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Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera Announced


After much anticipated wait, Nikon D5100 is real and official. Product availability and prices will be announced at a later date but let us look at the official specs.

Update: The Nikon D5100 is available from today, at S$1,199 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.

Update: The Nikon D5100 is available from today, at S$1,199 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens.

Nikon announces the D5100 Digital SLR camera, introducing new features and upgraded specifications as compared to its predecessor.

The D5100 will come with Nikon’s latest CMOS image sensor and the new EXPEED 2 image-processing engine. The updated sensor will bump the effective megapixel count to 16.1, the same that was found in Nikon D7000. The camera adds a new High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature that captures two shots of varying exposure each time the shutter-release button is pressed, and then combines the two shots into a single image with a broad dynamic range.
The D5100 another new feature known as the "Effects mode" found on the Mode selection dial which is essentially special effects applied on images and videos. A total of seven special effects, including Selective Color and Color Sketch are included.
Night Vision is another feature which ramps up the ISO to 102400 which enables shooting under conditions of darkness while verifying the subject and composition in the monitor (this feature shoots in JPEG format and in black and white. RAW recording is not possible)
Visibility has been increased with the large 3-inch display found on the D5100 that has approximately 921k-dot high-resolution that supports viewing on various angles.
Nikon adopts a side hinge for the vari-angle monitor that prevents the monitor from hitting the tripod when it is opened while the camera is mounted on a tripod.
The vari-angle monitor opens from 0 to180° to the side, and can be rotated up to 90°clockwise and up to 180° counter-clockwise when it is open. Say yes to self-portraits.
Additional Features and Functions
– High-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 4 fps and a very precise and
durable shutter unit that has passed testing for 100,000 cycles
– Equipped with Quiet shutter-release mode for shooting in situations in which quieter shutter
operation is desired. Infrared receivers for remote control operation on the front and back of the camera enable wireless control over the shutter from both in front of and behind the camera (optional
ML-L3 wireless remote control supported).
– Equipped with 16 scene modes that enable the simple capture of beautiful photos of the
desired scene with automatic optimization of camera settings
– Built-in HDMI-CEC compatibility enables control over playback of still images and movies
using the television's remote control when the camera is connected to a high-definition TV
via the HDMI connector.
– HD movie recording and editing
1Manual focus, M or S mode, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values
Specification Chart
Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective pixels 16.2 million
Image sensor 23.6 X 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
mage size (pixels)
  • 4,928 X 3,264 (L)
  • 3,696 X 2,448 (M)
  • 2,464 X 1,632 (S)
File format 1) NEF(RAW), 2)JPEG, 3)NEF(RAW)+JPEG
Media SD (Secure Digital) memory cards *1
SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
Frame advance rate Up to 4 fps *2
ISO sensitivity ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Movie Frame size (pixels) and frame rate :

  • 1,920 X 1,080, 30 p/25 p/24 p,  high/normal
  • 1,280 X 720, 30 p/25 p/24 p,  high/normal
  • 640 X 424, 30 p/25 p,  high/normal

A frame rate of 30 p (actual frame rate 29.97 fps) is available when NTSC is selected for video mode. 25 p is available when PAL is selected for video mode. Actual frame rate when 24 p is selected is 23.976 fps.
File format/Video compression:
MOV, H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording device:
Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable

Monitor 3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), vari-angle low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Power source Battery : One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery
AC adapter : EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
Dimensions (approx.)
(W×H × D)
128 X 97 X 79 mm
Weight (approx.) 510 g without battery, memory card, or body cap
560 g with battery and memory card but without body cap
Major supplied accessories EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery, MH-24 battery charger, AN-DC3 strap, EG-CP14 audio/video cable, UC-E6 USB cable, DK-5 eyepiece cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, DK-20 rubber eyecup, BF-1B body cap, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM
  • *1Not applied to Multi Media Card
  • *2Manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values
  • Unless otherwise stated, all figures are for a camera with a fully-charged battery operating at an ambient temperature of 20° C (68° F).

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