Nikon D5100

85
Global
Score
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Nikon D5100 impressions, head-to-head with D7000

Summary

Pros
  • High-res articulating screen1080p at 30fpsHigh ISO noise performance
Cons
  • Not very rigid / ruggedNo built in AF motorOnly 11 AF points
Nikon D5100 impressions, head-to-head with D7000

Nikon has stirred up the camera crowds once again with its newly released D5100, filling the industry with the buzz of a new high-resolution articulating screen. In terms of consumer DSLR options, the D5100 has taken on the role of the mid-range model in Nikon's product line between the D3100 and the D7000 and we think it assumes the part rather nicely. In terms of price, the D5100 fits right in as well, fetching an MSRP of $900 (vs. $700 and $1600, respectively for the two aforementioned camera kits). Of course, the D7000 lands you the better 18-105 f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR lens, a larger and brighter viewfinder, built-in focus motor, weather-proof sealing, and a few other internal upgrades. But don't judge too quickly, because we've had some time to play with Nikon's latest creation and the D5100 can certainly shoot along with the big boys of consumer cameras -- read on past the break for our impressions and comparisons with the D7000.

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Scores

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Breakdown

Design and form factor
7.2
Video quality
8.0
Ease of use
6.8
Image quality
8.3
Speed (start-up time, lag)
7.2
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Specs

D5100

Type
DSLR (Nikon F)
Resolution (effective)
16.2 megapixels
Memory card
SD
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Specs

D5100

Type
DSLR (Nikon F)
Resolution (effective)
16.2 megapixels
Memory card
SD
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