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Key Features

3 Inch, 921,000-dot horizontal Vari-Angle LCD Monitor

Allows for versatile, high quality viewing, high and low vantage points as well as simply for the fun of taking self-portraits.

In-camera Special Effects mode operates with still images or D-Movies

Incorporates an amazing array of special effects for use when taking still pictures or recording D-Movie Full HD movies. Selective Colour isolates any colour within the scene, capture details in places too dark for your own eyes using Night Vision, create bright images with atmosphere using High Key or emphasize the mood of a scene using Low Key. Miniature Effect makes a scene look like a miniature scale model and Colour Sketch creates colour outlines of the subject.

In-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range)

D5100 combines two exposures to create an image that reveals an extremely wide dynamic range, but with less noise and In scenes with extreme contrasts, such as bright, sunlit clouds and a foreground deep in shadow.

Full 1080p HD Movies with Full Time Autofocus

Record up to 20 minutes of cinematic-quality Full HD D-Movies at 1080p.  The built-in microphone lets you record dialog and background sounds in mono while the external 3.5mm microphone jack lets you attach the Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone for full stereo sound.

16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor

D5100's 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor lets you capture astonishing detail and subtleties with outstanding dynamic range for family events, nature scenes and portraits in low light and more. Its high resolution is perfect for making poster sized prints even when cropping the image is necessary.

4 frames per second continuous shooting

With a continuous shooting speed as fast as 4 frames per second, combined with fast power-up, decisive moments are captured easily without annoying shooting lag.

11-point Autofocus System

D5100 includes 11 focus points including a cross-type sensor to make sure your subject is captured sharply wherever it's located in the frame. Working together with the Scene Recognition System, the camera can keep your main subject in focus even if the composition changes.

ISO sensitivity 100-6400, expandable to ISO 25,600 equivalent

D5100's CMOS sensor offers a remarkably wide ISO range of ISO 100 to 6400 with reduced noise enabling you to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture scenes and subjects with less blur. Even handheld shooting and full HD D-movies come out looking great in low light.

EXPEED 2 image processing engine

Nikon's performance-proven EXPEED 2 image processing engine enables lightning-fast data processing and delivers pictures and Full HD D-movies of exceptional image quality.

16 Automatic Exposure Scene Modes

No matter what your subject matter, the D5100 has a scene mode to match it. Once you've decided on the setting, the D5100 automatically chooses the settings that will provide the best results. With Nikon's Scene Modes, you will never have to worry about complicated camera settings.

Scene Auto Selector

When using Live View with Auto mode or Auto (flash off), the D5100 automatically selects the most appropriate Scene Mode, choosing from Portrait, Landscape, Close up, and Night portrait, leaving you more time to concentrate on the shot.

420-pixel RGB 3D Colour Matrix Metering II

Nikon's renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Colour Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusive Scene Recognition System, evaluates each scene for unmatched exposure accuracy.

Auto Active D-Lighting

Nikon's in-camera technology restores lost shadow and highlight detail in high contrast scenes—during the exposure.

Scene Recognition System

With the 420-pixel RGB 3D Colour Matrix Metering II and CMOS image sensor working together, the D5100 is able to recognize your subject and optimize the auto exposure, autofocus, auto white balance and i-TTL flash control as well as face-priority AF during Live View and D-Movie shooting.

Nikon Picture Control System

Customize the look and feel of your photos to suit your taste with Nikon's Picture Control System. Choose from six settings: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.

Automatic Image Sensor Cleaning

Uses an ultrasonic process and exclusive Airflow Control combats the accumulation of dust in front of the image sensor, safeguarding image quality shot after shot.

Instant, in-camera post-production—image and movie editing functions

The D5100's numerous editing functions include resize, NEF (RAW) processing and filter effects, such as Skylight, Warm filter. Along with Quick retouch and Edit movie, there are additional features such as Distortion control and Fisheye without the need for a computer.

Built-in HDMI ConnectionView your images or D-Movies on an HDTV

Enjoy pictures and movies on your television, and use the TV remote control unit to operate playback.
*HDMI CEC-compatible TV only.

LCD, Video and Photo Gallery images are for illustrative purposes only.