In April 2011, Nikon launched the DSLR D5100, another member of the most popular D5000 series. Designed for photography enthusiast, the camera weighs 509 g with a dimension of 128 x 96.9 x 78.7 mm. At 16.2 MP, the D5100 is capable of offering you exquisite image quality. For videos, you can record them in Full-HD at 1920 x 1080p. The 3-inch TFT LCD screen offers a picture perfect view from every angle and can be opened up to an angle of 170° to the left and rotate up to 90° clockwise. You can rotate the screen at 180° to obtain a better view when placed on a tripod.
To make it easy for you to record sudden moments, the video record button is located right next to the shutter release. It houses a rechargeable Li-Ion battery which is capable of offering 660 shots per charge. For storage purposes, you can use an SD, SDXC or a SDHC memory card.
The 3D tracking feature in the DSLR allows you to capture superior quality photographs which allows you to sharp-focus a moving object or a body by predicting its movement. Moreover, the noise reduction setting lets you shoot good quality photos in almost any type of lighting. It has an ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 6400 which can be extended up to 25600 for exposures under dim lighting conditions.
Features like airflow control and image sensor cleaning offer you spotless images and also prevents the image sensor from contacting dust thereby increasing its durability. Another most innovative feature included in the camera is the High Dynamic Range (HDR). As soon as you click the shutter release, the HDR feature captures two separate shots at different exposures. The camera combines the shots to offer you a perfectly exposed picture.
The D5100 also has an in-camera filter and lets you add in a few special effects such as a colour sketch, miniature effect and selective colour in your images and videos thereby making them look a lot more creative. Interestingly, the camera is capable of detecting 35 simultaneous faces during a group photo shoot. The infrared sensor connects your camera to the Wi-Fi. Save your videos in the MOV format while images in either JPEG or RAW, with an added option of using the Geotag service you can connect it to the GPS device. Finally, you have a self-timer that can be set to a maximum of 20 seconds.
Nikon DSLR D5100 truly offers you a lot more than what you expect. Although the D5100 seems to be a great camera for avid photography enthusiasts and budding photographers, do watch out on the near future release the Nikon DSLR D5200, if you wish to buy the upgraded one.