Nikon D5100 1560

With many of the advanced features of the Nikon D7000, the D5100 should suit entry - level and enthusiast photographers alike

ATA GLANCE

16.2 - miLLion - pixel CMOS sensor

IS0 100-25,600

921,000 - dot, vari - angle LCD screen

Full HD video

ANNOUNCED in April as the replacement for the Nikon D5000, the D5100 is a very significant upgrade. Most importantly, the new camera has a 16.2 - million - pixel CMOS sensor. This is not only important because of the 3.9 - million - pixel increase from the D5000, but also because it is the same basic sensor that is used in the D7000. Our tests have found that this sensor produces extremely low levels of noise and has a good dynamic range, so it is good to see the 16.2 - million - pixel version used lower down in Nikons DSLR range, at a price affordable to entry - level photographers.

The 16.2 - million - pixel sensor, combined with Nikons Expeed 2 image - processing system, allows the Nikon D51OO to have a sensitivity of ISO 100-6400, which can be extended to ISO 25,600. It also allows 14 - bit raw files to be saved, which is an improvement on the D5000, and helps to improve dynamic range and colour rendition, particularly in shadow areas.

The D5100 has a 3in, 921,000 - dot articulated rear screen, which is a slight increase from the 2.7in articulated screen of the D5000. Its method of screen articulation has also changed, with the D5100 having a more conventional hinge on the side, as opposed to at the bottom of the camera on the D5000.

The final major addition to the D51 OO is full HD video capture at 1080p. When all these are combined with a 4fps shooting rate and a whole host of in - camera effects, such as perspective and distortion control, the D51 OO stands out as a great DSLR for both entry - level and enthusiast photographers.

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