Excerpt: What can I say? I love this camera. In a truly freak accident, I dropped my first Nikon Coolpix 3100 in a parking lot in Hawaii as I was walking, and I booted it halfway across the parking lot. The shell was scratched, but it still takes great pictures. I like this camera so much that I picked up a second one on eBay for $16 including shipping. They're compact and lightweight, and they'll fit where I feel like putting them in my pack. I'm happy with the resolution, too.
Excerpt: There's no mistaking the Nikon Coolpix 3100 for anything but a high-quality camera at the right price. Conventional in appearance and comfortable to use, with lots of assistance to make shooting easy and fun, the Coolpix 3100 offers basic point-and-shoot simplicity to anyone who finds most digital cameras ergonomically challenged. Image quality, however, doesn't live up to Nikon's usual high standards.
Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Nikon Coolpix 3100: (3 megapixel compact) The Coolpix 3100 is clearly aimed at the first time buyer who wants a carry everywhere camera but is on a limited budget. And for that the Coolpix 3100 certainly fits, its small compact design is both easy to carry and comfortable (something not easy to pull off).
Pros: Small well designed body with ergonomic control layout, Very easy to use, simple menus and straightforward features, Large number of zoom steps allows very fine adjustment, Unique Framing Assist live view overlays, Good build quality, solid feel, Very good close macro focus (although with softness), Bright LCD monitor with anti-reflective coating, No 'clipping of highlights' problem of previous Nikon's, Supplied NiMH batteries and charger (European Kit), Hardly any ch...
Cons: Lens soft near corners / edges at maximum aperture, No AF Assist lamp (although still a good performance without it), Sometimes slow AF in low light, Over saturation of magenta, Halo sharpening artifacts visible around black detail, Poor night exposure capability, Auto white balance should be better, Camera buffer too small (only two/three shots), Underexposed flash shots, JPEG artifacts visible on smaller size images, No manual focus
Nikon Coolpix 3100 Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
where specified. The
Nikon Coolpix 3100 is an attractive, compact,
lightweight and affordable digital camera perfect
for taking superb macro close-up pictures. It
is strictly a point-and-shoot camera for those
who want the camera to take care of exposure for
3100 ($350) is one of three new cameras introduced by
Nikon at the big PMA show in Las Vegas last month. It's a 3 Megapixel
upgrade to the old Coolpix 775 with a few other extras. A similar
model, the Coolpix
2100, was also introduced
-- it's the 2 Megapixel version.
Pros: Very good photo quality outdoors, Manual white balance, Lots of scene modes, Support for external flash, Nice playback mode, though no exposure info shown
Cons: Too much noise, especially at lower light levels, Noticeable redeye, No AF illuminator, So-so movie mode, Bundle could be better
Excerpt: Physical Views The Coolpix 3100 compared to a standard CD disc. The Coolpix 3100 and the 2-Megapixel Coolpix 2100 Continue on to the Features & Controls Page Coolpix 3100 Specifications CCD 1/1.8-in. high-density CCD 3.2 million effective pixels Image sizes 2,048 x 1,536 1,600 x 1,200 1,024 x 768 640 x 480 Lens 3x Zoom-Nikkor; f = 5.8-17.4mm (equivalent to 38-115mm) F2.8-4.9 with macro; 7 elements in 6 groups; all glass, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied;...
Excerpt: Nikon Coolpix 3100 : questa fotocamera digitale ha una risoluzione fino a 3.1 megapixel. Monta uno zoom ottico 3x, ha la memoria espandibile tramite schede Compact Flash I e una batteria di tipo AA.