Let's start with the improvements. The D5100 is capable of recording full HD 1080p clips at 24/25/30 frames per second with the autofocus ready to go in video mode. There's also a nifty focusing feature called 3D-tracking AF. No, that doesn't mean that this DSLR records in 3D, but it can track subjects that are in motion better. Nikon has also improved the Vari-angle LCD panel with its 3-inch monitor (921k-dot resolution), which can now swivel open horizontally for additional viewing angles, even when using a tripod.
Along with Nikon's new and signature High Dynamic Range feature for higher contrast photos, here's a list of the other impressive specs that should please future owners of the D5100:
- DX-format 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
- EXPEED 2 image processor
- ISO range:100 to 6,400 (Can be raised to ISO 25,600 at Hi 2)
- 11-point AF system
- Continuous shooting at 4fps
- GPS compatible with optional unit
- Stereo sound with optional Nikon ME-1 microphone (shown in top image)
- Front and back infrared receivers for optional remote controls
Set to roll out internationally on April 21st, pricing starts at $800/£669.99/€777 for the body-only option, and rises to $900/£779.99/€904 to also get the 18-55VR kit lens.
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