Nikon D3100 DSLR : Price, Specs - Shoots 1080p 24fps Videos!

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.