHC or SDXC memory cards.

Other standard features found on the Nikon D3100 include six Automatic Scene modes, Active D-Lighting, Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning, a built-in flash and in-camera picture editing.


Nikon's Easy Guide mode makes picture-taking intuitively easy for newbies and seasoned shooters alike.

The Nikon D3100 is available in a choice of two kits. The first kit includes an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom lens. A second Nikon D3100 kit includes an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom lens along with an AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED, which makes for a terrific two-lens travel kit that should cover all your bases.  

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Does the D3100 have an external mic input?

Howard Gotfryd wrote:

Does the D3100 have an external mic input?

I don't know what those other 2 guys are talking about talking about, but according to the spec sheets the D3100 only has an internal monaural microphone.

Any cameras with part-time sound?

George Aranoff wrote:

Any cameras with part-time sound?

Usually the one's with loose battery contacts.

No audio in and 1080 24 fps only.

 But all we really wanted was FULL Manual control...the D90 would have been cool if it had that....can't believe they haven't done a firmwear update for that...Nikon your loosing people fast

Anonymous wrote:

 But all we really wanted was FULL Manual control...the D90 would have been cool if it had that....can't believe they haven't done a firmwear update for that...Nikon your loosing people fast

I agree with you

Anonymous wrote:

 But all we really wanted was FULL Manual control...the D90 would have been cool if it had that....can't believe they haven't done a firmwear update for that...Nikon your loosing people fast

I'm in that boat. I want my firmware update!

1/400TH OF A SEC ?

DO YOU MEAN  1/4000TH...I HOPE.

SURFTOGRAPHER wrote:

1/400TH OF A SEC ?

DO YOU MEAN  1/4000TH...I HOPE.

Yeah, there's a typo. The Nikon specs say 1/4000th...

SURFTOGRAPHER wrote:

1/400TH OF A SEC ?

DO YOU MEAN  1/4000TH...I HOPE.

Your hope is answered surfotographer. It is 1/4000th.

We unfortunately ran out of '0's while writing this up and the messenger who was delivering new one's got off on the 3rd floor rather than the 4th floor and the receptionist had no idea what was going on when he stepped out of the elevator shouting '"I hof da zeeros! I hof da zeeeros!"

Allen Weitz wrote

Your hope is answered surfotographer. It is 1/4000th.

We unfortunately ran out of '0's while writing this up and the messenger who was delivering new one's got off on the 3rd floor rather than the 4th floor and the receptionist had no idea what was going on when he stepped out of the elevator shouting '"I hof da zeeros! I hof da zeeeros!"

I usually never read these posts because they are for novices mostly. However;

this messenger response is very funny!  It should be incorporated into a sitcom

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TVpro wrote:

Allen Weitz wrote

Your hope is answered surfotographer. It is 1/4000th.

We unfortunately ran out of '0's while writing this up and the messenger who was delivering new one's got off on the 3rd floor rather than the 4th floor and the receptionist had no idea what was going on when he stepped out of the elevator shouting '"I hof da zeeros! I hof da zeeeros!"

I usually never read these posts because they are for novices mostly. However;

this messenger response is very funny!  It should be incorporated into a sitcom

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Tell you what TVpro, now that you know how to reach me and you've seen what I do on the fly (and that's after staying up half the night writing the post so we can get it live first thing in the AM) give me a jingle and we can talk.

BTW, I purposely left out the zero as bait in the hope I can land a live one just to write this bit, but that's just between you and me so don't tell nobody... OK?

No Audio Input, manual audio control or 1080p30? No deal. The Canon T2i is still better.

Dear Manufacturers of Nikon, Canon, and to whom else it may concern regarding DSLR video:

Let me know when I can full-time auto-focus, select resolutions and fps speeds, manually control aperture/shutter ISO and color, and connect an external microphone.

Until you fill this wish list, don't waste my time by making me think I'm gonna get a usable video camera from my DSLR.

I bought a Canon 5D mkII (a GREAT still camera- no regrets) thinking I would be able to shoot videos as well as stills. I can, but how the heck am I supposed to manually focus the thing when I can't even look through the finder while I shoot? I know it can be done, but you really have to jump through hoops to do it.

anonymous wrote:

Dave Moore wrote:

Dear Manufacturers of Nikon, Canon, and to whom else it may concern regarding DSLR video:

Let me know when I can full-time auto-focus, select resolutions and fps speeds, manually control aperture/shutter ISO and color, and connect an external microphone.

Until you fill this wish list, don't waste my time by making me think I'm gonna get a usable video camera from my DSLR.

I bought a Canon 5D mkII (a GREAT still camera- no regrets) thinking I would be able to shoot videos as well as stills. I can, but how the heck am I supposed to manually focus the thing when I can't even look through the finder while I shoot? I know it can be done, but you really have to jump through hoops to do it.

Once upon a time photographers had to coat their own glass plates, haul around heavy gear, and wear a black cloth over their heads while trying to focus on an upside-down, reversed image projected onto a dimly lit piece of ground glass.

Having all the toys merely requires a credit card.

Taking the time to learn how to work through technical limitations (and there are toys that address these needs too) and applying these newly learned skills into the creative process is another story.

You're not happy with your Canon 5D Mark II?

Find someone less fortunate than yourself who wishes they had an opportunity to use one, limitations and all, and give it to them.

And that's the person you'll be reading about, and whose work you'll see in museums someday, or maybe even filming an episode of 'House'.

Dear Nikon, Canon, other manufactures, If you can't do all the work for me and make my video look good just quit. lol!!!  People like this have forgot what real artistic work is. They just want everything handed to them. I want auto focus, auto this auto that. Here is an Idea learn how to use your camera and stop complaining. You think that people had auto focus back in the past, NO! so how did they take there pictures??  Jesus came down from the Heavens and said I'll photo shop these images for you, and thats how photography started out. 

anonymous]</p> <p>[quote=Dave Moore wrote:

Dear Manufacturers of Nikon, Canon, and to whom else it may concern regarding DSLR video:

Let me know when I can full-time auto-focus, select resolutions and fps speeds, manually control aperture/shutter ISO and color, and connect an external microphone.

Until you fill this wish list, don't waste my time by making me think I'm gonna get a usable video camera from my DSLR.

I bought a Canon 5D mkII (a GREAT still camera- no regrets) thinking I would be able to shoot videos as well as stills. I can, but how the heck am I supposed to manually focus the thing when I can't even look through the finder while I shoot? I know it can be done, but you really have to jump through hoops to do it.

Once upon a time photographers had to coat their own glass plates, haul around heavy gear, and wear a black cloth over their heads while trying to focus on an upside-down, reversed image projected onto a dimly lit piece of ground glass.

Having all the toys merely requires a credit card.

Taking the time to learn how to work through technical limitations (and there are toys that address these needs too) and applying these newly learned skills into the creative process is another story.

You're not happy with your Canon 5D Mark II?

Find someone less fortunate than yourself who wishes they had an opportunity to use one, limitations and all, and give it to them.

And that's the person you'll be reading about, and whose work you'll see in museums someday, or maybe even filming an episode of 'House'.

All you got to do is practice and be creative. Not all cameras are the same and some  are built to do an specific type of work.  For the price this cameras are excellent. Check this music video in youtube shot entirely with Nikon D5000 and watch in 720 HD setting for better quality.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ-hRVESOWI 

Good Day

Dose this camera have a Depth-of-Field preview button?

Will this be available as a body-only unit? If so, any idea how much it will cost?

Can it trigger an external flash wirelessly?

Allan Weitz wrote:

Steve wrote:

Can it trigger an external flash wirelessly?

Don't see why not. It has a hot-shoe you connect to your transmitter directly or via connector cord.

I think he was referring to commander mode, and I don't see that listed.

Allan Weitz wrote:

Steve wrote:

Can it trigger an external flash wirelessly?

Don't see why not. It has a hot-shoe you connect to your transmitter directly or via connector cord.

Without a transmitter such as the D90 does?

Reading this thread is like listening to compact car buyers complain about a truck bed that's too small. This is a camera with video capability. If you are that serious a videographer, this little toy wouldn't be for you in the first place. This rig cost less than most serious lenses. LOL

 What is the price expected for the two different configurations?

Thank you, kebwebs!

I want to recommend something for my brother to get his 15 yr. old who seems to like photography but outgrowing the point and shoot.  I would think the upside here is that you keep the price down and then she can upgrade the body later.

I assume htis is retailing in the $600 realm. Any other thoughts short of the $1,000 mark?

UncleMike wrote:

I want to recommend something for my brother to get his 15 yr. old who seems to like photography but outgrowing the point and shoot.  I would think the upside here is that you keep the price down and then she can upgrade the body later.

I assume htis is retailing in the $600 realm. Any other thoughts short of the $1,000 mark?

This camera would be a fine 'step-up' camera, and better yet, it's a system camera she can grow with.

UncleMike wrote:

I assume htis is retailing in the $600 realm. Any other thoughts short of the $1,000 mark?

Price is listed by Nikon to be $699 with kit lens.

I bet they are going to release a replacement for the D90

Rusonik wrote:

I bet they are going to release a replacement for the D90

After a solid 2-year run I'll also bet they will ultimately replace it. But maybe we should keep this little secret between you and me.

I feel like this is Nikon trying to out do the Canon EOS 7D. I feel like this could be a very strong selling camera because of the price. With this being said I could only hope that the Canon EOS 7D will drop in price.  If this happened I would spend the extra money and get a great camera from Canon.  For those starting out I would recommend this camera if your a Nikon fan and you don't wish to spend much. That 1080 HD video always gives cameras a second look. 

Jiffer wrote:

I feel like this is Nikon trying to out do the Canon EOS 7D. I feel like this could be a very strong selling camera because of the price. With this being said I could only hope that the Canon EOS 7D will drop in price.  If this happened I would spend the extra money and get a great camera from Canon.  For those starting out I would recommend this camera if your a Nikon fan and you don't wish to spend much. That 1080 HD video always gives cameras a second look. 

I looked at the Canon EOS 7D. I belive its alot more money. Not looking to go that high

Kebwebs, you mis the point. Pros with a major investment in Nikon glass want a Nikon that is competitive with Canon. Canon makes cameras that shoot 1080p with controllable stereo sound. Nikon counters with a camera only suitable for shooting video b-roll. Sigh.

HD Video recording Time is still limited to 10 minutes per clip. Until Nikon (and Canon) produce a camera in this price range capable of recording more than 10-12 minutes per clip. I'll stick to my Lumix GH1. There are fewer lens available, but at least I can record until the card is full. Plus the GH1 has full-time, dead-silent autofocus and a stereo external mike input. 

how much is this lovely camera?

Looks to me like a LOT of features have been added or upgraded compared to the D3000.  This just makes me drool to think of what the next Dxxx camera will bring to the table in terms of megapixels and low light performance.

meh. I am totally underwhelmed.

I still say the best way to shoot video of any kind is with a video camera, a camera designed to shoot moving pictures!!  They have all the features you want and then some!  Let still cameras shoot stills and video cameras shoot video!!

 you can shoot 30fps at 720p

The lack of a stereo mic, and especially an external mic input is really discouraging.

But the MOV format and especially the increase to 10min (still not Canon's 12mins) coupled with the low price makes this a good choice for a HDSLR backup vid cam for events and weddings if you already are invested in Nikon gear.

What this all should point out though is the next versions of the pro lines will have the video autofocus, 1080p, and 10min (or better?) video length.

Geoff wrote:

The lack of a stereo mic, and especially an external mic input is really discouraging.

Why does everyone want an audio input?  If you want good audio, shoot double system.  The camera mic is for reference. You can now automatically sync double system sound to a reference track with a simple plug in. 

$600 bucks for 1080p24 video with Nikkor DSLR lensing and we're kvetching about the sound...

I'm glad someone knows what they are talking about for audio.

todhop wrote:

Geoff wrote:

The lack of a stereo mic, and especially an external mic input is really discouraging.

Why does everyone want an audio input?  If you want good audio, shoot double system.  The camera mic is for reference. You can now automatically sync double system sound to a reference track with a simple plug in. 

$600 bucks for 1080p24 video with Nikkor DSLR lensing and we're kvetching about the sound...

This is an interesting point.  I assume we are talking about a digital recorder like a Zoom handheld recorder?  What would you use to put the video together with the sound?  Adobe Premiere?  Premiere Elements?

Jiffer wrote:

I'm glad someone knows what they are talking about for audio.

todhop wrote:

Geoff wrote:

The lack of a stereo mic, and especially an external mic input is really discouraging.

Why does everyone want an audio input?  If you want good audio, shoot double system.  The camera mic is for reference. You can now automatically sync double system sound to a reference track with a simple plug in. 

$600 bucks for 1080p24 video with Nikkor DSLR lensing and we're kvetching about the sound...

This is an interesting point.  I assume we are talking about a digital recorder like a Zoom handheld recorder?  What would you use to put the video together with the sound?  Adobe Premiere?  Premiere Elements?

Jiffer wrote:

I'm glad someone knows what they are talking about for audio.

todhop wrote:

Geoff wrote:

The lack of a stereo mic, and especially an external mic input is really discouraging.

Why does everyone want an audio input?  If you want good audio, shoot double system.  The camera mic is for reference. You can now automatically sync double system sound to a reference track with a simple plug in. 

$600 bucks for 1080p24 video with Nikkor DSLR lensing and we're kvetching about the sound...

todhop wrote:

Geoff wrote:

The lack of a stereo mic, and especially an external mic input is really discouraging.

Why does everyone want an audio input?  If you want good audio, shoot double system.  The camera mic is for reference. You can now automatically sync double system sound to a reference track with a simple plug in. 

$600 bucks for 1080p24 video with Nikkor DSLR lensing and we're kvetching about the sound...

I want an audio input because I want the option to have a more basic shoot. I don't want to have to operate a separate audio recorder every time I'm inspired to shoot video. I want the audio input so I can attach a good mic like the Sony ECM-CG1 and just roll with it. I want the audio input because the sound is just as important as the picture. I want the audio input because I want options.

 my t2i is still a better camera. I can do 1080p at 30 fps. and 720p at 60 fps. with 18.1 mega pixels and 3 inch screen with over 1 million pixels. Nikon needs to catch up and maybe I'll consider a Nikon for myself later.  

For the 15 year old, I'd start with the Nikon D5000. Much better camera than the D3000 and better value. Perhaps the D3100 will surpass the D5000, but I'd compare them.

Dear Nikon,

Please make a simple, non-automatic camera body that will meter with AI lenses, the same way my F2A bodies do. I have eight wonderful NIkkor lenses and have no desire for autofocus, zoom, or multiple "modes" and gimmicks.

Just make a basic camera body that meter-couples to AI lenses. If you must, automatic (as an option) like the F3 - but that's all.

That's not too complicated - and I bet, with millions of those lenses out there, it will be a very successful model - and the dilettants that want the cameras doing their thinking for them will still have plenty to choose from.

Stager wrote:

Dear Nikon,

Please make a simple, non-automatic camera body that will meter with AI lenses, the same way my F2A bodies do. I have eight wonderful NIkkor lenses and have no desire for autofocus, zoom, or multiple "modes" and gimmicks.

Just make a basic camera body that meter-couples to AI lenses. If you must, automatic (as an option) like the F3 - but that's all.

That's not too complicated - and I bet, with millions of those lenses out there, it will be a very successful model - and the dilettants that want the cameras doing their thinking for them will still have plenty to choose from.

Dear Stager,

After reading your comments and talking things over with the wife, we've accepted the fact we've perhaps gone a bit overboard in the technology department.

That said, as soon as we finish lunch (which is lovely by the way) we plan on scrapping all of our current plans and begin production of the new Nikon Speed Graphic, complete with a flashgun and double-sided film holders.

As for film and flashbulbs, I'm afraid you're on your own, but perhaps a call to Kodak and Sylvania will result in a similar response.

We thank you for bringing us back to reality, and God-speed in your efforts with Kodak and Sylvania, 

Respectfully,

Mr. Nikon

Stager wrote:

Dear Nikon,

Please make a simple, non-automatic camera body that will meter with AI lenses, the same way my F2A bodies do. I have eight wonderful NIkkor lenses and have no desire for autofocus, zoom, or multiple "modes" and gimmicks.

Just make a basic camera body that meter-couples to AI lenses. If you must, automatic (as an option) like the F3 - but that's all.

It's called a D700 in full manual mode for full frame, or D2/D200/D300 in cropped.  They'll all take your AI lenses, no problem.  You can even tape over the screen with gaffer tape and shoot 38 exposures on each CF card.  Just don't soup the cards in HC-110 or Dektol.

And yes, the D700 is a very successful model.

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