Great entry level dslr that you won't get board with anytime soon.
29 October 2013
Summary: Bought this camera because I was ready to move past the point and shoot cameras. I bought it factory refurbished and it came is awesome condition - except a dead pixel when shooting over 800 ISO. That's the only reason I gave it 4/5 stars on picture quality. However, I really don't use high ISO because I want to keep the noise minimal, so I decided not to send it back. I have taken some amazing photos with the kit lens, once I learned how to use some of the settings.
Summary: i decided that nikon or pentax k - mount was the way to go since cannon gives such poor parts support after the warrantee is done. this model has many features that remind me of the old film slr days and yet it also encompasses the newer digital era technology as well. it fits comfortably in the hand with a good placement of the shutter release. angled so as not to cause jiggling upon releasing of the shutter.
Summary: So far the camera itself has been great. The kit itself is pretty decent. The camera bag I received was okay but felt pretty flimsy and cheap compared to my Samsonite DSLR bag. The biggest problem was with the included memory card. My card was a Sony branded one, which according to Nikon's page for the D5100, is not on the tested and approved list. Of course I didn't think to check the card make before some shooting and that turned out to be a problem.