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      The Nikon D5100 and its included AF-S 18-55mm VR lens offer a host of new photographic and video tools including a 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor, 4 fps continuous shooting and breathtaking Full 1080p HD Movies with full time autofocus.

      Creativity from any point of view
      Stimulate your creativity. The NIKON D5100 offers a host of new photographic and video tools that deliver superior performance and exceptional image quality with surprising versatility. With 16.2 megapixels, a swivel Vari-Angle LCD monitor, full HD movie capabilities, new EFFECTS Mode and new HDR setting, you hold the power and performance to capture beautiful moments and the freedom to get creative.

      Vari-angle LCD Monitor
      Take pictures or record movies from a unique viewpoint, the D5100's 3.0 inch, super sharp, 921,000-dot Vari-angle LCD monitor allows for versatile high quality viewing and playback. Explore every angle, with overhead shots, waist level candids, ground level and fun self portraits; you will never miss a shot. This Vari-angle monitor allows you to be creative from any point of view.

      Effects mode
      The D5100 incorporates an amazing array of special effects for use when taking still pictures or recording D-Movie Full HD movies. Selective Color isolates any color within the scene; capture details in places too dark for your own eyes using Night Vision; create bright, glowing images filled with atmosphere with High Key; emphasize the mood of a scene using Low Key; Miniature Effect makes a scene look like a miniature scale model; and Color Sketch creates color outlines of the subject that are played back as a series of stills in a slide show.

      Tell better stories
      The D5100 delivers exceptionally high-quality movie performance due to its full HD capability while the latest in Full-time autofocus takes the guess work out of tracking your subjects while in motion. Effortless moviemaking is at your fingertip thanks to D5100's ergonomically placed Live View and Movie start button. Your D-Movies will come to life thanks to D5100's sound recording capability - get stereo sound with Nikon's optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)
      In scenes with extreme contrasts, such as bright, sunlit clouds and a foreground deep in shadow, it was once quite difficult to render the textures of both equally. Not any more. D5100 combines two exposures to create an image revealing an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and richer color gradation than ever before.

      Stunning image quality
      Incorporating the latest Nikon D-SLR technologies such as the 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 2 image processing engine, the D5100 delivers outstanding image quality. Its CMOS sensor offers a remarkably wide ISO range (ISO 100 to 6400) with reduced noise which enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture scenes and subjects with less blur. Handheld shooting and full HD movies come out looking great even in low light.

      Speed and performance that delivers
      With high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 4 frames per second, you'll never miss a moment and with D5100's large optical viewfinder providing accurate and realistic composition, you'll get a precise view and focus in every situation.

      Capture your subjects precisely
      D5100's 11-point AF system provides flexibility to compose the shot you want ensuring your subject is captured sharply wherever it's located in the frame. Working together with the Scene Recognition System, the camera can keep your main subject in focus even if the composition changes using Nikon's exclusive 3D-tracking.

      Brilliance whenever needed
      Vital for dark or backlit subjects, the D5100's built-in pop-up flash automatically brightens your subject even when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight. Expect natural looking results thanks to intelligent flash control.

      NIKKOR lenses expand your vision
      From wide angle to telephoto, from prime to Micro, the NIKKOR interchangeable lens lineup offers more choices to see and capture still images and D-Movies of the world from your perspective.

      Price (when new)
      Year Introduced
      Lens Mount
      Nikon F bayonet mount
      Picture Angle
      Effective picture angle 1.5x (Approx.) conversion factor (Nikon DX format)
      Effective Pixels
      16.2 million
      Total Pixels
      16.9 million
      Sensor Size
      23.6 x 15.6mm
      Sensor Type
      Sensor Format
      Dust-Off Reference Photo
      Image Area
      (L) 4,928 x 3,264
      (M) 3,696 x 2448
      (S) 2,464 x 1,632
      File Format
      Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless compressed): approx. 60-80 percent, JPEG (Baseline Compliant)
      Picture Control
      Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape
      Storage Media
      SD, SDHC, SDXC
      Card Slot
      1 Secure Digital (SD)
      File System
      Compliant with DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), EXIF 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
      Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
      Viewfinder Frame Coverage
      95 % Approx.
      Viewfinder Magnification
      0.78x Approx.
      Viewfinder Eyepoint
      Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
      -1.7 to +0.7 m
      Focusing Screen
      BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen - Type B
      Interchangeable Focusing Screens
      Reflex Mirror
      Quick-return type
      Compatible Lenses
      AF-S, AF-I: All Functions Supported
      AI-P NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
      IX NIKKOR Lenses Cannot be Used
      Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but Exposure Meter does not Function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if Maximum Aperture is f/5.6 or Faster
      Other AF NIKKOR (Excluding lenses for F3AF): All Functions Supported Except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
      Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus
      Type D PC NIKKOR: All Functions Supported Except Autofocus and some Shooting Modes
      Shutter Type
      Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
      Fastest Shutter Speed
      1/4000 sec.
      Slowest Shutter Speed
      30 sec.
      Flash Sync Speed
      Up to 1/200 sec.
      Bulb Shutter Setting
      Shutter Release (Shooting) Modes
      Single-frame [S] mode, Continuous Frame Shooting, Self-timer mode, Delayed remote, Quick response remote mode, Quiet shutter-release
      Top Continuous Shooting Speed (FPS)
      2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
      Exposure Metering System
      TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
      Metering Range
      0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
      2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
      Exposure Meter Coupling
      Exposure Modes
      Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P), Shutter-Priority Auto (S), Aperture-Priority Auto (A), Manual (M), Auto, Auto (flash off), Advanced Scene Modes, Special Effects Mode
      Exposure Compensation
      5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
      Exposure Bracketing
      Exposure Lock
      Mirror Lock Up
      Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
      Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
      Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
      HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
      Long Exposure Noise Reduction
      High ISO Noise Reduction
      Low, Normal, High, Off
      Single-point AF Mode
      Dynamic AF Mode
      Number of AF points
      11 (3D-tracking)
      Auto-area AF Mode
      Autofocus System
      Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
      Focus Lock
      Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)
      Focus Modes
      Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
      Continuous-servo (AF-C)
      Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
      Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
      Normal area
      Single-servo AF (AF-S)
      Wide area
      Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
      Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
      Autofocus Fine Tune
      Built-in Flash
      Flash Control
      Auto aperture: Available with SB-910/SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
      Distance priority manual: Available with SB-910, SB-900 and SB-700
      i-TTL Balanced fill-flash, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR
      Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S
      Flash Sync Modes
      Front-curtain sync (normal)
      Rear-curtain sync
      Red-eye reduction
      Red-eye reduction with slow sync
      Slow sync
      Flash Compensation
      -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
      Accessory Shoe
      White Balance
      Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Sun, Shade, Preset, Cloudy
      White Balance Bracketing
      3 exposures
      Live View Shooting
      Movie with sound, HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps, HD 1,9201,080 / 24 fps, HD 1,280720 / 30 fps, HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps, VGA 640424 / 30 fps
      Movie Audio
      Built-in microphone, monaural, Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
      Movie Metering
      TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
      Movie Maximum recording time
      20 min.
      Movie File Format
      Movie Video Compression
      H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
      Movie Audio recording format
      Linear PCM
      Live View Lens servo
      Autofocus (AF), Single-servo AF (AF-S), full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
      Live View AF-area mode
      Face-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF
      Monitor Size (inch diagonal)
      Monitor Resolution (dots)
      Monitor Type
      TFT-LCD Vari-angle
      Monitor Viewing Angle
      170 degrees
      Playback Functions
      Full frame, Calendar, Thumbnail (4, 9, 16 or 72 segments), Zoom, Movie Playback, Slideshow, Histogram display, Auto image rotation, Shooting data, Highlight point display, Sound playback
      Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator
      In-Camera Image Editing
      Trim, D-Lighting, Color Balance, Image Overlay, Side-by-Side Comparison, Filter Effects, Distortion Control, Monochrome, Red-eye Correction, NEF (RAW) Processing, Quick retouch, Straighten, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, Perspective Control, Color Outline, Color Sketch, Edit Movie, Resize
      Image Comment
      Voice Memo Function
      Audio/Video Out, Hi-speed USB, NTSC, HDMI, Stereo Microphone Input
      WiFi Functionality
      No, Eye-Fi Compatible
      GP-1 GPS unit
      Save/Load Camera settings
      Total custom Settings
      My Menu
      Yes, with customization
      Recent Settings
      Daylight Savings Time Settings
      World Time Setting
      Battery Type
      EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
      Battery Life (shots per charge)
      Battery Charger
      MH-24 Quick Charger
      AC Adapter
      Tripod Socket
      in. (ISO1222)
      Dimensions (mm)
      127 x 96.5 x 78.7
      Dimensions (inch)
      5 x 3.8 x 3.1
      Weight (grams)
      Weight (lbs)
      Supplied Accessories
      EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
      MH-24 Quick Charger
      DK-20 Rubber Eyecup;
      UC-E6 USB Cable
      EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable
      AN-DC3 Camera Strap
      DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
      BF-1B Body Cap
      BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
      Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

    Review of Product: D5100
    1. Re: D5100

      I've owned my D5100 for a while now. Overall, the camera produces excellent pictures, and has excellent low light performance in comparison to other gear that I've used. This is definitely a high-value camera. The only things I wished this camera would have included: manual video controls, and a depth of field preview button. And although the T3i by Canon includes these functions, the ergo and overall feel and menu system were the driving forces behind my purchase of this Nikon.

      - Juvethefish

      "I have been designated as 'the family photographer.' We'll see if I get fired."

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