Nikon D5100
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  • Great for beginners
  • Kit lens is not the best for pictures
  • You can't use it to shoot video
  • Good for landscapes
  • No viewfinder

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Bought for Birding
This is easily the finest camera that I've owned and I've owned some good cameras hailing back to the Minolta SRT-201. I seldom use the viewfinder and instead tend to use the high contrast and very sharp monitor built into the camera. Focus is quick and accurate with the kit lens. Pictures are brigh...
5/5
DLM
10 years ago
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I’m looking into buying a used camera for nature/landscape photography. I found this one on a local Facebook marketplace listing and was wondering if it’s a good deal at $300.
No this is over priced. A good rule of thumb is if the seller puts emphasis on the original purchase price then theybare trying to sell it for too much
Ebay is showing Nikon d5100's for 150-250 each with most including a lens and accessories
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It keeps going after a dunking
Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens I have had this camera for several months now. I knocked it off of a boat into a fresh water lake over Labor Day. The camera with an Ultra SanDisk 16gb SDHC card and a Nikkor 18-105 lens was recovered in ab...
5/5
Herbert D.
10 years ago
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Nikon D5100 Review
It's nice nice little one! If you're looking for just some extra video camera angles, not bad at all.
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Jared Polin
3 months ago
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D5100 to Z50 or Z5
I had a d5100. It was a nice starter dslr.
My son has a Z50. I like it almost as much as my d850. Highly recommend.
A thought on Nikon D5100
What I liked: 1. Excellent image quality even with kit lens (I got some brilliant HD videos too with D5100 - I had to edit the audio though to handle the crappy autofocus sound ). 2. Reasonably priced (after the price drop, of course) 3. Decent build quality (I do not know whether any other under $6...
5/5
Amazonian
10 years ago
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Hi, everyone... I've been looking for a camera to replace one that was stolen, and I did buy a Nikon D5100 recently, which was used.
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Nikon D5100 Basic Guide
It comes with a USB cable which you can use to plug right into the side of the camera here, to offload your images and then really cool on this camera is a mic input, so you can get something like the Nikon me1, which is going to give You better audio than the built in or you can get some extra or different types of microphones, boom, mics and and shotgun mics or a wireless mic like I am wearing that all goes in here on the side. So really that is well!
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Jared Polin
3 months ago
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Review from extremely amature photographer
First off, I don't know much about photography other than what I learned from a high school photo class quite a few years back. So take this review with a grain of salt. That being said, the quality of my pictures immediately improved when I started using my D5100. I'm still learning about the funct...
5/5
Ryan F.
10 years ago
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Anyone tell me what Im doing wrong here? I wanted the whole shot to be sharp but only got a small ring in focus. Shot at f5, ISO 100, 27mm, 1/800
As that could bring out the noise. 1/800 also seems way too fast for a stationary setup like this, dial that down to 1/60 which will let you have ISO100 and with a narrow aperture that will naturally darken the image a little, only increase it from 1/60 if you're overexposed when the aperture and ISO are dialled in. Finally your lens doesn't appear all that great, there's a lot of CA (chromatic aberration) around the edges which will detract from overall sharpness, kit lenses are there to get you started, I would strongly recommend getting a prime lens in the field of view you shoot at most (my 35mm f/1.8 was rarely off my d5100 - and that f/1.8 is great for bokeh on shallow depth of field - if you want something more flexible though I had a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 which also far outperformed the kit lens, but I'd strongly recommend primes for their better IQ), my (now ex) partner had a d3200 (I bought her as a gift when her Olympus died, made sense we could share lenses, gifted the kit lens when we broke up as I didn't want to keep that either..) and it's a good camera, certainly can produce better images than you're getting here.

Specs

Model Name

Nikon D5100

Brand

Nikon

Form Factor

Compact SLR

Skill Level

Professional