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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D5100 4.6 5 737 737
Great Buy! Building my photography business using this camera and honestly love it! Great price, great product. November 16, 2011
Great Product Overall. First of all, let me say that this was worth every penny! I moved on from a fixed lens camera, the Sony DSC-F828, which I found to be really handy but slow and had aberration littering all of the pictures. Pros: This camera has amazing features, and is really user-friendly for those of us just entering photography as beginners/amateurs with peaking interest. It was a helpful info button that lets you know what's going on. Also, the interface is nice in that it gives you a visual of what's going on in your camera [e.g. the camera's aperture/f-stop changing]. Also, for the artsy fartsy crowd, it has cool effects and loads of scene's you can choose from. Oh, and the HDR feature is really quirky and makes for interesting pictures with less post-capture editing. Cons: My only qualm with this camera is that the white balance can be off in indoors lighting, and the Preset doesn't always work that well. In dim Fluorescent lighting such as in classrooms/lecture halls [I'm a student], the white balance gets a bit confused and pictures come out dull and bluish - in sunlight though, it does an amazing job. The Bottom Line: As a student, I love this camera and found it to be an amazing upgrade from my last camera; it works really well and is really quick and has cool effects for the amateurs, but it lacks in the white balance category. November 16, 2011
So far, very excited with my Nikon D5100 I've always wanted to be a photographer, my dream, but life took me other areas. Always been the family photographer, drive the grandkids crazy, pose here & there and everywhere. Now I have this wonderful camera, have been reviewing the Video and learning bit by bit what this camera can do, WOW, so far have been very very happy with the sharp, natural, vibrant colors, the more I read and learn the more I know I can enhance the Family Portraits and the Landscape photo's I love to take. My sweetface husband and I travel alot and I love to capture what we see and share with love ones. I am sooooo happy I purchased this camera because I am seeing results from pictures I had never seen before from a "Not" professional photographer like me. LOVE NIKON!!!! Highly recommend this camera!!! November 15, 2011
Everything I expected............. I hesitated to go digital after the many years of film photography. Now that all of my favorite films are gone I decided its time. I am very glad that I did. The pictures I have taken with my D5100 are outstanding and the camera is very user friendly. Now I'm wondering why I waited so long. November 11, 2011
Ah-mazing! My parents just recently bought me this camera for my 16 birthday and i love it! it takes beautiful pictures and the picture below i took with a 70-300 mm Sigma lense. I never leave my house without my camera! November 11, 2011
great camera i have watched hours revies for this camera and it looks amazing i am going to buy it tonight November 10, 2011
1st DSLR - Awesome It was between a bridge super-zoom and DSLR and i'm glad i picked up this camera. I bought the 18-55 VR kit with 55-300 telephoto zoom and it's awesome. I'm mostly starting shooting in Auto Mode, but will everntually experiment with rest of options. Camera has a great feel to it & pictures come out looking sharp. November 10, 2011
Great product with a little quirk I have used this camera for two weeks and find it to be a wonderful camera suitable to meet needs of any photo enthusiast. HDR, tilted screen, ADL are great and so is the picture quality. Found noise upto ISO 1600 to be acceptable. Auto ISO does work differently in newer Nikon models like D3100,D5100 and D7000 so in comparison to D40 or D90 this one will push ISO higher than expectations to balance background. November 9, 2011
Awesomest (That was my 6 years old comment) Easy to use. Great pictures. I feel like i'm a professional photographer. My team action shots are amazing. November 8, 2011
geat features Love everything about this camera EXCEPT still having trouble figuring out selective color!! November 8, 2011
Plenty of Bang for the Buck Had for 1 week. Love it! Easy enough for a beginner but has the quality and options to satisfy a Pro. November 8, 2011
does the job well Got this plus two good plastic lenses (18-55; 55-200) for the price of a D7000 body. Can't beat it: same guts as the D7000 for $300 less. Articulating screen is handy when working on a tripod or shooting video (I don't, but it's supposed to do that well, too). My only gripe: I often find myself digging through menus and wishing there were more buttons on the body for adjusting settings. The D5100 is, regardless, an excellent camera. Have no doubts about buying one. November 6, 2011
The Nikon 5100 camera is verything perfect The Nikon 5100 camera is lightweight, full of powerful advance features and yet easy to use. Most functional keys and switches are within hand’s grip. This camera is everything perfect for a beginner like me November 5, 2011
great camera easy to learn i have had this camera for just over 1 week and have been able to take great pictures right from the start, it is very easy to use and the menu's are well laid out November 2, 2011
Incredible This camera has many uses. With a 16.9 megapixels, you can take pictures that are more than perfect to any taste. The video is a plus, the 1080p resolution can give any video the boost it needs to get great ratings. I filmed some skate videos on this thing and the tilt-shift screen adds flexibility to any angle you want to shoot. November 2, 2011
Worthwhile upgrade from my trusty D40x A fantastic camera, waited for it to upgrade from my trusty D40x...the one thing I hated the most was the 3 point autofocus, and the D5100 really solves that issue.Feel and build quality are excellent, articulated LCD a nice touch, (if you use live view)..and the 55-300mmVR kit lens is the perfect upgrade from the 55-200mmVR that wasn't quite long enough in most situations..LOVE the, grip, overall feel, shutter sound..and top it off with the Costco $949 deal (18-55mmVR, 55-300mmVR, case, Dvd's, etc.)..highly recommended. November 1, 2011
The 5100 has everything you need for great pics. This camera with an 18-200 lens is the perfect walk around camera. It is a good compliment camera to my D300s. November 1, 2011
This is superlative I have had a D200, a D300 and a D90. This camera has all of them beat in every aspect . What a great camera. Destined to be a classic. November 1, 2011
Only had my new D5100 for about 2 weeks. Since our weather here in the Pacific NW has been somewhat less than condusive to my type of photography, I haven't had much opportunity. But...have taken it out a couple times & got some super sensational pictures. I particularly like the way the auto focus zeros in on the subject & forgets about the background. I've shot another brand for close to 30 years & have never had that confidence that my close-ups were going to be what I was actually seeing. November 1, 2011
Does everything without even thinking about it Just picked it up for the holiday season. Had all the things I was looking for after shooting film for years with my F, FA, F3, and a few other point and shoot digitals. Halloween first on the list with some action and lighting queues to deal with. Had the camera for just two days and was able to get amazing shots in the low lights with moving 3.5year old and 16 month old mostly on auto settings. Unbelievable shots without the flash. Couldn't be happier after years of film and no such thing as auto focus or auto iso. Makes even a novice look good. November 1, 2011
It's overall features & capabilties r outstanding Although I am just new to DSLR photography but i have understood one thing for sure... that the world's best camera is a gifted one i.e. our eyes and nothing can match against its abilities. Still this camera has lots of potential and if used properly and according to the concepts of photography, then it can yield mesmerizing photographs. Its still and video are both extraordinary. Last not the Least, practice makes perfect. So, hope this could be helpful to all. October 30, 2011
operation ease of operation is great. love the features on the camere.. good buy for the money. October 27, 2011
Great camera with easy to use features I usually don;t waste my time on these reviews unless I have something to warn people about. I have nothing negative, however to say about my new D5100. In any of the auto modes it is as easy to use as a point and click and takes fabulous photos. Although I have had this camera less then 2 months (I am not an accomplished photographer but I do know how to frame and compose) the features required little teaching. I found by reading the manual and watching the DVD included in my package that everything was relatively easy and somewhat intuitive. I highly recommend this camera to anyone interested in taking more then the usual "point and click" quality photos and have, in fact, already bought another one for my son to use for photographing our soon to be new grandchild...... October 25, 2011
Early Review So far everything is as advertised. The Video is a lot of help. Worth watching several times to get it down. October 25, 2011
Enjoying the product I am getting back into photography after many years. I love the possibilities of this camera. Simply as a point and shoot but can be put into manual mode and played with to your heart's content. I was taken back on the prices of lenses, but the range you now find compared to the pre-digital age is amazing. I have 3 lenses and range from 18mm to 500mm, couldn't have done that 30 years ago. Nikon has my vote all around! October 25, 2011
Great for beginners This is my first dslr camera and I absolutely love it. It is easy to use and produces high quality images. I'd recommend this to anyone wishing to use this for recreational purposes, but as it does produce excellent photos, I'm sure someone wishing to use it for professional photography would also have great success. October 19, 2011
great features Great camara for the price! Had it for 3 weeks now and could not be happier with it. October 19, 2011
A great upgrade/ A good place to start Weather your updating from an older Nikon like I did (D50), or just starting out, this is a fantastic camera. I had mine a month now and love it. My favorite feature is the articulating screen with live view. It opens so many possibilities of positions to take a photo from, that would have been nearly impossible otherwise. Another thing I like is how intuitive the controls are. The menus are clear and easy to follow, and the on screen info is large enough to read without reading glasses.(I'm older) I like how you can jump to a commonly changed setting by hitting the "info" button with your right thumb and scroll down to the item. wa-lah. I haven't tried the video yet so I can't report on that. The only negative I have found is that the pad button has a cheap feel to it. My D50 was also made of plastic yet it held up to alot of abuse. So I would assume that that would be true with the D5100 as well. I highly recommend this camera. October 18, 2011
I love my D5100. I love my D5100. Good Image Quality and features for the money. But if you want a great camera, this is one of them. This camera blows the competition away! October 18, 2011
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