The D5100 has a very similar 16.2MP CMOS sensor to the excellent one seen in the D7000 but, understandably, loses out on that camera's high-end build and feature-set. So there's no wireless flash control, magnesium alloy build or 39-point AF system but the underlying image quality is all but identical.
The new Nikon D5100 slots in between the existing D3100 and D7000 models, not only in terms of feature set and functionality, but also in terms of size and weight. It isn't quite as compact and lightweight as the D3100 but neither is it as bulky and heavy as the D7000. In comparison to its predecessor, the D5100 is about 10% smaller and lighter than the D5000. The right-hand grip slightly deeper and therefore slightly more comfortable for photographers with large hands and/or longish fingers than on the D5000. There's also a handy rubberised thumb rest on the back of the body.
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The Nikon D5100 follows conventional DSLR design in having a shooting mode dial on the top of the camera, which allows you to select either one of the advanced modes like Manual, Aperture- or Shutter-priority, or a number of scene modes. The Exposure Compensation button is thoughtfully positioned next to the shutter release. Hold down this button with your right forefinger and spin the control wheel on the top-rear of the camera with your thumb to adjust its settings - simple and intuitive.
Although the D5100 is listed as having an Expeed 2 processor, it's worth remembering that Nikon doesn't use this naming system to denote any specific components, so the actual chunks of silicon and capabilities aren't necessarily the same as those in the D3100 or D7000. However, in addition to a similarly specced 16.2MP sensor, the D5100 offers the same ISO settings as its big brother - extending up to an equivalent of ISO 25,600. It also inherits 14-bit Raw shooting - one of the factors that helps give the D7000 its impressive dynamic range - which is something Nikon used to offer only on its more expensive models.
The Nikon D5100 is powered by a proprietary EN-EL14 Lithium-ion battery (the same as the D3100), good for 660 shots, and records videos and image files on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. As we noted in our D5000 review, we would really have liked to see Nikon add a second card slot for Compact Flash cards, so that owners of higher-specified Nikon DSLRs who buy a D90 or D5100 as a second body can use their existing memory cards. It also lacks the dual-SD slots of the D7000. As far as connectivity goes, there are USB/VideoOut and Mini HDMI ports as well as an accessory terminal for the connection of a wired remote or a GPS unit, all sheltered behind a door on the left side of the camera, when viewed from the back.
The D5100 incorporates an amazing array of special effects for use when taking still pictures or recording D-Movie Full HD movies. Selective Color isolates any color within the scene, capture details in places too dark for your own eyes using Night Vision, create bright, glowing images filled with atmosphere with High Key, emphasize the mood of a scene using Low Key, Miniature Effect makes a scene look like a miniature scale model and Color Sketch creates color outlines of the subject that are played back as a series of stills in a slide show.
|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||4 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fully-articulated|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/200_sec|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Nikon Multi-CAM1000|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Form Factor||Compact SLR|
|HDMI Type||Mini Type C|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100- 6400 (plus 12800, 25600 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||3.82 x 3.11 x 5.04 inches|
|Item Display Weight||509 grams|
Price Nikon D5100 From Ebay : $499.95