The Nikon D5100 DSLR comes with a 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, full 1080p HD video recording, new EFFECTS mode and a swivel Vari-Angle LCD monitor. But is it worth the $800 price tag? Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey take a look to find out.
What You Need To Know
The Nikon D5100 DSLR comes as a kit with a body and lens for only $800.
The swivel LCD is new and it rotates out instead of vertically.
The DSLR feels good in the hands with its rubber grip and buttons accessible with your right thumb.
The LCD can display all the information you would want or be switched to live view.
There is a handy switch next to the function ring that will change the display instantly.
The D5100 features the same 16.2 megapixel sensor as the one one the D7000 but for $500 less.
The kit also comes with a lens that usually costs $200 on its own.
This is an 18-55 mm lens so it's not the longest zoom in the world.
VR is vibration reduction, which allows you to take substantioanlly sharper pictures at slower shutter speeds.
The DSLR also allows much more light than previously possible and makes dimly lit photos pop.
The color was actually average for a pro-sumer DSLR.
It shoots 1080p video but you can shoot 30 fps instead of the 24 fps you'd find on the D7000, which cuts down on motion blur.
There are also excellent noise levels on here.
oVerall, sharpness was great and we were really happy with the video quality.
As for images, the color reproduction was some of the best we have ever seen on Gadget Pr0n.
There are 6 color modes to chose from and those can each be tweaked with menu controls.
The noise performance was great.
The ISO settings range from 100 to 25600.
Outside images looked gorgeous.
Whether they were close up for far away, the photos routinely impressed.
We actually found it hard to take a bad photo.
The DSLR also records mono sound but has a mic input