Summary: The Nikon D5100 is an important step forward in the history of SLR cameras. Make available, in an entry-level price, features and qualities typical of more expensive models and semi-professional. Just think of the 16 mega pixel sensor and, above all, the high quality in the images it captures.
Pros: Image quality, features and specifications semiprofessional.
Cons: We would have preferred a greater customization of the buttons.
Conclusion: The Nikon D5100 offers a fantastic mix of still-image and video-recording quality, along with plenty of features including top-notch in-camera effects. This well-rounded shooter is an easy Editors' Choice for under-$1,000 D-SLRs.
Pros: Superb still image and video quality. Excellent low-light shooting capability. Sharp, articulating LCD. Continuous autofocus during Live View shooting. Lots of useful in-camera effects.
Cons: Continuous autofocus in Live View is slow. Some lens noise when autofocusing in video mode. No 720p60 video recording.
Summary: Conceptually, the Nikon D5100 absolutely fills up the gap in Nikon's line-up between the entry-level D3100 and the much more enthusiast-orientated D7000 - getting married to the ease-of-use of the former with the picture great company's latter.
Conclusion: When we reviewed the preceding D5000 model two years ago, we found a lot to like, with a combination of great image quality and a fairly rich feature set, but we found ourselves questioning Nikon's choice of a bottom-mounted LCD articulation mechanism for several reasons.
Pros: Excellent image quality and high ISO performance, very similar to the D7000, Excellent dynamic range, especially from RAW, Compact body, Versatile left-hinged swivel LCD with high resolution, Records 1080p movies at up to 30fps, Dedicated movie record button, Chromatic aberration automatically re...
Cons: Excellent image quality and high ISO performance, very similar to the D7000, Excellent dynamic range, especially from RAW, Compact body, Versatile left-hinged swivel LCD with high resolution, Records 1080p movies at up to 30fps, Dedicated movie record button, Chromatic aberration automatically re...
Summary: The D5100's improvements over its predecessor are concentrated around four headline specifications: first it inherits the excellent 16 Megapixel sensor of the D7000, secondly, it upgrades the size, resolution and hinge mounting of its screen, third, it borrows the core movie capabilities of the...
Pros: Quality images with good balance of detail and noise., Articulated screen with 3in / 920k panel., HD video at multiple fps with mic input and continuous AF., Fun EFFECTS mode, some of which can be applied to video.
Cons: Continuous movie AF can be visibly and audibly distracting., UI slow for experienced owners., No Live Histogram in Live View., No motor to autofocus older (non AF-S) lenses.
Summary: With a £780 launch price, the D5100’s basic kit lens option is pitched squarely at taking on the Canon EOS 600D . The two models are very similar in specification, with particular focus on each of the vari-angle screens and 1080p HD movie modes.
Pros: Good image quality, improved live view mode, responsive AF, impressive movie options
Cons: Non-customiseable Effects, no AF-point lock, no remote commander, no DoF preview
Summary: As technology filters down from professional models, some pretty stunning features can appear in a consumer-level camera. This seems to be the case with the D5100, and although on the outside it appears to be a camera for the less-advanced snapper, it possesses some of the technology seen in higher...