Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video

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Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video

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  • 14.2 megapixel resolution
  • NIKKOR 18 - 55mm zoom lens
  • 3.0" TFT LCD display
  • 1080p Full HD movie recording
  • About this item

    The Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera has a 14.2MP DX-format CMOS Image Sensor that delivers beautiful photographs and prints well beyond 20" x 30". Nikon's Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helps you take better pictures every step of the way.

    Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera:

    • 14.2 megapixel resolution with high-quality still images and video recordings
    • Featuring Programmed Auto, 1080p Full HD Movie Recording, Picture Control, Subject Tracking, Dust-reduction system, Scene modes and Optical VR Image Stabilization
    • NIKKOR 18 - 55mm zoom lens
    • With Single-frame mode, Auto Focus, Contrast-Detect TTL AF, Glass Lens
    • 3.0" TFT LCD display with image editing features
    • Featuring Brightness Adjustment, easy-to-read menu system, color TFT LCD screen
    • Built-in flash with flash modes, pop-up, i-TTL balanced fill-flash

    Additional Features:
    • 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot (memory card not included)
    • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
    • ISO Modes: 100-3200
    • File Formats Supported: NEF (RAW), JPEG, MOV
    • 4.9" x 2.9" x 3.8"; 16 oz

    Compatibility and Warranty:
    • Compatible with PC or Mac
    • 1-year limited manufacturer warranty

    What's in the Box:
    • Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera
    • Battery, charger and power cable
    • Quick Start Guide
    • CD with software and digital manual


    Focal Length Equivalent To 35mm Camera: 27 - 82.5mm
    Type: 3" LCD display ,  3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR
    Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction
    Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation, wireless off-camera control
    Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2 sec
    Additional Features: Digital image rotation, camera orientation detection, histogram display, in-camera red-eye removal, cropping an image, GPS ready, LCD live view mode, face-priority AF function, highlight point display, Active D-Lighting technology, face detection, built-in help guide, Scene Recognition System (SRS), in-camera RAW processing, text input to Exif header, 1080p Full HD movie recording
    Connector Type: 1 x USB 1 x HDMI output 1 x composite video/audio output
    Software: Nikon ViewNX 2
    Model No.: Nikon D3100 Kit
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.6
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.35 x 7.3 x 8.13
    Assembled in Country of Origin: USA or Imported
    Origin of Components: USA or Imported
    Walmart No.: 609532

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    Customer review by PTNDSLR

    5.0 stars by PTNDSLR

    This Nikon D3100 is a phenomenal deal for non professionals, the rest of us people that want to take family and travel shots. I've owned DSLRs since 2004, starting with a Nikon D70 and then moving to D40, D200 and Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) and Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only). Those are all excellent cameras, but this Nikon D3100 is better than all of those in one crucial area, the area that matters: it takes excellent pictures without having to fiddle with the settings between shots. Yes, the other cameras are better in other respects: They have more buttons to change settings without delving into menus, they are bigger (is that a plus?), heavier (another plus?), and have better specs (1/500 flash sync speed for D70 and D40), but in the end I would have to fiddle with the settings to get the best results: change the white balance, fiddle with the ISO (my Canons would default to ISO 400 for flash shots, why? Who knows. That meant disabling auto ISO and choosing ISO settings manually), the exposure (+0.7 indoor, 0 outdoor), and so on. D200 was noisy at higher ISO, D70's pictures tended to be cool (i.e. not warm), 40D had cool custom buttons (C1, C2, C3, very cool), but I found its ergonomics worse than XSi or any Nikon; why place the on/off switch at the bottom of the body? Who knows. Fortunately, new Canons have fixed this). This D3100 also makes the D3000 and D5000 obsolete. The D3000 is slow and noisy at high ISO. The D5000 only shoots 720p (not 1080p), no autofocus in movie mode, less resolution. Old technology. What sets the D3100 apart from all the other cameras above is this: set the camera in P (program) mode, auto white balance, -0.3 exposure compensation, slow flash sync mode (for people shots), auto distortion correction on (great!), auto chromatic aberrations correction on (great!), and you are set; now you can concentrate on the only aspect of photography that matters: composition, i.e. framing your shot in the best possible way. There must be a photography mantra that says, "thou shalt buy the D3100, and the D3100 will set you free." Now this is if you shot jpeg. If you shoot raw, you can then use a program like DXO, Aperture 3, or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 to further play with the pictures. My workflow with the XSi was to shoot raw, then use DXO to batch process all the pics according to two settings: people (low contrast, no saturation added) and landscape (contrast, saturation, etc.). DXO would then batch-remove lens distortion, chromatic aberrations, vignetting, apply custom curves, change white balance when necessary, and apply its (almost magical) auto lighting settings to make the shots pop. For now DXO does not have a custom module for the D3100 (still too new of a camera), so I'm shooting jpeg for now. Once DXO adds the module for the D3100, I'll takes shots in both raw and jpeg fine and compare the jpegs straight out of the camera with the raw images processed with DXO. I'm curious to see the comparison. This is great, not only for you, but also for your non-photographer spouse; my XSi took phenomenal shots, but I had to know how to set it. Can you imagine me going to my non-photographer wife and say, "okay, when you take indoor shots of our kids, set the camera on A mode (Canons expose for ambient light in A mode and adjust flash for fill, that's great), +0.7 exposure compensation, ISO 400 or 800, white balance on cloudy, and shoot." My wife was lost at "okay." Sure the custom modes on the 40D would have helped, but the 40D is old technology; can it take 1080p video? I didn't think so. Plus, what lens are you going to use with the 40D? The 17-55 IS? Great lens, but who wants to spend $1,000 for a non-weather sealed 17-55 dust collector (google Canon 17-55 and dust)? Will 17-55 be enough for your telephoto shots? Your kids' baseball games? Didn't think so. What about the Canon 18-200? Sub-par quality, noisy, overpriced. Back to the D3100. Auto white balance (the second most important thing after composition) works great, even indoor (no cloudy setting necessary), the only changes are extreme situations (outdoor shade, or indoor fluorescent or tungsten lights at night, but that is true with every camera. Why that is is beyond me; can't they make smarter cameras that account for these situations as well?); movie mode is excellent; yes, the mic is mono, but that's okay for family use (and that's why you buy this camera; if you are pro, you landed on the wrong page); if you really want to push it, you can use this camera for video, your iphone/ipod touch for audio with an app like FourTrack, and then sync video and audio in post with the excellent Singular Software Dual Eyes program. Your choice. Matter is: DSLR video can look awesome if used the right way, but keep in mind its limitations: jerky camera horizontal panning will give you the infamous jello effect (courtesy of the CMOS sensor), so pan slowly. You'll also have to play with autofocus vs manual focus settings sometimes; I've used the camera in autofocus; it has worked great so far. What lens(es) should you use with the D3100. You should sell the (excellent) 18-55 that ships with the camera. Quality is good, but not enough reach. You can sell it for $140 or so. Take the money and use it toward a more useful lens. What lens? The target market for this camera is moms and dads that want to take shots of their kids; even advanced amateurs like me don't want to travel with a camera bag full of primes and heavy zoom lenses that you have to swap every 10 minutes; this is 2010 (almost 2011), for crying out loud; choose a single zoom and enjoy life and photography; I would use the excellent but underrated Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras, the excellent (but expensive) Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR Nikkor Wide-Angle Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras, or my choice, the jack-of-all trades, the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DX-Format Digital SLR Cameras. Yes, yes, if you check sites like Photozone, they will tell you that the optical quality of the 18-200 is not as good (or consistent) as the 18-105 or the 16-85, but it's good enough for moms and dads bitten by the photography bug. A great shot of your kid at 200mm is better than no shot with either of the other two lenses. The optical superiority of the 16-85 disappears at 135mm or 200mm, simply because it can't do it. The 16-85 and the 18-200 are about the same price. The 18-200 will set you free. It won't help you if your kids play baseball at night (too slow), but you'll have to live with it, unless you are willing to drop $2,000 on a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens For Nikon Digital SLR Cameras. Sure, we'd all like a 16-300 VR VIII lens with a 20-stop VR reduction, constant 1.4 aperture, with optical perfection, weighing only 500 gr. and below $1,000, but alas our engineers are not as good as the random mutation and natural selection that gave us our eyes ;-0 My settings: Display mode: detailed photo info > check RGB histogram and data > Done (why? You want to check if you are clipping the red, green, or blue channels) Transition effects: OFF Set picture control: portrait (for people shots) Landscape: for, well, landscape shots: increase sharpness to 4 (D3100 shots are unsharpened by default) Image quality: raw + jpeg fine (or jpeg fine, if you don't want to mess with raw) White balance: auto (I played with the settings to A1, A2, A3, but images were to yellowish for my taste, as if my kids had jaundice). Auto works fine Auto ISO: on Min shutter speed: 1/30 (1/15 if you have steady hands) Max ISO: I set 800, you can push to 1600 or even 3200 (your choice) Standard ISO: 100 Active D-Lighting: on (it works well) Auto distortion control: on (Great) Movie settings: 1080 24p. You can also do 720 at 30p for less jerky movements Info display format: i prefer classic black (your choice) Auto info display: off Image comment: your choice. I have my name, copyright (haha), and phone number Beep: off (please) AEL-AFL button: I only lock exposure, not focus. My accessories: 67-to-77 ring adapter (if you have the 18-105 lens) 72-to-77 ring adapter (if you have the 18-200 lens) 77mm haze filter. I use the best, The B+W 77mm UVA (Ultra Violet) Haze MRC Filter #010 one. You don't want to use a cheap fIlter on top of a $350 or $650 lens. 77mm circular polarizer fliter; again I use the best, the B + W 77mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer Coated Glass Filter. This filter is for your travel shots. It will make blue skies bluer and will remove reflections from that gorgeous Maui ocean. This is an expensive filter at $180 or so; you don't have to get it right away, unless you are going to Maui soon. Why 77mm filters? Because you don't want to go nuts buying filters of different sizes for your lenses. If buy the 67mm filter for your 18-105 lens and later decide to upgrade your lens to the 72mm 18-200, you are screwed. It's cheaper to buy a $5 lens ring adapter to 77mm and use 77mm filters. It'll keep you sane too. Remember why you purchase this camera: you want to enjoy photography; enjoy it then.

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    NC, USA
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:35 - 44
    Ownership:2 - 3 months
    Usage:Once per week
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    Completely satisfied

    Customer review by jonesb78

    5.0 stars by jonesb78

    I have spent several years buying point and shoot digital cameras and I have never been fully satisfied with the picture quality. I am completely amazed with the Nikon D3100. I am not a photographer and I don't know anything about all of the fine settings like ISO, aperture, and white balance and all of that stuff, other than what I have read on the internet. I am the kind of person that wants to pick up the camera and take a picture and get a good quality results, and this camera lets me do just that. This camera has a guide mode that tells you how to adjust certain settings for this camera and that also kind of teaches you a few things. I mostly just put the camera in auto mode and it does everyhting for you. Even in auto mode, this camera takes better pictures than any other camera I have owned. My biggest problem "in the past" was getting bad pictures indoors or in dim lighting. I have to say, this is no longer an issue for me with the D3100. This is great for someone like me that just wants a good picture. The video is nice too. It seems that the auto focus on the video was the biggest complaint with this camera. I don't really have a problem with it. There are alot of high tech people out there who can find things wrong with this camera and thats ok because Im sure there are many cameras out there that are much better than this but you may need a college education to operate tham. I have a nine month old son, and now when I can catch him smiling for the camera, I dont have to worry about whether the picture came out good or if I took the picture in time to catch the smile. Did I mention its pretty fast too. I don't have to wait for the picture to load onto the memory card before I can snap another picture. The continuous mode is nice too at 3 shots per second. I have read in the photography world, that is pretty slow, but when its something I am not used too, then taking 3 pictures in one second is pretty amazing to me. I am no photographer, I am just interested in making memories, and thats exactly what I'm doing. Quality for the price is unbelievable. In the future as I get more advanced with this camera, I can buy more lenses for it, if not, I am just happy with what it does now. If you're looking for a good quality camera and don't have thousands of dollars to spend, look no further, this is the one.

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    Canton, OH
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:1 week or less
    Usage:Every day
    Great camera

    Customer review by cass32n

    5.0 stars by cass32n

    I'm very pleased with my Nikon purchase from Walmart - the camera includes a battery pack and charger, a camera strap, the digital body, and the lens. It also comes with a helpful manual. I love the pictures I've been taking with it!!

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    Age:25 - 34
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    • A. It is included in the kit.
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    • A. yes battery charger comes with it. You will need a carrying case.
      by ericksreview10/26/2014
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    • A. yes, the battery charger is included with the camera.
      by picturesforfun10/26/2014
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    • A. YES IT IS
      by TNMOM2THREEGIRLS1/30/2011
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    • A. Yes, I have this camera and it comes with the battery and the charger.
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    • A. Yes, it is!
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    • A. I'm not a 310 user but if you go to you will fide comolete specs and what is included in the package.
      by PhotoTed10/26/2014
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    • A. Yes, mine came with the charger. I believe it comes with all the kits
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    • A. Yes -- it is included.
      by JoVo5412/14/2010
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    • A. Of course it is. I’m taking pictures on the highest quality without NEF and it takes over 1500 pictures to drain the battery. Reasonable amount of it have taken with the built in flash. Stills and also HD video which is “only” limited to 10 minutes at the time but that makes no difference since that does not affect how many times you take that 10 minutes.
      by StevenLoveTakingPictures11/8/2014
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    My mom is wanting a new camera for her birthday and loves this one but we can't determine if this has a built in flash or not. Answers would be greatly appreciated.
    by ladydawgs49 2/12/2011
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    • A. Yes, there is a pop-up flash. It also has a hotshoe for attaching other flashes.
      by Nikonian11/18/2014
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    • A. It comes with a built in flash. You can purchase an external and attach to the camera as well.
      by famefoto11/12/2014
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    • A. In the description and specs of this product it does tell you that it has a pop up flash on it.
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    • A. Yes it does have a built in flash. It will pop up when you need it!
      by cass32n4/28/2011
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    • A. yes, the camera determines if a flash is needed and it automatically pops open and you can just press it back down to close it
      by jonesb784/6/2011
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    • A. Yes it does have a built in flash.
      by HavaMom3/17/2011
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    • A. It does have a built-in flash, and it works very nicely. But I think eventually I'll invest in an external one, mainly for greater options on light conditions.
      by D3100owner3/11/2011
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    • A. yes
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    • A. YES
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    • A. It does have a built in flash that pops up when it's needed.
      by cajunphotolady2/20/2011
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    Can you see the picture in the LCD screen as your taking it?
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    • A. Yes, you can see it for a few seconds after the photo is taken, or you can push the button and review all the photos on the memory card if desired.
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    • A. Yes, it does offer Live View shooting. That's a battery hog, but it works.
      by Nikonian12/1/2014
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    • A. As soon as you take the picture,you will see it on the LCD instantly.
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    • A. Yes you can! You can either look through the view finder or use the screen. There is a little switch on the camera that lets you flip flop between the two of them. Hope this helps!
      by cass32n12/1/2014
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    • A. yes you can see it
      by cazulo4/19/2011
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    • A. yes, you can very easily switch to live mode and see the picture on the LCD screen
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    • A. Yes, this camera has the Live View option.
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