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Nikon D5100 CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

  • 16.2 MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • 3.0" Vari-Angle 921K Resolution LCD
  • 1080p HD Movies w/Full Time Autofocus
  • Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens
  • 35mm Lens Equivalent: 27-82.5mm
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General

Brand
Nikon
Model
D5100
Part
25478
Color
Black
Dimensions
Approx. 5.0" x 3.8 x 3.1" /127 x 96.5 x 78.7mm
Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
CMOS
Image Sensor Size
23.6 x 15.6 mm
Gross Pixels
16.9 MP
Effective Pixels
16.2 MP
Dust Cleaning System
Image sensor cleaning
Resolution
(L) 4928 x 3264
(M) 3696 x 2448
(S) 2464 x 1632

White Balance

White Balance
Auto
Cloudy
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Fluorescent (7 types)
Incandescent
Preset Manual
Shade

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Coverage
95% Approx.
Magnification
0.78x Approx.
Eyepoint
17.9 mm
Dioptric Adjustment
-1.7 to +0.7 m-1
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Mirror
Quick-return type

LCD Monitor

LCD
3.0" 921k

Focus

Focusing Modes
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
AF Points
11 focus points
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF)

Exposure

Exposure Compensation
+/-5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Metering System
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
ISO Sensitivity
ISO 100 - 6400
Hi-0.3
Hi-0.7
Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
AE Lock
Yes

Shutter

Shutter Type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Shutter Speed
1/4000 to 30 sec. in steps of 1/3 EV
Self-timer
2, 5, 10, 20 sec. Timer duration electronically controlled

Flash

Flash Control
Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
Distance priority manual: Available with SB-900, SB-800 and SB-700
i-TTL Balanced fill-flash, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR
Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S
Flash Exposure Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Drive System

Continuous Shooting Speed
4 frames per second

Recording System

File Format
Compressed 14-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG (Baseline Compliant)
Recording Media
SD / SDHC /SDXC Card

Movie

Movie Format
MOV
Movie Recording
HD 1,920x1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920x1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280x720 / 24 fps
VGA 640x424 / 30 fps
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080

Lens

Compatible Lenses
AF-S, AF-I: All functions supported
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
IX NIKKOR lenses can not be used
Non-CPU: Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; Electronic Rangefinder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
Other AF NIKKOR (Excluding lenses for F3AF): All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus
Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
Lens Mount
Nikon F Bayonet Mount

Interface

USB
Yes
A/V Out
Yes
HDMI
Yes

Power Source

Battery
EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Battery Life
660 shots (CIPA)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Brenden W.
  • 1/31/2014 4:37:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing for the Price

Pros: Amazing camera, I purchased this camera to start learning how to take great pictures and get into the camera scene. I am learning daily at the amazing things this camera can do and have no regrets.

Cons: Not that this is on the camera, but the seller marked up the price to 799.99$ then had it on sale for 459.99$. After the sale ended the price went to 499.99$ with no type of sale. Great marketing to bring in poor people looking to get a great deal.

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  • Drew B.
  • 8/19/2012 12:35:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat camera, wonderful starter kit

Pros: Lens is perfect for "all around" use and nearly full sky astro-photography. Massive amount of features, but very easy to navigate menus and use them all. Vibration reduction works flawlessly and doesn't degrade the image like digital VR on cheaper cameras. Huge range of compatible lenses available.

Cons: Doesn't come with the simple IR remote for required for bulb mode and some other features.

Other Thoughts: The remotes are cheap and readily available, but; When you're charging this much for a camera, why lock your customer out from a bunch of features over such a cheap remote? It's such a good camera that it's not enough to deduct any stars :-)

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  • Keith N.
  • 5/22/2012 1:48:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: Wonderful camera. For anyone looking to get into a DSLR who knows a little bit about photography or who is just learning, this is the perfect camera for you. A step up from the D3200 with more features and amazing images, its just a great camera to learn on.

Cons: It doesn't make me dinner.

Other Thoughts: I took this camera with me on vacation and shot everything in site. I used full manual and shot in raw and the pictures came out amazing. You cannot go wrong with this camera.

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  • Robert M.
  • 5/14/2012 8:41:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Camera, old tech

Pros: Cheap

Cons: old tech

Other Thoughts: They are trying to sell these now since the 3200 is coming out in a matter of weeks, once it does, you can get the 3200 at almost the same price as this. I would wait and get the 3200 and get a camera that's 2x better, or, wait until the 3200 is out, and the price on the 5100 plummets.

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  • Kiet N.
  • 4/24/2012 1:48:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlease get this Nikon D5100, you wont be regret.

Pros: Good quality image, easy to use, light, good for travel and for someone who just switch from a digital camera to a first dslr.

Cons: The view finder is little small but it is worth the price.

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  • tarang p.
  • 3/20/2012 8:00:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsn/a

Pros: Very nice.

Cons: none.

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  • tarang p.
  • 3/20/2012 7:58:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNewegg hatcher

Pros: Very nice.

Cons: none.

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  • Robert S.
  • 3/1/2012 9:35:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat bang for the buck

Pros: Light weight and durable

Cons: Lousy strap. Typical.

Other Thoughts: If you couple this camera with good glass you will most likely be very happy with your purchase. The kit lens is okay to start with but save your pennies. I picked up a 70-300 and a 35mm 1.4 to accompany my 5100 and am happy as a clam.

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  • Noel P.
  • 2/11/2012 11:22:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Video Work and not a Bad Still Camera

Pros: Price, swivel LCD and the sensor, image quality and relative ease of use. For 750 even the included kit lense is not bad. I have a D2X and D200 and a lot of good Nikkor glass. I am 6-7 years behind the curve in DLSR bodies, so I am very excited what the Nikon sensors (not Sony sensors in the D2s and 200s) can do. I also have large format printer and print quite often. Not shooting for money anymore, so I saved 750 over the D7000. I usually go for the motto get it right the first time but that would mean getting the D3 and I do not have $6000 lying around or even 3K for the D300. The image capturing is good enough and I have 24" prints to prove it. Video is better than any handycam I've used.

Cons: Not good for older lenses, that's my only beef. And the manual operation is not that great. But my D2 and d200 still works. But really, I bought this camera so I can shoot video. My wife is happy too. Also the color is not as neutral as the other high end models. I have my own glass and they look ridiculous in this camera. A 55-200 was part of the deal and to be honest that works better for video work any way than the big 2.8 lenses. I am sure one can argue about the autofoucs and the exposure database but it is 750 dollars. I have not dropped it hard yet but the plastic body may be suspect. Battery also does not last as long.

Other Thoughts: I miss the control I have with the D2 and D200 but my wife does not. also because it is small it does not look like you are a press photographer. If it gets stolen 750 is an easier pill to swallow. The swivel LCD is really a good thing for video work and Nikon did this right. For parents who need to take photos/videos of their kids in badly lit gyms, this with a couple of VR lenses really makes it very useful and fulfilling.

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  • Raymond L.
  • 1/11/2012 4:57:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing upgrade from D3000

Pros: - Swivel Screen
- Takes Video
- easy to clean
- Adaptable Lense.
- Live View Finder
- Easy to use

Cons: - slow shutter, My D3000 had a faster shutter..
- Video isnt THAT great, lag's a bit when alot is going on.
- Shoots in NEF not DNG native (need a converter)

Other Thoughts: I noticed my Girlfriends (SAME EXACT CAMERA) has a slower View Screen, and it render's the pictures ALOT slower.

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