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Nikon D3100 Outdoor 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.

Outdoor Crops

Here the ISO performance of the Nikon D3100 is compared to the Pentax K-5
Pentax K-5
for a bright outdoor scene. All crops below are shown at 100% and are taken from the highest-resolution and quality JPEG available on each camera. Both ISO and Aperture we set on each camera. Remaining settings were left on automatic. Note that due to the huge ISO range available on these cameras, the use of a 3-stop ND filter was needed for the last 2 Nikon D3100 shots and the last 3 Pentax K-5 ones. One can easily notice that the filter-used was not color-neutral and introduced a slight yellow cast.

The output of both these cameras starts very similar but with a slight softness to the D3100. The kit-lens is partly responsible for this. What we can see is that when noise starts to become visible on these cameras, the D3100 shows more color-noise while the K-5 keeps it all in luminance. Overall the slow rate at which noise increases here is an excellent performance with very little difference being visible in prints. The Nikon D3100 maintains excellent output quality until ISO 1600. Further than that, noise reduces possible print sizes but even ISO 6400 is usable for small prints of very high quality. ISO 12800 can be used for emergencies.

Nikon D3100 Pentax K-5

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Nikon D3100
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By on 2011/02/22
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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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