Summary: Nikon D5100 could be really a great camera for beginner and getting in black Friday deal in low price with additional 55-200 mm lens is a bonus. however this lens is non-vr guess. Since i got Nikon D7000 so I did no left with any choice except to return D5100 that was my primary choice in low budget before I got D7000 in hand. I did not use much so ca not comment on battery life.
Summary: First of all, this camera takes very good pictures, which is the main reason I bought it. Given the price, 5 STARS for image quality, features and convenience of use. Second, I got the body (no kit lenses, which seem to have pretty mediocre ratings from users), along with the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX (5+ STARS) and the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX (4+ STARS for athletic events).
Summary: The camera was in excelent conditions, and the nikkor lenses too. The SD card didn't work, I had to buy another one. The case or backpack was very handy, everything fits in there. It arrived in time and the service was excelent.
Excerpt: The Nikon D5100 produced images of outstanding quality, both JPEGs and RAW files. It produces noise-free JPEG images at ISO 100-1600, with ISO 3200 also looks pretty good. ISO 6400 only shows a little noise. The Full HD video quality is also quite good, though the results can be tarnished by a finicky and noisy autofocus. It has a tendency to search too long, which is accentuated by the noise of the servo motor.
Summary: The camera and the two lenses 18-55 & the 55-200 were excellent however the rest of the package is a sale pitch. The camera bag they shipped is a small/cheap bag NOT the one described/displayed in the ad, the tripod is flimsy and would only be used for a point and shoot camera. the exterior flash is a $5 disposable. In the future I would recommend purchasing only the camera and two lenses and forget the rest of the trinkets.