Nikon D5100 Review

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This is an in-depth review of the Nikon D5100 DSLR, based on my two month experience with the camera. Marketed as an upper-entry-level DSLR, the Nikon D5100 is a major upgrade to the older Nikon D5000. It has a larger and a more enhanced swivel LCD screen and the same remarkable sensor as the semi-professional Nikon D7000. In addition to the above changes, the Nikon D5100 also lost some weight, making it lighter and more compact than the Nikon D5000. In this review, I will provide a detailed analysis of the Nikon D5100 and compare it against the Nikon D3100, D5000, D90 and the current Nikon D7000 DSLRs.

Nikon D5100

1) Nikon D5100 Specifications

Main Features:

  1. High Resolution 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  2. 4 frames per second continuous shooting for up to 100 JPEG images
  3. 420-pixel RGB sensor
  4. Pentamirror Optical Viewfinder with approx. 95% frame coverage and approx. 0.78x magnification
  5. Single SD Card Slot with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card compatibility
  6. Built-in Speedlight flash with i-TTL support and up to 1/200 sync speed
  7. Full 1080p HD Movie capability and external stereo microphone jack (up to 20 minutes of recording time)
  8. Dynamic ISO range from 100 to 6400 expandable to 25,600 (Hi2)
  9. 11-point AF System with one center cross-type sensor
  10. 3 Inch, 921,000-dot Super-Density articulated LCD Monitor with 170 degree viewing
  11. Compact EN-EL14 Battery (660+ shots)
  12. Built-in HDMI Connection
  13. Active D-Lighting for enhancing details in shadows and highlights
  14. 16 different scene modes
  15. Special effects such as Selective Color, Miniature Effect, Night Vision and Silhouette can be used both for stills and video
  16. In-camera HDR processing with 2 shots, up to 3 EV apart
  17. Up to 1/4000 sec shutter speed
  18. Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
  19. Exposure Bracketing 3 frames ±2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
  20. Only 560 grams of weight (body only)
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NIKON D5100 + 200-400mm f/4 @ 400mm, ISO 200, 1/200, f/4.0

Detailed technical specifications for the Nikon D5100 are available on

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