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

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Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100 review


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Dynamic range

DxOMark.com records the maximum dynamic range of the D5100 at 13.6EV, just 0.3EV behind the D7000, and a consistent range from the two cameras throughout the ISO range to 25,600.

These results tally with our findings, that there is very little between the image performance of the D5100 and its bigger brother, while it also places the D5100 as one of the best performers in its class.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and Handling
  4. 4. White balance and Colour
  5. 5. Metering
  6. 6. Autofocus
  7. 7. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  8. 8. Dynamic range
  9. 9. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  10. 10. Our verdict
  11. 11. The competition
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