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Nikon D5100

A compact step-up DSLR with an excellent feature set

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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.
In-Camera Editing
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.


Image Sensor: 16.2-megapixel (effective) CMOS
Resolution: 4928x3264 pixels
Sensor Size: 23.6x15.6mm (APS-C); 1.5x
LCD Monitor: 3.0-inch, 921,000-dot Live-View Vari-angle
Video: HD 1280x720p/25 fps; SD 640x480p/25 fps
AF System: 11-point
Shutter Speeds: 1/4000 30 sec., X-sync up to 1/200 sec.
ISO Settings: 100-6400 (1/3 increments), expandable to 25,600
Continuous Firing Mode: 4 fps
Recording Format: JPEG, 14-bit NEF (RAW)
Metering: 420-pixel RGB evaluative, CW, spot
Storage Media: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Power Source: Rechargeable EN-EL14 lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 5.0x3.8x3.1 inches
Weight: 19.2 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $899 (with 18-55mm VR zoom)
Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com


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