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Nikon D3100 Indoor Crops

14 Megapixels14 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexContinuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

The 14 megapixels Nikon D3100 is compared to the 16 megapixels Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
. All images below are 100% unmodified crops from their respective cameras. ISO, aperture and white-balance were set on the camera, the remaining settings were left on automatic. The D3100 had the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR
lens while the K-5 had the Pentax DA* 55mm F/1.4. Unfortunately we only had this lens for the D3100. The scene was first shot at F/8 which resulted in extremely soft images. Stopping down to F/11 makes quite a difference but this raises some serious issues with the kit-lens. Despite custom white-balance registering perfect white on a target white-balance card, colors still look off in certain areas. This indicates an uneven color response from the D3100.

Noise levels from the Nikon D3100 are quite good. ISO 100 to 800 are really clean, but take note of the overall softness. This is in part due to the kit lens and the stronger noise-reduction applied by the D3100. At ISO 1600, a fine noise-pattern is barely visible. ISO 3200 limits maximum print sizes a bit but is definitely usable for medium-sized prints. More noise is present as 6400 but even that setting is usable for small prints. ISO 12800 for a dark scene such as this one would be best avoided.

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Nikon D3100
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Nikon D3100 Facts

SLR digital camera
14 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-12800
Nikon F Mount
1.5X FLM

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/4000-30s
95% Coverage
Medium Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Built-in Dust ReductionCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
3 FPS Drive, 16 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 24 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
3" LCD 230K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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