Nikon Coolpix P5100 Review
Based on a production Nikon Coolpix P5000 Firmware version 1.0
Announced just six months after the launch of the P5000, the Nikon P5100 is a gentle re-working of the existing model with a slightly larger, more pixel-dense sensor and hardware-based face-detection. Beyond that, the changes are predominantly cosmetic alterations to the existing model. The camera is Nikon's flagship compact camera, with the 'P' denoting 'performance.' Although it may not visually leap out from a line-up of contemporary compacts, its magnesium alloy body and manual exposure controls belie the unassuming appearance. It aims to offer a greater degree of manual control than the majority of compact cameras and has a strong feature set to help it stand apart. We were actually very impressed with the P5000's image quality and feature set, and only really complained about the sluggish performance. So has Nikon fixed the P5000's Achilles' heel in this update? Lets find out!
Differences compared with P5000
- Faster, hardware-based face-detection, allowing more faces to be identified
- Expeed processing 'concept'
- Continuous flash shooting mode (3 consecutive frames at ~1fps)
- Distortion control to counteract lens distortion
- Improved user interface
- Marginally larger sensor making the lens slightly wider-angle (35mm vs 36mm)
- Fractionally shorter battery life (240, rather than 250 shots, CIPA standard)
- 1:1 aspect ratio shooting mode
- Can add black borders to images
Unlike the names applied to image processors by many of Nikon's rivals, Expeed doesn't specifically refer to any particular technology or set of features. Rather, it is a "digital image-processing concept," so shouldn't be taken to imply any kinship to the D3 and D300 DSLR models that share the name, beyond the the use of similar Nikon algorithms and know how.
- 12 megapixel 1/1.8-inch CCD
- 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens
- Lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction)
- ISO 64-1600 (3200 in 5MP mode)
- BSS (Best Shot Selector) identifies and saves the sharpest image automatically from ten sequential shots
- P/A/S/M modes plus 16 scene modes
- Compatibility with system-expanding accessories
- Macro shooting enables shooting from as close as 4cm (1.6 in.)
- SDHC card compatibility
- Approx. 52 MB of internal memory
- Face-priority AF, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, D-Lighting
- 2.5-in wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Nikon Coolpix P5100 specifications
|Body Material||Metal and plastic|
• 1/1.72 " Type CCD
• 4000 x 3000
• Motion JPEG (AVI) with sound
|File formats||• JPEG Exif V2.2
• Motion JPEG AVI
• 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor (35-123mm equiv.)
|Image stabilization||Lens-shift VR|
|Conversion lenses||Yes (optional)|
|Digital zoom||up to 4x|
|Focus||• Contrast Detection AF
• Infinity lock
|AF area modes||
• Auto (9-area automatic selection)
|AF assist lamp||Yes|
• 30cm (1 ft.) to infinity (∞) [W],
70cm (2 ft. 4 in.) to infinity (∞) [T]
|Metering||• Through-the-lens (TTL) metering
• 256-segment matrix
• Spot AF area
|ISO sensitivity||• Auto (64 - 800)
• ISO 64
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 2000
• ISO 3200 (5MP or lower only)
|Exposure compensation||• -/+ 2EV
• in 1/3 EV steps
• 3 shots
|Shutter speed||1/2000 to 8 s|
|Aperture|| • Six blade iris diaphragm
• 10 (in steps of 1/3 EV)
• Auto shooting mode
|Scene modes||Face-priority AF, Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close up, Museum, Fireworks show, Copy, Back Light, Panorama Assist, Voice recording|
|Self timer||• 10 or 3 secs
|Image parameters||Normal, Softer, Vivid, More vivid, Portrait, Custom, Black-and-white|
• Range: (W) 0.3 to 8.0m (1 ft. to 26 ft. 3 in.), (T) 0.3 to 4.0m (1 ft. to 13 ft. 1 in.)
• Flash Hot Shoe
• Auto, Auto with red-eye reduction, Anytime flash, Flash cancel, Slow sync., Rear-curtain sync.
|Viewfinder||• Real-image zoom viewfinder
• Approx 80% vertical x 80% horizontal
|LCD monitor||• 2.5-in wide viewing angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
• Approx 97% vertical x 97% horizontal (record mode)
• AV out (NTSC / PAL)
|Print compliance||PictBridge, DCF, DPOF, EXIF print|
|Storage||• SD / SDHC / MMC card (optional)
• Approx 52MB internal memory
|Power||• Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL5 (supplied)
• AC Adapter EH-62A (optional)
|Weight (No batt)||Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card|
|Dimensions||Approx. 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections|
|Dirt Hose by poppyjk|
|European bee-eaters by drvanger|
from A Big Year - birds
|Fat Is Beautiful Guinea 2008 DP by MarioSS|
from - Fat is Beautiful - (Woman's Portrait n Black and White+ A Border)
As summer really gets going over here in the Northern hemisphere, the team at Imaging Resource has put together a list of the best cameras for backpacking.
The Ukrainian Parliament banned statues of Lenin in 2015. Two years later, the monuments no longer adorn public buildings or stand watch over town squares, but they're still there.
If you had to choose one camera to bring along for the ultimate West coast road trip, what would it be? DPR's Sam Spencer choose the X100F. Read more
The a9 boasts impressive capability. As more examples of it in practice pour in, Sony's claims hold up. Watch the a9 track and maintain focus on a rapidly approaching basketball.
Last week, more than a million tonnes of Californian coastline slid into the ocean, taking part of Highway 1 with it. Check out the remodeling in photos taken before and after the landslide.
Even after eighteen months of reviewing the latest, greatest, shiniest and must-buy-me-est new gear, DPReview staffer Carey Rose has continued to use older DSLR cameras for his freelance work. But now, that might be changing. Read more
Sony is the world's leading mirrorless camera brand but remains third for ILCs overall, it's said in a presentation to investors. A focus on high value cameras and lenses should boost operating income, it says. Read more
It's nicknamed the 'Cycloptic Mustard Monster,' and is a 3D printed medium format camera. Read more
The new NanGuang LED lights are battery powered and come with accessories including filters and diffusers.
Have you been telling yourself, "Hey, I really need one of those 8K displays?" A video about Dell's new 8K monitor shows you what to expect. Is it really that much better?
Tamara Lackey, a Nikon ambassador USA and pro shooter, discusses embracing self-consciousness as a means of connecting with subjects.
There's a new Spiderman movie coming out and the poster been generating a lot of online chatter. Mostly about how it looks like the creation of a fevered teenager that just discovered Photoshop.
An honest defense of the system's merits, with photos as proof.
Copyright disputes are no fun at all. 'Binded' is a new startup that aims to simplify the process of registering - and enforcing - copyright for photographers. Read more
Not everyone wants to pay a premium for a long zoom camera. Thankfully, there are many reasonably priced cameras available, though they won't offer the same image quality as enthusiast models. In this updated roundup we look at big zoom cameras with more consumer-friendly price tags. Read more
Think Tank Photo has updated two of its popular bag lines with improvements to functionality. Read more
We’ve all seen Bob Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo, but there's another.
The sample footage looks good.
It will automatically pick the best camera settings depending on shooting conditions. It even promises enhanced functionality for your camera, like exposure and focus stacking. It already supports many cameras from Canon, Fuji, Nikon and Sony. Read more
As if $13,950 wasn’t enough to pay for a special edition lens, the Leica Store in San Francisco is offering a prototype of said lens for $24,995. Read more
Make those old photos disappear without deleting them forever.
Firmware updates enable 10 fps shooting with adapted A-mount lenses, and faster startup times and better compatibility for 20 fps shooting when using native lenses on the a9.
Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its camera models X-T2, X-Pro2, GFX 50s, X-T20, X100F and X-T1 and updates to three of its software products.
A 22 year-old Romanian photographer uses his DJI Phantom 4 drone to capture unique perspectives of the city where he now lives.
What's it like to ride the waves with champion surfer Kelly Slater? This VR video from Teton Gravity Research gives you a taste.
When Nikon released the full-frame D3 in 2007, it changed the professional photography industry. In this week's Throwback Thursday, Barney remembers a legend. Read more
The new stuff should have better red hues, improved sensitivity and finer grain - but don't worry - will still shift blues to green, greens to purple and yellows to pink.
Ricoh has introduced a new rugged compact camera with a 16MP CMOS sensor, 28-140mm lens, 2.7" LCD and built-in LED macro lights. Read more
This compact drone can shoot HD video using a 2-axis stabilized 12MP camera. Read more
The new Prynt Pocket can print a photo directly from their iPhone simply by inserting the phone into the printer, then snapping a photo. Each print will cost about 50 cents. Read more