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)|
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