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Cons: None yet!
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Item # 054D5100 | MFR # 25478
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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.
Awesome deal and camera
Brenda, Richmond VA
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Awesome deal and camera
Pros: Came with strap and lens
Cons: None yet!
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.
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
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
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. :(
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
Still learning to use it, but so far have been very pleased.
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!
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.
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
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!!!!!
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.
Awesome camera. Just love it. Got the product at door within 2 days of order. Everything was great about this purchase.
Love the camera
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.
Really easy to use and has some great features. I have a lot to learn though so I may not be the best reference.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||27-82.5mm|
|Sensor Size||23.6 x 15.6mm CMOS|
|Highest Resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||29|
|Parts Warranty||1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg|
|Labor Warranty||1Y body, 5Y lens w/reg|
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 |
|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 |
4928 x 3264 |
M: 3696 x 2448
S: 2464 x 1632
|Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.|
|JPEG Normal |
|Normal image quality, suited to most applications|
|JPEG Basic |
|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:
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:
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:
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:
Shooting Modes: The Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a choice of shooting modes:
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.
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:
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:
Flash Sync Modes: The camera offers the following flash sync modes depending upon the shooting mode selected:
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:
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:
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:
Warranty Information: The warranty on the camera body is 1 Year Parts & Labor. The warranty on the included lens is 5 Years Parts & Labor.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
* ViewNX 2 runs as a 32-bit application in 64-bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista
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|
|NEF (Raw) + JPEG Normal||Large||20.4||285||10|
|NEF (Raw) + JPEG Basic||Large||18.3||311||10|
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