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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  • Segura

    Beautiful . . . and first!

    • Zograf

      Bravo [NR] – you are the most reliable source of Nikon related rumors)) For Nth time you nailed it.

      • I think the Admin Should give a Prize for those who posted first

        • Geoff

          yeah, a ban on anyone that says the F word

    • StickingZoom

      Admitted, the D3100 is nice. I’d still want the AF motor and a DOF test button, but anyway, it’s a nice came for beginners.

      But I’m still wondering if Nikon really wants to place the lowest entry level camera at a price of 700$. That’s quite expensive for the cheapest DSLR in the lineup.

      I also wonder what Nikon will do with the D5000 which is still not discontinued.

      Finally positive for me as a European that is used to pay the Europe extra price tag, Nikon offers the camera at a currency adjusted prices. On the other side the prices of the lenses …

      The 85mm also seems to be a fine lens, at least the MTF charts are looking very promising. I’m looking forward to see the first sample shots with this beauty.

      • It’s MSRP without lens is the equivalent of $500 on amazon UK. For a new cam that will sell at lower than that by the holidays, that’s quite good! I paid $750 for a new D70, and this outspecs it in every way. This is surely progress, no?

        • StickingZoom

          You’re right, my fault. I read over “+ 18-55mm VR Lens” at the dpreview Hands-on preview.

  • NiknWontRepairMyGray

    ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent.

    Leaked info FAIL!!!

    • iamlucky13

      I just scanned back a few pages of front page posts, and I’m not sure what you’re talking about. The only posts that make ISO predictions for the D3100 seem to start with the German magazine leak and that calls for 100-12,800.

      I did notice, however, that ISO 100 is no longer considered a “boost” range.

      It’s also interesting how it compares to the D5000; The specs are so close it makes me wonder about Nikon’s future plans. The D3100 wins slightly on resolution, ISO, and video quality. The D5000 comes out slightly ahead on continuous framerate, bracketing, and the swivel LCD (assuming you like the swivel).

      Could the future DX lineup be: D3100, D5000 replacement, D90 replacement with the latter two both moving up half a step and no D300 replacement?

      One more interesting thing: I just noticed that Nikon USA still lists the D40 on their website.

      • jimmy

        D40 is still on the website solely at the request of Ken Rockwell.

      • Joe R.

        It feels like the D5000 is out of place. The D5000 is what $30 more?

        I hope Nikon isn’t thinking something like this:
        D3x00 ~$700
        D5x00 ~$1000
        D9x ~ $1300
        Dx00 ~ $2000

        The only way a $700 D3100 and a $950 D90 replacement can exist is if there’s no D5000. I’m think the D90 replacement is going to be a huge step forward (much closer to a D300 replacement) and thus cost something like $1200 which also leaves room for the D5100 at say $900. Which makes the D400 a $2000 (maybe FX).

        This is probably wishful thinking. I do hope the D90 replacement is a suitable upgrade for my D300. I’d like video and useful ISO 6400 which seem like a given in a D90 replacement.

        • Lolly

          “I hope Nikon isn’t thinking something like this:
          D3x00 ~$700
          D5x00 ~$1000
          D9x ~ $1300
          Dx00 ~ $2000”

          Your projected price points look reasonable.

          • This might indeed be the start of a product class shift.

            The EVIL camera may fill in the lowest rung of the ladder in the future, and there may not be a replacement Dx00 DX body – FX only in the future, possibly with a choice between low and high resolution versions.

            I really feel like the semi-pro DX body market is a very important one at this point – maybe Nikon thinks the D90 replacement will be good enough to fill in the niche?

            If all of that does turn out to be true – it looks like Nikon may be stepping towards competing more directly with Canon’s lineup…

        • iamlucky13

          Joe R – You picked up on exactly what I was getting at. In fact, go look at the last couple of entries with the “D95” tag. There was a recent entry that proposed the D90 replacement would have:

          – Aluminum or magnesium body
          – 6-8 fps continuous drive ability
          – 39 AF points
          – $1200 price tag (body only)

          This sounds slightly closer to the D300 than the D90.

          Perhaps they’ll do another an even better DX as the D300 replacement, but I think (and personally hope) just as likely that they’ll shift that category to consumer FX. Or perhaps we’ll get lucky and have both.

  • great job NR! The 24-120 looks interesting as does the 28-300. Looking forward to the reviews of these.

    • Segura

      85mm looks interesting . . . but the 28-300mm can only mean 1 thing, an amateur FX camera is coming

      • Not necessarily. If you look at the FX lens lineup, it is packed full of big heavy f/2.8s and emerging f/4s. There isn’t really very much most people would class as “affordable” either. This was a drive that Nikon promised earlier in the year – if you want a user to jump say from a D90 to D700, you can’t expect them to do that if they also need to spend nearly £1000 on every lens too. The 28-300mm looks like it will fill that gap that the “do it all” 18-200mm does on DX that a lot of people like. From a personal point of view there is zero chance of me buying it, but I can certainly see why Nikon wanted to make it.

        • pethunia

          For me, the ‘jump’ to DX-DSLR created the need to spend $1200 on a 12-24mm zoom… While my trusted (‘FX’) film camera’s accepted relatively cheap 20’s and 24mm’s without compromise… Everything is relative.

        • Photokina

          It would be better if Nikon opted out the 300mm focal, and made a new version of 28-200mm with VR; because given the size, the new 28-300mm has become too big & heavy as an allrounder. Such a pity…

          • I had it in my hands today and it’s not heavy at all – actually seemed very impressive.

        • Nobody who is looking for “Affordable” buys an FX camera….

      • Twoomy

        I have to agree with Segura. These new FX zooms hint that a new for-the-masses FX camera is coming or at least they pave the way for that possibility. But no, I’m not holding my breath because next month’s D95 is supposed to be DX and there’s no solid word of a D700 replacement coming very soon.

        • Joe R.

          I think the D400 will be an $1999 advanced amateur FX.

          • Lolly

            Yes, I’m thinking the same. The D400 has to be differentiated from the D90 replacement (USD$1299 ?) and Canon’s 7D (USD$1699). Besides, better high ISO performance, full HD video, 18 megapixels, the D400 inevitably will be FX.

            New FX lenses does not necessarily mean an amateur FX is coming soon. Maybe an advanced amateur/semi-pro FX D400 is coming ?

            BTW, the 28-300 zoom is ideal for video too – DX or FX 😉

            • Incognito

              I will be pissed if the d400 camera is full frame. We still need the dx sensor in a pro body. There is no way I will shoot professionally with a d90 style body. D700 replacement is obvious but d400 should be what the d300 was to the d200 not fx

      • STJ

        Could it possibly be a “D500FX” type camera which only can use AFS lenses (no internal motor), a plastic body and otherwise specs like a D700???? That would mave a ton of hobby buyers is my guess.

        • Anonymous

          no please, but D800/D900

        • StickingZoom

          Fully agree. It’s not clear to me why neither Nikon nor Canon nor Sony made this move.

          So perhaps they’re waiting for the other companies to make the first move and test the waters or they’re afraid that it would hurt their FX pro line.

          Anyway, I too expect that a full frame body for 1000 – 1200 $ would sell really well.

          • Photokina

            Maybe later, but not at his moment before the D700 replacement is due.

          • BornOptimist

            My prediction is that a FF body for 100 USD would sell even better…

        • Geoff

          no way would i spend over 1200 on a plastic body that can’t take non afs lenses.

        • Manne

          Many people who drool over an affordable, not to say cheap FX body may forget, that it is not only the sensor, but the complete system of shutter, mirror and, last, but not least, viewfinder.

          The latter may be the most expensive component in production, and how many FX shooters would accept trade-offs right there?

      • Jose


        Non of us have any argument to rebate your suspicion, but if you read a note wrote by Thom Hogan regarding decision of Sony to be out of FX market, looks there is no reason to have low price FX camera because there are not any low price FX camera to compete unless Canon a Nikon star a price conquest. I think the new less price FX camera shopuld be a replace of D700 around US$ 3000.

  • zzddrr

    D3100 Maximum Recording Time:10 min

    The lens f4 lens looks interesting though.

  • No DPreview? Odd, I would of expected a review from them on this.

    • RT

      It was there then it was gone, should be back up soon. One glaring omission I’ve seen from all previews so far is what kind of controls are available in video mode

      • Quoll

        I’d also love to see some sample video.

  • Jumbonas

    Hmm, now do I get the 70-300 at the great refurb price or gamble on the 55-300’s performance?

  • Kevin

    70-300 vs 55-300!

    • Segura

      Since you are shooting DX, I would go with the 70-300mm. You won’t experience the vignetting as you would the 55-300 since you are shooting in the sweet spot of the glass. Besides, no need to buy a new lens when you upgrade to FX

  • Anonymous
  • lenzes

    Finally the 85mm heir is here!!!

    • Craig Grunwell

      Sample images looks great. 🙂

      • And MTF chart as well. 24-120 chart is very good for a 5x zoom.

  • dw-nyc

    when’s the new D700 coming out?

  • john

    What do I do with that? It looks like a little toy.

  • EP

    This isn’t too bad for an “entry level” camera. This gives me hope that the d90 replacement will be capable of 1080p @ 30fps, and 720p @ 60fps. Along with the other new improvements and whatnot. Pleeease.

    • zzddrr

      i wonder do you think 10min recording time is enough?

      • Paul

        Absolutely not! Everyone wants to see more >10 min youtube home videos.

        • SA

          For me 10 min rec absolutely enough! Usualy my clips not longer than 2 min. I don’t want to make sleep my friends during watching my movies. If you need more than 10 min, use parts! I can’t imagine movie where one scene continues more than 10 minutes!

          • rg

            recording ur lap times from inside a car (6)

            • iamlucky13

              Lap times would be about it. Although really, for such a clip, what does an SLR bring to the table over a camcorder? Is quality that important?

              Professional productions very seldom have long continuous takes. It’s a lot to control for and typically makes the story telling difficult (cuts are useful to that end).

              Among the exceptions that come to mind, the longest is the urban battle scene in Children of Men. That had a 7-1/2 minute continuous clip, which was continuous only to the viewer. The clip actually was five takes strung together using CGI to correct the transitions. There was too much going on to run the entire clip in one take.

      • tim

        No! Everyone shoot the movies in 1 go and than spends 14h cutting the footage into clips! 🙂

    • Manne

      I always wonder what people do with HD video recording combined with an internal mono mic (the question is meant seriously).

      Do they record the sound separately on a MD recorder?

      • Dan

        Is there not a mic input like on the canon models? Great point though. I always laugh at the quality we put into video and the lack of effort in audio. At least if there is a mic input you can mount a small shotgun mic on the shoe to give decent sound recording

        • Manne

          Afaik, a mic input doesn’t exist on the D3100, as it does not on other entry level, ‘evil’ or compact cameras.

          That’s exactly the point. And it’s also about why, for example, YouTube videos are sometimes a joy to view, but mostly a pain for the ears.

          • Am-Expat

            If there is no mic jack, it opens the door for a nice little side business of installing one. I thought I might use video on my D90 when I got it almost 2 years ago so opened it up and installed a stereo jack(not for two channels but for balanced line) with a tiny balanced line amp. I used it for time code since any serious field sound is not going to be recorded from the camera position or even a single track. Using a time code generator, and my 2 track DAT recorder and mixer, and variety of pro mics it was a breeze to sync in editing. But as it turned out I almost immediately lost interest in video production because I am just not very creative in that field. But I’ve taken 40,000 stills with the camera since that time. I am sure a lot of D3100 owners will add the mic, or line level input to the jack panel.

  • GeorgeofSacto

    Prediction: Ken R likes the D40 better.

    Seriously, nice upgrade for the entry-level cameras. Good indicators for the D90, D300s, D700, & D3 replacement models.

    • And of course, if you follow KR’s advice, you won’t need any of these lenses if you’ve already bought the “superior” 18-200. Remember, the D40 18-200 outperform every other camera ever made, excepting Mr. “Leica Man’s” Leica.

      • Philippe

        Don’t forget that you can take way better pictures with the iPhone then with a D700.

        • antiken

          HA ha. only according to ken R.

      • Manne

        As I’m planning to keep both DX and FX, I’m going to skip the 28-300 and get a used 1st-gen 18-200 for DX sometime. And the new 85mm for FX, asap.

        Perhaps in addition the FX 24-120 next year, if it performs swell. The focal length is quite useful for corporate events or weddings.

        Superzoom and FX don’t suit well IMHO. Either compact and lightweight, or the real thing – if you’re able to carry it in particular cases.

        I’d buy a new DX semi-pro body or even a DX pro body, if high-ISO performance increases significantly.

        Currently, for DX I’m still using a D2x for professional purposes, if focal length is everything or in a nasty environment (as it is written off already), respectively my personal D90 for private purposes.

  • jimmy

    So Nikon made this sensor? I though it was going to be Sony’s new sensor.

    • Not so sure. Dpreview say: “The D3100 is built around a 14.2 megapixel CMOS sensor (quite possibly the one seen in Sony’s NEX cameras)”

    • ha

      sony made the d3x, d3s, d3, d700 sensors. your point?

      • Confuzzled

        You’re either lying or misled. Nikon-designed sensors have Nikon part numbers on them. Open up your camera and look.

        Sony has nothing like the sensors in the D3, the D700, or the D3s. If Sony created those sensor, wouldn’t they have cameras with them? The only thing Sony has that seems to come close is the sensor from the D3x, but the Nikon version outperforms the Sony by light years.

  • ConcreteSnowman

    Ahhhhhh, Manual Movie Mode..
    I’m interested to see what this AF-F will amount to; could be a trend-setter..
    Let’s hope the Expeed2 will hold.
    –Also disappointed w/ TFT 230k display.. Come On Nikon!! You know all DSLRs need that new 3:2 ratio. Please don’t hold ou on the D90 replacement!

    .. What were we talking about again?

    • NiknWontRepairMyGray

      wait, where does it say manual movie mode?

      • minus

        Please show us where manual movie mode is indicated???

      • King-Pin

        Since you can record movies with just the press of a button –there’s no dedicated movie mode on the mode dial– that movie record button should work for every mode on the mode dial on the camera. Including Manual Mode.

    • SA

      I agree. TFT 230k display is Jurassic Park. Really disappointed. Nikon is stingy.

      • Son of FE

        I agree about small TFT, but maybe they did it to keep the body small?

  • AHC

    28-300mm is an interesting lens.. will the price go beyond canon’s 28-300 though? Most probably. Depending on the price, I don’t think the 85mm is worth upgrading either. Hmm..

    • Alex

      Canon’s 28-300mm is ~$2400… Nikon’s is ~$1000…

    • Anonymous

      That’s big & heavy (114 mm length & 800 gr weight) for everyday use. I’d prefer the old non-VR 28-200mm as a walkabout lens.

  • Great job as usual Admin!!! 🙂

  • Segura

    28-300mm doesn’t have Nano coating, so certainly not pro quality, I think we will see a new FX model come out a bit lower than the D700, I mean look at all the FX lenses that are popping out. Nikon has it covered. And isn’t canon’s 28-300mm like $3000 or something?

    Amateur ($1049) – 28-300mm
    Advanced Amateur – ($1299) 16-35mm f/4; 24-120mm f/4
    Pro Zoom – 14-24mm; 24-70mm; 70-200mm
    Pro Primes – 24mm f/1.4; 85mm f/1.4

    I think we will see a new 70-200mm f/4 and a 35mm f/1.4 soon enough

    • Canon’s 28-300 is best part of $2500 but it’s one of their L lenses so I assume it’s a pretty decent one.

    • STJ

      Hopefully that “70-200 f4” will be longer than just 200mm….

      • petry

        why not make it 100-300 f/4?….

        • ha

          because it would be heavier, bigger, more expensive.

    • Anonymous

      24-120mm f/4 VR must be tailored for the 24mp D800/D900.

  • safeg

    ISO 12800 🙁

    • Alex

      You’re complaining about this? Lol. Do you actually photograph, or do you just read specs all day long online? When do you EVER even need to use 25,600?

      • Anonymous


  • Alex

    Is it just me, or is the grip on the D3100 more like those on the professional cameras (soft and grippy, not tacky and plasticky)? If so, that could be more exciting news to me than any of the technical enhancements 😛

  • nikobe

    wait a minute, did they take away the remote option for this camera?? why would they do something like that?

    • Paul

      to make more of these –> $$$

    • Quoll

      Because it’s another thing you wont realise you need until it’s too late, and then you’ll just have to shell out for the next model up. Seriously, they still haven’t even put bracketing on their entry level DSLR.

    • fan

      So they did. Serious let-down: I love my remote! Then again, I’m not in the market for one of these anyway.

  • I don’t recall seeing “super ED” glass before. I haven’t paid much attention though.

    • Bobby

      The only lens I know of that uses super ED is the 200 f/2.

  • pulu

    anybody have any idea whether the new 85/1.4g will take a teleconverter?

    • Mike

      Seeing as it was publicly releases an hour ago, I’m not sure if anyone looking at a rumour site will have a clue.

    • Dian Cashcab

      I really think Nikon will come to their senses next year and release the successor to the D700 as well as a small-bodied FX body. The small body would sell like hot cakes for amateurs without a doubt. Just being able to use lenses like the 14-24mm without spending $2500+ on a body would be amazing. I’m sure that the build quality would be basically the D90 except slightly larger to incorporate the sensor and prism (much like what they did with the D700 with it being basically an adapted D300 body).

      • Anonymous

        Why small body for a heavy lens like 14-24mm ? The body & lens size should be balanced. I don’t mean D3 size, but D700 is the optimum for FX, because of the bigger lenses than DX.

        DX may accomodate D3100 type bodies, but I seriusly doubt for FX.

        • ha

          “The body & lens size should be balanced”

          says who? point and shoot photographers?. have you ever shot with a 300mm + lens. take a look at any pro-sport event and see what “balanced” really means.

          There is no such rule. you can put any lens on any body. period.

        • Lolly

          Perhaps, the hands need to be better balanced: one for the lens and the other for body 😉

    • Confuzzled

      The optimal teleconverter for the 85/1.4G is a DX body.

      • Manne

        That’s the point, seriously.

      • 10thNikon


  • dd

    i’m going sony. sony a55 iso6400 is better than d3s

    • Anon

      Dumbest thing I’ve heard in a long time.

  • Dian Cashcab

    Wow the 85mm 1.4 G doesn’t have a single piece of ED glass. That’s surprising for a pro prime.

    • cirtap

      I thought it was going to be VR also…didn’t I see that here?

    • Phillip

      Better stay with 85mm f1.8.

      • Dian Cashcab

        Screw that noise. I’ll stick with my 70-200mm over that.

    • Anonymous

      because it must be inherently so refined that it doesn’t need extra correction.

    • John M

      ED glass helps eliminate secondary chromatic aberration, which as I understand it is typically only a problem for longer focal lengths and ultra-wides where you are bending light pretty severely. At and around “normal” focal lengths it’s not a big issue, and by going ED you lose your hard infinity stop, so there’s not much point to doing it.

  • cirtap

    I am interested in that new 85 mm 1.4 it looks pretty good..and also the FX 28-300mm, and finally announced the new Nikon D4!!!! YAHOO!!! Wait…i am dreaming? Let me wake up..Oh it’s only a entry level camera, d3100..go back to bed….wake me when we are in D4 heaven.

  • cirtap

    ….and that 55-300mm truly looks CHEAP…compared to the FX line. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had plastic teeth in the back.

  • Joel

    No 720p 60 fps. I hope that’s not a sign for the D90 replacement also. :-/

  • Mike

    Admin, I hope on days like this you lean back, have a beer and a big fat cigar. You rock!

    The 24-120 intrigues me the most actually (I have the {now old} 85 1.4 D and will stand pat for a while). I have a cheapo 28-105, but wider and longer and constant aperture is very attractive. I use primes for weddings, but I would love to add a 24-120 to my 16-35 for landscape/travel. Excellent price too! Thanks admin!

  • Burat


  • So whatever the fuck happened with the manual movie mode? I frankly don’t give a shit about anything else they announced, I was waiting for one single thing only. What a disappointment.

    • Dian Cashcab

      Wait a second. Are you…RAGING?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!? If you were counting on the entry level dslr to be a professional quality camcorder you were high on something strong.

      • Ah, is that so? Apparently the whole many thousands (my random guess) of Canon T2i users are high on something strong, cause see, they do have an entry level camera which also happens to have a manual video mode. Oh, did I mention it does 60fps? Oh, shit, did I mention it costs the same?

        Or maybe it’s just me who’s high on something strong and am imagining all of this. Go figure.

        • Kensmokecrakrockwell

          Hey ragnar……just switch to canon…you wont be missed. Watch your mouth. If you have an issue, here’s a tissue. And grab some cheese to go with that whine. And smoke some of this sh@T I’m smoking!

          • Don’t get me wrong. I do love my D90, I really do. It’s a brilliant camera when it comes to photos. But if Canon managed to pull that off, why not Nikon? I don’t know.

            I guess ranting about it is useless anyway, I should just go and buy that T2i for my video needs and problem solved.

            • “I guess ranting about it is useless anyway, I should just go and buy that T2i for my video needs and problem solved.”

              Unfortunately, you are right there. Of all the people in the world, I am the most loathe to buy anything Canon, let alone use it. I’ve been highly put off by their implementations in so many regards, I tend to get disgusted just at the mention of the name.

              That said, I saw an opportunity to grab a T2i now and shoot 60fps, something that was sorely missing in my lineup. Now I have it (though I can’t really use it until my dang Nikon lens adapter shows up). I had to swallow my pride and my deepest sensibilities and buy a Canon. It’s not horrible, but I really do like the organic image and feature implementation of the Nikon brand better. Way better. But until Nikon releases something similar, A.K.A. 60fps and full manual control in an inexpensive body, I will have to hold on tight to this Canon.

              I will agree with the sentiment that Nikon is doing a disservice to their users and themselves by not including something as simple as full manual controls in the video modes. I also think the lack of 60fps is hurting sales a little (and hurting their image more), but I can forgive something that is quite possibly a technical hurdle for a company that has less than average experience in the video world. For what they assumedly knew starting out, they have done some incredible work (D300s/D3s). But come on, Nikon—full manual control option in movie mode costs nothing and solves much. Do it already.

              I wasn’t holding my breath much for the D3100 release. I assumed it may be fairly basic, being the lowest end model. But the D90 replacement should be much more telling as to Nikon’s new lineup strategy.

              Fingers are crossed.

        • Dian Cashcab

          The t2i isn’t a pro camcorder either. If you want a professional camcorder you need something like an xah1 or an hvx 200. Those are serious camcorders. The 5d mark ii is nice too though. The t2i is closer to my hg20 than anything. You can even manual focus with that camcorder you just have to use the joystick.

          • 10thNikon

            xahi & hv200 are NOT “professional” camcorders! They are a full generation old severely compromised, semi-pro video cameras that are not acceptable for broadcast TV.

          • 10thNikon

            xahi & hv200 are NOT “professional” camcorders! They are a full generation old severely compromised, semi-pro video cameras that are not acceptable for broadcast TV. Pro broadcast ready video cameras do not autofocus either btw.

    • King-Pin

      Take a look at the camera. Since you can record movies with just the press of a button –there’s no dedicated movie mode on the mode dial– that movie record button should work for every mode on the mode dial on the camera. Including Manual Mode.

  • Eddie

    That’s good news for all the beginner. I’m still waiting when the replacement for D700.
    It will be good if add in d-movie with AFF and increase bit in mp.

  • Daniel S

    Just a heads up to people talking about using manual in movie mode. From Nikon’s website it states this, “Movies can be recorded with the same aperture and other settings applied in Guide mode.” To me this sounds like manual control is possible.

  • safeg

    85mmf1.4 Sample is 3333×5000 16.6MP
    Taken with D700 Successer??

    • Anonymous

      I downloaded those files, opened with view NX2,
      85/1.4N samples were taken with D3X
      24-120 samples were taken with D3S

      • safeg

        ok thanks.:)

      • Confuzzled

        The reason the 85/1.4 samples were taken with the D3x but the 24-120 samples with the D3s is because the fixed-focal lens has higher absolute resolution than the zoom has.

    • Anonymous

      That’s a very unusal pixel count unless upsized later by software. Though it says D3x, it doesn’t represent any of its image sizes. Nearest is medium (4544×3024 px) but not 5000×3333 px.

      Though it may actually be shot by a D4 prototype with the exif spoofed into D3x. Who knows…

  • NiknWontRepairMyGray

    Even though it’s only an entry model, the D3100 is still a BIG disappointment. Still no mirror lock up, no auto exp bracketing, low resolution LCD, 3fps, won’t autofocus with 2/3 of all F-mount lenses.

    Look at the other entry model like the Pentax K-x or the rumored specs of the Sony A33! Sans the new AF-F, the D3100 already looks outdated even though it’s not even released yet lol

    • Mike

      I agree on the low resolution screen. But do you think people to whom this is geared towards are going to care or look for mirror lock up, auto ex bracketing? Most people who buy an entry level DSLR stick it on Auto and leave it there. The video features on this release are potentially ground floor technology…. meaning that with subsequent releases of higher end bodies, we may see improvements on the video front.

      • NiknWontRepairMyGray

        I agree, those people won’t have any clue about those features. But following from what you imply, Nikon might as well just rebadge the D40, put it on auto mode permanently and market it to those people.

        My point is Nikon has increasingly become stingy. The entry models from other brands has alot more features (compare the specs of the similarly priced Pentax K-x or Sony A33 to the D3100). The Canon 550d has video features that is as good as the 7D + 5Dii whereas Nikon reserves the best video features for the D3s and subpar video for the D300s (not to mention the D90 still don’t even have mirror lock up!). The D3100 release shows that Nikon still possess this stingy attitude. Given this fact, my expectation for the D90 replacement is now very low. I will be switching to Unicorn for sure.

        • Canon’s base model is 1000D, not even video there. The 550D model has always been seen as the D90 line’s competitor.

          Easy on video development, it’s still in its infancy, only now Sony has started doing it.

          The Pentax K-x is a nice camera and sells well, 12th now at Amazon. But it has 720p video, 2.7″ LCD screen, so I just can’t see how much better it is compared to D3100.

          A33 hasn’t been released yet, has it?

      • Young Boy

        Oh, probably I’m very strange DSLR user, but having cheap D3000 + kit, I can assure you I bought it not for shooting at “auto” with poor results, but most of the time A, S, or P. Otherwise I can continue with P&S. LCD really suck, I say it openly, look at P&S, you can’t find LESS than that nowadays, with every “higher” model offering at least 2x better resolution (including Nikon own P&Ss!) The problem is, that here, all this super-wise super-photographers using their “ultimate” D700 cameras absolutely ignore that for the most people living on this planet, even cheapest DSLR is BIG investment! So I expect with cheapest DSLR price well over 2x of that of advanced P&S it gives me more creative control over my shots, in which respect D3000 failed! Many P&S super-zooms have dedicated ISO button, D3000 had nothing, here D3100 has at least programmable one and different profiles and good customization. Honestly said, they haven’t stepped out of shadow with D3100 (comparing with concurrence), but this is the camera which should be here instead of D3000 year ago! And that only in case ISO performance is (at least) one stop over D3000, which started to be unusable at 800! For P&S user, ISO one of most important features to buy DSLR, so when you are stuck at 400, only 2x better your compact can do, it really disappoints many… And I don’t give a damn about 12.500, what is important is usable iso, not the one on the paper!

    • Anonymous

      Seriously! Nikon waited this long to release the camera? LAMO!!

      I had it enough! I am done with Nikon. I am switching to Unicorn.

    • Confuzzled

      The D3100 is only a disappointment to people who really want a D90 update. For everyone else, it’s a steal.

      Even those looking for a D90 update should take heart: the significantly boosted specs of the D3100 over the old D3000 raise the bar on how much better than the existing model the the D90’s successor will now surely be.

      • Victor Hassleblood

        “The D3100 is only a disappointment to people who really want a D90 …”

        … or a D300s or a D700 update/replacement or a D4.

        “For everyone else, it’s a steal.”

        Wow, so everyone is served now.

  • low

    uh oh….nikon just got interesting again!!! woooot!!

  • I think the Admin Should give a Prize for those who posted first…

  • John

    Sucks that the 85mm f/1.4 has no VR.

    No sale.

    • Neogene

      f/1.4 + VR?

      What you have to shot at? Colibris handheld?

      • Dr SCSI

        “Colibris handheld?” – Been there, done that, a royal pain in the ass with poor results. Lens used: 135mm f/2, D3 with Auto ISO up to 3200 settings, still VERY difficult. Success Ratio: 1:1000 Bottom Line: I too would have prefered to see an 85mm f/1.4 with VR II. EVERY bit helps!

      • John

        Try shooting concert photography handheld without flash. Even at f/1.4, VR can be a huge help.

    • Johan

      I just placed my order :)!!!!

    • tim

      hehe, i knew someone is gonna bring up the VR issue.

      Yes all the fashion photographers really miss the VR since you have 10 flashes pointed at the model!

      But I digress. The “artsy” people shooting in old abandoned warehouses could use it 🙂 Oh but they use Lomos anyway. Never mind.

      • Victor Hassleblood

        Your right.
        VR is highly overestimated for focal length below 100mm (used on FX). And let’s not forget that lenses perform better, when VR is switched off. VR can certainly be beneficial but surely is no must for a 85 1.4.

      • Lolly

        “Oh but they use Lomos anyway” … and shoot between their legs too !

      • John

        WTF? Where did you come up with fashion photography?

        Try concert photography, where you get three songs to get the shot and using flash will earn you a lifetime ban from the facility.

  • Johnny

    YAY !!!! Two X-300mm 5.6 lenses. Whoopie!! Save it Nikon. Bring the 80-400mm replacement sooner than later. Why the wait? Makes no sense.

  • Robin

    No manual control for video? Come on Nikon, djeez. If the D90 replacement still doesn’t offer manual control, I’ll give up and get a Canon.

    • azerty

      Me too !

    • If Nikon doesn’t give Full Manual control in movie/video mode (reserving it only for high-end HDSLRs), that would be an ASTRONOMICAL mistake…

      Even Canon has learned the lesson due its own mistakes and the HUGE worldwide demand for manual control on the 5D Mark II, and later giving that manual control even on newest entry level HDSLRs like EOS Rebel T2i/550D.

      We couldn’t believe that Nikon hadn’t learned it yet… It would be like underestimating its customers skills and needs.

      • NiknWontRepairMyGray

        We’ll have to wait and see. My prediction is the D90 replacement will not have full manual control in movie mode. Nikon was too stingy to even give the D300s full manual control, let alone a lower level model.

        Nikon is known to water down their mid-lower end models, reserving full feature for high end models only. One reason why Nikon kept doing so is because there are too many sheep in the Nikon camp. Just look at some of the comments, the D3100 is basically a D40 with a new sensor and video mode and they still consider Nikon being generous lol.

        • I always heard it was some other maker that watered down models, to the point of disalallowing fetaures via software.

          • NiknWontRepairMyGray

            You mean disabling mirror lock up in an advanced amatuer dslr through software? that’s Nikon!

            On a serious note, all company water down their models to differentiate them. And everyone will have something to complain about regardless of what camera they’re using. But if you compare model to model and price-wise, Nikon is the most stingy!

        • Kontharo

          Canon’s entry level model, the 1000D, doesn’t even have spot metering… It’s not only Nikon who waters down their entry level cameras.

  • Fred

    I hope the complaints about the D3100 is just sarcasm. I mean it IS their entry level camera. What do you expect?

    I might sell off my 24-70 for the 24-120mm f/4 lens. The focal length would suit me much better. Or, sell the 24-70 and 70-300 vr for the 28-300 and 85 1.4G.

    • Keep in mind that zoom lenses with shorter focal length ranges usually have better image quality, less distortion, etc. (and in the case of 24-70 vs 24-120 you are also loosing 1 f-stop).

      24-120mm is very versatile, yes, but be sure that its quality is enough for you before selling your 24-70 2.8

      Just a suggestion.

      Best regards.

  • just pre-ordered 85mm 1.4 on Amazon

  • Great news from Nikon.

    Remarkable feature: Full HD movie and AF whilst recording movie/video in Live View mode (time will tell how well it works and how flexible it is though)

    Surely next big announcement should bring a full frame DSLR with many features that Canon implemented after the “boom” of Full HD on DSLR (with the 5D Mark II), but still didn’t give the full potential that is inside the cameras to their customers; maybe Nikon does.

  • Complaints has started flying around again :p
    Seriously, good upgrades to an entry level model, especially in terms of ISO performance. It means that we can and dare expect more for the D90, D300s, and D700 replacements. Probably ISO200-12800 as native ISO values for the high end bodies :p

  • lox

    I want video samples.

  • Roger

    Finally the 85 AFS!

    Pretty good that Nikon is also now providing full images from the lenses for download. Good job!

  • spidercrown

    very generous offer from nikon this time. already exceed most of the D90 spec.
    Looking forward for D95 announcement next month.

  • Dite

    D3100 has a decent entry level spec. I may get one for general use.

    Yet, despite more megapixels, I’m somewhat concerned to see the sensor size fall by about 5% when compared to the D3000 and D5000 etc.

    The larger DX sensor of Nikon cameras was one of the things that gave their photos a quality edge over the other brands.

    If the sensors in future Nikon DX cameras follow this shrinking trend, maybe this may also concern some of you guys who are looking out for the D90 replacement?

    • Chris Kurdyła

      Unfortunetly, it is looks that Nikon new DSLR can not compete with the Canons i Panasonic on video field.
      – low resolution LCD
      – much less bitrate of codec (12 min in Canon takes 4 GB, 20 min. in Nikon – 1,8 GB (as Nikon says on d-movie microsite)
      – i didnot find a words about full manual control. It look that it will be limited like in D90 or it will be possible but in totally non-ergonomical way.
      – 24p only… where is 25p, where is 720p60???

      Big questions remains:
      – what is the method of decreasing resolution from 14 MP to 1920×1080. Is it scalling (better way) or line skipping (artiffacts, moire…)?
      – how strong is jello and rolling shutter effects
      – what signal is out from HDMI port when we record (if signal is weak, with the poor LCD, this camera is uselles if you want focus manually).

      The last chance is D90 replacement… If its video functions could not compare with Canon 7D or Panasonic GH1, I have to change Nikon to one of them 🙁

  • SNRatio

    NR has done a very good job on this release!
    The D3100 seems to be a very good update to the D3000 – which until recently has sold very well, and with a camera like this, more technically adept users may actually be less qualified to judge usability, feature selection etc. Personally, I would have liked Nikon to include a microphone connector, as the apparent lack of one renders what seems otherwise a very decent video implementation far less useful. This is not an objection to which the easy answer is “get a higher specified alternative”. Because apart from that lacking socket, the D3100 is specified high enough!

    The lenses all look like decent tools for their intended uses. It shall be interesting to see the 28-300 used in FF HD video recordings with a D3S-like sensor.

    The 24-120 looks a bit like a f/5.6 lens to me, when edge performance is important. So, I don’t think it is a functional substitute for the 24-70/2.8, even if f/2.8 is little used. But, it seems to have very good overalll performance, and for many uses, it can be shot fully open. This could be a new Nikon classic.

    • lolcatmaster FTW

      As a matter of fact…. the ones who did well were the PR company that faked the “leak” for Nikon to create expectation among fanboys, there aren´t any leaks at all in companies of that size…. PR agencies do this aaaaaaaaaaaaaall the time :/. This is done so they can gauge interest before the release of the product, to tweak the advertising material to address the concerns or questions the consumer may have etc.

      I know because I worked in a PR agency they friggin do it all the time with all kind of products…

      So congratulate the PR agency because they keep fooling people that these are leaks and because they manipulate perception in such a good way.

  • It is nice to see that they put a real selector for shooting mode: single, continous,… I really like to have dedicated controls for my D90. Well you can call that D300s, but that comes with a bit too much stuff and price.

    It is interesting to see what they put on the D90+.

    • lolcatmaster FTW

      they will put a control based on licks, if you lick the camera sideways it means that you will be using single shot mode, if you lick it 2 times it means you want to do burst, if you lick it 4 times but the last lick has a 4 second separation from the previous it means you want self timer.

      It is pretty clever.

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