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Nikon D5100 review

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

Our Verdict


  • Very versatile
  • Great in low light
  • Articulated screen encourages creativity


  • Few controls over image parameters
  • No depth of field preview
  • No exposure control in Special Effects

Landscape image

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Shooting with the Nikon D5100's Landscape Picture Control mode boosted the green of the grass and the blue of the hazy sky.

Colour accent blue

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Using Selective Color mode, we selected the colour from the bluebell flower.

Colour accent yellow

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Selective Color mode, with colour selected from the primrose yellow

Miniature effect

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Miniature effect


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Monochrome Picture control mode set to the highest contrast level (+3)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
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
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 Address
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