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Nikon Coolpix 3100 Review: Page 5

Introduction, Controls and Scene Modes, Capture and Playback Modes,
Accessories and Specifications, Conclusion and Sample Images

Conclusion and Sample Images

The Coolpix 3100 has all the elements, it's small, very light, has good ergonomics (the handgrip really makes a difference) and a 3x optical zoom lens. The camera is easy to use, handle and is quick to respond. The camera's compact body fits easily in a pocket for carry-anywhere portability.

Shooting is simplified by general-use AUTO Mode. The new Nikon exclusive Scene Assistance function (tied to the four main scene modes) provides for perfectly composed pictures, and allow users to capture the essence of every situation and fully experience the fun of digital photography.

The 3100 also carries the Coolpix badge which is a kind of quality assurance for potential buyers. The Coolpix 3100 provides excellent optical performance overall. Coupled with Nikon's image-processing algorithm, pictures from the camera exhibit vibrant color, contrast and clarity.

I was certainly pleased with the results of the three 8" x 10" test images that I printed on an Epson 2200 Photo quality printer. (Epson Photo Glossy Paper) The camera's Auto White Balance works very well, and colors are nicely saturated.

Where the Coolpix 3100 really wins is in its combination of size, features, and image quality. If you are looking for a great little 3 megapixel camera, the Nikon Coolpix 3100 certainly delivers.

Sample Images

Click on thumbnails below for full size image as captured by the camera. (Approximately 1MB file size per image)

"Jaguar Car Emblem" image above captured in Macro mode. "Gas Pump" full size image cropped to remove flash reflection on right side of image.

"5 Cent" image above captured with optional Nikon SL-1 Macro Cool Light (although not technically designed for the Coolpix 3100).

The SL-1 was held in place by hand around the lens barrel of the camera. Image adjusted in Photoshop (resize, levels and unsharp mask).

The SL-1 Macro Cool Light provides an even balanced continous LED light source for close-up macro work.

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