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Nikon D5100


$899.95 Released April, 2011

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Includes the same high quality 14-bit 16.2MP sensor found in the much more expensive D7000. Solid construction. 3" completely articulating display with a high 921k dot resolution (the same as the D7000, higher than the D5000).

The Cons:Shares the same 11-point AF, shutter speed, and metering system as the D3100/D90 - it can't be exactly the same as the D7000! Dim pentamirror based optical viewfinder - the same as the D3100, much more annoying to use than the brighter one found on the D7000/D90. Lacks the dual control wheels of the D7000/D90.

The Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera is a newer version of the Nikon D5000 that provides an updated 16.2 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor.  With an ISO range of 100-6400 and an EXPEED 2 image processing engine, this camera is able to capture clear photographs, even in low light.

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Product Shot 2 With updated recording from the D5000 model's HD 1280x720p video feature, this camera offers HD 1920x1080p, for higher quality movies.  Equipped with a High Dynamic Range, in pictures encompassing extreme contrasts, it combines two exposures to offer cleaner and crisper photographs.  Also, the swivel vari-angle LCD monitor, has been enlarged from 2.7 on the D5000 model to 3 inches, and an extra side hinge has been added to increase the flexibility range, allowing pictures to be taken from more angles.  Finally, offering a new effects mode, pictures can be taken with a variety of creative looks, including selective color, night vision, miniature, and color sketch.

Features

  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Storage
  • ISO 100-6400
  • Selection of 11 Focal Points
  • Built-in Flash
  • 20 Minute Maximum Movie Recording Time
  • EN-EL 14 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Last 660 Shots Per Charge
  • 1/4000 to 30 sec. shutter speed in steps of 1/3 EV
  • 4 Frame/Second Top Continuous Shooting Speed
  • 2, 5, 10, 20 Second Self-Timer Duration Options
  • Advanced Scene Mode Option

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  • 2

    includes the same high quality 14-bit 16.2MP sensor found in the much more expensive D7000

  • 2

    solid construction

  • 1

    3" completely articulating display with a high 921k dot resolution (the same as the D7000, higher than the D5000)

  • 1

    records video in full 1080/30p/24p, 720/30p/25p/24p with microphone input - improved over the D3100 (no mic input, 1080p/30 option)

  • 1

    improved battery life over the D5000 - rated for 660 shots vs 510 shots

  • 1

    records to easy to find, affordable and capacious SD/SDHC/SDXC flash memory

  • 1

    very fast - powers up in a small fraction of a second, fast AF in all lighting conditions with no shutter lag

Cons
  • 1

    shares the same 11-point AF, shutter speed, and metering system as the D3100/D90 - it can't be exactly the same as the D7000!

  • 1

    dim pentamirror based optical viewfinder - the same as the D3100, much more annoying to use than the brighter one found on the D7000/D90

  • 1

    lacks the dual control wheels of the D7000/D90

  • 0

    plasticy build - not going to be as solid as the ruggedized D7000

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