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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.

1Special effects video examples were produced using a pre-production D5100 D-SLR.

D5100 Body Only

Price $599.95
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18-55mm VR Lens Kit

D5100 Camera BodyAF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Price $699.95
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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
Superb for the price This was my first DSLR when I stepped up from a bridge camera. Wonderful - right decision on all counts. Fast, superb image quality - not far off the best if you invest in top quality lenses. 16 mega pixels is just about right for a good balance. (Note how the D4S and Df are 16 MP). Has more than enough pixels for detailed images, enough for a little cropping and the pixels are still large enough for low light performance and high ISO performance, I'm convinced this is the serious number camera manufacturers will drop back too. Huge plus point - the flip out screen, the lack of these on high end cameras is seriously holding off a decision to step up the range. Minus point - not weather sealed. Not too surprising at this price point so cannot mark it down. I confess to have flirted with a Pentax in the two years I've owned the D5100 to give me the ability to continue shooting when the weather turns but found it too inconvenient to have two different systems so the Pentax has gone. Am thinking of sticking with the D5100 (to keep the flippy screen) and getting a Nikon 1 AW and lens adapter - All weather and would suddenly have such a long telephoto lens at my disposal when I put the 70-300 on the AW with the adapter. It would also not take up much room in my camera bag. May 4, 2014
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A camera with built in lens motor and AF lens or D5100 with AF-S lens, what will produce better images?

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In my opinion either or will produce awesome images,
I dont believe I have ever read anything about whether or not auto focus lens or camera produces anything different as far as image quality...
The thing that does matter ids lens quality... try a pro grade 2.8 prime lens and then try a non pro grade 4.5, 5.6 lens and see the difference... I used to think the lens cant make that big a difference until I bought my first pro lens ...and there is big difference if you are in to image quality...
The one thing I believe will be affected as to what focusing motor is used, is the accuracy n speed ...in my opinion the AF-S lens would be much better at speed and accuracy...this is only my opinion though...
Hope this helps some...
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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 so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies 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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What is a good wide angle lens for videoing on the d5100?

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I was at my sons diving meeting in NY this past weekend and wanted to use my new camera to video his dives but I didn't think the kit lenses were the right fit. I am always pretty close to the diving boards but neither of the lenses felt wide enough if that makes sense. Hoping someone can recommend a moderate priced wide angle lens if that is what I need.
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A good wide angle ... I won the 17-35mm 2.8... I know the 17-55mm 2.8 is considered a top lens...
If you want a prime lens think of 35mm maybe...
I dont know what your kit lens was, size wise...You need to consider what it is, use it in situations of all types you will encounter and then take a look at your needs ...
For me the 17-35mm has been perfect, I shoot drag races, portraits, events, landscape, nature all of it, and i consider my wide angle to be 17- 35mm, which is not really accurate as i have an older D2X that is DX sensor size not FX, therefore my 17 is really around a 25mm or so...
These lenses i mention are expensive pro grade lenses... I believe others can tell you what non pro lenses are like and if quality n what not is good...I mean from Nikon you will always have quality, its just what you spend is what you get...
Hope i help some...
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Please click on the link below for the lens simulator; it will help you to make the decision on what lens you need.
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...
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Will the 5100 stay in production longer than the 3100? What are the projected dates of expiration?

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This is question only for Nikon, who knows...

Contact "Service and Support" in upper main menu bar...
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Thanks for your question about Nikon products. Unfortunately we cannot speculate about production time until official information is announced on our web site: www.nikonusa.com
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Can i photograph space with coolpix p500?

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8 minutes will give you a little star trail, not much, but some...
I dont know if this is answer u r looking for...
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u can photograph anything you want , if u have a tripod, open up aperture to fastest setting and remember , the stars will start to become tiny lines after a little time cos earth is moving...

if you are asking is 8 seconds long enough, probably not if you want stars n space...
i shoot the moon with D2X on 2.8 70-200mm and cam set to spot metering at about 1/500 sec, but thats just the moon and it is bright.
I would say try it
open up aperture to as fast as u can and set cam on something stable or tripod and let it go...

the question is posted for D5100, but you ask about P500 coolpix???
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Long Exposure + Timer interval shooting

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When I try to do a long series of long exposure shots over a scheduled interval, the camera seems to crash and stop shooting. Right now I've been trying to shoot a set of 480 shots, each one a 30 second exposure, every 30 seconds. After about 100-200 shots, the series stops recording. There's plenty of room on the memory card. Any thoughts? I switched the image size from large to small, and the number of images before a failure increased (from 100 to about 200), but the series still didn't finish.

image quality is set to jpeg fine.
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Contact "Service and Support" in above main menu, they should be able to tell you...
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The limitation for Time Lapse is 999. Make sure you're using the EP-5A that is a Power Supply Connector that is required when using the AC adapter EH-5/EH-5a to power the camera.
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Adobe Premiere is what you need!
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hi
The NX2 software for photos is amazing, one of the best editing softwares I have ever tried.
I dont think NX2 is even usable with video is it?
I am a mac person and iMovie that comes with mac is amazing for installed software,
and I know Final Cut Pro is professional quality editing software for video.
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Does this camera have Panoramic shooting capabilities?

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According to the "tech specs" it does not,
Look in manual, if not there , then i would say it does not...
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No, but you can take overlapping photos and stich them in post processing.
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How can I shoot 5 brackets for HDR?

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3 brackets at 1/3 to 1/2 each seems a bit limited for good HDR post processing. I'd like to either be able to shoot the 3 brackets further apart (1 EV) or more brackets, such as 5. Is there a way to program or automate this process with the D5100?
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If the camera only brackets 3 frames try bracketing 3 at 1 full EV and then do another at 1/2 EV, if you have on a tripod and nothing moves , you should get same focus and metering as the first 3 frames...
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In the D5100 the HDR can be set to On or Off (see page #79 of user's manual), and the Exposure Bracketing the camera will vary exposure with each shot. The first shot will be taken at the value currently selected for the exposure compensation.
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Warrenty?

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What kind of warranty comes with the camera? Bad idea to buy off eBay?
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Contact "Servive and Support" in above main menu...

Is Ebay an authorized dealer for Nikon???
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Two year warranty from Nikon. Make sure it is not a grey market camera, must be US version or no warranty(assuming you live in US)
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i am getting an error shutter release press again but nothing is happening when i press it again does not allow me to use camera

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Verify that the battery is fully charge and just release the shutter. If the error persists or appears frequently you will need to send your camera for service.
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shutter release error

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I have a nikon d1500 and am was trying to shoot some pictures and I got an message with error press shutter release again I tried but the camera does not work even after turning off and removing the battery and pressing the shutter button. How do I get the camera to work again. Why am i getting this message it was working fine before?
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Contact "Service and Support" in above main menu bar...
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Verify that the battery is fully charge and just release the shutter. If the error persists or appears frequently you will need to send your camera for service.
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how much does it weigh

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19.7 oz.
560 grams
camera body only...
found in "tech specs" in menu bar for this camera
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approximately 19.7 oz or 560g
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D5100 record time in 1080

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With a 64gb memory what is the record time maximum?
 
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The maximum file size for a single movie is 4GB or the maximum movie length for a single movie is 20 minutes, even when there is sufficient free space on the memory card for longer recording.
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20 minutes
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Where do I find grid view in the menus?

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Wouldn't it be just a software tweak that can be written and then downloaded? It is a big disappointment to not have this feature and it is a disappointment with other D5100 owners that I have contacted to see if they knew where it was in the menu.
Please see if something can be done to include such a simple yet valuable feature to the D5100.
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Only available in live view, press info button and then multi selector to see various view modes including grid mode.
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how do I set my setting to shoot in raw ( I have a nikonD5100)

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Age: 55-65
Favorite Subject: Portrait
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On the back of camera, you see the closed monitor/LCD and to the right is the Multi selector with arrows on top/bottom and left/right sides, (the ok button in the middle). Now on the top, left side of viewfinder is the menu button, so turn on camera, open monitor and push the menu button once, when the display comes up you should see on the left side of this menu, (icons), so the second 1 down from top is a camera icon, push the left arrow on the multi selector, (left side of ok button). the icons on left side of menu will lite, now use up or down arrow on multi selector until you lite up the icon of the camera, then hit ok again, it will say Shooting Menu at very top, then keep clicking up/down arrow on the Multi-selector until "Image quality" lites up, then hit ok again, see NEF (RAW) and click ok, unless you want both nef and jpeg
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Go to "image quality" in shooting menu (small camera icon) select "raw" press ok.
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Is it better to buy the Nikon D5100 body only to get a prime lense for it?

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I want to save up for this camera, but my question is if its better to get another lense for it like the prime lense
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G

Help is very much appreciated.
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It's always good to have a lense with with a wider apature, and faster shutter speeds. Especially when shooting children who are on the go and for those low light situations. I also like lenses with wider apatures for Macro or close up shots.
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Waterbury,CT
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Waterbury,CT
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Favorite Subject: Portrait
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Depends what you want to take pictures of, a 50mm, although cheap, is not necessarily suitable for everyone's needs. Personally I would buy a body with a kit lens and go from there, after a bit of use and getting used to it you will know what focal lengths you want, do just buy things for the sake of it and someone on a forum told you that you should have it.
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Help with shaky video

Oct 30, 2012 by
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I'm using a SanDisk Extreme memory card in the 5100 and the uploaded video is shaky and cuts out (almost as if it's buffering). Any thoughts or suggestions?
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Make sure the video software is 64 bit, try downloading View NX2 (its free) using the windpows 7 64 bit version.
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(I had a feeling this was the reason)....it's a Dell with Intel(R) Core (TM)2 Duo CPU T6400 @ 2.00 GHz. with 64-bit operating system.
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Shutter speed 1/4000 is giving black image in shuter priority mode (Mode S)

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in mode S, i am able to go till 1/4000 shutter speed...but not able \to adjust f stops (default it was showing f 5.6)...so it is giving me black image because of aperture and more shuuter speed. When there is no option to adjust aperture in Mode S...then why to go till 1/4000 shutter speed. is there any use of it...Am i missing anything? i am a newbie for SLR.
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If you are using a shutter speed of 1/4000th and the pictures are dark then that suggests that the shutter speed is too fast, no amount of aperture adjustment will alter this as there is just not enough light. Now this is only a guess as nobody knows what the conditions are that you are shooting in, are you using flash ?, are you indoors ?, what is the meter telling you ?.
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In order to control both shutter speed and aperture you must be in "M" mode (manual).
I suggest you take a few photography classes or do a lot of reading(start by reading you camera's manual) Here is thedownload site :http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/dslr/D5100_EN.pdf
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How to get exposure meter in Live View?

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There is no display for exposure meter meter in Live View though it is displayed during image preview. Funny!
Any idea to get simultaneous Live view and exposure meter?
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Light meter will only display at bottom of screen when you are in manual mode.It will flash in other modes if it detects you are over or under exposed.
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Press the "I" info button and you will get a grey screen with all of your settings including exposure meter.
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What's the absolute, hands down, best storage card for this d5100?

Nov 19, 2012 by
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I just bought my d5100 today; and it doesn't come w/ one
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A list of memory cards that have been tested and approved for the D5100 can be found at this address:
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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Either Lexar or Sandisc would be ok, there is no real "best" card. I would say though that whatever you buy get a couple of them instead of one big card get two smaller ones as you never know what will happen, better to have two as if the card packs you will not lose all your images, better safe than sorry.
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The first weeks were fine, the colors seemed natural and effortless, I barely had to adjust the Picture Options and I always shoot in Manual. But recently I noticed the colors look pale and the shadows look way too dark and without any details. It seems it isn't capturing the natural tones like the reds and pinks. I tried taking a picture with the exact same settings with my D60 and the colors of the D5100 still look dull compared to the D60. Any suggestions?

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Miami, FL, USA
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Miami, FL, USA
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I did. I even changed the white balance many times, and the exposure compensation, as well as ISO. The colors are just awful. They also change COMPLETELY once I input them in my computer. They go from nearly black to red-ish. I'm going to try to return it soon before my 30 days expire since I did not purchase the warranty.

Thank you anyway! :(
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Try a menu button / info button reset.
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histogram not working in my d5100

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United Arab Emirates
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United Arab Emirates
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Please make sure that Histogram is checked in the D5100 PLAYBACK DISPLAY OPTION menu.
While viewing an image in playback mode, Press the Multi selector UP button on the camera to bring up the information selected in the PLAYBACK DISPLAY OPTION menu.
Press menu button-->Playback Menu-->Playback Display Options.
Check mark HISTOGRAM, highlight DONE and press OK.

You can reset the D5100 back to Nikon default settings by doing the following.
Press the menu button-->Scroll down to shooting menu(camera Icon)-->Reset shooting menu.
Press the menu button-->scroll down to the customer setting menu(Pencil Icon)--Reset customer setting.

If the issue persist. Please contact technical support. Technical support contact information can be found at support.nikonusa.com
Nov 26, 2012 by
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Go to menu then playback menu, (box with right facing arrow) make sure RGB histogram is checked, if not scroll down and tab to check return to menu scroll to done then hit OK
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Will my f8 500mm mirror lens F mount work with D5100 and othe models?

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I have quite a few manual focus Nikkor lens including a 500mm mirror and a 55mm macro. Will they mount for manual focus on the D5100 and other Nikon Digial SLRs and what would the effective focal lengths be ? Thanks.
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Thank you Keith Much appreciated.
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