Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

  • 3-inch, 921,000-dot Super-Density horizontal type Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • In-camera Special Effects Mode
  • In-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Stunning Full 1080p HD Movies with Full Time Autofocus

The D5100 incorporates an amazing array of special effects for use when taking still pictures or recording D-Movie Full HD movies. Selective Color isolates any color within the scene, capture details in places too dark for your own eyes using Night Vision, create bright, glowing images filled with atmosphere with High Key, emphasize the mood of a scene using Low Key, Miniature Effect makes a scene look like a miniature scale model and Color Sketch creates color outlines of the subject that are played back as a series of stills in a slide show. Accessories: * EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery * MH-24 Quick Charger * DK-20 Rubber Eyecup; * UC-E6 USB Cable * EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable * AN-DC3 Camera Strap * DK-5 Eyepiece Cap * BF-1B Body Cap * BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover * Nikon ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

List Price: $ 849.00

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  • B. Fuller says:
    293 of 303 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nikon D7000 Sensor for $400 cheaper, May 23, 2011
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    This is a fantastic new offering from Nikon. You get most of the best parts of the D7000 for 1/3 cheaper. If you are looking for a starter camera or a back up body to the D7000 this is it.

    Here are the major differences between the D5100 and D7000.

    D5100
    Exact same sensor and processing abilities as the D7000. Some of the best Image Quality available in any DSLR. ISO 3200 is very usable with low noise.

    - Swivel screen while the D7000 is fixed — Since the contrast autofocus (ie Live View) is not very good on either of these cameras this is not really a player unless you are using a tripod. Then the swivel screen is very useful.

    - 4 fps vs 6 fps for D7000 – No big deal 4 fps is plenty fast to fill your card with similar looking pictures. Also, in RAW D7000 buffers out pretty fast and then slows down anyway.
    - 11 focus points vs 39 for D7000 – Most of the time not really a big deal. Sometimes all those extra points get in the way and slow you down.

    No internal auto focus motor while the D7000 has one — If you don’t have any D series or older lenses this is not an issue. If you do, they will not autofocus on this camera.

    - Only one SD slot vs 2 for the D7000 — A big difference when getting paid to shoot. Otherwise, always format your cards in your camera and not on the computer. Doing that I have never had a failure. (Jinxed myself now)

    Not weather sealed vs D7000 partially weather sealed – Don’t drop either one in the water and keep both out of dust.

    - Has less external switches than the D7000 – This means you need to go to the menus more often which slows things down. This can be severely annoying or not depending on your shooting style. The D7000 handles better but this is not a deal breaker on the D5100.

    Built in flash is not a commander for Nikon Creative Light System while D7000 is — If you don’t use off camera flash or you use radio triggers this is not a big deal.

    1.2 lbs vs 1.7 lbs for D7000.

    Overall the D5100 is a great camera. The D7000 have some extra features that make it worth the extra money but if you don’t need them you get all the fantastic D7000 IQ for 2/3rd the price.

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  • jpullos says:
    440 of 448 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Review Written for Beginner Photographers, October 12, 2011
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    jpullos (New York, NY) –

    I am a photography teacher in NYC and online. (See my Amazon profile for my website.) I teach beginner and intermediate photography students every week. I’ve also been a professional photographer for the last five years with images published in The New York Times, GQ, New York Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Observer, The Village Voice and Time Out New York.

    (This review is for beginner photographers.)

    If you’re a beginner, you’re most likely asking yourself: Nikon or Canon? Really, I feel confident in saying that you can’t go wrong with either. I’ve used both brand’s cameras extensively and find that they both offer amazing image quality with well-built, solid cameras that, if taken care of, will last decades. There are two differences between the cameras, though, that can be taken into consideration.

    The user-interface: If cameras were computers, Nikons would be PCs and Canons would be MACs. PCs are built for people not afraid of technology whereas Macs are built for people who want things super-easy. Nikons excel at customization options which means you’ll see so many more options with the Advanced features of a Nikon than you will with a Canon. Canons, on the other hand, excel at ease-of-use for beginners. Canons offer less advanced options and can be easier to learn on. This can be frustrating down the line, though, once you’ve learned a lot about photography. At that point you may want all of the options that Nikon offers and be frustrated with your Canon. If you’re someone who really likes to delve deep into your hobbies or if you’re intent on becoming a professional photographer, I’d say a Nikon would be your best bet. If you’re someone who wants to learn the basics of photography and only imagine yourself being a hobbyist, Canon would be a better option for you.

    Where Nikon excels: Flash photography. I often find myself in situations where I’m shooting event photography (weddings, movie premiers, benefits and galas) where I need to use a lot of flash. For this kind of photography, I’ll always prefer to be shooting with a Nikon. Nikon’s flash metering (how the camera magically decides how much light to fire out of the flash) is much more consistent than Canon’s. You can take a Canon and shoot the same scene three times in a row with flash and all three images will be at different brightness levels. You can do the same thing with a Nikon and all three images will be wonderfully the same. If you’re somebody who plans on shooting a lot with flash (indoor photography, event photography, etc.) you’ll want to consider going with Nikon.

    Where Canon excels: Richness of colors. I’ve been in numerous situations where I’ve been on the red carpet taking the exact same picture as the photographer next to me. I’ll have a Canon and the person next to me will have a Nikon. This has provided quite a few opportunities to compare the images side-by-side. What I’ve found is that the colors on the Canon’s images look richer and make the image pop more. If I’m doing fine art photography (anything I’d like to someday hang in a gallery), I’ll always want to be shooting with a Canon for this reason.

    If you’re set on Nikon, there are three cameras you should be considering and it all comes down to what your budget is:

    D7000 $1,400 without lens
    D5100 $750 without lens
    D3100 $600 only available with lens
    (current prices as of 2/19/11)

    Here’s what you get for spending extra money (each camera compared to the one below it):

    D3100 vs. D5100:

    The D3100 is an EXCELLENT camera so if you only have $550 to spend total on camera and lens then go out and buy this camera. You won’t regret it. If you’re considering spending more money, here’s what you’ll get from the D5100 in comparison:

    -Better performance in low light situations.
    -A higher resolution screen on the back of the camera so you can see your images more clearly and make out if they actually turned out well.
    -An external mic jack. (If you’re planning on shooting video with an external mic, you’ll want the D5100 over the D3100.)
    -A flip out screen (handy if you want to put your camera anywhere but at your eye level and be able to see what your camera is about to capture before you shoot it)
    -Faster continuous shooting. If you’re often shooting sports or any fast moving subject, continuous shooting allows you to capture multiple images in a single second. The D3100 shoots at three frames per second whereas the D5100 shoots at four frames per second.
    -Higher ISO options. The D5100 offers one more stop of ISO than the D3100 does. If you don’t know what ISO means (or what a stop is) just know that this allows you to more easily shoot images in low-light situations.
    -Longer battery life. The D5100’s battery will last 20% longer than the D3100

    The two advantages of the D3100 over the D5100 are:…

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  • Paul Christensen "gadget geek" says:
    820 of 838 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    outstanding “prothusiast” D-SLR, solid upgrade from my D5000, April 22, 2011
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    Paul Christensen “gadget geek” (West Chester, PA United States) –
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    This review is from: Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens (Camera)

    As a long-time owner of the Nikon D5000, and former owner of the Nikon D60, I was eager to purchase the D5100 after seeing the announcements and pre-reviews. Being one of the lucky ones to buy the D5100 with 18-55VR kit earlier this week, I’ve had a few days to play with this camera and can honestly say it’s a solid upgrade to the D5000 I’m replacing, and should be on the short list of consideration for any “prosumer” looking to purchase a D-SLR with outstanding image quality, performance, and low-light capability in a lightweight, compact (for an SLR) body. And, unlike the D5000, this D-SLR finally has a usable Live View and HD video capabilities both with continuous autofocus.

    First of all, it’s important to understand where the D5100 fits in Nikon’s capabilities. It is considered a “high-end enthusiast” D-SLR which means that it shares the same image sensor as the high-end D7000 without some of the higher-end features. If you’re like me, very few of the D7000’s features justify its extra cost and weight. The D5100 offers nearly the same image quality as its bigger brother in a less-expensive, smaller package, while adding a few tricks the D7000 doesn’t have including an articulating display that helps you frame hard-to-reach spots.

    Compared to its lesser-priced but still excellent brother the D3100, the D5100 offers improved image quality, speed, and resolution, along with a higher-resolution articulating display. For me, this is the sweet spot in Nikon’s consumer D-SLR offerings.

    The 18-55VR (3x) f3.5-f5.6 kit lens provides surprisingly good performance and image quality, although you’ll likely outgrow it quickly. I have uploaded a few sample images taken with the D5100 and 18-55VR to show its performance and surprisingly good bokeh (pattern of blurred background) in large-aperture and macro shots.

    For lens upgrades that include an AF-S autofocus motor, if you don’t mind changing lenses, the Nikon 55-200VR is an outstanding value with excellent image quality, or consider the Nikon 18-105VR (5.8x) lens included with the D7000. If you don’t mind some distortion and image softness, the 18-200 VRII (18x) lens may be your perfect “walkabout” lens. For me, I bought the pricey but outstanding Nikon 16-85mm VRII. Don’t forget the Nikon AF-S 35mm f1.8 (if you can find it).

    Low-light performance is outstanding with this camera, and the level of detail captured by the D5100 is excellent, even at higher ISOs. You’re best capturing in RAW or RAW+JPEG mode (three different JPEG compression levels are offered) if you need to go back and fine-tune exposure or other settings after the shot. Nikon also offers “Active D-Lighting” which is a highly effective method for improving dynamic range of a photo to equalize the difference between high and low-light areas of a photo.

    Interestingly, the improvement in image quality compared to my D5000 isn’t dramatic. Given the incredible improvement I saw when upgrading from my Nikon D60 to the D5000 perhaps I had unrealistic expectations for this new sensor. But in most image settings, even low light, the improvement is noticeable but subtle. That speaks more for the outstanding quality and low-light sensitivity of the D5000 sensor (which is shared with the D90) than it speaks against the D5100. With the D5100 you get higher resolution for improved cropping, and the 14-bit RAW images offer greater dynamic range for more flexibility after the shot is taken.

    Speaking of RAW format, as with any new camera, there is a bit of a wait until updates are available for your favorite camera software. As of May 18th, Adobe, Apple, and Nikon have added support for the D5100 RAW files, so you can use Aperture, iPhoto, Nikon View NX2 (v2.1.1 and later), Nikon Capture NX2 (v2.2.7 and later), Lightroom 3 or Photoshop CS5 (via Adobe Camera RAW 6.4 or later). If you use other photo software or another platform, you may want to verify RAW support for the D5100.

    Compared to my D5000, Nikon has gone back and addressed most of my concerns on ergonomics and performance:
    - camera body is roughly 10% smaller and 10% lighter
    - 16.2 megapixel CMOS DX-format image sensor (shared with D7000) captures 14-bit RAW images and offers +1fs greater low-light sensitivity
    - ISO 100-6400 range with expansion to 25,600 ISO (D5000 minimum is 200 and expansion to 12,300)
    - high resolution (920k pixel) display for greater detail in image previews (although I had to bump up the default brightness one notch for accuracy)
    - side-mounted articulating display no longer interferes with tripod (the D5000 display is inconveniently hinged at the bottom)
    - dramatically improved (now usable!) LiveView mode with continuous autofocus even in HD video mode (more on that later)
    - full HD 1080p movie capture without the “jelly effect” (unless you move VERY quickly from side-to-side), in more standard H.264 mode up to…

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