Digital SLRs are the best cameras out there for amateurs and professionals alike. Huge lenses come with time and money, but a good, proportionate SLR will serve most users satisfactorily. The Nikon D5100 sells at $899.99, and brings the credible Nikon line of D-SLRs righteously to the next step.
The lens comes as an attachable feature, which means that the total weight comes to 1.8 pounds. Without the lens attached, the body alone weighs 1.2 pounds. It is the average weight for an SLR of this size and capacity.
The D5100’s looks don’t set it apart from any other of the Nikons in the same line, but no one is complaining about that. It’s a black shell filled with dials and buttons, the directional pad for navigating the 3 inch LCD screen menus, and the rotational wheels of the detachable lens.
The LCD screen boasts 921,000-dot resolution, making it one of the sharper screens on the market. This means that for those who prefer to use the LCD as the viewfinder, they can easily tell that a picture is in focus thanks to the crisp images that the LCD is capable of depicting. The screen is even able to flip out, so that photographers can catch photos from different vantage points, holding the camera far above their head or low to ground, for example.
The interface software is easy-to-use as always with Nikon cameras, and this time it’s especially pleasant to read the clear text that comes out bright from the advanced LCD.
Autofocus works particularly fast when using the traditional viewfinder to frame a shot. The shooting works even faster, with the capacity to take a new shot every second and a half. There is even the continuous mode option, which snaps the photos in a quick sequence of three. Hell, there is almost no shutter lag whatsoever.
Once the user switches back to the LCD viewfinder, the D5100’s speed slows down. However, the quality of the photos is proven and just. The camera, unlike so many other SLRs offers effects for users to play with. Selective color and color sketch are two very interesting effects that can save users time otherwise spent laboring with photo editing software.
The camera is superb in low light. Although the flash is available to bring out whatever was hidden in the dark, pictures come out with a remarkably small amount of noise even in the dimmest of circumstances.
Finally, the D5100 demonstrates a high standard of video capture. The powerful and very large image sensor it uses allows the camera to record exceptional images. There is continual autofocus enabled, and the video can be recorded with 720p or 1080p at 30 frames per second. The only drawback is the specific requisite the D5100 has of recording onto hefty memory cards.
For anyone, the Nikon D5100 is a great buy.