Coolpix 3100 has an optical viewfinder and a 1.5-in., 110,000-dot,
low-temp. polysilicon TFT LCD screen on the back of the camera.
The LCD screen offers a live preview in capture mode, and
displays recorded images in playback. The LCD screen brightness
level can be adjusted depending on viewing conditions. (5
Coolpix 3100 incorporates an automatic built-in flash. There
are four flash modes available: Auto, Flash On, Flash Off,
Red-Eye Reduction. The flash shooting distance range is approximately
0.4 - 3.0m at the wideangle setting and approximately 0.4
- 1.7m at the telephoto setting.
If you need
extra flash coverage, the optional Nikon SB-30 Speedlight
can be used as a stand alone external flash in wireless mode.
The SB-30 Speedlight can also be attached to the Coolpix 3100
with the the optional Nikon SK-9 flash bracket. (The SB-30
flash should be set to Wireless Slave A).
The Coolpix 3100 employs a TTL auto 5-area autofocus system.
In terms of close focusing capability, the Coolpix 3100 offers
an exceptional macro close-up mode down to a mere 4cm from
Additionally, the Coolpix 3100 incorporates a handy "Best
Shot Selector" (BSS) mode, which lets you capture sharp
handheld exposures at shutter times as long as 1/2 second.
Ideal for typical close-up situations where light can be a
the camera does not feature an autofocus (AF) assist light,
in our tests the Nikon Coolpix 3100 focused well under a variety
of low lighting conditions.
Matrix Metering and Multi Auto White Balance
The Coolpix 3100
incorporates Nikon's exclusive 256-Segment Matrix metering
to the active AF area), which does a very good job
at handling exposure under a variety of different lighting
using one of the camera's Scene modes, the camera will automatically
employ either center-weighted, spot or spot AF area metering.
desired, exposure compensation can be selected in auto and
manual mode (+/- 2 EV in
1/3 step increments).
camera's adjustable White Balance settings include: Auto,
Fine (daylight), Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Speedlight,
or Preset (which allows you to manually adjust the white balance).
ISO sensitivity of the Coolpix 3100 is by default set to approximately
50 ISO (with an Auto gain equal to 100-200 ISO under lower
The Coolpix 3100 features new names
for setting the desired resolution capture size; High, Normal,
PC screen, TV screen. A feature which allows even first-time
digital users to envision how they'll use image quality/size.
x 1536 High
x 1536 Normal
x 1,200 Normal
x 768 PC screen
x 480 TV screen
camera stores images to a CompactFlash card (Type I), and
a 16MB starter card is packaged with the camera.
press of the play button activates playback mode, in which
the LCD monitor shows the last image captured by the camera
-- It's that simple. Another press of the play button returns
the camera to shooting mode. In addition, pressing and holding
down the play button when the power is off will start the
camera in play mode.
Button located on
the back of the camera
When the camera is connected to a computer via a USB cable,
the play button acts as the 'transfer' button enabling automatic
transfer of images stored in the camera. Nikon View software
must be installed in the computer. Transfer can be set to
"on" or "off" in the menu. With the transfer
marking function, specific images can be selected independently
in the camera and then transferred easily to a computer.