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Great picture quality, very poor battery for practical use.,
This review is from: Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (16.2MP) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I purchased a D5100 from a specialist photography store since the price was almost same and basically I can have it now! I upgraded to D5100 from a humble D40, hence I have compared it to D40 for most of the part.
While D5100's low light performance is outstanding thanks to it's top class sensor, its battery is a major flaw in my opinion when compared with the battery of D40.
The D40 had EN-EL9 (1000mAh) battery while D5100 has EN-EL14 (1030mAh). Considering the power hungry features added to D5100 compared to D40 like Live View, 3D tracking auto-focus, Larger & High-Res LCD, the additional 30mAh is rather poor upgrade.
The swivel screen is great for pictures from difficult angles, I am used to this feature on my 6 year old Canon A610 quiet a lot. Using this swivel feature requires Live View. Also one of the selling feature called 1080p movie record mode itself works only in Live View. But... Live View requires almost 4 times that of normal power from battery. Also the autofocus implementation in live view is a joke, a kids camera can focus faster!
While I was able to shoot around 800 pictures with my D40 in single charge, I'm only able to shoot about 200 photos with the D5100 and couple of 2 min videos at the most and its starts showing RED indicator!
Nikon gave D5100 the same sensor and same high resolution screen as D7000 but not the same EN-EL15 (1900mAh) battery. Why? Probably Nikon wants people to shell out £40 for additional battery. Does it cost more than £40 to put EN-EL15 in D5100 instead? probably not. Come on Nikon even smart-phones these days have more power than 1030mAh packed in. The features you are selling in D5100 are NOT backed by a good battery.
Nikon D5100's EN-EL14 battery is a serious letdown, for this reason I have returned my D5100 back to where it came from. I'll instead go for D3100 or wait for D3200!
UPDATE: The other day I purchased Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray smartphone and it has 1500mAh battery packed inside its slim body. Shame on you Nikon!
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2011 14:07:34 GMT
Ms Gemma Smithurst says:
hi, when you refer to taking about 200 pics before the low battery indicator shows, was this with or without live view?
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 23:14:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Nov 2011 23:28:22 GMT
hi, I charged up the battery and used the camera like I do my D40 i.e. without live view, typically taking 3-4 shots then reviewing what I've captured on the LCD, fiddle with the settings and take few more shots and so on. I used Live View only for the two video recording, but otherwise just tried to use it like a D40. You can notice that the LCD of D5100 is bigger and brighter than D40, needing more battery.
I found the autofocus mechanism in the live view to be very slow, hence for taking pictures best to use viewfinder. While for shooting videos you have to turn on the live view (and see the battery drain!)
In the first charge, I got around 180 pictures, in the second charge I got around 190 pictures and couple of videos in both cases, what I can classify as normal use. In subsequent uses I may have got some more pictures as I configured it for ultra power saving and no videos, but never went past 350 photos mark. In the end I ended up not using the Live View and swivel screen because it was draining the battery faster and then I thought why should I pay abound £200 more than D3100 for this camera for useless features? So I made up my mind to say bye-bye to D5100.
Nikon D5100 : I AM WITHOUT PROPER BATTERY
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2011 00:06:14 GMT
Ms Gemma Smithurst says:
hi, thanks for the reply. I also have the D40 and agree on the 800 pics per battery charge, so dropping to 200 or 300 doesn't sound good! very annoying as aside from that this looks like a great model to upgrade to.
Posted on 18 Dec 2011 10:19:38 GMT
S. M. Zaidi says:
I dont think the review justifies and fully reflects true capabilities of this cam giving three stars only on basis of battery and completly ignoring polished features is a big let down sorry but i have to completely disagree on giving it only 3 stars
Posted on 20 Dec 2011 20:10:38 GMT
Sp Wickes says:
Something wrong with your battery mate. I take at least 1500 shots without the battery warning light coming close to on. Like anything u keep the screen on it will burn power just use it sensibly
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2012 15:13:31 GMT
Well... if you don't use the back LCD at all... then it may go upto the acceptable 800 pictures mark! Why pay for the Live View, 1080p recording capability and so on which depend on battery and back LCD? The battery is not faulty by design, its just insufficient and well below standards for the marketed features... making them useless.
I see this similar to the Nintendo 3DS, great screen and device... but poor battery compared to its predecessor.
I replaced the battery in the store... before getting the same results and returning the item.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jan 2012 15:16:03 GMT
Sorry if you feel so, but without battery power, the camera is a brick. Hence 3 stars as battery is a key component for the polished camera features to function.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 09:13:24 GMT
paul jones says:
Another thing which impacts battery life is use of VR on the lens, particularly the setting for this to be on whilst framing or only when taking the picture. Disable VR and LiveView and you'll probably get close to the D40 figures, but like you I've just moved from that and the first thing I noticed was battery low happened much earlier.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 10:39:03 GMT
EggyWyte Raven says:
"I dont think the review justifies and fully reflects true capabilities of this cam giving three stars only on basis of battery and completly ignoring polished features is a big let down sorry but i have to completely disagree on giving it only 3 stars"
I have to completely disagree with this comment. The guy has given the camera 3 stars based on it's battery life. What's wrong with that? That's a fair and realistic rating if you ask me.
I wanted to get the 5100 purely for DSLR video filming. I have read that this can only be done by using the LCD live view, so for me, it's going to be a constant battery drainage. I also currently have the D40 and know it's battery life.
This review has told me something that I needed to hear, I don't want to find that I have to charge my battery after twenty minutes of filming.
Thank you for the review and raising some awareness about it's battery life. Even if common sense already tells me this will happen, I hadn't thought about it, in terms of Live View draining constantly.
Posted on 26 Feb 2012 13:54:29 GMT
Rudy Mas says:
Strange, I just bought me this camera and went out to test it. It took me about 3 days and +1200 pictures before the battery had to be recharged.
Okay, I don't use the LCD screen when I take pictures and only use it when I need to change some settings when taking special pictures.
Oh yeah, and my VR and auto focus was constantly on. I think I took only one picture with VR off, and that was a long-time exposure to take a picture at night.
So, I'm very pleased with the battery life of this camera. However, I can guess that when you use the video feature of this camera, the battery life can be greatly reduced. I only tested the video feature once by filming for about 5 minutes with the first battery charge.
From what I have heard, the battery life would even get better after you have recharged it a few times. :) So, I'm sure this camera is what I need to take a lot, and I mean, A LOT of pictures in one session. :)