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Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
alaScore 95

4391 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4391 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the image quality and performance are overall positive. The screen and value for money also get good views.

usability, value for money, screen, performance, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D5100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Better image quality for the price of less than $ 1000


best buy in view of small dimensions and weight of the camera, a rich set of built-in automatic mode, and special effects, high-sensitivity matrix and the relatively low noise component, which gives excellent quality pictures and video

Good image stabilization, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Fast shutter speed


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Nikon D5100


There's no question the economy is tough, but it's hardly curtailing the lust for DSLRs—especially the newest Nikons. The company is practically selling all they make, but we finally got our hands on one of the biggest sellers. Now let's see if it's...

Quality 16-megapixel images ; 3-inch vari-angle LCD (921K pixels) ; ISO range of 100 to 25,600

Kit lens is just a starting point ; Awkward control system ; Video good not great

The Nikon D5100 takes solid photos and videos, offering the response shutterbugs demand as they move from point-and-shoots to “real” cameras.

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Nikon D5100 Digital Camera Review


The Nikon D5100 is one formidable camera. With full-time autofocus during live view and video recording, the same 16.2-megapixel image sensor as the Sony A55V, Nikon D7000, and Pentax K-5, and a host of new, creative image effects, this is a camera...

In many ways the Nikon D5100 is what the Nikon D5000 should have been: an evolution of the D90, made lighter and cheaper, with video recording capabilities that stretch beyond gimmickry. While the D7000 is more closely the direct replacement for the...


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Nikon has stirred up the camera crowds once again with its newly released D5100, filling the industry with the buzz of a new high-resolution articulating screen. In terms of consumer DSLR options, the D5100 has taken on the role of the mid-range model...

High-res articulating screen ; 1080p at 30fps ; High ISO noise performance

Not very rigid / rugged ; No built in AF motor ; Only 11 AF points

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Nikon D5100 (with 55-200mm VR lens)


We're used to Canon and Nikon leapfrogging each other in terms of product announcement timing and technology updates, but this year they're finally going head-to-head in the budget dSLR market. Nikon's D5100, a replacement for the 2-year-old D5000,...

Excellent photo quality with a good noise profile, a streamlined shooting design for both photo and video, and a broad, practical feature set contribute to the Nikon D5100's strengths

While it's fast, some aspects of the D5100's performance still lag behind its class

Though it doesn't rank first based on any individual aspect of the camera, the Nikon D5100 delivers a solid combination of image quality, performance, features, and design that puts it out in front if you're looking for a well-rounded option under $1,000.

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Nikon D5100 Preview


Nikon continues to bring exciting new models to their D-series line of powerful digital SLRs, with the D5100 being the latest addition (as of 4/2011). This model replaces the popular D5000 from 2009, with several upgrades; some of which are borrowed...

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Nikon D5100 Review


Effective and easy-to-use features make the D5100 ideal for everyday photography/videography

Shooting fast action

The D5100 sits just above the D3100 in Nikon's product lineup and as such, it combines its younger sibling's ease of use with a slightly more advanced feature set. The D5100's trump card, however, is it's advanced 16MP sensor - inherited from the...

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Nikon D5100Digital Camera Review


What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Nikon D5100. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at

While the D5000 represented a big leap forward for Nikon’s video-capable DSLRs, it left us a bit underwhelmed with a lack of control or full-time autofocus, and a tilting LCD that tended to interfere with tripod designs. The D5100 still doesn't offer...

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Nikon D5100


by Shawn Barnett and Mike Tomkins

Excellent image quality and high ISO performance, very similar to the D7000 ; Excellent dynamic range, especially from RAW ; Compact body ; Versatile left-hinged swivel LCD with high resolution ; Records 1080p movies at up to 30fps ; Dedicated movie...

No support for screw-drive autofocus ; Somewhat weak flash with narrow coverage ; Built-in flash does not support wireless operation ; No dedicated ISO button ; No control over shutter speed or ISO for movies, though aperture can be set before...

When we reviewed the preceding D5000 model two years ago, we found a lot to like, with a combination of great image quality and a fairly rich feature set, but we found ourselves questioning Nikon's choice of a bottom-mounted LCD articulation mechanism...

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Step-up entry DSLR


If you want the best digital SLR under $1,000, experts recommend the Nikon D5100. Although the Canon EOS Rebel T3i (*Est. $700 with kit lens) runs a close second, the Nikon beats it in several side-by-side photo tests. The Nikon D5100 bridges the gap...

Photo/video quality equals or beats pricier Nikons, compact and lightweight, swiveling LCD screen, can shoot 20-minute videos in full HD

Omits several advanced features, less beginner-friendly than Nikon D3100, plastic body not for heavy-duty use

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Nikon D5100 Review


Nikon announced the Nikon D5100 in April 2011 as an upgrade to its Nikon D5000. The D5100 is designed as a mid-level dSLR for photo enthusiasts, but many of its features rival the more

Product Specifications

The Nikon D5100 is a Nikon DX-format digital-SLR camera equipped with a vari-angle monitor, and a CMOS image sensor and the EXPEED 2 image-processing engine that enable high-resolution rendering and rich expression of tones. The D5100 is a member of the popular D5000 series. The D5000 was the first Nikon digital-SLR camera equipped with the vari-angle monitor that allows users to enjoy flexible shooting from a wide variety of angles. The vari-angle monitor adopted for the D5100 has been enlarged to three inches, and utilizes a side hinge that enables flexible use from more angles with hand-held shooting and when the camera is mounted on a tripod. The camera is also equipped with the D-Movie function that supports recording of full-HD (1920 X 1080p, 30p) movies, as well as a Special Effects mode with which a variety of special effects can be applied to still images and movies. The D5100 was designed to respond to the needs of a broad range of users, from those using a digital-SLR camera for the first time, to those looking for a camera that allows them to express their individual sense of creativity through still images and movies.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:23.6 x 15.6 MM
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL4
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL4


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection / No
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes