unveiled the new D5100 which is an entry-level D-SLR offered in a kit with an
18-55mm VR lens starting at a MSRP of $899.95. For that price, the camera
offers a slew of nice features and specifications for a D-SLR beginner.
The D5100 has a 16.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS
sensor and the camera is capable of shooting at 4fps continuously in burst
more. The D-SLR can also record 1080p HD movies with full-time autofocus. The
LCD on the rear of the camera is variable angle with a 921,000-dot resolution
and measures 3-inches. The variable angles allow you to move the LCD so you can
see the images and video being recorded comfortably using Live View mode.
The camera also has a special effects more that can be applied to the movies
recorded and it support up to ISO 102,400 when used in night vision mode. The
normal ISO mode is 100-6400 and can be expanded to 25,600 ISO. The D5100 has
the full selection of manual modes that you expect in a D-SLR and has
integrated red-eye reduction feature. The Picture Control system lets the user
apply filters with standard, neutral, vivid, monochrome, portrait, and
The autofocus used in movie recording mode has face detection and can sense up
to 35 different faces and has subject tracking. The movies can record in
1080p 24fps or 30fps with the 720p resolution at the same frame rates. Clips
can be up to 20 minutes long. The camera also has a new ME-1 microphone as an
option for better sound quality. The camera will sell in a body only kit for
DPReview spent some hands
on time with a pre-production D5100 camera. One thing the
camera is missing is wireless flash support that the higher end D-SLRs offer. DPReview notes that the viewfinder is a
single control dial pentamirror unit and the camera has no built-in autofocus
is positioned to fall right between the D3100 and the D7000 making for a compelling line of
consumer-focused D-SLRs that will suit the needs of just about everyone.
quote: Even at 12800, the 5100 looks like it has more noise than the 600D.
quote: ...and the camera has no built-in autofocus motor.
quote: the viewfinder is a single control dial pentamirror unit