Average Camera Review Rating [13 reviews]
This camera is currently ranked at #39 of the top camera sales ranking in US
This camera is currently ranked at #3 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 is listed for retail 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 NeoCamera, giving the camera a rating of 4 out of 4:
"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 setting provides the most realistic rendition but some colors are visibly off. Setting Hue to +1 improves things. A +1 adjustment in Saturation slants results towards more punch while reducing visible undersaturation. The Neutral mode provides slightly a softer and less contrasty look, while both Landscape and Vivid modes show over-the-top-colors not suitable to represent reality. The default Sharpness of 2 is a seriously soft, increasing it to 6 delivers much better results without visible sharpening artifacts. The white-balance system performs inline with modern DSLRs. Automatic white-balance is very often spot-on. Even artificial light is handled extremely well. Preset and custom white-balance are very accurate. While there is a high degree of WB options, including 7 types of Fluorescent lighting and 13 steps of WB fine-tuning along 2 axis, setting them is tedious and not entirely accurate since display colors cannot be adjusted. If you do know the exact type of lighting used or simply want consistency, the presets are quite useful though.
With class-leading image-quality, the Nikon D5100 provides an excellent choice for new DSLR users who want quality and simplicity. As a added bonus, the D5100 is priced extremely affordably considering its performance is only matched by cameras costing at least 50% more. Plus, it gives access to the second largest lens lineup of the industry. The performance of the D5100 is well-rounded with low image noise, good dynamic range, excellent white-balance, reliable metering, quick performance and a 4 FPS continuous drive. Color accuracy is not ideal but gets reasonably close for general use. The only limiting situation for the D5100 is action photography which would benefit from the much faster autofocus system of its higher-end sibling, the superb Nikon D7000. Sharpness is compromised by the kit-lens, but a good Nikkor lens can easily compensate for that. While focus speed, at least with the kit-lens, is on the slow side for a DSLR but users upgrading from a fixed-lens camera well get a dramatic improvement. While the feature set of the Nikon D5100 is reasonable for an entry-level DSLR, Nikon has adjusted its interface to reduce efficiency when used by advanced users, probably to prevent losing sales of the D7000. Particularly, anyone shooting from a tripod has to buy a remote release to avoid losing their sanity. In the end, the Nikon D5100 delivers amazing results from an entry-level DSLR thanks it its state-of-the-art 16 megapixels CMOS sensor which also captures full 1080p HD video. This combination makes it ideal for people looking for quality output without complications."
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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|
|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|
|Imaging Resource: "When we reviewed the preceding D5000 model two years ago, we found a lot to like, with a combination of great image quality and a fairly rich feature set, but we found ourselves questioning Nikon's choice of a bottom-mounted LCD articulation mechanism for several reasons. While it made shooting over your head or low to the ground much more feasible than in SLRs with a fixed screen (even those with wide viewing angle..." - Jul 15 2011 More »||N/A|
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