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

  • 3.0" LCD Monitor with 16.2MP
  • In-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Full 1080p HD Movies w/ Full Time Autofocus

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The Nikon D5100 and its included AF-S 18-55mm VR lens offer a host of new photographic and video tools including a 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor, 4fps continuous shooting, and breathtaking Full 1080p HD Movies with full time autofocus.
Creativity from Any Point of View
Stimulate your creativity! The NIKON D5100 offers a host of new photographic and video tools that deliver superior performance and exceptional image quality with surprising versatility. With 16.2 megapixels, a swivel Vari-Angle LCD monitor, full HD movie capabilities, new EFFECTS Mode and new HDR settings, you hold the power and performance to capture beautiful moments and the freedom to get creative.
Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
Great Shots at Every Angle
Take pictures or record movies from a unique viewpoint, the D5100's 3.0 inch, super sharp, 921,000-dot Vari-angle LCD monitor allows for versatile high quality viewing and playback. Explore every angle, with overhead shots, waist level candids, ground level and fun self portraits; you will never miss a shot. This Vari-angle monitor allows you to be creative from any point of view.
Effects Mode
More Fun and Artistic Photos and Movies
The D5100 incorporates an amazing array of special effects for use when taking still pictures or recording D-Movie Full HD movies. Selective Color isolates any color within the scene; capture details in places too dark for your own eyes using Night Vision; create bright, glowing images filled with atmosphere with High Key; emphasize the mood of a scene using Low Key; Miniature Effect makes a scene look like a miniature scale model; and Color Sketch creates color outlines of the subject that are played back as a series of stills in a slide show.
Tell Better Stories
Full HD 1080p D-Movie with Sound
The D5100 delivers exceptionally high-quality movie performance due to its full HD capability while the latest in Full-time autofocus takes the guess work out of tracking your subjects while in motion. Effortless moviemaking is at your fingertip thanks to D5100's ergonomically placed Live View and Movie start button. Your D-Movies will come to life thanks to D5100's sound recording capability - get stereo sound with Nikon's optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Exquisite Detail in Highlight and Shadow
In scenes with extreme contrasts, such as bright, sunlit clouds and a foreground deep in shadow, it was once quite difficult to render the textures of both equally. Not any more. D5100 combines two exposures to create an image revealing an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and richer color gradation than ever before.
Stunning Image Quality
Image Quality in a Class of Its Own
Incorporating the latest Nikon D-SLR technologies such as the 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 2 image processing engine, the D5100 delivers outstanding image quality. Its CMOS sensor offers a remarkably wide ISO range (ISO 100 to 6400) with reduced noise which enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture scenes and subjects with less blur. Handheld shooting and full HD movies come out looking great even in low light.
Speed and Performance that Delivers
With high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 4 frames per second, you'll never miss a moment, and with D5100's large optical viewfinder providing accurate and realistic composition, you'll get precise view and focus in every situation.
Capture Your Subjects
D5100's 11-point AF system provides flexibility to compose the shot you want ensuring your subject is captured sharply wherever it's located in the frame. Working together with the Scene Recognition System, the camera can keep your main subject in focus even if the composition changes using Nikon's exclusive 3D-tracking.

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Nikon DX


Package Type
Single Lens Kit

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
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
Image Processor
(L) 4928 x 3264
(M) 3696 x 2448
(S) 2464 x 1632

White Balance

White Balance
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset Manual


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

LCD Monitor

3.0" 921k
LCD Coverage


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 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-1 (ISO 12,800)
Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
AE Lock


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


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


Movie Format
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


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


A/V Out

Power Source

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

Dimensions & Weight

Approx. 5.0" x 3.8 x 3.1" /127 x 96.5 x 78.7mm

Package Contents

Package Contents
Nikon d5100


with 18-55mm Lens
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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