Better Images with Nikon D5100 SLR

A Review of Nikon D5100 SLR

When it comes to choosing an SLR, most photography aficionados are torn between Nikon and Canon SLR brands. But if you are a creative and high-adventure photo enthusiast, Nikon brand would be your best bet as there are a lot of tweaks you can do with a Nikon SLR. One of the latest in this brand is Nikon D5100. Along with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, you can create fantastic images as you play with the latter effects.


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Nikon D5100 is considered a high-end enthusiast type of camera. This means that it has almost the same capabilities that other high-end SLR that Nikon has like D7000. Most Nikon consumers would justify that this model is a steal.

With Nikon D5100, all the presets come in handy. It has better performance in low light situations compared to models below D5000 unit. The flip-out screen is a bonus as what most users says since it is a back-ache saver. You can place your camera anywhere aside from being eye-level and you are able it to capture before actually shooting it.  The versatility of its three-inch LCD monitor allows the photographer to deal with every angle. One can do overhead shots, waist level and other angles that may come to mind. The possibilities are limitless.

The latest Nikon DSLR technology allows this unit to have an outstanding image quality. With 16.2MP DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 2 image processing engine, images are way better than that of other DSLR brand models, lesser blur and capture at faster shutter speeds.

This SLR has a higher resolution screen that shows images more clearly. Nikon D5100 offers about 1600 pixels to 3,300 pixels resolution. Additionally, if you are into sports shooting, the continuous shooting feature enables you to take multiple shots in a single second. Technically, it has continuous shooting speed at 4 frames per second. This is way better than previous models that can capture at speed of 3 frames per second.

Most photographers always have troubles in lighting especially under low light situations like inside a building or at museums. What is amazing with D5100, this camera has an outstanding performance on low-light situations and has high ISO sensitivity 6400. The lowest ISO is 100. Not bad at all.

The best thing any Nikon DSLR can offer is that you can do a lot of tweaks and fine-tuning with all Nikon SLR models, specifically Nikon D5100 showcases “Active D-Lighting.” This feature is an effective way in enhancing dynamic range of a photo. This is done by equalizing the difference between high and low-light areas of the image.

Speaking of High Dynamic Range, the SLR has the ability to combine two exposures to create a photo with a great dynamic range but less noise and richer color gradation.

If you are fond shooting in RAW or JPEG mode, this SLR has three JPEG compression levels to offer.

Nikon D5100 SLR incorporates several scene modes in this ergonomically designed camera. Scene modes available are autumn colors, beach/snow, blossom, candlelight, child, close-up, dusk/dawn, food, landscape, night landscape, night portrait, party/ indoor, pet portrait, sports and sunset.

Also, the white balance has several modes that allows you to capture images better at different conditions. Among the settings available are auto, cloudy, direct sunlight, flash, incandescent, preset/ manual, shade and fluorescent, which is further divided into 7 types.

In matter of physical convenience, this DSLR is smaller and lighter compared to high-end cameras like D7000. This is a great advantage if you travel a lot and want to have your camera always by your side. The SLR’s dimension is 6 x 8 x 8 inches and weighs only 1.2 pounds.

If you are using your SLR on shooting videos, this SLR has an added feature of an external microphone jack.  This also allows you to have a superior recording capability with Nikon’s optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone.  You can take a full HD D-Movie with sound and create movies without any efforts with the Live View and Movie start button added to this model.

The battery has better performance with battery life of about 660 shots (CIPA).

With three-inch,  921,000-dot Super-Density horizontal type Vari-Angle LCD Monitor, in-camera special effects mode and High Dynamic Range, full 1080p HD movies in full auto focus and higher ISO sensitivity at 100-6400 (Extended Mode: 100-25600), Nikon D5100 SLR is one of the best technologies that the Nikon brand has developed in 2012. Packed with lot of new effects, new hardware improvements and better image quality, a photography aficionado will find this camera a great help in capturing great shots.

To further enhance your captured photos, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is a handy tool that helps improve shadows and lighting of your images. You can further create an image book using this Adobe product.

If you have deep interest in digital photography, Nikon DSLR D5100 model and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is the perfect match for a superb image quality.

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