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Nikon D5100 16.2 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ AF-S VR 18-55mm Lens)

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Let your creativity get better with the Nikon D5100 DSLR Kit that comes with a DX lens. The High Dynamic Range of this camera with lens lets you shoot extreme contrasts with stunning clarity by combining two exposures to give you a wider dynamic range. With a three-inch 921,000-dot Vari-angle LCD, you can capture shots from any angle and even view playback in rich detail on the Nikon D5100 DSLR Kit. This Digital SLR features an Effects mode that gives you a variety of special effects like Night Vision, High/Low Key, Miniature Effect, and Color Sketch for shooting your very own full HD D-Movie. Exceptional sound-recording and auto-focus flaunted by the Nikon D5100 DSLR Kit only make your movie better. The built-in DX-format CMOS sensor (with a wide ISO range) and EXPEED 2 engine let you use this camera with lens to capture moving objects with utmost clarity and minimal noise even in low-light conditions. All these great features of this Digital SLR are complemented by the AF-S DX 18-55mm lens (five groups with seven elements) that gives you exceptional angles of view, sharp images, auto-focus, and much more.

Product Features
  • 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
    Delivers lifelike images with vivid colors, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations.
  • High ISO (100-6400) light sensitivity - manually extendable up to 25600 using the Hi2 setting
    Enables faster shutter speeds for finely detailed images with minimal noise when you shoot fast-moving subjects or take pictures in low light. Features an Auto ISO setting.
  • EXPEED 2 image processing engine
    Optimizes the camera's technologies for superior performance and maximum image quality.
  • 7.5 cm (3-in.), 921k-dot vari-angle LCD monitor with wide viewing angle
    Lets you capture unique shots from any angle. Boasts a side opening mechanism that makes it easy to shoot self-portraits or use a tripod.
  • D-Movie - full HD (1080p) movie clips
    A dedicated movie-record button right next to the shutter-release makes it easy to keep the camera steady when you switch between recording stills and movies. AF-F mode keeps everything in focus, and the camera's vari-angle monitor and Special Effects mode enable unique shots. The camera supports use of an external microphone and offers 30p, 25p and 24p frame rates.
  • Live View with Scene Auto Selector
    Makes it easy to compose images using the vari-angle LCD monitor. Scene Auto Selector will select the best mode for the scene and subject you want to capture. Boasts easily selectable AF modes, including Face Priority AF that detects and tracks faces within the frame.
  • Razor-sharp 11-point AutoFocus system
    Offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame. Four AF-area modes, including 3D-tracking AF, deliver sharp results, whether your subject is off-center, moving fast or completely unpredictable.
  • 4 fps continuous shooting
    Enables you to capture fast-moving action at four frames per second.
  • Special Effects mode
    Lets you shoot distinctive still images and movies using a special effect. Offers a range of effects, including Color Sketch, Miniature effect, Night Vision and Selective Color that lets you emphasize up to three colors of your choice and turns the rest of the image to monochrome.
  • Scene Modes
    Scene Modes automatically adjust camera settings, including Picture Controls and active D-Lighting, to take the guesswork out of tricky photo situations and deliver optimal results. Simply turn the mode dial to SCENE to access the most commonly used modes. Sample photos appear on the display to help you select the right mode.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging
    Delivers exquisitely detailed shots of high-contrast scenes. Takes two shots within a single shutter release to create an image with an extremely wide dynamic range, low noise and rich color gradation.
  • Extensive in-camera Retouch Menu
    Lets you edit and enhance photos and movies in the camera. Offers a range of effects and filters including Perspective Control, Soft Focus and Color Outline, which transforms your photo into a line drawing.
  • Dual Integrated dust reduction system
    Image Sensor Cleaning and Airflow Control systems keep dust away from the camera's image sensor for clear, spot-free images.
  • HDTV compatibility
    This camera features a built-in HDMI connector with HDMI-CEC support so you can view your photos and movies on any HDTV and control playback features using your TV's remote control.
  • Infrared front and back receiver
    Helps prevent image blur when shooting close-ups and self-portraits.

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Product Identifiers
UPC018208254781, 018208919802

Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Optical Zoom3x
Sensor Resolution16.2 MP
Screen Size3"

Optical Sensor
Sensor TypeCMOS

Lens System
Lens For SDAF-S VR 18-55mm
Focal Length Range4mm - 6mm
Focus AdjustmentAutofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic
Lens System FeaturesVR (Vibration Reduction)
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection

Max Shutter Speed30 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure Metering3D color matrix II
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
Light Sensitivity100–6400
Light Sensitivity Max6400

Camera Flash
Flash TypeBuilt-In
Camera Flash FeaturesAuto Flash, Flash Off, Front Sync Flash, Manual, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync
Flash ModesRear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemorySD Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card, SDXC Memory Card

Viewfinder TypeDigital
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95% Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification0.78x Approx.

Depth3.1 in.
Height3.8 in.
Width5 in.
Weight19.7 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display Size3"

Microphone Type3.5mm Mic input

Connector Types1 x HDMI output

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedMicrosoft Windows 7

Battery DescriptionEN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery

File Format
Digital Video FormatH.264, MOV, MPEG-4
Still Image FormatDCF 2.0, DPOF, EXIF 2.3, JPEG, Raw Image

Max Video Resolution1920 X 1080

Other Features
Additional FeaturesHDMI, HDR (High Dynamic Range) Function, Not Interchangeable Lenses, USB 2.0, With Tripod Mount

Special EffectsColor sketch
White BalanceAuto, Cloudy (Preset), Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Flash (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Manual, Shade (Preset)
Continuous Shooting Speed4 frames per second
Analog Video FormatNTSC

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CNET Editors' reviewVery Good


    Excellent photo quality with a good noise profile, a streamlined shooting design for both photo and video, and a broad, practical feature set contribute to the Nikon D5100's strengths.


    While it's fast, some aspects of the D5100's performance still lag behind its class.


    Though it doesn't rank first based on any individual aspect of the camera, the Nikon D5100 delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design that puts it out in front if you're looking for a well-rounded option under $1,000.

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Created: 05/16/12

The Nikon D5100 is the company's latest 'upper-entry-level' DSLR

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Nikon D5100 review

The Nikon D5100 is the company's latest 'upper-entry-level' DSLR aimed at beginners or those wanting a step-up from a basic budget model. Announced in April 2011, it comes exactly two years after its predecessor, the popular D5000. The new D5100 is positioned between the entry-level D3100 and the mid-range D7000, and goes head-to-head against Canon's EOS 600D / Rebel T3i.

Externally the Nikon D5100 enjoys a redesigned shape that's noticeably shorter than its predecessor and a little lighter too. Physically the biggest difference though concerns the screen round the back: it's still articulated, but taking a leaf from Canon and Panasonic, it's now hinged at the side rather than the bottom. Nikon's also upgraded the screen from the basic 2.7in / 230k panel of the D5000 to a larger and much more detailed 3in / 921k panel here.

Inside, the D5100 inherits the 16.2 Megapixel sensor of the D7000, giving it four Megapixels more than its predecessor. It also unsurprisingly now offers Full HD 1080p movie recording, although unlike the D7000 this is offered at 24, 25 or 30fps. The D5100 also offers the Full-time continuous autofocus during movies of the D3100 and D7000 before it, along with an external microphone input. Completing the headline upgrades is a new EFFECTS position on the dial which presents a variety of special effects including miniature, sketch and selective colour, along with a Night Vision option working at up to 102,400 ISO. Let's now look at the camera in more detail.

So the Nikon D5100 essentially offers three major upgrades over its predecessor: it inherits the excellent sensor of the D7000, upgrades the screen size, resolution and hinge mounting, and borrows the core movie capabilities of the D3100 and D7000, while also offering a broader selection of frame rates at 1080p and a mic input. The much preferable side-hinging for the screen has also eliminated the D5000's disproportionately tall viewfinder head, allowing Nikon to design a shorter and curvier body for the new model. In addition to this you also get the new EFFECTS mode which can be applied to some movies as well as stills, along with an HDR option.

While the viewfinder, AF system and continuous shooting remain essentially unchanged from its predecessor, the upgrades described above add up to a much improved camera experience. Revealingly most of the core improvements are focused around the Live View and movie modes, with little other than an improved sensor to tempt traditional photographers, but that's par for the course for most new entry-level DSLRs. Canon employs exactly the same strategy, essentially leaving Sony to innovate at this price point.

If you were hoping for faster continuous shooting, improved AF or a bigger viewfinder, you'll be disappointed, but by offering the D7000's quality at a lower price point with an excellent flip-out screen and a broader selection of 1080p frame rates, there's a great deal to like here. The D5100 is destined to become another big seller for Nikon, although its rival from Canon has never been closer.

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Created: 06/23/12

I would NOT recommend the Nikon D5100 to ANYONE.

No, I would not recommend this product.

I bought a Nikon D5100 with these TWO "kit" lenses: 18-55 and 55-200mm. As background, I have 45 years "serious amateur" experience in photography, but little in digital photography. My first "serious" digital SLR was a SONY A100 that I bought so I could use my Minolta AF lenses. I wanted to update my camera because technology has advanced so much! It was a major decision to change camera brands because of my investment over the years in Minolta AF mount lenses. BUT, I wanted something lighter than the SONY "professional" cameras, and something with a better imaging reputation.

I shot approximately 90 test images with each of the lenses. After carefully reviewing them at 100% magnification in Photoshop, I can honestly say that only 1 of the 180 photos was genuinely sharp.

The 55-200 had trouble focusing under certain circumstances even in mid-day on a mostly cloudy day. Either the lenses, the sensor or the in camera software did a poor job with contrast and color rendition, in addition to the lack of sharpness. Neither zoom ring moved "smoothly." Both felt "rough." I understand that they are relatively cheap "kit" lenses, but I expect better from a lens with the Nikkor name!

The mirror in the SLR body did something indicative of poor design, poor quality and/or poor manufacturing. It shifted at the last moment as it seated itself. It was not aligned properly for its travel and seating.

There is something about the design of the D5100 body front where it is supposed to fit your right hand that was VERY uncomfortable for me. This could be a personal issue since hand sizes vary.

Fortunately, I was able to return the camera for a full refund!

Overall, I was EXTREMELY disappointed! I expected MUCH better from Nikon. I then bought a Canon T3i with 18-55 and 55-250mm "kit" lenses, which is roughly equivalent to the Nikon D5100 package but $100 more. I had read MANY reviews, both professional and user. They almost unanimously favored the Nikon which is why I first tried the Nikon. I have now had the Canon for about a week and shot perhaps 80 test images. Out of the 80 images, most are extremely sharp even magnified to 200% in Photoshop. While both lenses appear to focus quickly and properly in all lighting conditions, I had trouble at the 250mm end. In defense of the lens, I do NOT yet know how to change the focusing parameters and I was trying to capture either a distant deer or bird both partly hidden in a mess of branches or trees. The camera did not know what I wanted to focus on. Exposure, color and contrast rendition are excellent!

Oddly, in the full automatic setting, the camera wants to use the flash in situations that I do NOT believe call for flash. Interestingly, and useful for idiot-proof photography, in full automatic the camera's brain alters the ISO setting to afford "optimum" settings for a decent photo. They may not be the settings a knowledgeable photographer would choose, but they work!

The camera body appears to be solid, properly designed, engineered and manufactured. Unfortunately, it is slightly heavier than the Nikon, which is a major factor for me.

So far, I am very pleased with the Canon T3i. I am only pondering TWO "walk around" lenses versus buying the Tamron 18-270.

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Created: 11/07/11

Love the camera, but autofocus & vertical image broke after 2 months

No, I would not recommend this product.

I got this camera in May shortly after it was released. There hasn't been a whole lot user reviews but overall it seemed to have been a good model. I this is my first DSLR so I don't have much as of comparing it to over models or brands. I got mine at Best But as at that point they were selling them for the same price everywhere. Added extended warranty on it as I have a tendency to be clumsy with my things. However I have been very very careful with this camera so far, not dropping or banging it against anything. I used it for the first two months or so with no problem. Then it sat around the house for about a month, and when I went to use it again I noticed that the auto focus was not working. The manual focus was still working fine however. I thought it was the lens, so I took it to Inkley's and they tried another lens on it, same problem. They established that it was the body that was having the problem. The camera was still under manufacture warranty so I took it to Best Buy and they told me it'd be 4-6 weeks till I get it back. I needed it well before then, so I've been using it on manual focus for a few months now, it's a pain at times, others it does give better flexibility to the image, however I wanted all functions of this pricy toy of my to work, so finally I took it back in. It's out being fixed now, hope it'll come back as good as new. Oh another thing I noticed with the camera (also started to happen the same time the auto focus went out) was when I took pictures vertically if I was using the screen instead of the view finder the screen would go almost black and I couldn't see the image. I mostly had to switch back to view finder to frame and focus my vertical shots. I hope that gets fixed as well, as I forgot to mention it to the guy at Best Buy. I'm hoping this is a fluke and is not a re-accruing issue, as I haven't read other reviews with similar problem since this happened.
Assuming this is an isolated incident, otherwise the camera has been very easy to learn the settings and to make good pictures. For a starter DLSR is' for the most part a good camera. I haven't tried out much of the video yet, I'm more into stills, but once the baby comes I'm sure I'll make a use of that function as well.

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Created: 08/03/11

Awesome camera, loaded with features and great quality for the price.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

The camera is great. I would start off by saying that having the same sensor as the D7000, which costs considerably more, is a big plus. You will, indeed, see very similar picture quality.
The D5100 is loaded with nice features for all types of users. If you are just starting with photography you will certainly enjoy the automatic modes as well as all the scene and effects available. The camera also shines in manual mode, the built in light meter works wonders.
Another thing that usually goes unnoticed but that can make big difference is the fact that this model has 2 infra-red receivers, which makes perfect sense. That way you can release the shutter from both the front and the back of the camera using a remote.
Just to list a couple of "cons"... if you are into video, definitely go with the Canon T3i and you will see much better quality. Another thing are the lenses that come in this kit. I expected them to be much more sturdy. After using the camera for a couple of weeks, they started making some squeaky noise. But well, they are cheap kit lenses anyway.

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Created: 08/02/12

Old Nikon user find new love for Photography

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

This is my first DSLR..I own Nikon SLR products and was looking for one that would work with them..can be done, but in Manual mode only - no prob - used to that with the SLR's.
I read many reviews before choosing this model which was near the pricing range I wanted to spend.

So far, I'm ecstatic with the results using my old lenses - not so happy with the stock kit lense. The details, color, and depth of field is much better with the old Nikkor's. The 18-55 can give good results and in the auto modes it is fairly predictable, but I find the images a bit snapshot-ish.
The AF is slow and not always accurate, and I mainly use it in manual focus mode. The presets are great for a fast setup and the in-camera editing features are fun to experiment with.

The camera itself is loaded with features and I found it helpful to print the user manual that comes on the disk. Yes, it's alot of pages..but totally worth it!

My only real complaint so far is there seems to be an amount of shutter lag regardless of what speed you set it on. Probably something I need to get used to, but definetly not
as quick as I would expect from an electronic device. Maybe this is something that will be fixed with a firmware update? If not, I'm learning to lead my moving subjects...

I'm having fun experimenting in different lighting using different combos of shutter speed and ISO and instantly seeing the result. Interestingly, I took some shots of a hummingbird that came out almost pitch black on the view screen, but with some exposure correction came out great..well, atleast viewable!

For my own personal case, I do loose alot of the features available on this camera using it with the old lenses and Manual mode. But as an old Nikon user there is an amount of "expectation" from each image that this method seems to satisfy best. Maybe with some better AF DX lenses..I don't know...

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