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  • Nikon D5100

Nikon has released another astonishing Digital SLR(single lens reflex) camera in the D5100. Boasting one of the highest available megapixels and a full 1080p D-Movie mode, the Nikon D5100 is sure to make a wave in the camera market. Especially at the reasonable price it is listed at.

The Nikon D5100 has the ability to take up to 16.2 MP or megapixel pictures. This means that the picture you take will have 16.2 million pixels. As of right now, the most megapixels you can get on a SLR camera is 24.6, but that camera will cost you in the area of $8,000. The Nikon D5100 flexes its muscles with the high pixel count to provide incredibly stunning pictures. Pictures are taken in the form of .jpeg and RAW formats which is pretty common practice. The D5100 uses DX format which is Nikon’s fancy name for APS-C(advanced photo system type-c), which its competitors use. The three settings at which the camera will take photos is (S)mall: 2464 x 1632, (M)edium:3696 x 2448, and (L)arge:4928 x 3264. Those are some fairly impressive sizes for most cameras available today. Another great feature for the D5100 is the HDR (high dynamic range) technology. HDR helps with extreme contrast pictures such as sunlit clouds or a foreground deep in shadow. By combining two exposures, the D5100 takes rich pictures void of blind spots or pictures that have blackout because its too dark.

Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
This is a great feature that has been saught after by photography aficionados. The D5100’s monitor can extend away from the body of the camera to help you take those difficult shots and videos with ease. The 3 inch LCD monitor can twist and turn so that you can take ground shots, overhead shots, waist level shots, and even the ever fun self portrait(yep take a picture of yourself and see what your photo is going to be. This is a great feature that will help the photographer shoot from any angle.

1080p D-Movie Video
Many new SLR cameras are more and more coming with video capturing features. The D5100 is definitely one of them. Nikon has ergonomically placed the Movie start button and a neat Live view button so that you can know what you’re about to record, then start recording with ease. The D5100 D-Movie mode records movies in stunning 1080p high definition and has a built in HDMI port so that one can instantly playback their movie on an HDTV. Add the optional ME-1 stereo microphone and you can have a professional movie recording experience. The D5100 also has an Full-time auto focus feature so that you can record your video effortlessly and in the best quality possible.

Overall the Nikon D5100 is a very impressive camera, especially when it’s priced just under $900. For everything you get with it from the impressive megapixels and 1080p video recording, that is a decent price. The D5100 also has 16 Effects modes to help you choose what type of setting you’re shooting. The D5100 also uses uses SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards to give a variety of memory capabilities. This is a great camera and is perfect for any level of skill photographer as it is very easy to use and comprehend.