The relatively newly released Nikon D5100 is a semi-professional (mid-range) camera. This gem is getting high praise from many Nikon fans and I’ve even read of a few Canon users who love it.
MSRP on this camera is $849.95, including the body and a Nikon AF-S 18-55mm VR lens, but it’s currently on Amazon for about $699 – a fantastic price, either way, for what this camera can accomplish.
I, myself, am a Canon user, but I know there are a ton of Nikon lovers out there too and I don’t have any real beef with Nikon. I just started using Canon first and have never switched. My goal is for this website to be as comprehensive as possible, so I am going to dive in to some Nikon and other brand-name products.
Click here to check out the Nikon D5100 on Amazon.com.
Angle of View:
The crop factor here is about 1.5. Basically, this means that any lens you put on your camera will have it’s focal length extended by about one and a half times. If you are using a 35mm lens, for example (this camera uses Nikon’s F mount lenses, by the way), the focal length would actually be closer to 50mm (52.5 to be exact). For more information on this, see our informational, section, or check out this great video from Vimeo’s Video School:
There are lots of other great videos on the Vimeo Video School that are very educational and quite entertaining too!
This camera uses a 23.6×15.6 CMOS sensor. This is NOT a full-frame sensor, like the D700, but remember, this is a mid-range camera designed for amateurs to semi-pros.
Images are captured at 16MP (full resolution), which is more-than-enough for most photographers. Remember, you really only need approximately 2MP to get quality 4×6 prints and only 7.2MP for 8×10 prints.
Also called “burst,” the continuous frames per second sits at 4 fps on the 5100. Not bad, but still not up to the 6 fps of Canon’d 5D or the 8 fps of the 7D.
All in all, I am very impressed by this camera and I know that you will be as well. Let us know what you think!