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Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (16.2MP) 3 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)
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- Outstanding image quality with 16.2 MP CMOS image sensor and ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 25,600)
- Flexible shooting with the 3.0" 921k dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
- Full HD 1080p (24/35/30 fps) Video Recording
- 7 unique Special Effects Modes can be applied to both stills and movies
- Class leading 11-Point Autofocus
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|Effective Still Resolution||16 megapixels||24.2||24.2 megapixels||24.72 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.1|
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|Item Dimensions||7.9 x 12.8 x 9.7 cm||7.6 x 12.5 x 9.8 cm||22 x 16.5 x 13.6 cm||7.5 x 12.4 x 9.8 cm||7.55 x 12.4 x 9.8 cm||12.5 x 7.6 x 9.8 cm|
|Item Weight||0.51 kg||480 grams||0.8 kg||445 grams||410 grams||480 grams|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||7.7 Watt Hours||3 Watt Hours||8.28 Watt Hours||120 Watt Hours||3 Watt Hours||8.9 Watt Hours|
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|Max Focal Length||55||55 mm||18 mm||55||55||0 mm|
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|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.2 megapixels||24.78 megapixels||24.2 megapixels||24.72 megapixels||24.7 megapixels||24.2|
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Model: 18-55mm VR Lens Kit
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The Nikon D5100 - Inspiration from any angle
Thanks to high-resolution (approx. 921k-dot) and a wide viewing angle, the vari-angle LCD monitor lets you check your composition comfortably while using Live View or full HD movie.
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The Nikon D5100, with its horizontal swingout, vari-angle LCD monitor, makes it exciting to capture the world from a unique viewpoint. Taking pictures and recording full HD movies will never be the same again. Explore your creative side with the special effects mode that is now available in a Nikon D-SLR for the first time. Get ready for incredibly unique pictures and full HD movies. Demand the quality that you deserve. The Nikon D5100 captures your subjects with rich colours and fine detail, delivering incredible levels of resolution and image quality for both stills and full HD movies.
Vari-angle LCD monitor lets you take pictures from unique viewpoints
The new high resolution (approx. 921k-dot), large 7.5-cm (3-in.) vari-angle LCD monitor opens horizontally up to 180º and flips up and down from +180º to -90º. Now you're ready to view, shoot and record your subjects from unique perspectives. Try a high angle for overhead shots, waist level for candid Live View and movie shooting, or a low vantage point for a look from ground level. You can also place the Nikon D5100 on a tripod or other stable surface and still see yourself while composing self-portraits.
Create incredible movies — full HD (1,920 × 1,080 at 24/25/30 fps) movies and the D-SLR advantage
The Nikon D5100 delivers exceptional D-Movie performance with its full HD capability, full-time-servo AF (AF-F) and precise exposure control. In-camera movie editing and sound recording capability (stereo with optional microphone) are also provided. Together with D-SLR advantages like beautiful background blur, high ISO sensitivity performance and extensive NIKKOR lens compatibility, movie-making potential reaches impressive new levels.
Make your pictures and movies more fun and artistic — special effects mode
Your images should always have the look and feel you desire. One way to accomplish this is to set the mode dial to EFFECTS and choose from 7 different creative options such as Selective colour (Select up to three colours to show in the image, and the rest will remain in black and white), colour sketch and Miniature effect. You can take advantage of these stunning effects while you shoot.
Captures your subject precisely with wide area coverage — 11-point AF system
The Nikon D5100's 11 focus points, including a crosstype sensor, widely cover the frame and capture the subject sharply. When using 3D-tracking (11 points) mode, the camera works together with the Scene Recognition System to keep your main subject in focus even if the composition changes.
Autofocus for sharper subjects during Live View and full HD movie shooting
The Nikon D5100 helps you focus by offering a choice of focus modes to match your subject matter — even when using Live View or shooting full HD movies. Simply use AF-F mode to keep the camera focusing automatically while recording.
rest will remain in black and white.
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Image quality in a class of its own — image sensor with 16.2 effective megapixels and EXPEED 2 image processing engine
Incorporating the latest Nikon D-SLR technologies such as the DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 2 image processing engine, the Nikon D5100 delivers outstanding image quality.
Clean and clear images, even in low light
The Nikon D5100 provides all the technologies you need to achieve excellent results even when available light is scarce. Its CMOS sensor offers a remarkably wide ISO range from 100 to 6400 (extendable to 25600 in Hi2 setting) with reduced noise. This enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture scenes and subjects with less blur. Even handheld shots and full HD movies come out looking great in low light.
Exquisite detail in both highlights and shadows — HDR (High Dynamic Range)
When shooting extreme contrasts such as sunlit clouds and a foreground deep in shadow, it was once quite difficult to render both textures equally. Not any more. With the HDR setting, the Nikon D5100 takes two shots within a single shutter release: one overexposed and one underexposed. The camera then combines the two images to reveal an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and richer colour gradation than ever before (Recommended to use a tripod).
If the contrast in your shooting
scenario is extremely high and you
want detail throughout the entire
range, HDR is the right choice.
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Balancing light and shade beautifully — Active D-Lighting
Useful in a variety of situations, Active D-Lighting automatically renders the highlights and shadows of high-contrast scenes so that they appear more like how they are perceived by the human eye. Leave Active D-Lighting on Auto for effortless adjustment, or select the strength level according to your shooting conditions.
Optimised camera settings at your fingertips — 16 Scene Modes
The Nikon D5100 has Scene Modes that match a diverse range of scenes. The five most popular modes can be found on the mode dial, while others can be selected by setting the dial to SCENE and rotating the command dial. Once you've decided, the camera automatically chooses the camera settings that will provide the best results. With Nikon's Scene Modes, you will never have to worry about complicated camera settings.
Let the camera select the best mode to match the scene — Scene Auto Selector
If you are shooting still pictures using Live View with Auto or Auto (flash off), Scene Auto Selector (when using AF) will automatically select the most appropriate Scene Mode, choosing from Portrait, Landscape, Close up, and Night portrait. Leave it up to the Nikon D5100 to deliver optimum results, leaving you more time to concentrate on the shot.
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Create your own style — Picture Control
Customise the look and feel of your photos to suit your taste with Picture Control. Choose from six settings: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape. You can adjust the settings and save them for future use.
Your in-camera assistant — Scene Recognition System
With the 420-pixel RGB sensor and CMOS image sensor working together, the Nikon D5100 is able to recognise your subject matter and optimise the auto exposure, autofocus, auto white balance and i-TTL flash control. The face-priority AF feature originates in this technology.
Silence when you need it — quiet shutter-release mode
Sometimes the sound of the shutter release may disturb your subject. Quiet shutter-release mode reduces the sound of the Nikon D5100's internal mechanisms, by slowing the mirror movement speed at the moment the image is captured.
Along with Quick retouch
and Edit movie, there are additional features such as Distortion control and Fisheye.
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View your images on an HDTV — HDMI output interface
Enjoy pictures and movies on your television, and use the TV remote control unit to operate playback. (HDMI CEC-compatible TV only).
Instant, in-camera post-production — image and movie editing functions
The Nikon D5100's numerous editing functions include Resize, NEF (RAW) processing and Filter effects, such as Skylight, Warm filter and Cross screen. Along with Quick retouch and Edit movie, there are additional features such as Distortion control and Fisheye.
Brilliance made easy — Speedlights
The Nikon D5100 comes equipped with a convenient built-in pop-up flash, but with optional Speedlights, inspired flash photography becomes even easier and more creative with every use. The compact and lightweight SB-400 flash unit ensures superior portability, and delivers i-TTL flash control and bounce flash capability, while the multifunctional SB-700 is compatible with various functions of the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
Expand your vision — NIKKOR lenses
Digital SLR cameras enhance the enjoyment of shooting with a variety of interchangeable lenses. NIKKOR lenses, highly praised by photographers around the world, cover a wide range of focal lengths and provide an extensive lineup of fixed focal length, zoom, fisheye, micro and PC-E models.
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It is also loaded with gimmicks that I never use. The swivel screen for one; great in theory, but hellishly difficult to frame a picture in practise. I now have the screen permanently facing outward for quick review. The various scenes are also gimmicks, providing nothing that can't be achieved post-shooting, often with free software. My advice would be to pay only for the features that you really need. The D7000 offers a better build quality without all the gadgets, although the sensor is identical.
The reason I sold my Nikon d5000 and upgraded was mainly because I need to use an external microphone, which the d5000 doesn't allow, as I record interviews and DSLR video is perfect for this.
I bought a SLR camera because I photograph bands, and the low-light capability of an SLR is necessary. The d5000 was good. The d5100 is even better. Really pleased with the results when combined with the 35mm f1.8.
The d5000 took very good photo's for me, but I believe that the d5100 is slightly better. I suppose it is natural for technology to provide better tools over time, combined with what i've learned about photography over the past 18 months (the d5000 was the first SLR I had owned).
As for the video element of this camera, like most SLR's video is still new but evolving at an impressive rate. Yes certain camera's will make it easier to film, but they normally come with a more hefty price tag. You'll also probably need to learn one or two workarounds with whichever SLR you choose to film with, but if you look at the work of guys like Philip Bloom or Chase Jarvis you will see that filming quality work with SLR's is possible. Obviously that have flexibility with their budgets, but if you're wondering if you can get decent footage from an SLR - yes you can.
When I record video interviews, once I put the d5100 on a small tripod, get all of my settings the way I like them and adjust the focus on the subject (literally takes about two minutes), once I'm into live view mode I just hit the record button on the top of the camera and I'm away. Very easy and the HD footage is outstanding. So pleased with the video side of things from the d5100.
On a quick side note: Editing video. I've read so many horror stories from people saying the couldn't open their video footage in various software editing programs, and this was the camera's fault or that they need editing software costing several hundred pounds, or need to convert the video format before editing. Not the case! I record in the highest HD setting on the d5100 for up to 20 minutes for each piece and luckily it works 100% perfectly with iMovie '09! I open and save the video footage with iPhoto (a useful workaround I picked up during my 7,000 hours of camera research!), and then import the video from iPhoto into iMovie. I am a novice and it is very simple. Believe me.
Again it's just down to your preference but I like the flip screen with this camera (I was used to it from the d5000). I don't see myself snapping it off as it is very sturdy and I am never tempted to play cricket with the camera. It protects the back LCD screen from scratches, and a damaged screen would seriously make any camera less useful.
I was also considering the Nikon d7000. It is roughly £300 more expensive and is certainly a more capable camera. But I didn't NEED it. The ability to save favorite user settings (U1 and U2 on the dial) are nice but I don't mind setting the camera when I use it. I also don't own any other lenses, certainly not the older Nikon lenses, so the built in autofocus capability wasn't important to me. If you have invested in lenses over the years, then it will probably be an important feature for you. If you've invested in lenses over the years, you are probably a fairly serious photographer so you'll most be considering the d7000 or even more sophisticated cameras. The LCD screen on the top of the camera is what I like a lot about the d7000, but again it wasn't that important to me. When I'm at a gig I read my settings by using either the flip out screen on the camera or through the viewfinder. No doubt the d7000 is more advanced than the d5100 and has a few extra features, but if you want to take good photographs and some video, their is not much (if anything) between the two cameras as far as the final product is concerned.
Personally I would recommend buying the d5100 body only and buying one lens which will aid you as much as possible depending on what type of photography you are most interested in. I already have the lens which is perfect for me, the 35mm f1.8. It feels right for this size of camera, the quality is produces and the flexibility it allows compared to the kit lens is noticeable (my opinion). You can save about £50-100 just buying the camera body, and put that money towards buying a lens of your choice.
As for the Canon/Nikon debate, it honestly makes me laugh how much time some people have to go on camera forum's or YouTube and tell people how rubbish one brand or camera model is. I am still very much a keen novice, but one thing I'm convinced of is that in the hands of a capable photographer either brand will give outstanding results.
A great bit of advice which certainly worked for me, is that you should go into the camera shop and hold whichever camera's you are considering. You'll be surprised how one will just feel right.
The same advice is worthwhile for choosing a lens. Most of the shop assistants will give you excellent advice based on what type of photography you're interested in. Investing in one decent lens will make such a difference to your photographs, and make your hobby more enjoyable.
I have only been using a decent camera for about 18 months, so there was quite a bit to learn when making the jump from a point-and-shoot. One useful bit of advice I picked up, was that while you will want to shoot all of you photo's in the manual setting, you can use learn from the automatic settings that the camera chooses before going into manual and working with those settings. That technique allows a beginner to be pointed in the right direction by the great camera you've invested in, and you can make slight adjustments to the aperture or shutter speed and see how it affects the results. It gets you thinking and also means that you don't need to doubt whether or not the SLR was too big a jump. The automatic setting option is always there while you learn.
Another thing to consider is how you feel about carrying a SLR camera with you. When I first got the d5000 I babied that camera too much and it meant that I didn't get as much use from it as I should have. First of all the camera's are very durable, even the lower spec cameras. So having it in your bag most of the time isn't a burden. If you're going to be walking around for several hours you may not want a bigger camera (d7000 or d300s) as they are considerably bigger. Professional photographers are okay with the bigger cameras as they normally have them attached to a tripod which the carries the weight of the camera body. Again, i'd suggest going into your local camera shop to hold every camera you're considering.
A nice tip I picked up was using setting the function button on the front left of the camera to adjust your ISO setting. You can use the function button for a number for features, but as you can easily adjust aperture and shutter speed in manual, and using the function button to adjust your ISO means that you'll not have to go into the camera menu very often, which is what the buttons etc on the d7000 and higher end camera allow.
Sorry if this was a bit long-winded from some of you, but I hope some of this review will benefit a few people who were in a similar situation to me - going loopy researching cameras!
However it has all the ingredients for me. Excellent spec for light shooting and exposure options. I won't go into this too much, you can read the spec to work out it's exceptional quality. I bought this over Cannon as I like Nikon quality. I'm looking forward to creative photo work already tried macro, and landscape options. At this price it is irresistible. You won't regret buying this item.
After reading all other reviews I do recommend: At this pro=ice you would be silly not to buy!
Equipment: (I broke my leg so 2 month of research, thought I would share)
Lens alternatives: These all screw onto 18-55mm = 52 screw on lens, work absolutely fine quality.
UV 52mm filter (Neewer)This protects lens and all lens filters below can screw into this rather than actual lens.
Optica 52mm macro (£25)screw on lens for macro close up. Quality exceptional. I use these with Polaroid filters (£12) and they are great. Beats expense of macro lens 40mm f/2.8=£200) or extension tubes. These themselves for quality cost around £100. My Optica and filters cost £30 or their abouts. Works great. In several years I may go for Macro lens but why!
Wide angle: oh dear, Lenses cost over £300, I've got the dosh but can't justify it! I bought Digital King DSW pro 0.7x wide angle 52mm screw on adoption, cost £45, Quality is essential and fine. I went to the coast to try out on landscape and at home with portraits. It does add width (not exceptional width) but works fine and does the job. As lens cost are high it's a great gap filler until time arises for upgrade.
Wide angle fish eye: again screw on 52mm fish eye : Opteka .35xH2 super wide angel fish eye. I've not bought this yet!! £30 approx
Zoom : I'm gonna buy 55-300mm Nikkor lens
Flash: Nikon 600/700/800 & 900 versions are expensive. Alternatives (I can't comment on, not bought)seem to be: Sigma EF-610 £100 approx = to Nikon 900 version apparently. Then try TT 520 flash cost £26 or Electronic speedlight 4 Nikon = £50. I don't know which one I will buy yet but all seem to work from reviews.
Lens hood Nikon 18 - 55 kit lens: alternative uWinka HB-45 cost £5 from Minithebox through Amazon!
LCD screen protector: screen guards membrane pack 6 cheap. Work exceptionally well. Hard version JJC hard LCD 4 Nikon just bought being delivered cost £7. This is an essential piece of protection. Out in field I always have screen in view to review photo's , this protects LCD screen. I've had this on camera some time now and wouldn't be without it, stuck spare membrane on it to prevent scratches. Highly recommended.
Battery grip: Neewer pro battery grip 4 Nikon £16. Alternative battery EN.EL14 compatible cost £19 and works with grip plus 1 original Nikon battery.
Cleaning pen: Hama or I found a polaroid for around £5, These are great discovery and keeps all equipment clean.
Shutter release! wireless ('Shoot ML-L3' 4 Nikon) for you wondering about Nikon make shutter release, don;'t do it, save some of those pennies. The 'shoot' version works well with Nikon D5100 cost under £2 and free deliver. I've used this with partner out and about no complaints.
Also the cable version, hands free, shutter release, the cheaper 'Neewer MC-DC2 remote shutter release' £2.50, works well. I was macro photo testing Orchids and tomato's. It worked fine no problems. It again cost under £2!!
Camera case/ bag: I recommend Lowerpro cirrus TLZ25 fits Nikon D5100 perfectly. may struggle with larger 300mm lens. But I only wanted it for my expensive Nikon and 55mm lens. It will fit Wide angle and macro lens but only one lens at a time case. As a get up and go bag. A very well made item for those outdoor enthusiasts.
Strong sturdy, cosy on inside!
Books: Nkon D5100 Jon Sparks looks good, So does Nikon multi media workshop by Magic lantern comes with 2 CD's. going to buy soon. I got Nikon D5100 field guide by JD Thomas. This helped me immensely get to grips with all D5100 features and has been essential.
Photoshop library: Try Picassa 3 . This is free and is a great computer album . V easy to access and use. but not as a phot shop tool . Try GIMP free image manipulation programme. I downloaded yesterday looks fine but a little complicated apparently it works as good as Photoshop ? but can't comment yet.
lastly a 'lens cap holder'. This keeps lens cap attached to camera. You don't want to be loosing this now do you! Just under £2. You can buy it in pack of 5 for around £2.50. I chose single option at this price I wish I would of too pack of 5, you never know when you might need them, other lens.
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but this camera is a great camera.