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Nikon D3100 Sample at 3200 ISO

Jared Polin December 20, 2010 9

This weeks Photo of the WEEK does not come from my D3S shot as some extremely Hi ISO but comes from the new Nikon D3100. I have been testing out the D3100 for a little over a week now and wanted to push it to its limits.

I consider shooting ice hockey to be one of the toughest situations other than low light concert situations to get quality images. I wanted to see how this camera handled at its top recommended ISO which is 3200. If i were to try and shoot the older Nikon D3000 at 1600 the results would have been pretty atrocious.

Let’s take a look at this video below to see how everything turned out. Stay tuned for a full review of the Nikon D3100 coming up in the next few weeks.

Nikon D3100 Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR II
1/400th at F/2.8 shot at 145mm

Nikon D3100 Sample at 3200 ISO


  1. ozzy December 20, 2010 at 10:05 am -

    Wow pretty amazing. I tried my D3000 last weekend at ISO 1600 and looks terrible. Thanks for this review Jared!

  2. Jubblegum December 20, 2010 at 11:24 am -

    Awesome Photo Jared, Can’t wait for the full review of the D3100. Should I get the D90 or D3100?

  3. Mike in Tulsa December 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm -

    I am a D3100 user and I am extremely happy with the results I get shooting at 3200 ISO. Couple that with the noise reduction capabilities in Lightroom, and shooting at 3200 is a no-brainer.

  4. vasily December 20, 2010 at 4:32 pm -

    Impressive! When trying to stop motion, I would rather see some noise then motion blur!

  5. Stephen December 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm -

    I have a d3000 and i agree the iso is horrible. From a former hockey player, nike and bauer merged.

  6. NikonCoupleSoFlo December 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm -

    I have the D3100 and the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRI. The lens look sorta funny on the smallest body Nikon DSLR.


  7. Dawood.abh December 21, 2010 at 4:30 am -

    I am waiting for the full review of this extremely amazing cam.. I have one loooooooooool

  8. Fireray December 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm -

    Fro or anyone – You said auto WB was used in this photo because of outdated lighting. I shoot my son’s hockey and have been setting my WB with a gray card to each arenas light. Should I just use auto WB and fix it in post or what is the best way?
    D90 – AF-s 80-200 2.8

    • Jared Polin December 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm -

      if you are finding that that is working for you thank stick with it.