Nikon D5100

Aggregated expert review about the Nikon D5100

The Register
“Sitting somewhere in the middle of entry-level scale, Nikon’s D5100 represents a considerable leap from its predecessor the D5000 and can be seen in some respects as a smaller, cheaper-built D7000. D5100 features a trendy HDR mode, new effects for videos and stills including a Night Vision option and enhanced video capabilities.”

Digital Trends Reviews
“There’s no question the economy is tough, but it’s hardly curtailing the lust for DSLRs—especially the newest Nikons. Although the D5100 is large (5 x 3.8 x 3.1, W x H x D, in inches) and weighs 19.7 ounces for the body alone, the camera has a bit of a plastic feel.”

Nikon D5100 DSLR Review
“Replacing the D5000, the camera sits neatly in between the entry-level D3100 and the high-end D7000. The camera gains the D7000′s 16.2MP sensor, but it obviously misses out on some of that camera’s high-end features.”

“On the back of the D5100, the manual buttons and controls are rather thin. This is an entry-level camera though, so it makes sense for Nikon to keep it simple. If you need to make more detailed adjustments to the D5100′s settings, you can drill down into the menu system by pressing the Menu button to the top left of the LCD screen.”

“Imaging Resource rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 Compared to its predecessor, the Nikon D5100 makes a number of important changes, and it also includes several features which are unique among the company’s DSLR lineup.”

Nikon D5100 DSLR from Macworld
“Basic features as expected, the D5100 employs manual, semi-manual, and auto exposure modes, along with 16 scene modes. The D5100 is slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, measuring 5-by-3.8-by-3.1-inches and weighing 19.7 ounces (body only), and its body is well-balanced and comfortable to hold. As always, it’™s recommended that you budget for the highest quality lens you can afford for the best results.”

Digital Photography School
“The review camera was supplied with the f3.5/18-55mm kit lens. The 7.5cm LCD screen is articulated in a horizontal sweep, can swing through an arc up to 90 degrees clockwise and up to 180 degrees counter-clockwise: I found this to be a big help when the D5100 was tripod-mounted.”

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i) – DigitalRev
“I still think the Canon is the better camera overall. However, when you consider those new to DSLR, the Nikon D5100 may be a more attractive buy.”

Canon T3i 600D vs Nikon D5100 – Camera Labs
“On the surface they seem to share a lot in common, with high resolution still images, fully-articulated screens and Full HD video with external microphone inputs. No wonder each camera became a best-seller soon after launch. The big question then is which one is best-suited to you personally?”

Digital Versus
“With a new 16-Megapixel sensor and a flip-out swivel screen, this new SLR has plenty of attractive features. We found the D5100 a pleasant camera to handle. Build quality is sound and the rubber-coated thumb rest on the grip handle helps you keep firm hold of the camera.”
“Nikon started the D-SLR video recording revolution back in 2008 with the Nikon D90. The Nikon D5100 carries on that tradition, and adds continuous autofocus during video recording, a high-res, articulating LCD, a microphone input, and top-notch in-camera effects. They’re all very luxurious looking and substantial-feeling.”

“Nikon’s D5100 is the company’s latest ‘upper-entry-level’ DSLR aimed at beginners or those wanting a step-up from a basic budget model. It comes exactly two years after its predecessor, the popular D5000. Nikon upgraded the screen to a larger and much more detailed 3in / 921k panel here.”

Andy E.’s Photo Blog
“You won’t find a real review here, its rather a very personal way of looking at Nikon’s most recent camera – the Nikon D5100. I’ve got mine just yesterday, so bear with me that this cannot be a full review, potentially it will never be one.”

“This 16.2 megapixel camera uses the same sensor as the more expensive D7000. The kit includes a Nikkor 18–55mm lens with vibration reduction. Movie mode is full HD at 30fps and it has an external microphone socket.”

Nikon D5100 vs Canon T3i / EOS 600D Side by Side
“The Nikon D5100 is designed to appeal to both novice and hobby photographers by offering a wide range of both automatic options and extended manual creative control.”

Hardware Zone – The Sequel is Better
“The D5000 swung in between the then-base model, the D60, and the prosumer-class D90. The D5000 had similar (though not equal) performance to the D90, with fewer dedicated controls and lesser features.”

Trusted Reviews
“The professional-grade D3s currently leads the way here with a top (expanded) ISO setting of 102,400, but models further down the line are increasingly benefitting from Nikon’s expertise in this field. Sitting below the enthusiast-level D7000 but above the bare-bones D3100, the D5100 takes some advanced specifications from the former and mixes them with some of the more basic elements of the D7000, before adding some all-new features of its own to produce a neatly-specified model that bridges the gap between the two.”

Photo Review
“Slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, it’s the first Nikon DSLR with built-in special effects. Full HD (1080p) movie recording is also supported.”

Engadget: Nikon D5100 impressions, head-to-head with D7000
“Nikon has stirred up the camera crowds once again with its newly released D5100, filling the industry with the buzz of a new high-resolution articulating screen.”

Nikon Rumors
“My first impressions of the Nikon D5100: the camera is very compact – it handles like a big point and shoot model (think Coolpix P500).”

“The D5100 falls into a sort of higher entry-level position and sits on a level with Canon’s excellent EOS 600D both in terms of specification and pricing. For the purposes of this review we had the 18-55 VR kit lens, although some of the earlier shots we took with it came from a 70-300 zoom lens that Nikon had to hand.”

Nikon D5100 In-depth Review: Digital Photography Review
“Its feature set and pricing mean that it sits very comfortably between the beginner-friendly D3100 and the high-end D7000 – it’s clearly aimed to attract the attention of enthusiast photographers without cannibalizing sales of is sister models.”

“A high-resolution 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor makes it easier to compose your shots from difficult angles, while the extensive ISO range of 100-25600 should cope with virtually all lighting conditions. The D5100 also offers an ISO range of 100-25600, 4fps continuous shooting, a range of creative effects and an 11-point autofocus system.”

“The Canon nominally has the edge for detail with its 18-megapixel sensor to the Nikon’s 16 megapixels. However, the Nikon compensates digitally for lens distortions and chromatic aberrations; the latter can make a big difference to sharpness towards the corners of frames.”

“Nikon is aiming the D5100 at relatively novice photographers who want to take their hobby more seriously and want a versatile camera that will enable them to take more creative images.”

“The D5100 straddles the beginner and mid-level consumer market, merging entry-level ‘fun’ features such as Effects modes along with an image sensor pulled directly from the D7000 and many other features adopted from the D3100.”

“The D5100 features the 16.2 megapixel sensor as featured in the D7000. This means that you should get all the video quality from the D5000, the low noise image quality from the D7000, and as well as this 7 (or 8 if you include HDR) new shooting modes.”

Nikon D5100 review – CNET
“Canon leans just a touch more on the color noise suppression than Nikon, which I think produces slightly better results.
Beyond that depends upon the content of your scene, though I wouldn’t recommend ISO 6400 or higher.”

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