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Creativity from any point of view

Stimulate your creativity. The NIKON D5100 offers a host of new photographic and video tools that deliver superior performance and exceptional image quality with surprising versatility. With 16.2 megapixels, a swivel Vari-Angle LCD monitor, full HD movie capabilities, new EFFECTS Mode and new HDR setting, you hold the power and performance to capture beautiful moments and the freedom to get creative.
Compose great overhead shots with the Nikon D5100's Vari-angle display.>

Vari-angle LCD Monitor

Creativity from any point of view

Take pictures or record movies from a unique viewpoint, the D5100's 3.0 inch, super sharp, 921,000-dot Vari-angle LCD monitor allows for versatile high quality viewing and playback. Explore every angle, with overhead shots, waist level candids, ground level and fun self portraits; you will never miss a shot. This Vari-angle monitor allows you to be creative from any point of view.

Effects mode

More fun and artistic pictures and movies

The D5100 incorporates an amazing array of special effects for use when taking still pictures or recording D-Movie Full HD movies. Selective Color isolates any color within the scene; capture details in places too dark for your own eyes using Night Vision; create bright, glowing images filled with atmosphere with High Key; emphasize the mood of a scene using Low Key; Miniature Effect makes a scene look like a miniature scale model; and Color Sketch creates color outlines of the subject that are played back as a series of stills in a slide show.
Isolate the vibrant shades of blue in your subject's dress with the D5100's Selective Color effect.

Tell better stories

Full HD 1080p D-Movie with Sound

The D5100 delivers exceptionally high-quality movie performance due to its full HD capability while the latest in Full-time autofocus takes the guess work out of tracking your subjects while in motion. Effortless moviemaking is at your fingertip thanks to D5100's ergonomically placed Live View and Movie start button. Your D-Movies will come to life thanks to D5100's sound recording capability - get stereo sound with Nikon's optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone.
Create stunning multi-exposure images with the D5100's built-in HDR (High Dynamic Range) capability.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Exquisite detail in highlight and shadow

In scenes with extreme contrasts, such as bright, sunlit clouds and a foreground deep in shadow, it was once quite difficult to render the textures of both equally. Not any more. D5100 combines two exposures to create an image revealing an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and richer color gradation than ever before.
Capture every detail with remarkable clarity—the D5100 brings image quality in a class of its own.

Stunning image quality

Image quality in a class of its own

Incorporating the latest Nikon D-SLR technologies such as the 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 2 image processing engine, the D5100 delivers outstanding image quality. Its CMOS sensor offers a remarkably wide ISO range (ISO 100 to 6400) with reduced noise which enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture scenes and subjects with less blur. Handheld shooting and full HD movies come out looking great even in low light.
The D5100's 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor
Nikon's EXPEED 2 image processing engine
You won't miss a moment of action thanks to the D5100's high-speed continuous shooting.
Speed and performance that delivers

With high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 4 frames per second, you'll never miss a moment and with D5100's large optical viewfinder providing accurate and realistic composition, you'll get a precise view and focus in every situation.

The D5100's 11-point AF system works together with the Scene Recognition System to keep your subject in focus where it's located in the frame.
Capture your subjects precisely

D5100's 11-point AF system provides flexibility to compose the shot you want ensuring your subject is captured sharply wherever it's located in the frame. Working together with the Scene Recognition System, the camera can keep your main subject in focus even if the composition changes using Nikon's exclusive 3D-tracking.

Create better portraits—even when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight—with the D5100's built-in pop-up flash.
Brilliance whenever needed

Vital for dark or backlit subjects, the D5100's built-in pop-up flash automatically brightens your subject even when shooting outdoors in bright sunlight. Expect natural looking results thanks to intelligent flash control.

Expand your picture taking capabilities with Nikon's comprehensive lineup of NIKKOR lenses.
NIKKOR lenses expand your vision

From wide angle to telephoto, from prime to Micro, the NIKKOR interchangeable lens lineup offers more choices to see and capture still images and D-Movies of the world from your perspective.

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it gives all benefits in one.Nice to use it. First of all i would like to say that its looks very gorgeous.So much comfortable to handle.Its picture quality is superb.I think it is all in one. August 11, 2014
Amazing Camera!! The d5100 has allowed me to take the next step in photography. I love using it and can't wait to build my knowledge of photography by continuing to use it. May 31, 2014
Great First DSLR I printed out the complete manual that came on the CD, learned where all of the controls were and took a digital photography class which has got me really comfortable with this camera. I highly recommend that all folks like myself that are new to DSLR cameras and the functions should do this. I know that I am getting so much more out of the creative control functions because I did. I hardly use the auto setting any more. Now it is easy to use, and takes great pictures. I do wish it had a dedicated ISO button. I have assigned the FN button to control the ISO. The kit lens that came with the camera seems to be doing a good job. I bought the 55-200 lens refurbished from the Nikon website. That also works great. I use both lenses regularly. I am so very happy with this camera and the lenses. May 28, 2014
Nice for the price Very good images. Easy to use. Easy to access most shooting modes from the back panel. The swivel screen is a must have for self portraits and video. Wish it had 5 exposure bracketing instead of 3 brackets. I really like its small size and light weight. My particular camera has picture control settings that I have to custom set to get decent results. For what you can get this camera for now as a refurbished model $350 currently on Nikon Store..... its a deal that can not be beat anywhere in photographic bang for the buck. Rock on my brothers... if your looking for a rock solid DSLR on a budget look no further. May 16, 2014
Love the D5100!!!!! This is my second DSLR and I love this one. The D5100 is easy to use and take really great pictures.. May 11, 2014
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is there an LCD cover that could fit on d5100?

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Flip the LCD around so that it faces inward.
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Though you could probably purchase a generic plastic LCD film protector (Like a flexible version of what you would use on the iphone or ipod). Just goes on like a sticker. Doesn't protect from breakage, but scratches are handled well.
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No, D5100 don't have LCD cover.
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Will it take he same lens as a D90

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Generally the D5100 has no build-in motor so that only with build-in-motor lenses you get autofocus.
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All lenses that fit a D90 will fit on a D5100, but they must be AF-S type lenses to auto-focus.
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Yes, as it is a F mount, but I don't think you will have autofocus on it...personnaly, I have the 1979 Nikkor lens 55mm micro and it fits on my D3000, I just have to make manual focus that's all.
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Will my D40 lenses fit the D5100 or D7000?

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Subject says it all--will my D40 lenses fit the D5100 or D7000? And how, in general, can one tell which lenses will fit which cameras?
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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D5100 do not have a focus motor in it, but the D7000 does. All Nikon NIKKOR lenses have an "F" mount" so they fit any D-SLR body. While the D5100 can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.
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All nikon DSLR's use a F bayonet mount, they will work on all DSLR's, just a matter if they will autofocus. The D5100 has no internal focus motor so it can only use lenses marked af-s in order to auto focus. The D7000 has an internal focus motor so it will auto focus with all lenses marked af and af-s.
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AF-S lenses will work with both the D7000 and they D5100. AF lenses are without internal focus motors and will not work with D5100 (lacks lens motor) but will work with D7000. There are also third party lenses that do not have internal focus motors. All will work in manual focus. Any lens that works with your D40 will also auto focus on both the D5100 and d7000
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Also, can you recommend an additional lens to purchase to help with photographs in a gymnasium?
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Absolutely. It's more about technique and practice than it is about the gear. He can pan the action and hit the shutter when the time looks good. Timing and anticipation will get you the shots you want.
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I own the D5100 & D7000, I like them both. The 5100 tops out @ 4 Frames per second, The D7000 takes 6 frames per second & has a faster Buffer rate,-it will load images faster to the memory card.

For Motocross you need speed. I would recomend the D7000 & a 70-200 f2.8 lens. This is an expensive setup but will get the job done.

Good luck & have fun, I raced Motocross when I was a young man & had a BLAST !
PS, get a fast 16 Gig SD card & a spare battery too.
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The D5100 is can shoot at 4 frames per second, which should be fast enough for fast action.
As far as lenses are concerned you will want something with a fast maximum apeture.
Since gymnasiums are dimly lit, you might want to look at the following lenses:

AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR. This will give you the reach you may need but you may have to bump up the ISO on the camera to get a faster shutter speed.

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8. This will give you the speed you need but you will have to get closer to the action.

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR II. This is a great lens but it's also expensive.

If you are unsure about any lens, I would try renting them from your local photography shop so you can see how the lens works for your shooting conditions.

Hope this helps,

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Will the pop-up flash trigger my Speedlights? How many groups will it control?

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I'm confused. It seems like people are saying that this camera won't have full CLS, that the pop-up won't be able to control off-camera Speedlights. If not, will this feature be added via firmware later?
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Unfortunately Jimmy, the D5100's internal flash does not have CLS commanding capabilities, a feature that probably wouldn't increase much in either size, weight or price, and would aggregate a lot of value!
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The built-in flash of some D-SLR cameras can work as a commander to trigger other speedlight wirelessly but, that will depend on the model of your camera.
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Can you use night Vision in movie mode?

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Is ISO 102,400 available for movie mode?
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Yes.
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Please visit our website in order to see the specifications that currently are available for the D5100.
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Will the pop-up flash OF THE 5100 trigger my Speedlights? How many groups will it control?

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I asked this question earlier today and got a generic answer from the staff that didn't answer the question. This is specifically aimed at the new D5100. Will the pop-up flash of a D5100 trigger Speedlights in the CLS? If not, what do I need to buy to use my CLS speedlights?
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You can use the SU-800 Commander on your camera.
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By all accounts no, well not via commander mode anyway, but I could be wrong. Then again depends what flashes you are using, if its SB-700, 800 or 900 then you will be able to control them manually via SU-4 mode on the flash.
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When is the D5100 available to buy?

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I am interested in buying D5100. when is it available in the market to buy?
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Best Buys already have them on stock, I got mine on Sunday. Amazon as well.
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New models are usually available after 30 to 45 days from the release date. You may want to check with your local dealer or keep visiting our Nikon store.
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How many hours of Full HD (1080p) video can you shoot with a 8 GB card

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D3100 movie mode capacity is 10 minutes regardless of SD card size. : ( The 5100 I do not know.
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the card will hold quite a lot but the camera itself will prob only record 20 mins max at most.
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When it says 20 min max time for video recording: does it mean 20 min for a single shot?

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or can it be several shots of up to 20 min depending on the card's memory capacity
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hi!! the 20 minutes are for a single shot and you can make as many 20min shots as your card space get full!!!
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20 minutes is just the max length for one clip. You can record multiple 20 minute clips until you fill your memory card up.
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What's the best way to control autofocus while shooting video?

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I'm trying to shoot training videos of myself. While recording, the autofocus goes in and out. Sometimes it's where I want it (on my face) and other times in on my hands when gesturing or the background. I need to keep my face in sharp focus.

I've increased the f-stop to try to increase the depth-of-field without much luck. When I switch to manual mode, I can't get a sharp enough picture either. Are there any best practices to using the video elements to my new D5100?
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you can change your auto focus to single auto, it sounds to me like you may be using it on continuous servo focus where it keeps finding the moving object or another way to try it would be on portrait mode it recognizes faces and tends to follow them rather than what is centered or moving.
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Getting a faster lens with auto focus might help. Also, make sure the background and foreground aren't too similar in terms of colors/lighting. I had that same problem too.
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Is this product compatible with the mac computer?

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Is this camera compatible with mac computers? Can you plug the cmaera inn and edit on the mac with iPhoto?
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Yes it is compatible with mac.
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Yes, this camera is compatible with MAC OS. You can transfer the photos to your computer and then work on them in any software.
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I bought my D5100 in San Diego but I moved to Mexico City, Can I have product support here in Mx?

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Why not?u just need your product's serial number & site of U.S Nikon cuz u that key no. is applicable only in u.s.a.
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Nikon Digital Warranty for products purchased in the USA won't be valid in Mexico (only USA).
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Using External video monitor while shooting video.

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Can I Use an External video monitor while shooting video?
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yes, you have to buy a field monitor with HDMI input. there are zillions of them out there. :)
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You will need to get in contact with the manufacture of the third equipment for compatibility information with our products.
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How is the video transferred to a computer?

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Nikon View is recommended but as a first-time experiment I downloaded to iPhoto (11). Clips played successfully including audio. Haven't tried but assume can move into iMovie for editing.
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Via a usb cable, same as importing images.
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Auto focus soft.

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I bought a new D5100, because I shoot a lot of people. I have noticed a ton of out of focused shots. Is there a better AF metering to set the camera to for fashion photography?
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you're probably using the AF in the wrong mode. AF-S only focuses once, and in the focus area you selected. AF-C follows moving people (that's better for fashion shows) as long as you keep your shutter release halfway down. BUT, if you are using live view, forget about instant and precise focus. so DON'T use live view for fashion photography.
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For better assistance, please click on the link below in order for you to send sample images:
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Answer Link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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How can i adjust image review time (duration suchas 5 sec, 10 sec) after each shooting for D5100?

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The option is in the Menu, top-left button on the back of the camera.
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Please see page #160 of the user's manual for the D5100 in order to set the Auto Off Timers.
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Is it available in D5100 a multi ower battery pack? What's the model number?

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No there is no grip/battery pack for the 5100 specifically. but you can buy the one for the d3100, and then sand or cut off the small lip on the one side and it will fit just fine.
I did this and it works great. I have two batterys in mine, and its great for turning the camera longways to take portait style shots (button on the grip too).
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The D5100 doesn't carry a battery pack.
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Does this camera come with a lens? If so what lens?

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If your purchase the D5100 with the body and kit you'll get the 18-55mm VR lens which is a great lens.
 
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The kit usually has the 18-55 vr.
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Why does my AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 mm VR make a clicking when VR is on, why?

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My lens makes the mirror stick toward the end of my shot but only when the VR is turned on...why? I just bought this whole kit and is less than one week old. I have not mistreated this item at all. Please advice.

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Clicking sounds are not normal. It sounds like its defective.
Exchange it at the reseller or contact Nikons official support.
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That is completely normal. Please click on the link below for information about VR technology.
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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