Nikon Announces the D5100 DSLR


Today, Nikon announced the new D5100 DSLR camera: the successor to the D5000. B&H will be stocking the camera with the 18-55mm kit lens as well as body only. See the official press release from B&H and a couple of prominent features after clicking the read and discuss button.




New features include:

- A DX-format 16.2MP CMOS sensor

- ISO capabilities up to 102,400, 100-6400 regular

- 11 AF points

- 16 scene modes

- 4fps shooting

- A 3”, 921,000-dot Super-Density horizontal type Vari-Angle LCD to make shooting videos and photos at odd angles easier.

- 1080p HD video in both 24p and 30p. This is the first Nikon DSLR to feature 1080p HD video at 30p.

- EXPEED 2 processor

- 420-pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System

- USB port, A/V out, GPS capabilities with Nikon’s units, HDMI out and a microphone port.

- SD Card port


Nikon Announces the D5100 DSLR -- a More Powerful Camera

B&H Photo is excited to share with you the release of the latest exciting DSLR from Nikon—the D5100—which brings more professional features to meet the needs of hobbyist and enthusiast photographers.

New York, NY April 05, 2011

B&H Photo will soon be stocking the new Nikon D5100 Digital SLR camera designed to meet the needs of hobbyist and enthusiast photographers who demand outstanding performance, reliability, and unparalleled levels of control and versatility in a compact form factor.

According to Nikon, the D5100 is engineered as an ideal balance of durability and functionality. It features a host of new enhancements and updated technologies, which results in spectacular photos and gorgeous full HD (1080p in 24p and 30p) movies. The Nikon D5100 sports a new 16.2 MP CMOS sensor with an unprecedented level of low-light ability in a DX-format (APS-C) camera. The camera’s native ISO range of 100-6400 affords the versatility to photograph in challenging lighting conditions. When needed, it can be expandable to 102,400.

The new EXPEED 2 image processing engine powers the enhanced performance of the D5100 along with a new 11-point autofocus (AF) system and 420-pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System to deliver amazing image quality in a variety of shooting conditions.

The EXPEED 2 image processing system engine brings a new level of even tonal gradations while managing color, contrast, exposure, and noise resulting in brilliant image quality. Expeed 2 also manages the D5100’s speedy 50-millisecond shutter response, lightning-fast AF speed, and rapid four frame-per-second burst speed.

The 11-point AF System includes nine center cross-type sensors that operate with more than 60 Nikkor lenses. In addition, there are in-camera HDR, special effects, and a scene recognition system. The D5100 also has automatic image sensor control and built-in speedlight flash control with i-TTL.

Exploiting Nikon’s Scene Recognition System, the camera analyzes subject information from a database containing more than 30,000 images to optimize focus, exposure, and white balance. To assist in creating amazing imagery, the system reads data from a breakthrough 420-pixel 3D color Matrix Meter RGB sensor that examines the scene’s brightness and color data, then optimizes the camera’s performance prior to the actual exposure.

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I miss the good old days when Nikon had a pretty clear taxonomy of cameras. Back then, the single digit meant professional (like F5), the hundreds meant semipro and the tens meant enthusiast (or advanced amateur, if you like).


I remember a discussion (in the beginning of digital era) with a friend who told me (hint-hint Nikon) that he likes that "Nikon would rather launch a camera with less pixels but carefully tested"


Where I want to get is that I'm looking for a new camera and I would like a "Nikon 19690829" to make remembering my wife's birthday easier. And could you add an "F" at the end (F not from the famous F-series, but from "FINAL VERSION")



On the comment above about the D90 being a great camera. I'm looking to buy a camera for my daughter who is 40 years old and has 3 girls in dance and softball. Would this be a good camera for these events. Don't know much about this subject but any advice would help.



They keep trying to make us chase our own money on small tweaks.  When they get rid of the mirror with the same quality as a prisim, we will be glad to upgrade.

For me it seems like Nikon is only making small changes to existing cameras and then releasing it as a completely new camera. The naming convention does give the indication that it is a re-vamped model of the existing but the question is if the d5000 was release only in 2009 has that much changed to warrant a re-vamp on the old?

Personally I love seeing what is new and upcoming but I like to think that Nikon would get it right from the beginning. I keep thinking of one of Nikons best all time sellers (could arguably be the best selling digital) the D90 and the step up version of the D7000. That is the kind of change that I like to see.

Right as of this moment I think that photography has advanced to a level where companies should seriously look at making more professional full frame cameras. I believe the should be putting money in R&D to make these cameras more affordable to the average joe. That and more readily affordable fast lens (starting at F2.8) primes as well as limited zooms would be fantastic.

Nikon's prolific production befuddles me. Otherwise, how do you explain the 5100 over the 5000, the 300s over the D300.Is this a chase for the perfect camera or 'new and improved' versions? 

I want a camera to create images! Dual functionality does not impress me at all.

 Another DX format camera from Nikon?!  WTF!

Are any of the new features/accessories available for the D5000? I feel like I just bought mine.