Body Only - £669.99
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Sales start date: 21st April 2011 (TBC)
London, UK, 5 April 2011: Nikon introduces a new D-SLR to its line-up, the D5100, which is packed with features to make shooting stills or full HD movies more exciting than ever. The D5100 will give you a new creative perspective thanks to its improved Vari-angle screen, special effects mode and full (1080p) HD Movie.
Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager for Nikon Europe, says: "The D5100 is a great camera that allows you to express your artistic side through impressive images and movies. You can shoot with creative effects and unique angles, all at the level of superior image quality seen in the D7000!"
The successor to the popular Nikon D5000, the D5100 features an improved Vari-angle LCD screen. The screen now opens horizontally for greater maneuverability, even when using a tripod. This freedom of movement adds unparalleled creativity when using Live View, allowing shooting from virtually any angle. You can also view pictures and movies in more detail on the high resolution (approximately 921k-dot), 7.5 cm (3-in.) wide-viewing angle monitor.
The Live View function is a simple and intuitive way of taking pictures and with the D5100's dedicated switch it is even more straight-forward to operate. When using Auto mode you don't even need to worry about the scene you are shooting, as Scene Auto Selector chooses the most appropriate settings to give you the best image.
The D5100 has a newly introduced special effects mode to shoot amazingly unique pictures and full (1080p) HD movies. The range of seven effects include selective colour, where you select up to three colours to appear in the still or movie while other areas are monochrome, and miniature effect, which makes an image appear like a view of miniature scale. You can select which special effect to shoot in and they are directly accessible via the mode dial on the top of the camera.
The Nikon D5100 makes it effortless to switch between shooting stills and movies as the D-Movie button is located next to the shutter release. This position gives a more stable grip on the camera when starting or stopping filming, or switching between shooting stills and movies. You can record all the action in full (1080p) HD at 24 / 25 / 30 fps whilst using the unique range of special effects and the AF-F will ensure your subject is always in focus. When you have finished you can use the in-camera-movie editing functions and it can all be viewed on HD television.
Nikon is also pleased to introduce an optional stereo microphone, the ME-1. Specifically designed for D-SLRs, it lets you record movie clips in high-quality stereo sound with no AF-noise.
The D5100 makes it easy to achieve superior image quality, even in low-light conditions, with features inherited from the D7000. The DX-format 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, delivers rich colours and fine detail for both pictures and movies, whilst the powerful image-processing engine, EXPEED 2, maximizes the performance of the sensor for exceptional quality. Adding to this the D5100 has an expanded sensitivity range to further help capture brilliant images in challenging light conditions - the ISO ranges from 100 to 6400 and can be raised to ISO 25600 at Hi 2, for low-noise images that do not lose the details. Furthermore, there are a wide range of NIKKOR lenses which contribute to the D5100's impressive image quality.
Nikon's new High Dynamic Range (HDR) function and Active D-Lighting retain the detail when there are extreme contrasts in light. HDR takes two images at varying exposures in a single release, which are combined to produce a single image with a wider dynamic range.
The 11-point AF system offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame.
Four AF-area modes, including 3D-tracking AF, keeps your main subject in focus even if the composition changes quickly in action scenes. This can be accompanied with continuous shooting up to 4 fps to really capture fast moving subjects.
|Image sensor||CMOS sensor with 16.2 million effective pixels|
|Dust-reduction system||Image sensor cleaning system, Airflow control system|
|File format||NEF (RAW): 14 bit, compressed; JPEG: fine, normal or basic; NEF + JPEG|
|Viewfinder||Pentamirror with 95% frame coverage and 0.78x magnification|
|Monitor||7.5-cm, approx. 921k-dot (VGA), Vari-angle TFT LCD with 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage|
|Shutter speed||1/4000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; Bulb; Time (requires optional Remote Control ML-L3)|
|Drive mode||4.0 frames per second|
|Autofocus||Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points|
|AF-area mode||Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)|
|Lens servo||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous-servo AF (AF-C); Manual focus (MF)|
|Exposure metering||TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor|
|Metering method||Matrix, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Exposure mode||Auto, Auto Flash off, Scene Modes: Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colours, Food;
Programmed auto (P), Shutter-priority auto (S), Aperture priority auto (A), Manual (M)
|Special effects||Colour Sketch, Selective Colour, Miniature effect, Night Portrait, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key|
|Picture Control System||Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape|
|Exposure compensation||-5 to +5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV|
|ISO sensitivity||ISO 100 - 6400, Hi1, Hi2 (25.600 equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV|
|Built-in flash||Auto flash with auto pop-up; P, S, A, M: Manual pop-up with button release; Guide number: approx 13m|
|White balance||Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning|
|Live View lens servo||Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time-servo AF (AF-F); Manual focus (MF)|
|Live View AF-area mode||Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF|
|Live View Autofocus||Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)|
|Automatic scene selection||Available in Auto and Auto Flash Off modes|
|Movie metering||TTL exposure metering using main image sensor|
|Frame size(pixels) and rate||1,920 × 1,080, 30p/25p/24p, H high/normal; 1,280 × 720, 30p/25p/24p, H high/normal; 640 × 424, 30p/25p, H high/normal|
|File format and compression||MOV; H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding|
|Audio recording device||Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone (optional NIKON ME-1); sensitivity adjustable|
|Playback||Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation and image comment (up to 36 characters)|
|Connectivity||Hi-Speed USB; Video output: NTSC, PAL; HDMI output: Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; Accessory terminal: Remote Cord MC-DC2 (available separately), GPS Unit GP-1 (available separately); Audio input: Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5-mm diameter)|
|Supported languages||Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish|
|Battery||One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14|
|AC adapter||AC Adapter EH-5a/5b; requires Power Connector EP-5A (available separately)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||Approx. 128 × 97 × 79 mm|
|Weight||approx. 560 g with battery and memory card|
|Supplied accessories||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14, Battery Charger MH-24, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-20, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Camera Strap, AN-DC3, Body Cap BF-1B, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM|
Posted on: Tuesday 5 April 2011