The successor to the Nikon D3000 is here, with additional features like a 14MP CMOS sensor, live-view mode and full HD recording. Aesthetically, the D3100 looks similar to the D3000 as far as the front portion is concerned, but there are a few enhancements. For starters, we really like the sturdy rubber grip which lacks the infrared sensor. On the top portion just beside the jog dial, you have a lever to toggle between drive modes. There is a spring loaded lever on the top right hand side of the 3- inch screen, which enters the camera in the live-view mode.
The D3100 has a rubber grip
One thing we would have liked is a dedicated button to change ISO levels. On the left hand side there is an additional button which allows you to change the camera settings without having to go into the menu—giving thumbnail-size images to put the function in context specially in wide band modes—which is nice. Customizable function button below the active flash button does allow you to programme it to either one of the four— image size, ISO, white balance or Active D lighting options.
Sensor:14MP CMOS sensor
LCD screen:3-inch TFT LCD
Auto focus:11 pt
ISO:100 to 3,200 (boost up to 12,800)
Movie format:MOV, H.264
Rs (27,250, only body)
Value for money:7
*All ratings out of 10
Picture quality is quite good with crisp colours. Outdoor photography in daylight did not throw up any issues. The LCD was viewable in sunlit conditions. Low light performance was quite impressive. Even on pictures taken on ISO 3200, we noticed very little noise—a definite plus. Focussing is snappy thanks to the focus-assist lamp in the front. The HD recording feature was decent. But we like auto focus while live recording.
The D3100 is priced at Rs32,950 (with the 18-55mm lens), which is a very good price for this entry- level DSLR.
Plantronics Discovery 975
For those extremely busy people, single ear Bluetooth headsets are the only way to go wireless and still stay connected with the rest of the world. Plantronics is one of the few reputed brands in this segment. Their latest model is the Discovery 975; it’s a stylish, compact Bluetooth headset.
The grey-coloured single-body design with transparent earbuds makes it a very attractive headset. The build quality of the device is pretty good as well. Fake leather is used on one side, which feels rather realistic as well. The bundled pouch doubles as a charging dock for the headset.
Go wireless: The 975 has excellent connectivity but is expensive for a Bluetooth set.
Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR,
Built-in Li-ion battery
Price: Rs 5,499
Value for money:5
Setting was very easy on our first phone—a Motorola Milestone. But we faced some issues connecting when we tried pairing it with phones such as the Nokia XtremeMusic 5530 and the Samsung Wave.
Connectivity is excellent. The wireless range is decent and the audio quality excellent. The single button is sufficient to increase the volume, accept calls, power on and power off the device. So, operation is pretty straight forward and doesn’t require a lot of time to get used to.
The price of Rs5,499 is very expensive for a . The performance may be great, but most users with cheaper phones will think twice before buying it.
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