General

compared to recent entry-level DSLRs
"Judged on its own merits the D5100 is a great camera, but we're concerned that an enthusiastic beginner might outgrow it faster than some of the competition."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
Brand
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Nikon
Lowest price
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$352.00
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Announced
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April, 2011
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Sensor

"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."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
Type
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CMOS
Size
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APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Crop factor
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1.5x
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Megapixels
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16.1 MP
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Light sensitivity
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6,400 ISO
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Light sensitivity (boost)
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25,600 ISO
Sensor cleaning
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Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

True resolution
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16.1 MP
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Native resolution
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4928 x 3264
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Pixel size
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22.9 µm²
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Screen

Type
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LCD
Size
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3.0"
Resolution
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920k dots
Touch screen
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No
Flips out
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Yes
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Live view
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Yes

Lenses

Lens availability
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205 lenses
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Lens mount
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Nikon F

Form factor

"Unintimidating interface, but with plenty of manual control."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's button-layout
Size
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127x96x78 mm
Depth
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3.1"
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Weight
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560 g
Interchangeable lenses
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Yes
Waterproof
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No
Weather sealed
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No
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Built-in focus motor
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No

Viewfinder

Type
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Pentamirror
Viewfinder size
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0.51x
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Coverage
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95%
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Movies

"On the whole the D5100's movies are look great, with smooth motion and impressively low noise in dim light."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's video-quality
Format
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1080p @ 30fps
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Supports 24p
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Yes
High-speed framerate
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None
External mic jack
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Yes
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Autofocus
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Contrast detection
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Continuous focus
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Yes
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All formats
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1080p @ 30fps
1080p @ 24fps
720p @ 24fps
640 x 424 @ 24fps
720p @ 30fps

Features

Panorama
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No
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HDR
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Yes
3D
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No
Image stabilization
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None
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Supports RAW
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Yes
GPS
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No

Performance

Startup delay
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500 ms
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Shutter lag
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273 ms
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Battery life
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660 shots
Continuous shooting
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4 fps
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Focus system

Autofocus
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Phase detection
Focus points
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11
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Cross type focus points
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1
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Shutter

Max
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1/4000s
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Min
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30s

Flash

Built-in flash
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Yes
Popup
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Yes
External connection
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Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1
Supported formats
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SDXC
SD
SDHC

DXO Mark Scores

"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."
dpreview.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise
Image quality
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80.0
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Color depth
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23.5 bits
Dynamic range
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13 EV
Low light performance
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1,183 ISO
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