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Nikon D5100 specifications

Price (Body only)  • US: $799.95
 • UK: £669.99
 • EU: €729
Price (with 18-55mm VR Lens)  • US: $899.95
 • UK: £779.99
 • EU: €809
Body color Black
Sensor  • 23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
 • Nikon DX format (1.5x FOV crop)
 • 16.2 million effective pixels
 • RGB Color Filter Array
 • 14-bit A/D converter
Anti-dust measures  • Image sensor cleaning system
 • Airflow control system
 • Image dust off from reference frame (using optional Capture NX software)
Image sizes  • 4928 x 3264 (L)
 • 3696 x 2448 (M)
 • 2464 x 1632 (S)
Image quality  • NEF (14-bit compressed RAW)
 • JPEG fine (1:4)
 • JPEG normal (1:8)
 • JPEG basic (1:16)
 • NEF (RAW) + Fine JPEG
Movie sizes  • 1920 x 1080 30, 25, 24 fps
 • 1280 x 720 30, 25, 24 fps
 • 640 x 424 30, 25 fps
Movie format  • MOV (H.264/MPEG-4), mono sound recording (PCM) with internal mic, stereo mic option.
Color space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Lens compatibility
• AF-S, AF-I
• Other Type G or D AF Nikkor
• Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor

• Type D PC Nikkor

• Non-CPU



• IX Nikkor/AF Nikkor for F3AF
• AI-P NIKKOR
- All functions supported
- All functions supported except autofocus
- All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
- All functions supported except some shooting modes
- Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
- Cannot be used
- All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
Autofocus  • 11 focus points (1 cross-type sensors)
 • Multi-CAM 1000
 • AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
 • Contrast Detect in Live View mode
 • Manual focus [M], Electronic range finding supported
Lens servo  • Single-servo AF (AF-S)
 • Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
 • Automatic AF-S/AF-C (AF-A)
 • Manual focus (MF)
AF Area mode  • Single Point AF
 • Dynamic Area AF
 • Auto Area AF
 • 3D Tracking (11 points)
Focus tracking Predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Focus area Can be selected from 11 focus points
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF Assist White light lamp
Exposure mode  • Auto
    - Auto
    - Flash off
 • Scene Modes
Portrait
Landscape
Child
Sports
Close up
Night portrait
Night landscape
Beach/snow
Sunset
Dusk/dawn
Pet portrait
Candlelight
Blossom
Autumn colors
Food
Silhouette
Food
 • Special effects
Night Vision
Color Sketch
Miniature effect
Selective color
High key
Low key
Silhouette
 • Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
 • Shutter-priority auto (S)
 • Aperture priority auto (A)
 • Manual (M)
Metering  • TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
 • Matrix :3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II  (other CPU lenses)
 • Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
 • Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area
Metering range  • EV 0 to 20 (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
 • EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
Meter coupling CPU coupling
Exposure comp.  • +/- 5.0 EV
 • 1/3 EV steps
AE Lock Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
AE Bracketing 3 frames up to +/–2EV
Sensitivity  • Auto
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800
 • ISO 1600
 • ISO 3200
 • ISO 6400
 • ISO 12800 (Hi1)
 • ISO 25600 (Hi2)
Shutter  • Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
 • 30 to 1/4000 sec (1/3/ or 1/2 EV steps)
 • Flash X-Sync: up to 1/200 sec
 • Bulb
Cont. shooting  • Up to 4fps
White balance  • Auto
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
Sodium-vapor lamps
Warm-white fluorescent
White fluorescent
Cool-white fluorescent
Day white fluorescent
Daylight fluorescent
Daylight fluorescent
Mercury-vapor lamps
 • Direct sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Preset white balance (immediate or from photo)
WB fine tuning Yes, (except preset manual)
Viewfinder  • Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
 • Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
 • Magnification Approx. 0.78x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m-1)
 • Eyepoint 17.9 mm (–1.0 m-1) • Diopter adjustment –1.7 to+1 m-1
LCD monitor  • 3.0" Vari-Angle TFT LCD
 • 921,000 dots
 • 100% frame coverage
 • 170° viewing angle
 • Brightness adjustment
Built-in flash  • Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait, Party/indoor,
 • Auto flash with auto pop-up,
 • Manual pop-up in P, S, A or M modes
 • Guide number approx. 12/39 at ISO 100 (am/ft)
 • Guide number approx. 13/43 at ISO 100 (m/ft) in manual mode 
Sync contact X-contact only; flash synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/200 sec
Flash control  • TTL flash control by 420-segment RGB sensor.
 • i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR available when CPU lens is used with built-in flash, SB-400, SB-800, SB-900 and SB-600
 • Auto aperture with SB-800/SB-900 and CPU lenses
 • Non-TTL auto with SB-900, SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27 and 22s
 • Range-priority manual with SB-900, SB-800 and SB-700
Flash mode Auto, Fill flash, rear-curtain with slow sync, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction
Flash compensation  • -3 to +1 EV
 • 1/3 steps
Nikon Creative Lighting system Advanced Wireless Lighting when using SB-900, SB-800, SB-700 or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Shooting modes  • Single frame shooting (S) mode
 • Continuous shooting : 4.0 frames per second
 • Self-timer
 • Quick-Response Remote
 • Delayed Remote
 • Quiet shutter release
Self-timer  • 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec
Playback functions  • Full frame
 • Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
 • Playback with Playback zoom
 • Movie Playback
 • Slide Show
 • Histogram Display
 • Highlights
 • Auto Image Rotation
 • Image Comment (up to 36 characters)
Orientation sensor Yes
Storage  • SD / SD HC / SDXC
Video output NTSC or PAL selectable
Connectivity  • USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
 • A/V out
 • HDMI out
 • DC-IN (optional AC adapter and adapter connector)
Languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Power Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
Working environment  • 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
 • Less than 85% humidity
Dimensions 128 x 97 x 79 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 3.1 in.)
Weight (no batt) 510g (1 lb 2 oz)
Weight (inc. batt) 560g (1 lb 4 oz)
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BobFoster

Curious. I’ve noticed before that Pentax, not being one of your sponsors, gets consistently downgraded reviews compared to comparable Nikon products. So, the 5100 has ‘outstanding’ image quality, while that of the superlative Pentax K5 is merely ‘excellent’. Are you really claiming that the image quality of the Nikon is superior to a camera that uses the same sensor as (and even gets slightly more out of it than) the D7000?

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