Nikon D5100 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Nikon D5100
Resolution: 16.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.6mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: 3.00x zoom
18-55mm
(27-83mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 6400
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.8 x 3.1 in.
(128 x 97 x 79 mm)
Weight: 29.2 oz (829 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $900
Availability: 04/2011
Manufacturer: Nikon
Full specs: Nikon D5100 specifications
16.20
Megapixels
Nikon F APS-C
size sensor
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D5100 Summary

Nikon's followup to the D5000 digital SLR brings a higher-resolution image sensor with improved noise performance and dynamic range, as well as the company's latest-generation image processing algorithms. It also replaces the earlier camera's bottom-mounted LCD articulation mechanism with a side-mounted design that's much more versatile, and brings an expanded selection of consumer-friendly in-camera filter effects, plus a two-shot HDR mode--a first for Nikon's DSLR lineup.

Pros

Side-mounted tilt / swivel LCD screen; same sensor and processing as the Nikon D7000; good speed and battery life; in-camera HDR and filter effects; Full HD video capture with aperture control; audio levels control and external microphone jack.

Cons

AF-S lens mount doesn't offer autofocus with screw-drive lenses; popup flash isn't the greatest; no built-in wireless flash control; HDR function doesn't microalign source images.

Price and availability

The Nikon D5100 shipped 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.

Imaging Resource rating

5.0 out of 5.0

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