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16.2 Megapixels | DX format | Full (1080p) HD video | 7.5cm vari-angle LCD

Suitable for everyday photos and video, travel, family time and sporting action

  • Picture Perfect Boasting the same DX-format CMOS image sensor and Nikon EXPEED 2 image-processing engine as the higher-class D7000, the D5100 delivers outstanding image quality for a broad range of photographers.
  • Express your creative side Use the special effects mode to enhance your images and videos and to make memories truly memorable.
  • Get the shot from all angles The vari-angle LCD monitor makes taking great photos even easier, whether you’re up high, down low or want the perfect self-portrait!


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Horizontal-opening type vari-angle LCD monitor
To fully utilise Live View and D-Movie, the D5100 features an approx. 921k-dot, 7.5 cm (3-in.), horizontal-opening type vari-angle LCD monitor which facilitates the operability when using a tripod. Angle range Close/open: 0˚ to 180˚ Rotate: -90˚ to +180˚ (270˚)

DX-format CMOS sensor
The D5100 employs Nikon’s renowned DX-format CMOS image sensor that provides 16.2 effective megapixels. It delivers extraordinary image quality throughout a wide ISO sensitivity range of ISO 100 to ISO 6400 with low noise. In addition, Hi 1 (ISO 12800 equivalent) and Hi 2 (ISO 25600 equivalent) equivalent are also available. Initial image capture data can be quickly and accurately transferred using 14-bit integrated A/D conversion. Live View readout supported. The resulting output reveals breathtaking details and remarkably smooth tonal gradations.

EXPEED image processing
Nikon’s comprehensive EXPEED image processing utilises an accumulation of sophisticated Nikon intelligence and technologies to ensure impeccable quality for both still images and movies, while also achieving high-speed processing and low power consumption. It also effectively reduces lateral chromatic aberration.

Full 1080p HD supported and enhanced ease of use
The D5100 is equipped with the D-Movie function that enables recording of full high-definition movies (1920 × 1080p, 30p) exhibiting superior video quality. In addition, the D5100 features full auto focus during movie recording and in camera movie editing features that allow users to save a single frame as a still JPEG image or delete unnecessary portions from the beginning and/or end of movie files. The D5100 is also compatible with external stereo microphones(stereo microphone ME-1available separately).

7 Special Effects modes
Special Effect modes can be applied to both still pictures and movies. Set the mode dial to EFFECTS and select an option prior to shooting, while confirming the effect on the monitor image in real time. The selective Colour mode creates a monochrome image except for the selected colours (up to 3 colours can be selected). Selecting the Colour sketch option prior to shooting creates sketch-style images. The miniature effect makes an image appear as if it is a view of miniature scale models. The night vision mode enables shooting at sensitivity up to ISO 102400 and provides the enjoyment of night shooting using ultra-high sensitivity range.

Easy-to-access Live View mode
The Live View function, activated by pressing the dedicated Live View button, makes it easy to shoot while composing on the LCD monitor. In Handheld mode, which allows you to recompose the frame prior to actual shooting, TTL phase-detection AF using 51 AF points is activated. Tripod mode is designed for precise focus accuracy with still subjects. It allows contrast-detect AF on a desired point within a frame.

Active D-Lighting for smooth tone reproduction in high-contrast lighting
By localising tone control, Active D-Lighting accurately restores the details in shadows and highlighted areas which are often lost in high-contrast lighting situations. Simply choose the appropriate setting – auto, extra high, high, normal, low or off – prior to shooting. For further options that will help you achieve your desired tone, the D5100 also allows you to bracket your pictures with varying strength levels, for up to two frames, perfect for difficult lighting situations or if you don’t have the time or experience to select just one Active D-Lighting setting. When Auto is selected, the camera will automatically set the appropriate strength level according to shooting conditions. Supports firmware update of the SB-900/700.

High Dynamic Range
HDR mode combines two images at varying exposure to produce a single image with a wider dynamic range.

Auto White Balance
Auto White Balance increases the precision of detection of white from light source based on detailed segmentation scene recognition patterns. It prevents red cast and yellow, blue and green cast is reduced.

Picture Control: Customise the visual style of your images
Nikon’s Picture Control enables you to create the pictures you envision, quickly and easily, by making specific selections and adjustments to image sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation and hue. And with other Picture Control-compatible cameras, as long as the settings are the same, you’re able to obtain the same picture tone. The D5100 offers six preset Picture Control options – Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape and Monochrome. Picture Controls can be changed after taking pictures, and custom Picture Controls can be created and shared.

AF system with high-density 11-point AF
The 11 AF points are employed in various focus area modes, according to subject conditions. Single-point AF mode allows you to choose a single AF point from among the 11 and the camera focuses on subject at a selected focus point only. With Dynamic-area AF the camera will focus based on information from surrounding points if the subject briefly leaves the selected focus point. Auto-area AF automatically detects the subject and selects the focus point. The 11-point option offers 3D-tracking mode, which automatically shifts the focus point to match the subject’s movements.

Scene Recognition System
Information from the 420-pixel RGB sensor is used to recognise the subject or scene prior to capture. The results are then reflected in auto exposure, autofocus and auto white balance for more accurate control. Furthermore, Face Detection System utilising the image sensor detects human faces and applies the information to face-priority AF in Live View mode, AE, AWB and playback zoom.

Other features

  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14: 7.4 V, 1030 mAh
  • Number of shots per charge (battery life): 660 shots or more (with EN-EL14, based on CIPA Standards)
  • Infrared receivers are located on the front and rear of the camera
  • Compatible with remote control operation (Remote Control ML-L3, optional) from the front and the rear
  • Time setting: Delayed remote/quick-response remote/remote mirror-up (for both front and rear operation)
  • Approx. 128 × 97 × 79 mm/5.0 × 3.8 × 3.1 in. (W × D × H)
  • 72-thumbnail display
  • Calendar playback
  • Histogram for the magnified area
  • Built-in flash with i-TTL flash control
  • Quiet shutter-release mode
  • Image Sensor Cleaning function
  • Airflow Control System
  • Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) Output
  • Supplied application software ViewNX 2 Ver. 2.2.7 for advanced RAW image adjustment/editing
  • Optional application software: Capture NX 2 , Camera Control Pro 2 Ver. 2.9.0 for camera control
  • GPS compatible
  • Eye-Fi compatible

Tech Specs

Type of Camera Single-lens reflex digital camera
Effective Pixels 16.2 million
Image Sensor 23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Image Size (Pixels) 4,928 x 3,264 (L), 3,696 x 2,448 (M), 2,464 x 1,632 (S)
File Format NEF (RAW): 14 bit, compressed JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
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
Picture Control System Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Storage Media SD (Secure Digital), SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.3 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.78 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0m-1)
Eyepoint 17.9 mm (-1.0m-1)
Diopter adjustment -1.7-+0.7 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Reflex mirror Quick return
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses.
Shutter Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed 1/4000 - 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional ML-L3 remote control)
Flash sync speed X=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release mode Single frame, continuous, self-timer, delayed remote, quick-response remote, quiet shutter release
Frame advance rate Up to 4 fps (manual focus, mode M or S, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default values)
Release Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures
Exposure Metering TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Exposure Metering method Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Exposure Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68 °F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0-20 EV; Spot metering: 2-20 EV
Exposure meter coupling CPU
Exposure Mode Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off ); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; color sketch; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)
Exposure compensation -5 - +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Bracketing Exposure bracketing: 3 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; White balance bracketing: 3 frames in steps of 1; Active D-Lighting bracketing: 2 frames
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) 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
Active D-Lighting Auto, extra high, high, normal, low, off
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including one cross-type sensor), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9 ft. 10 in.)
Detection range -1 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status Manual focus (MF): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Auto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, color sketch: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide Number Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash and SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400 (i-TTL balanced fill-flash is available when matrix or center-weighted metering is selected); Auto aperture: Available with SB-900/SB-800 and CPU lens; Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, and SB-22S; Distance-priority manual: Available with SB-900, SB-800, and SB-700
Flash mode Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation -3 - +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit such as SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400 is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash, or SU-800 as commander; Flash Color Information Communication supported with built-in flash and all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal AS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balance Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning.
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Automatic scene selection Available in auto and flash off modes
Movie Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie Metering method Matrix
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.
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording device Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor 7.5-cm/3-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA), vari-angle low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with 170°; viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness adjustment
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
USB Hi-Speed USB
Video output NTSC, PAL
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Accessory terminal Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately) GPS unit: GP-1 (available separately)
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Supported languages Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL14 battery
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5A power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx.128 x 97 x 79 mm (5.0 x 3.8 x 3.1 in.)
Weight Approx. 510 g/1 lb. 2 oz. (camera body only); Approx. 560 g (1 lb. 3.7 oz.) with battery and memory card but without body cap
Temperature 0–40 °C (+32–104 °F)
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories EN-EL14 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), 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, User's Manual

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