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Nikon's 2010 update to its popular entry-level DSLR line, the D3100, adds live-view and 1080p video recording with continuous autofocus as well as a larger ISO range and a higher resolution sensor.

Description

The D5100 is the 2011 update to Nikon's consumer-level DSLR line and includes an articulating display, optional GPS, 11 focus points, and MPEG-4 video recording in a small and light plastic construction.

Sony's Alpha A57 is an SLT — single lens translucent — camera with a 16-megapixel APS-C Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. It's the followup to 2010's well-received A55, the first camera to employ Sony's translucent mirror technology.

The EOS Rebel T3i from Canon continues their featured-packed-but-affordable formula. The T3i keeps the same sensor and technology from the T2i but improves upon its predecessor with an articulating display, full-manual controls for video shooting, and 3x-10x digital zoom function for its 1080p HD video capture.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: September 2010
  • Price at launch: $699.95

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: May 2011
  • Price at launch: $899.95
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: April 2012
  • Price at launch: $699.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: March 2011
  • Price at launch: $899.99

Also Known As...

  • Alias: SLT-A57
  • Alias: 600D

Pricing (base kit)

  • SKU description: Kit with 18-55mm lens.
  • SKU description: Kit with 18-55mm lens.
  • SKU description: Kit version with Canon's EF-S 18mm-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens, Kit version with Canon's EF-S 18mm-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens

Pricing (body only)

  • Price at launch: 799.95 $
  • Price at launch: 799.99 $
  • Camera type: DSLR
  • Width: 4.9 inches
  • Height: 3.8 inches
  • Depth: 2.9 inches
  • Weight: 1.0 pounds
  • Color: Black

Hardware

  • Camera type: Other
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Height: 3.8 inches
  • Depth: 3.1 inches
  • Weight: 1.23 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Camera type: DSLR
  • Width: 5.2 inches
  • Height: 3.84 inches
  • Depth: 3.18 inches
  • Weight: 1.19 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Camera type: DSLR
  • Width: 5.24 inches
  • Height: 3.92 inches
  • Depth: 3.14 inches
  • Weight: 1.14 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Sensor size: APS-C
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Effective pixels: 14.2 megapixels

Sensor

  • Sensor size: APS-C
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Effective pixels: 16.2 megapixels
  • Sensor size: APS-C
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Effective pixels: 16.1 megapixels
  • Sensor size: APS-C
  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Effective pixels: 18 megapixels
  • Minimum ISO: 100
  • Maximum ISO: 12800
  • Fastest shutter speed (1/n seconds): 4000
  • Slowest shutter speed (n seconds): 30 seconds
  • Focus points: 11
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 3 FPS

Controls

  • Minimum ISO: 100
  • Maximum ISO: 6400
  • Fastest shutter speed (1/n seconds): 4000
  • Slowest shutter speed (n seconds): 30 seconds
  • Focus points: 11
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 4 FPS
  • Minimum ISO: 100
  • Maximum ISO: 16000
  • Fastest shutter speed (1/n seconds): 4000
  • Slowest shutter speed (n seconds): 30 seconds
  • Focus points: 15
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 12 FPS
  • Minimum ISO: 100
  • Maximum ISO: 12800
  • Fastest shutter speed (1/n seconds): 4000
  • Slowest shutter speed (n seconds): 30 seconds
  • Focus points: 9
  • Max. continuous shooting speed: 3.7 FPS
  • Size: 3 inches
  • Resolution: 230000 dots
  • Built-in viewfinder: Yes

Display

  • Size: 3 inches
  • Resolution: 921000 dots
  • Articulating / hinged screen: Yes
  • Built-in viewfinder: Yes
  • Size: 3 inches, 0.46 inches
  • Resolution: 921000 dots, 1440000 dots
  • Articulating / hinged screen: Yes
  • Built-in viewfinder: Yes
  • Size: 3 inches
  • Resolution: 1040000 dots
  • Articulating / hinged screen: Yes
  • Built-in viewfinder: Yes
  • Video capture: Yes
  • Max. resolution: 1080p
  • Standard framerate(s): 24, 25, 30
  • Continuous AF: Yes

Video

  • Video capture: Yes
  • Max. resolution: 1080p
  • Standard framerate(s): 24, 30
  • Continuous AF: Yes
  • Video capture: Yes
  • Max. resolution: 1080p
  • Standard framerate(s): 25, 50
  • Video capture: Yes
  • Max. resolution: 1080p
  • Standard framerate(s): 24, 25, 30, 50, 60
  • Supported video formats: MPEG-4
  • RAW support: RAW, RAW + JPEG

Software

  • Supported video formats: MPEG-4, H.264
  • RAW support: RAW, RAW + JPEG
  • Supported video formats: MPEG-4, H.264, AVCHD
  • RAW support: RAW, RAW + JPEG
  • Supported video formats: MPEG-4, H.264
  • RAW support: RAW, RAW + JPEG
  • Interchangeable: Yes
  • Supported mounts: Nikon F
  • Focal length (wide): 18 mm
  • Focal length (telephoto): 55 mm
  • Widest aperture / f-stop: 3.5
  • Optical zoom: 3.1 x
  • Image stabilization: Yes

Lens

  • Interchangeable: Yes
  • Supported mounts: Nikon F
  • Focal length (wide): 18 mm
  • Focal length (telephoto): 55 mm
  • Widest aperture / f-stop: 3.5
  • Optical zoom: 3.1 x
  • Image stabilization: Yes
  • Interchangeable: Yes
  • Supported mounts: Sony Alpha / Minolta AF
  • Focal length (wide): 18 mm
  • Focal length (telephoto): 55 mm
  • Focal length (35mm equivalent - wide): 27 mm
  • Focal length (35mm equivalent - telephoto): 82.5 mm
  • Widest aperture / f-stop: 3.5
  • Interchangeable: Yes, Yes
  • Supported mounts: Canon EF, Canon EF-S, Canon EF, Canon EF-S
  • Focal length (wide): 18 mm, 0.71 mm
  • Focal length (telephoto): 55 mm, 5.31 mm
  • Widest aperture / f-stop: 3.5, 3.5
  • Image stabilization: Yes, Yes
  • GPS: Optional

Connectivity

  • GPS: Optional
  • Supported media: SD, SDHC, SDXC

Storage

  • Supported media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Supported media: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
  • Multiple card slots: Yes
  • Supported media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Built-in microphone: Yes

Audio

  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Built-in microphone: Yes
  • Microphone input: Yes
  • Built-in microphone: Yes
  • Microphone input: Yes
  • Built-in speaker: Yes
  • Built-in microphone: Yes
  • Microphone input: Yes
  • Video out: Yes
  • Connection(s): Proprietary, Accessory shoe, USB, HDMI, 3.5mm stereo audio

Ports

  • Video out: Yes
  • Connection(s): Proprietary, Accessory shoe, USB, HDMI, 3.5mm stereo audio
  • Video out: Yes
  • Connection(s): USB, HDMI mini
  • Video out: Yes
  • Connection(s): Accessory shoe, USB, HDMI mini
  • Model: EN-EL 14
  • Removable: Yes

Battery

  • Model: EN-EL14
  • Removable: Yes
  • Model: NP-FM500H
  • Removable: Yes
  • Model: LP-E8
  • Removable: Yes
Yes (Built-in)

Flash

Yes (Built-in)
Yes (Built-in)
Yes (Built-in)
DK-20 Rubber Eyecap

Bundled accessories

DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
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