In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best intervalometer for Nikon d3100 cameras available on the market right now. More and more people are starting to take part in both time-lapse and long exposure photography so are in the market to pick up a remote shutter release intervalometer.
With the market effectively being a minefield swelled with low-quality products we feel that this article should be able to help our readers as both of the intervalometers we are featuring have excellent reputations within the community. Additionally, both are budget friendly while also offering plenty of functionality, with a high level of performance while also being very robust and being able to take their fair share of punishment during transit.
The Pixel FSK 2.4GHz Wired or Wireless Timer
As you would expect from an intervalometer packed with functionality, all of the core modes and settings are fully supported. You can use the Pixel FSK for time-lapse photography, as a remote control, as a timer remote, for various types of delayed image capture, and as various types of timer. Additionally, it is fully wireless compatible allowing you to use it in either wired or wireless mode removing the need to touch your camera during a time-lapse and risk spoiling the whole thing by knocking its position.
The image to the right shows the interface and control system for the Pixel FSK . As you can see, it is based around a handful of buttons and a directional pad to keep the tool as easy to use as possible. This very simple design makes it the ideal product to pick up if you are not confident with technology or have not used an intervalometer before.
Additionally, the LED screen on the tool is fully backlit. This is a total godsend when trying to use it in low-light or nighttime conditions for something like an astrophotography time-lapse. There are so many intervalometers on the market at this price point that lack this basic feature and can ruin your session if you have to use a torch or something to tweak settings and your camera captures an image while the torch is on.
The battery life of the Pixel FSK is also excellent. While researching the tool we actually found a number of reports from photographers mentioning how they have never had to change the battery in the intervalometer and that they have used it countless numbers of time without issue.
All in all, we feel that the Pixel FSK intervalometer will make a great addition to your camera accessories and make a great companion for your Nikon d3100. Its reputation alone should be enough to convince you to check it out and give it a try and its low price is just a bonus.
The MC-DC2 Intervalometer
Again, the MC-DC2 Intervalometer offers all of the core functionality that you would expect such as various versions of time lapse, various types of remote capture, and a number of delayed capture settings.
The image to the right shows the control and interface system for the MC-DC2 and as you can see, it is a very similar system to the Pixel FSK covered above.
It is based around a small number of buttons and a directional pad to make the tool as simple as possible to use. The easy navigation menu on the intervalometer also helps you quickly and easily tweak the performance of your camera on the fly with a handful of clicks rather than having to go through long tedious options.
One of the drawbacks of this intervalometer is that it does not support wireless functionality so will only work with your cameras when jacked in via the connector cable. Although this will be totally fine in the vast majority of photography niches, we just wanted to make our readers aware of this.
All in all, the MC-DC2 Intervalometer really is a great remote control and will make a great addition to your photo accessories and work nativley with your Nikon D3100 without issue. We would recommend that our readers check it out further and see if they feel that it meets their needs.