Nikon D5100 In-depth Review
Nikon D5100 specifications
|Price (Body only)|| US: $799.95
|Price (with 18-55mm VR Lens)|| US: $899.95
|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
|Lens mount||Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)|
Other Type G or D AF Nikkor
Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor
Type D PC Nikkor
IX Nikkor/AF Nikkor for F3AF
- 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)
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
- Flash off
Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
Shutter-priority auto (S)
Aperture priority auto (A)
|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|
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
|Cont. shooting|| Up to 4fps|
|White balance|| Auto
Day white fluorescent
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
• 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
|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)
Continuous shooting : 4.0 frames per second
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
• Auto Image Rotation
• Image Comment (up to 36 characters)
|Storage|| SD / SD HC / SDXC|
|Video output||NTSC or PAL selectable|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
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)|
|Fascia walkie talkie building London by ian herridge|
from Abstract Architecture
|Global Reach by cjf2|
Joey L, Dani Diamond, Brandon Woelfel and Jessica Kobeissi go head-to-head in an episode of "4 photographers shoot the same model."
The latest flagship phone from Asus combines a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 main sensor with a smaller Sony IMX351 chip for 2x zoom and a background-blurring portrait mode.
The company behind popular photo editor Picktorial 3 just released the X-Pack: a preset package that allows you to add Fuji's in-camera film simulation profiles to your RAF files in post.
Photoshop. GoPro. Every once in a while a product emerges that defines a category. And sometimes, it vanishes just as quickly as it arrived on the scene. This week's Throwback Thursday remembers the Flip, the pocket camcorder everyone had – until they didn't.
The Nokia 8's dual-cam combines the image data from a 13MP RGB sensor and a 13 monochrome chip for better detail, improved dynamic range and lower noise levels.
The company behind retail giant B&H Photo has agreed to pay out $3.2 million in monetary relief and back wages to settle a discrimination and harassment case from 2016.
After a popular Facebook teaser and some studio portrait samples, Godox has finally officially released the Godox A1 smartphone flash and flash trigger. Cheap, versatile and innovative, color us intrigued.
Canon’s EOS 5D Mk IV has won the European Imaging and Sound Association’s Professional DSLR of the Year award, making this the third year in a row that the brand has beaten Nikon to the top spot in the professional camera category.
A photograph and quote tweeted out by former president Barack Obama has officially become the most popular tweet of all time, receiving over 1.3 million retweets and 3.4 million likes.
Edward Weston was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and in this episode of Advancing Your Photography we learn the extreme technique he used to capture one of his most famous still life photos.
Instagram just released a small update that will make a huge difference if you're active on the photo sharing app: threaded comment replies.
Venus Optics has announced the price and delivery date of the second lens to join its Zero-D line up: the 15mm F2 for Sony’s E mount. A lens they've dubbed, "the world's fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for full-frame."
Cinnac is a new social network for photographers that will help you separate your good photos from your great ones through a Tinder-like community-based rating system.
The Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM is an understated jewel of a lens, and one that we've enjoyed on a variety of cameras since its release almost five years ago. Its relatively small size and image stabilization make it a versatile tool for a variety of photography - check out our sample gallery.
You don't need a fancy studio or tons of gear to capture the kind of classic product photography you see in magazines. In this video, Dustin Dolby shows you how to do it with just a couple of speedlights and some know-how.
The life-logging camera is trying to make a comeback. Say hello to FrontRow, a live-streaming enabled life-logging camera from Ubiquiti that hangs on a necklace like a pendant.
When a prospective client approaches you, don't just say "yes" right away. Here's a useful list of questions you should be asking before you decide to take the job and name your price.
Samsung just revealed a blazing-fast new Solid State Drive capable of data transfer speeds of up to 540MB/s.
DJI has developed a 'Local Data Mode' that lets pilots fly without being connected to the Internet. The mode should calm recent fears over data privacy and security when flying DJI drones.
After 1.7 million downloads on Apple computers since the launch in November 2015, Aurora HDR will be available for Windows PCs for the first time with the 2018 release.
The company behind the new Meyer Optik Goerlitz lens manufacturing business has formed a new brand to bring back the Biotar 75mm F1.5 that was made by Carl Zeiss Jena in the 1940s and 50s.
The updated Qualcomm Spectra system is a dual-camera setup that is capable of sensing depth and motion in real time.
A sizable swath of the United States will be treated to a total eclipse of the heart – er, sun – in just under a week. Here are a few excellent guides to help you photograph this rare occasion.
f11 Magazine—an ad-supported, free magazine for 'photographers and aficionados' that focused on photos rather than gear—is suspending publication due to financial troubles.
The Minolta MC Rokkor-X 40-80mm F2.8 is unlike any zoom lens you've probably ever seen. Instead of a helicoid, it uses a gearbox, and because of this it's still one of the sharpest zoom lenses out there.
If you're looking to switch to Sony, the company's new limited-time "α trade up" promotion can snag you up to $500 + trade-in value towards a brand new a9, a7 II, a7R II, or a7S II when you hand over your DSLR or mirrorless camera.
The Google Camera app exclusive to the company's own Pixel phone has been unofficially ported to other Android devices. If you're willing to take the risk of installing, you can now use features like HDR+ on the Galaxy S8, LG G6, OnePlus 5, and more.
49-year-old David Hilos is known by the Singapore photography community as the 'camera whisperer.' When a service center says a camera is beyond repair, Hilos can usually coax it back to life.
Photographer Ryan Kelly captured one of the most viral and graphic images of the horrifying events in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. This is the harrowing story behind that photograph.
Data storage manufacturer Synology has added a new, lower-cost NAS to its DiskStation j line that has a maximum capacity of 40TB, and which is aimed at home users and photography enthusiasts.