Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100[1]
Nikon D5100 18-55mm front.jpg
Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm VR kit lens
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
LensInterchangeable, Nikon F-mount
Sensor23.6 mm × 15.6 mm Nikon DX format RGB CMOS sensor, 1.5 × FOV crop, 4.78 µm pixel size
Maximum resolution4,928 × 3,264 (16.2 effective megapixels)
Film speed100–6400 in 1/3 EV steps, up to 25600 as high-boost. With Night-vision up to ISO 102400 equivalent.
Storage mediaSecure Digital, SDHC, SDXC compatible and with Eye-Fi WLAN support. Supports UHS-I cards.[2]
Focus modesInstant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M)
Focus areas11-area AF system, Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module
Exposure modesAuto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M), (Q) quiet mode.
Exposure meteringTTL 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering with a 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering modes3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted and Spot
FlashBuilt in Pop-up, Guide number 13m at ISO 100, Standard ISO hotshoe, Compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System
Flash bracketing2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range30 s to 1/4000 s in 1/2 or 1/3 stops and Bulb, 1/200 s X-sync
Continuous shooting4 frames per second
ViewfinderOptical 0.78x, 95% Pentamirror
Image processing
White balanceAuto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Kelvin temperature, Preset
LCD screen75-millimetre (3.0 in) tilt and swivel 921,000-dot LCD screen. 60x45 mm, 640x480 px, 271 ppi.
BatteryNikon EN-EL14 Lithium-Ion battery
WeightApprox. 510 g (1 lb. 2 oz.) body only
Made in Thailand
PredecessorNikon D5000
SuccessorNikon D5200
Uncropped or Unedited image from Nikon D5100 using an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens for reference. Taken with maximum aperture at day time without flash. Details: F-stop: F/3.5 (Max aperture), Exposure time: 1/50 sec, ISO speed: 200, Focal Length: 18 mm, Flash fired: No, White Balance: Auto, Shot at day or night: Day time
Uncropped or Unedited image from Nikon D5100 using an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens for reference. Taken with minimum aperture at night time with flash. Details: F-stop: F/5.6 (Min aperture), Exposure time: 1/60 sec, ISO speed: 3200, Focal Length: 55 mm, Flash fired: Yes, White Balance: Auto, Shot at day or night: Night time

The Nikon D5100 is a 16.2-megapixel DX-format DSLR F-mount camera announced by Nikon on April 5, 2011.[3] It features the same 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor as the D7000 with 14-bit depth,[1] while delivering Full HD 1080p video mode at either 24, 25 or 30fps. The D5100 is the first Nikon DSLR to offer 1080p video at a choice of frame rates; previous Nikon DSLRs that recorded 1080p only did so at 24 fps. It replaced the D5000 and was replaced by the D5200.

Feature list[edit]

  • Sony IMX071[4] 16.2-megapixel Nikon DX format CMOS sensor.
  • Nikon EXPEED 2 image/video processor.
  • Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration for JPEGs. Correction-data is additionally stored in RAW-files and used by Nikon Capture NX, View NX and some other RAW tools.
  • D-Movie mode with autofocus. (Up to 1080p at 24, 25 or 30, 720p at 25 or 30 frames per second.)
  • Inbuilt time-lapse photography intervalometer
  • Active D-Lighting.
  • First Nikon DSLR with in camera High Dynamic Range mode (Built-in Camera HDR).
  • 3.0-inch (76 mm) articulated 921,000-dot LCD.
  • Live View shooting mode with Contrast Detect and face priority auto focus (activated with a dedicated button).
  • Continuous Drive up to 4 frames per second.
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System.
  • 3D Tracking Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with 11 AF points (One cross-type sensor in centre of frame).
  • ISO sensitivity 100 to 6400 and up to 25600 with boost. With monochrome Night-vision up to ISO 102400 equivalent.
  • Bracketing (exposure, Active D-Lighting and white-balance).
  • Auto scene recognition mode with 19 pre-programmed scenes.
  • Quiet shooting mode.
  • Built-in sensor cleaning system (vibrating low-pass filter) and airflow control system.
  • HDMI HD video output.
  • Stereo microphone input (mono using built-in mic)
  • Enhanced built-in RAW processing with extended Retouch menu for image processing without using a computer: D-Lighting, Red-eye reduction, Trimming, Monochrome & filter effects, Color balance, Image overlay, NEF (RAW) processing, Quick retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color outline, Color sketch, Perspective control, Miniature effect, Selective Color, Edit movie, Side-by-side comparison.
  • File formats: JPEG, NEF (Nikon's RAW, 14-bit), H.264 video codec.
  • EN-EL14 Lithium-ion Battery with up to 660 shots per charge (CIPA).

The D5100 has no in-body autofocus motor, and fully automatic autofocus requires one of the currently 162 lenses with an integrated autofocus motor.[5] With any other lenses the camera's electronic rangefinder (which indicates if the subject inside the selected focus point is in focus or not) can be used to manually adjust focus.[6][7]

It can mount unmodified A-lenses (also called Non-AI, Pre-AI or F-type) with support of the electronic rangefinder and without metering.[8]

Optional accessories[edit]

The Nikon D5100 has available accessories such as:[9]

  • Nikon Stereo Microphone ME-1 [10]
  • Nikon ML-L3 Wireless (Infrared) and MC-DC2 wired remotes.[11] Third party remotes are also available.[12]
  • Nikon GP-1 GPS Unit for direct GPS geotagging. Third party solutions partly with 3-axis compass, data-logger, bluetooth and support for indoor use are available from Solmeta,[13] Dawn,[14] Easytag,[15] Foolography,[16] Gisteq[17] and Phottix.[18] See comparisons/reviews.[19][20][21]
  • Battery grip third party solutions are available.[22][23]
  • Nikon CF-DC2 Soft Case.
  • Third party solutions for WLAN transmitter are available.[24]
  • Various Nikon Speedlight or third party flash units[25] including devices with Nikon Creative Lighting System wireless flash commander or support for SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander.
Third party radio (wireless) flash control triggers[26] are partly supporting i-TTL,[27][28] but do not support the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS).[29][30] See reviews.[31][32]
  • Tethered shooting with Nikon Camera Control Pro 2,[33] Apple Aperture 3,[34] Adobe LightRoom 3 [35] or other partly free products including apps.[36][37][38]
  • Other accessories from Nikon and third parties, including protective cases and bags, eyepiece adapters and correction lenses, and underwater housings.


Independent reviews[39][40][41] and image comparisons at all ISO speeds in JPEG[42] and RAW (with different lenses)[43] are available.

DxO Labs awarded its sensor an overall score of 80.[44]


Nikon France used the D5100 for the production of the short film "Fragments". Nikon used the D5100 to film one of the television commercials for the camera itself, which feature actor and perennial Nikon pitchman Ashton Kutcher.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Nikon D5100". Nikon Corporation. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
  2. ^ Nikon D5100 Review: Performance DPReview
  3. ^ "Digital-SLR camera Nikon D5100". Nikon Corporation. April 5, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-05.
  4. ^ "DxOMark – Nikon D5100". DxOMark. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  5. ^ "Specifications – Nikon D5100". Nikon Corporation. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  6. ^ "Lens Compatibility – Nikon D5100". Nikon Corporation. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  7. ^ Nikon D60 electronic rangefinder. Digital Photography Review. Retrieved on 7 September 2012.
  8. ^ John White's AI conversions for Nikon lenses Aiconversions
  9. ^ "D5100 accessories". Nikon USA. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  10. ^ "Buy ME-1 Stereo Microphone from Nikon".
  11. ^ "MC-DC2 Remote Compatibility". Nikon Corporation. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  12. ^ PHOTTIX CLEON II Wired and Wireless shutter Archived 2014-08-19 at the Wayback Machine Phottix
  13. ^ Solmeta Geotaggers Solmeta
  14. ^ Dawn di-GPS Products Dawn
  15. ^ EasyTag GPS and Wireless Bluetooth Modules Archived 2011-08-28 at the Wayback Machine Easytag
  16. ^ Foolography Unleashed Bluetooth Geotagging Foolography
  17. ^ Gisteq PhotoTrackr Plus for Nikon DSLR (Bluetooth) Archived 2011-08-25 at the Wayback Machine Gisteq
  18. ^ Phottix Geo One GPS Archived 2012-06-26 at the Wayback Machine Phottix
  19. ^ Nikon DSLR GPS Smack Down Results Archived 2011-08-09 at the Wayback Machine Terrywhite
  20. ^ Review: Geotagging with Easytag GPS module (Nikon GP-1 compatible) Archived 2013-07-31 at the Wayback Machine Trick77
  21. ^ Review: blueSLR Wireless Camera Control & GPS Geotagging Archived 2011-08-09 at the Wayback Machine Terrywhite
  22. ^ Battery Packs Archived 2011-10-23 at the Wayback Machine Phottix
  23. ^ Product search: Nikon D5100 Battery grip Google
  24. ^ Eye-Fi Wi-Fi network: how it works Archived 2012-07-22 at the Wayback Machine Eye-fi
  25. ^ Flash Units Compatible with Nikon's CLS including Wireless Master Dpanswers
  26. ^ Radio Triggers for Flash and Camera Dpanswers
  27. ^ Knight For Nikon Flashgun I-TTL Trigger Archived 2013-01-15 at the Wayback Machine Pixel
  28. ^ Radio Transmitters, Receivers and Accessories Pocketwizard
  29. ^ The Nikon Creative Lighting System: Wireless, Remote, Through-the-Lens Metered (iTTL) Flash! Imaging Resource
  30. ^ Guide to Nikon TTL Flashes
  31. ^ Pixel Knight TR-331 and TR-332 TTL Radio Triggers Dpanswers
  32. ^ Pixel Knight TR-331 Review Part III Archived 2014-04-18 at the Wayback Machine Inside the Viewfinder
  33. ^ Camera Control Pro 2 Nikon
  34. ^ Aperture 3: Tips on tethered shooting Apple Support
  35. ^ "Light Room 3 now supports tethered capture for Nikon D7000". Blog Retrieved 2011-09-26.[permanent dead link]
  36. ^ Choosing Tethered Shooting Software for Nikon DSLR Cameras The Photo Geek
  37. ^ Tethered Shooting Sofortbild
  38. ^ DSLR Camera Remote Lite
  39. ^ D5000 and D5100 Review Links Nikonlinks
  40. ^ Nikon D5100 review summary Dcviews
  41. ^ Nikon D5100 Reviews Digitalcameratracker
  42. ^ Imaging Resource Comparometer (needs Javascript enabled)
  43. ^ Dkamera Image Comparison Nikon D5100 (German)
  44. ^ "Tests and reviews for the camera Nikon D5100". DxO Labs (needs Flash). Retrieved 2011-04-23.

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