It took em’ awhile but they finally did it, and made a ground breaking entry with it.
The just announced Nikon D3100 , has all of the ergonomic excellence of a Nikon, takes a full compliment of DX lenses, and lists for about $700. with an 18-55 mm lens.
Coming in at 14.2 megapixels, if you’ve been deciding a move up in your beginning photographic life, or want to add the power of HD movies in one kit,
put your hands on one at your local retailer, and see how it feels.
The D3100 is the first D-SLR to implement full time AF for D-Movie video shooting and while in Live View mode. Using contrast based AF, the D3100 automatically focuses on subjects when Live View is activated to aid shooting when using the LCD.
This is a huge one. As everyone needs to get a follow focus unit to capture a sharp video, especially if you’re on the move, no other DSLR has this.
The D3100 camera also uses Face Detection technology to lock focus on up to 35 human faces, a feat not even accomplished with consumer camcorders. To further simplify movie shooting, Live View is activated at a single flick of a dedicated switch, and HD video recording is achieved by a simple press of a button.
ISO of 3200, expandable to 12,800 (meaning it’s a bit extrapolated) but you won’t miss the shot.
If the video portion is what you need to make a purchase decision, 24fps at 1080p, or 24fps-30fps at 720p, give you high quality range with exquisite glass. Only say that, because I’ve used em.
Honestly, no one is sure why 1080p was so elusive for Nikon but they came back and answered loud and clear with auto focus in D-Movie mode.
And at that kinda price?
Can’t beat it.
And tomorrow we’ll discuss the new lenses Nikon released and the ones already on our purchase list.
Here is some of the press release.
Renowned Nikon Technology
The D3100 leverages proven Nikon technologies to create the most positive picture taking experience for consumers of any skill level. With its new 14.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor and Nikonâ€™s new EXPEED 2TM image processing system, the D3100 delivers exceptional image quality with low noise. The new EXPEED 2TM image-processing engine enhances camera performance and helps to ensure brilliant image quality while managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed for optimal results. The D3100â€™s normal ISO range extends from ISO 100 to 3200, allowing users to capture stunning images, even in low light environments. Additionally, the D3100â€™s ISO range can expand to a Hi-2 setting of ISO 12,800, furthering the opportunities for low-light shots that other cameras miss.
Other exclusive Nikon technologies include the Active D-Lighting system, which automatically rescues dark or backlit images to help create flattering images with even tones. This is especially useful when photographing subjects that are backlit by the sun or lights to provide an even exposure.
Whatâ€™s more, Nikonâ€™s Scene Recognition system draws upon the 420-pixel RGB color 3D Matrix Meter for outstanding exposures under a variety of lighting conditions by integrating a database of tens of thousands of sample images. The result is a camera intelligent enough to recognize when photographing a specific scene such as a portrait or landscape and automatically choose the proper camera settings.
To make taking great pictures even easier, the D3100 elevates Nikon COOLPIX technology and incorporates an Auto Scene Selector feature in Live View. This innovative function automatically selects the best scene mode to match shooting conditions. When engaged, the camera will automatically recognize when shooting a lush landscape or fast action sports and adjust the camera settings to create an astounding image. Six preset scene modes can also be accessed with the Mode Dial on top of the camera to overcome many common shooting challenges.
Compact Design. Huge Performance.
With comfortable yet intelligent ergonomics, the D3100 packs powerful technology thatâ€™s easy to use into a compact form factor. The advanced 11-point autofocus system of the D3100 makes it easy to find and focus on a subject through an enhanced viewfinder design with new â€œhollowâ€ focus points to give a clear view of the subject.
In the playing field or the backyard, the benefits of Nikonâ€™s advanced 3D Subject Tracking become clear, as the camera continuously focuses on fast moving subjects throughout the frame, resulting in crisp, clear action shots. Additionally, the D3100 offers split-second shutter response, eliminating the frustration of shutter lagâ€”the annoying delay that ruins so many pictures. With the ability to capture images at up to three fps, users never miss a moment.
Also added to the D3100 is a Quiet Shutter Release mode, which substantially reduces the sound of the mirror while shooting. Quickly accessed by selecting â€œQâ€ on the release mode dial, this feature is ideal for the photographer who wishes to remain unobtrusive, for example during quiet ceremonies or photographing a sleeping baby.
Nikon also empowers users to prepare their photos for sharing quickly and easily using Nikonâ€™s extensive in-camera Retouch Menu, which easily applies a variety of fun and dramatic effects to images without a computer. Fun and easy-to-use adjustments include a miniature effect to photos, image overlay, color outline and softening filters for flattering portraits and realistic skin tones.
The D3100 also incorporates Nikonâ€™s Integrated Dust Reduction System, which offers a comprehensive solution that combats the accumulation of image-degrading dust from the cameraâ€™s image sensor. The shutter is tested to 100,000 cycles for maximum durability, ensuring years of captured memories.