34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Excellent camera, with near-perfect video,
Bought this camera a little while back with a 18-105mm VR lens-kit, it's the first DSLR I've owned, and the resolution, the depth of pictures, the detail it picks up..... is amazing!
Not to mention the speed you can shoot pictures with, with absolute clarity.
Might add it's extremely good in low-light conditions.
Our baby was sleeping at eleven o'clock at night.... we snuck in in near pitch-darkness and took a shot without the flash, bit of a delay as the camera was processing what little light existed which was expected - what was not expected was that the picture was completely in focus, and looked like near-daylight.
With no loss of image quality whatsoever.
For filming video in HD it (as all cameras with this resolution) requires a minimum speed of the memory-cards class 10 (20mb/s).
We got a 16gb sdhc card for this purpose, and videos are perfect - same quality as the pictures nearly (you don't really notice the difference).
The only thing people new to DSLRs should be aware of is that almost all SLRs do not have automatic autofocus when filming (you have to depress the button every time you want it to focus on something... if that something then moves further away, or closer - it can require you to press the button again to get it in focus).
To not have this niggle though, you are really looking for camcorders or a DLSR that is prohibitively expensive, or a DSLR that have given up some photo-quality.
If you're looking at all at cameras within this price range (I was looking at the D90, Canon 600D, Sony SLT A-55 and this one when deciding) - you cannot go wrong with the Nikon D5100.
It's very friendly to beginners, whilst taking professional photographs (and video) - and for those who know their stuff, there's a ton of tweaking, options etc.
The buttons themselves are all easily within reach even for those not with big hands (I admit, I do have big hands - and it fits perfectly for me too) and in sensible positions.
Love it. 5/5.
Would recommend for anyone buying a DSLR though to buy the very fastest and largest memory-card they can afford (next,
I'm looking at a 32gb 45mb/s card, due to our 16gb 20mb/s being a bottle-neck when taking rapid pictures, can get off maybe 6-10 pending what we're taking a picture of within 2-3 seconds when shooting manually - and then it stops to wait for the memory-card to write, only a 1-2 second pause.... but still! Do note, there is a continous shooting mode which shoots pictures much, much more rapidly)