Nikon has taken the wraps off the Nikon D3100 ($699), introducing a substantial upgrade to the popular entry-level Nikon D3000 DSLR. With category-leading features like a 14.2 CMOS sensor, 3″ LCD display with Live View, 100-3200 ISO (expandable to 12,800), 11-point full-time auto focus, a bevy of case upgrades, and 1080p 24fps HD video with auto focus, the D3100 is virtually guaranteed to cause a bad case of gear-envy with previous gen and D90 owners longing for some 1080p love. Not satisfied enough? The D3100 also takes the popular Guide Mode for beginners and pairs it with the new Live View and Scene Auto Selector to do some optical predictive wizardry by automatically matching your camera’s settings with the shooting situation (even keeping track of 35 separate faces). The result: more time enjoying the pictures from the adventure, family, and trip. Less time worrying about how to take them.
Gallery, press release, and full specs of the Nikon D3100 after the jump. Kit includes an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens.
Take Note: For an entry-level DSLR, the D3100 is, for now, at the top of its game. If you’re looking for the next level-up it’s worth noting that a replacement for the D90 is also in the works, rumored the D95. Not that we’re substantiating a rumor…