The new, large 3.0" (7.5-cm) vari-angle LCD monitor opens horizontally up to 180¢ª and flips up and down from +180¢ª to -90¢ª. Now you're ready to view, shoot and record your subjects from unique perspectives. Try a high angle for overhead shots, waist level for candid Live View and movie shooting, or a low vantage point for a look from ground level. You can also place the D5100 on a tripod or other stable surface and still see yourself while composing self-portraits. Thanks to high-resolution (approx. 921k-dot) and a wide viewing angle, the vari-angle LCD monitor lets you check your composition comfortably while using Live View or full HD movie.
Image Quality in a Class of Its Own
Incorporating the latest Nikon D-SLR technologies such as the 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 2 image processing engine, the D5100 delivers outstanding image quality.
Create Incredible Movies--Full HD (1,920 x 1,080/30p) Movies
The D5100 delivers exceptional D-Movie performance with its full HD capability, full-time-servo AF (AF-F) and precise exposure control. In-camera movie editing and sound recording capability (stereo with optional microphone) are also provided. Together with D-SLR advantages like beautiful background blur, high ISO sensitivity performance and extensive NIKKOR lens compatibility, movie-making potential reaches impressive new levels.
Instant, In-Camera Post-Production
The D5100's numerous editing functions include Resize, NEF (RAW) processing and Filter effects, such as Skylight, Warm filter and Cross screen. Along with Quick retouch and Edit movie, there are additional features such as Distortion control and Fisheye.
11-Point AF System
The D5100's 11 focus points, including a crosstype sensor, widely cover the frame and capture the subject sharply. When using 3D-tracking (11 points) mode, the camera works together with the Scene Recognition System to keep your main subject in focus even if the composition changes.
Exquisite Detail in Both Highlights and Shadows--HDR (High Dynamic Range)
When shooting extreme contrasts such as sunlit clouds and a foreground deep in shadow, it was once quite difficult to render both textures equally. Not anymore. With the HDR setting, the D5100 takes two shots within a single shutter release: one overexposed and one underexposed. The camera then combines the two images to reveal an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and richer color gradation than ever before (use of a tripod is recommended).
Clean and Clear Images, Even in Low Light
The D5100 provides all the technologies you need to achieve excellent results even when available light is scarce. Its CMOS sensor offers a remarkably wide ISO range (ISO 100 to 6400) with reduced noise. This enables you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture scenes and subjects with less blur. Even handheld shots and full HD movies come out looking great in low light.
Intelligent Auto Pop-Up Flash
Vital for dark or backlit subjects, the D5100's built-in pop-up flash automatically brightens your subject. Expect natural-looking results thanks to i-TTL flash control.
Autofocus for Sharper Subjects
The D5100 helps you focus by offering a choice of focus modes to match your subject matter - even when using Live View or shooting full HD movies. Simply use AF-F mode to keep the camera focusing automatically while recording. A new switch beside the mode dial activates Live View, and to start movie recording, simply press the dedicated button located next to the shutter-release button. You can do this while keeping a steady view of your subject.
Balancing Light and Shade Beautifully--Active D-Lighting
Useful in a variety of situations, Active D-Lighting automatically renders the highlights and shadows of high-contrast scenes so that they appear more like how they are perceived by the human eye. Leave Active D-Lighting on Auto for effortless adjustment, or select the strength level according to your shooting conditions.
Quiet Shutter-Release Mode
Sometimes the sound of the shutter release may disturb your subject. Quiet shutter-release mode reduces the sound of the D5100's internal mechanisms, by slowing the mirror movement speed at the moment the image is captured, for example.
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 1 ft. 8 in. to 9 ft. 10 in./0.5 to 3 m)
Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, 68¡ÆF/20¡ÆC)
Lens servo: Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/ AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status
Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point: Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area mode: Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Focus lock: Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Auto flash with auto pop-up; P, S, A, M, 0: Manual pop-up with button release
Flash mode: Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator: Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400 is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe: ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
DX-Format Digital SLR
Max. Image Resolution
23.6 X 15.6 mm CMOS
Still Image Size
4,928 x 3,264 (L)
3,696 x 2,448 (M)
2,464 x 1,632 (S)
Still Image Formats
NEF (RAW): 14 bit, compressed
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
Video: H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio: Linear PCM with built-in monaural or optional external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Movie Size and Recording
1,920 X 1,080, 30 p/25 p/24 p, high/normal
1,280 X 720, 30 p/25 p/24 p, high/normal
640 X 424, 30 p/25 p, high/normal
Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
100-6400 ISO in steps of 1/3 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV
(ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Shutter Speeds : 30 seconds to 1/4000s
Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Viewfinder Type : Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage : Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
LCD Monitor Angle of View 170-degree wide-viewing angle
Approx. 39/12, 43/13 with manual flash (ft./m, ISO 100, 68¡ÆF/20¡ÆC)
TTL : SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600 or SB-400
Auto aperture : Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens
Non-TTL auto : SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27 and SB-22S