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Nikon announces new D3100 DSLR, comes with full-time autofocus for videos

Gone are the days of manually locking a DSLR’s focus for use in video captures. Thanks to Nikon’s new DSLR, the D3100, users can now capture their precious moments in full HD videos like how a camcorder does, complete with full-time autofocus. Is that great, or what?

Read on for more information.

When it comes to choosing a device for video capturing, users were usually presented with two choices. They could either choose to invent in a DSLR with took great still images and average-quality videos, or opt for a proper camcorder which takes decent videos, at the cost of it serving as a very poor still-image camera. However, Nikon has added one more option to the mix: the ability to take decent (focused) videos, thanks to the new full-time autofocus feature present in its latest DSLR, the D3100.

According to Nikon, the full-time autofocus feature was made possible due to the introduction of the new EXPEED 2TM image processing engine alongside a “14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor”.This allows the camera to execute a very fast contrast-based autofocus, almost like how it is done on a standard video camcorder. In addition, the D3100 is capable of capturing video in full HD resolution (1080p), making it the first Nikon DSLR to do so.

However, the D3100 is not purely about video capturing. As noted above, Nikon had made the decision to drop the standard CCD sensors in favor of a CMOS sensor. Technically, this will allow for improvements in both image quality and battery life, with greater amounts of noise as the tradeoff. But technology has since improved by leaps and bounds, and such comparisons between either sensor may probably no longer hold up in today’s context.

For those interested in the D3100, today might be a very good day to start saving up for one. According to Nikon, the D3100 (with 18-55mm kit lens) will retail for US$699.95, or approximately S$950, and will be available for sale from authorised retailers starting September 10. Of course, that is the US release date: the local release will probably take a little longer.

Source: Engadget

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