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About Nikon D5100

Nikon's D5100 Digital SLR Camera With 18-55mm VR Lens 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 AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens is an ultra compact, lightweight standard zoom lens that has a 3x focal zoom range and is ideally suited to compact Nikon digital SLR cameras with the DX size sensor.

Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible. This lens offers the most basic zoom range in the DX lens series, an equivalent focal length in 35mm terms of 27-82.5mm. It will conveniently cover everything from landscapes to tight indoor portraits to standard snapshots.

The D5100's 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.

Nikon D5100 Features

  • Vari-Angle LCD Monitor: The new, large 3.0" (7.5-cm) vari-angle LCD monitor opens horizontally up to 180deg. and flips up and down from +180deg. to -90deg.. Now you're ready to view, shoot and record your subjects from unique perspectives
  • Image Quality in a Class of Its Own: 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
  • Create Incredible Movies--Full HD (1,920 x 1,080/30p) Movies: The D5100 delivers exceptional D-Movie performance with its full HD capability, full-time-servo AF (AF-F) and precise exposure control. In-camera movie editing and sound recording capability are also provided
  • Instant, In-Camera Post-Production: The D5100's numerous editing functions include Resize, NEF (RAW) processing and Filter effects, such as Skylight, Warm filter and Cross screen. Along with Quick retouch and Edit movie, there are additional features such as Distortion control and Fisheye
  • 11-Point AF System: The D5100's 11 focus points, including a crosstype sensor, widely cover the frame and capture the subject sharply. When using 3D-tracking mode, the camera works together with the Scene Recognition System to keep your main subject in focus even if the composition changes
  • Exquisite Detail in Both Highlights and Shadows--HDR (High Dynamic Range): When shooting extreme contrasts such as sunlit clouds and a foreground deep in shadow, it was once quite difficult to render both textures equally. Not anymore
  • Clean and Clear Images, Even in Low Light: The D5100 provides all the technologies you need to achieve excellent results even when available light is scarce. Its CMOS sensor offers a remarkably wide ISO range (ISO 100 to 6400) with reduced noise
  • Intelligent Auto Pop-Up Flash: Vital for dark or backlit subjects, the D5100's built-in pop-up flash automatically brightens your subject. Expect natural-looking results thanks to i-TTL flash control
  • Selective Color: Select up to three colors to show in the image and the rest will remain in black and white
  • Autofocus for Sharper Subjects: The D5100 helps you focus by offering a choice of focus modes to match your subject matter - even when using Live View or shooting full HD movies. Simply use AF-F mode to keep the camera focusing automatically while recording
  • Optimized Camera Settings: The D5100 has Scene Modes that match a diverse range of scenes. The five most popular modes can be found on the mode dial, while others can be selected by setting the dial to SCENE and rotating the command dial
  • Scene Auto Selector: If you are shooting still pictures using Live View with Auto or Auto (flash off), Scene Auto Selector will automatically select the most appropriate Scene Mode, choosing from Portrait, Landscape, Close up and Night portrait
  • Miniature Effect: Make distant subjects appear like miniatures by strategically altering the focus area. Miniature effect movies play back at high speed
  • High Key: Create bright, glowing images filled with atmosphere
  • Color Sketch: Make your images appear like colorful drawings. Movies shot in this mode play back like a slide show made up of a series of stills
  • Silhouette: Capture your subjects in silhouette against bright backgrounds
  • Low Key: Create dark, striking images with prominent highlights
  • Night Vision: Take monochrome (black and white) images in extremely low-light conditions
  • Balancing Light and Shade Beautifully-Active D-Lighting: Useful in a variety of situations, Active D-Lighting automatically renders the highlights and shadows of high-contrast scenes so that they appear more like how they are perceived by the human eye
  • Clean and Clear Pictures-Nikon Integrated Dust Removal: Less dust means clearer images. Nikon's exclusive system helps remove dust from the optical lowpass filter in front of the sensor and move it away from crucial components inside the camera
  • Optical Viewfinder: Approx. 95% frame coverage - for a clear view and comfortable shooting without time lag
  • Compact, Lightweight Design: The camera's form fits naturally into your hands, with intuitive controls that make extended shooting easy and comfortable
  • Low Energy Consumption: Efficient EN-EL14 battery lasts for approx. 660 frames per charge
  • Picture Control: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
  • File System: 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), PictBridge

Nikon D5100 Specifications

Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Picture Angle
Effective picture angle 1.5x (Approx.) conversion factor (Nikon DX format)
Effective Pixels
16.2 million
Sensor Size
23.6 x 15.6mm
Image Sensor Format
DX
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
Total Pixels
16.9 million
Dust-reduction system
Image sensor cleaning
Image Area (pixels)
DX-format
(L) 4928 x 3264
(M) 3696 x 2448
(S) 2464 x 1632
File Format
Compressed 14-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG (Baseline Compliant)
MOV
Picture Control
Landscape
Monochrome
Neutral
Portrait
Standard
User-customizable Settings
Vivid
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
Viewfinder
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
95% Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification
0.78x Approx.
Viewfinder Eyepoint
17.9mm
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 to +0.7 m-1
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Lens
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor autofocus lens
Aperture
Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Shutter type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3
1/2
1 EV
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 sec. in steps of 1/3
1/2
1 EV
Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/200 sec.
Bulb Shutter Setting
Yes
Shutter Release Modes
Continuous
Delayed remote
Quick Response Remote Mode
Quiet shutter-release
Self-timer mode
Single-frame [S] mode
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
4 frames per second
Self-timer
2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled
Exposure Metering System
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering Method
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Metering Range
0 to 20 EV (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
2 to 20 EV (spot metering)
Exposure Meter Coupling
CPU
Exposure Modes
Advanced Scene Modes
Aperture-Priority (A)
Auto
Auto (flash off)
Manual (M)
Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Special Effects Mode
Scene Modes
Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Blossom
Candlelight
Child
Close-up
Dusk / Dawn
Food
Landscape
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Sports
Sunset
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure Bracketing
3 frames ±2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Exposure Lock
Yes
Mirror Lock Up
Yes (for image sensor cleaning)
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100 - 6400Hi-0.3
Hi-0.7
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
100
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
6400
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
Long Exposure Noise Reduction
Yes
High ISO Noise Reduction
Low
Normal
High
Off
Active D-Lighting
On
D-Lighting Bracketing
2 exposures
Single-point AF Mode
Yes
Dynamic AF Mode
Number of AF points: 11 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode
Yes
Autofocus System
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Lens Servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Focus Point
Can be selected from 11 focus points
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
Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
11
Autofocus Sensitivity
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20deg.C/68deg.F)
Built-in Flash
Yes
Guide Number
Approx. 39/12, 43/13 with manual flash (ft/m, ISO 100, 68deg.F/20deg.C)
Flash Control
Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
Distance priority manual: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and SB-700
i-TTL Balanced fill-flash, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR
Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27 and SB-22S
Flash Sync Modes
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Flash Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Accessory Shoe
Yes
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
CLS Supported
White Balance
Auto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade
White Balance Bracketing
3 exposures
Live View Shooting
Yes
Live View Lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Live View AF-area mode
Face-priority AFWide-area AF
Normal-area AF
Subject-tracking AF
Live View Scene Auto Selector
Auto mode
Movie Metering
TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Maximum recording time
20 min.
Movie File Format
MOV
Movie Video Compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio recording format
Linear PCM
Movie
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
Movie Audio
Built-in microphone, monaural
Optional external stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Monitor Size
3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
921,000 Dots
Monitor Type
Wide Viewing Angle
Vari-angle TFT-LCD
Monitor Angle of View
170-degree wide-viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments
Brightness, 7 levels
Playback Functions
Auto image rotation Calendar Full frame
Highlight point display
Histogram display
Movie Playback
Shooting data
Slideshow
Sound playback
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images)
Zoom
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
D-Lighting
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Fisheye
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
Monochrome
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-eye Correction
Resize
Side-by-Side Comparison
Straighten
Trim
Image Comment
Yes
Interface
Audio/Video out
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Hi-speed USB
NTSC
Stereo Microphone Input
WiFi Functionality
Eye-Fi Compatible
GPS
GP-1 GPS unit
Total custom Settings
20
Recent Settings
Yes
Supported Languages
Arabic
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Danish
Dutch
English
Spanish
Finnish
French
Italian
German
Indonesian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Czech
Norweigan
Thai
Turkish
Date, Time and Daylight Savings Settings
Yes
World Time Setting
Yes
Battery Charger
MH-24 Quick Charger
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5 x 3.8 x 3.1 in (127 x 96.5 x 78.7mm)
Weight
19.7 oz. (560g)
Mfr #
25478 KL3A
SKU
INKD5100KL3A

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4.6

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Reviewed by 62 customers

 
4.0

Compact Mighty Marvel

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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.

 
5.0

Great camera for the dollar.

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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 $.

 
4.0

A good camera for the price.

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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.

 
5.0

Will produce excellent photographs.

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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.

 
5.0

Great Value

By

Great camera, excellent bundle, great 16th birthday gift for my daughter.

 
5.0

Nikon D5100

By

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.

 
5.0

WOOW

By

Great photographs, easy to use, very happy

 
5.0

Outstanding camera

By

Great viewing screen, easy to use. The camera takes great pictures, easy to download. A great value.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Recommended to me by pro photographer

By

Heavier than point & shoot but managable good placement of features buttons helpful clear instructions for novice

 
5.0

Good Starter DSLR w/ Great Features

By

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).

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