Nikon D5100 Price in USA

Nikon D5100 Price in US

It would appear that Nikon has completed the revitalization of its consumer-level DSLR product range with the release of the D5100. Its feature set and cost imply that it sits quite nicely between the beginner-friendly D3100 and the high-end D7000; it is very evident that it is intended to grab the attention of enthusiast photographers without cannibalizing sales of its sister models. One way for a camera manufacturer to evaluate the success of its market positioning is to see how many people are asking the question “which model is right for me?” on online discussion forums. We believe that a progression from the D3100 to the D5100 to the D7000 would reduce the number of people asking this question. The official line is that the D90 will keep its position in the range; however, both its nomenclature and the fact that it overlaps with other models imply that its function is now more one of historical curiosity than one of future relevance.

Nikon D5100 Price in USA

The D5100 uses a 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor that is quite comparable to the superb sensor found in the D7000. However, the D5100 does not have the same high-end build quality or feature-set as the D7000. Even though there is no wireless flash control, magnesium alloy construction, or a 39-point autofocus system, the fundamental image quality is virtually the same.

The D5100 has a single control dial, a pentamirror viewfinder, and there is no built-in autofocus motor like other Nikons at this price point. These features have become industry standards for Nikon cameras. However, it now has the ability to record 1080p video (at 30, 25, or 24 frames per second), which is encoded with the energy-saving H.264/AVC codec, and it has a 920,000-dot fully articulated LCD display to assist in shooting it. These are both substantial advancements in comparison to its predecessor, the D5000, and the improvements extend to the D5100 having a smaller, neater design as well as a side-mounted hinge that is more common for that LCD. Both of these are positive developments.

These changes resolve two rather awkward aspects of Nikon’s existing product line-up: if the D5100 and the D7000 end up being neighboring models, it will avoid the inelegant overlap that existed between the D5000 and the D90; if the D5100 and the D7000 end up being neighboring models; if the D5100 and the D7000 end up being neighboring It also guarantees that the models themselves have a more sophisticated appearance (the D5000 may have been many things, but it certainly wasn’t attractive).

It is important to keep in mind that even though the D5100 is advertised as having an Expeed 2 processor, Nikon does not use this naming system to refer to any particular components. As a result, the actual chunks of silicon and capabilities of the D5100 are not necessarily the same as those of the D3100 or the D7000. The D5100, on the other hand, not only has a sensor with a same specification of 16.2 megapixels, but it also has the same ISO settings as its older sibling, which go all the way up to an equivalent of ISO 25,600. It also inherited Nikon’s 14-bit Raw shooting capability, which was previously something that could only be found on the company’s more costly models. This is one of the things that helps give the D7000 its amazing dynamic range.

Nikon D5100 Specifications

Price (Body only) • US: $799.95
 • UK: £669.99
 • EU: €729
Price (with 18-55mm VR Lens) • US: $899.95
 • UK: £779.99
 • EU: €809
Body colorBlack
Sensor • 23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
 • Nikon DX format (1.5x FOV crop)
 • 16.2 million effective pixels
 • RGB Color Filter Array
 • 14-bit A/D converter
Anti-dust measures • Image sensor cleaning system
 • Airflow control system
 • Image dust off from reference frame (using optional Capture NX software)
Image sizes • 4928 x 3264 (L)
 • 3696 x 2448 (M)
 • 2464 x 1632 (S)
Image quality • NEF (14-bit compressed RAW)
 • JPEG fine (1:4)
 • JPEG normal (1:8)
 • JPEG basic (1:16)
 • NEF (RAW) + Fine JPEG
Movie sizes • 1920 x 1080 30, 25, 24 fps
 • 1280 x 720 30, 25, 24 fps
 • 640 x 424 30, 25 fps
Movie format • MOV (H.264/MPEG-4), mono sound recording (PCM) with internal mic, stereo mic option.
Color space • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Lens mountNikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Lens compatibility• AF-S, AF-I
• Other Type G or D AF Nikkor
• Other AF Nikkor/AI-P Nikkor• Type D PC Nikkor• Non-CPU• IX Nikkor/AF Nikkor for F3AF
• AI-P NIKKOR- All functions supported
– All functions supported except autofocus
– All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II
– All functions supported except some shooting modes
– Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function; electronic range finder can be used if maximum aperture is f/5.6 or faster
– Cannot be used
– All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
Autofocus • 11 focus points (1 cross-type sensors)
 • Multi-CAM 1000
 • AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
 • Contrast Detect in Live View mode
 • Manual focus [M], Electronic range finding supported
Lens servo • Single-servo AF (AF-S)
 • Continuous-servo AF (AF-C)
 • Automatic AF-S/AF-C (AF-A)
 • Manual focus (MF)
AF Area mode • Single Point AF
 • Dynamic Area AF
 • Auto Area AF
 • 3D Tracking (11 points)
Focus trackingPredictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status in continuous-servo AF
Focus areaCan be selected from 11 focus points
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
AF AssistWhite light lamp
Exposure mode • Auto
    – Auto
    – Flash off
 • Scene Modes
onereview menu 1Portrait
onereview menu 1Landscape
onereview menu 1Child
onereview menu 1Sports
onereview menu 1Close up
onereview menu 1Night portrait
onereview menu 1Night landscape
onereview menu 1Beach/snow
onereview menu 1Sunset
onereview menu 1Dusk/dawn
onereview menu 1Pet portrait
onereview menu 1Candlelight
onereview menu 1Blossom
onereview menu 1Autumn colors
onereview menu 1Food
onereview menu 1Silhouette
onereview menu 2Food
 • Special effects
onereview menu 1Night Vision
onereview menu 1Color Sketch
onereview menu 1Miniature effect
onereview menu 1Selective color
onereview menu 1High key
onereview menu 1Low key
onereview menu 2Silhouette
 • Programmed auto (P) with flexible program
 • Shutter-priority auto (S)
 • Aperture priority auto (A)
 • Manual (M)
Metering • TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
 • Matrix :3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II  (other CPU lenses)
 • Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
 • Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on active focus area
Metering range • EV 0 to 20 (3D color matrix or center-weighted metering)
 • EV 2 to 20 (spot metering)
Meter couplingCPU coupling
Exposure comp. • +/- 5.0 EV
 • 1/3 EV steps
AE LockExposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
AE Bracketing3 frames up to +/–2EV
Sensitivity • Auto
 • ISO 100
 • ISO 200
 • ISO 400
 • ISO 800
 • ISO 1600
 • ISO 3200
 • ISO 6400
 • ISO 12800 (Hi1)
 • ISO 25600 (Hi2)
Shutter • Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
 • 30 to 1/4000 sec (1/3/ or 1/2 EV steps)
 • Flash X-Sync: up to 1/200 sec
 • Bulb
Cont. shooting • Up to 4fps
White balance • Auto
 • Incandescent
 • Fluorescent
onereview menu 1Sodium-vapor lamps
onereview menu 1Warm-white fluorescent
onereview menu 1White fluorescent
onereview menu 1Cool-white fluorescent
onereview menu 1Day white fluorescent
onereview menu 1Daylight fluorescent
onereview menu 1Daylight fluorescent
onereview menu 2Mercury-vapor lamps
 • Direct sunlight
 • Flash
 • Cloudy
 • Shade
 • Preset white balance (immediate or from photo)
WB fine tuningYes, (except preset manual)
Viewfinder • Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
 • Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
 • Magnification Approx. 0.78x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m-1)
 • Eyepoint 17.9 mm (–1.0 m-1) • Diopter adjustment –1.7 to+1 m-1
LCD monitor • 3.0″ Vari-Angle TFT LCD
 • 921,000 dots
 • 100% frame coverage
 • 170° viewing angle
 • Brightness adjustment
Built-in flash • Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait, Party/indoor,
 • Auto flash with auto pop-up,
 • Manual pop-up in P, S, A or M modes
 • Guide number approx. 12/39 at ISO 100 (am/ft)
 • Guide number approx. 13/43 at ISO 100 (m/ft) in manual mode 
Sync contactX-contact only; flash synchronization at shutter speeds of up to 1/200 sec
Flash control • TTL flash control by 420-segment RGB sensor.
 • i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR and standard i-TTL fill-flash for digital SLR available when CPU lens is used with built-in flash, SB-400, SB-800, SB-900 and SB-600
 • Auto aperture with SB-800/SB-900 and CPU lenses
 • Non-TTL auto with SB-900, SB-800, 80DX, 28DX, 28, 27 and 22s
 • Range-priority manual with SB-900, SB-800 and SB-700
Flash modeAuto, Fill flash, rear-curtain with slow sync, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction
Flash compensation • -3 to +1 EV
 • 1/3 steps
Nikon Creative Lighting systemAdvanced Wireless Lighting when using SB-900, SB-800, SB-700 or SU-800 as commander and SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Shooting modes • Single frame shooting (S) mode
 • Continuous shooting : 4.0 frames per second
 • Self-timer
 • Quick-Response Remote
 • Delayed Remote
 • Quiet shutter release
Self-timer • 2, 5, 10 or 20 sec
Playback functions • Full frame
 • Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
 • Playback with Playback zoom
 • Movie Playback
 • Slide Show
 • Histogram Display
 • Highlights
 • Auto Image Rotation
 • Image Comment (up to 36 characters)
Orientation sensorYes
Storage • SD / SD HC / SDXC
Video outputNTSC or PAL selectable
Connectivity • USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
 • A/V out
 • HDMI out
 • DC-IN (optional AC adapter and adapter connector)
LanguagesArabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
PowerRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14
Working environment • 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
 • Less than 85% humidity
Dimensions128 x 97 x 79 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 3.1 in.)
Weight (no batt)510g (1 lb 2 oz)
Weight (inc. batt)560g (1 lb 4 oz)
7Expert Score

The D5100 is the device that lies just above the D3100 in Nikon’s product portfolio. As such, it combines the simplicity of use seen in its younger sister with a feature set that is marginally more sophisticated. However, the D5100’s ace in the hole is its sophisticated 16 megapixel sensor, which was passed down from the D7000. The Nikon D5100 is an excellent camera when seen just through the lens of its individual qualities; yet, we are afraid that an eager starter may outgrow it more quickly than some of its competitors.

Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Image quality
  • Excellent image quality
  • User-friendly interface, in addition to a large number of manual control options
  • LCD display with articulation and a high resolution
  • An advanced AF system that is reasonably priced
  • Simple manual selection of AF locations that are off-center.
  • Live View autofocus that is exceptionally quick for a DSLR of this price range, albeit it is still moderately slow in comparison to those of competing mirrorless cameras.
  • The effects modes are entertaining and easy to use for beginners.
  • Significantly increased performance when shooting in continuous mode thanks to the activation of Active D-Lighting
  • A plethora of raw conversion and post-processing options available in-camera
  • The 'orphaned' movie shooting button is located next to the live view switch.
  • The location of certain second-tier controls was less than ideal (like live view switch)
  • Live View and Movie Mode both suffer from bugs. (movies don't always have to be filmed at a certain aperture)
  • There is no live histogram shown in the live display.
  • In live view mode, autofocus is still a little bit slow, and full-time AF is not very effective in either live view or movies.
  • The 'Fn' button on the back of the camera is the only way to directly alter the ISO setting from the outside.
  • The auto ISO logic is not well suited for shooting that is done casually every day (good for action though)
  • Modes of effects with a low level of manual control (and customization)
  • Will not focus any Nikon lenses (though most popular choices are available)


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