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Nikon D5100 18-55mm VR Kit Lens DSLR Camera

Nikon D5100 18-55mm VR Kit Lens DSLR Camera

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A high-resolution Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels, an image-processing engine that provides superior image quality and rich expression of tones, and the new High Dynamic Range (HDR) functionThe D5100 is equipped with the same DX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 2 image-processing engine as the high-end D7000 digital-SLR camera. These features enable capture of high-resolution images with excellent expression of tones. With standard sensitivity settings of ISO 100 - 6400 and additional increases up to Hi 2 (ISO 25600 equivalent), the camera offers improved capability with shooting under dim lighting, such as in the evening or indoors, and also produces better results with capture of rapidly moving subjects.
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Manufacturer Nikon
Brand Nikon
Model Number D5100 18-55mm VR Kit Lens
Item Package Quantity 1

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  1.  Brilliant value for beginner-enthusiasts! 2 April, 2013 On
    I am a beginner to the world of SLR and after a lot of research decided to go with Nikon D5100. If you are new to this world like I was a few months ago, then you would have some of the same questions I had. I will answer some of those below because that will be relevant when reviewing a DSLR that straddles the in-between path.

    First of all, if you are a beginner looking to enter the maze of DSLRs, Nikon and Canon should perhaps be the only names in the reckoning set. How you'd go about choosing between these two will essentially boil down to which camp looks more cool. But jokes aside, both have areas of strengths that vary slightly but you would be a happy camper either way. In short, it does not matter much.

    Nikon has positioned the D5100 somewhere between the entry and pro level - 'prosumer' is the new industry slang (which I personally hate). On the lower end of this spectrum is the beginner-friendly D3100 while D7000 sits at the higher-end of the spectrum. First the specs, the D5100 has a 16 megapixel image sensor,shoots 4 frames per second in continuous mode, has 1080p HD video capability at 24, 25, and 30 fps, and includes the fully rotating rear LCD screen.. It has a single control dial (a common feature of Nikon SLRs at this range I think), with a pentamirror viewfinder but no built-in autofocus motor.

    I have been using D5100 for the last 5 months and learning SLR photography along the way. These are my thoughts on the product:

    D5100 has a 11 Point Auto focus system. This covers majority of the spectrum of areas you would want to hit and still have the subject in the right areas in terms of composition. The auto-mode (where the camera picks the focus points) is fairly intelligent and works in majority of the situations. When specific compositions require you to control the focus point, the single point focus mode lets you manually select one of the 11 points depending on where the subject lies. Note that Nikon D5100 does not have a built in autofocus motor in the body of the camera. This means that in order to be able to focus automatically you'd need lenses with built in autofocus motor. All the new Nikkor lenses have them so you should be good if you are beginner. However if you have collection of old lenses, you would not be able to auto focus using them and would have to revert to manual focus.

    Battery Life
    Is pretty awesome and I was pleasantly surprised. Unless you do a lot of video capture or use the LCD to view your shots, the battery seems to go on and on. Using the view finder to capture majority of shots, I exhausted the battery after about 650 shots. This included a little bit of LCD usage to try out some of the features that would require using it for composition.

    Image Noise
    D5100 uses the same image sensor as D7000 and has the same processing abilities. What strikes the most is the low noise in low-light images. Even higher ISO shots (1600) have really good clarity for majority of use case scenarios.

    Customization and Control
    There's only so much you can control using the controls on the exterior of the camera but there is a wealth of controls and customizations possible through the menu using the LCD screen. Its provides a nice graduation for a beginner to move from learning to use the basic controls to more complex (but intuitively designed) controls and functions

    Additional 'fun' things
    D5100 has an in camera HDR (high dynamic range) mode that lets you create HDR images on the fly without having to do any post processing. The function has limited ability and may not always produce the HDR image you have in your head, but it is great for someone getting into HDR and trying it out directly using the in-camera option.

    In summary, D5100 is one of the best DSLRs to learn to shoot on. Since buying the camera, I have used various resources to learn the different aspects (often disjointed) but trying each one out enough to get them as part of your sub-concious system while looking at a scene. It is a versatile camera while not being intimidating for beginners. A must buy!
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  2.  If you want fantastic pictures, get a D5100 2 April, 2013 On
    This is an awesome camera which comes at a great price. Nikon is trying to flush out their inventory at ridiculous price because they want to introduce D5200. When it was introduced last year people paid around 33K for the same camera.

    The picture quality is excellent, anyone who has not had an SLR ever, this is definitely the right choice. The 3" vari-angle screen is awesome, this lets you take snaps in all sorts of difficult angles and positions.

    Nikon D5100 is relatively easy to use once you realize the information edit button gives access to key adjustable parameters. It focuses very quickly.

    If you’re in the market for a new DSLR you can hardly wrong with the Nikon D5100. It takes superb photos and videos, it is and awesome choice to move from point-and-shoots to “real” cameras.
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  3.  Oustanding DSLR, excellent upgrade from my D3000 2 April, 2013 On
    D5100 takes fantastic pictures. It gives the same image quality of the D7000 in a smaller and less expensive package. It features live view and swivel screen which is great to take shots from difficult angles.

    The ISO performance is very good. I use it with my 1.8G prime lens attached and I can get great images in minimum light. However the 18-55mm lens is perfect for most occasions.

    One thing to watch out is it has no internal focus motor so it will not auto focus the older lenses. It does have a video mode, however I would stick to a dedicated video camcorder for that.

    If you want to take excellent photos go for this camera. You cant go wrong with it. I generally shoot in manual or aperture mode and I am rarely disappointed.
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  4.  The Best Entry Level DSLR 2 April, 2013 On
    The 5100 is a much welcomed upgrade to the earlier D5000, still boasting of the same FlipScreen, the camera comes with tons of upgrades, including an upgraded processor, image sensor and a vast array of in camera editing.

    >The Camera can capture images in
    * RAW
    * Raw and JPEG
    * JPEG ( Fine, Normal, basic)

    >The camera also has an auto-braceting feature for the HDR lovers
    > Flip screen makes odd angles and macro photography easier
    > live View for videos of 1080p quality

    Summary: This one is worth every penny if you are starting out on your DSLR photography
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  5.  Naice! I lovied this! 2 April, 2013 On
    This camera is a revolutionary kick-start in the world of photography since it includes Video recording along with it's fine imaging.This camera is between D3100 and D7000 and has many features that score over Canon’s T3i. Overall image quality is extremely fantastic moreover , you can edit the image too :)

    Its body is weather-shield and look is awesome. Worthy buy!
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     Nikon D5100 (18-55 VR) 2 April, 2013 On
    Point and shoot camera- best in class - value for money
    Best friend for all your escapades and campaigns
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