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Nikon Coolpix 3100 Review

Review Date: Oct 1, 2003

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Nikon has taken the hugely popular Coolpix 4300 and fashioned two new entry-level point-and-shoot digital cameras: the Nikon Coolpix 2100 has 2 megapixels resolution while the Coolpix 3100 has 3.2 megapixels resolution. In addition, Nikon has reduced the size and weight. Everything you liked in the Coolpix 4300 is in those two digital cameras, and the controls have been further simplified for beginners.

Besides 14 scene modes to cover most picture-taking situations, there are now in addition 4 Scene Assist functions: Portrait Assist, Night Portrait Assist, Landscape Assist, and Sports Assist. For example, if you are taknig a portrait, you can further specify the additional portrait setting to have the camera help you position subject in a framing guide on the LCD: Portrait, Portrait Left, Portrait Right, Portrait Close-up, Portrait Couple, Portrait Figure.

We like the Nikon Coolpix 3100 as an entry-level point-and-shoot digital camera because it makes it easy for beginners to use a digital camera without having to learn too much about it.

If you strictly want an affordable point-and-shoot digital camera and don't want to pay for features you'll never use, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 may be a good choice for its excellent image quality, superb macro capability and its many easy-to-use scene modes.

Read our Nikon Coolpix 3100 review (Oct 1, 2003)

Get another opinion from: Steve's Digicams, DCRP, DPReview

Nikon Coolpix 3100
QuickFact™ Sheet
  The Nikon Coolpix 3100 Home PageCoolpix 3100  
  Image Sensor 3.2 effective megapixels
1/2.7 in. CCD
  Lens Zoom Nikkor  
  Focal Length 5.8-17.4mm (38-115mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Maximum Aperture F2.8 (Electronically controlled preset aperture)  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 4 cm / 1.6 in.  
  Auto Focus Contrast-detect TTL  
  Shutter Speed 4 - 1/3,000 sec.  
  Exposure Control Program AE  
  Shooting Modes
Scene (Portrait, Party/Indoor, Night Portrait, Beach/Snow, Landscape, Sunset, Museum, Night Landscape, Close Up, Fireworks Show, Back Light, Copy, Sports, Twilight)
Portrait Assist (Portrait, Portrait Left, Portrait Right, Portrait Close-up, Portrait Couple, Portrait Figure)
Night Portrait Assist (Night Portrait, Night Portrait Left, Night Portrait Right, Night Portrait Close-up, Night Portrait Couple, Night Portrait Figure)
Landscape Assist (Landscape, Scenic view, Architecture, Group right, Group left)
Sports Assist (Sports, Sports Spectator, Sports Composite)
Movie (40 sec. of QuickTime AVI 320x240, no sound; 20 sec. of 640x480 QuickTime AVI, no sound)
  Exposure Compensation Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps  
  Light Metering 256-segment Matrix linked to AF area  
  White Balance TTL Auto White Balance, Pre-set (Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight), or Manual  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom  
1.5 in. LCD (110K pixels)
LED backlight
brightness (5 levels) adjustment
97% frame coverage
  ISO Sensitivity 50, 800  
  Storage Media CompactFlash (CF) Card Type I  
  Battery 2 AA NiMH rechargeable batteries  
  Included Accessories
16MB CF Card
2 AA Ni-MH Battery with battery charger
A/V Cable, USB Cable (One-Touch Upload)
Strap (Hand)
Software CD-ROMs (ArcSoft)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 87.5 x 65.0 x 38.0 mm /
3.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 150g / 5.3 oz.  
  MSRP US$299.95  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

Before you buy, do your homework and verify a seller's reputation. One source you may want to check with is Resellerratings.com. And remember, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is.


Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

Buy the Nikon Coolpix 3100

Flower: 1/60.1 sec., F5.6 and ISO Auto with fill-in flash
5.8 mm, Macro, Programmed Auto, 1/60.1 sec., F5.6 and ISO Auto with fill-in flash

Coolpix 3100:  

Recommended Accessories:

  • Soft Case
  • Second set of 2 rechargeable NiMH batteries
  • Non-rechargeable CRV3 Lithium batteries as spare
  • 256MB CF Card
  • AC Adapter

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