Nikon's D5100 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) delivers a galaxy of professional features in a consumer digital camera. A high-resolution 16.2MP DX format CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 2 image processing engine guarantee superb quality and high performance. The 3" vari-angle tilting LCD monitor allows you full freedom in composition, with sparkling 921,000-dot resolution. Full 1920 x 1080p video with full-time autofocus (for tracking subjects in motion) and stereo sound (using optional microphone) is always available, with in-camera editing and creative controls to bring out your inner director.
The Effects mode provides a dazzling array of special effects for putting your own individual stamp on all of your images-still photos or video. Selective Color, for instance, isolates any color within a scene, and Night Vision captures details in places too dark for your own eyes. High Key effect will create bright, glowing images filled with atmosphere and mystery, or you can emphasize the mood of a scene using Low Key, or Miniature Effect-which produces a scene that looks like a miniature scale model.
With sensitivity ranging from 100 to 6400 ISO, you'll be able to make photos and videos that are amazingly rich, even in low light. In-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode will tame high contrast situations by automatically capturing multiple exposures of the scene and combining them for vastly improved contrast and low noise. A blazing fast 11-point autofocus system and split-second shutter response mean that you won't miss photo opportunities waiting for your camera to catch up. The built-in speedlight has i-TTL for accurate, well-balanced flash every time.
With the Scene Recognition system, 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, 16 automatic exposure scene modes, and Active D-Lighting, your control over your photos and movies will be more precise and simple to carry out than ever. The automatic image sensor cleaning prevents dust from ruining any of your images.
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I don't like giving reviews without at least 3 months of heavy use, but here goes. This was a gift, but I researched and chose this kit. Cons: First 18-55mm lens came scuffed and scratched, second fell out of supports but OK. Continuous shooting is unpredictable. Sometimes I have to use JPEG small to get 4 fps, sometimes 4 fps in RAW, but usually RAW is ONE fps even with full daylight, wide aperture, etc. I suspect auto mode makes changes that last into manual mode. Articulated screen is both...View full Review
I don't like giving reviews without at least 3 months of heavy use, but here goes. This was a gift, but I researched and chose this kit. Cons: First 18-55mm lens came scuffed and scratched, second fell out of supports but OK. Continuous shooting is unpredictable. Sometimes I have to use JPEG small to get 4 fps, sometimes 4 fps in RAW, but usually RAW is ONE fps even with full daylight, wide aperture, etc. I suspect auto mode makes changes that last into manual mode. Articulated screen is both a blessing and a curse. It will probably get broken in a few years but, great with over the wall and ground level shots. It needs a real cover. Diopter adjustment needs greater range. AE-AL lock is positioned for big thumbs, grip for small hands. Menus are mostly logical but, some settings are labeled WRONG and buried too deep for easy access or remembering. Custom menu selection fixes this. Once in a while I get out of focus shots that didn't look out of focus through the vf. My fault? I don't know. Quiet Mode is not. Pros: Good quality feel all around, only OK button wobbles. Grip is small but allows good three finger clutch. DPreview complained about fn button placement and Live View lever, but they work very well for me. Color reproduction is very accurate, a wonder, a problem for some portraits. Auto mode does excellent job 90% of the time. Manual mode is a little slower, 2-5 seconds to make speed and aperture changes, another 2-5 seconds for ISO using fn button. Movies: Don't criticize that it mutters. It's amazing that the dog speaks. Autofocus and lens are for pictures, not movies. Does a good job if camera is left in one position at less than highest quality. Skips frames at highest quality on my 30 MB/s SD card. Autofocus cycles continuously if camera is moved much. Finally, ISO range is amazing. Dark shots can be made to look like daylight, but unpalatable for indoor lighting at 1600 or greater without noise control. 18-55mm has good, clear resolution at 5 inches. No problems anywhere else. 55-200mm takes great shots all over its range. It is a little dark at infinity in full daylight, but I got a clear shot two miles away at the airport. Wow! Nikon camera bag is top notch. Good looking, sturdy and full of pockets (HA). Overall, a very good beginner camera and full featured kit, excellent features. I have not wanted for anything other than another battery. Last, Adoramas' JPEGs look about 85% as good as the original, bear that in mind.
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Bought this for my wife. I feel the 16mp sensor is really a sweet spot for DX in terms of image quality, high ISO performance, and reasonably sized files. Camera is wonderfully compact and light, making it a joy to carry around all day. My wife loves the articulated display, I couldn't care less about it. The built in auto lens distortion control is a God-send for correcting distortion in all the zooms and wides. Only thing I really dislike is the smaller, darker viewfinder, which is the norm for a cropped sensor camera. Overall, a great little camera with awesome image quality.
As an enthusiast, and not a pro , I like this camera& is the second D5100 I bought in the last 8months. It is really fast, has great color accuracy, large viewing screen, shoots from the view finder or the screen, has a lot of easy to use programs. there is a lot of new technology for the money. I have a D70,D200,D7100,but this is my favorite. It is in a cheap plastic housing & has no focus motor, but Im not photographing in Patagonia, and most of my lenses have their own focus motor. Super camera for the $.
I am a pro photographer who uses shoots real estate, architecture, events, and portraits. I bought this used camera as a backup, it is my second D5100. The Camera itself is the second used camera I have bought from Adorama and again the camera was exactly how they described true to Adorama form. The camera is a great camera using the sensor from the D7000 the picture quality is very good and is worth it for the money. I do want to list a couple of Cons about the camera so you are aware of these missing features prior to buying it (They are minor for the features but I wish I had know prior to purchasing) Cons There is no wireless capability for the D5100 (Other than Eye-Fi or other wireless SD Card) As an intermediate camera it is not weather sealed (I used Desiccant Packs and rain guards in wet weather no problem yet) Recent Firmware upgrades disabled the use of some (all?) third party batteries. Battery grips are third party and have a wire that runs from the grip to the shutter due to lack of interface in grip. and last one - There is no fine tune adjustment for lenses that are slightly out. Only has Mono Microphone if your looking to do videos (can plug in a stereo mic though) I have used this camera to shoot low light Dancing at 6400 iso and have been able to get acceptable results after post processing.
I used this camera for macro, landscape, and just about everything. It's lightweight, well built, and can produce award winning photographs if YOU know how to use it. The old adage of it's not the camera, but the photographer is completely correct. This camera will do its part.
Great camera, excellent bundle, great 16th birthday gift for my daughter.
Use for portraits and event photograhpy which give me a nice sharp photo. It's smaller than I'm use to but get the job done. I don't like that it is not compatitable with some of my lens.
Great photographs, easy to use, very happy
Great viewing screen, easy to use. The camera takes great pictures, easy to download. A great value.
Heavier than point & shoot but managable good placement of features buttons helpful clear instructions for novice
I bought the D5100 as an upgrade from my D50 (which had served well for 7 years). I was looking for something that had up to date features, but also would deliver point & shoot when needed. The D5100 is a perfect fit. My wish list for this body includes AF for non-AF-S lenses and a grip (particularly since it is a small body).