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Dennis Hissink : April 5th 2011 - 07:00 CET

Nikon D5100

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NikonNikon D5100 digital camera : Nikon introduces a new D-SLR, the Nikon D5100, which is packed with features to make shooting stills or full HD movies more exciting than ever. The Nikon D5100 will give you a new creative perspective thanks to its improved vari-angle screen, special effects mode and full (1080p) HD Movie. The successor to the D5000, the Nikon D5100 features a vari-angle LCD screen. The screen now opens horizontally for greater maneuverability, even when using a tripod. This freedom of movement adds creativity when using Live View, allowing shooting from virtually any angle. You can also view pictures and movies in more detail on the high resolution (approximately 921k-dot), 3-inch wide-viewing angle monitor.
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 digitale SLR camera
The Live View function is a simple and intuitive way of taking pictures and with the Nikon D5100’s dedicated switch it is even more straight-forward to operate. When using Auto mode you do not even need to worry about the scene you are shooting, as Scene Auto Selector chooses the most appropriate settings to give you the best image. Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager for Nikon Europe, says: “The Nikon D5100 is a great camera that allows you to express your artistic side through impressive images and movies. You can shoot with creative effects and unique angles, all at the level of superior image quality seen in the D7000!”

Full HD video recording with Nikon D5100
The Nikon D5100 has a newly introduced special effects mode to shoot amazingly unique pictures and full (1080p) HD movies. The range of seven effects include selective colour, where you select up to three colours to appear in the still or movie while other areas are monochrome, and miniature effect, which makes an image appear like a view of miniature scale. You can select which special effect to shoot in and they are directly accessible via the mode dial on the top of the camera.


Nikon D5100 is always in focus via AF-F mode
The Nikon D5100 makes it effortless to switch between shooting stills and movies as the D-Movie button is located next to the shutter release. This position gives a more stable grip on the camera when starting or stopping filming, or switching between shooting stills and movies. You can record all the action in full (1080p) HD at up to 30fps, there is the unique range of special effects to choose from and the AF-F will ensure your subject is always in focus. When you have finished you can use the in-camera-movie editing functions and it can all be viewed on HD television through HDMI connectivity.

Optional stereo ME-1 microphone for Nikon D5100 SLR
With the D5100 Nikon is also introducing an optional stereo microphone, the Nikon ME-1. Specifically designed for D-SLRs, it lets you record movie clips in high-quality stereo sound with no AF-noise.

Nikon D5100 camera

16 Megapixel Nikon D5100 camera with EXPEED 2 processor
The Nikon D5100 camera makes it easy to achieve superior image quality, even in low-light conditions, with features inherited from the D7000. The DX-format 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, delivers rich colors and fine detail for both pictures and movies, whilst the powerful image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, maximizes the performance of the sensor for exceptional quality. Adding to this the Nikon D5100 has an expanded sensitivity range to further help capture brilliant images in challenging light conditions - the ISO ranges from 100 to 6400 and can be raised to ISO 25600 at Hi 2, for low-noise images that do not lose the details. Furthermore, there are a wide range of NIKKOR lenses which contribute to the D5100’s impressive image quality.

Shooting HDR photography with Nikon D5100
Nikon’s new High Dynamic Range (HDR) function and Active D-Lighting retain the detail when there are extreme contrasts in light. HDR takes two images at varying exposures in a single release, which are combined to produce a single image with a wider dynamic range. The 11-point AF system of the Nikon D5100 offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame. Four AF-area modes, including 3D-tracking AF, which keeps your main subject in focus even if the composition changes quickly in action scenes. This can be accompanied with continuous shooting up to 4 fps to really capture fast moving subjects.

Nikon D5100 DSLR

Nikon D5100 DSLR supports High ISO settings
The DX-format, 16.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor with EXPEED 2 of the Nikon D5100 was inherited from the D7000 for exceptional quality even in poor lighting conditions. High ISO (100-6400) is extendable to Hi 2 (ISO 25600 equivalent) and keeps the detail with low noise in low-light situations. Full (1080p) HD movies can be taken at up to 30fps. Simple edits can be made in-camera and movies can be watched on HDTV using the HDMI connectivity. High dynamic range (HDR) gives detailed shots of high-contrast scenes by combining two shots taken within a single shutter release.

Vari-angle LCD of Nikon D5100 offers freedom for photographer
The Nikon D51000 features a vari-angle LCD monitor: View life at a unique angle with high resolution 921k dot wide-viewing angle screen. Furthermore the Nikon D5100 supports Live View with AF modes. Live View is a straight-forward way of taking pictures and AF modes keep the subject in focus. The Special effects mode is great for creative photographers. New to the D-SLR range, effects including selective colour and miniature effect for more creative expression when taking stills or movies.

D5100 Nikon

Special effects supported by Nikon D5100 camera
The Nikon D51000 camera’s Active D-Lighting retains details in highlights and shadows for well balanced images, even if the subject is moving. Action photographers will love this; continuous shooting at 4fps: You will not miss that all important fast-moving action shot. The Retouch menu gives a range of post editing effects in-camera including movie edits and image resizing, while Picture controls lets you set the look and mood of your images before you shoot. Choose from six settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.

Geotagging with Nikon D5100 via GP-1 unit
For entry-level photographer or just the go-easy shooters, the Nikon D5100 offers scene modes. Automatically adjusts camera settings, including Picture Controls and Active D-Lighting, for optimal results. Sample photos appear on the display to help select the right mode. The front and back infrared receivers ensure maximum usability of the optional ML-L3 remote control when taking self portraits or close-ups. The Nikon D5100 is even GPS compatible. It records the exact location of the camera when a picture is taken by using the optional GP-1 unit. Last but not least the Nikon D5100 is equipped with a Dual integrated dust reduction system. Image Sensor Cleaning and Airflow Control systems keep dust away from the camera’s image sensor for clear, spot-free images. Designed specifically for D-SLRs, Nikon’s optional Stereo Microphone, ME-1, lets you record movie clips in high-quality stereo sound, with no AF noise. Comes with windscreen and soft case accessories.

Nikon D5100 review
As soon as we receive a Nikon D5100 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Nikon D5100 review.

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