Nikon has just released the specs on their new entry level D3100, and do they look good. In the field of Digital SLR cameras that shoot video, Canon has by far been the leader of the pack with their wildly successful 5D Mark II and the 7D, but now Nikon look like they are ready to step up their game with this new baby. The reason Canon has been ahead of the pack is because they shoot 1080p video, at varying frame rates, while the Nikons used to shoot at 720p. The 5D Mark II has a Full Frame sensor 36.0mm x 24.0mm, and the 7D has an APS-C size sensor 22.3 x 14.9 mm. The D3100 has its own APS-C size sensor at 23.1 x 15.4mm so it is closer in size to the 7D and now shoots 1080p video at 24fps with an improved codec. The Nikon has an interesting new feature, Autofocus in Live View mode, which means that the camera can shoot video and do autofocusing at the same time. This has always been an issue with DSLRs and people have invested in all kinds of follow focus solutions for them, this nifty function may save some of us who are on a budget a few extra dollars and it can be very useful in certain situations. Speaking of dollars, the D3100 is listed at $699.95USD coming in at about half that of the 7D at $1,699.00USD, thats a big difference. The Canon does have the advantage of slow motion video, but the difference in price is definitely a decider. The D3100 hasen’t been released as yet so we will have to wait to see what the picture looks like and what the pros and cons are, but it definitely should be watched closely. Here are some pictures an info from Nikon’s website.
•Full 1080p HD Cinematic Video with full-time autofocus and sound lets you record cinematic-quality movies in Full 1080p HD format (1920 x 1080 pixels).
•3-in. monitor with One-Touch Live View shooting and movie capture.
•Built-in HDMI port lets you connect directly to your HDTV using an optional HDMI cable
•ISO sensitivity 100-3200, expandable to ISO 12800 equivalent delivers exceptional results, even in the most challenging low-light situations.
•EXPEED 2 Nikon’s new image processing engine assures breathtakingly rich image quality, managing color, contrast, exposure, noise and speed.
•Scene Recognition System in Live View automatically optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance, allowing you to obtain beautiful photos without the hassle of making complicated camera adjustments yourself.
•In-camera Image Editing allows creative freedom, without the need for a computer, offering easy editing functions.
•Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate:
1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
1280 x 720 (25p): 25 fps
1280 x 720 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
640 x 424 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)