The Nikon D5100

 

Not so long ago, I reviewed Canon’s newest rebel. So, for this review I’ve decided to give you a look at Nikon’s answer to the Canon T3i: the Nikon D5100.

Not so long ago, I reviewed Canon’s newest rebel. So, for this review I’ve decided to give you a look at Nikon’s answer to the Canon T3i: the Nikon D5100.

Released April 2011, the D5100 is just one more option for the non-pro, entry level DSLR user. Here are some specs for you: It’s got 16.2 Mega Pixels, Full high definition video and a fully articulated LCD screen (they’re so hot right now!).

The D5100 is meant to sit between the “beginner friendly” D3100 and the “high end” D7000. However the sensor in the D5100 is almost exactly the same as the D7000.

Most folks are surprised to hear that the sensor in their entry-level DSLR is similar, if not the same as those of the higher end, more expensive ones. Here’s the low down: The big difference is the interface- on higher end cameras everything is at your fingertips with a dedicated dial or button. There's no wireless flash control in your entry level DSLR (that means your stuck with your on camera flash, unless you pick up an adapter) and chances are, your entry level camera is plastic verses magnesium alloy.

How could I forget the Special effects menu on the D5100? Right there on the dial, with the auto functions… Selective Colour, Night Vision, High Key, Low Key, Miniature Effect, etc… Useful? Not so much, but I’m sure there’s some one out there who’ll appreciate it.

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