Nikon Coolpix 3100 Brief Review


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  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto focus only
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG format only
  • ISO range 80 - 320
  • 2 AA batteries
  • movie mode (no sound)
  • Release Date: 2003-04-29
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix 3100
3.2 megapixels (effective); 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom; auto focus only; program and manual exposure; JPEG format only; ISO range 80 - 320; 2 AA batteries; movie mode (no sound)
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The Nikon Coolpix 3100 offers point & shoot simplicity in a very small package, making it a good choice for beginners or amateurs looking for an ultra-compact camera. Unlike Canon's Elph series, the 3100 accepts AA batteries, making it ideal for travelers and other photographers on the go. Though its manual controls are limited, it offers a variety of preset scene modes and a unique framing assist feature that helps beginners compose better photographs.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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