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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.
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Average Customer Review(s):
Want an amazing camera
Have previously been using a point and shoot camera. Had a film SLR camera several years ago and still have. Liked the quality of those photos and was ready to go to a DSLR. Have been researching for some time and talking w/other DSLR owners. The Nikon seemed to fit the bill for what I wanted to do. So far have been very satisfied and hopefully that will continue. Haven't taken many photos yet as only had a couple of weeks but what I have has been great. Still have some learning to do on the operation but has been pretty user friendly so far.
Went out of town on a weekend trip and took photos of the fall colors and they came out great.
Pros: Easy to use.
I have owned this camera for less than a month and love it. Takes amazing photos and is easy to use. A great camera for average photography enthusiast. Great service from Crutchfield.
Pros: Easy to use, great features, and a good price.
I have been in photography since the 1980s and have own several makes and models ranging from the old Nikon F3 to the Canon EOS 1 film cameras to the modern DSLRs. The Nikon D5100 is a very capable camera that does not disappoint. The images, even jpegs, are very crisp and vibrant and accurate. I used it at my wife's school capturing over 150 images with only one disappointing image. Movies were very good as well. There are no quick dials like on the D7000 but the menu is easy to learn. The body isn't made like bodies of old, but is lighter in weight. But what is best of all is the great service that Crutchfield provides. There were a couple issues that were resolved above and beyond what I expected even though one concerned a mistake that I had made. I was in customer service for 25 years but Crutchfield takes it to a new level. They have competitive prices and great service.
Pros: Same sensor as Nikon D7000 HDR 1080p Movies jpegs need very little tweaking great service
I am 67, semi pro with 40 yrs. of photography under my belt. Last year I bought the D7000 over the D5100 because I use the veiw finder exclusiely and thought that was it for the 5100. Well, let me tell you! The D5100 has a lot going for it. This is only the forth day with it, but it has everything a non studio photographer needs. It can work for newbies, but I am going to take it to Canada & Ireland with me this year. If you plan to loan your camera....get the D7000. It has a medal case and the 5100 seems to be plastic. In hine sight, I wish I bought the 5100 insted of the P500 and YES I am a big fan of NIKON. A word to the wise....your pictures are only as good as the lens you use! And if you plan on watching your pixs on TV, like I do, go with the GLASS!
Pros: ALL you need and more. It will stay NEW for a VERY LONG time. The plastic frame has reduced the weight dramaticly and is my favorite thing to write about. I use zoom lens, so weight reduction is number ONE on my hit parade! This camera could bake a cake!
Cons: The only negative, this the plastic case. However, I take good care of my cameras..... all dozen!
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||N/A|
|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)||18|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Overview: This package includes the Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera body only. No lenses are included. The package 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 pixels 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:
|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.|
4928 x 3264
M: 3696 x 2448
S: 2464 x 1632
|Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.|
|Normal image quality, suited to most applications|
|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:
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 optional 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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