Nikon Coolpix 3100 Review
Date: Oct 1, 2003
Handling & Feel
Green Peppers and Baby Bok Choys
5.8 mm, 1/327.4 sec., F2.8 and ISO Auto
Nikon Coolpix 3100 is a compact digital camera
with dimensions of 87.5W x 65H x 38D mm (3.5W
x 2.5H x 1.5D in.) and weighs 150g (5.3 oz.) without
the battery and recording media card. It is constructed
of solid plastic with an attractive two tone color.
The hand grip provides a good and comfortable
grip and one handed operation is possible.
When holding the camera with the right hand, the
forefinger and thumb naturally falls on the shutter
release button and Zoom toggle lever, respectively.
Extend your thumb out a bit and it reaches the
Mode Dial, which is almost flushed on top but
projects out just enough at the back for the thumb
to rotate it easily. Each selection clicks in
wrist strap attaches to the strap eyelet at the
top edge of the grip. The battery door is at the
bottom of the camera, and the CompactFlash memory
card goes through a door in the handgrip. I like
the fact that the rubber Interface Connector Cover
rotates completely out of the way, giving a clear
path to the USB/Video-out and DC-in connectors.
Coolpix 3100 feels very light, helped by the fact
that it uses only 2 AA batteries. Which also means
that battery life is low and you would well be
advised to always carry a second set of 2 AA Alkaline
batteries or 1 CRV3 Lithium battery with you.
1.5 in. LCD is 110,000 pixels resolution and quite
good even in bright sunlight, allowing me to compose
and review on screen, deciding whether to keep
the shot or reshoot. The brightness is adjustable
Playback function has a dedicated button on the
back of the camera and makes it very convenient
to switch between the Record and Playback modes,
leaving my selected shooting mode unchanged on
the Mode Dial.
Coolpix 3100, though not ultra compact in size,
still fits in a large pants pocket. I would not
recommend you carry it in a tight jeans pocket,
for you may end up inadvertently turning the Mode
Dial to another setting or, worse, turning on
the camera by mistake and risk damaging the lens.
Carrying the Coolpix 3100 in a coat pocket or
in a soft case hung on the belt is probably the
best way to go. A soft pouch is recommended.
the Coolpix 3100 is well constructed, lightweight,
easy to use and handle, and a take anywhere camera.