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Model Name: Nikon D5100 
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Predecessor: Nikon D5000
D5000 vs D5100
Successor: Nikon D5200
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General
Model Number: D5100
Camera Format: SLR
Currently Manufactured: No
Retail Price: $899.95
Street Price: $385.00
Date Available: 2011-04-17
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 29.2 oz (829 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size: 5.0 x 3.8 x 3.1 in.
(128 x 97 x 79 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer: Sony
Effective Megapixels: 16.2
Sensor Format: APS-C
Sensor size: 368.16mm2 (23.60mm x 15.60mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 4.79 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5x
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 80
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 23.5
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 13.6
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 1,183
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4928 x 3264 (16.1 MP, Other),
3696 x 2448 (9.0 MP, Other),
2464 x 1632 (4.0 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), NEF (RAW) 14-bits, RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 3.9
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (30/25/24)
1280x720 (30/25/24)
640x424 (30/25)
Movie File Format: MOV H.264/MPEG-4
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: Yes
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: Nikon F
Lens: NIKKOR AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27.0 - 83.0 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 -22 (W), f/5.6 -36 (T)
Normal Focus Range: 28 cm to Infinity
11.0 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range:  
Filter Thread: 52.0mm
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: 11 point TTL phase detection with 3D focus tracking by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000; Single-point, Dynamic and Auto Area modes. One cross-type sensor.
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: Optical
Viewfinder Type: SLR type; eye-level pentamirror, ~95% coverage, ~0.78x magnification (50mm f/1.4 lens and infinity, -1.0m^1), 17.9mm eyepoint (-1.0m^1), -1.7 to +0.7 diopter
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent): 0.52x
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed): 0.78x
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 921,600 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: Yes
Selfie Screen: Yes
Max Playback Zoom: 31.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 6400
Minimum ISO (native): 100
ISO Settings: Auto, 100-6400, Hi-1=12800, Hi-2=25600
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent (7), Direct Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Manual
Shutter Speed Range: 30 - 1/4000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 5.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 3D Color Matrix Metering II (420-pixel RGB), Center-weighted (75% given to 8mm circle in the center), Spot (3.5mm circle (2.5%) centered on selected focus point)
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Scene (Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Night portrait, Night landscape), Special Effects (Stills or D-movies: Silhouette, Selective Color, Night Vision, High Key, Low Key, Miniature Effect, Color Sketch).
Self Timer: 2, 5, 10, 20 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; 18-300mm coveraqge
Flash Guide Number: 12.0 m / 39.4 ft.
Flash Range Description: Lens dependent
Max Flash Sync: 1/200
Flash Exposure Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot shoe
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: UHS-I
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: NEF (RAW) 14-bits, RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: MOV H.264/MPEG-4
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
NFC: No
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: Yes
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional ML-L3 IR Remote or MC-DC2 Remote Cord
Connections (extended): HDMI Out (with CEC), Accessory Terminal for Wired Remote (MC-DC2) or GPS (GP-1), 3.5mm Stereo Mic Jack; DC-input via dummy battery AC adapter.
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.73
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 0.77
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 0.77
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 3.9
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 100
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 4.0
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): 13
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 3.9
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): 9
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.27
Shutter lag (full AF, tele):  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR): 1.28
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR): 0.488
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.248
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.29
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.114
Shutter Lag (notes): Optical Viewfinder: Wide-area AF: 0.408s Live View: Full AF lag: 1.28s Prefocused: 0.49s
Startup Time: 0.5
Play -> Record Time: 0.4
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 4.0
Power
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary EN-EL14
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary EN-EL14 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View):  
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF): 660
Software
Included Software: ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: 3" Vari-angle 921K-dot LCD, Full HD Videos (up to 1920x1080@30fps), In-camera Special Effects, Night Vision mode, HDR, Active D-Lighting, 3.5mm External Stereo Mic socket.


Note: For details, test results, and analysis of the many tests done with this camera, please click on the tabs at the beginning of the review or below.

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