Is the D5100 still a good deal as a new buy?

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Snappy Happy Regular Member • Posts: 432
Is the D5100 still a good deal as a new buy?

I see where Amazon is selling them for $430 with 18-55 kit lens.  What do you guys think?

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JimPearce
JimPearce Veteran Member • Posts: 8,923
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You'd really have to want that swivel screen to pay a premium for the D5100 over a D3200. In Canada, the D5200 w/ 18-55 is going for $650. Now that's a deal in my opinion.

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karl eller
karl eller Regular Member • Posts: 324
Re: Is the D5100 still a good deal as a new buy?
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Snappy Happy wrote:

I see where Amazon is selling them for $430 with 18-55 kit lens. What do you guys think?

Is it still a great camera that is able to take amazing pictures? Yes, yes it is. Are there newer Nikon cameras that offer better value for money? Well that will depend a lot on you, your requirements and your budget. Unless you have a particular requirement that the D5100 can't meet, I would be extremely surprised if you bought one and ended up going "man, I wish I spent the extra money on a D3200/5200/whatever."

The biggest upgrade the D3200/5200 offers over the D5100 is a higher megapixel sensor (24 vs 16), and on the D5200 an improved 39-point AF system taken from the D7000 (although still missing the in-body AF motor). If those upgrades are worth the price (+$50 for the D3200, +$220 for the D5200) is up to you. I personally would find it hard to justify a D5200 vs a D5100 with the extra $200 put into another lens (Eg 35mm or 50mm f/1.8 or a cheap 55-200 or 55-300 telephoto), but that's just me.

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GerardHaines Regular Member • Posts: 496
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Snappy Happy wrote:

I see where Amazon is selling them for $430 with 18-55 kit lens. What do you guys think?

I think the D5100 is still a very relevant camera capable of outstanding photos...yes, I think it's a good deal.

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TacticDesigns
TacticDesigns Senior Member • Posts: 2,647
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Snappy Happy wrote:

I see where Amazon is selling them for $430 with 18-55 kit lens. What do you guys think?

If you don't need the extra bells and whistles from the other models, then it is an amazing deal!

I paid full pop for my D5100 2 years ago. The number and types of keeper shots I've gotten out of it, I consider it well worth the price even at full price. This camera owes me nothing!

At $430 it is an absolute steal!

Oh, yeah. Good point above about paying less for the body and then tacking on a Nikon 35mm f1.8!

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easypic
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I have been using a Nikon d5100 for about a year and 1/2 I gotta say it's the best camera I have used to date. in the past I've used Fuji cameras, Sony and kodak cameras (all point & shoot) Since I stepped up to Nikon products my images have turned out 100% better. I really don't see myself ever changing camera brands again.

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trac63 Contributing Member • Posts: 617
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JimPearce wrote:

You'd really have to want that swivel screen to pay a premium for the D5100 over a D3200. In Canada, the D5200 w/ 18-55 is going for $650. Now that's a deal in my opinion.

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Jim

Yeah, I've seen D5200 advertised for as little as $520 body-only.

Same sensor as the D7100. Great, great buy.

toomanycanons Forum Pro • Posts: 10,799
Re: Is the D5100 still a good deal as a new buy?

Snappy Happy wrote:

I see where Amazon is selling them for $430 with 18-55 kit lens. What do you guys think?

Yes, just do it.

t.c. marino Contributing Member • Posts: 653
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trac63 wrote:

JimPearce wrote:

You'd really have to want that swivel screen to pay a premium for the D5100 over a D3200. In Canada, the D5200 w/ 18-55 is going for $650. Now that's a deal in my opinion.

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Yeah, I've seen D5200 advertised for as little as $520 body-only.

Same sensor as the D7100. Great, great buy.

i have to agree,d5200/d5300 might be the best bang for the bucks for nikon dx shooters based purely on iq..yes the d7100 has better specs/performance etc..but iq wise the little d5200/d5300...and d3200 have stellar iq...i keep shaking my head that these entry level dx cameras have 20 million more pixels with much better iq AND better high iso than my old pro nikon d2h..technology moves fwd

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A few people in our photo group shoot with the 5100 and they always tout it as one of Nikon's best cam under $1000.

I just recieved my 3200 w/kit lens, refurbished by Nikon. It arrived in as new condition and had a whopping 322 shutter clicks. Could not pass up the Buydig ebay price of $349., no tax, free shipping. Looking forward to using my first Nikon dslr.

Andre Bomhof
Andre Bomhof Veteran Member • Posts: 4,586
Buy it, buy it now!

That's what the reviewers at ephotozine said in their test in April 2011.

http://www.ephotozine.com/article/nikon-d5100-digital-slr-review-16109

I would like to add that IMHO a D5100 plus Tamron f/2.8 17-50mm (non VC) is a better combination than a D5200/5300 with the 18-55mm Nikkor kitlens.

André

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