What an eye is to a viewer, a Nikon is to a photographer. Nikon is known for its wide range of point and shoot cameras and the popularly trending DSLR’s. Adding to the ever changing trend and increasing demand for DSLR camera’s, Nikon had introduced the fancy D 5100 camera that flaunted rich 16.2 megapixels for sharp and fine imagery. An ecceptional flash free performance during low light conditions thanks to the ISO that can be expanded to 25600, a 11 auto focus point system and a newly introduced swing out vari-angle 3 inch LCD monitor that augments movie shooting with 24 -30 frames per second @ 1080 P or 720 P (clip size limited to 20 minutes) The camera also possesses abilities to carry out basic editing functions.
FEATURES AND SPECS:
The Nikon D5100 provides impressive image quality considering its price. The ISO ranges from 100 – 6400, however it can be expanded to 25,600 for imaging in dark conditions. Also featured is a 3 inch Vari Angle LCD Monitor that is quite flexible and adaptive. The Special Effects mode has been graced with a few impressive effects such as Spot Color, Miniature, Color Sketch, Night vision, Silhoutte, High Key and Low Key. The D movie option allows full HD video shooting at 1080 P resolution (shooting at 24/25 or 30 fps) You could also connect to an external Stereo Mic, You camera comes with a provision to connect the same.
Being a combination of the D3100 and D7000 models, the D5100 is a prominent catch. The D5100 isn’t really very compact like its younger cousin; D3100 neither is it bulky like the D7000. It is lighter than D5000. The camera has an Auto clean sensor that uses high frequency vibrations to get rid of thee non-adhesive dust particles that might play spoil sport with your image. The new and improved EXPEED 2 Processor engine is more powerful and goes easy on the entire functioning of the camera.
Being on a quieter side, the shutter release action mated in the D5100 is impressively quiet, a damper mirror slap makes the Camera quieter than its predecessors. And, if you prefer to be even quieter, the camera also has a quiet shutter release mode for those situations when silence is of the essence.
Well articulated shooting modes are present at your command. The shooting mode dial that is found on the top of the camera’s body allows you to browse through various shooting modes such as Aperture, Manual, Shutter Priority or various scenes and effects modes. The Exposure compensation button is juxtaposed right next to the shutter release. The button is to be held onto and the wheel is to be spun to adjust your exposure and shutter settings. Simple yet effective. The Effects shooting mode is a new addition to the Nikon Dslr range. A total of 7 filters have been added that can be used for shooting images or movies.
There also lies a dedicated Live View Mode that helps you preview the effects by simply switching on the optical viewfinder. The camera’s processor can be put to real test when movie recording is in progress. The camera also has the capability to set everything virtually in the effects mode- exposure, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, file type and quality. What’s cool is that these effects can be applied on to your images or movies that you’ve shot.
Residing close to the shutter release button is the info button, the heart and soul of your camera. It provides the ease of use to new photographers. You can derive the most vital shooting information without taking the pains of looking constantly at the viewfinder. Your camera’s main settings can be accessed easily with a simple touch of the info button. You can interact with the onscreen options at ease (14 options available in total).
The dedicated screen has improved eventually over the years; the D5100 has a better looking screen that the D 5000. The screen provides a flexible solution to your imaging/recording requirements. You can simply twist the screen, folding it out from the left side of the camera and press in back inside when not in use. The high-resolution screen is 3 inches bigger and provides crisp image quality. With 920k dots, the image has to look professional. Also featured is an anti glare coating that has also undergone major changes. The screen has now become more outdoor friendly than before. With minimal struggles with reflections during daylight, you can enjoy the benefits accordingly.
The Live View found on the D5100 is designed in an arguably less intuitive manner as opposed to the D5000/ D3100 or even the D7000. Instead of hunting for the LV button that was placed on the rear side of the D5000, the D5100 provides a spring-loaded switch on top of the body that provides easy fore finger access. Positioned right next to the Shooting mode dial, the LV button allows you to access Live View when your camera is held at arms length. Pressing the LV button switch makes the mirror flip and thereby opening the shutter. Thus, the rear screen display projects the scene that is seen through the lens. You can also choose the Live View Mode to shoot movies, You can press the LV button and preset your aperture and focus accordingly. The red button placed on top of the camera (next to the shutter release button) starts recording your movie. The camera can easily record a HD Wide Screen Video in 1920 X 1280 Pixels resolution at frame rates ranging from 24 fps upwards.
The camera comes loaded with an image-retouching tool that helps you edit images post capture. The D-Lighting (found in settings) when activated would combine photos shot in various exposures and different lighting modes to provide the accurate desirable picture. Other image editing features include, red eye correction, trimmin, monochrome conversion, choosing from different filters, color adjustments, image resizing, image overlay, in camera raw processing, quick auto retouching, straightening tilted pictures, fisheye, color outline, color sketch, miniature effect, perspective control and selective color.
BATTERY AND STORAGE:
Loaded with an EN-EL 14 Lithium-ion Battery, the company claims that it’s good for 650 shots with a single charge. Nikon D3100 uses the same battery too. The D5100 supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. The camera lacks a dual card slot to accommodate flash cards, as is found on the D7000. The camera body has a USB/VIDEO out and a Mini HDMI port and also an accessory terminal that enables users to connect to a wired remote or even a GPS unit.
The Nikon D5100 is a compact entry level DSLR camera, with a few impressive tricks under the body. It certainly wins likes over its sturdy body unlike thecheap plastic body on the Canon 1100D. Being an entry-level camera, one cannot expect full frame image capturing abilities etc. However, regardless of your photography level, this camera is a great buy. Especially if you would like to shoot videos and change your lenses often.
Nikon D5100 Rivals:
Canon EOS 600D