Nikon D5100 16.2 Megapixel DX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.

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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.

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 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, Quiet and Tilt /swivel LCD

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good image quality (90),Image stabilization (89),Easy to use (85),Fast / accurate auto-focus (69),Large clear LCD (69),Tilt /swivel LCD (69),High ISO performance (59),Fast shutter speed (57),Quiet (52)
Lag / shutter delay (4),Short battery life (4),Noisy at high ISO (3),Poor in low light (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (78),Landscape/scenery (77),Travel (72),Low light (59),Wildlife (49),Sports/action (40),Weddings (30),Video (25)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (62),Casual photographer (14),Semi-pro photographer (12),Pro photographer (6)

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 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
Image Sensor Type
Total Pixels
16.9 million
Dust-reduction system
Image sensor cleaning
Image Area (pixels)
(L) 4928 x 3264
(M) 3696 x 2448
(S) 2464 x 1632
File Format
Compressed 14-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG (Baseline Compliant)
Picture Control
User-customizable SettingsVivid
Storage Media
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
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
95% Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification
0.78x Approx.
Viewfinder Eyepoint
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
-1.7 to +0.7 m
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Lens Aperture
Instant-return type
Lens Compatibility at a Glance
AF-S Lens Required for Autofocus
Compatible Lenses 1
AF-S, AF-I: All functions supported
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
IX NIKKOR lenses can not be used
Compatible Lenses 2
Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
Other AF NIKKOR (Excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus
Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes
Shutter type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV
Flash Sync Speed
Up to 1/200 sec.
Bulb Shutter Setting
Shutter Release Modes
Delayed remote
Quick Response Remote Mode
Quiet shutter-release
Self-timer mode
Single-frame [S] mode
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
4 frames per second (At full resolution)
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
Exposure Modes
Advanced Scene Modes
Aperture-Priority (A)
Auto (flash off)
Manual (M)
Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Special Effects Mode
Advanced Scene Modes
Autumn Colors
Beach / Snow
Dusk / Dawn
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Party / Indoor
Pet Portrait
Exposure Compensation
±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure Bracketing
3 frames ±2EV in 1/3 steps
Exposure Lock
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100 - 6400
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
HI-2 (ISO 25,600 equivalent)
Long Exposure Noise Reduction
High ISO Noise Reduction
Active D-Lighting
D-Lighting Bracketing
2 exposures
Single-point AF Mode
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
Autofocus Sensitivity
-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Built-in Flash
Guide Number
Approx. 39/12, 43/13 with manual flash (ft/m, ISO 100, 68°F/20°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 EV
Accessory Shoe
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)
CLS Supported
White Balance
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset Manual
White Balance Bracketing
2 or 3 exposures
Live View Shooting
Live View Lens servo
Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Live View AF-area mode
Face-priority AF
Wide-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 Frame size (pixels) and frame rate
640 x 424 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
1280 x 720 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
1920 x 1080 (24p): 24 fps (23.976 fps)
1920 x 1080 (30p): 30 fps (29.97 fps)
Movie Maximum recording time
20 min.
Movie File Format
Movie Video Compression
H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie Audio recording format
Linear PCM
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
Super Density 3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution
921,000 Dots
Monitor Angle of View
170-degree wide-viewing angle
Monitor Adjustments
Brightness, 7 levels
Playback Functions
Auto image rotation
Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
Histogram display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Playback with zoom
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-eye Correction
Side-by-Side Comparison
Image Comment
Audio/Video out
HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Hi-speed USB
Stereo Microphone Input
WiFi Functionality
Eye-Fi Compatible
GP-1 GPS unit
Total custom Settings
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
Date, Time & Daylight Savings Settings
World Time Setting
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge)
660 shots (CIPA)
AC Adapter
EH-5a AC Adapter
Battery Charger
MH-24 Quick Charger
Tripod Socket
1/4 in. (ISO1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
5 x 3.8 x 1.7"/127 x 96.5 x 78.7 mm
19.7 oz/560g
Mfr #
25476 B

Nikon D5100 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent Price

This camera has the most special effects of any camera on the market, currently. The best part is that all of the effects can be used in 1080p HD video. This is the best legit price I could find online. I have a 35mm lens, so I sold my D3100 to upgrade to this. I am very pleased with the purchase. Everything works. Plus, since it was reconditioned, I know any sort of problem it would have are now fixed.


Most Liked Negative Review


Received as expected

bought for 2nd camera and is what I expected

Reviewed by 98 customers


Compact Mighty Marvel


from Tampa Bay, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.


It's a great camera!


from Charlotte,N.C.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am 72 yrs old retired with a LOW budget.The D5100 has the same sensor as the 5200 and even the 5300.i use a 55-200mm a 35mm 1.8 and hope some day to get a 55-300mm,all refrubished and all from Adarama.Pictures of Grandchildern are all outside in natural light or shade.Also love to shoot people pictures with the 55-200mm as well as nature and deer in the area.I shoot In the P mode most of the time


The Best Camera


from Indianapolis  -  Photo Enthusiast

No mirror-less cameras can touch DSLR. If you're not pro you won't use those settings and buttons anyway, so go as light weight as you can. All Nikon and Canon DSLR take FANTASTIC images. It's up to you as to what is in the picture frame. The camera does not matter, as they all take fantastic images. JUST BUY ONE.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great image quality


from Meadow Vista, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I moved up from a D60 to the D5100 and I'm very happy. The outstanding feature of this camera is the image quality and ease of use in a lighter weight package than the d7000 or 7100. This is important to me because my hands get tired of carrying a heavy camera all day due to my carpal tunnel. This is a very ergonomic camera. Focus is fast, white balance and exposure are excellent, leading to very pleasing photos. Color accuracy seems much improved over d60. Live view seems to work fine and that lcd monitor is a thing of beauty. I shoot mainly stills so I won't rate the video. Things I've gained over the d60: Bracketing, Advanced Dynamic Lighting without the noise, Intervalometer, Scene modes, 14 bit processing, Live View, Video (incl. 1080p), 4 fps, higher ISO, great IQ, etc. Things I still miss having : in camera focus motor, dedicated buttons for WB and ISO, wireless flash. I know, it sounds like I want the d7100 series, but I don't want the weight, and wish some of these features would find their way into a beautiful lightweight package like the d5100. For this camera the compromise is easy because it takes beautiful pictures with little effort, and finding my way into the settings via the info button is easy enough. One last thing: I would like to give a huge endorsement to buying the refurbished product from Adorama. Just like new, at a fraction of the price, backed by a warranty and the great customer service of Adorama. Why take chances with buying a used camera from someone you don't know on an auction site. I think I even paid less than what some folks are asking for their used gear. I also assume that factory refurbished will get you the latest software updates, which is always good. Five stars to Adorama!!


Excellent Image Quality


from Silverthonre, CO  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am former Pro who shot many Weddings and Portraits when the D200 was the latest and greatest. I still have several high end lenses from my pro days and was looking for something to use when friends and relatives asked me for portraits. This camera fit the bill perfectly. It's small and light and was much cheaper than the newer consumer level DSLR's. It is not built to withstand weather or everyday shooting. It has some amateur features that I will never use and it lacks all the bells and whistles of the D7000 or D7100, but the image quality is remarkable, especially if you use some good glass. If you don't need pro speed, lots of buttons and pro durability, the image quality will be more than most people will ever need.


A great camera for the price


from Greenville, Mi.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this for close ups,and general photo shooting.


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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent camera


from Austin, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera takes great pictures. It allows for a lot of control over the image making process, even for non-techie like myself. Compared to my previous camera, the D40x, its low light capability is quite an improvement. I could not be more pleased with this camera.


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Josh G  How many shutter actuations do these refurbished cameras usually have?
JAMES L  My refurbished Nikon D5100 had about 136 shutter actuations when purchased from Adorama in 2012. My refurbished Nikon D5000 had about 1200 actuations when purchased in 2010. My wife's refurbished Nikon D3100 had about 1700 shutter sctuations when purchased in 2012. So, it appears that it varies from camera to camera. The Nikon D5100 (which I use exclusively now) is designed for about 100,000 actuations. I will probably sell or trade before it gets anywhere near the limit. I have had no problems with the refurbished Nikons.
Josh G  Thanks for your reply, James. It seems it varies, and that all cameras seem to be in good shape when they arrive.
Josh G  How many shutter actuations do these refurbished cameras usually have?
JAMES L  My refurbished Nikon D5100 had about 136 shutter actuations when purchased from Adorama in 2012. My refurbished Nikon D5000 had about 1200 actuations when purchased in 2010. My wife's refurbished Nikon D3100 had about 1700 shutter sctuations when purchased in 2012. So, it appears that it varies from camera to camera. The Nikon D5100 (which I use exclusively now) is designed for about 100,000 actuations. I will probably sell or trade before it gets anywhere near the limit. I have had no problems with the refurbished Nikons.
Josh G  Thanks for your reply, James. It seems it varies, and that all cameras seem to be in good shape when they arrive.
Josh G  How many shutter actuations do these refurbished cameras usually have?
JAMES L  My refurbished Nikon D5100 had about 136 shutter actuations when purchased from Adorama in 2012. My refurbished Nikon D5000 had about 1200 actuations when purchased in 2010. My wife's refurbished Nikon D3100 had about 1700 shutter sctuations when purchased in 2012. So, it appears that it varies from camera to camera. The Nikon D5100 (which I use exclusively now) is designed for about 100,000 actuations. I will probably sell or trade before it gets anywhere near the limit. I have had no problems with the refurbished Nikons.
Josh G  Thanks for your reply, James. It seems it varies, and that all cameras seem to be in good shape when they arrive.
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