Nikon D5100 Review

September 30, 2019

The Nikon D5100 is marketed as an upper-entry-level DSLR is basically a major upgrade to the older Nikon D5000. Designed with a more enhanced swivel LCD screen with similar remarkable sensor as that of Nikon D7000, Nikon D5000 has however is no longer on market as a new product. It has been preceded by the D5600 which is a new model in this Nikon D5100 HDR review.


In review of Nikon D5100, the camera is made of mostly plastic which is the same like all entry-level DSLR Nikon cameras. This is not an ordinary plastic but a tough one that can outcome some severe force applied on it. It is equipped with the new 3 inch gorgeous LCD screen and this camera is very light because of the plastic material.

The D5100 camera features a 16.2 MP CMOS sensor similar that seen with the Nikon D7000 although it lacks the wireless flash control, magnesium alloy build or 39-point AF system but has a better image quality. In addition, this camera has a single control dial, Penta mirror viewfinder without in-built autofocus motor. It however offers 1080p video capability (at 30, 25 & 24fps) and is saved via the H.264/AVC codec. Additionally, it has 920, 000 dot fully articulated LCD panel that helps to shoot it unlike its predecessor D5000. It is also smaller, attractive with a more conventional side-mounted hinge for the LCD screen.


In Nikon D5100 review in terms of optics, this device has similar AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens like D3000, D3100 and the D5000 cameras. It has however an improved Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to be in the same level with the likes of Olympus, Pentax and Sony which are designed with in-body image-stabilization. It features a 16.2 MP sensor resolution and CMOS optical sensor type with a total of 169000000 pixels.


In terms of videography, the D5100 Nikon review shows that just like other Nikon brands in the DSLRs, this camera is not far from them. When we compare to D3100, Nikon D5100 camera gives us live contrast detection autofocusing with tracking capability while video recording. With this camera, videographers can control its lens manually before capturing to incorporate the external microphone as well as adjust the audio gain.

It also offers Full HD (1080p) high definition video capture for high definition displays. The videos are recorded using the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression. It provides both exposure compensation and lock before and after recording.

The D5100 camera also allows in-camera movie editing functions whereby users can save a single frame as a still JPEG image. You can also delete parts that are not necessary from the beginning or/and end of movie files.


There is stereo audio and in-built microphone as well as 3.5 mm audio jack when we look at the D5100 Nikon reviews in terms of audio. This allows stereo audio recording as well as monaural audio recording.


The Nikon D5100 is a digital DSLR camera that is powered by the Nikon EN-EL 14 rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. It is of high density and low self-discharge with a capacity of 1030mAh. It can take 660 shots images on a single charge which is relatively a good battery life. It also has a battery indicator.


The features of D5100 Nikon reviewed include a built-in HDMI connection, single SD Card slot with SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card compatibility.


The Nikon D5100 camera is a perfect camera that fits right comfortably between the entry-level Nikon D3100 and much more enthusiast D7000. This digital DSLR camera gives a video-friendly articulated high-res screen and also gains bracketing and greater degree of customization. Even though it doesn’t have the focus motor, this device has proven its worth to give the super-wide ISO span of 100-25,600 and class leading image of the Nikon D7000 DSLR camera.

On the downside, when we compare this camera with the D3100 it lacks the same novice-friendly handling. On the other hand, when compared to Nikon D7000 DSLR camera, it is outclassed in terms of advanced features. It might be a good camera for starters although the Nikon D3100 is much simpler otherwise the Nikon D7000 is far much better in terms of built quality, sophistication of AF, size of viewfinder and the in-built AF motor.