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.

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continues to amaze The D5100 is an amazing camera. I love the incredibly bright articulating screen, and use it for still photography, not video. The camera is incredibly responsive and well designed, and the performance could not be better. I've been using it with the 18-200mm VR II lens, and the combination is great. The camera is light weight, focuses instantly, and the photos are sharp and nicely saturated. I can't believe all the in-camera adjustments, including the perspective (vertical and horizontal) and distortion (barrel through pincushion). The low light performance is superb. The battery lasts a very long time. For anything short of a trip to Afghanistan (unlikely) this is the camera for me, and the combination with the 18-200 Nikkor seems an unbeatable combination. June 19, 2011
I love this Camera I have had it for about 3 weeks and it has not let me down. I am still working my way through all the settings but Im getting there. Would and do recommend this to anyone looking for more out of a camera. June 18, 2011
I had been looking at the D5000 for almost a year but was hesitant to buy. When I read the specs on the D5100, I did not hesitate. Great system! I am looking forward to exploring all the features. June 16, 2011
Excellent for Beginner's to SLR World I've been taking photos for more than 50 years, since I got my first Brownie. This camera has some wonderful features that make it easy for anyone to get started. Not quite a professional piece of equipment,but well worth the money. June 15, 2011
absolutely amazing i am not new to photograph, but i am new to DSLR cameras. but i can say the d5100 takes amaing pictures and video. the modes and effects you can choose from are awesome as well. actually since i bought it. i havent really set it down. i just want to keep taking pictures with it. great great great camera! June 15, 2011
Fantabulous I was ready to get back into SLR photography and was looking at the Coolpix P500. I decided I wanted a true SLR w/ interchangeable lenses. After researching -I choose the D 5100 over the competion. This is a great SLR with great features for someone getting back into SLR photography- easy to use camera with easy to use features. For the money- this camera delivers in picture quality and value- Thanx Nikon June 15, 2011
Amazing Camera This was my very first SLR camera and it is amazing. The settings are very simple and it is very easy to use. The effects and scenes on this camera is great too. The image quality is really good. The flipping screen is very easy to use. I just love everything about this camera. I highly recommend this camera. June 11, 2011
Excellent camera As a brand new owner of a DSLR and new to the Nikon family, I am truly impressed. We bought this camera to capture those precious moments of our newborn daughter which is our first and the images coming from this thing is legendary and why oh why have I not done this before. I do plan on purchasing a speedlight flash real soon and a telephoto lens and that may be all I need until I get better at photography. Any advice that can come my way would be great. Thanks for building a solid product. June 9, 2011
I've been waiting I've been taking pictures forever (since my first brownie box camera in the 1950's). I wish I could call myself a photographer, but I'm not. This D5100 though, has moved me closer to that goal than I've been in 60 years. User friendly to the MAX; intuitive, yet compliant if I want to override auto or default settings. With this and a few lenses, I've really rediscovered the potential within me. Nice job, Nikon! June 7, 2011
Camera of my dreams I just purchased the D5100 and couldn’t be happier. I’m a casual family photographer moving from an Olympus C5060 which as far as point and shoots go is quite sophisticated (has full manual settings on A, S, and ISO), but I wasn’t sure if I wanted the D7000 or the D5100. In the end I decided I really wasn’t anything more than a person taking pictures of my kids, so I went with the D5100. What a great decision! The D5100 offers crisp focus, amazing low light performance, and almost no shutter lag; I can’t believe how much I was missing with my old camera! I also purchased the 55-200mm VR lens and this has given me 6X magnification, 3 times better than my old camera and perfect for kids sporting events. The VR function is really quite impressive; I have seen no blurriness, even in low light. I also like that in Auto mode it recognizes what type of picture you are taking (portrait, landscape, etc…) and uses the appropriate settings. I really wanted a camera that does well in low light, has a high continuous release mode, a good battery and autofocus during video. The D5100 does all this wonderfully and at a considerable cost savings vs. the D7000 or any other camera for that matter (Canon 60D, Sony A55, etc…) with comparable performance. I would highly recommend this camera to anyone; Nikon has really hit a home run with this new model. June 7, 2011
First DSLR I've never used a DSLR before. I charged the battery, tossed in a card from my coolpix camera, and started shooting pictures just for fun. I shot maybe 20 pictures and only one was really blurred. Considering I have the least steady hands of anyone this is huge. All the pictures looked great even though I had no clue what I was doing. Even when I took pictures of my girl friend standing in the barn while I was out in the sun the pictures turned out good. Normally the darkness in the barn would have swallowed up most of the detail and I would have had to use photoshop to see anything in there. These looked great without any need to do anything. Over all the camera is fairly light and very quick to use. There is simply nothing wrong with this camera and the stock lenses the kit came with. Hopefully one day I know what I'm doing and get some really great pics. June 7, 2011
GREAT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY! This Camera Is Excellent Quality And Great To Have With AWESOME Effects & Good Shooting Modes & Qualities! This Is Also Not As Heavy As Others & A Great Camera To Learn About Photography With. June 6, 2011
This product was worth the purchase. I highly recommend. June 4, 2011
More then amazing I will keep this simple, the Nikon D5100 is the best camera you can buy for the money, period. June 3, 2011
It is great camera. I am very much an beginner. This camera makes me shine. May 31, 2011
Great Camera I presently have a D300 and too many lenese. We are planing a three week trip ouit west and I did not want to carry a lot of stuff. The D5100 fits the bill. I am impresed with the photo quality and the size and weight of the D5100. I am planing to take the D5100 and the following Nikkor lenses. 12-24 35 F1.8 and the 18-200 which all fit well in a light weight camera bag. May 31, 2011
Awesome camera! I am an avid amateur photographer, graduating from old film Nikons, to digital to the 5100. I love the fact that some of my older AF lenses still work with the 5100. I just got this delivered on 3/27 so I have just had a weekend with it, but so far it has been excellent. It has the typical Nikon lens quality, with the added features of the 5100. I considered the 3100 and the 7100. I felt the 3100 was more of an "entry level" camera and could not justify the 7100 with my needs, an everyday camera that has video capabilities. The image quality is sharp and clear, Image capture is fast and shooting sports and moving objects should be easy. The size is noticeably smaller than my D70 and weight is definitely lighter. The LCD display is sharp and bright and the ability to swivel and move is useful. This is worth the price! May 31, 2011
Great camera The controls that had been left of the screen have been moved to the right of the screen and now fall naturally to hand. The swivel screen means I don't have to bend over to take perspective shots close to the ground. This is a great evolution in the line of Nikon digital cameras. May 31, 2011
Great value, probably the best entry-level DSLR After lots of thinking and research, I chose this model of Nikon over the Canon T2i / D550. The body felt better than Canon, and I had heard that this DSLR is also superior to the T2i in terms of picture quality. One thing to complain is that this DSLR doesnt have an in-built autofocus motor, which means that you can use AF only with lenses that have an AF motor, particularly the DX lenses work best with the D5100 Also, Full HD shooting at low light isn't really spectacular, but when lighting is good, HD video quality is great, almost as good as Canon 550d, if not the same. Canon would be a better choice only if video recording is your one and only concern, but if so why are you getting a DSLR at the first place anyway? Get a camcorder if recording is your main purpose... I really have nothing else to criticize, picture quality is truly amazing, 3 inch flip-out screen is gorgeous and vivid, noise levels are good, battery life is good Overall I am very very pleased with it, I absolutely have no regrets choosing the D5100 over Canon T2i. Infact, I can still return it and get the T2i instead, but I really don't want to :) May 30, 2011
Easy to use, lot's of features 10+ years ago, I shot medium format doing weddings and portraits. That was back in the days of film. This camera does everything and more that my medium format camera did. The lenses are sharp and image quality is superb. I have no desire to shoot professionally any longer and with this camera, I could do just that but, I want better candid's from vacations and travel. I'm sure this will live up to my expectations May 30, 2011
Great product I bought this camera as my first DSLR camera. I choose this over the cannon rebel t2i, t3i and the nikon D3100 and the D5000. So far I am very pleased on the quality of the pictures that it takes. The functions are easy to navigate through. I have taken just under 1,000 pictures and am very pleased with the camera all together. The only thing I would like more control of is the shutter speed but that might be on the optional remote control that I do not have. May 29, 2011
Love the size, weight and ease of use. Instruction manual easy to follow. Digitutor online is well done and useful. I am really enjoying the Effects and Scene help. May 28, 2011
This camera is a MUST HAVE! We have searched for awhile to get the right camera for our family. We have numerouse point and shoot cameras and wanted an upgrade with all the bells and whistles...we FOUND IT!!! D5100 is an amazing camera! Picture Color is spot on, if not better....very easy to use....having a ball with the effects mode! We are SO happy with this camera! Go out and buy one now!!! You will have NO REGRETS!!! Good work (again) Nikon!!! May 25, 2011
Excellent Camera Relay a great camera for starters and even for professionals. Nothing wrong with this camera, great pictures. I relay love this cam. May 25, 2011
amazing image quality This is an incredible camera. Why? Because the image quality that this reasonably priced camera can turn out is simply amazing. Photos like this camera can produce would have cost thousands in equipment just a couple years ago. Great dynamic range, beautiful colors, all in a small, easy, and fun to use package. And did I mention the reasonable price. And throw in terrific video capability, it's an absolute steal. Bravo Nikon. May 24, 2011
Great lightweight/compact DSLR Despite the fact my first D5100 had a defect, I'm very impressed with it (my replacement camera is due to arrive today). Image quality is a step up from the D3100 which I also currently own. The articulating screen is a godsend for taking pictures from either low or high angles and the resolution of that LCD is great. It is visible in broad daylight. The HDR feature isn't something that one should expect miracles from, but it DOES improve images taken under extremely contrasty lighting. One must be careful not to move between HDR exposures, of course, as the camera has to merge images together to create a single HDR photo file. I'm not thrilled with Nikon's decision to replace the drive lever with the Live View lever, but that design choice isn't a deal-breaker for me. The fact that the D5100 has bracketing (which the 3100 lacks) is one of the reasons I've upgraded. One can also use as wireless remote that the 3100 can't utilize. The pentamirror viewfinder doesn't provide a very large view for critical focus, but with careful adjustment of the diopter setting, I can fairly well discern proper focus in good lighting conditions. A large VF image would be most welcome, but it is what it is--it's not a top of the line DSLR. A pentaprism would increase bulk, weight, and cost. Menus take quite some time getting used to. I thought owning a D3100 for a few months would have given me more insight as to where things would be on the menu structure of the D5100, but I must say there are so many options on the latter that there's a steep learning curve. Anyone wanting to shoot an important event should spend some time learning the ins and outs of the menus prior to the event, as there is only one customizable Fn button to assign a function. There is also a "My Menu" option, for placing one's favorite actions all in one place, but sadly it doesn't allow for the placing of certain functions. Exposure delay of one second is useful as a replacement for the non existent "mirror up" feature. Shutter lag, while not "world class", is decent. Having all (but one) of the buttons on the right side of the LCD has not been the hassle that I expected it to be. I got used to the placement quite quickly, coming from the more "balanced" layout of buttons on the D3100. I am NOT worried about the Delete button being "too close" to other buttons as some reviewers have complained. I'd recommend this camera to anyone wanting a Nikon DSLR in the DX format, that doesn't want to carry one of their heavier cameras (ala the 7000) around. The 5100 has the very same 16.2 MP sensor as the 7000. May 24, 2011
amazing! My first Nikon was a Coolpix so when I wanted to upgrade into something more professional I was absolutely set on the D7000 for a few months and then when the D5100 came out I compared the 2 cameras to find that at hundreds of dollars less, the D5100 compared quite close to the D7000. When I received my camera in the mail I was instantly amazed by its abilities. It's my first DSLR and I'm so extremely happy about this purchase and really excited to use it all the time! It's definitely worth the price and perfect for a beginner and probably really good for a professional too. May 23, 2011
Great camera. Everyone comments on the wonderful photos I have been taking. May 23, 2011
One of the best cameras I have ever owned. The Continuous shooting is nice, and for not a bad price. Cant see a thing wrong with this camera, other than I wish the screen were bigger. May 22, 2011
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