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
Most Liked Positive Review
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
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.
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
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.
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!!
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.
I use this for close ups,and general photo shooting.
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 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.