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The D5100 sits comfortably in the middle of Nikon's non-Pro DSLR lineup, carefully blending the features of the beginner-friendly D3100 with the image capabilities of the more expensive D7000. As such it features a 16.2MP CMOS sensor, 1080p (H.264) movie capability and an articulated 920k dot LCD in a relatively compact body. Like previous Nikons at this price it features a pentamirror viewfinder and 11-point AF system capable of tracking subjects by distance and color, as well as the still-improving full-time AF-F mode for use when shooting in live view mode. It also becomes the first Nikon DSLR to offer in-camera special effect filters while shooting either stills or video.
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100- 6400 (plus 12800, 25600 with boost)|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length mult.||1.5×|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||560 g (1.23 lb / 19.75 oz)|
|Dimensions||128 x 97 x 79 mm (5.04 x 3.82 x 3.11″)|
The D5100 sits just above the D3100 in Nikon's product lineup, and as such, it combines its younger sibling's ease of use with a slightly more advanced feature set. The D5100's trump card, however, is its advanced 16 MP sensor, inherited from the D7000. Judged on its own merits, the D5100 is a great camera, but we're concerned that an enthusiastic beginner might outgrow it faster than some of the competition.
Good for: Effective and easy to use features make the D5100 ideal for everyday photography/videography
Not so good for: Shooting fast action
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