Nikon D3100 DSLR is First to Bring Real Video Autofocus; Nikon D3100 Debuts With Low Pricing & Fancy Specs

August 19, 2010, By Alex Ion

Nikon are at it again, this time with their new Nikon D3100 camera that is supposedly the first DSLR in the market to bring real video autofocus. The perfect DSLR for taking stunning photos and shooting amazing Full HD (1080p) video, the Nikon D3100 not only has real, constant autofocus powers during video recording, it costs around $700 — a great price for a DSLR.

Nikon D3100 DSLR camera

The Nikon D3100 comes with a compact, lightweight body, and makes you wonder how the company has managed to cram everything inside. That’s because the D3100 has an impressive specs lists. Everything starts with Nikon’s new 14.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that allows you to capture stunning Full HD 1080p resolution (1920×1080) movies in h.264, cinematic quality 24p video clips, or shoot at 24 or 30 fps at 720p quality.

For those out of the know, the real video autofocus feature allows the camera to constantly autofocus (even tracking faces, up to 35 of them) on subjects or points while you shoot. And for those who guessed that there’s a second sensor to do all these things, you’re wrong, Nikon’s new Expeed2 image processor with a “very fast” contrast-based AF is capable to do it.

“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.”

But Nikon D3100 is also good for taking pictures 🙂 as you’d expect. ISO goes from 100 to 3200, and expands up to 12,800 — “enables versatility in environments such as indoors or in the evening hours”. There’s an 11-point autofocus system, and metering’s powered by a 420-pixel RGB color 3D matrix meter.

Regarding pricing and availability, the Nikon D3100 will go for around $700, will include an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens and should be released sometime next month (second half).

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