I am not that impressed with performance of Nikon 5100. Some settings (metering, ISO, etc.) are not easy to change quickly, need to navigate the menu a lot.
Pop-up screen is useless, it needs to be flipped sideways to tilt, which is very inconvenient. The camera focuses a lot worse in Live view
D5100 had the same sensor size of D7000 but almost half the price of it (the extra spend gives you the built-in focus motor) . If you are in the market for entry level DSLR but want to be close to professional on a budget, this is it. Theoretically the camera sounds awesome from all the reviews and product test videos so far. Excitedly waiting to try my hands on it with a prime nifty fifty f1.8g.
This is one of the best cameras I ever had. I've owned Nikon D5000, Sony A55, Sony NEX-5N, Canon T2i, Canon T3i, Canon 60D, Panasonic GF3, Olympus E-PL3, and Nikon D5100. I would rank like this: 1) Nikon D5100, 2) Sony NEX-5N, 3) Canon T2i..
A nice entry level DSLR with all prime features. Once you get comfortable with the menu buttons, a wonderful DSLR camera for any amateur photographer willing to upgrade his photography skills.
The Nikon D5100 offers a host of new photographic and video tools that deliver superior performance and exceptional image quality with surprising versatility. With 16.2 megapixels, a swivel Vari-Angle LCD monitor, full HD movie capabilities, new EFFECTS Mode and new HDR setting, you hold the power and performance to capture beautiful moments and the freedom to get creative.
Vari-angle LCD Monitor
Creativity from any point of view
Take pictures or record movies from a unique viewpoint, the D5100’s 3.0 inch, super sharp, 921,000-dot Vari-angle LCD monitor allows for versatile high quality viewing and playback. Explore every angle, with overhead shots, waist level candids, ground level and fun self portraits; you will never miss a shot. This Vari-angle monitor allows you to be creative from any point of view.
More fun and artistic pictures and movies
The D5100 incorporates an amazing array of special effects for use when taking still pictures or recording D-Movie Full HD movies. Selective Color isolates any color within the scene, capture details in places too dark for your own eyes using Night Vision, create bright, glowing images filled with atmosphere with High Key, emphasize the mood of a scene using Low Key, Miniature Effect makes a scene look like a miniature scale model and Color Sketch creates color outlines of the subject that are played back as a series of stills in a slide show.
Tell better stories
Full HD 1080p D-Movie with Sound
The D5100 delivers exceptionally high-quality movie performance due to its full HD capability while the latest in full-time autofocus takes the guess work out of tracking your subjects while in motion. Effortless moviemaking is at your fingertip thanks to D5100’s ergonomically placed Live View and Movie start button. Your D-Movies will come to life thanks to D5100’s sound recording capability — get stereo sound with Nikon’s optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone.
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Exquisite detail in highlight and shadow
In scenes with extreme contrasts, such as bright, sunlit clouds and a foreground deep in shadow, it was once quite difficult to render the textures of both equally. Not any more. D5100 combines two exposures to create an image revealing an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and richer color gradation than ever before.
Stunning image quality
Image quality in a class of its own
Incorporating the latest Nikon D-SLR technologies such as the 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 2 image processing engine, the D5100 delivers outstanding image quality. Its CMOS sensor offers a remarkably wide ISO range (ISO 100 to 6400) with reduced noise which enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture scenes and subjects with less blur. Handheld shooting and full HD movies come out looking great even in low light.
Speed and performance that delivers
With high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 4 frames per second, you’ll never miss a moment and with D5100’s large optical viewfinder providing accurate and realistic composition, you’ll get a precise view and focus in every situation.
Capture your subjects precisely
D5100’s 11-point AF system provides flexibility to compose the shot you want ensuring your subject is captured sharply wherever it’s located in the frame. Working together with the Scene Recognition System, the camera can keep your main subject in focus even if the composition changes using Nikon’s exclusive 3D-tracking.
D5100 Digital SLR Camera EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery MH-24 Quick Charger DK-20 Rubber Eyecup UC-E6 USB Cable EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable AN-DC3 Camera Strap DK-5 Eyepiece Cap BF-1B Body Cap BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover CD-ROM
Battery Size Supported
Number of Batteries Supported
Display Screen Type
Image Sensor Type
Effective Camera Resolution
Total Camera Resolution
Auto Flash / Flash OFF / Flash ON / Slow Sync / Rear Curtain Sync / Red-eye Reduction / Flash Exposure Compensation
Digital SLR Camera
Manufacturer Part Number
Manufacturer Website Address
D5100 Digital SLR Camera
JPEG / RAW
Maximum Image Resolution
4928 x 3264
Auto / Manual
18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Minimum Focus Distance
Memory Card Supported
Secure Digital (SD) Card / Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card / Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Live View / Aperture Priority / Manual White Balance / Face Detection / Serial Shot Mode / External Flash Shoe
Body with Lens Kit
Maximum Video Resolution
1920 x 1080
Maximum Frame Rate
1 Year Limited
Camera Resolution (Megapixel)
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps)
4928 x 3264
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