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Latest Nikon d5100 Review

"The Nikon D5100 and its included AF-S 18-55mm VR lens offer a host of new photographic and video tools including a 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor, 4 fps continuous shooting and breathtaking Full 1080p HD Movies with full time autofocus."

The presence of the D5100 appeared to signal the end of the line DSLR Nikons refresh their unprofessional. Its feature set and price means it sits very comfortably between beginner D3100 and D7000 friendly and high - which is clearly aimed at attracting the attention of photography enthusiasts without cannibalizing a model of her sales. A camera manufacturer can evaluate the success of its market position by that many people are wondering 'is consistent with my model? "The discussion - and we think that progress will D3100/D5100/D7000 minimize such doubt. The D90 is officially maintaining its position within range, but both were located its name and overlap with other models shows that its role is more than a historical significance in the future.

D5100 is a similar with a 16.2MP CMOS sensor found in the D7000 but great, easy to lose in the end it's camera features a high building and design. So, no wireless flash controller, magnesium alloy construction or 39-point AF system, but the basic picture quality is all but identical.

As has become standard for a Nikon at this price, D5100 provides a single control dial, viewfinder pentamirror and not available in the autofocus motor. However, it increases the ability to 1080p (at 30, 25 or 24fps), save it using the H.264 codec efficiency, and a hinged end 920,000 LCD monitors for photography. These are important benefits than its predecessor, the D5000, and the improvements extend to the D5100 is smaller, compact and conventional construction is mounted on the sidelines for that LCD.

These changes address two quite inconvenient aspects of the existing product line of Nikon: D5100 and D7000 to the end if the model neighborhood it will avoid inelegant overlap that exists between the D5000 and D90. It also ensures a more elegant appearance with the models themselves (the D5000 is many things, but beauty is not one of them).

Although the D5100 is listed as a 2 EXPEED processor, it's worth remembering that Nikon does not use this naming system to indicate the specific components, so the actual volume of silicon and ability is not necessarily the same as those in D3100 or D7000. However, beyond a similar specced 16.2MP sensor, D5100 offers ISO settings as my big brother - expandable up to an equivalent of ISO 25600. It also inherited the 14-bit raw capture - one of the factors that help D7000 impressive dynamic range of it - it is something that Nikon used to offer it only on more expensive models.

Nikon d5100 Features

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.

Effects mode
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.

Nikon d5100 Specifications

  • Lens Mount
    Nikon F bayonet mount
  • Picture Angle
    Effective picture angle 1.5x (Approx.) conversion factor (Nikon DX format)
  • Effective Pixels
    16.2 million
  • Sensor Size
    23.6 x 15.6mm
  • Image Sensor Format
  • Image Sensor Type
  • Total Pixels
    16.9 million
  • Dust-reduction system
    Image sensor cleaning
  • Image Area (pixels)
    (L) 4928 x 3264
    (M) 3696 x 2448
    (S) 2464 x 1632
  • File Format
    Compressed 14-bit NEF (RAW)
    JPEG (Baseline Compliant)
  • Picture Control
    User-customizable Settings
  • Storage Media
  • Card Slot
    1 Secure Digital (SD)
  • File System
    Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
    DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
    EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras
  • Viewfinder
    Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage
    95% Approx.
  • Viewfinder Magnification
    0.78x Approx.
  • Viewfinder Eyepoint
  • Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
    -1.7 to +0.7 m¯¹
  • Focusing Screen
    Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
  • Reflex Mirror
    Quick-return type
  • Lens Aperture
    Instant-return type
  • Lens Compatibility at a Glance***
    AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus
  • Compatible Lenses
    AF-S, AF-I: All functions supported
    AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
    IX NIKKOR lenses can not be used
    Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
    Other AF NIKKOR (Excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
    Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus
    Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
  • Shutter type
    Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
  • Shutter Speed
    1/4000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV
  • Fastest Shutter Speed
    1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3
    1 EV
  • Slowest Shutter Speed
    30 sec. in steps of 1/3
    1 EV
  • Flash Sync Speed
    Up to 1/200 sec.
  • Bulb Shutter Setting
  • Shutter Release Modes
    Delayed remote
    Quick Response Remote Mode
    Quiet shutter-release
    Self-timer mode
    Single-frame [S] mode
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution
    4 frames per second
  • Self-timer
    2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
  • Exposure Metering System
    TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
  • Metering Method
    Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
  • Metering Range
    0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
    2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
  • Exposure Meter Coupling
  • Exposure Modes
    Advanced Scene Modes
    Aperture-Priority (A)
    Auto (flash off)
    Manual (M)
    Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
    Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
    Special Effects Mode
  • Advanced Scene Modes
    Autumn Colors
    Beach / Snow
    Dusk / Dawn
    Night Landscape
    Night Portrait
    Party / Indoor
    Pet Portrait
  • Exposure Compensation
    ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
  • Exposure Bracketing
    3 frames ±2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
  • Exposure Lock
  • Mirror Lock Up
    Yes (for image sensor cleaning)
  • ISO Sensitivity
    ISO 100 - 6400
    Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
    Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
  • Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
  • Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
  • Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
    HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction
  • High ISO Noise Reduction
  • Active D-Lighting
  • D-Lighting Bracketing
    2 exposures
  • Single-point AF Mode
  • Dynamic AF Mode
    Number of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)
  • Auto-area AF Mode
  • Autofocus System
    Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
  • Lens Servo
    Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
  • Focus Point
    Can be selected from 11 focus points
  • Focus Lock
    Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
  • Focus Modes
    Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
    Continuous-servo (AF-C)
    Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
    Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
    Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
    Normal area
    Single-servo AF (AF-S)
    Wide area
  • Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
  • Autofocus Sensitivity
    -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Guide Number
    Approx. 39/12, 43/13 with manual flash (ft/m, ISO 100, 68°F/20°C)
  • Flash Control
    Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
    Distance priority manual: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and SB-700
    i-TTL Balanced fill-flash, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR
    Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S
  • Flash Sync Modes
    Front-curtain sync (normal)
    Slow sync
    Rear-curtain sync
    Red-eye reduction
    Red-eye reduction with slow sync
  • Flash Compensation
    -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
  • Accessory Shoe
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
    CLS Supported
  • White Balance
    Direct Sunlight
    Fluorescent (7 types)
    Preset Manual
  • White Balance Bracketing
    3 exposures
  • Live View Shooting
  • Live View Lens servo
    Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
  • Live View AF-area mode
    Face-priority AF
    Wide-area AF
    Normal-area AF
    Subject-tracking AF
  • Live View Scene Auto Selector
    Auto mode
  • Movie Metering
    TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
  • Movie Maximum recording time
    20 min.
  • Movie File Format
  • Movie Video Compression
    H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
  • Movie Audio recording format
    Linear PCM
  • Movie
    HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
    HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
    HD 1,280×720 / 30 fps
    HD 1,280×720 / 24 fps
    VGA 640×424 / 30 fps
  • Movie Audio
    Built-in microphone, monaural
    Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
  • Monitor Size
    3.0 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Resolution
    921,000 Dots
  • Monitor Type
    Wide Viewing Angle
    Vari-angle TFT-LCD
  • Monitor Angle of View
    170-degree wide-viewing angle
  • Monitor Adjustments
    Brightness, 7 levels
  • Playback Functions
    Auto image rotation
    Full frame
    Highlight point display
    Histogram display
    Movie Playback
    Shooting data
    Sound playback
    Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images)
  • In-Camera Image Editing
    Color Balance
    Color Outline
    Color Sketch
    Distortion Control
    Edit Movie
    Filter Effects
    Image Overlay
    Miniature Effect
    NEF (RAW) Processing
    Perspective Control
    Quick Retouch
    Red-eye Correction
    Side-by-Side Comparison
  • Image Comment
  • Interface
    Audio/Video out
    HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
    Hi-speed USB
    Stereo Microphone Input
  • WiFi Functionality
    Eye-Fi Compatible
  • GPS
    GP-1 GPS unit
  • Total custom Settings
  • My Menu
    Yes with customization
  • Recent Settings
  • Supported Languages
    Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings
  • World Time Setting
  • Battery / Batteries
    EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Battery Life (shots per charge)
    660 shots (CIPA)
  • AC Adapter
    EH-5a AC Adapter
  • Battery Charger
    MH-24 Quick Charger
  • Tripod Socket
    1/4 in. (ISO1222)
  • Approx. Dimensions
    Width 5.0 in. (127mm)
    Height 3.8 in. (96.5mm)
    Depth 3.1 in. (78.7mm)
  • Approx. Weight
    19.7 oz. (560g)
    camera body only
  • Supplied Software
    ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
  • Supplied Accessories
    • 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
    • Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

    Nikon d5100 Sample HD Video Test

    Nikon d5100 Sample Images Test


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