Summary Nikon D5100

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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 920k dots
Help 16.1 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 6,400 ISO
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Nikon has replaced the D5100 with the D5200.

Nikon D5200
Nikon D5200 announced October 2012
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Focus points Significantly more focus points

Compare the new Nikon D5200 vs the D5100

reviewsWhat are people saying about the D5100

"Image quality is definitely the D5100's trump card. It offers effectively the same image quality as the higher-end D7000, at a lower cost." | talking about the camera's image-quality
"Unintimidating interface, but with plenty of manual control." | talking about the camera's button-layout
"At low ISO settings, the D5100 is on a par with the best of the competition, but at the higher ISO settings, it produces some of the best image quality that we've ever seen from an APS-C camera." | talking about the camera's iso-noise


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The Nikon D5100 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
External mic jack External mic jack Help
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Movie continuous focus Movie continuous focus Help
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocus Phase detection autofocus Help
fast and accurate
Lens availability More lenses available Help
230 lenses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help


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The Nikon D5100 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
273 ms shutter lag
Announced Old Help
April 2011
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Thickness Thick Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
920k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
4 fps
Startup delay Poor startup delay Help
500 ms startup delay
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
16.1 MP
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Viewfinder Uses battery, see less detail Help
Missing geo-tagging
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second




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Avatar for Agam Agam (9:33 PM, September 30, 2015)
Plz suggest me, Nikon D3300 or Nikon D5100 ? i am at beginner level.
Avatar for Kevin Hsia Kevin Hsia (9:03 PM, May 26, 2015)
I've been shooting with the D5100 for some time now and while I'm happy with it, I do wish there was a 60fps option in movie mode. What's the next best Nikon "upgrade" that would still be compatible with the AF-S Nikkor DX 35mm lens I have on the D5100 and can also shoot 60fps?
mithu (10:17 AM, February 06, 2015)
I would like to buy DSLR.which one better Nikon D3200 or D5100 or canon 600D? and why?
mithu (10:13 AM, February 06, 2015)
I would like to buy DSLR . which one better Nikon D3200 or D5100 Or Canon 600d?
Avatar for wavesummit wavesummit (10:47 PM, July 18, 2014)
I just just assisted a wedding on the weekend. I've had the d5100 for two years now and with my sigma 30mm 1.4 I had well over 1000 shots (raw), no battery grip either.
Avatar for Khaled Hassan Khaled Hassan (3:19 PM, May 02, 2014)
Youtube contains lot of videos for D5100 :)
Avatar for VK VK (1:28 PM, March 07, 2014)

I am using Nikon P500 since last 3 years and planning to upgrade to a DSLR. This will be my first ever DSLR.

My Questions are :-

1. Which is the best entry level DSLR with Budget below 30K ?

2. Preferably Made in Japan (not sure if it makes sense) ? Where can I get it in India (preferably in Pune)

3. Nikon or Canon ?

4. What kind of lens?

5. I will use it for atleast next 10 years. So please suggest which will be the best one in my budget

6. I am an amateur photographer. But have keen interest in photography. I want to grow and learn better photography, so upgrading to dslr. Also planning to join some professional photography school once I get a new camera.

Thanks in advance!
Best Regards
Avatar for M.Ismail Mohamed M.Ismail Mohamed (9:51 PM, November 24, 2013)
i cant take shots at night what i do ...i have nikon d5100
Avatar for Himanshu Gupta Himanshu Gupta (5:35 AM, October 16, 2013)
Hello everyone,
What will be the best lens combination (within budget) with Nikon D5100 for wildlife photography?
Avatar for Pepe Le Pew Pepe Le Pew (11:05 PM, September 26, 2013)
Pentax K-30
Dany (8:06 PM, July 28, 2013)
I absolutely love this site but I have a question for you snapshot.

I have a Nikon coolpix S3100 and I was looking at Nikon D5100 because I want to get into photography and I was wondering if this would the camera to start off with, since I already have my Nikon coolpix S3100.
Jay (1:42 AM, July 22, 2013)
I have a d5100 and I love it! but does anyone know any sources or websites that could help me figure out more techniques, tricks, ways to use the camera?
Avatar for Alex Deschamps Alex Deschamps (1:39 AM, June 13, 2013)
Should I take D3100 with one lens 50-200 mm OR(WHERE) D5100 with the basic lens???
lilprince (0:46 PM, May 30, 2013)
which is better canon 600d or nikon 5100 for beginner
Avatar for Lagos Gradnja Lagos Gradnja (11:17 AM, March 01, 2013)
Avatar for Gus Kalashnikov Gus Kalashnikov (8:48 AM, February 16, 2013)
i have it
Avatar for Pawan Sharma Pawan Sharma (1:15 AM, January 18, 2013)
great camera, only missing dedicated buttons for frequently used settings
Francisco (9:27 PM, November 22, 2012)
Which ir better D5100 or T4i ?
Avatar for Aaditya Kalia Aaditya Kalia (4:48 PM, June 17, 2012)
whatz the price right now!! i think 550$??
Avatar for Alaa Ali Alaa Ali (4:51 AM, June 03, 2012)
I think one way around it is to use an external microphone. I also think it's possible to edit the video and trim out the frequencies of the audio the lens make, but I haven't given it a shot =).
Avatar for Kamal Gaur Kamal Gaur (0:00 AM, June 03, 2012)
The D5100, unfortunately, does make the autofocus sound which gets captured when you're shooting video. I wish there was a way around it, but I'm not aware of any.
Avatar for Kamal Gaur Kamal Gaur (11:57 PM, June 02, 2012)
I own a D5100 which came with the 18-55mm lens. I also purchased the 35mm f/1.8G and I must say, that it's become my go-to lens for almost everything I shoot. Admittedly, I don't shoot a lot of landscapes, but for everything else (parties, outings, portraits, low light, etc), the 35mm surpasses what you would expect from any normal camera or lens. I highly recommend it - it's an investment that will last you a lifetime.
diabetologist (3:01 AM, May 24, 2012)

i have been using point and shoot and now i am ready to upgrade.i have a number of questions.a. shud i go for dslr or try mirrorless. my photography expert friend said ......dslrb. i was disappointed to read that video shooting is not that good in dslr coz video continuous auto focus is a problem....and audio might catch the lens focusing noise.c. now amongst dslr, i have to decide between d3200 and d5100. both cost same. difference is d3200 is 20% lighter in weight, has expeed 3, 24 mpixels, wifi, guide mode and so on, while d5100 is time tested, it has auto bracketing, screen tilts and adjusts and so on. which one to go for.what am i looking for?well....i was looking for a device to shoot both video and pics.....but after reading that videos wont be that great.....nw i am looking for nice pics.....i have a research mind....and i tend to like the idea of bracketing. this gives me more chances of getting the perfect shot coz i wud be getting 3 shots. now right here i wish to it dire necessity to have a tripod to shoot those 3 pics....i am told ....all 3 shud be taken without shaking camera....i wont use tripod......but i can try to keep hand stable. like i said...i did like the idea of having one over and under exposed shot. now the software that comes with the nikon....will it be enough to do the editing for final pic on laptop or will i have to purchase another real bracketing done frequently...or no. 
what i like in d3200 is light weight, guide mode and so on.....but i dont know.....if d5100 is technologically more advanced. 
last thought.....d3200 is recently launched while d5100 is old and therefore d5200 is expected. but i guess it will be significantly more than d5200......may be it will be too costly for me. so lets stick to 700usd mark and decide between d3200 and d5100. 
kindly guide.
Yusufbelen (0:36 PM, May 19, 2012)
most significant reason if you are  still photographer is the sensor image quality. sensor quality rating on d5100 is 80 whereas it is 60 in 600d
Yusufbelen (0:27 PM, May 19, 2012)
IS not on the body but on the lens that you buy. so there is no problem if you buy a lens with IS. in nikon IS is called VR so make sure when you buy your camera, it has a VR kitlens withhin.