Nikon unveils D5100 DSLR camera priced $900

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 9:20 by Tech Correspondent

Nikon has announced a new addition to its entry-level DSLR lineup: the 16.2-megapixel Nikon D5100.

The Nikon D5100 is a replacement of the D5000 DSLR camera that was launched in April 2009 to close the gap between the earlier launched D series models -the Nikon D60 and the Nikon D90.

The Nikon D5100 includes features designed to enhance the shooting experience, including a 3-inch, super sharp 921,000-dot Vari-angle LCD screen and full HD (1080p) movie recording with full-time autofocus. Related: Sony 16.2 megapixel megazoom cameras

The D5100 DSLR camera will be available throughout the United States beginning mid-April priced at $800 for the body only, and $900 for the body and lens outfit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

Photo: Nikon D5100

The D5100 uses a 16.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with Nikon’s Expeed 2 image processing engine. It is the first Nikon Digital SLR to provide in-camera effects that can be applied to both photos and movies to deliver more creative expressions.

By selecting the Effects position on the mode dial located on top of the camera, photographers can easily apply effects such as Selective Color and choose up to three different colors in a scene while the remainder of the scene is converted to monochrome.

Color Sketch creates photos and a stop motion movie in a colorful sketched drawing style, while the Miniature effect records photos and high speed movies to bestow a feeling of a mini-scale scene. Also see: Nikon D3s DSLR camera

The Nikon D5100 users can create photos with great tonal range by selecting the high dynamic range (HDR) function within the camera. With this is selected, the D5100 will automatically expose two consecutive images in rapid succession – one over and one underexposed up to 3EV stops to produce a finished photo with a range of midtones and highlights that wouldn’t otherwise be possible in a single shot.

Photo: Nikon D5100 can capture full HD videos

Once the photo is captured, photographers have the flexible retouch menu at their disposal to apply additional in-camera effects and editing options including color and filter effects, red-eye correction and NEF (RAW) processing.

Not only this, the Nikon D5100 captures 1080p full HD movies with full-time autofocus and manual exposure control. Users can switch focus modes to stay with the action through a variety of AF functions, including face priority which can track up to 35 human faces, subject-tracking and normal or wide-area autofocus.

Users can record 1080p movies at a cinema-like 24 or 30fps, or a Web-friendly 720p resolution at either 24 or 30 fps for up to 20 minutes per clip, in the AVC-HD H.264 codec.

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