Recently reviewers were given the opportunity to handle the new Nikon D3100. It features some slick new functionality including 1080 video that, get this, has continuous autofocus! It's about time!
While Canon has had 1080 HD video for a while now, my primary complaint about the 1D4, 7D and 5D2 has been that lacking continuous autofocus makes the devices mostly useless for me to capture video. I've never mastered the manual auto focusing while shooting video trick.
The new Nikon will shoot only 24fps in 1080 mode, but this isn't surprising for an entry level camera. It will shoot 30fps in 720 mode.
I can't wait to see this new camera in action if for no other reason than the new AF system for shooting video.
The new camera boasts new ergonomics that are reportedly superior to the previous D3000 and even the D5000. While the body is still small, those who have handled them say the feel of the camera is much improved.
Other good news is that the D3100 will get Live View. This is a totally new feature to the 3xxx series, one which will likely be welcomed by the masses.
A new Live View trigger and video recording button are now on the body making accessing these features super simple.
The price is rumored to be around $699 which most likely includes the 18-55mm kit lens.
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