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  • Nikon D3100, D3200 and D5100 -- What's the difference?

    Nikon D3100, D3200 and D5100 Comparison

    With the recent release of the Nikon D3200 a lot of customers are wondering how it fits into the current lineup of Nikon digital SLR cameras. The first question most customers have are, "Is the Nikon D3100 being replaced?" No. The Nikon D3100 is Nikon's entry level digital SLR at an entry level price tag. Right now, including instant savings, the Nikon D3100 is selling for only $549.95, and that's including an 18-55mm VR lens. The Nikon D3200 is being pegged also as an entry-level camera, but with the horsepower of a higher-resolution 24.2MP image sensor. The current price of the Nikon D3200 is $699.95, including an 18-55mm VR lens.

    Perhaps the bigger mystery surrounds the Nikon D5100. The base price of the Nikon D5100 is higher than the Nikon D3200. The D5100 currently rings up with a base price of $849.95. There is currently an instant savings on the Nikon D5100, however; which puts the D5100 at the same price as the Nikon D3200--$699.95. So, the question we've been receiving is, "If both the Nikon D5100 and D3200 are the same price, what camera should I get?" This is a difficult question to answer with one sweeping response. It depends. Some people will be instantly drawn to the higher-resolution of the Nikon D3200. Others will hesitate and wonder what else is under the hood? For those who are looking for a more detailed comparison, we offer the following information. We hope this helps.

    The Nikon D5100 and D3200 both have:

    • Up to 4 frames-per-second continuous shooting
    • 11 auto-focus points
    • 1080p HD video recording
    • 3" 921,000 dot monitor (D5100 screen can flip out)
    • 1/4,000 to 30 second shutter speeds

    The Nikon D3200 has a ~24MP image sensor with EXPEED 3 processing, and the Nikon D5100 has a ~16MP image sensor with EXPEED 2 processing.

    The Nikon D3200 offers on-screen audio levels as well as the ability to shoot 1280x720 HD video at 60 frames-per-second.

    The Nikon D3200 shoots 12-bit RAW, and has a estimated battery life of 540 shots. The Nikon D5100 shoots 14-bit RAW files, and has an estimated battery life of 660 shots.

    The Nikon D5100 has a more customize-able "Active D-Lighting", whereas the Nikon D3200 is either On or Off.

    The Nikon D5100 has an ISO range that is expandable to 25,600, and the Nikon D3200 is half that at 12,800. The D5100 also offers 1/3 stop ISO increments.

    The Nikon D5100 features a greater range of scene modes as well as "Effects" that can work in both stills and video.

    The Nikon D5100 features the ability to create a multiple exposure image, and also offers in-camera HDR (high dynamic range).

    The Nikon D5100 offers interval timer shooting in-camera, and also features a full Custom Settings menu. The D3200 has some custom settings that may be set in the Setup menu.

    As you can see, the Nikon D5100 features an all-around more advanced experience than the D3200. For the more advanced user who doesn't require the higher resolution of the Nikon D3200, it is likely they'll gravitate towards the D5100.

  • Nikon Announces D3200 Digital SLR Camera, WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

    We are pleased to report that Nikon has just announced three new imaging products. A new Nikon D3200 DX-format Digital SLR Camera, WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for the Nikon D3200, and a new AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens that is compatible with FX-format cameras.

    Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera

    Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera

    The Nikon D3200 is engineered to provide an impressive 24.2 effective megapixels, and captures sharp images - even in low-light. With Full HD 1080p at 30/24p video capture including stereo sound and powered by the new EXPEED 3 image processor, the same powering as the acclaimed Nikon D4, the Nikon D3200 offers enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy superior image quality and high quality HD video at entry level pricing.

    The Nikon D3200 will start selling with a retail price of $699.95. It will also be available in both black and red colors. The Nikon D3200 is available for purchase from our website here.

    Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

    Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

    Everyone wants to share their images. Simply download a new sharing app, purchase an innovative new accessory called the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and have images transferred wirelessly directly to your smart phone from the Nikon D3200! Additionally, let your Smartphone take control of the new Nikon D3200! Live View on the Nikon D3200 shows up wirelessly on your Smartphone LCD - you can even fire the camera from your Smartphone, creating unique picture taking possibilities. This hot new accessory will allow you to take, share and control photographs with greater ease.

    The Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will start selling with a retail price of $59.95. It will be available in late May.

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

    The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G is ideal for shooting stills or recording HD video in low-light situations as well as for travel, landscapes and general photography. This FX-format wide-angle lens includes Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat (N) that virtually eliminates ghost and flare and its Silent Wave Motor delivers ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocus operation. On a DX-format camera, this lens has the effective field-of-view of a 42mm lens.

    The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens will start selling with a retail price of $699.95. It will be available in late May. The  Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens is available from our website here.

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