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.
The Nikon D5100 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Nikon D5100 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Photography student, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon D5100 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon D5100: Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Lightweight, Quiet and Tilt /swivel LCD
Most Liked Positive Review
Great camera, but buy new!
I LOVE this camera, but I am disappointed about my experience with Adorama. I bought a refurbished Nikon D5100 (my very first DSLR camera) and after two weeks, the shutter is already not working properly. Just called Adorama today and then they had to redirect me to Nikon. Really irritating when all I really want to do is take great pictures. Instead I have to pay to ship it back and now wait probably another 2 weeks to get it back. I'm not sure if I'll be buying from here again. This camera ...View full Review
I LOVE this camera, but I am disappointed about my experience with Adorama. I bought a refurbished Nikon D5100 (my very first DSLR camera) and after two weeks, the shutter is already not working properly. Just called Adorama today and then they had to redirect me to Nikon. Really irritating when all I really want to do is take great pictures. Instead I have to pay to ship it back and now wait probably another 2 weeks to get it back. I'm not sure if I'll be buying from here again. This camera is amazing, but I would probably buy it new instead of risking it with a refurbished product.
Most Liked Negative Review
Don't do it.
I bought this in January 2013 and had nothing but trouble. The battery would not charge and have not been able to use the camera. I called Adorma a week after receiving the camera. They sent me a new charger but I still have not been able to charge the battery. I called them back again and they sent me a new battery. I used the camera one day and yet again can't charge the battery. I spoke with Adorma once again only to be told it is passed the 30 day return policy. I am now returning the cam...View full Review
I bought this in January 2013 and had nothing but trouble. The battery would not charge and have not been able to use the camera. I called Adorma a week after receiving the camera. They sent me a new charger but I still have not been able to charge the battery. I called them back again and they sent me a new battery. I used the camera one day and yet again can't charge the battery. I spoke with Adorma once again only to be told it is passed the 30 day return policy. I am now returning the camera to Nikon to see if they can fix it. I should have just bought a new one and never dealt with Adorma.
Reviewed by 189 customers
I bought a refurbished D5100. I have had it for 6 months. Love it. I would buy a refurbished product from Adorama again. Will be shopping for refurbished lens zoom lens next.
lives up to its reputation
This the third refurbished item I've purchased and I'd do it again without hesitation.
Very happy with this purchase. The newer d5200 didn't seem worth the price.
I bought this camera with the 18 - 55mm kit lens and 50mm fixed lens for portraits. I haven't put it down yet. This is the best DSLR I have owned. Even an amateur can take professional photos.
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.
This camera is a great way to get to get out and take pictures. I was checked out by nikon and checked out unlike many of the out of the box ones that dont get checked, the price was great and the camera worked good, I bought three other refurbed item here too !!!
I'm a serious amateur photographer of over 15 years, shooting both large format cameras and a wide variety of 35mm slr cameras. This camera is a great mid-range camera in the Nikon line-up. The controls are easy to manipulate and most importantly the camera makes incredible photos. Even more so if you graduate to set/fixed lenses other than this introductory zoom (which is still very sharp in its own right). While the Nikon D3200 is "newer" a close look at the specs reveals these cameras to be very close in features. However, the D5100 has a more substantial build to it and does better in less light. The buying experience from Adorama could not be better. We experience a minor issue in the beginning and Adorama addressed the problem immediately our complete satisfaction. Buy with confidence from them!! Thanks, M.