Nikon D5100

Basic Specs

Camera type Other
Sensor size APS-C
Sensor type CMOS
Effective pixels 16.2 megapixels
Articulating / hinged screen Yes
RAW support RAW, RAW + JPEG
Supported media SD, SDHC, SDXC

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Tech Specs

Pricing (base kit)

SKU description Kit with 18-55mm lens.

Pricing (body only)

Price at launch 799.95 $

Hardware

Camera type Other
Width 5 inches
Height 3.8 inches
Depth 3.1 inches
Weight 1.23 pounds
Color Black

Sensor

Sensor size APS-C
Sensor type CMOS
Effective pixels 16.2 megapixels

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

Display

Size 3 inches
Resolution 921000 dots
Articulating / hinged screen Yes
Built-in viewfinder Yes

Video

Video capture Yes
Max. resolution 1080p
Standard framerate(s) 24, 30
Continuous AF Yes

Software

Supported video formats MPEG-4, H.264
RAW support RAW, RAW + JPEG

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

Connectivity

GPS Optional

Storage

Supported media SD, SDHC, SDXC

Audio

Built-in speaker Yes
Built-in microphone Yes
Microphone input Yes

Ports

Video out Yes
Connection(s) Proprietary, Accessory shoe, USB, HDMI, 3.5mm stereo audio

Battery

Model EN-EL14
Removable Yes

Flash

Flash Yes (Built-in)

Bundled accessories

Bundled accessories DK-20 Rubber Eyecup

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by rnaoncfixd (Currently owns)

    Coming off of a Pentax K200, I found the Nikon D5100 to be pretty tiny and light. I only bought the body and got a Sigma 18-50 instead. My uses for the Nikon D5100 were to use it as my main shooter and video camera.

    The physical body of the camera is kind of tiny. The original lens I had intended to use it with, came off of a Red Rock rig and was meant for film. It was a 50mm Carl Zeiss lens which had metal casing. Those metal edges were pretty sharp and because of the compact body of the D5100, my knuckles kept rubbing against those edges – quite uncomfortably, I might add. The 18-50 worked out much nicer as it was not only more comfortable, but it was more compatible; it also has a stabilizer in it, which is much needed because of the camera's light weight.

    What I like most about the camera is the photo and video quality that it gives. The .DNG Raw format is compatible with Aperture and I'm able to really pull the information that's captured, into very compelling photos. The video looks incredible... if you can get its settings right (more on that later). It's pretty compact and has a wide selection of lenses (at least more than Pentax had). It's a very good step up from "My First DSLR" and treads on intermediate territory. The fold out screen is also an excellent tool when in video mode. The low light ability of the D5100 is outstanding in comparison to what I've seen from the K200 and a friend's Canon Mark III.

    My biggest beef with it is the steep learning curve of the software interface and the controls while in video mode. I shouldn't have to dig through menus to customize a white balance setting. There's also some funky automatic controls (and very few manual controls) during live view and video mode that make it somewhat unappealing for video use. I have used it as a video camera and it works pretty solidly as a B camera, not as your primary.

    Overall it's an incredibly solid camera for beginners – intermediate users may want something a little more advanced. The image quality is superb for the price, though the menu system is cumbersome and the video options leave a lot left to be desired.

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