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Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (Body Only)

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  • 3-inch, 921,000-dot Super-Density horizontal type Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • In-camera Special Effects Mode and HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Stunning Full 1080p HD Movies with Full Time Autofocus
  • High Resolution 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • Includes rechargeable Li-ion battery, quick charger, rubber eyecup, USB cable, AV cable, camera strap, eyepiece cap, and shoe cover
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Nikon D5100 In-depth Review by dpreview.com

Read the full Nikon D5100 review at dpreview.com
Sitting between the entry-level D3100 and the upper mid-level D7000, the D5100 is a hard camera to categorise. It combines the user-friendly ergonomics of the D3100 with the impressive 16MP CMOS sensor of the D7000, but throws in a couple of neat tricks of its own, including an articulated LCD screen, and a set of all-new 'Effects' modes. So is the Nikon D5100 just an entry-level camera with delusions of grandeur, or is it a wolf in sheep's clothing?

Read the full 23-page review at dpreview.com

Product Details

Style: Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3.8 x 3.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004V4IWHY
  • Item model number: 25476
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (862 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,203 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 3, 2011

Product Description

Style: Body Only

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy Full HD 1080P picture quality

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.

Be creative from any point of view.

Vari-angle LCD Monitor

Creativity from any point of view

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.

Get creative with the D5100's Effects Mode.

Effects Mode

More fun and artistic pictures and movies

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.

Effortless moviemaking on the D5100

Tell better stories

Full HD 1080p D-Movie with Sound

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. Effortless moviemaking is at your fingertip thanks to D5100’s ergonomically placed Live View and Movie start button. Your D-Movies will come to life thanks to D5100’s sound recording capability — get stereo sound with Nikon’s optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone.

Exquisite detail in highlight and shadow

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Exquisite detail in highlight and shadow

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. Not any more. 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.

Outstanding image quality

Stunning image quality

Image quality in a class of its own

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.

4 frames per second shooting

Speed and performance that delivers

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.

11-point auto-focus system

Capture your subjects precisely

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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Excellent camera has many features, the photos are excellent, very crisp. The product arrived in the estimated time. Read more ›
I like to shoot at night and low light levels, this camera handles it wonderfully well. Crisp clean pro pictures are easy to get with a VR lens. Read more ›
I love this camera and am still learning all it's features. The pictures are amazing, so glad I purchased it. Read more ›
- Having HD video with sound feels like a miracle. The image quality is excellent, the sound not so much. I bought an external mic, but it really didn't help much. Read more ›
We made the move from a smaller, more compact camera to the Nikon D5100 and were amazed by the difference. Easy to use and the pictures are great in all settings so far. Read more ›
Its been about 2 weeks since i've got this camera and with the default lens 18-55mm it works really nice. PIctures are clear and shooting is really nice with the view finder. Read more ›
I can't say enough good things about this camera. I'm a beginner and the functions have been easy to pick up. The pictures that I've been taking have been excellent quality. Read more ›
So far I have taken over 1000 pictures and works…The auto mode is great for begginers, and as you start learning more advanced techniques the camera adapts really well. Read more ›
The controls are fairly decent though in some modes not all options are available, such as shooting in HDR requires you to choose certain configurations that I can't even… Read more ›
It is just a tad smaller than my D-80, though and I like that. I'm still needing to practice with the menu, but think the options are plentiful and overall easy to use. A… Read more ›
For the amateurs out there scared to pull the trigger because you cant decide, you WILL be happy with this…Don't be intimidated by all the features, it is very intuitive. Read more ›
Awesome!! Camera and its features are superb. Make sure you are aware of all the features to make most use of it. had a wonderfull time using different effects. Read more ›
It has more bells and whistles than I need. Easy to use and comfortable. Read more ›
My boys are taking some very high quality photos with the two the bought. Good multifunctional body if your memory is good enough to use it. A lot of bells and whistles. Read more ›
the camera is very easy to use, compared it to canon t3i which is also a very good camera but in the end chose the nikon. Read more ›
i have a canon t3 and this product blows it away, better color better lcd, better live view, many special effects, easy to use, i bought this used because i already have… Read more ›
Bought this for my 13 year old Granddaughter that is…Easy to use as point and shoot but gives her a camera she can grow with as her knowledge in photography grows. Read more ›
Works great. Really easy to use. Takes great pictures. Read more ›
With very little instruction was able to take great…Easy to switch from still to video, which is great with a very high-speed memory card (80) and love the preview screen. Read more ›
I did days worth of…It has a crisp, clear picture quality, the video quality is excellent as well, and there are so many awesome features- of which I am still exploring. Read more ›
I used to have an…The video function is pretty awesome but you won't want to use the auto focus because all you'll hear in the video is the mechanisms in the lens focusing. Read more ›
Exactly what i expected, the quality of the pictures is amazing the video is great everything about this camera is perfect. Read more ›
It is a versatile camera with many features and a good price value. They take great pictures even in low light and the quality of your videos is excellent. Read more ›
I've had the camera for a couple of weeks, and I love it. The quality has been overly great in comparison to my old d3000, and the video quality is good as well. Could ask… Read more ›
Great camera. The VR lens are amazing And the bag stores everything protecting and its made with a material water resistant. Again a great value. Read more ›
I am satisfied about 99% of my results. Interchanging the lens is very easy and quick. I had a Nikon N 90S , and a Nikon F-2N. Read more ›
All else is great. The controls are intuitive, the lenses are pretty good for a starter kit. The vibration reduction, auto focus and other helps make it easy to get great… Read more ›
Ive had Nikons in the past and have never been dissappointed. The two lense combination is perfect for a wide range of photography. Read more ›
This little baby does more than you may ever need, but it's nice to have it when you do. The lens is TACK sharp and a steal at any price. It's a great second emergency body. Read more ›
Though still discovering everything it is capable of,…The bundle which included two lenses is a great value and sets you up right out of the box to cover most photo opps. Read more ›
But its way better than the earlier D40 and D60 series.. The swivel LCD is convenient. Read more ›
Its quick & has some cool features that are fun to play with, such as the single color effects.( the 3100 did not have). The rotating screen is really nice for video. I… Read more ›
Great pictures are why we own this camera. The articulated screen is incredibly useful for overhead shots, ground level shots and everything in between. It allows me to… Read more ›
Good image definition but it's less ergonomic than the D40 (my old camera). the Vari-angle LCD Monitor is a excelent help for a many dificult shots Read more ›
Great camera for a newbie who plans on expanding into manual options. Swivel screen is great too. Read more ›
I am delighted with this little camera, especially due to the excellent images, and Live View with the swivel screen is simply terrific for use on most any difficult subject. Read more ›
Originally - loved this camera. For the price, this was an amazing deal. I bought this camera used, and new they go for about $900. Read more ›
The only drawback is the f 4.5 maximum aperture (I couldn't afford the much more expensive lens). But for the price it is a great lens Read more ›
It is a very good camera, good enough for my needs as a beginner. The price is very convenient too Read more ›
No-brainer snapshots are readily accessible in AUTO mode, and low light performance is quite good with the 35mm f1.8 lens. For the price, this is outstanding. Read more ›
Apart from that another great NIKON this is my…I would say this mid priced camera is ideal for people like me who like to take good pictures,but are not camera buffs! Read more ›
I was looking for an upgrade to the digital slr world. I read the reviews on this camera and the price was great! Added the 55-300 lens with the special deal they had to… Read more ›
Great little camera, touchscreen and auto-focus work great. Read more ›
The lens is sharp and easy to use, and easy to get into manual focus when the situation requires. Autofocus sensitivity is very good. We also got the 55-300mm lens. Read more ›
My criteria are speed(focusing), clarity, and precision. Speed of focusing is amazing in auto mode. I shoot animals (birds), people, I like to take those unpredictable… Read more ›
Third, the video camera function is useless to me…With my AF lens, handheld, it's always adjusting focus and the sound of the focus motors is clearly heard in the audio. Read more ›
The burst and sports modes are very fast and clear. The auto focus is quick and the change from shot to shot is minimal for a delay. As far as the camera is easy to use I'd… Read more ›
My wife loves it too, and has no problems handling the camera. The focusing is extremely fast, which enables us to take quick pictures with great results. We did something… Read more ›
Though it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of its higher end…The controls are easy to figure out, the color space is fantastic, and the video quality is wonderful. Read more ›
The build quality for this one was better than similarly priced Canon T3/T4 etc. and it feels much better in hand. The colors are very nice. You can get more technical… Read more ›
But I did check the comparisons. The colors are awesome but guess what, the camera has some serious flaws. It almost never focuses on the subject choosing the focus on the… Read more ›
I can't say enough about the photo quality. The colors were rich and the images are crisp. If I can find out how, I'll post pics so you can see what I mean. Read more ›
This is an excellent camera for those photographers who do low light shooting, The colors are brilliant and clear. I have used this camera in the studio and on location and… Read more ›
Of course, using the built-in "Selective Color" function means I have to use liveview and that is fine. And, speaking of which, selective color works just great. I have… Read more ›
I got this camera a few months ago and I have to say, this is one of the best…The interface is simple and with enough practice, simple to understand what the numbers mean. Read more ›
6 months later I downgraded the sensor and bought a pro-grade body with…The pro-grade body's rugged build and plethora of buttons are very useful as your skills develop. Read more ›
The interface is fairly easy to pickup, with the question mark button available to anyone who isn't sure what something means (though it's not always the greatest… Read more ›
This camera is powerful and…The different settings and capabilities are pretty standard, but the user interface is solid and makes for a great photographical experience. Read more ›
Have had the DLSR for about a week and have really enjoyed it... While I'm a true beginner, the user interface has been pretty easy to get used to... which I really needed. S… Read more ›
I mainly shoot in…If you're in M mode, there is an aperture button to hold down just behind the shutter button which is also easy to reach with the camera up to your eye. Read more ›
The 3200 Does Come…This Camera Does All You Need For The Beginner And The Shutter speed And ISO Range Is Great For The Pro. a Lot Of Features And a Great Starting Lens. O… Read more ›
Sometimes I miss the dual command dials, but since I…I have the Fn button programmed to select ISO, which works fairly well, but I do sometimes miss a dedicated button. I… Read more ›
The built-in flash is good but I prefer to use the very…Auto ISO also works well for me, although I do play with it sometimes but find it's best not to go over 3200. Wh… Read more ›
If you set your camera to auto-ISO (and the parameters you can set on the auto-ISO are awesome), you can't override the auto-ISO without going deep into one of the menus… Read more ›
In manual mode it gives me complete control over my images just as I expect. High ISO is incredible, not nearly as noisy as I expected. Read more ›
I have a d300 already, just…I can see the image quality improvement of d5100 over d300 (about 10-20% sharper and clearer, high ISO is also better, 1600 is still acceptable. Read more ›
This is a great camera, easy to learn . This is the first Nikon I have owned and I am glad I bought it . Read more ›
Like many, I guess - I did a lot…I was looking for something that will meet my needs, something for my level of “professionalism” and something that will be easy to learn. Read more ›
Its much better than d3100, the one I had before. Its a very good camera to begin learning. HD Video rocks! Read more ›
The Nikon D5100 does everything I wanted it to do and more. It is easy to learn, easy to use, and I couldn't be happier with the purchase. Read more ›
the best thing i ever bought, is very easy to learn to use, totally recomended. the screen is the best Read more ›
It takes fantastic pictures. It is easy to learn and the features are easy to use. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4,314 of 4,374 people found the following review helpful By jpullos on October 12, 2011
Style Name: Body Only
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.
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1,260 of 1,296 people found the following review helpful By Paul Christensen VINE VOICE on April 22, 2011
Style Name: With 18-55mm Lens
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.
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536 of 561 people found the following review helpful By shuTTL3bus TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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.

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.
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