Average Camera Review Rating [13 reviews]
This camera is currently ranked at #28 of the top camera sales ranking in US
This camera is currently ranked at #2 of the top camera sales ranking in Japan
This camera is featured in a recent article titled 2011 Best Entry Level DSLR Cameras And Lens Kits For Beginners Below $850 - June 2011
On April 5 2011, Nikon announced the new D5100 DSLR camera
. It features the same DX-format 16.2 Megapixels CMOS sensor as the D7000, EXPEED 2 image processing, an improved vari-angle screen, special effects mode and ISO sensitivity range of 100-25600. The D5100 can capture still images at a rate of 4 fps (frames per second), and can record high definition HD video at resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, using MPEG-4 AVCHD / H.264 compression format. Full-time autofocus is available in the D5100's live view and video modes, including a face detection function which can locate up to 35 faces in a scene simultaneously.
Other key features of the D5100 include an 11-point AF system, High dynamic range (HDR) imaging capability, Active D-Lighting and seven different special effects for stills and movies. The selection of effects available includes what Nikon is calling Night Vision mode, which allows shooting at ISO sensitivities up to 102,400 equivalent, with a limitation that the resulting image or movie is monochromatic.
The Nikon D5100 ships in the US market from mid-April 2011, priced at around $800 body-only, or $900 in a bundle with the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Here's the summary of review by CNET US, giving the camera a rating of 3.5 out of 5:
"The back controls are laid out in a typical fashion. The information edit button--not to be confused with the info button on the top--brings up the interactive information display where you adjust most of your shooting settings. My only gripe: there's no way to lock the navigation switch. Since I shoot in single-point area AF mode, I frequently moved the AF point by accidentally pressing the switch. Nikon offers a well-rounded feature set as well. Shooting effects are now on the mode dial, and the handful of decent options includes the clever Night Vision mode, a very useful way to take advantage of the sensor's capability of increasing gain up to ISO 102,400. In color, the results would be useless. But by converting the results to black and white, you get the ability to shoot in near darkness and obtain usable--though not optimal for high-resolution printing--results. Autofocus only works in Live View mode. All operate in movie capture as well as still. There's a new two-shot HDR autocombine capability, but, well, meh. The implementation is annoying--you have to go into the menus and re-enable it after every shot unless you assign it to Fn. But there are other things I want to assign to Fn. In either case, Nikon obviously views it as a one-shot override feature rather than a setting you'll need to use repeatedly for a short time. Furthermore, two shots don't really provide a "high" dynamic range, just a slightly extended one. It works OK for opening up some shadow detail, but does little to bring down the highlights. If you want to do HDR the old-fashioned way, you may not be thrilled with the D5100's options. It offers three-shot bracketing up to two stops.
On the other hand, Nikon's always been there for time-lapse shooters, and the built-in intervalometer remains a key advantage. There are also nine custom Picture Style settings slots, and you can define up to 99 in software and share them among multiple cameras. As with the T3i, though, there's no way to save and recall custom settings. Class-lagging performance holds the D5100 back from getting an unequivocal recommendation. But it's certainly fast enough to handle most situations general-purpose shooters will find themselves in. So if you're OK with compromising just a little on shooting speed, the Nikon D5100 should please on all other counts."
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Nikon D5100 Camera Reviews Roundup
|DPI: "The Nikon D5100 is a digital SLR that offers plenty to satisfy the needs of buyers looking to get a big sensor interchangeable lens camera for a relatively affordable price (under a thousand bucks/Euros). The D5100 has a 16 megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor, 3 inch swivel LCD (that's both sharp and great in viewability) and is compatible with Nikon's full range of modern AF-S type F-mount lenses. The camera can also..." - Jan 28 2012 More »||N/A|
|NeoCamera: "The D5100 has a reliable and generally accurate exposure system. With most scenes, exposure compensation is not required and burnt highlights are rare. The metering system is not entirely conservative, so negative EC is sometimes needed to avoid blown out areas in backgrounds. There are 6 Picture Control styles, each can be modified in terms of sharpness, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. The Standard s..." - Aug 24 2011 More »|
|RegHardware: "Image quality comes very close to that of the D7000 with pictures showing very good level of detail and wide dynamic range. Colours are natural yet rich, with beautiful saturation and punch. Metering was mostly spot on, although the camera has a tendency to slightly over-expose skies in certain situations, as the prevalently light colours massage-scene test image shows. I found the D5100 exceptionally well-suited to..." - Aug 06 2011 More »|
|PhotographyBay: "From a prosumer perspective, the D5100's movie mode is a failure. It lacks any sense of intuitive controls or true manual exposure control. While there are tricks to get the exposure settings close to where you want it, reliability repeating those settings is an operational nightmare. For example, the aperture cannot be adjusted while recording or during live view mode. If you are recording a..." - Jul 19 2011 More »||N/A|
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