Nikon today announced the long-awaited replacement to its best-selling D5000, the 16MP D5100, complete with full HD, swing-out LCD, in-camera effects, and new stereo mic.
The Nikon D5100 is said to break new ground for an $800 (body only) camera, which boasts improved image quality a database of more than 30,000 images to help the camera's Scene Recognition system make appropriate exposure decisions, i-TTL flash, 1080p full HD movies, and more. The D5100 is the first Nikon DSLR to offer in-camera effects that can be applied to both photos and movies.
The D5100 can be pre-ordered at Adorama either body only or with the 18-55mm kit lens. Credit cards will not be charged until the camera is shipped.
Nikon D5100 key features:
- 16.1MP APS CMOS sensor
- 3-inch, 921K dot Vari-Angle LCD screen rotates 180 degrees horizontally and vertically
- 1080p or 720p HD video with full-time AF, 24 or 30fps
- In-Camera Special Effects Modes include: Selective Color, Color Sketch, Miniature effect, Night Vision.
- ISO 100-6400, expandable to ISO 25,600 in full resolution.
- ISO 102,400 "nigh vision" mode
- Face priority recognizes up to 35 faces
- 11-point AF system
- 420-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter
- Shutter speeds 30-1/4000 sec
- Flash sync 1/200 sec
- Built-in Flash, i-TTL control
- JPG or NEF (RAW) image formats
- Compatible with SDXC, SDHC, SD cards
In addition, Nikon has introduced the optional ME-1 stereo microphone (approx $180), which reduces handling noise that is easily picked up by the camera's internal microphone.
For details, read the Nikon press release.