Nikon has announced the 14.2Mp Nikon D3100. The entry-level digital SLR will become available at the end of September 2010, when it will sell for around £500 (body only) or £579 (body and 18-55mm kit lens).
The Nikon D3100 is the successor to the Nikon D3000, which Nikon describes as being its most popular camera. Nikon says that the new D3100 is the company’s easiest camera to use to date – making it ideal for families who don’t want to worry about complicated functionality.
Live view on the D3100
The Nikon D3100 has a 3-inch LCD that offers live view, so users can compose shots on the screen as well as through the viewfinder.
The Nikon D3100 also features an on-screen guide to help new digital SLR users familiarise themselves with basic techniques. For ease of use the D3100 also has an automatic scene selector and face recognition so users don’t have to think about the camera’s settings.
HD video mode
Nikon has fitted its new Expeed 2 processing engine to the D3100. The camera’s sensitivity to light can be set between ISOs of 100-3,200 without any restriction, but if the resolution of the image is reduced, then a maximum ISO setting of 12,800 can be achieved. High ISO sensitivities can reduce blur in shots, but can also introduce graininess into the picture.
The Nikon D3100 has a full HD video recording mode (1920×1080), which captures moving images at 24 frames per second. There’s a dedicated movie switching button for quick access to the HD video mode, and still images can be taken from the recorded video clips.
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Earlier this week Nikon also announced the Nikon S1100pj compact camera with in-built projector, and the Nikon Coolpix S5100 – a compact digital camera designed to be able to take great shots in dim light conditions.
The Nikon S1100pj is the successor to the Nikon S1000pj, which we saw last year (see video below). Like its predecessor, the S1100pj has a projector that can beam taken photographs onto a nearby wall. Nikon claims that the 14.1Mp S1100pj has a 40% brighter projection than the S1000pj.
The S1100pj can also connect to a PC to project photos and documents stored on it. The S1100pj’s touchscreen can then be used to ‘draw’ annotations which are displayed on projected slideshows or presentations.
This new projector camera has a 5x optical zoom and a 3-inch LCD.
Nikon Coolpix S5100
The 12.2Mp S5100 has been designed to be able to take great shots in low light conditions – according to Nikon – partly thanks to its new flash control system. The camera has a 5x optical zoom and is able to capture HD video at 720 resolution.
The S1100pj will sell from 16th September for around £350, but pricing and availability information on the S5100 has yet to be announced.
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Nikon S1000pj video
Note, this is last year’s projector camera from Nikon. We will bring you a video review of the three new cameras shortly.
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