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 MacWorld, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 5:
"The D5100 produces excellent still images, particularly when manual controls are used and the appropriate Picture Control settings are selected and tweaked. Natural-looking but well-saturated colors are the norm, and exposures, even under challenging conditions, are almost always accurate with good dynamic range. The latter is often made even better by implementing Nikon's D-Lighting. Even with the bump in megapixels from 12 to 16, the D5100 can easily handle the new, expanded ISO range without much strain, all the way up to ISO 1600. When in doubt, raw capture and processing will help keep image noise to a minimum and details intact. The AF-S 18-55mm VR lens bundled with the camera ($900 for the kit) is capable of producing surprisingly crisp images for a kit lens. Chromatic aberration was often visible, however, along high contrast edges. In our lab's subjective image tests, the D5100 earned a word score of Very Good for exposure, Good for both color and sharpness, and Superior for distortion. Click on any of our lab's test images to view them at full size. Video quality didn't disappoint either, producing footage that equals or exceeds that of other DSLRs in its class. In our subjective lab tests, the D5100 earned a word score of Good for video quality and Fair for audio quality. Colors were pleasing and videos were generally sharp-once the D5100's autofocus locked in. Shutter roll may occur when panning quickly but that's not unique to the D5100 and, overall, the camera produced some solid video. Audio quality is good and although we didn't have one to test, the ME-1 stereo microphone ($180) should be beneficial if you're serious about capturing live sound.
The Nikon D5100 is a solid option for photographers looking for a highly-capable yet (fairly) user-friendly sub-$1,000 DSLR. Although it doesn't have all the bells, whistles, and speed of the D7000, the D5100 delivers an excellent feature set and image quality that rivals or exceeds the competition. Current D5000 users may very well want to step-up to the new model thanks to a number of notable improvements. The D5100 is available body only for $800, or packaged with a kit 18-55mm lens for $900."
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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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