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How To Use The Nikon D3100 (Detailed Guide)

Would you like to learn how to use the Nikon D3100? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we’ll be showing you use this camera in detail.

By the end of this article, you’ll know what everything in the camera does. So, without wasting any more time, let’s begin.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D3100 — The Specs

The Nikon D3100 is an Entry-Level DSLR, which was released on the 19th August, 2010. It also weighs 505g, and has a battery life of 550 shots.

The D3100 has Face Detection Focus, and a built-in optical viewfinder for better framing and control.

The D3100 also has some cons. For instance, it has no touchscreen, no weather sealing, a slow burst rate, and no image stabilization.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D3100 — Taking Your First Picture.

First you need to put the battery into the camera. All you have to do is open up the compartment at the bottom of the camera and insert the battery.

Next you need to put your memory card into the camera. You don’t need to worry about getting an expensive card. Any standard SD card will do for now.

You also need to connect your lens to the camera. Simply line up the lens with your camera, and lock it in place by turning it.

Once you’ve done all this, you can power up the camera by turning the switch next to the shutter button.

To take a picture, look through the viewfinder to get your composition, and then press the shutter button.

For a more visual explanation, please refer to the video video.

 

How To Use The Nikon D3100 — Shooting Modes

AUTO mode

In this mode, the camera handles all the settings for you. This is the most ideal option beginners.

S – shutter priority mode

This mode gives you the ability to set the shutter speed by yourself, while the camera handles other settings.

A – aperture priority mode

Using the command dial, you can control the aperture by yoursekf, while the camera sets the shutter speed.

P – program mode

In this mode the camera sets the aperture and shutter speed, but still gives you the ability to tweak a few settings.

M – manual mode

This mode gives you full control over the shutter speed and aperture. The camera will notify you if the exposure is off, but won’t stop you.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D3100 — Buttons and Dials

Shutter button

This is the button you press to take a picture. Holding the shutter button down will capture images in burst mode.

Mode dial

This dial gives you the ability to change your shooting mode.

INFO button

Pressing this button opens up the info screen. You can get all the latest information from there.

Plus/minus button

This is the button you use to change your aperture settings if you are in manual mode.

Clock button

This button sets your image on a timer. Once you press the button, you’ll see a light flashing at the front of the camera. You’ll also here a beeping sound.

 

 

How to use the Nikon D3100 — Menu System

You can get into the D3100’s main menu by pressing the menu button. In the main menu, you will find other sub-menus such as…

SHOOTING menu

In the shooting menu you can change the size and quality of your images. You can also set your white balance, picture control, customize movie settings, and change ISO settings.

PLAYBACK menu

In this menu, you have the option of reviewing your images, rotating them, playing them as a slide-show, etc.

SETUP menu

This is menu is the easiest to customize. In the SETUP menu, you can format your memory card, lock the camera’s mirror for cleaning, clean the image sensor, control flicker reduction.

You can also set the language, time/date, location data, remote control, HDMI, video mode, and control Wi-Fi.

CUSTOM SETTINGS menu

In this menu, you can customize things like autofocus, exposure, shooting/display, bracketing/flash, timers/AE lock, and controls.

 

 

How To Use The Nikon D3100 — Frequently Asked Questions

What lenses are compatible with the Nikon D3100?

Here is a list of the Nikon D3100’s compatible lenses…

Normal lenses

Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2,8 G ED Micro
Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD IF VC
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2,8 XR Di Macro
Sigma EX 30mm f/1,4 DC HSM
Sigma EX 50mm f/1,4 DG HSM
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2,8 XR Di-II LD IF
Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4 DC HSM OS Macro
Sigma 17-70mm f/2,8-4,5 DC HSM Macro
Nikon AF-S 24-85mm f/3,5-4,5 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1,4 G
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1,8 G
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1,8 G SE
Sigma 18-125mm f/3,8-5,6 DC OS HSM
Sigma 18-50mm f/2,8-4,5 DC OS HSM
Sigma EX 17-50mm f/2,8 DC OS HSM
Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1,8 G
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 G VR II
Sigma EX 24-70mm f/2,8 DG HSM

Superzoom lenses

Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3,5-6,3 XR Di VC
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR II
Sigma 18-250mm f/3,5-6,3 DC OS HSM
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC LD IF Macro
Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 Di II VC PZD
Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 DC OS HSM
Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 II DC OS HSM
Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3,5-5,6 G ED VR
Sigma 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 DC

Wide-angle lenses

Sigma EX 10mm f/2,8 DC HSM Fisheye
Sigma EX 4,5mm f/2,8 DC HSM Fisheye
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2,8 PRO FX
Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1,8 G
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1,8 G ED
Sigma 18-35mm f/1,8 DC HSM Art
Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 DX II
Sigma 8-16mm f/4,5-5,6 DC HSM
Sigma EX 10-20mm f/3,5 DC HSM
Nikon AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3,5-4,5 G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S DX 12-24mm f/4 G IF-ED

Macro lenses

Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2,8 Di Macro
Sigma EX 150mm f/2,8 DG OS HSM APO Macro
Nikon AF-S DX 85mm f/3,5 G ED Micro VR
Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2,8 G ED Micro

Telephoto lenses

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5,6 DG OS
Sigma EX 150mm f/2,8 DG OS HSM APO Macro
Sigma EX 50-150mm f/2,8 DC APO HSM
Sigma EX 70-200mm f/2,8 APO HSM DG Macro
Sigma EX 70-200mm f/2,8 II APO HSM DG Macro
Tamron AF 70-200/2,8 LD IF Di Macro
Nikon AF-S DX 85mm f/3,5 G ED Micro VR
Sigma 50-200mm f/4-5,6 DC OS HSM
Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6,3 DG APO OS HSM
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2,8 Di Macro
Tamron AF SP 70-300mm f/4-5,6 Di VC USD
Sigma EX 50-150mm f/2,8 II DC APO HSM
Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1,8 G
Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5,6 G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4,5-5,6 G ED VR

*You can get these lenses at Amazon.com

 

Can the Nikon D3100 use an external microphone?

The Nikon D3100 has no jack for external microphones. In addition to this, the Internal audio quality is terrible.

If you wanted to get good audio recordings with this camera, you’re going to be disappointed.

 

Does the Nikon D3100 have Bluetooth?

The Nikon D3100 has no Bluetooth connectivity. This means you can’t transfer photos or videos wirelessly.

 

How to adjust ISO on the Nikon D3100?

  1. Press the Menu button.
  2. Scroll to Shooting menu.
  3. Scroll to ISO sensitivity settings and press OK.
  4. Select Auto ISO sensitivity and make sure it’s set to OFF.
  5. Scroll up to ISO sensitivity and adjust as desired.
  6. Press OK to exit.

 

 

Conclusion

That brings us to the end of this guide. If you followed the directions above, you’ll have no trouble using this camera.

Hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Also don’t forget to check out our other guides and comparisons.