Nikon D3100 Resources: Software, PDF Manual, & More

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: July 25, 2019
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This resource page for the Nikon D3100 contains all the information you need to find support, PDF copies of the manuals, replacement batteries, lenses, compatible memory cards, and accessories.

The Nikon D3000 preceded the D3100, which was replaced by the Nikon D3200.

Nikon D3100 Battery

The Nikon D3100 uses a Nikon EN-EL14 lithium ion battery, which provides 7.4v and 1030 mAh of power. A Nikon MH-24 charger will be needed to charge the battery.

OEM batteries can be expensive. There are lots of cheaper third party options. Unfortunately, they often promise higher capacities than they deliver. If you want to save some money, go with RAVPower or Neewer.

SD Memory Cards

A class 6 or faster SD card should be used in the D3100. If you use a slower card, there can be problems when recording full HD video. For more information check out this page on Nikon D3100 memory card compatibility and recommendations.

You can tell the class of a memory card by looking at the label. There will be a small number inside a C. Any memory card purchased in the last few years will be class 10.

As a minimum, I would recommend at least a 32GB card.

Nikon D3100 Lenses

The Nikon D3100 uses the Nikon F-mount. Many Nikon DSLR and SLR cameras have used the F-mount. As a result, there are hundreds of lenses availablet. Here is a list of the best Nikon D3100 lenses.

Kits Lenses

The Nikon D3100 was originally sold in two different kits. The less expensive one was sold with a single kit lens, the Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR. A second lens, the AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm DX VR telephoto zoom, was sold with the other kit.

Macro Lens

The Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G is the best macro lens for the D3100. With this lens you'll be able to take photos at up to 1x magnification.

Nikon D3100 Accessories

There are many Nikon D3100 accessories including a gps unit, shutter release, lens hoods, lighting, tripods, external microphones, and other recording devices.

Nikon D3100 External Microphone

There are a few steps that need to be taken in order to use the Nikon D3100 with an external mic.

Flashes

The current flash being produced by Nikon for the D3100 is the SB-700. It is a fully featured flash with iTTL, which will allow high speed sync. However the flash is expensive.

A couple of other options that will work with the D3100 are the Neewer TT560 and Yongnuo YN-560 IV.

Wireless with Eye-Fi SD Cards

If you want the ability to have your D3000 connect to a phone or tablet, you will need an Eye-Fi memory card. Eye-Fi cards have built in wireless adapters.

Newer cameras have built in wifi, so the cards are less common. You can still find Eye-Fi cards on Amazon.

PDF Manual Download

Below is a link to the official Nikon USA PDF of the D3100's Digital Camera User's Manual. The User's Manuals shows you how to use features of the camera.

Editing Software

Official Nikon Software

  • ViewNX-i - For Windows and MacOS. ViewNX-i is a image downloader and viewer. Includes ViewNX-Movie Editor for movie editing and processing.
  • Capture NX-D - For Windows only. Capture NX-D is post processing software capable of editing RAW images. Also works with TIFF and JPEG images. Allows control over brightness, white balance, contract, tone curves, and more.
  • NEF Codec - The codec makes it possible to use NEF (RAW) files to be used in similar ways to JPEG and TIFF images.
  • Darktable - For Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Darktable is a free open source program that has the same features as other RAW developers, like Lightroom or Capture One.

Paid Software

  • Capture One - A RAW developer made by Phase One. Very powerful and popular with professional photographers.
  • Affinity - An alternative to Photoshop that does not have a monthly fee.
  • Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop - Likely the best known pair of programs for editing photos. In recent years Adobe has switched to a monthly fee payment structure. Performance also lags behind all the other options. I do not recommend either program.

Support Websites & Phone Numbers

The proper support site for your region will allow you to register your camera, get warranty information, schedule a repair, show service advisories, and answer common support questions.

Nikon D3100 Specifications

ManufacturerNikon
ModelD3100
Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution4608 x 3072
Other resolutions3456 x 2304, 2304 x 1536
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels14 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors15 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.1 x 15.4 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 2
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (12800 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)12800
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, Live View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.8× (0.53× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe, Wireless plus sync connector)
Flash modesAuto, Red-Eye, Slow, Red-Eye Slow, Rear curtain
Continuous drive3.0 fps
Self-timerYes
Metering modesMulti, Center-weighted, Spot AF-area
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps)
FormatMPEG-4
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerNone
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedNone
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)505 g (1.11 lb / 17.81 oz)
Dimensions124 x 96 x 75 mm (4.88 x 3.78 x 2.95″)
Orientation sensorYes
GPSOptional GP-1

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