Nikon D5100 review

16.2 megapixels, articulated screen, fun Special Effects modes and intuitive controls

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The Nikon D5100 has an HDR mode that can be activated when it's set to record JPEG files. In this mode the D5100 takes two images with different exposures in quick succession and merges them into one image with more shadow and highlight detail. The exposure differential can be set manually to 1, 2 or 3EV. Alternatively the D5100 can be set to decide the exposure difference automatically.

Although there is some haloing visible around high contrast edges, it's good to see that the HDR effect is fairly subtle. It could prove useful.

HDR off

HDR off (Click here to see the full resolution image)

HDR set to 3ev

3EV HDR (Click here to see the full resolution image)

HDR auto

Auto HDR (Click here to see the full resolution image)

HDR off at 0 7 ev

HDR off and exposure compensation set to -0.7EV (Click here to see the full resolution image)

HDR 3ev and exposure compensation set to 0 7ev

HDR 3EV and exposure compensation set to -0.7EV (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesLive View, Continuous Shooting Mode, Manual White Balance, Aperture Priority
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)510 g
Image Sensor Size23.60 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4928 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height97 mm
Width128 mm
Depth79 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD5100
Product NameD5100 Digital SLR Camera
Exposure Control
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter Priority Auto (S)
  • Aperture Priority Auto (A)
  • Manual (M)
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA310AE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The D5100 is a high-performance D-SLR designed to stimulate your creative side and help you create still images and movies like no other.

The swing-out vari-angle monitor combines with the camera's D-movie function to enable unique shots from any angle. Still images or movies can be shot using a special effect to add a sense of magic.

Package Contents
  • D5100 Digital SLR Camera
  • EN-EL14 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery (with Terminal Cover)
  • MH-24 Battery Charger
  • AN-DC3 Strap
  • EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • DK-20 Rubber Eyecup
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • Software CD
  • User's Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year