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Camera Manuals - Nikon - Nikon D3100 Camera User Manual

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Q&A Index .................................................................................................................................... ii
For Your Safety .......................................................................................................................... ix
Notices.......................................................................................................................................... xi
Introduction 1
Overview....................................................................................................................................... 1
Getting to Know the Camera................................................................................................. 2
The Camera Body ......................................................................................................................2
The Mode Dial.............................................................................................................................4
The Release-Mode Selector ...................................................................................................5
The Information Display..........................................................................................................6
The Command Dial ...................................................................................................................8
The Viewfinder......................................................................................................................... 10
Camera Menus..........................................................................................................................11
Using Camera Menus ............................................................................................................ 12
First Steps ...................................................................................................................................14
Charge the Battery ................................................................................................................. 14
Insert the Battery .................................................................................................................... 15
Attach a Lens............................................................................................................................ 16
Basic Setup................................................................................................................................ 18
Insert a Memory Card............................................................................................................20
Format the Memory Card .................................................................................................... 21
Adjust Viewfinder Focus ...................................................................................................... 22
Basic Photography and Playback 23
“Point-and-Shoot” Photography (iand j Modes) ...................................................23
Step 1: Turn the Camera On................................................................................................ 23
Step 2: Select i or j Mode ............................................................................................... 24
Step 3: Frame the Photograph .......................................................................................... 25
Step 4: Focus ............................................................................................................................ 26
Step 5: Shoot ............................................................................................................................ 26
Creative Photography (Scene Modes) .............................................................................28
k Portrait .................................................................................................................................. 28
lLandscape.............................................................................................................................. 28
pChild...................................................................................................................................... 29
m Sports .................................................................................................................................... 29
n Close Up ................................................................................................................................. 29
oNight Portrait ......................................................................................................................... 29
Basic Playback...........................................................................................................................30
Deleting Unwanted Photographs .................................................................................... 31

Guide Mode 33
The Guide ...................................................................................................................................33
Guide Mode Menus.................................................................................................................34
Live View 37
Framing Photographs in the Monitor ..............................................................................37
Recording and Viewing Movies 45
Recording Movies ....................................................................................................................45
Viewing Movies ........................................................................................................................49
Editing Movies ..........................................................................................................................50
Trimming Movies ....................................................................................................................50
Saving Selected Frames........................................................................................................52
Release Mode 53
Choosing a Release Mode ....................................................................................................53
Self-Timer Mode.......................................................................................................................54
More on Photography (All Modes) 55
Focus ............................................................................................................................................55
Focus Mode...............................................................................................................................55
AF-Area Mode ..........................................................................................................................58
Focus Point Selection ............................................................................................................60
Focus Lock.................................................................................................................................60
Manual Focus ...........................................................................................................................62
Image Quality and Size..........................................................................................................64
Image Quality...........................................................................................................................64
Image Size..................................................................................................................................66
Using the Built-in Flash..........................................................................................................67
Flash Mode................................................................................................................................68
ISO Sensitivity............................................................................................................................71
P, S, A, and M Modes 73
Shutter Speed and Aperture................................................................................................73
Mode P (Programmed Auto) ..............................................................................................74
Mode S (Shutter-Priority Auto) ..........................................................................................75
Mode A (Aperture-Priority Auto).......................................................................................76
Mode M (Manual)....................................................................................................................77
Exposure .....................................................................................................................................79
Metering .................................................................................................................................... 79
Autoexposure Lock................................................................................................................ 80
Exposure Compensation...................................................................................................... 81
Flash Compensation..............................................................................................................83
Active D-Lighting.....................................................................................................................85
White Balance ...........................................................................................................................87
Fine-Tuning White Balance................................................................................................. 89
Preset Manual .......................................................................................................................... 90
Picture Controls........................................................................................................................94
Selecting a Picture Control.................................................................................................. 94
Modifying Picture Controls ................................................................................................. 95
The GP-1 GPS Unit ...................................................................................................................98
More on Playback 99
Full-Frame Playback................................................................................................................99
Photo Information................................................................................................................100
Thumbnail Playback ............................................................................................................ 105
Calendar Playback................................................................................................................ 106
Taking a Closer Look: Playback Zoom........................................................................... 107
Protecting Photographs from Deletion........................................................................ 108
Deleting Photographs ........................................................................................................ 109
Full-Frame, Thumbnail, and Calendar Playback........................................................109
The Playback Menu..............................................................................................................110
Slide Shows............................................................................................................................. 112
Connections 115
Connecting to a Computer ............................................................................................... 115
Before Connecting the Camera.......................................................................................115
Connecting the Camera.....................................................................................................116
Printing Photographs.......................................................................................................... 117
Connecting the Printer .......................................................................................................117
Printing Pictures One at a Time.......................................................................................118
Printing Multiple Pictures..................................................................................................120
Creating Index Prints...........................................................................................................123
Creating a DPOF Print Order: Print Set .........................................................................124
Viewing Photographs on TV............................................................................................. 126
Standard Definition Devices.............................................................................................126
High-Definition Devices .....................................................................................................127
Menu Guide 129
DThe Playback Menu: Managing Images ............................................................................ 129
Playback Folder................................................................................................................ 129
Display Mode .................................................................................................................... 130
Image Review ................................................................................................................... 130
Rotate Tall .......................................................................................................................... 130
CThe Shooting Menu: Shooting Options............................................................................. 131
Reset Shooting Options ................................................................................................ 131
ISO Sensitivity Settings.................................................................................................. 132
Auto Distortion Control ................................................................................................ 133
Color Space........................................................................................................................ 133
Noise Reduction............................................................................................................... 134
AF-Assist ............................................................................................................................. 134
Built-in Flash...................................................................................................................... 135
B The Setup Menu: Camera Setup .......................................................................................... 136
Reset Setup Options....................................................................................................... 136
LCD Brightness ................................................................................................................. 137
Info Display Format ........................................................................................................ 137
Auto Info Display............................................................................................................. 139
Video Mode ....................................................................................................................... 139
Flicker Reduction............................................................................................................. 139
Time Zone and Date....................................................................................................... 139
Language ........................................................................................................................... 140
Image Comment.............................................................................................................. 140
Auto Image Rotation...................................................................................................... 141
Dust off Ref Photo........................................................................................................... 141
Auto off Timers................................................................................................................. 143
Self-Timer Delay............................................................................................................... 143
Beep ..................................................................................................................................... 144
Rangefinder ....................................................................................................................... 144
File Number Sequence.................................................................................................. 145
Buttons................................................................................................................................ 146
Slot Empty Release Lock ............................................................................................... 147
Date Imprint ...................................................................................................................... 147
Storage Folder .................................................................................................................. 149
Eye-Fi Upload.................................................................................................................... 150
Firmware Version............................................................................................................. 150
NThe Retouch Menu: Creating Retouched Copies ................................................................. 151
Creating Retouched Copies ............................................................................................. 152
D-Lighting.......................................................................................................................... 153
Red-Eye Correction......................................................................................................... 153
Trim...................................................................................................................................... 154
Monochrome .................................................................................................................... 154
Filter Effects ....................................................................................................................... 155
Color Balance.................................................................................................................... 156
Small Picture......................................................................................................................156
Image Overlay ...................................................................................................................158
NEF (RAW) Processing....................................................................................................160
Quick Retouch...................................................................................................................161
Straighten...........................................................................................................................161
Distortion Control ............................................................................................................161
Fisheye.................................................................................................................................162
Color Outline .....................................................................................................................162
Perspective Control .........................................................................................................162
Miniature Effect ................................................................................................................163
Before and After ...............................................................................................................164
m Recent Settings.................................................................................................................165
Technical Notes 167
Compatible Lenses...............................................................................................................167
Compatible CPU Lenses .....................................................................................................167
Compatible Non-CPU Lenses ...........................................................................................169
Optional Flash Units (Speedlights)................................................................................. 172
The Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) ..................................................................173
Other Accessories ................................................................................................................. 176
Approved Memory Cards ..................................................................................................177
Attaching a Power Connector and AC Adapter.........................................................178
Caring for the Camera......................................................................................................... 179
Storage .....................................................................................................................................179
Cleaning...................................................................................................................................179
The Low-Pass Filter ..............................................................................................................180
Caring for the Camera and Battery: Cautions............................................................. 184
Available Settings................................................................................................................. 186
Memory Card Capacity ....................................................................................................... 187
Troubleshooting ................................................................................................................... 188
Display......................................................................................................................................188
Shooting (All Modes)...........................................................................................................188
Shooting (P, S, A, M) ...........................................................................................................190
Playback...................................................................................................................................190
Miscellaneous ........................................................................................................................191
Error Messages....................................................................................................................... 192
Specifications ......................................................................................................................... 195
Battery Life..............................................................................................................................204
Index.......................................................................................................................................... 205




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