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Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera

B&H # VEBGN6 MFR # BG-N6
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Product Highlights
  • For Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera
  • Accepts One or Two EN-EL14 Batteries

The Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera provides the power you need for the Nikon D5100 or D5200 SLR digital camera with up to two EN-EL14 rechargeable, high-capacity batteries. In addition, the battery pack provides a vertical shutter release that makes holding the camera in the vertical orientation as easy and secure as in the horizontal position. This is accomplished by connecting the included external cable from the socket on the grip to the shutter release socket on the camera.

Note! Batteries not included

Works with the Nikon D5100 and D5200 digital SLR camera
Accepts one or two EN-EL14 rechargeable batteries 1
Anti-slip rubber provides a secure and comfortable grip when shooting vertically
Batteries Up to 2 EN-EL14 batteries
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Dimensions 5.1 x 3.1 x 4.0" (13 x 8 x 10.25 cm)
Weight 5.4 oz (153 g) without batteries
Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera
  • Shutter Release Cable for BG-N12, BG-N9, BG-N6 & BG-N5 Battery Grips
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    VelloBG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera
     
    4.2

    (based on 86 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (54)
    • Easy to install (41)
    • Good value (31)
    • Easy to use (24)
    • Reliable (23)

    Cons

    • Flimsy construction (5)
    • Pricey (5)
    • Unreliable contacts (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (35)
    • Primary battery (25)
    • Sports/action (16)
    • Weddings (13)
    • Back-up (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (22), Pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (10), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (72), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great help on extended shooting

    I purchased this product to extend the time between battery changes on a recent cruise to Alaska from Seattle and back. It worked very well and I shot over 1500 exposures. The only criticism...Read complete review

    I purchased this product to extend the time between battery changes on a recent cruise to Alaska from Seattle and back. It worked very well and I shot over 1500 exposures. The only criticism I would offer is on the small connector from the battery holder to the GPS outlet to enable you to use the shutter release button in Portrait position (vertical). I could not keep it plugged in at the same time I had my external mic plugged in for videos. It wasn't a real problem since I take most of my videos in horizontal position, just a minor inconvenience when shifting from videos to stills.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent grip with issues

    That there is a grip for the D5100 is great since Nikon doesn't think photographers need or want a vertical grip. For me, it's a must as it improves handling of the camera so...Read complete review

    That there is a grip for the D5100 is great since Nikon doesn't think photographers need or want a vertical grip. For me, it's a must as it improves handling of the camera so much. I accept that there has to be an external cable to trigger the shutter since Nikon didn't design the D5100 to have a grip. Given that it feels good and improves the handling of the camera, I have a several quibbles:

    1. The cable to trigger the shutter is not designed well (actually, I'd say little thought went into it). It creates quite a bit of leverage on the side of the camera when plugged in, so it must be unplugged each time you put the camera away as there can be damage done to the plug. A wider-based plug that doesn't stick out so far would be much better - the flatness would keep it from becoming a lever and add stability to the plug.

    2. It's designed to take 2 batteries, but whenever I put 2 batteries in it the camera says that an incorrect battery is installed (altough both batteries are original Nikon batteries). The only way to get rid of the error is to pop them both out with the camera turned on and pop them back in again - but the error can come up again almost immediately. The only solution that seems to work is to only have one battery inserted at a time, which reduces the benefit of having 2 battery bays.

    3. The hooks that hold the batteries in don't do their job - the battery door must be closed to keep the battery in the case.

    4. Because of #3 above, the battery door comes flying open frequently (especially when mounted on a tripod).

    These issues provide quite some frustration, but not enough to do without the grip. So I bang my head, curse the Vello designers, and keep on using it. I would buy it again, but it makes the price feel a bit high for the issues that you have to take with it.

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    5.0

    Great battery grip.

    By bigH

    from Hazlet, NJ

    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

    Love the Vello battery grip looks like it's part of the camera. Makes handling the camera much easier. Really pleased with the quality and look of this product.

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    5.0

    so sick

    By Nevyn

    from Los Angeles

    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

    Such a sick product, definitely worth it if you have that type of Nikon DSLR and need something to last a long time. Maybe a tad more grip on the sides, but otherwise super cool item!

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    5.0

    Battery Grip

    By Betsy

    from Middlesboro KY

    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

    Love it. Very easy to install on my camera and attach the tripod and monopod .
    I highly recommend this for your Nikon 5200

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    5.0

    Good product and fast shipping

    By UT

    from Great Valley, NY

    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

    Very happy with my purchase from B&H. Good products and fast shipping.

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    3.0

    Nice w/ a slight issue

    By BBAX

    from New Mexico

    Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

    Nice addition to my D5200, but the thumb knob is in the way of the grip. A little uncomfortable on the fingers.

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By Rob

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

      This was even more than I expected. The product performed exactly as it was supposed to and I have maintained a high level of excitement over it since I received it. I plan to use your company again and again whenever I need other photographic materials.You have truly won a customer!Robert Haynes

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      • No

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      5.0

      Looking more Professiona;

      By Rick

      from Hershey, PA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

        I love how this grip makes you appear to be more professional. Nice!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        bg-n6 battery grip for D5200

        By guido

        from hesperia, california

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

          good quality

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Very nice

          By ptc57guo

          from East Brunswick, NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

            Very nicely built and feels great but I found that I can easily get to the shutter release without the grip, I don't really need an extra battery and I don't like the cable connection to the to the camera for shutter activation.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Does not work with the D5300

            By Eric

            from South Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

              I'm giving this 4 stars because the product seems to be well built and the feel was good. It does feel a little light because of the plastic construction but it felt solid. It does not, however, work with a D5300.

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              • No

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              5.0

              excellent product

              By PhotoDan

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                Great for shooting any kind of event. Gives you double the battery power. gives camera a little more weight and stablity

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                • No

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                4.0

                Nice grip for the money!

                By FujiKoi

                from Sacramento CA

                Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                Works well and provided the extra battery. I did not use the cable for the grip since I can shoot on vertical position without it. Good quality and looks good.

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                4.0

                Vello Batt. grip for D5100

                By ed

                from florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Flimsy Construction

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                It does what it's designed for, It doesn't have a robust construction and I don't for the external connection between the grip and the camera.

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                • No

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                3.0

                Decent grip with issues

                By Andy Pics

                from Acton, MA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Useful

                Cons

                • Flimsy Construction
                • Poor design

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                That there is a grip for the D5100 is great since Nikon doesn't think photographers need or want a vertical grip. For me, it's a must as it improves handling of the camera so much. I accept that there has to be an external cable to trigger the shutter since Nikon didn't design the D5100 to have a grip. Given that it feels good and improves the handling of the camera, I have a several quibbles:

                1. The cable to trigger the shutter is not designed well (actually, I'd say little thought went into it). It creates quite a bit of leverage on the side of the camera when plugged in, so it must be unplugged each time you put the camera away as there can be damage done to the plug. A wider-based plug that doesn't stick out so far would be much better - the flatness would keep it from becoming a lever and add stability to the plug.

                2. It's designed to take 2 batteries, but whenever I put 2 batteries in it the camera says that an incorrect battery is installed (altough both batteries are original Nikon batteries). The only way to get rid of the error is to pop them both out with the camera turned on and pop them back in again - but the error can come up again almost immediately. The only solution that seems to work is to only have one battery inserted at a time, which reduces the benefit of having 2 battery bays.

                3. The hooks that hold the batteries in don't do their job - the battery door must be closed to keep the battery in the case.

                4. Because of #3 above, the battery door comes flying open frequently (especially when mounted on a tripod).

                These issues provide quite some frustration, but not enough to do without the grip. So I bang my head, curse the Vello designers, and keep on using it. I would buy it again, but it makes the price feel a bit high for the issues that you have to take with it.

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                • No

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                4.0

                nice grip for price

                By Ron

                from Grinnell,Iowa

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                      Nice grip for the price

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      A great product from a great company!

                      By debradoobie

                      from az

                      Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                      Quality product! Fast shipping! A pleasure doing business!

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                      5.0

                      Great item for full day shoots

                      By BILOXI BOB

                      from Gulf Coast

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                        This is not a cheap item that would fall apart in no time ..Well made and a perfect fit

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Inexpensive Alternative

                        By adventurehouse

                        from Silver Spring, MD

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Inexpensive

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy Construction

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                          I bought this product because I use my Nikon D5200 as a video camera for High School productions. The single battery wouldn't last a complete dance recital, so I thought this would solve that problem. Which it does. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars at this time because it feels very flimsy. But what more do you want for the money? Only used it a couple of times so far, so I can't comment too much in regards to it's ability to survive more than standard use.

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                          • No

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                          3.0

                          Good enough

                          By CarsonEisenbeisz

                          from South Dakota

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • High Quality

                          Cons

                          • Cord Doesn't Always Work
                          • Cord Inhibits Lcd Motion

                          Best Uses

                          • Extend Battery Life
                          • Vertical Shutter Button

                          Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                          Before buying this product, I looked at several cheaper alternatives on [@]. In the end, i decided to go with this one assuming it would be of better quality than the $30 ones on [@]. Overall, I'm satisfied with this product. There are a few important things to note, however, that may not work for everyone. The main drag with this battery grip is the cable that must run from the grip to the camera in order for the vertical shutter button to work. It's not too large, but it gets in the way of the LCD on the D5100 so you must remove the cable to flip the screen around. Also, the vertical shutter button doesn't always work for me. I think there's a disconnect of some kind in the cord. Because when I wiggle it around it usually starts working again. One other thing, there are no additional buttons other than the shutter button. That's the only one. Those three quirks aside, the grip feels sturdy in the hand. And the main plus for me is doubling the battery life. I used two Nikon brand batteries, so I didn't experience any of the compatibility problems some people are talking about. The bottom line for me, I think you may be better off going with a cheaper model unless price isn't a big deal. It will work, but if you're picky like me, it probably won't satisfy your expectations for what you pay.

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                          4.0

                          Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5200

                          By Boyet

                          from Goodyear,Arizona

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy Construction

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 & D5200 Camera:

                            pros: makes the camera easier to hold
                            works well for intended use
                            camera looks better
                            cons: had to remove camera door (but I blame
                            Nikon for this)
                            battery door on unit could be better built
                            higher grade resin/plastic would be nice

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                            • No

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