Nikon introduces its new D5100 Digital SLR camera designed for “those ready to artistically express themselves and need a versatile camera that can keep pace creatively.” The 16.2 Megapixel DX format DSLR offers ISO range of 100-6400, 11-point AF system, full manual controls (P,S,A,M on the mode dial) and NEF (RAW) recording.
The D5100 is equipped with EXPEED 2 image processing engine. It can capture Full HD 1080p video at 24 or 30fps with full-time auto focus and manual exposure control. The DSLR includes in-camera Special Effects Mode, high dynamic range (HDR) function, Scene Recognition System, Active D-lighting feature that helps to keep shadows and highlights consistent for even exposures, and Picture Control system that offers users the choice for Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape settings to apply a personal look and feel to their pictures.
Nikon D5100 comes with a 3-inch Vari-angle LCD screen with the ability to rotate 180 degrees horizontally and vertically. It will be available in April at$799.95 for the body only, and $899.95 for the body and lens outfit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Nikon will also release the new ME-1 stereo microphone that attaches to the hot shoe and has noise dampening components designed to minimize noise resulting from AF operation. It costs $179.95.