Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm NIKKOR VR Lens, & 55mm - 200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Zoom Lens U.S.A. Warranty

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About Nikon D5100

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (71),Good image quality (57),Easy to use (54),Large clear LCD (45),Fast / accurate auto-focus (43),Tilt /swivel LCD (43),Fast shutter speed (37),High ISO performance (37),Quiet (30)
Short battery life (4)
Best Uses:
Family photos (50),Landscape/scenery (50),Travel (45),Low light (40),Wildlife (35),Sports/action (29),Weddings (19),Video (18)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (33),Casual photographer (10),Semi-pro photographer (9),Pro photographer (5)

Nikon D5100 Features

  • 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
  • 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
  • The D5100 incorporates an amazing array of special effects for use when taking still pictures or recording D-Movie Full HD movies
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Nikon D5100 Reviews

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Reviewed by 61 customers


Great camera for the dollar.


from Buford, Ga.  -  Photo Enthusiast

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 $.


A good camera for the price.


from Ohio  -  Pro Photographer

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.


Will produce excellent photographs.


from Roy, Utah  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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 Value


from Atlanta, GA

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


Nikon D5100


from Philadelphia, PA  -  Pro Photographer

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.




from Dearborn  -  Casual Photographer

Great photographs, easy to use, very happy


Outstanding camera


from chester county pa  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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)


Recommended to me by pro photographer


from ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

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


Good Starter DSLR w/ Great Features


from Central PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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).


Nikon quality as always


from WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Baby's first words were as exactly as expected. Outstanding. Works flawlessly in low light with multi focus points. Haven't had time to go through all programs yet, but WOW!


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Shopper  Happy new year, Regarding the shutter speeds, what is the slowest or longest the shutter can be kept open? I do a lot of shooting at night. Thanks. Tom in Winnipeg
TAMMY G  I haven't really timed how long. I have set my iso to a higher level for night shots. this helps greatly for your close still or slow shots, but for fast action and further away such as sporting events...not the greatest. I would recommend going with the 2.8 f-stop for that. That is my next lens I want to buy. I also have not bought a big flash attachment yet...I know that will help too for shots in a closer range. But if your pics are being taken inside with above lighting...let's say in an auditorium and you are in the back taking a pic of a speaker, with iso set higher you get a pretty good pic. Hope that helps.
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