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Nikon Coolpix P5100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 559 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the flash and image quality. The value for money and usability also get good feedback, whereas the battery and performance get mixed reviews. The features and storage get critical opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Nikon Coolpix P5100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon Coolpix P5100


Released not long after its sibling, the P5000 , the Nikon Coolpix P5100 quickly claimed its role as the new leader of the Coolpix pack. The two cameras bear a close familial resemblance both on the surface and under the hood--most notably the solid,...

The Nikon Coolpix P5100 fits manual exposure controls and optical image stabilization into a compact but sturdy body and produces very good photographs.

Slow; strong barrel distortion at wide angle. Be prepared to use the small optical viewfinder instead of its LCD outdoors when the sun is shining.

Despite its image-quality strengths, sluggish performance tarnishes the appeal of the otherwise well-equipped, compact Nikon Coolpix P5100.

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Coolpix P5100


The Coolpix P5100 is the latest in Nikon's “Performance Series” with 12.1 megapixels, full manual controls, and perks like a hot shoe and conversion lens compatibility. The P5100 follows the P5000 with the same 2.5-inch LCD screen and 3.5x optical zoom...

Hot shoe ; Good resolution ; 52MB internal memory ; Great color accuracy ; Low noise under ISO 400 ; Updated face detection

No RAW files ; Slow processing time ; Slow autofocus ; Awful Movie mode ; 0.7-second shutter lag ; Poor videos in low light ; High noise above ISO 400

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Nikon Coolpix P5100


Announced just six months after the launch of the P5000, the Nikon P5100 is a gentle re-working of the existing model with a slightly larger, more pixel-dense sensor and hardware-based face-detection. Beyond that, the changes are predominantly cosmetic...

Very compact and pocketable ; Excellent handling for a small camera ; Solid build and excellent fit / finish ; Good resolution and decent edge-to-edge consistency ; Realistic natural color, subtle processing, excellent tonality for a compact ;...

User interface somewhere between 'quirky' and 'frustrating ; Very slow focus and rather sluggish performance overall ; Frustrating manual control mode ; Poor performance above ISO 200, ISO 3200 pointless ; Unimpressive burst mode ; Default settings...

Like the P5000 before it, with the P5100 Nikon has taken a different approach to creating 'photographers' compact' camera to that taken by Canon with its G9. The Nikon more closely resembles the form and cost of other compacts, so won't be too daunting...


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Nikon Coolpix P5100


The Nikon Coolpix P5100 offers versatility, advanced functions, upgraded features, great picture quality, and ease of use. Designed for the consumers looking for more creative control in a compact camera, the Coolpix P5100 has the ability to capture...

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Nikon Coolpix P5100 Review


The Nikon Coolpix P5100 compact digital camera is the successor to the P5000, which is a mere 6 months old. The new P5100 improves on the older model by offering a 12.1 megapixel , 1/1.72-inch...

So, as we asked at the beginning, is the Nikon Coolpix P5100 the ultimate enthusiast's compact, or an over engineered point and shoot hiding under a cloak of apparent sophistication? The answer to the first ...

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Nikon Coolpix P5100 Digital Camera - Review - The Imaging Resource!


The Nikon Coolpix P5100 couples a sensor resolution of 12 megapixels to a Nikkor-branded 3.5x optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization. The Nikon 5100 offers up a 2.5 inches LCD display with a higher-than-average 230,000 pixel resolution, as...

Compact, attractive, sturdy magnesium body design ; Well laid-out buttons, well-designed menu system ; Excellent, natural color with good contrast ; Faster autofocus than predecessor ; iTTL flash hot shoe ; Adapter ring for Nikon Coolpix converter...

No live histogram ; No RAW file format ; Some consumers may find the P5100's natural color less appealing than the more typical over-saturated color of most digicams ; Slow shot-to-shot and continuous mode performance ; Face Priority autofocus can be...

For the enthusiast, the Nikon P5100 offers full program, shutter, aperture, and manual exposure modes as well as 15 scene modes appreciated by less experienced photographers. Hi-ISO and movie modes are also provided. Adding to the Nikon P5100's...

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Camera Review: Nikon Coolpix P5100


If Charles Dickens were alive today and writing for, he might preface his review of the Nikon Coolpix P5100 ($310, street) thusly: "It was the best of cameras, it was the worst of cameras." To its credit, Nikon has added to this flagship...

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Nikon CoolPix P5100 Review at Trusted Reviews


The Nikon CoolPix P5100 is a small but worthwhile update of the P5000, and while it may not tempt owners of the previous model it is a good alternative to a point-and-shoot compact for anyone who wants a bit more creative photographic control.

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Nikon Coolpix P5100 Review


Nikon's latest flagship compact digital camera, the Coolpix P5100, reminds me of Marlon Brando's classic line from the movie, On the Waterfront: "I could've been a contender!" The P5100 teases photographers with almost everything you could ask for in a...

Ergonomic design and controls, Pocketable size and weight, Bright, high resolution LCD screen, Strong image quality, Usable high ISO capability, Realistic color rendition, Optical viewfinder, Flash hot shoe, Spot metering

Auto focus needs bright light, No RAW format, Card write speed is average, Slow shot-to-shot speed, No continuous shooting in scene modes, Battery life is average-to-short

An evaluation of the Nikon P5100 quickly boils down to one's expectations and photographic needs. In certain conditions, the Nikon P5100 offers an attractive set of features and delivers strong performance that largely doesn't disappoint. But when the...

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Nikon Coolpix P5100 Review


The Nikon Coolpix P5100 is a rather disappointing camera. Although it has an extensive feature set and handles well, its overall performance nothing short of pathetic. Noise is present at all ISO settings, with ISO 200 being the highest relatively...

Great lens sharpness, consistent up to corners, Low optical distortion, Accurate image colors, Solid flash performance, Effective stabilization, Good build and handling

Poor coverage of LCD preview (94%), High image noise above ISO 200, Useless ISO 1600, Quite slow at everything, Poor LCD visibility, Odd user interface

Product Specifications

Nikon is a precision optical company with worldwide manufacturing, research and marketing capabilities. The Nikon name is equated with extraordinary photographic performance, innovation, precision and optical quality. PRODUCT FEATURES: 12.1 Megapixels for stunning prints as large as 20 x 30 inches; 3.5x Optical Zoom-Nikkor Glass Lens - quality optics provide exceptional images; VR Optical Image Stabilization minimizes the effect of camera shake; Incredible, Bright 2.5-inch High Resolution LCD and Optical Viewfinder make it easy to compose and share your pictures; Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual Exposure Modes give you greater creative control over camera operation; Auto adjusts up to ISO 3200 (5MP or lower) - keep shooting, even in lower light.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL5

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact/Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:1GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon Coolpix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.7-5.3
Max Focal Length:26.3mm
Min Focal Length:7.5mm
Optical Zoom:3.5
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.72"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.8 mm ( 1/1.72 ) / 14.8 mm ( 1/1.72" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 2000 / ISO 3200 (5Mpix) / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-800)/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 2000 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (64-800)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Monochrome
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical