Nikon D5100 review
May 28, 2011
Price as Reviewed:£669.99
When DSLRs are this small, do you really need a compact system camera? We put the diminutive Nikon D5100 through its paces in our comprehensive AP test
The D5100’s positioning and current pricing gives it two main competitors: the Canon EOS 600D and the Sony Alpha 55.
Canon’s EOS 600D currently sells for around £50 less than the D5100 and has a very similar specification, even offering a 3in vari-angle screen.
Its sensor is a more populated 18-million-pixel unit, but it offers a slightly slower 3.7fps burst rate and just nine AF points.
It also misses out on the top Hi2 ISO setting of 25,600.
Sony’s Alpha 55 is just £20 less than the D5100 and uses the same 16-million-pixel sensor as the Nikon model.
However it features a translucent mirror and electronic viewfinder that allow fast burst rates of up to 10fps, plus 15 AF points with three cross-type points.
- Video: Full HD, 1080p, 30/25/24fps, MOV (H.264)
- External mic: Yes
- White Balance: Auto, 6 presets, manual with fine-tuning
- Dioptre Adjustment: -1.7 to +0.7 dioptre
- Built-in Flash: Yes, GN 13m @ ISO 100
- Shutter Type: Focal-plane shutter
- Memory Card: SD/SDHC/SDXC
- Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism mirror
- Output Size: 4928x3264 pixels
- LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot vari-angle LCD
- Field of View: 95% coverage
- AF Points: 11-point system
- White Balance Bracket: Yes
- Sensor: 16.2-million-effective pixel CMOS
- Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec
- Exposure Modes: PASM, auto, 16 scene modes, 7 special effects modes
- Connectivity / Interface: USB, HDMI
- Weight: 560g (with battery and card)
- Power: Rechargeable EN-EL 14 Li-Ion battery
- File Format: JPEG, NEF (raw), MOV
- Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec plus bulb
- Drive Mode: 4fps
- Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
- Lens Mount: Nikon F
- ISO: 100-6400 (25,600 expanded setting)
- Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
- DoF Preview: Yes
- Dimensions: 128x97x79mm
- Compression: 3-stage JPEG
- Metering System: 420-pixel TTL 3D Color Matrix Metering II, spot, centreweighted
- Exposure Comp: ±5EV
- Tested as: Enthusiast DSLR