Thursday, August 19, 2010

Nikon D3100 - a DSLR with 1080p HD video

Canon has always lorded over the video functions of DSLRs due to the fact that it produces video cameras, which allows it to incorporate the technology into their DSLRs. However, Nikon has recently announced the release of its latest entry into the market, the Nikon D3100, a DSLR with 1080p HD video capabilities. The successor to the highly popular D3000, the D3100 has Live View or a round-the-clock autofocus function which allows it to track and focus on a total of 35 subjects or faces at one time (which is quite similar to what regular camcorders do). The latest Expeed2 image processor allows it to do this. This processor together with the 14.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor also allows you to shoot rather great-looking pictures using the numerous Nikkor 2 lenses available for use with the camera.

The key features of this latest offering from Nikon include:

  • Excellent picture and video quality using the 14.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • Enhanced movie recording with the latest Expeed 2 image processor
  • Increased ISO sensitivity of up to ISO 3200
  • Capability of recording full HD movies at 24 fps
  • A 3-inch or 7.5 cm LCD screen which allows you to share your videos and photos with your family and friends immediately after taking them
  • Live view function that allows you to autofocus while recording a video
  • Active D-Lighting which prevents bright lights from ruining the images that you take
  • Video and image editing within the camera, allowing you to edit any image or videos even without a PC

  • An 11-point autofocus system that allows you to capture high quality images
With the D3100, Nikon is definitely giving Canon a run for its money. I'm just wondering what Canon will have up its sleeve after this rabbit's already out of the bag.
Stay tuned.

sources: Gizmodo and Nikon

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