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Nikon Coolpix P5100 12.1MP Digital Camera with 3.5x Optical Vibration Reduction Zoom

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  • Supplied -USB cable UC-E6, A/V cable EG-CP14, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5, Battery Charger MH-61, Strap AN-CP16, COOLPIX Software Suite CD-ROM
  • 12.1 Megapixels for large photos and prints (max 20 x 30 inches)
  • Image resolution - 4000 x 3000 (standard), 3968 x 2232 (widescreen)
  • 3.5x Optical Zoom-Nikkor Glass Lens (35mm equivalent - 35-123mm) / digital zoom 4x
  • VR Optical Image Stabilization minimizes the effect of camera shake
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 25580
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CCD
  • Optical zoom: 3.5 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 1.6 x 2.5 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000VKSRV8
  • Item model number: 25580
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,323 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at September 26, 2007

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Nikon Coolpix P5100 is the new flagship model in the Nikon Coolpix lineup, designed to satisfy photography enthusiasts. Built on a custom application of Nikon's innovative EXPEED digital image processing concept and incorporating the precision optics of a Nikkor lens, the Coolpix P5100 is built to realize optimum performance and maximum image quality.

Class-leading imaging ability begins with a full 12.1 effective megapixels of sharp resolution and a new digital image processing engine that reproduce the finest details and subtlest tones with precision and clarity, even when taking advantage of sensitivity settings as high as ISO 3200. (ISO 3200 is available only for image sizes of 5 megapixels [2592 x 1944] or smaller.) It also includes the compositional freedom of the 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens and compatibility with various converter lenses that further extend wide-angle and telephoto reach.

In addition to a variety of automated and scene modes, four advanced exposure modes offer both enthusiasts and more advanced photographers greater personal control over the camera. The Mode dial provides easy access to these modes, reflecting the Coolpix P5100's logical design that works to simplify and streamline operation for the photographer.

Optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization counteracts the effects of camera shake in lower light or when shooting unsteady subjects to help achieve sharper results. Active full time, it also stabilizes images displayed on the 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with wide 170-degree viewing angle for easier framing and more reassured shooting.

The quality-crafted body is made of solid magnesium alloy (Mg), featuring a quality finish, a comfortable grip covered in grid-pattern rubber, as well as an optical viewfinder to aid composition, particularly in brightly lit conditions. The built-in accessory shoe adds support for Nikon Speedlights and advanced i-TTL flash control.

Nikon Coolpix P5100 Feature Highlights

Superb image quality
Excellent imaging quality is a priority for the Coolpix P5100, from the 12.1 effective megapixels of imaging power produced by its 1/1.72-inch RGB CCD and new digital image processing engine, to its powerful 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens and optical lens shift VR.

Shooting modes that give the user greater control
Four exposure modes accessed via the Mode dial provide greater control over camera operation. Programmed Auto [P] mode automatically selects the optimal shutter and aperture settings. Shutter-priority Auto [S] lets the user select shutter speed, while the camera sets the optimal aperture. Aperture-priority Auto [A] offers 10-step manual control over the aperture setting to let the user decide depth of field, while the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed. Manual [M] exposure mode provides full control over both the aperture and shutter speed settings.

Proven lens shift VR image stabilization
Optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) is field-proven technology originally developed for interchangeable lenses used in Nikon SLR camera systems. The VR technology provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds as much as three stops slower without blurring the image, as well as producing a smoother viewfinder image which aids composition. Nikon's exclusive VR system also yields sharper results when shooting in low light when using the 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, or when reaching farther with an optional telephoto converter lens.

ISO 3200 capability
Extended light sensitivity range up to ISO 3200 adds the power to shoot more effectively in lower lighting conditions or to capture fast moving subjects with outstanding clarity. And the new image processing engine produces clear results, even when shooting with high ISO settings.

The convenience of system expandability
Optional system components further expand the photographic possibilities of the Coolpix P5100. Nikon's 0.67x wide-angle converter (WC-E67) and 3.0x tele-converter (TC-E3ED) lenses are available to extend the range of the attached 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, while a built-in accessory shoe supports the use of Nikon's advanced i-TTL flash control for external flashes, including the Speedlight SB-400, SB-600, and SB-800. These accessories are not included and must be purchased separately.

Other features
  • Three unique Nikon image innovations: Face-priority AF with improved speed and efficiency, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, D-Lighting
  • Optimize image for shooting monochrome photographs using a choice of 4 different filters for creative effects, (yellow, orange, red, and green)
  • Continuous flash shooting helps capture the action by allowing a burst of consecutive flash shots without having to wait for the flash to recharge
  • 1:1 size format allows photos to be shot using 1:1 (square) perspective
  • Distortion control corrects for barrel distortion in images shot and even displays the corrected image on the LCD in real time
  • Macro shooting from as close as 4 centimeters (1.6 inches)
  • 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
  • Improved menu interface, available in a choice of 23 languages
  • Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
  • SDHC card compatibility
  • Approximately 52MB of internal memory
  • PictBridge support
What's in the box
Nikon Coolpix P5100 digital camera, UC-E6 USB cable, EG-CP14 audio-video cable, EN-EL5 rechargeable li-ion battery, MH-61 battery charger, AN-CP16 strap, Software Suite CD-ROM

Product Description

Camera, coolpix p5100, black, 12.1m

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

This camera holds true to that…the 12.1 megapixle photos are so huge that I only use that setting when taking pictures of grizzly bears and vast landsacapes from a far. n… Read more ›
When I brought the P5100 home and test drove it, I knew I made the right choice. The photo qualities are stunning (for a point and shoot). Mind you, I don't print anything… Read more ›
I found out it is also one of the better camera brands. Before I used a Canon Sure shot - 35mm, I assumed the shots were good, and it was easy to operate. With this… Read more ›
Pictures are clear and detailed, I used it on a trip to the Azores (Portugal) 3 years ago and took some amazing photographs including some that I was able to splice… Read more ›
amazing macro shots. I cant think of anything bad about this camera. Read more ›
It has one of the…Like all cameras, film or digital, once you master its unique qualities, it will reward you with stunning images that will inspire you to create more. A… Read more ›
Ease of use: The auto mode on this camera works great. The special scene modes are great. (That covers ease-of-use for amateurs-- you can easily take great pictures with… Read more ›
The P5100's tough as nails magnesium…The P5100's price and features are clearly competitive with the Canon Powershot A650 IS, but its performance just as clearly isn't. Read more ›
Full of features. A pleasure to use. Read more ›
It does work like a professional camera (well, if you know…and it has good auto modes for those who just prefer p&s. Quality is great and just outstanding for P&S camera. Read more ›
We took a picture of our ceiling fan while it was on high…This is an amazing camera with awesome features and my husband and I are both blown away by the picture quality. Read more ›
Having had experience with Sony and Canon Digital cameras previously, the built-in flash, while useful for close-ups do not work well in settings like the school auditorium… Read more ›
I wanted a smaller Nikon to carry when I didn't want to take my D80. It was in great condition for a used item. I just wish the instruction booklet could have been included. Read more ›
This is a GREAT travel camera, and a good camera to sneak into concerts or other situations that normally won't allow…It's fairly inconspicuous, and it's easy to use. B… Read more ›
This is my first time to own a digital camera and I found Nikon P5100 fairly easy to use. Read more ›
I have owned this camera…The camera powers up quick, is easy to use without having to memorize the users guide, and is not a battery hog like some other digital cameras. Read more ›
OK, so it was my "friend" who spilled my beer on the camera; I probably shouldn't have left it on the table, but it's so light and fun to use that I like to keep it handy. (… Read more ›
And it's a good performer in it's own right. The advanced features are great, and it's intuitive and easy to use. The magnesium & rubber construction has a quality feel… Read more ›
Screen resolution is excellent, but it is hard to see in harsh sun and not the equal of the G9. I gave a 5 for value, as i did not pay full price. When I bought the Canon… Read more ›
THIS time, I did some serious research and narrowed down my selection to two. I got a GREAT price on this camera through Amazon, and I LOVE it. So much faster, better… Read more ›
Along with added wide-angle and close up lenses, the pictures are limitless. High quality and well worth the price! Read more ›
I have some combat camera friends and they said it is on…I would recommend this camera for anyone that is looking for a high quality camera for a really reasonable price. Read more ›
Ok so my last camera was a Nikon 3200 which we loved…We decided it was time for a new camera so we went to the store and ended up with an Olympus 1000 (great sale price). Read more ›
I was upgrading from a 5 MP camera and read tons of reviews on this camera.... pretty much everything I read said this was an awesome camera and I loved the price tag, so I… Read more ›
I've dropped it quite a few times and found the body to be extremely durable; the…The video is decent, but the sound quality is fairly vulnerable to even light breezes. T… Read more ›
I don't agree with the reviewer here who complained about the video. The video is as good as any digital SLR that I've used. It won't give you the same results as using a… Read more ›
The video capture works very well and it's quite handy if you don't happen to have a video camera with you at the time and still want to be able to provide that little… Read more ›
The videos are great and work well on this camera, even though it was not designed with that use primarily in mind. The zoom/wide angle feature is smooth and allows for… Read more ›
Great value for price, decent video capabilities, and many special (and useful) modes of exposure. Read more ›
This isn't a big deal to me. If I want high quality video, I'll use my video camera. In 15 years, think I used a still camera to take video exactly once. Read more ›
The build is really solid, the controls are exceptionally easy to use, and image quality is superb. My only real complaints are that it's a bit slow (shutter lag seeems… Read more ›
I wanted a little bit of everything. What I kept coming back to, though, was the solid build of the P5100 and the ability to manually adjust the settings. Yes, the camera… Read more ›
This discovery has really "made" the camera for me. The tiny size and solid build make this a true go anywhere, pocket carry camera. I'm glad that I own it. Read more ›
The program modes are terrific and combined with the SB400 Speedlight this little jewel is just…The price is great and the camera itself is very high quality construction. Read more ›
Canon's A-series cameras did not appeal to me, I do not…I've used one from work where the lens were starting to have problems and I didn't like the construction of it. T… Read more ›
The problem is that, especially when you use the flash, there is a huge (and inconsistent) delay between the time you push the button and the time the picture is taken --… Read more ›
How great is that? The built-in flash works really well, too. Read more ›
2) Weight...much lighter...she doesn't realize it when i…3) Can use with my nikon SB-800 flash for nice bounced flash photography, allowing creative portraits or images. Read more ›
The P5100's exposures were spot on, alhtough there tends to be some clipping of the highlights and shadows. The colors are very accurate. Read more ›
Great value for price, decent video capabilities, and many special (and useful) modes of exposure. Read more ›
The video feature is…It has enough features which allows the professional good control over exposure, but, the automatic or preset exposure modes are excellent overall. T… Read more ›
Get one and you will absolutely be pleased with it. Don't forget to get the Nikon carrying case as well, which makes it very convenient to carry. Of course the previously… Read more ›
I was previously using a 4MP Sony and this…It is light and easy to carry, the controls are easy to manage, and the battery is tucked away neatly along with the memory card. Read more ›
The 12.1 MP resolution is great for blowing up the photos, or for cropping. The 5 MP on my old camera was pushing the resolution when I tried to make a poster or when I… Read more ›
The biggest feature I like about the Nikon is configuring the Fn button (I use it to…I also enjoy the (full resolution) square format mode; a new/old way to see things. Read more ›
Don't forget to get the Nikon carrying case…Of course the previously owned Coolpix lenses and other accessories work with the P5100 as you would expect them to, flawlessly. Read more ›
But the main attraction of the camera for me was its fast lens with Vibration Reduction. I've taken sharp pictures in very low light which I had been unable to take with… Read more ›
Finally, regarding the image quality: SUPERB. I was astounded at the sharpness, detail, color accuracy, and saturation of my latest set of prints. My only quibble with… Read more ›
There is a short but significant learning curve but the pictures I have taken are excellent with good color and high clarity. The 12.1 Megapixels allows you to crop and… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

106 of 108 people found the following review helpful By JMinSF on November 16, 2007
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I love this camera. My guess is you'll love it too, at least if your needs are similar to mine:

I cut my teeth on a Pentax Spotmatic in the 1970s, and appreciate the flexibility of manual controls. Point-&-Shoot digital cameras are small and light, but (nearly) everything is automatic. The P5100 allows you to manually adjust the shutter speed and aperture, just like with a DSLR; but unlike a DSLR, the P5100 is (while a bit heavier and bulkier than I might ideally like) pocketable. It's a compromise between a DSLR and a P&S, and in that sense works really well for me.

The build is really solid, the controls are exceptionally easy to use, and image quality is superb. My only real complaints are that it's a bit slow (shutter lag seeems longer than most, there's a lag while the image is being processed, and it grinds and struggles to focus in low light) and the on/off switch is located in the wrong place (the center of the grip, so I find myself turning the camera on & off when I don't mean to). I consider these minor inconveniences.

So if you're a photo enthusiast who wants more control than offered by most P&S cameras, but you don't want to deal with the bulk of a DSLR, you may love the P5100 too.


UPDATE: I've had the camera for nearly 3 months now, so a brief update. I still rate it as an amazing little camera -- a lot of features and flexibility are squeezed into a small, solidly-constructed, pocketable box. If pocketability is what you want, this camera is I still believe an excellent choice. It's truly like having a DSLR in your pocket in many respects.

And it's not perfect: I wish I could give it 4-1/2 stars.
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119 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Siegel on November 10, 2007
First let me tell you what to buy with the camera. 1) the UR- E20 adapter tube. You can leave it on all the time as protection and for extra finger grip, I do. It weighs next to nothing 2) the wide angle converter lens, also very small gizmo, another hundred dollars but gives you a wide view of 24mm equivalent and the menu option allows the camera to correct some barrel distortion inherent in this type optic.Works pretty darn good except at extreme edges 3)Nikon's SB400 flash,which is a marvel. Small,light,dedicated to the system and has a swivel flash tube up front for bounce,unusual in anything this small and two celled. Flash uses two AA size standard power and delivers a lot more than the built in body flash pintsize runt,rechargeables are better natch. And if you get the flash you prolong the camera batter,a nice bonus and less less redeye4) a spare Li-Ion battery by Nikon another mere 20 bucks or so.Fast 2 hour charge will do it. Now this whole kit and kaboodle will run the tab up a bit more than you expected,but you will get shots that are equal or better than a heavy SLR with a heavy zoom lens.I do not joke. The camera's Program mode is one of the better ones out there. Meaning I trust it a lot.

Some professional reviewers tend to poke away at this camera's lack of zip to them, and forget it is powered by a minute size battery,about the size of a slice of cheddar on a buffet table:-). It can't do burst shots and start up in a microsecond, true. They are not accepting it for what it delivers at this price. What else is out there but heavier and pricier in this category I mean.

The lens will not open as wide at tele end as an indoor shooter would want without flash, and is not the speediest performer out there overall.
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90 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Darla Hall on October 16, 2007
Ok so my last camera was a Nikon 3200 which we loved but the shutterspeed was slow and it was just a little outdated. We decided it was time for a new camera so we went to the store and ended up with an Olympus 1000 (great sale price). We got home and after we used it a couple of times we realy didn't like the camera because many pictures were blurred and just not very clear. So we sold the Olympus and splurged and got this camera. This camera is worth every penny! The pictures are so clear and the camera is actually much easier to use than I thought it would be. We took a picture of our ceiling fan while it was on high just to see how it would turn out and in the picture it is as clear as if the fan was off. This is an amazing camera with awesome features and my husband and I are both blown away by the picture quality. We can't wait to get outside and use the camera to try all the features.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2007
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I bought the P5100 as it travels a lot easier than my D70 and can do more in some respects. The main reason to choose this one over the rest is that it has a hotshoe and is compatible with my Nikon SB600. Here is a comparison with my D70 nikon SLR a bit unfir but the P5100 holds up surprisingly well. The P5100 has a Mg alloy body and is sturdy but light enough to hold steady on a skinny pocket tripod. it has video capability although the built-in mic is awful. It does better than the D70 in very low light. built in VR is excellent and can drop at least 2 f-stops without distortion. It has a face id for focusing and a Panoramic shot assist--( when you use this setting the screen displays the edge of the previous photograph so that you can align the next shot perfectly when you pan the camera.).You cannot get dust on your sensor even if you try. and twice the megapixels compared to the D70! The limitations (compared to the SLR) are cannot shoot multiple frames per sec. very slight shutter delay compared to SLR. Slow autofocus and no focus area options and limited metering options.Cannot shoot in RAW format.
For less than Half the price of the D70 this is an excellet deal. Go for it! Make your Day!
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