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Nikon D5100 Review

By on May 31, 2012

The Nikon D5100 is a 16.3 megapixel DX format DSLR camera that features the same 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor as the amazing D700. It offers 4 megapixels more than its predecessor, the Nikon D5000. It also delivers full HD 1080p video mode at either 24, 25 0r 30 frames per second: definitely a first for the Nikon DSLRs. Equipped with an external microphone jack, it also has audio levels control. Additionally, features in-camera effects filters in both stills and video modes.

Its arrival on April 5, 2011 appears to attract the attention of the enthusiasts in photography. The Nikon D5100 is also rumored as the completion of a non-pro DSLR with the features and price to be beginner-friendly.

The Nikon D5100 also presents a single control dial, pentamirror viewfinder and unfortunately, it has no built-in autofocus motor. Nikon users already knew that this is a standard of a Nikon camera at this price point.

Several improvements are also noted compared to its predecessor, the Nikon 5000. The Nikon D5100 is smaller, lighter (565g), curvier, has an efficient construction and it has a more conventional side-mounted hinge for the LCD (Nikon’s first). It eliminated the disproportioned tall viewfinder head of the Nikon D500. The grip isn’t quite deep while it is nicely sculpted inside for the pads of the fingers.

A lot of firsts in Nikon is offered in this camera including the in-camera high dynamic (HDR) imaging capability. Two shots are captured in a single press of the shutter release. The first is intentionally underexposed while the second is overexposed. These two are combined in-camera yielding a final exposure with a much wider dynamic range that is possible in a single exposure.

Nikon also integrated the Function (Fn) button, even if it is oddly placed. It activates a Self-timer and can also set the Release mode, Image quality, ISO sensitivity; White Balance, Active D-Lighting and it can activate an Auto Bracketing sequence.

You’ll be discouraged if you’re looking for faster continuous shooting, improved AF or a bigger viewfinder. Its built in flash does not also support wireless operations and is somehow weak in narrow coverage. These are some features that the Nikon D5100 can’t offer. However, looking at its D7000-like quality at a lower price point and its flip-out screen, it is a good deal. The Nikon D5100 is designed to become a big seller. It also presents a good battery life for a compact SLR and a good burst speed and buffer depths for a consumer model.

The Nikon D5100 statistically is one of the most clicked on cameras in the market. People are surprised to know that its price range is consumer friendly while having an image quality as that of the expensive D7000. If one is planning to buy his or her own first DSLR camera, the Nikon D5100 is definitely a good choice.

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