OK. This is very reason why so many peeps are suddenly claiming to be 'photographers' nowadays.(Not that it's a bad thing, of course. Don't you tend to think that there's no way this world will ever have too many photographers?)
DSLR's - even the ones made by the best camera companies - are just becoming cheaper and cheaper by the day. Whereas, just a few years back, it would have cost an arm and a leg to actually own one. Now, you can get them for as low as 700 USD or roughly PhP 32,000 brand new, before taxes.
Case in point: Nikon D3100, the first DSLR camera which features constant auto-focus while shooting video.
Here are its full specifications (so you won't miss a thing):
|Type||Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera|
|Lens mount||Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)|
|Effective pixels||14.2 million pixels|
|Image sensor||23.1 x 15.4 mm CMOS sensor|
|Image size (pixels)||4,608 x 3,072 - Large |
3,456 x 2,304 - Medium
2,304 x 1,536 - Small
|File format||1) NEF (RAW) , 2) JPEG, 3) NEF (RAW) + JPEG|
|Media||SD (Secure Digital) memory cards *1, SDHC- and SDXC-compliant|
|Frame advance rate||Up to 3 fps *2|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO 100 to 3200 in steps of 1 EV; Can also be set to approx. 1 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 6400 equivalent) or to approx. 2 EV above ISO 3200 (ISO 12800 equivalent); auto ISO sensitivity control available|
|Movie||Frame size (pixels) and frame rate: 1,920 x 1,080; 24 p - 1,280 x 720; 30 p - 1,280 x 720; 25 p - 1,280 x 720; 24 p - 640 x 424; 24 p |
Maximum Recording Time:10 min.
File format/Video compression: MOV, H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Cording
Audio recording device; Supported:monaural recording with built-in microphone.
|LCD monitor||3-in., approx. 230 k-dot TFT LCD with brightness adjustment|
|Power source||Battery; One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery |
AC adapter(optional);EH-5a AC adapter; requires EP-5 power connector
|Dimensions (approx.) |
(W x H x D)
|124 X 96 X 74.5mm|
|Weight (approx.)||455g without battery, memory card, or body cap, |
505g;with battery and memory card but without body cap
|Major supplied accessories||EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-24 battery charger, AN-DC3 camera strap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM, Ferrite Core (2 types)|
And if you will, watch the official Nikon D3100 DSLR promo video courtesy of Nikon:
This DSLR has just been announced in the United States. We've yet to hear word from Nikon Philippines on its availability in the country. Please stay tuned for updates.