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  • Resolution: 16.2 MP
  • LCD Size: 3"
  • Shutter: 30 ~ 1/4000 sec
Nikon D5100

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Review

Nikon's D5100 was their replacement for the D5000; an entry-level DSLR that needed a ton of improvements in order to compete with similar models from the competition. Nikon did manage to significantly improve things with this model, offering better still image quality, better video, and a few handy features like a wireless flash.

Unfortunately, we took the D5100 out for a spin we were rather disappointed with the inconsistency of the images. For example, it held up better than the D5000 in bright light but didn't produce the quality of the Rebel T3i. In low light it took quite a bit of maneuvering to create the shots we wanted. Even at that though, we were not happy with the consistency. There were also the usual Nikon noise issues at higher ISOs.

On the positive side we noticed the autofocus was fairly fast and usually reliable. It wasn't even cumbersome during continuous shooting, though it felt kind of sluggish in live view mode. Finally, we were pleased with the placement of controls -- they are very comfortable, intuitive, and easy to find.

Advantages: improved image and video quality; decent speed; reduced shutter lag; good autofocus; intuitive controls; easy-to-use menu system.

Disadvantages: inconsistent picture quality; noise issues at higher ISOs; plastic case feels cheap.

Release Date: April 15, 2011

Ratings:

  1. Megapixel Count: 4.5/5
  2. Lens: 4/5
  3. Shutter Lag & Sensor Size: 4/5
  4. Flash: 4/5
  5. Memory Card: 5/5

Overall Rating: 4.3/5

Advantages: very good picture quality for its class; great price; 16 mp resolution; 5x zoom; worry-free automation.

Disadvantages: plastic case feels cheap; connectivity limited to USB; unnecessarily slow speed; noticeable shutter lag.

Price and Availability: the Nikon D5100 is currently available in the US, Europe, and Australia -- other markets will vary; US price: $89-$129; UK price: £59-£89

Release Date: February 1, 2012

Ratings:

  1. Megapixel Count: 4.5/5
  2. Lens: 4/5
  3. Shutter Lag & Sensor Size: 4.5/5
  4. Flash: 4.5/5
  5. Memory Card: 5/5

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Basic Specifications:

  • Resolution: 16.2 mp
  • Kit Lens: Nikkor AF-S 3x xZoom lens
  • View Finder: Optical (eye-level pentamirror)
  • LCD Size: 3"
  • ISO: auto, 100-6400, 12800, 25600
  • Shutter: 30 ~ 1/4000 sec.
  • Max Aperture: F3.5-F5.6
  • Dimensions: 128 x 97 x 79 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 3.1in)
  • Weight: 455g (1.0 lb)
  • MSRP: USD $899.95
  • Availability: worldwide

Detailed Specifications:

  • General Information: Expeed 2 processor; in-camera editing; 7 exposure modes, 15 scene modes; ato white balance; white balance presets; a variety of filters and special effects
  • Image Sensor: CMOS 16.2 mp
  • Image Capture: JPEG, RAW formats; 3 res. options
  • Video Capture: 720p, 1080p; MOV format; 8 res. options
  • Optics: Nikkor 5x xZoom; focal length (stock lens) 27 - 82.5 mm
  • Auto Focus: yes; with TTL contrast and phase detection, 11 focus points
  • Display: 3" TFT LCD
  • Exposure and Flash: ±5 EV range (in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps); built-in flash with wireless control, +/- compensation, AF illuminator
  • Image Storage:  SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Connectivity: USB, HDMI, composite video/audio, microphone
  • Power: Nikon EN-EL14 Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Software: Nikon ViewNX 2, drivers & utilities

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