Digital SLR advancement has gone through a number of different phases by now. At first the battle was to manufacture less-costly models. Once companies achieved this they turned their attention towards the production of cameras with high pixel count. Superior sensitivity levels and enhanced low-light performance were next in queue. This continuous development resulted in expanded camera functionality. Presently, the biggest goal is to make these greatly complex SLRs easier and simpler to use, whilst facilitating the photographers to be creative.
The famous Nikon D5100 perfectly symbolizes the present era in DSLR development. Although it does not have 24 Million Pixels like Nikon D3200, it is an incredible piece of technology. It’s 16.2 Million Pixels, special effects, 3-inch LCD screen and scene modes (fully automated) are enough for most photographers. It seems like Nikon D5100 offers almost everything an aspiring photographer would wish for.
Nikon D5100 is available for $750 in the United States. It costs £550 in the United Kingdom.Features The 16.2 Million Pixels CMOS sensor is one of the prominent features this camera has. It possesses EXPEED 2 processor just like Nikon D7000. This indicates that it saves the images as 14 bit files, and the quality of two cameras is pretty much similar. The metering systems and white balance of Nikon D5100 use data from a 420 pixel RGB sensor. The AF (autofocus) system contains 11 points. Users can set the native sensitivity of this camera from ISO 100 to 6400. The Night Vision Special Effect mode has an ability to push the sensitivity of this camera to ISO 102,400. Shutter speed is 1/250 seconds or faster. Nikon D5100 is capable of shooting at a rate of 4fps continuously for 100 supreme quality JPEGs. It only takes 1 minute 50 seconds to write one hundred excellent JPEGs to an SD card. It has a 920,000 dot, 3-inch screen.
Image Quality and Resolution
16.2 megapixels, very versatile, intuitive controls, articulated screen, excellent performance in low light, and interesting Special Effects modes.
Build and Handling
When you grip Nikon D5100 harder than necessary, it becomes pretty clear that this camera is very well built. Manufacturers have designed it to last. It weighs around 560 grams. With the dimension of 128 x 97 x 79mm, Nikon D5100 is 10 percent lighter and smaller than D5000. The articulate screen is 17 percent thinner than D5000. This camera is extremely easy to grip. On the whole, it is very nicely put together.
Chroma noise is not an issue with this model unlike other Nikon cameras. The colored speckling is very minutely visible in the images captured with this camera at its highest ISO adjustment. The quality of the images improves tremendously when the sensitivity is kept well below the expansion setting. Previously, Nikon cameras have been accused of having too accurate AWB (auto white balance), due to which the true ambiance of a scene cannot be captured. Nikon D5100 eliminates this problem entirely with its comparatively less accurate AWB. All features considered this camera is a very capable one. Useful for both novices and enthusiasts, Nikon D5100 comes with incredible versatility, quality results and an opportunity for creativity.