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Nikon unleashes D5100 DSLR; 16.2MP, 1080p HD video, improved swiveling LCD

It's not the mirrorless camera we heard about earlier, but Nikon does have a big introduction to make today. Say hello to the Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera.
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Written by Rachel King, Staff Writer on

It's not the mirrorless camera we heard about earlier, but Nikon does have a big introduction to make today. Say hello to the Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera.

Successor to the D5000, the mid-range D5100 steps up the video and picture quality but is 10% lighter than its predecessor overall.

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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