The new Nikon D5100 has an estimated street price below $900 (with an 18-55mm lens), and a number of fine features for nature photographers. There’s an excellent image sensor, a compact body, in-camera HDR and compatibility with Nikon’s GP-1 geotagging GPS unit. The articulating LCD monitor offers unlimited composition options, and the camera has full 1080p HD video.
Wide Lens Compatibility
As with all Nikon DSLRs, you can attach a wide range of current and past Nikon lenses to the D5100, but it will autofocus only with those that contain AF motors—the AF-S and AF-I NIKKORs (the D5100 doesn’t contain an AF motor in the body).
16.2-Megapixel CMOS Sensor And Impressive ISO Capability
A 16.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that’s certainly similar, if not identical, to the highly acclaimed one in the D7000, along with EXPEED 2 image processing, gives the D5100 an impressive standard ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25,600. These are noticeable improvements over the D5000’s 12.3 megapixels and standard ISO range of 200-3200.
The D5100 has simple Retouch Menus that make it easy to process RAW images in-camera, straighten images, correct distortion, add filter and fisheye effects, combine two RAW images and much more.