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Nikon D5100 Kit

16.2-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm lens & HD movie mode

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Our take on the Nikon D5100 Kit

by Dave Bar
Nikon

Develop your photography hobby

You don't have to be an expert photographer to use an SLR — they all offer easy automatic shooting. Because of their build quality and the physics of good glass and large sensors, even their built-in automatic settings will get you better pictures than most point-and-shoots or mobile devices. But experienced photographers and budding hobbyists can get more creative by manually adjusting settings like aperture and shutter speed. SLRs let you expand your shooting options with additional lenses and flashes to suit just about any situation. If you'd like to record the occasional video, look for a model with high-def movie mode.

Uncap a well of creativity
The gentle blur of water in motion as it tumbles over a hidden mountain waterfall. The crisply focused portrait of your daughter's face against a softly blurred field of sunflowers. A spinning neon Ferris wheel at a nighttime carnival. Nikon's D5100 SLR camera offers the tools you need to paint pictures that tell stories with amazing image quality. Plus, it records stunning HD movies, for times when you'd prefer to capture the scene in full motion.

High-performance image sensor, tilt-and-swivel LCD, and more
The D5100's 16.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor ensures razor-sharp, detailed photos even when shooting in low light without a flash. The big 3" high-res LCD tilts and swivels, making it easy to grab shots high over crowds or down low from a toddler's point of view. And a 1080p movie recording mode with full-time autofocus helps keep your subjects looking crisp and detailed at all times (unless you choose to manually dial in a softer focus for artistic effect).

Add some special effects to make your pics and movies even more unique
The D5100 is Nikon's first digital SLR to provide in-camera effects that can be applied to both photos and movies for cool, creative options. Twist the cam's mode dial to the Effects position and select Color Sketch to create photos or a stop-motion movie with a colorful sketched drawing style. Or try the Miniature effect to record photos and high-speed movies that have the look of a miniature-scale model.

Along with the Effects settings, the D5100 can create photos with amazing tonal range thanks to a high dynamic range (HDR) mode. Select this function and the camera will automatically snap two images in rapid succession — one overexposed and one underexposed — to deliver a finished photo with an amazing range of midtones and highlights that wouldn't otherwise be possible in a single shot. Plus, Nikon's Active D-Lighting can be combined with HDR for an even more dramatic effect.

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Highlights:

  • 16.2-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.6 mm)
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (vibration reduction) lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
    • 3X optical zoom (approximate)
    • filter/attachment size: 52mm
  • 1080p high-def movie mode with sound and full-time autofocus
  • tilt-and-swivel 3" high-res (921,000 dots) LCD screen with Live View for composing stills and movies on-screen in real-time
  • optical SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment)
  • Nikon EXPEED 2 image processing engine for detailed photos and fast, responsive handling
  • 11-point autofocus system and 3D Color Matrix Metering II for precise autofocusing and accurate exposure
  • Auto Active D-Lighting mode plus HDR (High Dynamic Range) setting for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • intelligent pop-up flash and flash exposure compensation
  • in-camera effects filters plus editing in both still and video modes
  • compatible with optional Nikon wireless and wired remote controls
  • warranty: 1 year camera body, 5 years lens
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses: all autofocus and metering functions supported
  • AF Nikkor lenses (type G or D) not equipped with an autofocus motor: all functions supported except autofocus
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 4 frames per second (up to 100 Large/Fine JPEG frames or 16 RAW frames)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • auto exposure and white balance bracketing (up to 3 frames for each)
  • 17 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in virtually any shooting environment
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG, RAW (NEF 14-bit), and RAW+JPEG (Fine)
  • JPEG options (pixels): 4,928 x 3,264; 3,696 x 2,448; 2,464 x 1,632
  • movie options: MOV (H.264/MPEG-4) up to 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24, 25, or 30 frames per second with mono sound
  • records photos and video onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards (not included)
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • accessory terminal for optional Nikon GPS unit and MC-DC2 wired remote
  • audio input terminal for optional stereo microphone
  • 5-1/8"W x 3-15/16"H x 5-15/16"D (with lens attached)
  • weight (body only): 18 oz.
  • supplied lens weight: 9.3 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • 18-55mm vibration reduction Nikon lens
  • rechargeable EN-EL14 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • adjustable neck strap
  • USB and audio/video cable
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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3"
Adjustable-angle LCD
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Yes
Wi-Fi
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No
GPS-enabled
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Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent
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27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom
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3x
Digital Zoom
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N/A
Filter Diameter
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52mm
Manual Focusing
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Yes
Manual Exposure
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Yes
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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Mini
Memory
Internal Memory
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None
Memory Media
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SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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16.2
Total Megapixels
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16.9
Image Stabilization
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Optical
Highest Resolution
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4928 x 3264
HD Video Recording
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1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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5-1/8
Height (inches)
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3-15/16
Depth (inches)
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6
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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29
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg
Labor Warranty
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1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg
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What's in the box?

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  • D5100 Camera body with body cap and accessory shoe cover installed
  • Viewfinder eyepiece cover
  • EN-EL14 (7.4V/1030mAh) Lithium Ion battery pack with plastic cap
  • MH-24 Battery charger (8.4V/0.9A)
  • 5' UC-E6 USB cable with micro-USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end
  • 5' EG-CP14 Audio-Video cable (with micro-USB connector on one end and RCA mono audio and composite video plugs on the other end
  • Nylon adjustable shoulder strap
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens with LC-52 front and rear lens caps installed
  • ViewNX2 software on CD-ROM
  • Nikon Reference Manual on CD-ROM
  • User's Manual (English)
  • User Manual (Spanish)
  • Quick Start Guide (English)
  • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
  • Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty sheet
  • Lens Warranty card
  • Lens Extended Warranty form
  • Product Registration card

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Recording Features
Lens Features
Playback, Editing And Printing Functions
Connections
Battery Information
Supplied Software
Image Capacity

Recording Features

Overview: The Nikon D5100 18-55mm VR Kit includes the Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera body and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Image Stabilization Zoom Lens. The kit also includes a EN-EL14 rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack and a battery charger.

Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The Nikon D5100 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots and adjustable brightness (-3 to +3). The Vari-angle monitor opens outward 180°, and can be rotated 180° forward or 90° backward for high- and low-angle photography. The large 3-inch LCD monitor has large fonts with easy-to-view menus. The monitor can display shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture, and number of exposures remaining as well as the settings currently applied. You can choose from a classic information display or a graphic display.

Live View: The camera features Live View, which allows you to frame your photographs in the monitor instead of the viewfinder. When the Live View switch is rotated, the mirror is raised and the view through the lens will be displayed in the monitor. The subject will no longer be visible in the viewfinder. The Live View display will show up to 10 items, including shooting, focus, and AF-area modes, along with other status indicators. You can opt to hide many of the indicators, or overlay a framing grid in the monitor.

Optical Viewfinder: The D5100 uses a fixed eye-level penta-mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter adjustment to set the viewfinder to your personal eyesight (with or without glasses). The viewfinder's coverage area is approximately 95% horizontal and vertical. During self-timer or remote control operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use the supplied eyepiece cap to cover the eyepiece.

Image Sensor: The D5100 features a 23.6mm x 15.6mm CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 16.9 million pixels and an effective pixel count of approximately 16.2 million.

Dust Reduction System: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be set to turn the auto cleaning function off.

Recording Media: The camera records images on Secure Digital (SD) memory cards up to 2 GB in size, SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB, and SDXC cards up to 64 GB. No SD cards are included with the camera. The camera has no internal memory.

Still Image Formats: The D5100 records still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats. You can choose from the following Image Quality and Image Size settings:

Quality Option
(Compression ratio)
Available Image Sizes Description
NEF (Raw) 4928 x 3264 Raw 14-bit data from the image sensor is saved directly to the memory card in compressed Nikon Electronic Format (NEF). Settings such as white balance and contrast can be adjusted on a computer after shooting.
NEF + JPEG Fine 4928 x 3264 Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one fine-quality JPEG image.
NEF + JPEG Normal Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one normal-quality JPEG image.
NEF + JPEG Basic Two images are recorded, one NEF image and one basic-quality JPEG image.
JPEG Fine
(1:4)
L: 4928 x 3264
M: 3696 x 2448
S: 2464 x 1632
Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
JPEG Normal
(1:8)
Normal image quality, suited to most applications
JPEG Basic
(1:16)
Basic image quality, suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in web pages.

Movie Recording: The D5100 records movies in High Definition in 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition in 3:2. Movies are recorded in MOV file format, with H.264/MPEG-4 advanced video coding, and Linear PCM audio, recorded by the built-in monaural microphone. The maximum clip length is 20 minutes or 4 GB in size. The only metering method available is Matrix. Movies can be recorded in the following frame sizes and rates:

Frame Size (pixels) Frame Rate (frames per second)
1920 x 1080 (16:9) 30 fps (29.97)
25 fps (for PAL displays)
24 fps (23.976)
1280 x 720 (16:9) 30 fps (29.97)
25 fps (for PAL displays)
24 fps (23.976)
640 x 424 (3:2) 30 fps (29.97)
25 fps (for PAL displays)

Focus Modes: You can choose from the following autofocus and manual focus modes:

  • Auto-servo AF (AF-A): Camera automatically selects single-servo autofocus if subject is stationary, and continuous-servo autofocus if subject is moving.
  • Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): For stationary subjects. Focus locks when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
  • Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): For moving subjects. Camera focuses continuously while shutter release button is pressed halfway.
  • Manual (M): Manual focus is available for lenses that do not support autofocus (non-AF Nikkor lenses) or when autofocus does not produce the desired results.

AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'-8" to 9'-10".

AF-Area Modes: The D5100 offers a choice of four focus areas that together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the following AF-area modes:

  • Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
  • Dynamic Area: In AF-A and AF-C modes, user selects focus point manually but camera will focus based on information from surrounding focus points if subject briefly leaves the selected point. In AF-S focus mode, you select the focus point manually.
  • Auto Area: Camera automatically detects subject and selects focus point.
  • 3D-Tracking (11 points): In AF-A and AF-C focus modes, you select the focus point using the multi-selector. If subject moves after camera has focused, camera uses 3D tracking to select new focus point and keep focus locked on original subject while shutter release pressed halfway. If subject leaves viewfinder, you will need to remove finger from shutter release button and recompose photo with subject in the selected focus point.

Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in one of the focus points in the final composition.

Release Modes: The camera can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an optional remote control. The camera allows you to choose from the following Release Modes:

  • Single Frame: The camera takes one photograph each time the shutter release button is pressed
  • Continuous: The camera records photographs up to 4 frames per second while the shutter release button is held down.
  • Self-timer: This mode can be used to reduce camera shake or for self-portraits. The shutter is released about 10 or 2 seconds after shutter-release button is pressed depending on setting.
  • Delayed Remote: Shutter is released 2 seconds after the shutter release button on the optional ML-L3 remote is pressed.
  • Quick-response Remote: Shutter is released when the shutter release button on the optional ML-L3 remote is pressed.
  • Quiet Shutter Release: The camera takes a single photograph, as in Single Frame mode, except that the camera makes no shutter sound when shooting or beep when focusing.

Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D5100's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging lighting conditions.

Metering: You can choose from the following Metering Modes to determine how the camera sets exposure:

  • Matrix: Produces natural results in most situations. Camera uses 420-pixel RGB sensor to meter a wide area of the frame and set exposure according to tone distribution, color, composition, and with type G or D lenses, range information. (See 3D Color Matrix Metering II above). With other CPU lenses, the camera uses color matrix metering II, which does not include 3D range information.
  • Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns greatest weight to center area.
  • Spot: The camera meters exposure in active focus point only. This ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is much brighter or darker.

Shooting Modes: The Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a choice of shooting modes:

  • Auto Modes:
    • Auto: The camera handles exposure, shutter-speed, ISO sensitivity and White balance so you can just point and shoot.
    • Auto Flash Off: Captures scenes using only available lighting. Ideal for museums, weddings or any situation where a flash is prohibited or inappropriate.
    • Scene Auto Selector: When in Live View in Auto or Auto Flash Off modes, the camera will automatically analyze the subject and select the appropriate shooting mode when autofocus is enabled. Modes that can be selected include: portrait, landscape, close up, and night portrait (see descriptions below).
  • P, S, A, and M Modes:
    • Programmed Auto: Choose from one of the automatically selected shutter speed/aperture combinations and allows control over exposure compensation, metering and other features.
    • Shutter-Priority Auto: You determine the shutter speed to freeze or blur motion, while the camera decides the ideal aperture.
    • Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal shutter speed.
    • Manual: Choose both the shutter speed and the aperture on your own. You can refer to the electronic analog exposure display of the camera for help with appropriate exposures.
  • Scene Modes:
    • Portrait: Keeps your main subject in sharp focus with a soft background for more pleasing portraits.
    • Landscape: Ideal for beautiful scenery with great perspectives and optimized greens and blues.
    • Child: Delivers fresh, natural skin tones for stunning shots of children. Clothing also vividly rendered.
    • Sports: Freezes fast-moving subjects easily.
    • Close Up: Find beauty in small details by focusing sharply on a small area with a softly blurred background. Ideal for flowers and coins or other small treasures.
    • Other Scenes: After selecting Other Scenes, you can use the command dial to find these scene settings:
      • Night Portrait: Capture your main subject in low light while retaining a natural looking background exposure.
      • Night Landscape: For shooting night nightscapes with street lighting and neon signs (tripod recommended)
      • Party/Indoor: For parties and other indoor scenes.
      • Beach/Snow: Capture the brightness of sunlit expanses of water, snow, or sand
      • Sunset: For preserving the deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises (tripod recommended when lighting is poor)
      • Dusk/Dawn: For preserving the colors in weak natural light before dawn or after sunset.
      • Pet Portrait: For portraits of active pets.
      • Candlelight: For taking photos lit by candlelight (tripod recommended)
      • Blossom: For fields of flowers, orchards in bloom, or other landscapes featuring expanses of blossoms.
      • Autumn Colors: For capturing the brilliant reds and yellows of autumn leaves.
      • Food: For vivid photos of food.
  • Effects: You can choose from the following special effects for still images and movies:
    • Night Vision: records monochrome images in darkness
    • Color Sketch: camera detects and colors outlines for a color sketch effect.
    • Miniature Effect: distant subjects appear as miniatures
    • Selective Color: records in black and white except those items in a chosen color.
    • Silhouette: silhouettes subjects against bright backgrounds
    • High Key: use with bright scenes to create bright images
    • Low Key: use with dark scenes to create dark, somber images with highlights

AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame, it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock settings.

  • AE/AF Lock: both focus and exposure lock while the AE/AF lock button is pressed
  • AE Lock: exposure locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the focus is unaffected
  • AF Lock: focus locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while the exposure is unaffected align
  • AE Lock Hold: exposure locks when the AE/AF lock button is pressed and remains locked until the button is pressed again
  • AF-On: the AE/AF button initiates autofocus while the shutter-release button cannot be used to focus

Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.

Noise Reduction: This option controls whether photographs taken at high sensitivities (over ISO 400) or shutter speeds slower than 8 seconds are processed to reduce noise before being recorded to the memory card. If turned off, noise reduction will only be performed at ISO sensitivities over ISO 800, and does not apply to noise caused by slow shutter speeds.

White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options:

  • Auto: The white balance is automatically adjusted to suit the lighting conditions.
  • Incandescent: This is used under incandescent lighting situations.
  • Fluorescent: This is used for most fluorescent lighting conditions.
  • Direct Sunlight: This is for use with subjects that are under direct sunlight.
  • Flash: This is for use with built-in Speedlight or optional Nikon Speedlights are used.
  • Cloudy: This is used when taking pictures under overcast skies.
  • Shade: This is used under sunny skies when subject is in shade.
  • Preset: A white object is used as reference to set white balance under unusual lighting conditions.

Note: In addition to the the basic White Balance options, the camera features advanced White Balance (color temperature) settings for specific types of lighting. You can choose from Sodium-vapor lamps, Incandescent/Warm-white fluorescent, White fluorescent, Cool-white fluorescent, Day white fluorescent, Daylight fluorescent, and Mercury-vapor lamps.

ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent of film speed. When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 6400. Using the ISO button and main command dial, you can manually select from ISO settings 100 to 6400, with incremental steps of 1EV. You can also choose HI 0.3, HI 0.7, HI 1 (ISO 12800 equivalent) or HI 2 (ISO 25600 equivalent) for even higher sensitivity.

Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.

Speedlight With i-TTL Automatic Flash Control: Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight is always ready to bring beautiful exposures to darkened conditions, as well as add sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images. In low-light or back-light situations, added illumination from the built-in Speedlight can make the difference between an average snapshot and a great picture. You can choose one of the following flash modes:

  • TTL: output of built-in Speedlight is adjusted automatically in response to shooting conditions
  • Manual: allows you to adjust the power of the Speedlight to one of the following settings: 1/32 power, 1/16 power, 1/8 power, 1/4 power, 1/2 power, or Full power

Flash Sync Modes: The camera offers the following flash sync modes depending upon the shooting mode selected:

  • Off: flash does not fire even when lighting is poor or subject is backlit
  • Auto: When lighting is poor or the subject is back lit, flash pops up automatically when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
  • Red-eye Reduction: reduces the red-eye effect sometimes caused by flash
  • Slow Sync: flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as 30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim light
  • Slow Sync with Red-eye Reduction: combines red-eye reduction with slow sync
  • Rear-curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects
  • Fill Flash: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken

Flash Compensation: In P, S, A, and M modes, the flash compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure compensation can be set to values between -3 EV (darker) and +1 EV (brighter) in increments of 1/3 EV.

Accessory Shoe: The camera's integrate accessory shoe located above the viewfinder allows you to connect optional SB-series Speedlights. The shoe is equipped with a safety lock for flash units with a locking pin, such as the SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, and SB-400. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and can be used with CLS-compatible flash units.

Histogram: The D5100 features the ability to view a histogram on the LCD monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the image. Separate histograms of the red, green, and blue channels are also available for viewing.

Picture Controls: When the camera is set to one of the P, S, A, or M modes, you can choose from the following Picture Control options:

  • Standard: Standard processing for balanced results--recommended for most situations.
  • Neutral: Minimal processing for natural results. Choose for photos that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
  • Vivid: Pictures are enhanced for a vivid photoprint effect. Choose for photographs that emphasize primary colors.
  • Monochrome: takes photos in black and white
  • Portrait: lowers contrast while lending natural texture and rounded feel
  • Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes

Custom Settings: The D5100 features a custom settings menu that allows you to customize the camera settings to suit your individual preferences. There are six main setting areas:

  • Autofocus:
    • AF-C Priority selection
    • Built-in AF-assist illuminator
    • Rangefinder
  • Exposure:
    • EV steps for exposure control
  • Timers/AE Lock:
    • Shutter-release button AE-L
    • Auto off timers
    • Self timer
    • Remote on duration
  • Shooting/Display:
    • Beep
    • ISO display
    • File number sequence
    • Exposure delay mode
    • Print date
  • Bracketing/Flash:
    • Flash control for built-in flash
    • Auto bracketing set
  • Controls:
    • Assign function button
    • Assign AE-L/AF-L button
    • Reverse dial rotation
    • Slot empty release lock
    • Reverse indicators

Optional GPS: The GP-1 GPS unit (sold separately) can be connected to the camera's accessory terminal to allow information on the camera's current position to be recorded when photographs are taken.

Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from one of 22 languages for display of the camera menus and messages including English, French and Spanish.

Compatible Lenses: The D5100 is equipped with the standard Nikon F bayonet mount. It is compatible with the following types of optional lenses:

  • AF-S or AF-I: all functions supported
  • Type G or D AF NIKKOR (w/o built-in autofocus motor): All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
  • Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
  • Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
  • AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
  • Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in Manual mode, but exposure meter does not function.

Warranty Information: The warranty on the camera body is 1 Year Parts & Labor. The warranty on the included lens is 5 Years Parts & Labor.

Lens Features

18-55mm Lens: This package includes an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. The lens includes a 52mm snap-on front lens cap (LC-52) and a slip-on rear lens cap.

3X Optical Zoom: The compact 3x zoom lens has a broad 18-55mm focal range for use in a variety of situations. When mounted to the camera the lens' picture angle is equivalent to approximately 1.5x the focal length of 35mm format (27-82.5mm). Close focusing distance to 0.9 feet (10.8") throughout the entire zoom range is possible. Separate zoom and focusing rings ensure responsive operation.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet auto focus operation. Auto Focus-Silent Wave (AF-S) is a type of focusing motor used in a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast and quiet. AF-S lenses also have an A-M mode selector which allows the user to switch from automatic to manual focus with almost no lag time.

Vibration Reduction (VR): Vibration Reduction (VR) minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, enabling sharper pictures, hand-held, at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible.

Focus Mode Switch: Focus mode switch enables quick switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus).

Super Integrated Coating (SIC): High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color reproduction, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare.

Lens Element: A Hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types of lens aberration.

Diaphragm: A rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.

Specifications:

  • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR lens with built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Focal Length Range: 18mm to 55mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (wide) - f/5.6 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22 (wide) - f/32 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9 feet (10.8")
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical lens element)
  • Picture Angle: 76° to 28° 50'
  • Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 45, 55mm

Playback, Editing And Printing Functions

Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to "On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was taken, including Landscape, Portrait (rotated clockwise) or Portrait (rotated counter-clockwise).

Rotate Tall: Portrait photos are displayed in tall orientation during playback. This feature can be turned off in the menu, if desired.

Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken. You can choose how long photographs are displayed in the monitor after shooting. If Image Review is turned off, pictures can only be displayed by pressing the playback button.

Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.

Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, or 72 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. You can also choose a calendar playback, sorted by date.

Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an automatic slide show manner. You can set the frame interval (2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds) and the transition type (zoom/fade, cube, or none).

Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 31x for large images, up to 23x for medium images, and up to 15x for small images. Once the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi selector.

In-Camera Image Editing with Retouching Menu: These options can be used to create, trimmed, resized, or retouch existing copies of the photographs in the memory card. You can choose from the following options:

  • D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects.
  • Red-eye Correction: Correct "red-eye" caused by flash.
  • Image Trimming: Create cropped copies of existing photos. You can change the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, or 16:9. Each copy is saved as a separate file.
  • Monochrome: Copy pictures in the Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype colors.
  • Filter Effects: Create copies with color filter effects. You can choose from one of the following:
    • Skylight: Creates the effect of a skylight filter, giving the copy a "cold" blue cast.
    • Warm Filter: Creates a copy with warm tone filter effects, giving the copy "warm" red cast.
    • Red Intensifier: Intensifies reds
    • Green Intensifier: Intensifies greens
    • Blue Intensifier: Intensifies blues
    • Cross Screen: Just as with a cross screen filter, this feature produces a star pattern with lines radiating outward from bright objects.
    • Soft: Add a soft filter effect; choose from high, normal, or low effect.
  • Color Balance: You can create a copy with modified color balance using the multi-selector to increase the amount of amber, magenta, green, or blue.
  • Resize: You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file. You can choose from the following sizes: 1920 x 1280, 1280 x 856, 960 x 640, 640 x 424, and 320 x 216.
  • Image Overlay: Combine two RAW photographs.
  • NEF (RAW) Processing: Create JPEG-format copies of NEF (RAW) photographs recorded at an image quality setting of RAW or RAW+B.
  • Quick Retouch: Create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been
  • enhanced.
  • Straighten: You can create a straightened copy of an image. You can rotate the image clockwise or counterclockwise up to five degrees in increments of 0.25 degrees.
  • Distortion Control: Create copies with reduced peripheral distortion (barrel distortion or pin-cushion distortion).
  • Fisheye: You can create a copy that appears to have been taken with a fisheye lens. You can increase or reduce the effect using the multi-selector.
  • Color Outline: You can create an outline copy of a photograph to use as a base for painting.
  • Color Sketch: Create a copy of a photograph that resembles a sketch made with colored pencils.
  • Perspective Control: Copies can be created that reduce the effects of perspective taken from the base of a tall object.
  • Miniature Effect: You can create a copy that appears to be a photo of a diorama. Works best with photos taken from a high vantage point.
  • Edit Movie: You can trim footage to create edited copies of movies or save selected frames as JPEG stills.
  • Side-by-Side Comparison: Compare a retouched copy to the source image by displaying them side-by-side.

Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure.

PictBridge Printing Capability: You can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand. The supplied USB cable is required for connecting the camera to the printer.

DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that support DPOF.

Exif Print (Exif 2.3): The D5100 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

Connections

USB/AV Connection: The Nikon D5100 utilizes a single connector for interfacing the camera with your computer via USB or with your standard definition TV. This micro-USB jack is USB 2.0 High-Speed compatible. A UC-E6 USB cable is supplied for connecting the camera to your computer. Also, the EG-CP14 audio/video cable is supplied for connecting the D5100 to your TV. You can select between NTSC or PAL video playback.

HDMI: For playing back High Definition movies and high resolution still images on an HDTV, you can connect the camera via an optional HDMI cable. A Type C mini-HDMI cable is required (such as 119HDMICAM). The HDMI output resolution can be set to Auto, 480p, 576p, 720p, or 1080i.

Microphone Input: A 3.5mm stereo mini-jack microphone input lets you connect an optional external microphone.

GPS: A proprietary connection is provided for connecting the optional GP-1 GPS receiver. The GP-1 can supply time and location information (latitude, longitude, altitude) to the camera, which can be recorded into the image file.

Battery Information

Li-ion Battery Pack: The D5100 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (EN-EL14), with the capacity of approximately 660 shots per charge (when measured using the 18-55mm VR lens).

Quick Charger: The camera also comes with a Battery Charger (MH-24) to the charge the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-24 will charge the EN-EL14 battery pack in approximately 90 minutes.

Backup Battery: The camera's internal backup battery can provide up to a month of backup power after about three days of charging from the EN-EL14 battery pack. The backup battery powers the camera's internal clock, and maintains settings when the power is turned off.

Auto Off Timers: This feature allows you to choose how long the monitor and exposure meters remain on when no operations are performed to prevent battery drain. You can choose from the following four selections:

Selection Playback/Menus Image Review Live View Auto Meter Off
Short 12 sec 4 sec 3 min 4 sec
Normal 20 sec 4 sec 3 min 8 sec
Long 1 min 20 sec 10 min 1 min
Custom Make separate adjustments to each of the three timers.

Optional AC Adapter: The optional EH-5A AC adapter and optional EP-5A power connector are recommended for extended playback.

Supplied Software

ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 CD-ROM contains Nikon Transfer 2, View NX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in pictures as they are transferred. View NX 2 is used to view pictures after transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file format.

Supported Operating Systems: The supplied software can be used with computers running the following operating systems:

  • Windows:
    • Windows 7* (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise)
    • Windows Vista* Service Pack 2 (32-bit Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate)
    • Windows XP Service Pack 3 (Home Edition, Professional)
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X (version 10.4.11, 10.5.8, 10.6.6)

* ViewNX 2 runs as a 32-bit application in 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Image Capacity

Estimated Image Capacity of an Optional 8 GB SDHC Memory Card:

Image Quality Image Size File Size (MB) Number of Images Buffer Capacity
NEF (Raw) + JPEG Fine Large 23.9 244 10
Medium 20.8 279
Small 18.4 311 11
NEF (Raw) + JPEG Normal Large 20.4 285 10
Medium 18.6 307
Small 17.4 325 12
NEF (Raw) + JPEG Basic Large 18.3 311 10
Medium 17.5 324
Small 16.9 333 12
NEF (Raw) ---- 16.4 343 16
JPEG Fine Large 7.1 844 100
Medium 4.4 1400
Small 2.0 3300
JPEG Normal Large 3.9 1600 100
Medium 2.2 2900
Small 1.0 6200
JPEG Basic Large 1.8 3300 100
Medium 1.1 5700
Small 0.5 11400
 
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5 out of 5

Great camera!

Written By Brenda, Richmond VA on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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Awesome deal and camera
Pros:
Came with strap and lens
Cons:
None yet!
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4 out of 5

nikon 5100 kit

Written By rescue23, KC, MO on Monday, June 10, 2013
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Fit and finish excellent, ergonomics great for my large hands and for my wifes small hands, the camera is very easy to use with the auto setting, a little bulky compared to a point and shoot but the quality of pictures are far superior to my point and shoot from my recent vacation shots. As a novice photographer the Nikon has me really wanting to take more pictures than in the past, and use the camera to it's full potential.
Pros:
Picture quality, ease of use.
Cons:
Charger broke, but Crutchfield has said they will take care of it.
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4 out of 5

amazing camera

Written By Barry, Key West, FL on Friday, May 17, 2013
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I bought this camera a couple of months ago and love it. Very easy to use and plenty of features.
Pros:
Great camera for the price
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Nikon d5100

Written By Dushman, Yorba Lunda, CA on Friday, April 05, 2013
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Haven't had a lot of time to play around, but the few samples I took look pretty great. I think that the built in features are pretty fun like the color selection. I'm an amateur so I think this a great starter SLR to learn with.
Pros:
Easy to use.
Cons:
None so Far
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100

Written By MLV, Ohio on Friday, October 12, 2012
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Although the camera is significantly smaller than my Nikon D-200, it responds with sharper images and substantially higher iso numbers. It also has some very fun features to play with such as a fish eye filter and some line art as well as color art features. It makes for very interesting subject matter. When shooting at the higher iso settings, you can get nice prints without the noise factor of the typical low light image. It focuses rapidly and accurately even in action situations. I will want to add the 18-300 Nikon zoom lens in the very near future as my current Nikon zoom lens will not work with the new camera. :(
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4 out of 5

Very pleased

Written By DiannM, Maryland on Monday, October 01, 2012
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Just bought recently but so far I'm very pleased with this camera. The color quality of phots taken is very good and very true to life. Lenses are very easy to change out. Love the bag that I purchased with the camera - it's large enough and secure enuogh to leave a lense attached to the body so I can quickly get ready for shots. Very easy to focus. Image quality is great for my purposes.
Pros:
Excellent battery life. Very easy to use. Great quality photos. Many lenses to choose from.o
Cons:
A little pricey for an amatuer but worth it for performance over point and shoot cameras.
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5 out of 5

So far, so good

Written By Brian B, Cortland , NY on Friday, August 24, 2012
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I've been using the 5100 for a few weeks now and can say I'm very satisfied with the image quality. I've been away from SLR (loved my AE1) photography for more than a while using point-and-shoots. New, wonderful grandchildren provided the motivation for better photo quality and more flexibility. The camera is outstanding: very intuitive, excellent picture quality, video is adequate, the exposure sensor and imagery "math" are terrific. With the available 1.8 fixed lens (future purchase) this will be a great low-light camera.
Pros:
excellent available light ability when set on "P" mode and the ISO upper limit set to 1600 exposure metering excellent easy to navigate good viewfinder good solid camera (hopefully, the plastic will stand up) great value considering the current price reduction and extra lens deal
Cons:
not as many "gee-whiz" features as Sony's translucent mirror models if you want to be cool I suppose you could purchase the translucent mirror or go mirrorless plastic mount on the kit lens
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5 out of 5

Camera and service

Written By dw, Greenville NC on Monday, August 20, 2012
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LOVE my new camera and the Crutchfield service! I will need time to figure it all out as it does have quite a few features to use. Definitely need to buy the additional lens package if you plan on taking any close ups!
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100

Written By Ray, Hawaii on Saturday, August 11, 2012
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I am an amateur and this camera has more features that it will take me quite some time to use all of them. I like the size and especially the LCD screen that can be positioned to hold the camera high or low or taking a self portrait.
Pros:
Ease of use and over 10 different set scene positions that the camera sets the speed, aperture, and ISO speed. Camera has more features than I will ever use.
Cons:
Pricey for an amateur.
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100

Written By hmsol, Ponce, PR on Thursday, August 09, 2012
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Extremely easy to use. Great pictures. My old Vivitar lenses work but need to focus manually. Still learning about all the features. Excellent entry level digital SLR.
Pros:
Ease of use. Excellent battery life.
Cons:
Would've liked lens other than the 18-55mm
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100

Written By LarryH, Oakridge, TN on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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Excellent picture quality, features rival other cameras in same price range, as easy to use as a point-and-shoot camera, with the versatility of SLR, in a digital format and, has one of the largest image sensors available in a DSLR.
Pros:
Large image sensor, excellent picture quality, loaded with features
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 kit

Written By amyg_teach, Schodack, NY on Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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Excellent camera!! I have a two year old and love taking pictures of her. I owned the D3000 for 2 years and thought I loved that camera. I wanted to upgrade to the D5100 and I'm so glad I did! My sister now loves my old camera and I LOVE this camera! My husband and I have seen a huge difference in the picture quality and are both extremely satisfied. Now I want a better lens too! This camera is extremely easy to use in Auto mode if you're just beginning. Great value and excellent customer service through Crutchfield. My camera was shipped for free within a couple of days! Highly recommended!
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5 out of 5

Great crop sensor camera. I love it.

Written By jcr, Irvine, CA on Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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I love this camera as soon as I bought it. I had a Nikon D3100 for one year and I decided to sell it and buy this nice toy. It is a crop sensor camera. But I love all the additional features it has. Flip LCD is a great thing for me. I had lot of problems with taking my kids pictures in concerts. When I held my camera above my head, I cannot see what I am shooting. With this LCD, I can see what I shoot. I decided not to go for D7000 because it does not have a flip LCD.
Pros:
Flip LCD HDR Superior image quality Low noise sensor
Cons:
No internal motor for lens
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 kit

Written By Anonymous, Orlando, FL on Thursday, June 07, 2012
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This camera takes excellent pictures and the the autofocus feature is very quick to respond. We recently used this unit to shoot pics from a sunrise hot air ballon ride, the result was amazing pictures regardless of what lense I used. To get the most out of the camera, take time to read the manual. This camera does a lot more that you would ever expect. I'm still learning features one at a time. Practice makes perfect! If you want to shot out of the box, just flip it to auto mode and pull the trigger, that it!
Pros:
Compact and light weight even with 200mm lense attached. Easy to use autofocus featured and fast shutt speed for action shots. Highly recommend having an iPad with camera kit for fast picture and video download and immediate playback. Great camera for a great price! Highly recommended!
Cons:
Not so much a con, but take the time to read thru to learn all of the features and possibilities of this unit. Need to take time to really explore everything. I downloaded the manual to my iPad for quick and easy reference on the go.
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5 out of 5

Great package

Written By Matt, Chapel Hill, NC on Sunday, June 03, 2012
 
You can take a great photo with any camera, so why chose this one over any other? The D5100 is an amazing photo tool, especially for the price. What you get with this kit are all the adjustments you need on a DSLR, a fantastic sensor (the same found on the D7000), a flip-out 3in, hi-res LCD screen, easy-to-navigate menu/shooting functions, and the best kit lens on the market. What really sets the D5100 apart from the competition (mainly the T3i) is build quality and the lens. Nikon's kit lens has a smoother and more sturdy feeling zoom motion and sharper optics. It also has a quiet focusing motor whereas the Canon does not. The body of the D5100 has tighter seems and textured plastic that provides better grip. The only complaints I have are that the battery life is not great (but at least a Nikon brand battery for it is only $39) and there is no direct button to change the ISO setting. Taken all together, this is an Awesome camera!
Pros:
Low-noise sensor with excellent resolution; 3in flip-out lcd screen; excellent kit lens; easy to use; fun "effects" mode; auto-focuses in live view mode; solid construction
Cons:
short battery life and no direct ISO button.
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 Kit

Written By Anonymous, Blairsville, GA on Friday, June 01, 2012
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Still learning to use it, but so far have been very pleased.
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 Kit

Written By Mimi83, Maine on Monday, May 14, 2012
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Best camera ever! I dont have alot of time to mess with buttons and settings when I'm trying to catch once in a lifetime moments but with my new AWESOME NIkopn 5100 I can :) Love the features, too! Thanks Crutchfield for making my dream a reality!
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5 out of 5

Fantastic Camera

Written By Orionron1, Saint George, UT on Sunday, May 13, 2012
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With a wide range of features and a sharp, standard zoom lens, I could not be more pleased with the Nikon d5100. You can also use standard Nikon A1 lenses when the camera is set on the manual mode. That gives you a simple "film camera" picture taking mode. I highly recommend getting the wireless shutter release for vibration free picture taking. Throw away your film camera!
Pros:
High quality optics with advanced electronics in a compact. lightweight system.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Exceptional Value

Written By Big AL, Finksburg MD. on Saturday, April 28, 2012
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Although my wife and I are still getting fimiliar with the Nikon, everything is very easy to understand and fits our hands well. This is our first SLR and will be purchasing other lenses in the very near future. I would recommend this camera to all. And best of all Crutchfield has best value and service.
Pros:
ease of use
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Awesome !!!!!

Written By Jim Swenson, Bedford Indiana on Saturday, April 07, 2012
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Just got my Nikon 5100 just a few day ago,and have to say this is the best camera I have ever owned.I have had some pretty good SLR's from the 80's and some good Digital point and shoots,but this cameras just blows them away. Easy to use,light to carry,so many different modes,you'll never get bored with trying things out,or just go to auto and click away. Seems to have really good battery life,and menus and software are very user friendly. My advisor was Lee and he was very helpful in helping me select a zoom lens,and the camera. So much easier than talking to some kid at a brick and mortar store that doesn't have a clue. I don't usually write reviews,but this camera was worth the time to write one. You won't go wrong buying a Nikon 5100 and do yourself a favor,skip the stress of the high pressure sales people at the stores and the kids that would rather play the video games than help customers,,talk to Crutchfield first,you will be a lot happier in the long run.
Pros:
The whole package is just awesome!!!!!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 Kit

Written By Nick S, Mount Laurel, NJ on Friday, March 30, 2012
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The Nikon D5100 is an amazing camera.
Pros:
I'm having more fun with this camera than any SLR that I've owned.
Cons:
User's manual could offer more detailed instructions.
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 Kit

Written By Anonymous, Collegeville, PA on Friday, March 23, 2012
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Awesome camera. Just love it. Got the product at door within 2 days of order. Everything was great about this purchase.
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 Kit

Written By Anonymous, Roxboro, NC on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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Love the camera
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5 out of 5

Awesome camera!

Written By Gadget Head, Baltimore on Sunday, February 26, 2012
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The Nikon D5100 Is an awesome camera. It's hard to believe how far things have come since my D50 in 2006. I really don't understand why any non-pro would need anything more. But with the introduction of the 36 megapixel D800, I know Nikon has not finished making improvements. I suppose I will be equally amazed in 6 years to see what kind of brilliance they have for us enthusiasts.
Pros:
Utterly beautiful images. No excuses left for a bad shot.
Cons:
You will need to invest in the equally awesome 18-200 lens. It really makes the camera versatile, and the combination of the two is magic.
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 Kit

Written By Julie S, Colorado on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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Really easy to use and has some great features. I have a lot to learn though so I may not be the best reference.
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4 out of 5

Great camera perfect for portraits

Written By mmontalvo, Toa Alta, PR on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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Previous to owning the Nikon 5100 I tested the Canon 60D and Sony A580 and this camera is definitely the best in overall picture quality. The camera offers image editing and effects that are quite good. The video is excellent in sunny days or well lighted rooms. In low light you must force a low ISO with the Exposure Lock button to avoid excessive digital noise. Also like that is light weight for a camera of this class. For portrait this camera is amazing. You will have studio looking results even on Auto mode. For landscapes I find that the photos need a little more sharpness but that can be easily fixed with software like Picasa or Photoshop. It is not easy to get great macros with the kit lens but with good practice you will be able to achieve some good ones. Forgot to mentioned that the main reason I purchased this camera is for low light photos without flash. The results are amazing. Even in ISO 6400 the image looks quite good. I recommend using High ISO noise reduction, and you will be amazed.

In summary, I recommend this camera.
Pros:
Portrait photos, image editing, image effects, light weight, battery life, low light photos
Cons:
Difficult for macros, landscape images sometimes need more sharpness, low light videos, menu options not so friendly at first
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 Kit

Written By robert e, Knoxville TN on Monday, January 23, 2012
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really nice ! cant wait to go to the National and State Parks
Pros:
Should keep my wife plenty busy
Cons:
not really a negative, just wish we had purchased a lens filter to act as protection... we did pick one up
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5 out of 5

Great Camera, Great Retailer

Written By John H, Birmingham, AL on Tuesday, January 17, 2012
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The D5100 is a great mid-level DSLR. I used a Canon S3IS for 5 years, and after much research settled on the D5100. I am very satisfied, the menus are logical and controls are ergonomic. You can buy them anywhere, but with Crutchfield I got a great price (best I found shopping online, and no comparison to local with my local 9% tax). I have been a Crutchfield customer for many years and will continue of course. Can't wait to acquire some high-end lenses for this.
Pros:
Very high end for a great price. Controls easy to reach and use, menus pretty logical. Kit lens included is a nice starter lens. Solid construction. Can download manual from Nikon on an e-reader (PDF) as well as the free Nikon Iphone App with manual, so no need to carry manual with you. But, manual, like most, is no substitute for training and use. Battery life is good, and out of the box it's easy to take great pictures.
Cons:
Generic batteries will not work! While many DSLRs can use cheap generic batteries, not the D5100! Apparently there is some sort of microchip in the Nikon battery that the D5100 looks for, the generics, which may work on other Nikon cameras, lack this and the D5100 will let you know (ask me how I know!). But, the Nikon battery is not too expensive, and I would not let this be a consideration in deciding to purchase the D5100, just sharing my experience!
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4 out of 5

Great Camera

Written By Chad A, Renton, WA on Friday, November 25, 2011
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I bought this camera because my second child was on the way and I "needed" a video camera; and I already had Nikon gear. I love the camera. The ability to shoot in low light without a flash just blows me away. I have it paired with the 35mm 1.8 lens and there are virtually no shots I can't get (actually have to shoot manual in many instances because the camera over compensates in low light - pictures are brighter than the actual scene).

My only complaint has to do with the continuous auto-focus while in movie mode. It really doesn't work very well and if you think it's going to work like a traditional video camera you'll be disapointed. That being said, you can get beautiful movies if you are willing to work for them. The screen is sharp enough that using manual focus isn't a big problem. And using the manual focus eliminates the noise from the auto-focus in the recording. Also, battery life does suffer when shooting movies but I've yet to run it down completely.

All in all, this is a great all around camera.
Pros:
Great image sensor and works with all my existing Nikon lenses. Fast action. Good low light performance. Manual controls in movie mode.
Cons:
Continuous auto focus in movie mode doesn't work well.
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5 out of 5

Awesome photos

Written By samier, Orlando,FL on Friday, November 11, 2011
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I am not really an experienced photographer, I just wanted a camera that can take great pictures the easy way, after I did intense search for few weeks to find the right camera that fit my needs and my budget, finally I bought it from Crutchfield.com, after searching for the best deal, not only that, they deliver on time. All I can say, I am so happy and impressed with my new Nikon D5100.
Pros:
It take great pictures in all conditions, the price is very reasonable for this type of camera.
Cons:
Since i am not an experienced photographer, I have to go through the manual and the learning CD to learn everything about this machine, it's fun but take some time to figure out all the settings.
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 Kit

Written By headpane, New Jersey on Sunday, September 04, 2011
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The 5100 is an extraodinary camera in its class. Easy to use right out of the box;it takes crystal clear photos. The 5100 feels right in your hands, it's comfortable to hold and the features are easy to reach. All in all, I highly recommedn this camera to the serious amateur.
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5 out of 5

Great Product, great price

Written By Al, Superior Township, Michigan on Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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I am an amateur but wanted something better than a point-and-shoot camera. I have always been partial to Nikon but seriously considered Canon as an alternative. I found the Crutchfield site and support far superior than any other site and they provided information that was extremely helpful making the decision. The D5100 is very easy to use and I am still learning all the features and functions. I will use this camera for travl photo's, the Grand kids, Family and I started to dabble in photographing Hummingbirds in our backyard. The pictures are crystal clear and I am able to capture hummingbirds in flight, spectacular.
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5 out of 5

Easy to use right out of the box

Written By Dan W, Willow Grove, Pa on Sunday, August 14, 2011
 
I got the D5100 w/18-55mm lens last fall and have taken about 1200 photos since. I am just an amature photographer but have about many years experience with slr Minoltas. I also bought the 55-300mm Zoom and have used it about half the time. The results are fantastic. I love the closeups - faces, butterfly's, flowers etc. The builtin flash works great and am impressed with indoor lighting shots. Functions are easy to use. Nikon advertises the D3100 more because it price is against the Canon but the D5100 is really worth the extra. U will Love it!
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5 out of 5

Nikon D5100 Kit

Written By Dave, Hudson Valley NY on Thursday, July 21, 2011
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So far so good. I am not a pro but I am very happy with the results I have been getting with the 5100. I've been exploring the default settings so far, and they work as explained in the manual. My friends say, "Wow", when they see the photos I've taken. I say, "Wow", too! I'm loving it.
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