Nikon D3100 vs Sony ZV-E10

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D3100 and Sony ZV-E10. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D3100 is manufacturered by Nikon but Sony ZV-E10 is from Sony. Both Nikon and Sony are well known brands though.

Nikon D3100 were released 2010 and Sony ZV-E10 was released 2021. That is a 11 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D3100 2010
Sony ZV-E10 2021

Type of camera

Nikon D3100 is a DSLR camera while Sony ZV-E10 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D3100 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Sony ZV-E10 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D3100 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Sony ZV-E10 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Nikon D3100 has a 14,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony ZV-E10 has 24 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D3100 14,2 MP
14155776 pixels
4608 x 3072
Sony ZV-E10 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000

Sony ZV-E10 has a 70 % larger resolution than Nikon D3100. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Sony ZV-E10 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3100. Sony ZV-E10 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 32000 while Nikon D3100 has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D3100 100-12800
Sony ZV-E10 100-32000

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big difference between these two cameras. Sony ZV-E10 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D3100 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D3100 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3100
Lens compatibility chart for Sony ZV-E10

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D3100 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Sony ZV-E10 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D3100 3
Sony ZV-E10 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D3100 and Sony ZV-E10 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D3100 weighs 505 gr (equal to 1.11 lb) which is 47% heavier than Sony ZV-E10 and its 343 gr (or 0.76 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D3100 505 gr
1.11 lb
Sony ZV-E10 343 gr
0.76 lb

Nikon D3100 vs Sony ZV-E10 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D3100 and Sony ZV-E10, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Name Nikon D3100 Sony ZV-E10
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Release Date and Price
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Release Year 2010 2021
Release Date 2010-08-19 2021-07-27
MSRP 699 USD 699 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4608 x 3072 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
Megapixels 14,2 MP 24 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 2 BIONZ X
Image
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
ISO Range 100 - 12800 100 - 32000
White Balance Presets 12 10
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Autofocus Motor No Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 11 425
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 230000 920000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT LCD monitor TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) No Viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 0
Photography features
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Frames per second 3 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Average
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
MPEG4
H.264
XAVC-S
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3840 x 1920
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Storage
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Optional
Supported (no further information)
GPS Yes
Optional
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D3100
Sony ZV-E10
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 440 shots
Width 124 mm 115 mm
Height 96 mm 64 mm
Depth 75 mm 45 mm
Weight 505 gram 343 gram