Nikon Announces the D3100!

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After months of rumours, Nikon officially announced the release of it’s D3100:  an entry level digital-SLR camera with a new DX-format CMOS image sensor, EXPEED 2 (Nikon’s newest image-processing engine) and a helpful Guide mode that makes capturing beautiful images easy for even the beginner shutterbug.

With a 14 megapixel sensor, up to ISO 12800 sensitivity and a new 1080p/24 H.264 AVCHD movie mode with continuous contrast-detect autofocus, complete with face detection and subject tracking, the D3100 is quite a find with it’s price tag of only $569.95.

Have a gander at some of these features:

  • DX-format, 14.2 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor
    – Softly defocused backgrounds that only a D-SLR can produce
  • EXPEED 2 – Nikon’s new image processing engine
    – Faithful color reproduction and smooth, beautiful gradations
  • ISO sensitivity 100-3200 (expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent)
    – Great performance and less blur in dimly lit settings
  • Active D-Lighting – Beautiful balancing of light and shade
  • Picture Control – Customizing images before the shot
  • Guide Mode – The sure way to obtain desired results
  • Scene Modes – Your short cut to expected results
  • Scene Auto Selector – Letting D3100 decide the best mode to match the scene
  • Help function – One-touch access to in-camera assistance
  • Info display format – Choose the view that’s right for you
  • D-Movie – Breathtaking full HD 1080p movies
  • Live View – Live View with new AF modes and large 7.5-cm (3-in.) monitor
  • AF Mode for Live View and Movie Shooting – New autofocus (AF) modes help capture moving subjects
  • AF-area modes for live view and movies – Four modes to capture subject
  • 11-point AF system – Quick, accurate autofocus ready for the decisive moment
  • Advanced white balance control – More natural whites
  • Built-in pop-up flash – Additional light whenever needed
  • Scene Recognition System – Intelligent operation in any setting
  • Ample image and movie editing functions – In-camera image and movie editing
  • High-performance NIKKOR lenses – The right choice for amazing photos and full HD movies
  • Nikon’s original VR system – Less camera-shake blur in images and viewfinder
  • Compact and lightweight – Easy operation and take-anywhere portability
  • Continuous 3 fps shooting – Catch the decisive moment
  • Eye-Fi support – Transfer photos and movies wirelessly
  • Easy-to-view finder – New superimposed indicators for a better view
  • New shutter mechanism – Quiet shooting, even with Live View
  • Rangefinder – Quick and easy focusing
  • Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System – Prevent dust from ruining photos
  • Image playback with transitions  – View photos with striking special effects …more
  • Convenient playback – Find images instantly by date
  • Date imprint – Stamp photos with shooting date
  • Long-lasting lithium-ion battery  – Plenty of stamina for plenty of photos
  • ViewNX 2 software  – Your imaging toolbox (bundled) – Smart image management with a PC
  • my Picturetown – Free image sharing and storage – Share photos and movies on the web

The D3100 body can be purchased alone or with the kit AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.