Field Review Nikon D3100 (Day 3)

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.02 sec (1/50) Aperture f/2.0 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 800

Next in this review: an ISO test. The Nikon D3100 has a higher ISO capability than its predecessor the D3000. Its maximum is IS0 3200 and can go up to ISO 128000 when set to HI 2. I started shooting high ISO’s from day one with this camera. The quality of the images at ISO 800 is very nice with little to no noise. Before reading, you can take a look at Day 2 in this series.


Nikon D3100

Nikon 35mm 1.8G

DeskTop Tripod


The Test

To test the ISO I used one of my favorite subjects, coffee. I set the camera up on the desktop tripod and plugged in my remote. The D3100 has the same mini USB port as the Nikon D90. I started at ISO 100 and worked my way up.

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 4 Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 100 Exposure

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.8 Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 400

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.5 Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 800

At ISO 800 is where I started to notice the noise. After this the noise just grows.

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.25 sec (1/4) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 1600

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.077 sec (1/13) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 3200

Camera Nikon D3100 Exposure 0.025 sec (1/40) Aperture f/5.6 Focal Length 35 mm ISO Speed 12800(Hi2)

Thoughts on the ISO

I don’t like the ISO noise at the high range. I’d rather use a tripod and a lower shutter speed than have to shoot at this level. But for an entry-level DSLR the ISO range is very impressive. Shooting in low light and handheld can help deliver images that come out decent.

If you have questions or concerns about the ISO test, let us know in the comments below.

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Gevon Servo

Gevon Servo aka @GServo is an eclectic, NJ/NY Photographer. He’s a Nikon shooter, by choice nevertheless, will always test any piece of photography equipment. He believes that like ‘Photography’, ‘Coffee’,’Beer’ and ‘Comics Books’ and other things ‘Geek’ “You must try everything once to discover what you want to try again.