Nikon Coolpix P5100 Digital Camera, 12.1 Megapixel, 3.5x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital Zoom, 2.5" LCD Display

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About Nikon

The COOLPIX P5100 Designed for the consumers looking for more creative control in a compact camera, the 12.1 megapixel COOLPIX P5100 has the ability to capture every last detail, while also providing creative freedom to crop and edit. It features a 3.5x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, as well as an optimized image menu for producing high-quality images that lookstunning in any size.

The P5100 offers program, shutter, aperture and manual exposure modes that allow photographers increased creative control over theirphotos. Adding to the camera's versatility is its compatibility with add-on system components, such as Nikon's telephoto and wide angle lens converters.

The COOLPIX P5100 features a quality-crafted body that feels immediately familiar in the hand. Made of solid magnesium alloy, the body features a quality finish, a comfortable grip covered in grid-pattern rubber, as well as an optical viewfinder to aid composition in any light condition. The built-in accessory shoe adds support for Nikon Speedlights and advanced i-TTL flash control.

To ensure sharp and steady images, this camera boasts an anti-shake mode that combines the benefits of Optical VR image stabilization and Nikon's exclusive Best Shot Selector, (BSS) that snaps multiple frames and automatically selects the best one. TheP5100 has an optical viewfinder and an incredibly bright, high resolution 2.5-inch LCD monitor. The P5100 is powered by a Li-ion rechargeable battery

New EXPEED Image Processing System
Top-of-the-line performance and stunning image quality are staples of the COOLPIX P5100. The new EXPEEDTM image processing system combined with enhanced high sensitivity capabilities to ensure the best picture quality. The EXPEEDTM image processing system enhances noise reduction and improves the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio that preserves image quality even when shooting at higher ISO settings. The P5100 extends the light sensitivity range to ISO 3200, which makes it easier to capture fast moving subjects, even in lower light conditions.

Simple Yet Advanced Functionality P5100 offers a new mode dial which provides quick access to a selection of 15 different scene-optimized modes, movie modes, and macro mode. The new graphical user interface has enhanced the pop-up design, and allows for more precise menu navigation and interaction. These technologies, referred to as "Nikon In-Camera Innovations" include In-Camera Red-Eye FixTM, D-Lighting, and Face Priority AF. In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically detects and corrects red eye, a common condition that occurs in flash photography. In playback mode, D-Lighting compensates for excessive back-light or insufficient flash in images.

Nikon's enhanced Face-Priority AF automatically finds and focuses on one person's face or upto 12 people's faces within one frame.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(9)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Large clear LCD (5),Easy to setup (3),Simple controls (3),Strong construction (3)

Nikon Features

  • 12.1 Megapixels for stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches
  • 3.5x Optical Zoom-Nikkor Glass Lens - quality optics provide exceptional images
  • VR Optical Image Stabilization minimizes the effect of camera shake
  • Incredible, Bright 2.5-inch High Resolution LCD and Optical Viewfinder make it easy to compose and share your pictures
  • Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual Exposure Modes give you greater creative control over camera operation
  • Auto adjusts up to ISO 3200 (5MP or lower) - keep shooting, even in lower light
  • Available Telephoto and Wide Angle Converters expand the camera's capabilities, along with your own
  • Hot Shoe for i-TTL compatible Nikon Speedlights

Nikon Specifications

Effective pixels
12.1 million
Image sensor
1/1.72-in. CCD; total pixels: approx. 12.43 million
Lens
3.5x Zoom-NIKKOR; 7.5-26.3mm (35mm format picture angle: 35-123mm);
f/2.7-5.3; 7 elements in 6 groups;
Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm format picture angle: 492mm)
Focus range (from lens)
30cm (1 ft.) to infinity ;
Macro close-up mode: (from lens) 4cm (1.6 in.) to infinity
Monitor
2.5-in., 230,000-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Storage media
Internal memory (approx. 52 MB), SD/SDHC memory card compatible
Image size (pixels)
4000 x 3000 (12M), 3264 x 2448 (8M), 2592 x 1944 (5M), 2048 x 1536 (3M), 1600 x 1200 (2M), 1280 x 960 (1M), 1024 × 768 PC, 640 x 480 TV, 3984 x 2656 (3:2), 3968 x 2232 (16:9), 2992 x 2992 (1:1)
Vibration Reduction (VR)
VR Optical Image Stabilization
ISO sensitivity
ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, Auto (auto gain ISO 64-800)
Interface
USB
Power sources
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied), AC Adapter EH-62A (optional)
Battery life
Approx. 240 shots with EN-EL5 battery (based on CIPA standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections
Weight
Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card
Mfr #
25580
SKU
INKCPP5100BK

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Camera!!

This is the most well rounded pouch-size camera I've ever seen. Extreme flexibility in a small package. I use this for everyday shooting and occassionally as a compact backup on shoots. I bought mine on a whim while on a trip to Boston as I needed a little camera for seeing the city, but fell in love - and that's saying something for a film-loving, manual-everything photographer. I would highly recommend this camera to consumers and professionals alike. Beautiful, crisp, clean, balanced photos.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

SLOW Focus! Unfriendly menu.

Very disappointed, and online reviews for Pro photographers say the same things. Just does not perform up to industry standard! Unable to focus in low light -- so often you will push the shutter button and NOTHING will happen. True even at "Snapshot" setting, which eliminates all manual overrides. Settings, once chosen remain until reset. No override for this -- so you can have the flash go off, or forget you have left on "Distortion Correction" (very primitive anyway), and find you do not ha...

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Very disappointed, and online reviews for Pro photographers say the same things. Just does not perform up to industry standard! Unable to focus in low light -- so often you will push the shutter button and NOTHING will happen. True even at "Snapshot" setting, which eliminates all manual overrides. Settings, once chosen remain until reset. No override for this -- so you can have the flash go off, or forget you have left on "Distortion Correction" (very primitive anyway), and find you do not have Manual settings available even in Program or Manual modes. NOT intuitive, in other words. Healthy metal construction, but paint was coming off the function buttons after only a few uses! Images cannot be rotated in playback, no live histogram, etc. etc. This camera remainds me of ancient SLR like the Nikon F Photomic. Good images, IF you are willing to twiddle with the camera endlessly before taking a picture. Despite appearances, or that Name: an antique in snazzy clothing.

Reviewed by 9 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small but mighty

By

from London, UK

I bought this camera around 3 years ago now and i love it! I have a D80 as well, but i almost prefer this for its ease of use and size! I have had the wide angle lens for a couple of years now and have just ordered the telephoto lens. Its a perfect travel companion.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good things come in small packages.

By

from Bermuda

After looking around for another reasonable compact digital camera I was recommended this model from Nikon. Having used other small Nikon cameras with success I purchased the P5100. So far I have had no problems with it apart from trying to find information, details etc ever since. Suddenly it was superceeded by new models. I am surprised that after lots of fanfares etc it disappeared. It has taken me a long time to locate this page. This model isn't even recognised on the search screen. Makes one wonder if it was a good choice after all.

(21 of 45 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Camera!!

By

from Nashville

This is the most well rounded pouch-size camera I've ever seen. Extreme flexibility in a small package. I use this for everyday shooting and occassionally as a compact backup on shoots. I bought mine on a whim while on a trip to Boston as I needed a little camera for seeing the city, but fell in love - and that's saying something for a film-loving, manual-everything photographer. I would highly recommend this camera to consumers and professionals alike. Beautiful, crisp, clean, balanced photos.

 
2.0

SLOW Focus! Unfriendly menu.

By

from NYC  -  Pro Photographer

Very disappointed, and online reviews for Pro photographers say the same things. Just does not perform up to industry standard! Unable to focus in low light -- so often you will push the shutter button and NOTHING will happen. True even at "Snapshot" setting, which eliminates all manual overrides. Settings, once chosen remain until reset. No override for this -- so you can have the flash go off, or forget you have left on "Distortion Correction" (very primitive anyway), and find you do not have Manual settings available even in Program or Manual modes. NOT intuitive, in other words. Healthy metal construction, but paint was coming off the function buttons after only a few uses! Images cannot be rotated in playback, no live histogram, etc. etc. This camera remainds me of ancient SLR like the Nikon F Photomic. Good images, IF you are willing to twiddle with the camera endlessly before taking a picture. Despite appearances, or that Name: an antique in snazzy clothing.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Travel Camera

By

from Minneapolis, MN  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This camera is capable of taking very good photos. The photos are very sharp and the colors are very accurate. The meter is spot on and the lcd is very large. I purchased this camera to use as a travel camera in place of my DSLR's. For that purpose, it is a great camera. It has many options to satisfy advanced users and yet can be used as a auto everything point and shoot. The only downsides I see are that the focus tends to be slow and difficult in low light. Also, the camera is very small and the buttons and knobs are small and can be hard to manipulate at times. I suspect most buyer find this a plus (its the main reason I bought it) but be advised if you have large hands you may have to be mindful when changinig functions. All and all, if you want great photos in small package, this camera is great.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great camera in my hand

By

from MN

This a great camera, high MP, full function, easy to use and easy to carry. The only thing I find not perfect is it's battery cover doesn't have a lock, so it's possible to open the cover accidently. But so far it's not a big issue.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

P5100 Amazing Camera

By

from Hot Springs, AR  -  Professional

Purchesed the camera about a week ago from Adorama. Initial test indicate the camera will indeed produce a sharp 20' x 30" photograph. I shoot mostly from a tripod and having aperture priority is very handy. It has really good macro capability. This camera was purchased to back up my D200 and to replace it in situation where I can't take the DSLR. My only concern was that the lens housing seemed to rattle around a bit but seems to have no affect on quality. I am very pleased with the camera. It has a good bright LCD easy to fallow menus. It has all the necessary settings, shutter & f-stop, I like having control over my depth of field. I would recommend this camera to anyone who likes knowing just what his camera is doing when he shoots.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Macro is unbelievable

By

from Salem, OR  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Macro range is close. This, combined with vibration reduction and high resolution, gives unbelievable results. The attached image is of the tiny statue centered on the back of a $10 bill. The cubes are grains of table salt. All I did was crop, no other image adjustments.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Point and Shoot Camera

By

from Levittown, New York  -  Professional

I bought this camera from Adorama as a backup to my SLR Nikons. It is excellent for that use except for not being able to shoot RAW. But as a backup, you could not ask for more. Those who insist on RAW shooting capability can look to the Canon G9 which also has 12+ Megapixel resolution but does allow shooting in RAW. I just find that the Canon does not "feel" right in my hands, possibly merely because I am unfamiliar with their buttons and menus. Handle both cameras before deciding. When I first got the P5100 into my sweaty hands, I was a bit surprised at how light it was, despite having a sturdy metal body. At times, I forget it's hanging from my neck, something that never happens with my D200! The buttons and features are very similar to Nikon's DSLR's, so advanced photographers will feel right at home with it. This camera features a hotshoe for my Nikon flashes but they are so much bigger than the camera, it becomes top-heavy. What really blew me away is the excellent ability for macro shots. The 12.1 Megapixel is probably why it works so well. And adjusting white balance is a snap, if you like to tinker. It also has a small viewfinder, but that is mostly useless because the view is so tiny and has no info displayed. You will have to use the excellent 2.5 inch LCD screen most of the time, but this is the best and brightest LCD screen I have seen. For the casual user, just moving up toward SLRs, this might just be the perfect camera. You can shoot in program where the camera does all your thinking, turn on the Vibration Reduction and get excellent photos. Or when you get some time to yourself, you can play with the Manual, Shutter priority and Aperture priority features and learn a lot before you decide to plunk down the big bucks for something more professional. For shooting family pics or vacation shots, I don't know a better camera to buy. All things taken into account, an excellent camera. It would be a great camera if Nikon added RAW capabilities.

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