The Nikon D5100 is a much-talked-about single-lens reflex digital camera that combines beginner-friendly capabilities with various high-end camera characteristics. In terms of performance and features, it was released in 2011 and remained a dependable camera.
Nikon’s D5100 characteristics are a hybrid of the entry-level DSLR D5000 and the highly sophisticated D7000. It is primarily aimed at photography enthusiasts seeking a step up from a beginner’s level DSLR.
Multiple modern features include a 16.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, a photo management system, 11 point AF area modes, a high-resolution articulating monitor, high-quality 1080p films at 30fps, a flip LCD, and so on, keep the D5100 relevant.
Here are some specifics concerning Nikon’s D5100 performance.
Compared to its competitors, the D5100 is relatively compact and slightly smaller. The main reason for being compact and weight less than ordinary cameras in the ‘D’ series is that they are plastic.
It measures 12.8 x 7.9 x 9.7 centimeters and weighs around 508 grams. Although the D5100 is not a light DSLR, it is a beautiful alternative for carrying around, especially for outdoor shooting, thanks to its user-friendly ergonomic design and redesigned rounded grip that fits nicely in the hands.
Compared to earlier generations, the D5100’s design has undergone significant alterations. As a result, WHEN SHOOTING, the D5100 appears to be more advanced and taller than the D5000.
Just beneath the Mode Dial, a switch allows you to enable and disable the Live View Feature with a single click. Other specialized buttons include the movie record button, the info button, the still picture shutter-release button, the AE-L / AF-L button, the Delete button, the Playback Zoom In/Out control, and the exposure compensation button.
Nikon introduced a microphone jack in addition to the built-in monaural microphone to improve the video-shooting experience. To record better audio, you may use any 3.5mm stereo microphone.
Overall, a user-friendly design with simple operability.
For still photographs, the DX-format CMOS sensor and image processing engine “EXPEED 2” provide a resolution of 16.2 megapixels. For the price of the D5100, there are cameras with far better resolution available, but the image quality, dependability, and performance more than compensate for this shortcoming.
Because the Nikon D5100 was designed primarily for casual photography enthusiasts or novices searching for a high-quality camera, we believe that the D5100’s resolution of 16.2 is enough to meet the demands of its intended market.
If you prefer manual or semi-manual settings, the D5100 can produce stunning still images without the need for post-production. It features an in-built mechanism for adjusting the saturation, hue, and skin tones based on the exposure settings and shooting conditions.
‘Picture Control’ settings allow you to customize seven shooting modes by altering Sharpening, Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, and Hue to create your effects and filters.
Outdoors, camera performance outperforms inside in terms of footage. Colors created outside are noticeably more bright than those produced indoors. We recommend manually changing white balance and exposure settings for best results while photographing inside.
This camera may capture images in RAW and JPEG formats.
For videos, resolutions offered by Nikon D5100 are:
- 1080 24/25/30p.
- 720 24/25/30p.
- Non-standard (cropped) 640×424 25/30p mode.
The video quality is excellent, with very little detail loss. In terms of video, this edition outperformed prior versions. To provide user-friendly performance, many specialized video modes have been implemented.
MPEG-4 / H.264 AVC compression is used to capture videos. The recording period is restricted to 20 minutes for all three resolutions.
In addition to the 11-point autofocus, the D5100 has live autofocus for video recording for improved subject tracking and face identification.
You may also manually change 11 focus points by selecting Single-servo auto and manual focus from the options menu.
Live View shooting with magnification presented in 5 stages is a fantastic component of video filming. This function is relatively new in DSLRs, yet Nikon included it with the D5100 ten years ago.
Nikon D5100 has very worthy upgrades compared to its predecessor D5000. However, it also has many features from the much more costly D7000, i.e., the DX-CMOS sensor.
Physically, this camera is designed to fit well in the photographer’s hand to support long shootings. Other new and welcoming features are a tilting screen, multiple autofocus modes to enhance sharpness, extended ISO range, increased fps for video shooting, and HDR.