nikon launches the D3100

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - by TaN KIT HOONG

NIkON has of­fi­cially launched two new DSLR cam­eras, namely the en­try-level D3100 and the re­cently an­nounced D7000.

The D3100 is a fairly sig­nif­i­cant update to its sib­ling, the D3000 — it ups the megapixel count to 14.6-megapix­els (from 10-megapix­els), has ISO set­tings from 1003200, 11 aut­o­fo­cus points and most im­por­tantly, adds Live View and Ful­lHD 1080p video record­ing.

Nikon has also added full-time con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus dur­ing video record­ing and to sweeten the pot, there’s face-de­tect aut­o­fo­cus which can track up to 35 faces si­mul­ta­ne­ously. In spite of the added fea­tures, the D3100 even weighs a tad lighter than the D3000, at just 505g with bat­tery com­pared to 534g for the D3000. The D3100 will have a rec­om­mended re­tail price of RM2,198 and comes bun­dled with the AF-S Nikkor 1855mm f/ 3.55.6G lens.

As for the Nikon D7000, no prices have yet been fi­nalised for the mid-range DSLR, al­though the cam­era is ex­pected to hit our shores at the end of the month or in early Novem­ber. ++++

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