Nikon Z50 vs Nikon D3100

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon Z50 and Nikon D3100. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon Z50
Nikon D3100

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon Z50 were released 2019 and Nikon D3100 was released 2010. That is a 9 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon Z50 Nikon 2019
Nikon D3100 Nikon 2010

Type of camera

Nikon Z50 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D3100 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "DX") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon Z50 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D3100 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)

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

Resolution

Nikon Z50 has a 21 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D3100 has 14,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon Z50 21 MP 20668416 5568 3712
Nikon D3100 14,2 MP 14155776 4608 3072

Nikon Z50 has a 46 % larger resolution than Nikon D3100. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon Z50 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D3100. Nikon Z50 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 51200 while Nikon D3100 has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon Z50 100-51200
Nikon D3100 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon Z50 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 that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon Z50
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D3100

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon Z50 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds and Nikon D3100 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon Z50 11
Nikon D3100 3

Ability to record movies

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

In this case, both Nikon Z50 and Nikon D3100 can shoot movies.

Weight

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

Nikon D3100 weighs 505 gr (equal to 1,11 lb) which is 12% heavier than Nikon Z50 and its 450 gr (or 0,99 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon Z50 450 gr 0,99 lb
Nikon D3100 505 gr 1,11 lb