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I bought this camera about 5 months ago with the 18-55mm Nikon VR lens which is fantastic. This camera is brilliant for people like me who are new to photography. I was able to pick it up and take some snaps straight away. The flip out screen allows you to take shots from any angle! There are however some downsides to this camera. Firstly when using the film mode I find that it takes a long time to focus on what your pointing at. I find that this is also the case when using the LCD screen instead of the eye piece. I do however recommend this camera to those who just want a pick up and shoot camera which delivers outstanding quality for money. Although as the Nikon D5100 doesn't have a built in focusing motor you will have to invest in some slightly more expensive lenses with built in motors.
I've had this camera now for quite a while i bought the 18mm - 55mm is great for beginner photogaphers who take photographs of landscape and maybe flowers and some scenery or mountains. it takes amazing photos, but it can freeze up in cold climates there only made for climates of -3°C so be careful. This camera has a few different modes like the automatic mode, the non flash mode, the sports mode(faster shutter release), and a scenery mode and many more. This camera also is able to take high quality videos, and on the menu button you can choose what video settings you want going from 480p to 1280p. it also has a flipping screen if you was taking a photo of yourself you can spin the screen around so you can see yourself whilst taking the photo, this camera is very reliable very easy to take photographs of virtually anything but i would recommend getting some more lenses for different styles of photography do some research on the lenses before you buy.
I bought this camera in the summer of 2011 and have been using it for the past 8 months I purchased it with the 18-55mm kit lens which is only good for shooting general things on a daily basis if you want a better more creative look on things go for the 55-300mm zoom lens if you like getting close to wildlife and distant objects go for this lens if you are only into a street type photographer go for the 35mm 1.8 prime lens which works well in low light situations.
Now onto the camera i start by saying i was blown away with what Nikon have done to give the camera a very high standard of overall picture quality compared to recent camera models e.g canon 600d with an array of picture effects including a type of filter only letting one type of colour through. I love the ability to use the manual focus ring and zoom ring easy to do in your hands.
The shutter is very responsive and can catch any candid moment easily with continuous shooting mode at 4fps which is decent it suits any basic shooter well unless you are into sports photography.
The mode dial is simple and features a variety of scene modes with an auto mode and manual,shutter and aperture dedicated mode which for a photographer with a goodish knowledge of the field these modes are useful in most situations and are worth having. Don`t worry about low light image quality professional quality is here on offer.
For any video enthusiasts there is a hot shoe for a flash and a key external mike with full 1080p available the best basically you are kitted out. The 3` rear LCD screen with 921k dots is enough for anyone who likes to look back on there pictures in camera buttons such as the menu are easy to access and I believe Nikon provide the best, most user friendly and clear menu system around. Oh and to round off the autofocus is one of the best out there with the camera being able to focus in a small amount of time.
If I was in your position looking for not a professional but a high end DSLR this is the model for you it is better that the 600d anyway but ask any canon fan though they are so stubborn.
I could not find a fault worth mentioning in this review bar only that it only does 4fps if you like sport you have to look at a Sony alpha SLT model with lightning fast autofocus.
May do a review of that soon so check back soon.
Hope you like the review thanks for reading!
Good points: At first my impression was it i smaller than the D5000 which I had used before. More compact body and some creative new effects introduced. The new night vision allows the camera to take extremely low light photography.It has a thinner TFT with excellent resolution. Built in HDR mode is an excellent feature as well. Easy to access live viewing mode using the auto returning lever. Auto rotate displays when held vertically.The lithium battery impressed me, almost 500 shots I took in first go while using the live view mode in quite a lot of time.
Bad points:In the creative effect mode it does not support RAW file mode, only jpeg. Getting into the option menu is a bit complicated.Focusing speed little slow and shutter response is bit slow in live watch mode.
But my overall impression is good, worth the money. I am specially impressed with the night vision and increase area of rubber grip, higher resolution sensor and HDR mode.
I just bought my son the Nikon D5100 for an xmas present. He hasn't put it down literally. it does everything it says on the advert & more. The photos always come out brilliantly & the focus & quality is second to none. My son especially likes the special effects it does, such as the colour coding of pictures etc.It is so easy to use & in my opinion is very good value for money. Although it only does a couple of extra things than the D3100, the extra cost is well worth it. The only bad point we have is the lens cap comes off easily & if your walking around with you could lose it easily as we did last weekend. It is not always accessable to carry it in a bag as when you want to use randomly you need it to hand quickly to capture off the cuff pictures. Also another benefit is you don't have to use recommended Nikon extra accessories, you can buy other makes that do fit, such as a fish eye lens we purchased at about half the price. I would give this camera 10 out of 10 definately & is by far the best xmas gift we have ever bought our son & hopefully it will last him for many years to come.
I spent a few weeks looking at the d7000, but I was scared of some of the reported problems with dead pixels and too much exposure. Also, the d7000 might be too much for someone like me. I know how to make pictures in manual mode, but I don't always need to. Sometimes the scene modes are enough for me when I'm trying to make shoots. I just wanted to take great pictures and I wanted a great camera with low-light possibilities.
The d5100 turned out to be precisely what I wanted. Don't underestimate the abilities of the articulating screen. Its really great for taking pictures of yourself, or pictures of you and your friends. I have used that particular feature a lot more than I thought I would, and this makes this camera much better than the d7000 for me. The d5100 is also has a lot less weight, and I appreciate some of the funny features that it has. No overexposure or metering issues in very sunny days and the same low-light performance of the d5100 makes it great for me.
Something else is that the battery life of the d5100 is great. I thought it would not last long, especially when the d7000 gets almost twice as many shots as the d5100 on the included battery. But as long as you charge the battery every other day, you should be fine.
The Nikon D5100 is my first DLSR camera that I've owned. I have previously used a Canon for a short photography project I enrolled into several years ago which led me to the purchase of this one. For the purpose of the review, I will not be posting any specs, these can easily be found on the official Nikon website; instead I will write about my experience purchasing, and using the camera.
I have always been a Nikon person though I have nothing against Canon. I just prefer Nikon and the results of Nikon cameras appeal to me. My photography mentor from the project I did suggested the D5000 or the D40. So inevitably, I started my search looking for beginner to mid-range Nikon bodies starting with those two suggested models.
Having read through several review websites for these cameras, I then noticed the D5100 being a recent release from Nikon and being an improvement on the D5000. In this way, I was pretty much set on getting this, and it was a case of then finding the cheapest deal!
I wanted a mid-range camera that gives good results, yet help me develop my skills as I learn to use it. I don't want to keep changing the body but wish to upgrade the lens as I get better.
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The camera is medium sized and isn't too bulky. When holding, the lens does not tip forward due to weight. The screen is hinged and can swivel, allowing you to take pictures at a wide range of angles, and even of yourself and your mates!
Most of the buttons are found on the top and the back of the body and they are mostly self explanatory. The arrow keys, OK, playback buttons are all well labelled for the true beginner.
Once the battery has been charged (takes 2-3 hours), the camera lasts roughly two days of casual photo-taking. On my trip to Amsterdam, I used the camera most of the day and it lasted for about two days.
Whilst I am still experimenting with most of the features, I can comfortably take photos using the Auto, Auto no-flash, S (shutter), P (program) and a few of the EFFECTS functions. Whilst I understand the basics of the M (manual) setting, I am rather slow at getting it set up for one shot, and by that time, the subject may have well gone, the event over...
The camera also focuses very well (due to it's 11 point focus system) and rarely focuses on the wrong object. Even if it does, you can always manually focus it in a few seconds to get that perfect shot.
I love the large colour screen which displays your picture in stunning colours and you can even do some editing on the device, which includes perspective control, distortions, colours, cropping and even add effects such as fish eye, filters and more.
This camera is rather good at taking everything you would've set in M and produce it in the AUTO function, with little difference. With a little post editing on the computer of those shots taken with AUTO, you can get a flawless picture. This could be a disadvantage as it discourages the use of the Manual setting and people become dependent on Auto.
I have had the camera for several months now and have tried both video and photo functions. The photos turn out spectacularly and I have no complaints about quality. The only issue I have is that the lens I already find slightly limiting, and should perhaps upgrade to the 18-108 version that my friend has and I tried using and is more broad.
The video is also very clear both visually and sound wise. The only issue I have is the format which it records in causing issues when editing- I have had to convert the file into another format before it would successfully import. Though I'm sure this is due to my editing software as much as the device and the format.
I bought the Nikon D5100 with 18-55 lens kit in September on SimplyElectronics.net for £579.95 with a £50 Nikon cash back including two year basic warranty.
The Nikon D5100 is a beautiful camera with great features which is suitable even for someone who has never used a DSLR before. It offers great image quality and ease of use, combined, makes it good for someone to get into photography and to potentially help them improve their skills. For me, I already feel the lens is a bit restricting so will definitely be on the lookout for a better lens kit.
If you want to see the results I have taken with the camera, please send me an inbox message and I will link you to the photos I've taken in Amsterdam. Alternatively, you can find them on my blog, the link of which could be found on my profile.
If you are an owner of Nikon products or an experienced photographer who has any tips or advice to give me about using this camera, upgrades or photography in general I would be happy to learn!
I love this camera so much. It has small body but its features are as many as any other bigger professional cameras.
Nikon D5100 is equipped with high definition video record and external microphone. And beside its super clear 16,2 megapixel, it also comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range) Processor that embedded and integrated with Shutter Release Button. With this embedded HDR technology, I can always turn my photos into a better quality in an ease.
I like to doing some experiments with this camera, since it has four tremendous special effects. My favorite effect is the Favorite Special Effects Selected Color one. I can select up to three color at a time then any other colors out of those three would appear in black and white.
Overall, Nikon D5100 is a marvelous camera. Some digital tricks that normally can be done in third party software are already planted in it. For me, it's a recommended one.
At last a camera to beat all cameras.
Admittedly the price tag is rather higher than I would want to pay, but there is truth in the sentance "You get what you pay for" and you do get a lot.
Sleek and stylish - a very professional looking and feeling piece of kit.A good variety of function settings and the image quality is excellent.
One interesting fact I had to remedy was to fix the lense cap with a piece of string, as easily lost.
The fact that is has a lot of functions is made easier to use by a simple way to access features.
Great as a camera, probably wouldn't be for a professional wedding video as you would need a separate microphone and seems to be difficult to hold and steady, although a tripod would sort out half the problem.
Picture quality excellent and worth the money in my opinion
This was a gift from my parents for my 18th birthday, it turns out, it's the best gift I have ever had from them. It is easy to get know how to use it with clear instructions. I have found this camera particularly useful when doing portraits of both children and adults and also sports photography. The only downside I have discovered so far with this camera is the loose lens cap-with no binding attached, it's easy to lose. Apart from this I have taken some beautiful photos with this good sized, easy-to-use and decent looking camera. Nikon have plenty of accessories that are a reasonably priced and are universal. I think this price is very fair for the quality of this product. Admittedly accessories can add up, but I believe that they are really worth it to get fantastic results. Enjoy the memories this camera will enable you to make and keep.
I purchased the D5100 as my first DSLR. I desired a camera that took great photos and was simple to understand.This camera completely blends both equally my beginner camcorder and DSLR requires into a person. It is rather like a head-on collision between the current D7000 and D3100 models.It undoubtedly put a smile on every photographer's face along with its excellent image quality and function set.
It adds a total vari-angle LCD screen and new Effects modes to Nikon's DSLR fold. Excellent photo quality with a good noise profile, a streamlined shooting design for both photo and video. I am totally satified by using its functions and have nothing bad to point out about this camera.
I was impressed with ease of use, picture clarity and AWESOME results. I personally love it, fits snug in my hands, takes great shots with lovely depth and detail.Totally worth the price difference between this and the Nikon d3100.
I've used the D90 for a few years and decided to treat myself to a new camera. I like to test a camera for at least a week, so I can get used to the feel of it and learn all the features. One thing I noticed straight away about this camera is that it's quite hard to grip, it's not a huge camera and I'v got small hands but it's difficult to hold onto for a long period of time.
It has a simple menu set-up in my opinion and it has a great screen with a very good resolution but on a sunny day it's a little harder to see the screen.
It takes about 2 seconds to focus which isn't too bad. It also takes videos but it doesn't always capture the sounds, so an external microphone could be a good purchase if you want to make a more professional film but it's okay for capturing amateur footage.
I would prefer the battery to last a bit longer but you could always bring a spare one with you when you're out and about. I should warn you that spare batteries cost £45 which is a bit steep.
The camera is similiar to the D90 in handling but without the long lasting battery and better grip. The control buttons are a bit small and are not convieniently placed to press quickly and when you need them.
The camera takes excelllent pictures but it does has flaws which makes me think there are better cameras out there. Perhaps this is a camera not to buy.