NIKON D3100 14MP Full HD Video Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens £444.99 Delivered @ Currys - HotUKDeals
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USE CODE 25POUND TO GET FOR THIS PRICE.

OK, go on, shoot me down in flames.....

I posted a deal for this camera last week for £464.99, which just about limped up to 12 degrees, when a deal posted for the Canon EOS 550D at £601 got to over 300 degrees. Price for the Nikon is now £444.99 with discount code (and probably further money off with Quidco) for this superb new camera, which is actually rated as BETTER than the EOS 550D in the current issue of PC Pro magazine for over £150 less (not just a better buy, 'cos its cheaper, but produces better quality photos indoors and out).

Type
Type Entry-level Digital SLR
Sensor
Resolution Total megapixels: 14.8
Effective megapixels: 14.2
Type CMOS
Size 23.1 x 15.4 mm (3.55 cm²)
Format 3:2
Crop factor 1.5x
ISO positions ISO 100 to 3200 in steps of 1 EV
Can also be set to approx. 2 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 12800 equivalent)
Auto ISO sensitivity control available
Cleaning Airflow Control System
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)
Image stabiliser AF-S DX 18-55 VR stabilised lens
Lens
Focal length 18- 55 mm (supplied lens)
35mm equivalent 27 - 82.5 mm (supplied lens)
Aperture Maximum aperture: f/3.5-5.6 (supplied lens)
Minimum aperture: f/22-36 (supplied lens)
Optical zoom Approx 3x (with supplied lens)
Digital zoom No
Minimum distance 28cm (with supplied lens)
Normal distance 28cm - infinity (with supplied lens)
Focusing Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Viewfinder
Type Optical and Live View
Screen 3" TFT display
230,000 pixels with brightness control
Viewfinder features Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Coverage: approx. 95% (vertical and horizontal)
Magnification: approx. 0.8x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0m⁻¹)
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII focusing screen
Quick-return type reflex mirror
Shutter
Speed Shutter speed: /4000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV, Bulb mode
Flash sync speed: Up to 1/200 sec.
Synchronizes with shutter at 1/200s or slower
Burst mode Frame advance rate: Up to 3 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 sec or faster, and other settings at default values)
Self-timer 2 or 10 seconds
Settings
Exposure modes Auto modes (auto, auto (flash off); scene modes (portrait, landscape, child, sports, close up, night portrait); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Effects Picture control (modifiable presets): Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Landscape, Portrait
White balance Auto (TTL white balance with main image sensor and 420-pixel RGB sensor); incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Video
Video mode Yes, with sound
TV output NTSC, PAL
Memory
Photo file formats NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Maximum photo resolution 4608 x 3072
Video file formats Movie file format: MOV
Video file format: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding)
Maximum video resolution 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps
Audio file formats Linear PCM
Memory card SD, SDHC, SDXC and Eye-Fi
Internal memory No
Flash
Built-in Auto, portrait, children, close up, night portrait with auto slow sync and red-eye reduction
Guide number / Flash range Up to 12 or 13 m, manual mode, ISO 100
Hot-shoe adapter for external flash Yes
ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and ata contacts and safety lock
Connections
Interface USB 2.0
Type C HDMI connector
Pictbridge / direct printing Yes
Other
Power options Lithium-ion battery
Battery life Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Internal menus Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Other functions Active D-Lighting - balanced exposures with enhanced shadow and highlight detail
Guide Mode - detailed in-camera guidelines
Help function - one touch in-camera assistance
Scene Recognition System
Extensive selection of in-camera editing functions
Accessories supplied AN-DC1 strap, BF-1B body cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-20 rubber eyepiece, DK-5 eyepiece cap, EN-EL14 lithium battery, MH-24 battery charger and CD
Software supplied ViewNX2
Dimensions D3100 camera
Height: 9.6 cm
Width: 12.4 cm
Depth: 7.45 cm

AF-S DX 18-55 VR lens
Diameter: 7.3 cm
Length: 7.95 cm
Weight Camera with battery and memory card: 500g
AF-S DX 18-55 mm VR lens: 265g
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#1
PC Pro review: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/digital-cameras/362449/nikon-d3100

Ephotozine review: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Nikon-D3100-15000



Edited By: andyken on Nov 17, 2010 17:55: .
2 Likes #2
10 out of 10 for persistance! By all accounts this is much improved from the D3000, with movie and such like, but retaining the onboard user manual, so its a great camera for starters, with very little knowledge it is easy to use, and fun, the basics can soon be grasped, but there is no need to change too soon, this camera has most of the functions needed of a 'big boy' DSLR and will keep most amateurs happy for years to come, starting off with the price. Thanks
Its the age old adage, Nikon, Canon, Pentax etc. If you are not sure and just starting you will not go wrong with this, BUT, find a 'hard' copy first! Try it out, see how it handles in YOUR hands, All cameras are different in aspect and ratio, you need to 'feel' comfortable holding it, if not it makes it difficult, (as the actress said to the bishop!)

Edited By: moorjock on Nov 12, 2010 19:09
#3
Hmm looks like a interesting prospect. Had been thinking about a D5000 as my first foray into the DSLR market. Damn I hate decisions.
#4
-BA-
Hmm looks like a interesting prospect. Had been thinking about a D5000 as my first foray into the DSLR market. Damn I hate decisions.

If you are totaly 'newbie' go for this, its foolproof, even if you know a lot about 'pre DSLR' you wont go wrong, always something to learn. D5000 is a little more advanced in that you have to make your own decisions as to what you want, assuming you know. (Am on the D3000 still here, great camera, taught me lots, but it has no bells!)

Edited By: moorjock on Nov 12, 2010 19:23
#5
moorjock
-BA-
Hmm looks like a interesting prospect. Had been thinking about a D5000 as my first foray into the DSLR market. Damn I hate decisions.

If you are totaly 'newbie' go for this, its foolproof, even if you know a lot about 'pre DSLR' you wont go wrong, always something to learn.
1 Like #6
Which one? Canon EOS 500D or this one?
#7
moorjock
10 out of 10 for persistance!


Lol...if at first you don't succeed.....
#8
maxtor
Which one? Canon EOS 500D or this one?

Personal opinion, without handling, this ones better on paper. You need to handle the camera to see that it suits you though, (if you want to do pro!), going on the fact that this is a BIG advance on the D300, (foolproof), you will not go wrong with Nikon.
#9
moorjock
maxtor
Which one? Canon EOS 500D or this one?

Personal opinion, without handling, this ones better on paper. You need to handle the camera to see that it suits you though, (if you want to do pro!), going on the fact that this is a BIG advance on the D300, (foolproof), you will not go wrong with Nikon.


I presume you mean a big advance on the D3000, as the D300 is a much more expensive beast....
#10
Thanks guys, the reviews also puts Nikon D3100 ahead of Canon EOS 500D.
#11
andyken
moorjock
maxtor
Which one? Canon EOS 500D or this one?

Personal opinion, without handling, this ones better on paper. You need to handle the camera to see that it suits you though, (if you want to do pro!), going on the fact that this is a BIG advance on the D300, (foolproof), you will not go wrong with Nikon.


I presume you mean a big advance on the D3000, as the D300 is a much more expensive beast....

Definately, i should read what i type before i post lol. I am debating whether to go for a D300 or D80 at the mo'

Edited By: moorjock on Nov 13, 2010 08:05
#13
joshwa
andyken
PC Pro review: [url=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/digital-cameras/362449/nikon-d3100

Ephotozine review: [url=" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/digital-cameras/362449/nikon-d3100


I think this is the second link you meant to post ;)

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Nikon-D3100-15000


Oh yes, you spotted the deliberate error! :D
#14
Definitely hot. £25 cheaper than anywhere I can find, and Topcashback would approx another £12 or so.

However, ready to take the plunge, I find they're out of stock.
:(
#15
Back in stock again and ordered, thanks.

Quidco works out at £15.50, after which this is sub-£430. Given that you can't get the D3000 with a VR lens for less than £350, I reckon that's pretty good!
#16
dunkerz
Back in stock again and ordered, thanks.

Quidco works out at £15.50, after which this is sub-£430. Given that you can't get the D3000 with a VR lens for less than £350, I reckon that's pretty good!


I think so too. Good luck with it. Out of interest, if you try out the video once you get it, would you mind posting a few words as to what you think of it, as I have seen both good and bad reports: good that resolution is excellent, bad that anything moving results in a distorted image (which rather defeats the purpose of video....). Thanks.
1 Like #17
andyken
Out of interest, if you try out the video once you get it, would you mind posting a few words as to what you think of it, as I have seen both good and bad reports: good that resolution is excellent, bad that anything moving results in a distorted image (which rather defeats the purpose of video....). Thanks.

No worries - will do.
#18
maxtor
Which one? Canon EOS 500D or this one?

Canon if you're a Canon fanboy, Nikon of you're a Nikon fanboy.... so little to split the in "real terms" ie, avoiding all the techy claptrap that you will NEVER use that either will offer you a good entry into the world of DSLR ;)
#19
looks like amazon have matched this offer although no quidco with amazon.
banned#20
mmm was real close to spurging on the Sony A580 as my first DSLR which works out about £550 with the VAT back and jessops quidco.

The Sweep Panorama mode looks fun on the new Sony's.

Dilemma now.
#21
A580 is better than this. Has image stabilization built into the body as well
#22
Brilliant camera, very tempted to upgrade from my D40 to this
#23
Not a massive saving as it's the same price at Amazon and 459.99 at RGB
#24
Save the cash and put it towards an used D300 or new Canon 550D as there both amazing cameras!
#25
Nikon D5000 is for 464 @ Jessops, can anyone suggest between Nikon D3100 and NIkon D5000
#26
Nice.
#27
I've also been looking at the new Sony Alpha SLT-A33 which I very nearly bought last night for around £420 with codes, quidco and the Sony VAT back. It's a highly rated camera.

How does the Nikon D3100 compare?

I've been loooking at DSLRs for quite a while now. Ideally I'd also like to buy a good wide angle zoom with whichever choice I make but I think it's the cost of this which is putting me off taking the plunge.

http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D3100-vs-Sony_SLT-A33


Edited By: SirHugo on Nov 17, 2010 13:49
#28
noseley
Save the cash and put it towards an used D300 or new Canon 550D as there both amazing cameras!


completely agree. The d3100 doesn't have bracketing, high res display, mic input.

For the extra £100-200 you get a lot more camera for your money with the canon 550d.
banned#29
SirHugo
I've also been looking at the new Sony Alpha SLT-A33 which I very nearly bought last night for around £420 with codes, quidco and the Sony VAT back. It's a highly rated camera.How does the Nikon D3100 compare? I've been loooking at DSLRs for quite a while now. Ideally I'd also like to buy a good wide angle zoom with whichever choice I make but I think it's the cost of this which is putting me off taking the plunge.http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D3100-vs-Sony_SLT-A33

I looked at the A33 but the electonic viewfinder is weird. made everything outside look Blue when it was a dismal grey day.

A580 has optical...
banned#30
daveredfern
noseley
Save the cash and put it towards an used D300 or new Canon 550D as there both amazing cameras!
completely agree. The d3100 doesn't have bracketing, high res display, mic input.For the extra £100-200 you get a lot more camera for your money with the canon 550d.

What's "bracketing" mate?
#31
Viggy_Value
mmm was real close to spurging on the Sony A580 as my first DSLR which works out about £550 with the VAT back and jessops quidco.

The Sweep Panorama mode looks fun on the new Sony's.

Dilemma now.


Also to consider the Sony A33 (VAT Back) check the review on http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2010/11/09/the-sony-a33-digital-camera-review/
just brought the A55..it is superb!
#32
Viggy_Value
daveredfern
noseley
Save the cash and put it towards an used D300 or new Canon 550D as there both amazing cameras!
completely agree. The d3100 doesn't have bracketing, high res display, mic input.For the extra £100-200 you get a lot more camera for your money with the canon 550d.


What's "bracketing" mate?


Its where you can take 3 pictures - one at normal exposure, one above and one below. Bracketing is a form of automation for this process. It can still be accomplished on the Nikon but requires you to manually change the exposures all the time. It is commonly used in HDR (high dynamic range) photography like this http://lh5.ggpht.com/_4XNAF3oIpZ0/SoQUWClQOqI/AAAAAAAAAGc/hIjey3ij3QQ/HDR%20images%202253.jpg.


kimbongo
Viggy_Value
mmm was real close to spurging on the Sony A580 as my first DSLR which works out about £550 with the VAT back and jessops quidco.

The Sweep Panorama mode looks fun on the new Sony's.

Dilemma now.


Also to consider the Sony A33 (VAT Back) check the review on http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2010/11/09/the-sony-a33-digital-camera-review/
just brought the A55..it is superb!


If you want a true DSLR go for the A580 but if you're not particular bothered the A55 is a great choice. One super nice feature is the built in GPS and 10 frames per second!

On Dpreview.com it is 1 of 5 cameras to ever receive the the gold award - http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/default.asp?view=rating. The canon 550d has always been awarded the gold award but the d3100 has yet to be fully rated.

Edited By: daveredfern on Nov 17, 2010 15:18
#33
you can always shoot in raw for hdr then under and over expose in photoshop then combine ,or just use the manual option....
#34
Great camera, don't be put off by the 'entry-level' tag.

If you're more prone to shooting video then a dedicated HD camcorder is better - smoother video, better handling etc.
#35
i have this its a nice bit of kit :)

scooter
#36
Took these last week with mine.
http://i53.tinypic.com/5v3eoz.jpg

Superb low light performance without flash with no trace of grain at iso 1600.
http://i53.tinypic.com/16hw113.jpg

Excellent detail and colour reproduction
http://i51.tinypic.com/2emkdo4.jpg





Edited By: jon67 on Nov 17, 2010 17:47
#37
OK question for those in the know. Mt camera bridge has just broke, but ths side of Christmas unless I sell a couple of little redjays I'm skint. I'm giving some thought to buying a Nikon D50 with standard lens (used can be had with warranty for under £200, that's my max right now) and then getting a nifty fifty early next year, and building up from there buying a 18 - 200, and then when I get around to it upgarding the camera itself. I have no preference to either Nikon or Canon - suggestions welcome.

RJ
#38
Would say go for a D40 if you can find one, definitely some improvements and they aren't too much more if you look around. Also, because these cameras are DX, crop sensor rather than full frame, the field of view with a 50mm lens will be around 75mm, which is obviously too long for certain things. I'd personally pick up a cheap D40, then get an old second hand M42 fully manual 35mm low aperture lens and an M42 screw fit-Nikon F mount adapter, and a cheap 55-200mm if I wanted a whole range of kit for cheap.
#39
weirdwilli, cheers, only thing that would put me off is buying a dog of a lens not knowing what I'm looking for - but certainly something to think about.

RJ
#40
Sorry if any of that doesn't make sense :p
Don't know how comfortable you are with manually metering photos, but using a fully manual lens forces you to using it which is pretty handy all in all.
Hit me a PM if you need any help at all

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