Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Nikon’s D5100 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) boasts a slew of professional capabilities that are not often seen in a consumer digital camera. Nikon’s D5100 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) is available in a variety of colors and sizes.

The combination of a high-resolution 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and an EXPEED 2 image-processing engine ensures great image quality and outstanding performance. Your creation will be completely liberated by the 3.0″ vari-angle tilting LCD monitor, which has a brilliant 921,000-dot resolution.

With in-camera editing and creative options, you can unleash your inner movie director with full 1920 x 1080p video, full-time autofocus (for tracking moving subjects), stereo sound (with an optional microphone), and stereo sound (without using an extra microphone).

The Effects option offers a bewildering assortment of unique effects for putting your personal imprint on all of your photographs, whether they are still shots or moving images.

The Selective Hue feature, for example, isolates a single color within a scene, while Night Vision catches details in areas that are too dark for the human eye to see. The High Key effect will generate brilliant, glowing photos that are full of atmosphere and mystery, while the Low Key effect will accentuate the mood of a scene.

You can also experiment with the Minute Effect, which will make a scene that appears to be a miniature scale model.

With ISO sensitivity levels ranging from 100 to 6400, you’ll be able to capture images and movies that are incredibly detailed, even in low light conditions.

By automatically recording numerous exposures of the scene and combining them for dramatically increased contrast and low noise, the in-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode will manage high contrast scenarios.

Because of the camera’s lightning-fast 11-point focusing technology and split-second shutter reaction, you won’t lose out on any photo possibilities as you wait for your camera to catch up. The built-in Speedlight is equipped with i-TTL for consistently precise and well-balanced flash.

When you use the Scene Recognition System, the 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, the 16 automated exposure scene settings, and the Active D-Lighting, you will be able to take better and more exact images and videos than ever before.

Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about dust contaminating your images since the automated image sensor cleaning feature will take care of it for you.

LCD Monitor with a Variable-Angle Display

In addition to opening horizontally up to 180 degrees, the huge 3.0″ (7.5-cm) vari-angle LCD monitor flips up and down from +180 degrees to -90 degrees. You’re now prepared to observe, photograph, and record your subjects from a variety of viewpoints.

A lofty vantage point for aerial photos, waist level for candid Live View and video filming, or a low perspective for an up-close view from the ground are all good options. When taking self-portraits, you may also use the D5100 on a tripod or other sturdy surface so that you can see yourself while preparing the image.

The vari-angle LCD monitor’s excellent resolution (about 921k dots) and broad viewing angle allow you to easily inspect your composition while utilizing Live View or a full HD movie.

Image quality is in a league of its own.

As a result of incorporating some of Nikon’s most advanced digital SLR technology, including the 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 2 image-processing engine, the D5100 produces images of exceptional quality.

Construct breathtaking movies in full HD (1,920 x 1,080/30p) resolution.

In terms of D-Movie performance, the D5100 outperforms the competition thanks to its full HD capability, full-time servo AF (AF-F), and accurate exposure control. In addition, in-camera video editing and sound recording (in stereo with an optional microphone) are available.

Combine these advantages with the benefits of digital SLRs such as gorgeous background blur, high ISO sensitivity performance, and a wide range of NIKKOR lens compatibility, and the movie-making potential of D-SLR cameras are elevated to astounding new heights.

Instantaneous, in-camera post-production is possible.

The D5100 has a plethora of editing features, including resizing, NEF (RAW) processing, and filter effects such as Skylight, Warm filter, and Crossscreen. In addition to Quick retouch and Edit video, there are other options such as Distortion control and Fisheye that are available.

11-Point Automatic Targeting System

Each of the D5100’s 11 focus points, which includes a cross-type sensor, covers a large area of the frame and captures the subject in great detail. 3D-tracking (11 points) mode allows the camera to cooperate with the Scene Recognition System to maintain the primary subject in focus even when the composition changes.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) captures exquisite detail in both highlights and shadows (High Dynamic Range)

For a while, it was impossible to display both textures equally when photographing extreme contrasts such as bright clouds and a foreground that was completely obscured by shadows. That is no longer the case.

When the HDR mode is activated, the D5100 shoots two photos in a single shutter release: one that is overexposed and one that is underexposed, respectively.

A combination of these two pictures is then produced by the camera, revealing an extraordinarily broad dynamic range while also exhibiting less noise and richer color gradation than ever before (use of a tripod is recommended).

Images that are clean and clear, even in low light

Although available light is limited, the D5100 is equipped with all of the technology necessary to produce exceptional results even in low-light situations. Its CMOS sensor has an unusually broad ISO range (ISO 100 to 6400) while also exhibiting decreased noise characteristics.

Shooting at quicker shutter speeds allows you to capture settings and objects with less blur, allowing you to catch more details. Even in low light, handheld pictures and full HD videos come out looking fantastically sharp.

Auto-Pop-Up Flash with Intelligent Auto-Pop-Up

The D5100’s built-in pop-up flash quickly illuminates your subject while shooting in low light or against a dark background. Because of the i-TTL flash control, you may expect results that are as natural as possible.

Colors That Are Selected

You can choose up to three colors to appear in the image, with the rest remaining in black and white as a background.

Autofocus for Subjects that are more defined

In order to assist you in focusing, the D5100 provides a selection of focus settings that are tailored to your subject matter – even while using Live View or filming full HD videos. When filming, just switch to AF-F mode to keep the camera’s focus locked on automatically.

Live View may be activated by pressing the dedicated button adjacent to the shutter release button, which is positioned next to the mode dial. To start movie recording, click the dedicated button placed next to the mode dial. This may be accomplished while maintaining a constant view of your topic.

Camera settings that have been optimized

The D5100 is equipped with Scene Modes that may be used to capture a wide variety of settings. Besides the five most common modes, which can be found on the mode dial, alternative modes may be accessed by setting the mode dial to SCENE and then twisting the control knob.

Once you’ve made your decision, the camera will automatically select the camera settings that will produce the greatest results for the situation. There is no need for you to be concerned about intricate camera settings when you use Nikon’s Scene Modes.

Scene Auto Selector is a feature that allows you to choose a scene from a list of options.

If you are taking still images in Live View with Auto or Auto (flash off), the Scene Auto Selector will automatically choose the most appropriate Scene Mode for you from a selection of Portrait, Landscape, Close up, and Night Portrait options for you to choose from.

Allow the D5100 to take care of the details, allowing you to spend more time concentrating on the photo.

Effect of Scale Miniature

By intelligently adjusting the focus area, you may make faraway things look like miniatures in your photograph. The pace at which miniature effect movies are played back is extremely fast.


Create photos that are bright, brilliant, and full of atmosphere.

Color Sketches are a great way to express yourself creatively.

Make your photographs look as though they are colorful illustrations. Movies filmed in this mode are played back in a manner similar to a slide presentation composed of a succession of still images.


Photograph your subjects in shadow against a bright background to make them stand out.

Keeping it low-key

Create photos that are dark and stunning, with vivid highlights.

The ability to see in the dark

Photograph monochrome (black and white) photographs under extremely low-light settings to save time and effort.

Active D-Lighting achieves a beautiful balance between light and shade.

Active D-Lighting is a technique that automatically depicts the highlights and shadows of high-contrast images in a way that is more similar to how they are seen by the human eye. It may be used in a number of contexts. To make adjustments quickly and easily, leave Active D-Lighting on Auto.

Alternatively, you can modify the intensity level according to your shooting conditions.

Nikon Integrated Dust Removal Provides Crisp and Clear Photographs

Clearer pictures are produced when there is less dust. Dust is removed from the optical lowpass filter in front of the sensor using Nikon’s proprietary technology, which then transports the dust away from critical components within the camera.

Viewfinder using an optical system

There is around 95 percent frame coverage, allowing for a crisp vision and easy filming without any lag in action.

Design that is both compact and lightweight

The camera’s shape is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hands, and its straightforward controls make shooting for lengthy periods of time simple and pleasant.

Energy Consumption Is Minimal

The very efficient EN-EL14 battery provides around 660 frames per charge.

ViewNX 2 is an imaging toolbox.

This straightforward and user-friendly program assists you in getting the most out of your photographs and full HD movies. ViewNX 2 has picture importing and browsing capabilities, as well as image editing options such as Resize, Brightness, Crop, Straighten, and NEF (RAW) image processing.

ViewNX 2 is available for Windows and Mac OS X. Because of its movie editing capabilities, you can quickly and easily create your own original movies, and Nikon’s own image storing and sharing service, my Picturetown, integrates smoothly and seamlessly with ViewNX 2, allowing you to log in directly from the software for easy uploading without the need to open a web browser.

View your images on a high-definition television (HDTV) via the HDMI Output Interface.

Enjoy watching photos and movies on your television and controlling the playback using the television remote control unit.

Shutter-Release Mode with a Quiet Shutter

The sound of the shutter release may occasionally cause your subject to become distracted. It is possible to lessen the sound produced by the D5100’s internal systems by lowering the mirror movement speed at the instant the image is shot, for example, in Quiet shutter-release mode.

System for Recognizing Scenes

The D5100’s 420-pixel RGB sensor and CMOS image sensor work together to detect your subject matter and adjust the auto exposure, autofocus, auto white balance, and i-TTL flash control settings to provide the best results. The face-priority autofocus (AF) function was also developed using a similar technique.

Control of the image

Picture Control allows you to alter the appearance and feel of your photographs to fit your preferences. There are six different options to choose from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape. Changes may be made to the settings, which can then be saved for future use.

Image and video editing features are included.

The D5100 has a plethora of editing features, including resizing, NEF (RAW) processing, and filter effects such as Skylight, Warm filter, and Crossscreen. In addition to Quick retouch and Edit video, there are other options such as Distortion control and Fisheye that are available.

My Picturetown is a photo-sharing and storage service that is both smart and convenient.

Photographers may save, manage, and share their photographs with family and friends all around the world using Nikon’s own image-sharing website, my Picturetown, which is powered by Nikon. Membership is completely free, and it allows you to save up to 2 GB of images and/or videos.

Controlling the amount of dust in the air

Cleaning of the image sensor, Airflow Control System, and Image Dust Off reference data are all included (optional Capture NX 2 software required)

Control of the image

Portrait and landscape orientations are available; the selected Picture Control can be modified; and a storage area for custom Picture Controls is available.

File System is a slang term for a collection of files on a computer’s hard drive.

DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), and Exif 2.3 are all examples of design rules for camera file systems (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge


About 0.78 (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1), according to the calculations.


17.9 millimeters (-1.0 m-1)

Adjustment of the diopter

-1.7 to +0.7 m-1 is the range.

Screen for Concentration

Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen with a matte finish.

Reflex Mirror is a type of mirror that has a reflex action.

Return after a short period of time

The aperture of the lens

Return is instantaneous and regulated electrically.

Lenses that are compatible

When using AF-S and AF-I lenses, autofocus is possible; however, autofocus is not available when using other type G and D lenses, AF lenses (IX-NIKKOR and lenses for the F3AF are not supported), and AI-P lenses.

It is possible to utilize non-CPU lenses in mode M, however, the camera’s exposure meter will not operate. Lenses having maximum apertures of f/5.6 or faster can be utilized with the electronic rangefinder in conjunction with the camera.

Type of Shutter

Vertical-travel focal-plane shutter with electronic control and feedback

Release Mode is a type of mode that allows you to let go of a hold on anything.

The following options are available: single frame, continuous shooting, timer, remote control (delayed or rapid reaction), and a silent shutter release

  • Temperature range for exposure metering (ISO 100, f1.4 lens, 68°F/20°C)
  • Metering with a matrix or center-weighted distribution: 0 to 20 EV
  • Spot metering ranges from 2 to 20 EV.
  • Coupling for an exposure meter
  • CPU
  • Compensation for Exposure
  • The range is from -5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV.
  • Adjusting the Exposure Bracketing
  • 3 frames taken in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments
  • Locking the exposure
  • With the AE-L/AF-L button, the brightness is fixed at the detected setting.
  • D-Lighting that is active
  • OFF, extra high, high, normal, low, auto, extra high
  • ADL Bracketing is a kind of bracketing.
  • a total of two frames


An autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and an AF-assist illumination system (range about 1 foot 8 inches to 9 feet 10 inches/0.5 to 3 m) is included in the Nikon Multi-CAM 1000.

ISO 100, 68°F/20°C, detection range: -1 to +19 EV (measured in EV).

Lens servo: Autofocus (AF): single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking engaged automatically according to subject state (AF-A); lens servo: lens servo

Manual focus (MF): An electronic rangefinder can be used to achieve manual focus.

Focus point: Can be chosen from a list of 11 different focus sites.

3D tracking, single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, and auto-area AF are all available in the AF-area mode (11 points)

Single-servo AF may be secured by pushing the shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF), or by pressing the AE-L/AF-L buttons simultaneously.

Flash Memory Built-In

P, S, A, M, 0: Manual pop-up with button release; P, S, A, M, 0: Auto flash with auto pop-up

Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off.

Flash compensation: -3 to +1 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments from -3 to +1 EV

Lights when the built-in flash or an optional flash unit such as the SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400 is completely charged; blinks for 3 s after the flash is fired at maximum power; illuminates when the flash is turned off.

ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data connections, as well as a safety lock is included as an accessory.

Photographers use the Nikon Creative Lighting System for a variety of purposes (CLS)

Support for Advanced Wireless Lighting is provided by the SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash, or the SU-800 as a commander. Flash Color Information Communication is supported by the built-in flash as well as by all CLS-compatible flash devices.

AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (available separately)

Servo Lens Servo in Live View

Autofocus (AF) is divided into two types: single-servo AF (AF-S) and full-time servo AF (AF-F)

Manual focus is available (MF)

AF-Area Mode (Area-Focus Mode)

Face-priority autofocus, wide-area autofocus, normal-area autofocus, and subject-tracking autofocus are all options.

Contrast-detect autofocus may be used anywhere in the frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)

Measuring the impact of a movie

TTL exposure metering is performed with the primary image sensor.

Metreization technique: matrix


Both full-frame and thumbnail photos are available (4, 9 or 72 images or calendar) Zooming in and out of the playback process; movie playback; slide show; histogram display; highlights; image rotation; picture commenting; playback with playback zooming in and out of the playback process (up to 36 characters)

The Accessory Terminal is an add-on device.

Remote Cord MC-DC2 (sold separately), GPS Unit GP-1 (also sold separately) (available separately)

Languages that are supported

Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish

Socket for Tripod

1/4″ (ISO 1222) is a standard measurement.

Nikon D5100 Specs

Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution4928 x 3264
Other resolutions3696 x 2448, 2464 x 1632
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorExpeed 2
ISOAuto, 100- 6400 (plus 12800, 25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets12
Custom white balanceYes (5)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal, Basic
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountNikon F
Focal length multiplier1.5×
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD monitor
Live viewYes (With contrast-detect AF, face detection, and subject tracking)
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.78× (0.52× 35mm Equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear-curtain
Continuous drive4.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10, or 20 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini Type C)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)560 g (1.23 lb / 19.75 oz)
Dimensions128 x 97 x 79 mm (5.04 x 3.82 x 3.11″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPS notesGP-1

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