The Nikon D5100 is a Digital SLR camera with a rich set of capabilities designed to stimulate your creative side and help you create still images and movies like no other. One of the few Nikon DSLRs with a side flip-out Vari-Angle LCD Monitor, the D5100 makes it exciting to capture the world from a unique viewpoint with high quality 16 megapixel still images or high quality High Definition video. Taking pictures and recording full HD movies will never be the same again.
The D5100 is one of just a handfull of Nikon DSLRs possessing a Vari-Angle LCD Monitor, this large high resolution moveable screen measures 3 inches (7.5 cm) across, opens horizontally up to 180° and flips up and down from +180° to -90°. Now you're ready to view, shoot and record your subjects from unique perspectives. Try a high angle for overhead shots, waist level for candid Live View and movie shooting, or a low vantage point for a look from ground level. You can also place the D5100 on a tripod or other stable surface and still see yourself while composing self-portraits.
The D5100 uses a high quality CMOS sensor that captures subjects with rich color and fine detail, delivering high levels of resolution and image quality for both stills and full HD movies. The CMOS sensor is paired with Nikon's EXPEED 2 image processing engine that enables lightning-fast data processing and delivers pictures and movies of exceptional image quality. The camera's split-second shutter response and great AF performance means you don't have to miss an important moment. The D5100's Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus system is performance oriented: it uses 11 focus points (including one with a cross-type sensor) to widely cover the frame and focus on the subject sharply while allowing individual focus point selection for extra precision. When using the 3D-tracking focus mode the AF system works with the metering system Scene Recognition to identify your main subject and keep it in focus even if the composition changes.
For ease of use the D5100 has 16 Scene Modes matching a diverse range of photographic situations. The five most popular modes can be found on the mode dial, while others can be selected by setting the dial to SCENE and rotating the command dial. Once you've decided on a scene mode, the camera automatically chooses the camera settings that will provide the best results. When using Nikon's Scene Modes, you don't have to worry about complex camera settings.
The D5100 delivers exceptional movie performance with its full HD capability, full-time-servo AF (AF-F) and precise exposure control. In-camera movie editing and sound recording capability (stereo with optional microphone) are also provided. In-Camera Special effects modes feature an amazing array of options for use when taking pictures and recording movies. Together with D-SLR advantages like beautiful background blur, high ISO sensitivity performance and extensive NIKKOR lens compatibility, you can take your movie-making to a new level.
The D5100 is perfect for anyone looking to take better pictures and make more memorable memories. It's a great choice whether you're looking to move beyond frustration with cell phone image quality, wanting to eliminate shutter and focus lag from point&shoot cameras, looking for a good piece of gear to learn on, or just a photographer looking for another camera.
- High Resolution 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
- Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning
- Nikon 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II
- 16 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes
- Scene Recognition System
- Stunning Full 1080p HD Movies with Full Time Autofocus
- Fast 11-point Autofocus System
- Split-second Shutter Response
- EXPEED 2 image processing engine
- ISO sensitivity 100-6400, expandable to ISO 25,600 equivalent
- 3", 921,000-dot Super-Density horizontal type Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
- In-camera Special Effects Modes useable for still images and movies
- Active D-Lighting
- In-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) option
- Picture Control
- Built-in Speedlight flash with i-TTL
- Efficient EN-EL14 Battery
- Built-in HDMI Connection
- Dedicated Live-View and Record buttons
Available accessories include EN-EL14 Batteries, GPS Unit GP-1, Remote Control ML-L3, Semi-Soft Case CF-DC2, I-TTL Speedlights, AC Adapter EH-5A/5B with Power Connector EP-5AM and the Stereo Microphone ME-1.
To most effectively isolate sounds made by lens mechanisms from your videos, an external microphone is recommended.