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Nikon D5100 review

16.2 megapixels, articulated screen, fun Special Effects modes and intuitive controls

As part of our image quality testing for the Nikon D5100, we've shot our resolution chart with a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Nikon D5100 is capable of resolving up to around 26 (line widths per picture height x100) in its raw files and 24 (LWPPH x100)in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Full resolution chart image

JPEG images

ISO 100 resolution chart image crop

ISO 100 JPEG score: 24, full image

ISO 200 resolution chart image crop

ISO 200 JPEG score: 24, full image

ISO 400 resolution chart image crop

ISO 400 JPEG score: 24, full image

ISO 800 resolution chart image crop

ISO 800 JPEG score: 24, full image

ISO 1600 resolution chart image crop

ISO 1600 JPEG score: 24, full image

ISO 3200 resolution chart image crop

ISO 3200 JPEG score: 22, full image

ISO 6400 resolution chart image crop

ISO 6400 JPEG score: 20, full image

ISO h0 3 resolution chart image crop

Hi 0.3EV over ISO 6400 score: 20, full image

ISO h0 7 resolution chart image crop

Hi 0.7EV over ISO 6400 score: 20, full image

ISO h1 resolution chart image crop

Hi 1EV over ISO 6400 score: 20, full image

ISO h2 resolution chart image crop

Hi 2EV over ISO 6400 score: 18, full image

Raw images

ISO 100 resolution chart raw image crop

ISO 100 raw score: 26, full image

ISO 200 resolution chart raw image crop

ISO 200 raw score: 26, full image

ISO 400 resolution chart raw image crop

ISO 400 raw score: 26, full image

ISO 800 resolution chart raw image crop

ISO 800 raw score: 24, full image

ISO 1600 resolution chart raw image crop

ISO 1600 raw score: 24, full image

ISO 3200 resolution chart raw image crop

ISO 3200 raw score: 22, full image

ISO 6400 resolution chart raw image crop

ISO 6400 raw score: 22, full image

ISO h0 3 resolution chart raw image crop

Hi 0.3EV over ISO 6400 raw score: 20, full image

ISO h0 7 resolution chart raw image crop

Hi 0.7EV over ISO 6400 raw score: 20, full image

ISO h1 resolution chart raw image crop

Hi 1EV over ISO 6400 raw score: 20, full image

ISO h2 resolution chart raw image crop

Hi 2EV over ISO 6400 raw score: 18/20, full image

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeYes
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesLive View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)510 g
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody Only
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height97 mm
Width128 mm
Depth79 mm
Autofocus Points11
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD5100
Product NameD5100 Digital SLR Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA310AE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The D5100 is a high-performance D-SLR designed to stimulate your creative side and help you create still images and movies like no other.

The swing-out vari-angle monitor combines with the camera's D-movie function to enable unique shots from any angle. Still images or movies can be shot using a special effect to add a sense of magic.

Package Contents
  • D5100 Digital SLR Camera
  • EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (with Terminal Cover)
  • MH-24 Battery Charger
  • AN-DC3 Strap
  • EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • Software CD
  • User's Manual
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year