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Nikon 5100

Posted Monday 22 August 2011

I bought this camera to start working in DSLR movies around July 2011 and I was delighted with the portability and simplicity of this great camera in a small container. So far, that automatically adopt it as my personal travel camera, giving me the possibility to do HD video and stunning 16.2 megapixel still images with just one body. You can buy the 5100 kit camera for around $900 and it comes with a nice AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5-6 DX VR lens, that works fine for travel and outdoor portraiture. But if you can spend a couple of dollar additional, I recommend to buy the body only and buy the AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3.5- 5.6 DX VR instead.

The Nikon D5100 is Nikon’s latest’ DSLR for beginners or those with a basic budget trying to reach those beginners looking for an upper-entry-level DSLR. The D5100 was launched in April 2011, getting the market niche reached by 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.

With a very nice 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.


Small body, great performance. Ideal to travel, light weight camera, and with the right lens, you will have everything that you need for a travel companion. Huge images crispy an good saturation on colors.


It will be great to have a camera like this one with a full matrix sensor (FX). Not to much comfortable to change setting via LCD menu if you want to do manual settings, a wheel command still being my favorite.

Nikon 5100