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Nikon D5100

Dennis Hissink
PMA 2010 Report
Wednesday 6th, April 2011
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

Nikon introduced the new 16.2-megapixel Nikon D5100 Digital SLR camera designed for those ready to artistically express themselves and need a versatile SLR camera that can keep pace creatively. The Nikon D5100 SLR camera houses a host of new and innovative features aimed at giving digital photographers the tools to shatter creative constraints and tell stories with amazing photo quality and stunning HD videos. The new Nikon D5100 Digital SLR camera includes features designed to enhance the shooting experience, including an impressive new 3 inch, sharp and clear 921,000 dot Vari-angle LCD screen and full HD (1080p) movie recording with full-time auto focus.

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
The Nikon D5100 camera captures 1080p full HD movies with full-time auto focus and manual exposure control. Nikon D5100 users can quickly switch focus modes to stay with the action through a variety of AF functions, including face priority which can track up to 35 human faces, subject tracking and normal or wide area auto focus. To activate D-Movie mode and Live-view, a new switch is ergonomically located on the top of the Nikon D5100 camera near the shutter button for easy access. The 16.2-megapixel Nikon D5100 Digital SLR camera is also the first Nikon SLR to provide in-camera effects that can be applied to both photos and movies to deliver even more creative expression.

Nikon D5100 SLR camera
The Nikon D5100 allows digital photographers of all levels to confidently execute new and creative ways to tell stories with amazing color and clarity. Whether shooting high over crowds or down low to a toddler’s point of view, the Nikon D5100 swing out style Vari-angle LCD screen makes it easy to compose and share great pictures. Displaying even the most subtle details with clarity, the super sharp LCD has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 921,000-dot resolution, with the ability to rotate 180 degrees horizontally and vertically.

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Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 picture quality
The 16.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor inside the Nikon D5100 camera is capable of capturing photos that erupt with color and offer amazing sharpness and clarity to create pictures and full HD movies even in low-light conditions. Coupled with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 2 image processing engine, photos are brought to life with vivid colors and amazing contrast, accurate exposure, and low noise levels resulting in brilliant image quality. The Nikon EXPEED 2 engine also drives the quick 11-point AF system on the Nikon D5100 to provide rapid focus acquisition even on fast moving subjects. When shooting action with the Nikon D5100, split second shutter response and four frames per second burst rate make sure no moment is missed, forever putting to rest the story of “the one that got away”.

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 video support
The Nikon D5100 SLR camera offers variable frame rates and resolutions for movies, and can record 1080p at a cinema-like 24 or 30fps, or a web-friendly 720p resolution at either 24 or 30 fps for up to 20 minutes per clip, in the AVC-HD H.264 codec. Once recorded, movie clips can be edited and trimmed in the Nikon D5100 camera to save time in post production. Whether utilizing a wireless or hot shoe mounted microphone such as the new Nikon ME-1, sound can be recorded via the stereo microphone input for professional audio results. Captured movies with the new Nikon D5100 camera can be easily shared using the HDMI output, and controlled remotely with HDMI CEC compatibility.

Nikon D5100 camera scene recognition
Whether shooting lush wilderness landscapes or an urban skyline, the Nikon D5100 camera utilizes Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System to analyze subject information from a database containing more than 30,000 photos to optimize focus, exposure, i-TTL flash exposure and white balance. To assist in creating amazing imagery, the Scene Recognition System reads data from the 420-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter RGB sensor that examines the scene’s brightness and color data then optimizes the Nikon D5100 camera’s performance prior to the actual exposure.

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 manual controls
The versatile Nikon D5100 SLR camera will motivate shooters to further explore creatively with its advanced camera features including full manual controls (P,S,A,M on the mode dial) offering the ability to manage the Nikon D5100 aperture and shutter speeds. Once the photo is captured, photographers have the flexible retouch menu at their disposal to apply additional in-camera effects and editing options including color and filter effects, red eye correction and NEF (RAW) processing.

Nikon D5100 price
The Nikon D5100 SLR camera will be available throughout the United States beginning mid April 2011 at an estimated selling price of $799.95 for the body only, and $899.95 for the Nikon D5100 body and lens outfit that includes the Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

Nikon D5100

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