Announced: Nikon D3100 and Nikkor 85mm, 24-120mm, 28-300mm, 55-300mm lenses

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Coverage around the Net:

Official Nikon links:

MTF charts, construction diagrams, brochures and sample photos:

Nikon also established a new holding company in Hong Kong.

I will publish the pre-order options as soon as they are available (usually in 1-2 hours). Some of the new lenses will be back-ordered for months, try to place your order asap (Amazon doesn't charge your credit card until the item is shipped).

Full press releases after the break:

MELVILLE, NY (August 19, 2010) – The new Nikon D3100 digital SLR camera speaks to the growing ranks of enthusiastic D-SLR users and aspiring photographers by providing an easy-to-use and affordable entrance to the world of Nikon D-SLR’s. The 14.2-megapixel D3100 has powerful features, such as the enhanced Guide Mode that makes it easy to unleash creative potential and capture memories with still images and full HD video. Like having a personal photo tutor at your fingertips, this unique feature provides a simple graphical interface on the camera’s LCD that guides users by suggesting and/or adjusting camera settings to achieve the desired end result images. The D3100 is also the world’s first D-SLR to introduce full time auto focus (AF) in Live View and D-Movie mode to effortlessly achieve the critical focus needed when shooting Full HD 1080p video.

Packed into the compact and lightweight body of the D3100 camera is a host of advanced Nikon technologies, such as the new EXPEED 2TM image processing engine. EXPEED 2TM in conjunction with Nikon’s new 14.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor is the driving force behind the enhanced performance and rich image quality. Ready to go wherever life leads, the D3100 features split-second shutter response and a blazing fast 11-point AF system to help ensure tack-sharp images. For shooting in challenging lighting conditions, ISO 3200 (expandable to 12,800) enables versatility in environments such as indoors or in the evening hours.

“People are stepping up to digital SLR cameras – consumers are embracing the enhanced performance, amazing image quality and options for lenses and accessories that only a D-SLR can provide,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “The D3100 is a camera that makes it easy to take beautiful pictures and will grow with the user, unlocking their potential and assisting in creating lasting memories or amazing art.“

Get Inspired With The Guide Mode
Whether new to D-SLR photography or exploring new shooting techniques, the D3100 features an enhanced Guide Mode with an easy-to-use interface to help customers build confidence in using their D-SLR through on-demand, step-by-step assistance. A stand out feature in the D3100’s predecessor, the D3000, the Guide Mode is easily accessed through the Mode Dial on the top of the camera. This enhanced help function now features sample assist images that change with camera settings to inspire consumers to achieve a desired look and feel to their images, while guiding through easy to understand photographic techniques. For example, to instill the majestic appearance of moving water, users can select “show water flowing” from the Guide Mode, and simply follow the prompts to create the ideal camera settings to capture an amazing image.

By following the guidance on the bright 3-inch LCD screen, users can achieve professional looking photographs to be proud of. Whether looking to soften backgrounds, freeze a moment in time or convey motion, the Guide Mode assists users in exploring effective picture taking solutions at their own pace to make capturing great pictures even easier and enjoyable.

Full HD Video Made Easy with D-Movie
The Nikon D3100 D-SLR allows users to capture stunning Full HD, 1080p resolution (1920x1080) movies. Users can record cinematic quality 24p video clips, or shoot at 24 or 30 frames-per-second at 720p, ideal for sharing online. By incorporating versatile NIKKOR lenses to the equation, users can now create a variety of photography effects to video such as isolating subjects with a shallow depth of field, and recording in low light conditions. NIKKOR lenses also deliver the sharpness needed for HD video, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) II technology helps to eliminate camera shake.

While Nikon pioneered HD video in a D-SLR, Nikon is now introducing another industry first to enrich the user experience: The D3100 is the first D-SLR to implement full time AF for D-Movie video shooting and while in Live View mode. Using contrast based AF, the D3100 automatically focuses on subjects when Live View is activated to aid shooting when using the LCD. The D3100 camera also uses Face Detection technology to lock focus on up to 35 human faces, a feat not even accomplished with consumer camcorders. To further simplify movie shooting, Live View is activated at a single flick of a dedicated switch, and HD video recording is achieved by a simple press of a button.

Sharing and editing video clips is also easier than ever, as the D3100 records movies in the versatile H.264 AVCHD codec (.mov file). While playing movies back in the camera, users are able to edit recorded videos by clipping footage from the beginning or end of a movie. High Definition movies and stills can be shared with family and friends on an HD television via HDMI output, and control slideshows and video using the HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) interface that is a part of most modern remote controls from HDTV manufacturers. Additionally, the D3100 is compatible with the new SDXC memory card format to store large amounts of photo and video data so users can shoot multiple scenes without interruption.

Renowned Nikon Technology
The D3100 leverages proven Nikon technologies to create the most positive picture taking experience for consumers of any skill level. With its new 14.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor and Nikon’s new EXPEED 2TM image processing system, the D3100 delivers exceptional image quality with low noise. The new EXPEED 2TM image-processing engine enhances camera performance and helps to ensure brilliant image quality while managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed for optimal results. The D3100’s normal ISO range extends from ISO 100 to 3200, allowing users to capture stunning images, even in low light environments. Additionally, the D3100’s ISO range can expand to a Hi-2 setting of ISO 12,800, furthering the opportunities for low-light shots that other cameras miss.

Other exclusive Nikon technologies include the Active D-Lighting system, which automatically rescues dark or backlit images to help create flattering images with even tones. This is especially useful when photographing subjects that are backlit by the sun or lights to provide an even exposure.

What’s more, Nikon’s Scene Recognition system draws upon the 420-pixel RGB color 3D Matrix Meter for outstanding exposures under a variety of lighting conditions by integrating a database of tens of thousands of sample images. The result is a camera intelligent enough to recognize when photographing a specific scene such as a portrait or landscape and automatically choose the proper camera settings.

To make taking great pictures even easier, the D3100 elevates Nikon COOLPIX technology and incorporates an Auto Scene Selector feature in Live View. This innovative function automatically selects the best scene mode to match shooting conditions. When engaged, the camera will automatically recognize when shooting a lush landscape or fast action sports and adjust the camera settings to create an astounding image. Six preset scene modes can also be accessed with the Mode Dial on top of the camera to overcome many common shooting challenges.

Compact Design. Huge Performance.
With comfortable yet intelligent ergonomics, the D3100 packs powerful technology that’s easy to use into a compact form factor. The advanced 11-point autofocus system of the D3100 makes it easy to find and focus on a subject through an enhanced viewfinder design with new “hollow” focus points to give a clear view of the subject.

In the playing field or the backyard, the benefits of Nikon’s advanced 3D Subject Tracking become clear, as the camera continuously focuses on fast moving subjects throughout the frame, resulting in crisp, clear action shots. Additionally, the D3100 offers split-second shutter response, eliminating the frustration of shutter lag—the annoying delay that ruins so many pictures. With the ability to capture images at up to three fps, users never miss a moment.

Also added to the D3100 is a Quiet Shutter Release mode, which substantially reduces the sound of the mirror while shooting. Quickly accessed by selecting “Q” on the release mode dial, this feature is ideal for the photographer who wishes to remain unobtrusive, for example during quiet ceremonies or photographing a sleeping baby.

Nikon also empowers users to prepare their photos for sharing quickly and easily using Nikon’s extensive in-camera Retouch Menu, which easily applies a variety of fun and dramatic effects to images without a computer. Fun and easy-to-use adjustments include a miniature effect to photos, image overlay, color outline and softening filters for flattering portraits and realistic skin tones.

The D3100 also incorporates Nikon’s Integrated Dust Reduction System, which offers a comprehensive solution that combats the accumulation of image-degrading dust from the camera’s image sensor. The shutter is tested to 100,000 cycles for maximum durability, ensuring years of captured memories.

Gateway to Legendary NIKKOR Optics and Accessories
Nikon has also introduced the ideal companion to the D3100, the brand new AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm VR lens, which gives users super-telephoto zoom capability for an affordable price. This is a perfect complementary lens when combined with the AF-S 18-55mm VR kit lens, and is great for capturing images of sports and wildlife around town or on vacation. Photographers can also appreciate the D3100’s system expandability, as it is compatible with more than 40 legendary NIKKOR AF-S interchangeable lenses. While the D3100 offers a versatile built-in flash, the camera also operates with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and is capable of Advanced Wireless Lighting when using the SB-900 Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Commander. The D3100 D-SLR’s design also supports Eye-Fi memory card functionality, enabling the convenient wireless transfer of images from the camera to a computer when using Eye-Fi memory cards. Also included is a new version of Nikon’s powerful image editing application, View NX2. The latest edition of this software allows users to organize and edit both photos and video files easily.

Price and Availability
The D3100 D-SLR camera outfit, including the versatile AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens, is scheduled to be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in mid September 2010, at an estimated selling price of $699.95.* The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available starting in September for $399.95*. For more information, please visit

*Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

and the four new lenses:

MELVILLE, NY (August 19, 2010) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced four new lenses to the legendary NIKKOR line to meet the needs of all types of photographers, from those looking for the ideal lens for capturing memories of the school play to pro glass that captures client work in the studio. The new AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR and AF-S 85mm f/1.4G deliver the optical excellence and stunning image quality that consumers have become accustomed to with AF-S NIKKOR lenses. Nikon’s optical engineering experience and devotion to extraordinary standards of excellence have contributed to the strength and legend of the NIKKOR brand. With the addition of these four lenses, 2010 has seen the introduction of a total of seven new NIKKOR lenses, reinforcing Nikon’s role as the world leader in optics.

Ideal for producing stunningly sharp images with excellent clarity and color reproduction or capturing HD video that exhibits critical focus with a dramatic depth of field, these new lenses will empower photographers with a variety of core Nikon technologies. The three zoom lenses utilize Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) II Image Stabilization system which provides up to four stops of correction* to help create blur-free images while shooting handheld or in challenging lighting conditions. Found in the 85mm f/1.4 and 24-120mm f/4, Nikon’s exclusive Nano-Crystal Coat reduces instances of ghosting and flare – even in challenging backlit scenes. Additionally, all four lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology to deliver fast, accurate and quiet AF performance and Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) for color consistency and reduced flaring. The construction of each of these lenses also includes a nine rounded blade diaphragm, to help achieve a dramatic separation between subject and background with a natural out of focus area coveted by today’s image-makers.

“The AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR, 24-120mm f/4 VR and 85mm f/1.4 build upon Nikon’s reputation as a preeminent manufacturer of high quality lenses delivering tack-sharp, high contrast images whether shooting stills or video. ” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of Marketing at Nikon Inc. “As camera capabilities expand and the role of photographers evolves, NIKKOR enhancements continue to meet the demands of beginner and professional photographers alike, and we continue to exceed expectations of optical excellence.”

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR: Making Super Telephoto Shooting Easy and Affordable
The new AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR fills a variety of roles as the perfect lens for family picture takers and photo enthusiasts alike. This lens is the ideal complement to the 18-55mm VR DX-format camera kit lens, such as the one coupled with the just-released D3100 D-SLR camera, and provides users with an affordable way to achieve super zoom focal lengths from 82.5mm to 450mm (35mm equivalent). The 55-300mm VR lens brings the benefits of longer focal lengths into range for users when capturing distant subjects, such as at athletic events, family gatherings and summer vacations. Additional features include a Tripod Detection Mode, which allows users to keep VR image stabilization activated and automatically compensates for minute vibrations when mounted on a tripod. Additionally, a High Refractive Index (HRI) lens element is implemented to keep the lens compact while offering high contrast even at maximum aperture. The optical construction consists of two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements that effectively minimize chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.

AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR: High Performance, High Quality and Telephoto Zoom
Building on the popularity and versatility of broad focal range lenses, the new AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is Nikon’s first FX-format lens with a 10.7X zoom range for enthusiasts and professionals. The new 28-300mm is the all-in-one optical solution that is ideal for travel, landscapes, portraits and capturing distant subjects. The 28-300mm VR lens is optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLR cameras, and has an equivalent focal length of 42-450mm when attached to a DX-format D-SLR. It’s optical formula includes two ED glass elements that effectively minimize chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings, and three Aspherical Lens Elements that virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations at wide aperture settings as well. This high performance lens also incorporates an M/A Focus Mode Switch that enables quick changes between manual and autofocus operation, and Internal Focus (IF) providing fast and quiet autofocus without changing the length of the lens while retaining working distance through the focus range.

AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR: Defines Versatility
The new AF-S 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR zoom lens redefines the wide-to-portrait lens category, and provides users with a medium focal range lens with a constant aperture that is ideally suited for a wide variety of photographic disciplines. This high performance lens offers a constant maximum aperture of f/4 to maintain exposure settings throughout the entire zoom range and is perfect for photographing landscapes, portraits, interiors and weddings. The 24-120mm f/4 also features two ED elements, three aspherical lens elements, a useful M/A Focus Mode Switch, Internal Focus and Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghosting and flare for greater image clarity throughout the entire frame.

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G ED: Fast Medium Telephoto Lens Destined to Become a Classic
A highly anticipated lens for professional photographers with no room for compromise, the new AF-S 85mm f/1.4G ED is an ultra-fast classic portrait lens boasting amazing picture quality, high performance and the ability to create dramatic background effects (bokeh). This lens is engineered for professional portrait, studio and wedding photographers wanting to shoot at fast maximum apertures while retaining the highest performance. The 85mm lens is also well suited for portraits and low-light shooting situations because of its ability to create a shallow depth of field with exacting sharpness and detail. The AF-S 85mm f/1.4 is optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLR cameras, and features two focus modes, M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual) to further enhance versatility and adapt to a shooters needs. Additional features include Internal Focus (IF) that allows the lens to focus without changing the barrel length, Nano Crystal Coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flare, and a rugged construction build to endure aggressive field use.

Price and Availability
The compact telephoto AF-S NIKKOR DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens has an estimated selling price of $399.95**. The versatile AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR has an estimated selling price of $1049.95**. The AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR zoom lens has an estimated selling price of $1299.95**. The ultra-fast AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G has an estimated selling price of $1699.95**. These four lenses will be available starting in September 2010. For more information, please visit

*Under Nikon measurement conditions.
**Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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  • Photokina

    Lenses are ready. Now it’s the turn for D900 / D95 combo introduction !

  • monk

    55-300 MTF looks on par with the good old 70-300vr and way better than the 28-300.
    hard luck FX.

  • Photokina

    Nikon must be proud of their full-HD homework results, as an important event to be Nikon’s first 1080p video implement.

    Now they have all the prerequisites to deliver an answer to 5D II.

  • MIB

    Will the price of the D5000 will be lowered once D3100 is on the market ?

    • Dite

      Initially, I would have thought so. However, the D5000 still has one or two preferable features. A good side by side comparison can be found here….

      As a prospective D5000 or D3100 buyer, I’m slightly concerned about the D3100’s smaller sensor, so am going to wait for the first test reports of the D3100’s high ISO performance before buying.

  • trollwatch

    I’m surprised to read so few comments about the 24-120 lens considering how many seemed to be yearning for it before… 🙂

    Has anybody looked at the Nikon MTF Charts for this lens? To be honest I was less than thrilled about the lack of corner sharpness at 24mm f/4 (wide open, yes, but at f4!) and the wavey sharpness profile across the frame. I didn’t expect stellar performance and the long end (and there won’t be), but at the wide end?

    Your thoughts?

    • I was one of these people and then I got fed up with waiting and got the 24-70 mm instead, two weeks before the rumour about the 24-120 mm resurfaced…

      I only looked at the sample photos, not the charts, but it did seem soft in the corners at 24 mm and with some CA.

      • Photokina

        Appearence of CA & softness indicates it was processed by 3rd party raw converter; because unlike Nikon Capture, they apply default settings & ignore CA suppression algorithm.

        Btw even the 28-300mm samples look sharper, better composed & professionally processed. It’s all about the photographer.

        Yet, if you look at the MTF charts, there is significant difference between 24-120mm & 28-300mm.

        • trollwatch

          of course there is a difference, the zoom-range ist 10.7 compared to 5.3, one is variable the other fixed f4… and so on.

          but since the 24-120 is supposed to target prosumers and even press pros w/ need for a stay-on lens– the lack of border and corner sharpness and the center dip at the tele end doesn’t look good.

          especially considering the price. this is not a cheapo kit lens.

        • It would be strange if Nikon used a third party RAW converter for their sample photos…

        • trollwatch

          +1 on the RAW converter

      • Anonymous

        make it even worst, the 2 images with CA were shot with F/8 & F/11

    • lolcatmaster FTW

      Buy Canon and don´t complaint here anymore about MTF´s

  • Jørgen

    As usual at annonecments, I can say” I read it first at”

    Great job!

  • Good job NR!

    The base ISO at 100 means that for those shooting at that ISO, protecting HL, there’s much better ability to recover detail and color in darker areas. Very relevant for landscape shooting. In that respect the D90 wasn’t better than D80, since high ISO performance originated basically from higher sensitivity of sensor.

    And I read 1080p 24, which is very good indication D90+ will also have that.

    Great entry-level camera, likely best move by Nikon since D40 was introduced, I can’t see anything that someone starting with dslrs would ask that this camera can’t provide.

    • Anonymous

      My iPhone display has better resolution. In fact, my gps dispay also has better resolution.

      Oh, I guess Nikon missed the memo of 25, 30, and 60 frame rates as canon at entry level is capable of providing.

      rhlpetrus, this is a D40 with a new sony sensor + Nikon’s best video. Other than that it will be a great entry level camera.


      • “Oh, I guess Nikon missed the memo of 25, 30, and 60 frame rates as canon at entry level is capable of providing.”

        Hey Ano: get your Canon facts right. The entry-level Canon (1000D) doesn’t even have video.

        And I don’t sell cameras …

        • NiknWontRepairMyGray

          I don’t think you can compare the 1000D with the D3100.

          If you make the comparison based on the fact that both are called “entry model” and are the lowest offerings from both camps, then you are wrong. The D40 is still listed on the Nikon USA site (the fact that it is officially discontinued is irrelevant if Nikon USA still officially marketing them) . In this case, the 1000d should be compared with the D40.

          If you compare them by the release date, then the D3100 is closer to the 550D.

          If you compare them by price (which I think is the most appropriate), then the D3100 will still be slightly closer to the 550D.

          This is my point all along, if you compare dslr by price (mid to low level models), Nikon is the most stingy and some of you kept praising them instead of pushing them to be more generous. It doesn’t matter to me, I’m switching to Pumpkin.

          • Anonymous

            rhlpetrus, this dude NiknWontRepairMyGray is absolutely right. And rhlpetrus you are wrong again. You should compare the canon 1000 to the D40. But why don’t you just wait a week and let’s see how sony and canon will whop the stingy Nikon’s ass.

            Just alone sony will release 4 dslrs. Canon will release the 60D. In the meantime Nikon couldn’t even sort out the goddamn voice recording of this D3100 crap. It can record 24khz mono (and no input for an external mic).

            As I said before, this D3100 is nothing else than the D40 with a new sensor FROM SONY!!!! (F-sake)

            And you don’t sell cameras … well, just buy this crap I will not waste money on something that is already outdated! YES, Nikon should have released this shit a year ago. Now, this is still not finalized. There is no video sample available.

            WTF was Nikon doing during the last 2 yrs? I guess they played with that sparking projector.

            Oh, the projector is not Nikon made, just do a little research.

            • Admin, too bad NR has started to show heavy trolling activity, so common at DPR.

    • Geoff

      I’m happy to see true ISO 100 as well. I hope the trend continues into higher end models in the future.

      • Anonymous

        I wonder why they did not implement that long before (true iso 100)

      • Confuzzle

        A base ISO of 100 is a real bummer. That means ISO 200 won’t be as good. With these DX bodies, you really do want faster shutter speeds.

    • Confuzzled

      Expect to see more noise at ISO 200 on the D3100 than on the D90.

      • Probably not, since high ISO is rated higher.

        • Confuzzled

          High ISO isn’t rated higher. Both are rated to ISO 3200. The D90 has 5 stops (200-3200), but the D3100 has 6 stops (100-3200). This suggests less sensitivity but greater dynamic range. Hi-1 is the same on both cameras, but the D3100 also allows Hi-2, which supports the theory of its having increased dynamic range.

          • The Hi2 feature indicates both noise and DR are better controlled. I said probably, not certain. Let’s wait for results. Recall D90 and D300 have always been criticized for some low ISO noise, espcially in skies.

  • ShadowDiver

    Great work Admin/NikonRumors!!!
    Now you can concentrate on D90/D700-replacements ;o)
    And give me us sign when you find a test of these (FX-)lenses – maybe I´ll want to update my 84/1.4D?

    Cheers, Chris

    • ShadowDiver

      Oh – forgot to ask you for any infos about new flashes – I´m hoping for a SB700 for quite a while….

  • Anonymous

    Finally , something new as promised , great work NR , although this camera is entry level , i myself is interested mostly in the video features , so if the video is good on this little thing (d3100) , i mean no jello when moving the cam , and noise level reduced , this will make my day

    if anyone of you know french than heres a review i found , i cant understand a word
    but here you go :

  • Release and IR says sensor is Nikon designed:

    IR: “Sensor and processor. On the inside, the Nikon D3100 sports the pairing of a newly developed, Nikon-designed DX-format CMOS image sensor, and a new generation of Nikon’s EXPEED image processor.”

    Is it the Sony’s sensor in newer cameras or not? 1080p may indicate it’s not, why would Sony only do 1080i from same sensor?

    • Sizes as reported at DPR:

      • 12.3 million effective pixels
      • 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS (DX format)

      • 23.4 x 15.6 mm Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
      • 14.2 million effective pixels

      • 14.2 million effective pixels
      • 23.1 x 15.4 mm CMOS (DX format)

      Maybe it’s wrong at DPR for D3100.

  • Ronald

    Just can’t wait for the first tests to show up. Especially the ISO performance, so we get an idea about the D90 succesor 🙂

  • 24-120mm has worse mtf that i expected for this focal range according to 16-35mm mtf

  • Philippe

    I want to know if there is a manual movie mode 🙁

    Even if the sound sucks (a little) I would lik to buy it, maybe wait until D95

  • DaveyJ

    Right now until some serious actual user testing and reports I believe the verdict is still out for NR review followers. I am wondering about the reduced sensor size. Reducing the sensor size to me is NOT a good move. I feel this camera will have to compare very well in actual field use or the Canon T2i competition that has been pulling in new user after new user will now become a flood. Nikon has a huge amount riding on this D3100 and the D90 replacement actual field tests by BUYERS will I think determine where this battle over market share and my next purchase will go. What percent of current DSLR buyers do you think have either Nikkor or Canon glass?? My guess is NR followers like me are in the distinct minority. Time will tell!

    • Crop factor fro D3100 is 1.56, it is 1.52 for D90/D5000.

      Canons is above 1.6 (1.62 for 550D), so it’s still a larger sensor than the Canon PAS-C standard. Curious that it’s smaller than the NEX’s sensor, so maybe not same one as many have expected.

      • Sensor Size…

        Is the sensor physically smaller, or is Nikon masking more of the perimeter pixels?

        • Either way, the part used for image is what counts for crop factor.

          • Sensor Size…

            I wasn’t commenting on crop factor calculations.

            I was commenting on your conclusion that it appears to be a different sensor than as used in the NEX. Not knowing if the published numbers for the two sensors are physical sizes or unmasked sizes means that there is a possibility they are the same physical size, but differently masked.

            I haven’t looked, but published numbers on actual vs effective pixel counts (something more precise than “14.2 MP”) would also be telling. It would not be unheard of for Nikon to increase the mask size in the name of better noise reduction calculations.

            • But same MP count and diffeerent physical size would indicate different pixel pitch.

              Check this comparison on connectors, not sure if I can confirm findings but may indicate this is not actually a Sony sensor.


            • Sensor Size…

              Thom reports this morning that not only is the physical size smaller, but the actual pixel count is higher on the 3100 sensor. (As I said “14.2 MP” was too coarse of a metric for this conversation.)

              Therefore it is clearly a different physical sensor, not a difference in masking.

  • Baked bananas

    Ummmm……first of all let me say I dont give ten $h!ts about having a movie mode in a slr. Else I would’ve swiched to canon….yall woundnt miss me. But having AF-F (full-time servo AF) focus mode for movie recording in an entry level slr is very interesting, even with ten minute clips. SDXC-compliancy!????!!!!! So…… theoretically….you can have up to 2tb storage on board camera. As usual…nikon is first again. Great job NR!!!! Where’s my d700 replacement?

  • Have a look at 85mm F1.6 sample:

    What is the vertical line middle of the image? Is it lens problem or D3X ?
    What do you think?

  • Have a look at 85mm F1.6 sample:

    What is the horizontal line under the chin? Is it lens problem or D3X ?
    What do you think?

    • Sensor Size…

      Don’t see any horizontal line.
      I believe the problem is not with the lens or the D3X, but with your computer / monitor.

      • it seems they fixed it. I saved old file and it has a problem. Now I can not see on the new file. Anyway, hope its not a big problem.

  • robA

    Can I tap the collective wisdom? I’ve been shooting the D40 for years, and am looking to upgrade. Mostly because I find the quality suffers too much when I crop or print in larger format, but also because I’m starting to feel like I’d like a better camera :). I am an enthusiastic amateur who came over from film. I’ve been thinking of upgrading to the D90 for the last few months, but have waited for these announcements.

    Given price/value, can anyone suggest whether they think I’d be best with the 3100, D90 or D90 replacement?

    • Whatever

      I’m not sure what you mean by “better camera”, but I personally would consider the D90 a “better camera” than the D40, and the D3100 a “newer camera”.

      The bare-metal IQ of the D3100 is assuredly superior to that of the D40, but you gain few to no features. I’d rather have DoF preview, dual command dials, bracketing, etc etc than the 2 MP a 3100 gives you over a 90.

      In fact, I’d rather have a D80 than a D3100, but your idea of a “better camera” may vary.

  • LFC

    I shoot mostly birds and other wildlife using a D90 and 80-400mm lens. I’m generally happy with the combo, but in the area of consumer level bird photography Nikon has some catching up to do. They desperately need to update the 80-400mm to compete with Canon’s 100-400mm, and they need to put VR into the 300mm f4.

    I suspect that this would be true for the consumer / pseudo-pro market for sports and other action activities. C’mon, Nikon! You’re throwing away an entire market.

  • Vl33d

    Just check this youtube sample in 1080p
    The quality seems good for me (coming from the d90). I can’t see any moiré or aliasing, but the subjects aren’t the worse ones for these artifacts.

    Exposure seems to burn the red channel, again… Maybe a little bit better than with the D90!

    Exposure transition seems better than on the d90, but still annoying.. Just press AE lock!
    Compression seems OK with good lighting, but awful in dull places (forest).

    The bitrate won’t be very high I guess.

    AF will be OK but not super fast.

    Conclusion : Very good 1080@24p video for the price, and AF while recording is a relief when sharing your video dslr to a friend (or your wife ;).

    • Vl33d

      About bitrate : should be around (and under) 20 MB/sec as class 6 SDHC cards are recommanded!

  • S45

    Only stuff of that i like is the 85mm, seems to get awesome bokeh. I got 85 1.8 AFD and its just a perfect lens whith with a beautifull out of focus shapes, better than the afd 1.4 for me. I wait for a review for this new 85.

    The rest of that equipment dont fit my d700, slow lenses with a lot of AC´s, i still shooting prime lens in middle range, that zoom lenses are for lazy newbies.

  • These new offerings from Nikon are great. Why are people so quick to teardown anything they bring out? It is an entry level dslr, but like others have said, it is a small view into the window of what Nikon plans on integrating into their new DSLRS when the time comes. Expect all of the new DSLRS to feature 1080 HD with AF, and for all of you lame mp counters, they finally broke the 12 mp’s! Aren’t you entralled?!

    Nikon probably would have stayed at 12 mp’s forever and continually improved on iso, bit depth, and pixel densities, but unfortunately the mass of chronic complainers that inhibits the majority of the market for these models begs and pleads for more mp’s because other companies give them, yet they will never actually put them to use.

    For what this camera does, and the price it is set at, it is completely fair to what the current market has available. Quit downplaying what Nikon is doing, and appreciate their constant effort to bring out cameras that are easy to use for the average consumer, reasonably priced, and will give you the constant quality you are aiming to get from the investment you make.

    This glimpse of what the D3100 offers gives me hope for what the new d90, d300, and future full frame cameras will have involved. Nikon, I have invested close to 10k in your products, and I will not stop anytime soon.

    • n.freak

      I couldn’t agree more!

    • +1. This D3100 is an absolutely wonderful entry-level dslr, can’t see what else, for someone starting with dslrs, one could ask for.

      And check this post at DPR, it claims the connectors in the D3100 sensor are like in D3s’ sensor. If true, great news and we may expect even better things ahead.

  • Philippe

    look at 4:35

    Can someone speak spanish, he is in movie mode and saying what functions it has. Look like there isn’t a manual movie mode?

  • Vl33d


    “With the D3100, exposure compensation and AE lock can be adjusted. In addition, white balance can also be adjusted with the D5000, D90, D300S and D3S.”

    Which means, WB CANNOT be adjusted with the D3100.

    If true, I might NOT buy it. A Shame!

    • Anonymous

      It means the micro-adjustment possibly from A6 to B6 & Kelvin adjustment. But it will anyway allow the main daylight, cloudy, tungsten, flourescent, etc.

      Not a big deal to worry. For NEF it’s no problem, for JPG slight adjustments can always be done in PS.

      • On this one we agree, it’s not a big deal, I never mess with WB before shooting, use NEF and adjust at PPing.

        • vl33d

          I was talking about video, guys! Of course I don’t care of WB adjustment in NEF still pics !

  • DaveyJ

    @RobA I own quite a few Nikon DSLRs. The D40 and D40X are in a whole different level than the D90. I have not bought the D90 replacement as it is not out yet. I tried the D3000 and was very turned off by what I saw there. D300, D700 you could never go wrong with or the D90. I would try to go look at a D3100 if they ever are available for you to go see. One thing I hate on the D40X is the three focus grids. In my mind the D40 and D40X had some utility but due to dust on low pass filter, etc., NOT the camera to buy. Now it looks like the entry level camera problem has been addressed by Nikon but if I were you I would track along on NR and a few other places and get the scoop on this camera before buying. I here the D90 replacement is awesome but is having video problems in the tested prototypes and
    that “something” has to be fixed.

  • DaveyJ

    @ Whatever: I would also say a D80 is a better camera than any Nikon entry level DSLR I have shot with yet. The D3100 needs some real field testing to see how it compares to the older Nikon DSLRs. But for anyone thinking this camera will beat a D300 or D90, etc. My guess is forget that. Yes it does have a more recent video. I myself think video is here to stay, but for Nikon’s sake i hope this camera video compares very well to the Canon T2i or there will be consequences. I do not know how well you can evaluate these cameras from what is presented on U Tube. I do think there is much to be said for YOU making an evaluation yourself at the very least at a good camera store. If I were at B&H I would say a successful decision could be made right at the counter (when the D3100 is actually there)!

    • The D3100 is not a direct 550D competitor. Check initial prices for both. D3100 will drop soon to the mid-500USD and later, with likley intro of D5100, below 500USD. It is the entry-level Nikon, so it’s obvious why no options on fps at 1080p and things like that. The D90+ should be a full-fledged camera, except likely for weather sealing (but some are talking about a magnesium body) and 100% VF like the Dxxx line.

  • ArthurCH

    Those 28-300 pictures look surprisingly good!! (and MUCH better than the 24-120 ones). Even it has to do with post-processing, at least the sharpness is there!

    And if I ever make a picture like that f1.6-one (85mm), sigh…

  • This poster at DPR claims connectors on D3100’s sensor are like D3s’, not like D90’s sensor.

    Maybe Thom, who knows these things, could comment on that. If true, very big news, and one may expect better performance from this sensor than from present DXs.

    • Roger

      You’re assuming Thom has some secret info about D3100’s sensor, but he doesnt.

      Bob N. has uncovered some neat little info out on dpreview. Good for him. If he’s right, then the D3100 is surely the new high ISO champ among the crop cameras.

      • Sensor Size…

        One doesn’t need “secret info” to draw safe conclusions, one merely needs to synthesize public info. As rhlpetrus and I were discussing above, all the information one needs to safely conclude this is not the Sony sensor AS FOUND IN THE NEX appears to be available.

  • Bob Krist have a hands on preview of the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

  • Steve

    Personally, I’m delighted that Nikon has refreshed its line-up lenses to include AF-S – the project is nearly complete and the only couple I’m dying to see is a 135mm AF-S and 35mm AF-s prime. I personally didn’t believe the rumors about 24 – 120 f/4 – how wrong I was! This sounds like a truly exciting lens and I can’t wait to hear the reviews.

    Although I switched to Canon a while back it is not inconceivable that I would use Nikon again now that it has started to update it’s short-mid focal length primes. All we need is a D3X sensor in a D700 body and the whole shooting match will be complete. Even if I don’t switch back to Nikon I say – “keep it up,” because it will keep Canon on their toes. This is a two horse race and the competition is healthy!

    • Well done Nikon for improving the FX lens lineup. It might be time to sell my Canon 5D MK2 and shift back to Nikon for studio use. I just wish Nikon will also launch a cheaper version of their D3X. The cost of one D3X = nearly four 5D MK2’s. 24.5mp D700x costing US$2,500, yes please.

  • 10thNikon

    I’m sure there will be canon fanbois and full time professional photographers who will be seriously considering every feature of this great new DSLR contender.

  • EnPassant

    I got the delivery of the 85/1.4, same day Nikon announced the G-version. Mine was of course not the new one but the original Ai-S version in A condition for 1/4 of the cost for the new AF-S. It is still a great lens optically, stopped down to f 2 it is sharp and contrasty all over the frame. And manual focus is superb and exact.

    Looking at the focus scale on the new lens it is almost a joke in comparance to the manual lens. It will be hard to focus manually at wider aperatures. And we propably also will get a lot of comments on internet forums about autofocusproblems. On the plusside having a short focusthrow it will propably focus comparbly fast, although maybe not among the fastest lenses.

    Anybody remeber the rumor abot 35/1.4?
    Clearly it is not only looking exactly the same but is the new 85/1.4 G. Because of the low resolution and angle of the photo many could just not see it. I was myself fooled by the Depth-of-Field Scale. More used with older MF-lenses I thought the number 16 also was the marking for that f-stop and the point inside was for 5.6 or 8. Therefore concluding it was a 35 mm lens. But it turns out the point is for f 16, and only can be for a short telelens.
    I was however correct it soon would be presented, just not in 1-2 weeks, but after almost two months. Credits to Nikonrumors for presenting a true spyphoto such early!

    • the 35mm f/1.4 lens from Nikon is definitely coming as I have mentioned in the past, the last info I got was that it was delayed

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