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
bottom line: easy to use, great images, user-friendly controls and menus - great camera The D5100 is my first dslr, (my first Nikon was a Nikon F) and it is a terrific camera. I appreciate the ease of using the menus and the outside controls, the relative light weight of the body, fast focusing and accurate metering, and no noise at reasonable iso settings. The bottom line is it is capable of producing fabulous images. I use both the kit 18-55 mm lens and the 18-200 VRII lens, but the 18-200 is usually on the camera. I have never felt that I was limited by the quality of either lens or camera, and I have grown a great deal by exploring the potentials of both. I frequently have prints made from cropped images and have no problem going to 11X14". (I suppose I could go larger; I just haven't tried it.)One of the reasons I opted for the D5100, rather than the D7000, was the articulating screen. While I do not shoot video, and can't comment on the D5100's video performance, the screen comes in handy so many times, and not just for low or high angle shots. I find it makes it possible to do street photography without confronting people. I can be facing 90 degrees from the people I am photographing, looking at the screen in live view, with the camera/lens pointing at them. On the negative side, and I consider these minor - negligible at this price point - the viewfinder could should show 100% of the scene, and some weather sealing would be appreciated. But as it is, the D5100 is marvelous example of technology in the service of art. July 19, 2012
I'm Not Disappointed I've had my D5100 for about a month, and I discover something new on it almost everyday. I've been doing photography for over 40 years, and before I retired, I was a wedding photographer for almost 15 years. What comes easily for my 5100, used to be, what I called a difficult shot using medium format equipment. So far, and I see no reason for this to change, the exposures and focus have been right on the money. Don't leave the camera set in "P" mode only. Experiment! That's how you get better. Use the built in flash and see your results. I was really surprised with my first flash shots. Skin tones were true, and there was very little shadow. When I used to shoot weddings, I used a portable, studio location kit. I think I can get the same results with this camera, and one of the Nikon SB flashes. However, things aren't perfect. I don't know what criteria was used to determine how many exposures you could get on fully charged batteries, but I don't even come close. I think Nikon claims around 600 exposures, I'm lucky if I get 80. But, since the pack charges in 90 minutes, it's not too big a deal. What I recommend is buy a spare battery pack. And since these packs are lithium ion, the battery power won't fade in storage like the old ni-cd's. All in all, this camera has been a lot of fun to use. I don't know how many algorithms are in the processor, but there must be a bunch. Because of that, a beginner could start with this camera, and grow into it. Which makes me jealous, because all the different wedding shots I used to work hard for, this camera does with ease. July 19, 2012
Fantastic features, great for practically everything! I have had this camera for about a year now, and I absolutely adore everything about it. The swivel screen is really handy when photographing things at awkward angles, as well as protecting the screen when it isn't in use. The fun features (selective color, miniature, etc.) are fun to play with, and, once you get used to the controls for them, very simple to use. I have young cousins, and they love playing with all of the special effects. The camera does get a bit heavy after carrying it around for a while, but I'm sure that could be fixed by investing in a better strap. July 19, 2012
Best for new photo enthusiasts!! I am a novice in DSLR world and I am still learning how to use this camera to the best of its ability. However Nikon have enough pre-defined modes to take pictures in any possible scenario. I just love the camera and it's ease of use. July 18, 2012
great this is an marvelous camera i bought it but is little complicated to use but has a great result... July 18, 2012
Great Camera... Great Features.. Great Bundle.. So Finally I got my first DSLR and was amazed seeing it... This camera has great features and excellent picture quality.. It offers you a lot more than what you would have anticipated... even if you are a beginner for SLR like me, this camera has different preset modes which we can traverse through and learn different photographic skills. I really loved different effects and scene modes it has.. Nightly Black and white effect is my favourite... Coming to video, this camera can shoot in 1080p HD recording, movie and microphone sound quality is excellent. Also, coolest feature is, we can flap the display screen as per our requirement in movie. I got this camera from Cameta Camera with a complete kit. The bundle is great... it has camera one lens, bag, memory card, cleaning kit and much more.. All in one bag.. cool.. isn't it?.. I had also tried D3100 from one of my friend.. But D5100 has much more thing to offer in addition to D3100 like HD recording, effects/scene modes, flap display screen and much more.. I would definitely recommend this camera to everyone who wants to buy an DSLR.. July 17, 2012
Easy for the family!!!! Allows me great flexibility while allowing my wife and children ease of use. Great quality pictures! Would highly recommend to anyone. Does not have the snob factor or pricetag but produces as good of pictures as cameras costing 3 times as much at the 5X7 size. Save your money on a more expensive body and purchase Nikon lenses instead! July 17, 2012
I was just shocked Forget Canon! If the 3200 is the Malibu then the 5100 is the Rolls Royce. The 7000 may be made of alloy and sport more features, but the 5100 is a thing of beauty. You do need the AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm DX ED to round it off. Only a snob needs the 7000. NUF said. July 17, 2012
In Love with this babe Its pretty nice camera even if it half frame one it gave you a diff taste and diff stage July 16, 2012
Great Step UP I've been a point and shooter for 35 years and finally decided to step up to a digital SLR. Did a LOT of research befor I decided on the D5100. I purchased the 5100 about 3 months ago and am still learning about all of the things that I can do with this camera. Meanwhile I;m getting great photos and movies by setting the dial to auto or one of the scene modes. The function buttons seem to be located where they are easy to find and as I use it more I am able to find most of them without removeing my eye from the VF. Speaking of which the view finder is bright, clear and easy to use with all of the info you need visible. I like the autofocus positions in the VF and the ability to move the point of focus, comes in very handy for those off center subjects. I was concerned about the additional weight of a DSLR vs a P&S but I find this is not a problem for me. I added the Nikon 18-105mm lens to my bag which gives me the extra reach I wanted and only adds 4 or 5 oz. to the unit. Love that lens. I am glad I got this camera and expect to have this one for a long time. July 14, 2012
Ease of use This is my first "real camera" and I'm loving it. I've only had it two weeks, but I love the ease of use. Thank you. July 12, 2012
So far, so good! Plan to take a course with a professional photographer to learn how to get the most out of our D5100.. Probably will get a longer than 200mm telephoto lens. July 11, 2012
Better than My Film SLR Years back had a SLR film camera with several lenses. Then went with the digital basic. Upgraded to a Nikon zoom. It was great, but still not there. Then I purchased the D5100 and two zoom lenses. Wow oh wow what a step up. Better than the old SLR. Great pics are so easy. July 9, 2012
Traveling companion! I recently finished a robust trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon! the Nikon D5100 was a pleasure to use the controls are located for "finger" touch and reach. Love the the LCD screen especially out to the side made the sunset pictures easier to shoot! The "Effects" feature is great!! Can't go wrong with this camera. July 9, 2012
Favorite camera ever!! I bought the D5100 as an upgrade from my D40, and absolutely love it!! July 9, 2012
Perfect I bought this camera because I had a very important event I wanted to capture. I took the camera right out of the box and the ease of use made all of my picture look like I was a professional. I couldn't be more please with the ease of use coupled with state of the art technology. July 8, 2012
I love my Nikon D5100 I am so enjoying using my new Nikon camera. The photos are clear and crisp, the camera has so many fun features on it also. So it's just great fun and my picture taking has gone to a whole new level. I'm just delighted with my new camera. July 8, 2012
Easy to use...great overall camera I moved up from a Sony Alpha a100 DSLR and I couldn't be happier! Intuitive controls, takes awesome photo's even with "kit" glass. Video function is good. July 7, 2012
wedding photographer I have always used Nikon camera so I only expect the best. I have to say my new D5100 Nikon is so amazing. There is so much I can do with this camera that I find something new every time I use it. Thank you Nikon for not letting me down. I highly recommend this camera for anyone who loves to take pictures. I am a professional photographer and I love this camera. July 7, 2012
EXCELLENT DSLR Although I am not an expert photographer, I believe that the D5100 is so well engineered with all of it's versatile functions and controls, it could create excellent, professional like photos for the average person. I like to take pictures of the night starry sky utilizing the infrared remote control function and the D5100 is superb. Also, the D5100 feels solid with great hand feel. I am very well pleased and the sale price made this purchase even more pleasing. I expect the D5100 to last and satisfy me for many years. July 6, 2012
awesome camera ever i luv my litlle thing i luv this cam i would recommend the begginers to buy this cam July 6, 2012
Great camera for a beginner I went from using a PowerShot digital camera to the Nikon D5100 and was amazed at the difference. I truly love the interchangable lenses and the flip window to look at my pictures anytime I want. The auto focus is wonderful but I use the manual just as often in order to get the different pictures that I desire. I also like how fast the camera is compared to my other camera. I can take about 4 pictures per second and get my children in action shots that I could not do with my other camera. I was amazed at how easy it was to switch and cannot believe that I did not make the switch sooner. July 6, 2012
Very Happy I am very happy with my new D5100 its is great with unlimited possiblities July 3, 2012
Great camera! Bought for a vacation to the Grand Canyon & Las Vegas, the pictures are awesome! I'm a beginner & have a lot to learn, but it was easy to get started with. Look forward to taking more pictures. July 3, 2012
great camera I went from the d-40 to the d-5100 the 5100 is great with the 50-300 lens July 3, 2012
Bring It I only recently purchased the D5100 and I bring it everywhere I can so that I become accustomed to its features and practice what it offers. I probably erase 20-30 or more shots for any that I keep around because there's no waste but the photons. It provides wonderful depth of field and I don't even know what that means. Actually, what I mean to say is that I'm just an amateur who "thinks in images," and this camera is rapidly becoming an extension of my consciousness (while making me look good as a photographer....). If that includes good depth of field, so be it. July 3, 2012
Love it! My husband gave this to me as an early birthday gift and it's fantastic! We took it on our family vacation to south Florida and it truly made the vacation better. I'm still learning how to use all the fancy functions, but even on auto it takes the most beautiful pictures and videos. I'm very pleased with it and can't wait to learn more! July 3, 2012
I absolutely enjoy my Nikon D5100! Its very user friendly and has so many really cool features! Recommend to any and everyone! July 3, 2012
love it 's great it's the best camera we ever had it's very easy to use . July 2, 2012
Easy to use for first time D-SLR camera I just recently did a major upgrade of cameras in order to take my daughters senior pictures. We upgraded from camera phones to the D5100. Huge jump in capability and features. We bought a package deal that came with an extra lense (55mm to 300mm zoom lense). After going through the user manual and a video that was provided with the camera package we were off shooting pictures around the house to learn some basic uses of the camera. After a week we took it to some local gardens and shows and took amzing picturs of butterflies and flowers. We even went to a Chines Lantern event where we just set the camera to on of the city night scenes and we were off creating more great pictures. The software provided with the camera was very sufficient in manipulating the images and categorizing them. Looking forward to capturing some great senior pictures of our daughter and future memories. July 1, 2012
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