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85 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

85 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

70
AhmedMutshar
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
80
marcham93
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
90
ddhatfi
I like this camera. I'm an old film photographer, but finally gave in to the...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
82
Average Critic Score
 
80
Digital Photography Review
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.
 
80
CNET
Though it doesn't rank first based on any individual aspect of the camera, the Nikon D5100 delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design that puts it out in front if you're looking for a well-rounded option under $1,000.
 
90
PC Mag
The Nikon D5100 offers a fantastic mix of still-image and video-recording quality, along with plenty of features including top-notch in-camera effects. This well-rounded shooter is an easy Editors' Choice for under-$1,000 D-SLRs.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
Low light performance, control over ISO noise and focusing is impressive for this level of camera. Overall the D5100 presents a reasonable upgrade for D5000 users and will get novices and more experienced photographers great results.
 
80
Macworld
A solid option for photographers looking for a highly-capable yet (fairly) user-friendly sub-$1,000 DSLR. Although it doesn’t have all the bells, whistles, and speed of the D7000, the D5100 delivers an excellent feature set and image quality that rivals or exceeds the competition.
 
80
Imaging Resource
For its target market, though, the Nikon D5100 offers an approachable design that couples a great feature set with excellent image quality.