Nikon D5100 Review

4.5
April 26, 2011 | Mark Goldstein |

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon D5100.

Canon EOS 600D

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The Canon EOS 600D (called the Canon EOS Rebel T3i in North America) is a new DSLR camera that boasts a class-leading 18-megapixels and full 1080p high-definition videos. Other key features of the 600D / T3i include continuous shooting at 3.7fps, a vari-angle 3-inch LCD screen with 1,040k dot resolution, ISO range of 100-12800, 14-bit image processing and Canon's Digic 4 processor. Is the Canon EOS 600D / T3i the best mid-range digital SLR camera on the market? Read our expert review to find out...

Nikon D3100

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The Nikon D3100 is an entry-level digital SLR camera boasting 14.2-megapixels and full HD movies. Successor to the popular D3000 model, the new D3100 features full-time auto-focusing in both Live View and D-movie modes, a Quiet Shutter Release mode, and an enhanced Guide Mode for the beginner target audience that the D3100 is aimed at. Find out if this is the perfect first DSLR camera for you by reading our expert Nikon D3100 Review.

Nikon D5000

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The Nikon D5000 is the latest digital SLR camera to incorporate a video recording mode, capable of producing 720p, 1280x720 pixel movies at 30fps complete with sound. The 12.3 megapixel D5000 also features a vari-angle LCD screen, making unusual picture compostions easier than with a fixed screen. More traditional SLR features include an ISO range of 100-6400, 4fps continuous shooting, and 11-point autofocus system. Retailing for £719.99 / €878.00 / $729.95 body only, or £799.99 / €972.00 / $849.95 with the 18-55mm VR kit lens, we find out if the Nikon D5000 can successfuly combine video and still images in our latest expert review.

Nikon D7000

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The D7000 is a new prosumer DSLR camera from Nikon, blending features from the cheaper D90 and the more expensive D300s and adding some new ideas of its own. Taking on the Canon EOS 60D, the D7000 is the first Nikon DSLR camera to offer continuous auto-focus during video recording, and the first to feature a 16 megapixel DX image sensor. Read our expert Nikon D7000 Review to find out if it's the right DSLR camera for you.

Olympus E-620

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The Olympus E-620 is an affordable mid-range digital SLR camera that offers a lot of bang for your buck. The 12 megapixel E620 features built-in image stabilisation, a free-angle LCD screen, compact dimensions and light weight, 7-point autofocus system and 6 Art filters. Is the E-620 the best Olympus DSLR yet? Read our expert review to find out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

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The G2 is one of two new Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras for 2010. The Panasonic G2 introduces an innovative and intuitive touchscreen control system that lets you focus and track your subject and take and review your pictures, all by tapping and interacting with the LCD display. Other key features of the G2 include a high-resolution 3 inch articulating screen, 720p AVCHD movies with stereo sound, an electronic viewfinder and a veritable wealth of shooting modes. Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 review now.

Pentax K-5

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The K-5 is the second DSLR camera from Pentax for 2010, inheriting the existing K-7's proven control layout and incorporating a new 16.3 megapixel APS-C sensor. The Pentax K-5 offers an incredible ISO range of 80-51200 plus Full 1080p HD movies, 7fps burst shooting and a large high-resolution LCD screen. Read our Pentax K-5 review to discover if this mid-range DSLR can compete with the competition from Nikon and Canon.

Samsung NX11

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The NX11 is the third model in Samsung's compact system camera range, adding compatibility with the innovative iFunction, which allows you to change key camera settings using the focus ring on the lens. The Samsung NX11 also features a DSLR-like design, 3 inch AMOLED screen, electronic viewfinder, 720p video and a large APS-C CMOS sensor with 14.6 megapixels. Read our in-depth Samsung NX11 review, complete with 40 JPEG and 15 RAW samples.

Sony A55

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The Sony A55 is a new kind of interchangeable lens camera, removing the optical viewfinder and moving mirror of a DSLR and replacing them with an electronic viewfinder and a fixed semi-translucent mirror. This combination allows the A55 to be smaller, lighter, faster and offer a better Live View experience than a comparably priced DSLR. Read our Sony A55 Review to find out if this is the future of interchangeable lens cameras...

Sony A580

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The Sony A580 is a new mid-range DSLR camera that somewhat strangely faces some stiff competition not just from the usual suspects of Canon and Nikon, but also Sony's own A55 and A33 cameras with their innovative and headline grabbing technologies. Read our Sony A580 review to find out if there's still a place for Sony's latest take on the venerable DSLR camera.

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