5100 Entry Level DSLR ‘Inspiration from any angle’
The wait is finally over and rumors being answered. Nikon’s press release for the launch of its much anticipated and awaited upgrade to D5000 is finally confirmed. So people who are looking for an upgrade to their existing entry-level DSLR or looking forward to buy their first DSLR, here we go.
With 16.2 MP, 4fps and an image sensor similar to D7000 (23.6 × 15.6 mm CMOS sensor), it offers more than D5000. With an eye level pentamirror single lens reflex viewfinder with a 95% frame coverage horizontally and vertically. With its Vari-angle, 180 degrees swing out LCD with 1000:1 contrast ration and 921,000 dot resolutions provides you with a great clarity.
Other features include:
AF-area mode Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points)
Shutter speed – 1/4000 to 30s
Exposure bracketing 3 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
ISO sensitivity ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV
Active D-Lighting Auto, extra high, high, normal, low, off
File format – NEF (RAW): 14 bit, compressed; JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression; NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Exposure metering TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Movie metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures
White balance – Auto, incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Expected selling price $799.95 body only, and $899.95 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. It’s price places it marginally between D3100 entry level and D7000 semi pro. I think its you who have to decide where you would want to move or stick to offering of D5100.
Clearly D5100 gives you an edge over D3000, but falls short of D7000. Remember D7000 body only is approx $1200. When compared to D3100 it gives u a better pixel rate, a marginally higher fps and an advance image sensor which great auto edit features. Though D5100 share the same processor Expeed 2, D7000 is more for serious amateurs, who are ready to pay the extra dollar to experience what D7000 has to offer.
So look at your options and the amount of investment you can commit to, as you will need few good lens if you are looking forward to capture some stunning images and remember good lens ain’t come cheap.
With D5100 still due to hit the market, expected around the end of April or 1st week of May. There shall be a lot to discuss and review then, so till then…stay tunned and happy imaging.