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Nikon Coolpix P5100 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, 3.5x Optical Zoom) 2.5" LCD

by Nikon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • New Nikon Coolpix P5100 Camera (boxed with English user manual, cds, cables and all accessories)

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 9.8 x 6.5 cm ; 200 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: VAA840B1
  • ASIN: B000VJ2CLU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Sep 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,070 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

Powerful 12.1 megapixel camera distinguished by its superior ergonomics and formidable performance. Ideal for photographers looking for a creative edge, its 2.5-inch LCD combined with optical viewfinder, advanced Exposure modes and impressive system expandability provide outstanding versatility. Powerful image stabilization technology, ISO 3200* and a 3.5x Zoom-NIKKOR lens combine to ensure sharp, noise-free shooting even in low light. *ISO 3200 is only available for imag sizes of 5M (2592 x 1944) or smaller. Superior materials & ergonomics : solid, lightweight body with high quality finish and magnesium alloy section on front panel rubber grip for comfortable, steady shooting and Mode dial for more intuitive operation.

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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Compact. 5 Oct 2007
By S. Broadbent VINE VOICE
I am a very keen amateur photographer, and usually use a Nikon D200 plus various lenses, tripod etc.
However I always like to carry a compact with me every where I go. Preferably one that will fit into my jacket pocket.
The Coolpix 5100 is very compact and well designed. It has a metal alloy body and is very well built. 3X times optical zoom and 12 megapixels.
Bottom line, Resolution and definition is far better than I expected. You could easily enlarge to movie poster size, the detail is that good. It is surprisingly good at higher ISO's with little noise. 800 ISO is perfectly usuable. Full control including manual, easy menu system and great review screen. Battery life okay but not exceptional ( I bought a Spare and always take that with me.) Optical viewfinder is very useful. You can buy extra lens converters (wide angle and tele) but these are very expensive and not worth it in my opinion The 5100 also has a hotshoe that allows me to attach my SB800 flash, although the built in flash is generally more than adequate. I really like this camera, I own two other compacts (both Canon) and have owned other makes such as the Samsung NV7...YUK!
Overall this is the best of the bunch and is so good I can't see me changing it in the near future, I am seriously won over by it.
My only complaint is no RAW file facility (JPEG) only. But I am being picky I strongly recommend this camera and feel confident you will not be disappointed. BUY IT NOW!!!
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you know Nikon, you'll know this camera 1 Feb 2008
I've had several Nikon SLR's, and one digital camera (Fuji). After a great deal of thinking, I got rid of the Fuji, it annoyingly enhanced almost every shot, making it impossible to capture the mood of the scene. I thought about a DLR - I've used them professionally, but what I really wanted was a good quality pocket camera. The P5100 is it! Feels great, magnesium metal case, rubber grips in the right places, but more importantly, it has a Program,Shutter priority,Aperture priority and Manual dial, exactly the same format as my SLR, I can replicate anything that I can do with my F80. I can capture any mood or lighting situation. The ability to custom set white-balance is also very useful. With 12.5 mpixels, and with an Epsom R800 printer I can make astonishing prints. If, like me, you dithererd over whether to go for a good, small, strong, reliable pocket camera, buy this one.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing little camera 14 Nov 2007
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There's a huge amount of controversy flying about the net over this camera the main gist of which is why (oh why!) do manufacturers cram more and more pixels into tiny sensors producing very noisy (grainy) images. The P5100 has come in for it's fair share of kicking over this and, to be fair, it does become noisy around 400 ISO and very noisy at higher film speed equivalents but, cast your mind back to the days of film, when did you ever use 800 ISO film!? The main point for me is that at lower iso settings and in most of 'Auto' mode this camera takes absolutely stunning images with real sympathy to colour and tone - unlike the overproduced and lurid results in the Canon equivalents. it's also very easy to hold and navigate and can make you feel like you're a good photographer in minutes. The manual is on the cd of software supplied (Nikon's lip service to the enviroment) but if you contact nikon europe, they can send a hard copy manual. Don't be fooled by the raging comparisons with the Canon G9, this is a different camera, i think better designed. It is slower than the Canons and you might want to choose them if you photo kids and/or sport but, for beautiful imagery this one gets the cigar. 5 stars not because it's 'The Best' but because it does what it does beautifully.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In My Opinion... 7 Jan 2008
Good bits (in no particular order) :
Most DSLR features like, P/A/S/M, metering modes, sequence shooting, bracketing etc.
One command dial for shutter and aperture, jogging through menus, browsing photos.
Panorama assist even makes new folders on the sd card for each sequence.
Good macro.
Option to set focus to infinity for landscapes etc.
Plenty of preset scene modes.(actually seem sensible and I suppose they could save you time some day).
Fast start time.
OK sequence mode on 12mp..3 shots only and slow. A faster card may be better.Does 3 shots with flash too.
Fast on 5mp and will run all day.
Plenty more resolution options too.16:9, 1:1.
Good ISO options .64 to 400 is good to ok. Can be set to auto but within a preset range.
Manual white balance option.
Respectable video with sound.640 by 480...1gb = 15 mins.

Bad bits:
A good flash coupled with an inability to focus in poor light and a focus assist light that might as well be laser pointer if your within 10 feet.
High ISO is for mono only. Haven't tried the 3200 iso yet.

If you want to split hairs:
The extension lenses are about 80 quid each.
Looks stupid on the tripod. :)
Looks ridiculous with my big Speedlight on it. :)

Listing all the good features and nice touches would take all day. The low light focus issue is the only real serious let down.

A well priced 12mp compact that is the next best thing to a DSLR, with good looks and good ergonomics.

It will fit in your pocket but a slim case will tip the balance and make it a bit too big. It will happily hang around your neck under a t-shirt or jumper all day long.

I don't think it's really aimed at the happy snapping party animal but if that's you, this isn't the camera you're looking for.

My personal views and opinions. Thanks for reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This has been a great camera
This has just been relegated to a back up camera after years of hard work. It has never let me down and has been round the world. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John W. Martin
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Nikon Coolpix P5100 Digital Camera is a very nice tool for all keen amteur photographers. Despite its pocket size, offers professional features and is very handy.
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Camera excellent as I knew it would be. I already have one this was for my daughter. Service was fast, price was good. Delivery was as it said it would be. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2009 by Mrs. P. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon Coolpix P5100
I had thought about getting a DSLR, but was concerned about dust contamination and spending an endless amount of money on Lens accessories. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2008 by A. Glaser
3.0 out of 5 stars First big test and it failed
This is my third Nikon digital camera : I started with a 990 and moved to a much smaller 4200. I have been very satisfied with both these cameras. Read more
Published on 19 July 2008 by Anthony Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon 5 Amazon 0
I can find no fault with this camera at all, apart from the fact that it is my wife's. The problem is Amazon. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2008 by Simon Gibbens
5.0 out of 5 stars very satisfied
I found it difficult to find the right camera as there is too much on offer. After reading a large number of reviews on dedicated camera review sites, I selected the P5100, and I... Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2008 by D. Simons
3.0 out of 5 stars Noisy, poor macro
Unlike one previous reviewer ('when did you ever use ISO 800') I've regularly used 800, 1600 and 3200, in both b/w and colour. So I'm not averse to a bit of grain or noise. Read more
Published on 13 May 2008 by Baruch
4.0 out of 5 stars Advanced Point-And-Shoot, but why no MTP?
I purchased this camera after my almost 3 year old Fuji A345 died. It's a great camera that compliments my Nikon D40 nicely; you don't always want to be carrying a DSLR around, and... Read more
Published on 29 April 2008 by A. Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars good little camera
I have just received this camera from Amazon - very speedily delivered and this is my 1st impressions review. Read more
Published on 22 April 2008 by R. J. de Bulat
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