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Nikon D5100 Summary

16 Megapixels16 MegapixelsSingle Lens ReflexSingle Lens ReflexHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon D5100 Assessment

The Nikon D5100 is the upper-entry-level camera in the Nikon DSLR lineup. Slotting itself just above the D3100
Nikon D3100
, it produces superior-quality images using a similar design with a less efficient interface. Above it, the D7000
Nikon D7000
shares the 16 megapixels CMOS-sensor while providing a complete feature-set for advanced photographers including a large viewfinder showing 100% coverage, weather-sealing, 6 FPS continuous drive and an ultra-fast 39-point autofocus system.

This distills the D5100 to image quality above all else which is essentially what most new DSLR users are looking for. Many people are frustrated by the image quality of their existing digital camera yet truly want a point-and-shoot experience, which the D5100 can deliver. It also has enough features to give a taste of what can be accomplished with true photographic controls, encouraging people to eventually move on to higher-end offerings.

The D5100 has few competitors exactly at its level, with most entry levels not offering comparable image quality and those higher offering more features at a higher-price. There is the Sony Alpha A580
Sony Alpha A580
which offers built-in stabilization but no autofocus during 1080p video capture.

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PROS CONS
Very low image noise Mostly slow autofocus
Excellent white-balance Uneven color response
Reliable metering Slight image softness
Good dynamic range Noise-reduction even when disabled
Accurate autofocus system LCD glare when settings are changed
Quick shutter-lag Live-View not exposure-priority
Great shot-to-shoot speed Microphone records camera noise
Instant power-on and off times Difficulty to setup video framing
Quick to record and stop video Limited external controls
Full HD video with autofocus Limited interface control
Good build quality Odd Auto ISO behavior
Rangefinder MF assistance Lens mount lacks mechanical-coupling
ExcellentExcellent Excellent

Related Information

Sister Models
Nikon D3100
Nikon D3100
- 14 Megapixels, ISO 12800 Max, 3" 230K Pixels LCD, 3 FPS
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5000
- 12 Megapixels, ISO 6400 Max, 2.7" 230K Pixels LCD, 720p Max Video Resolution
Nikon D5100
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By Neocamera on 2011-08-23

Nikon D5100 Highlights


SLR digital camera

Sensor-Size: 24 x 16mm

APS-C Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

16 Megapixels DSLRISO 100-25600
Nikon F Mount
1.5X FLM
Shutter 1/4000-30s
95% Coverage
Small Viewfinder
Full manual controls, including Manual Focus
Built-in Dust ReductionCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
4 FPS Drive, 100 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingHot-Shoe
3" LCD 920K PixelsStereo audio input
Lithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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