World First- DSLR with Autofocus HD Video
Nikon have a new DSLR which is the first camera model able to auto-focus while shooting HD video at 1080p resolution. The Nikon D3100 has another great feature- the price; It costs just $700!
At that price the Nikon D3100 is $200 cheaper than Canon’s T2i, which also shoots 1080p, but at a higher frame rate of 30fps compared with 24fps at 1080p (30fps at 720p) for the Nikon. This would seem to make the Canon the best on paper, but this is where the Nikons party piece comes into play. Usually to keep an the camera focused on your subject would need manual aids but in this case the Nikon’s Expeed 2 image processor allows it to continually auto-focus the optics as you shoot.
The main specs for the camera include a 14.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor, an 11 point autofocus system, and face-detection for up to 35 faces. The camera also features a guide mode displaying tutorials on using the camera directly on it’s LCD screen.
We think you’ll agree this a great entry level DSLR, with features ahead of many of it’s more expensive rivals. The Nikon D3100 will be available from the end of next month, with the body only costing $625, or as a kit including an 18-55mm lens with vibration reduction for $700.