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Nikon Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video

The Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera has a 14.2MP DX-format CMOS Image Sensor that delivers beautiful photographs and prints well beyond 20" x 30". Nikon's Guide Mode with intuitive controls and on-board assistance helps you take better pictures every step of the way.
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Questions & Answers for Nikon Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video

Question

is the battery charger included in the nikon D3100 DSLR kit because i dont see it written in the items that are included in the specifications/feature

asked 3 years, 11 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - NY
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
It is included in the kit.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
cajunphotolady
 - Tupelo, MS
answer 2
yes battery charger comes with it. You will need a carrying case.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
ericksreview
answer 3
yes, the battery charger is included with the camera.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
picturesforfun
 - Red Bluff, CA
answer 4
YES IT IS
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
TNMOM2THREEGIRLS
 - TN
answer 5
Yes, I have this camera and it comes with the battery and the charger.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Upstate, New York
answer 6
Yes, it is!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
PictureMomTN
 - Kingston, TN
answer 7
I'm not a 310 user but if you go to bhphoto.com you will fide comolete specs and what is included in the package.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
By
PhotoTed
 - Sahuarita, AZ.
answer 8
Yes, mine came with the charger. I believe it comes with all the kits
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
tyvek
 - Norwood, MA.
answer 9
Yes -- it is included.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
JoVo54
 - Dallas, TX
answer 10
Of course it is. I’m taking pictures on the highest quality without NEF and it takes over 1500 pictures to drain the battery. Reasonable amount of it have taken with the built in flash. Stills and also HD video which is “only” limited to 10 minutes at the time but that makes no difference since that does not affect how many times you take that 10 minutes.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
StevenLoveTakingPictures
 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
answer 11
According Nikon.com and other sites I visited to research this camera, the charger comes with the camera. What is not included is your USB cable and any memory card. You can check Crutchfield.com and ABT.com too.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
Calzone
 - NJ
Question

Does this camera come with a built in flash?>

My mom is wanting a new camera for her birthday and loves this one but we can't determine if this has a built in flash or not. Answers would be greatly appreciated.
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
By
ladydawgs49
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
10 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, there is a pop-up flash. It also has a hotshoe for attaching other flashes.
answered 3 years ago
By
Nikonian
answer 2
It comes with a built in flash. You can purchase an external and attach to the camera as well.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
famefoto
 - Merrimac,Ma
answer 3
In the description and specs of this product it does tell you that it has a pop up flash on it.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
MrsBennett23
 - Kansas
answer 4
Yes it does have a built in flash. It will pop up when you need it!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
cass32n
 - Hoboken, NJ
answer 5
yes, the camera determines if a flash is needed and it automatically pops open and you can just press it back down to close it
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
jonesb78
 - Canton, OH
answer 6
Yes it does have a built in flash.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
HavaMom
answer 7
It does have a built-in flash, and it works very nicely. But I think eventually I'll invest in an external one, mainly for greater options on light conditions.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
D3100owner
 - Mississippi
answer 8
yes
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
Bryce203
 - Fort Wayne, IN
answer 9
YES
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
EXTREMELYSMART
 - Cameron Park, CA
answer 10
It does have a built in flash that pops up when it's needed.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
cajunphotolady
 - Tupelo, MS
Question

Can you see the picture in the LCD screen as your taking it?

Can you see the picture in the LCD screen as your taking it?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
By
Cheergirl00
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes, you can see it for a few seconds after the photo is taken, or you can push the button and review all the photos on the memory card if desired.
answered 3 years ago
By
FokkerAir
 - Putnam, CT
answer 2
Yes, it does offer Live View shooting. That's a battery hog, but it works.
answered 3 years ago
By
Nikonian
answer 3
As soon as you take the picture,you will see it on the LCD instantly.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
famefoto
 - Merrimac,Ma
answer 4
Yes you can! You can either look through the view finder or use the screen. There is a little switch on the camera that lets you flip flop between the two of them. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
cass32n
 - Hoboken, NJ
answer 5
yes you can see it
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
cazulo
 - miami,florida
answer 6
yes, you can very easily switch to live mode and see the picture on the LCD screen
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
jonesb78
 - Canton, OH
answer 7
Yes, this camera has the Live View option.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
NikonStaff
Question

can the 3" lcd be used as a viewfinder,this can't be done with the d3000 ?

asked 3 years, 6 months ago
By
tunafit
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
6 answers
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answer 1
I do not see it being done that way. The beauty of an SLR is that you see everything right in the viewfinder. Holding the camera to they eye
instead of at a distance to view the screen make for more steady picture taking too.

The best LCD screen is poor in sunlight also. THe camera is capable of pro quality works, so it is best to shoot the way a pro would also.
answered 3 years ago
By
FokkerAir
 - Putnam, CT
answer 2
This camera will do live preview.
answered 3 years ago
By
Nikonian
answer 3
Yes, the D3100 has liveview unlike the D3000
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
djelite
answer 4
you can use the viewfinder or the LCD to take your pictures.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
famefoto
 - Merrimac,Ma
answer 5
Yes it can. There is a switch near the display that you can switch over to use the display. It lags a lot more than using the eye piece but it does work. It's a live view display.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
MrsBennett23
 - Kansas
answer 6
The D3100 does have the Live View feature, but not on the D3000.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
By
NikonStaff
Question

can you change the lens on this camera?? like actually take it off and put another one on it?

asked 1 year, 9 months ago
By
jennifer2012
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes, as long as they are AF-S lenses.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Shannon79
answer 2
Yes, that is the beauty of all Single Lens Reflex cameras, and this is a digital SLR. There is a whole family of interchangeable lenses that can be used on the the D3100 as well as many other Nikon models. Lenses can cost more than the camera bodies and as you buy more lenses, your committment to the camera and the brand will escalate.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
SamShutterbug
answer 3
Yes, any Nikor lens should fit. I have four that I used with a Nikon film body and all of them do fit the 3100.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Obionekinobi
answer 4
Yes! That is the main reason I purchased it for my husband. The package I bought came with one lens and we've already purchased a couple of others for him.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Pompie1999
answer 5
Yes you can
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
JustPBeatz
answer 6
Of course, it is an SLR camera... that's the whole idea behind them: you can exchange lenses depending on the distance to the target or the degree of focus/background distortion you want to accomplish, and you can focus the lens manually if you want.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Artos888
Question

This camera have lens in the box?

asked 1 year, 9 months ago
By
nEkk
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes, the D3100 is unique among DSLRs in that it is not offered as "body only" and comes with a very sharp 18-55 VR lens.
The 18-55 kit lens lacks the large aperture of more expensive lenses so is limited in low light without flash. Its 55mm maximum zoom lacks the range for use as a walk-around lens. I'd recommend selling the 18-55 #$75# and buying a used or Nikon reconditioned 18-105VR for around two hundred to two twenty five.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
tommvca
answer 2
Yes
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
KaylinDM
answer 3
Depending on the package you buy. The 18-55 vr lens is the standard lens it usually comes with. I do recommend buying a higher zoom lens though because the lens it comes with doesn't have the best zoom.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
akk578
answer 4
Yes.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
Gordon55
answer 5
Yes. That 18-55mm VR autofocus lens is the lens in the box.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
SamShutterbug
answer 6
Yes.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Obionekinobi
Question

Does this camera have a button to push for zoom in and out or do you have to manually zoom in and out

asked 1 year, 10 months ago
By
Audi
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
6 answers
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answer 1
Like ALL DSLRs you zoom manually assuming you are using a zoom lens and not a fixed prime lens.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
tommvca
answer 2
Manually.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
KaylinDM
answer 3
You zoom in and out by adjusting your lens manually.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
akk578
answer 4
"Power" zoom buttons are typically found on point and shoot and "bridge" cameras. Typically, DSLR cameras like the Nikon D3100 have a rubberized ring on the lens that you manually turn at your own speed to zoom in and out. This is much more efficient and allows you to act faster than using a power zoom lever like the one on your old point and shoot camera.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
SamShutterbug
answer 5
The Nikon D3100 lens is zoomed manually with a rubbery ring around the body of the lens that you twist back and forth.

If you look at the images of the D3100 that are provided above, and look carefully at the one where you can see the top and side of the lens on the camera body, you can see a "rough" "knurled" area to provide grip when zooming the lens from 18mm to 55mm and all points in between. This type of manual zoom is pretty much a universal feature for all lenses that can mount on a camera body that accepts interchangeable lenses.

Looking at the image above in which the lens and body are facing to the left, you can see another very small rough / knurled area at the very front end of the lens. This is where you can manually focus the lens if you move the switch on the side of the lens from A to M. (Representing Automatic focus and Manual focus respectively.)

Basically Nikon expects that you'll zoom a lot, hence the large zoom ring, and that you'll rarely use manual focus, hence the tiny focus ring.

There is no zoom button on this D3100 that rocks back and forth as on point and shoot cameras, only the manual zoom built into the lens itself.

Hope this helps
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
mastersja
answer 6
Yes, it will auto focus. Just tap the shutter release button to focus, hold it down to take the photo. I have owned this camera for about 18 months. It is my first dslr. I absolutely love it. I previously owned a Nikon advanced point & shoot with long zoom. It was waaaay more complicated to use than the d3100.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
By
HannahBanana80
Question

Is there a delay between pushing the button and the camera actually taking the picture?

asked 1 year, 3 months ago
By
MrPersn
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
6 answers
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answer 1
no, as fast as a film SLR. its great
answered 6 months ago
By
TmacD55
answer 2
this depends on your shutter speed. the higher the number such as 2 on shutter speed, means it will take longer than a 1/2 shutter speed.
answered 1 year ago
By
jlb4o4
answer 3
not really, it is quite fast, give it a try!
answered 1 year ago
By
LPCTX
answer 4
No. It is very fast if your light is ok. If too dark, it will not take a picture. So if you like to photograph the night sky, this is not the camera for you.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
Studio53
answer 5
Not under the normal settings. With normal Interior or Exterior photo's the picture is taken immediately upon pushing the button. You can also press the button half-way to focus and change the focus before you completely press the button to take the picture. It gives you complete control. For experienced Photographers, you can change the shutter speed and delays. In fact, you can even take an open shutter photo over long periods and acheive one of the blurred photo's that professionals take, mostly of highway traffic. However, it is easy to set it to Auto focus and Auto Formatting and let the camera do the work.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
By
RealtorBrad
answer 6
The short answer is NO, there is no delay. Unlike some point & shoot cameras the D3100 meters & focuses quickly providing for near instantaneous response from depressing the shutter. Its performance is similar to Nikon's D5100, D3200 and Canon's Rebel series.
Nikon's higher performance cameras such as the D7000, D7100 or D5200 are quicker as are Canon's 60D, 7D or the upcoming 70D.
For shooting surfers, baseball, soccer or dancing the D3100 is excellent. However, when I tried to shoot boxing with a D5100 (same performance as the D3100) it was a tad slow and I had to use my D7000.
The D3100 is the best value in photography and produces images as good as any other crop sensor camera.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
By
tommvca
Question

How good is the battery life? How many pictures can the memory card hold?

asked 1 year, 9 months ago
By
sonia
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
The camera life is great. It lasts for hours. The only thing that will Drain it is recording. How many pictures depend on SD card you have.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
By
KaylinDM
answer 2
The battery life is really good. But it does depend on how long you plan to have the camera in use.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
By
akk578
answer 3
Battery lasts quit awhile. I usually charge it once a month...Memory card 16G, holds 100's of photos.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
By
Shannon79
answer 4
There were two memory cards available, a 16 MB and 32 MB. I got the 16 MG which should hold about 3500 high resolution pics. The D3100 tells you 'on screen' the number of pics it will store.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Obionekinobi
answer 5
Although I haven't tested it out, the instruction manual says that a charge should get you about 550 pictures. That is a pretty long time (for me anyway). It only takes about 1.5 hours to recharge it from totally drained.

The number of pictures the memory card can hold depends on the size of the memory card you buy and resolution setting ('Normal', 'fine', etc). They cards are really cheap though, so I'd get the highest capacity one I could get. We bought the biggest one available for about $25 or so.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Pompie1999
answer 6
The battery is good for 1000s of pictures in a single charge, since this camera not only comes with a good battery but also operates differently than a point-and-shoot camera (it dose't display the target on the LCD, but you have to located it through the viewfinder). Battery life is reduced dramatically when used as a video camera (which is not its primary intention), it can record videos in HD.

Regarding the memory card, it will hold as many pictures depending on the size of the memory card you buy... the camera per se doesn't come with any internal memory that I know (unless you are buying it in a bundle). I purchased a 32 Gb SD card separately and it holds dozens of 1000s of pictures before having to clear it...
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Artos888
Question

Does the 3100 have Auto Focus?

Anyone know why the Nikon D5000 would be a better selection than the D3100? I am confused as to why some D3100 and some D5000 Nikon Cameras have optical zoom and some D3100 and some D5000 do not..any help appreciated. Haven't bought a good camera since 1970..need all the info I can get. I need a camera that will take great closeups of Jewelry, Rings, etc.. Any suggestions appreciated..
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
By
smoky711
on Nikon D3100 14.2MP DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens, 3" LCD, HD Video
5 answers
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answer 1
This is a DSLR. There is no such thing as optical zoom with a dslr. Of course it has auto focus as well as manual focus. This is a professional camera. It will take great closeups in macro mode. I would suggest buying a macro lens attachment to take extreme closeups.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
By
MrsBennett23
 - Kansas
answer 2
Yes it does have an auto focus, you just hold the shoot button half way down and it will focus.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
HavaMom
answer 3
It does have auto focus. You can use manual also, if you prefer.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
D3100owner
 - Mississippi
answer 4
Yes
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
EXTREMELYSMART
 - Cameron Park, CA
answer 5
I looked at all the specs on both of these cameras. I wanted another SLR and it was going to be one of these 2. The reason that I picked the D3100 was because of the mp's being higher, and it was a better price. When I got it, I found out that there were more edits on this camera than the D3000, and more edits than what was listed. If you want a higher zoom, you'll have to buy an extra lens. I would suggest the 300mm or higher, although 300mm isn't as much as you would think it would be. It's technically less than 1000 feet. If you do buy an extra lens, I would also suggest auto focus.
Good luck with the new camera, whichever you choose and enjoy.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
cajunphotolady
 - Tupelo, MS
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