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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

 
87
Average user Score
 
90
avaliyea
05.31.12
Love it
 
90
mikig2
04.14.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
araknd
04.13.12
This is my first DSLR, but not my first Nikon SLR. It has a great feel to the body, but not overly heavy. The image quality was apparent immediately upon taking the first test shots and my wife commented immediately also.
 
70
BonesSMG
03.15.12
Solid entry level DSLR for its price perhaps the best!
 
90
ryancash
03.08.12
Loving the D5100 so far! Should have bought a digital SLR a long time ago!Sometimes I regret not spending the extra few hundred dollars for a D7000, as it's more durable and feature rich, but overall I'm happy with my purchase and think it made sense as a first "real" camera purchase. I'll probably continue using it (and learning) for a couple years then pick up something like the D800.
 
100
mannurat
02.09.12
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
Deivuh
01.23.12
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
100
khonderndin
01.08.12
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
90
vishnugrocks
12.23.11
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
audiophilia
11.20.11
Outstanding, newb-friendly DSLR.