The arrival of the Nikon D5100 seems to signal the completion associated with Nikons refresh of its non-pro Digital camera lineup. Its set of features and pricing imply that it sits very comfortably between the beginner-friendly D3100 as well as the high-end D7000 – it’s clearly aimed to attract the eye of enthusiast photography enthusiasts without cannibalizing sales regarding is sister designs.
A camera producer can judge the achievements its market positioning by seeing the amount of people are wondering ‘which design is right for me?’ on discussion discussion boards – and we think a D3100/D5100/D7000 progression would minimize such uncertainties. The official line is how the D90 maintains the position in the array, but both it’s naming and overlap with models suggest that it’s role is now more one of historical curiosity than future importance.
The Nikon D5100 has a virtually identical 16.2MP CMOS sensor for the excellent one noticed in the Nikon D7000 but, naturally, loses out on which camera’s high-end build and also feature-set. So there’s no wireless flash control, the mineral magnesium alloy build or 39-point AF system but the underlying image quality looks to be the same.
Because has become standard for any Nikon at this price point, the actual D5100 offers a single manage dial, pentamirror viewfinder and no built-in auto-focus motor. However, that gains 1080p video capacity (at 30, Twenty-five or 24fps), saved with all the efficient H.264/AVC codec, plus a 920,000 dot completely articulated LCD panel to aid shoot it. They are both significant benefits over its precursor the D5000, and the improvements extend to the D5100 getting smaller, neater construction and a more conventional side-mounted hinge for that LCD.
These types of changes resolve a couple of rather awkward aspects of Nikon’s existing lineup: in the event the D5100 and D7000 end up being neighboring models it will avoid the inelegant overlap that existed between your D5000 and D90. It also ensures a more stylish appearance to the designs themselves (the D5000 had been many things, but quite wasn’t one of them).
Even though D5100 is listed as having an Expeed 2 processor, it really is worth remembering that Nikon doesn’t use this naming system to denote any specific components, therefore the actual chunks associated with silicon and features aren’t necessarily the same as those in the D3100 or even D7000. However, in addition to a in the same way specced 16.2MP sensor, the particular D5100 offers the same ISO settings as its big brother – extending up to a good equivalent of ISO 25,Six hundred. It also inherits 14-bit Natural shooting – one with the factors that helps provide the D7000 its impressive powerful range – which is something Nikon used to just offer on its more costly models.
Well the D7000 vs D5100
6fps vs 4fps: advantage d7000
Fixed screen vs tilt: D5100
Maganisum body vs. plastic: D7000
More manual controls vs menus: D7000
1080p 24fps vs 1080p 30fps: D5100
Sensors: tie (if it is the Sony cmos like the D7000, D3100 used Nikon Cmos)
Lenses selection: D7000, the D5100 still lack th ebody motor for older Nikkor lenses.
Nikon CLS wireless flash: tie, both have it I not sure if the 3100 does (for speedlight without buying a trigger and using i-ttl off camera).
39 vs 11: D7000, but I only use the single point focusing (like manual on the camera) so no really advantage unless you do thing fully automatic. Or focus and recenter, same thing.
All in all the Nikon D5100 is a better deal for consumer. For enthusiast the body and control of the D7000 is much better and faster to change settings to get a good shot.
The D7000 defaults were soft and designed for portrait. You have to use the submenu to jack up the sharpness and contrast to look vivid on the Nikon D7000 .