Nikon D5100 What You Need to Know for Best Performance
The Nikon D5100 uses a Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger.
The battery can not be charged via USB. This means a battery charger will be necessary. There are third party battery chargers available.
The Nikon D5100 is compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.
That means compatible D5100 SD cards can have a maximum storage capacity of up to 2TB.
If you need a card, my recommendation is to get a 128GB SD card with UHS-I. This will provide the best price to performance, capacity, and compatibility with other devices.
The D5100 is compatible with Nikon F mount lenses. This opens up a wide range of lens possibilities. A full range of lenses exists including circular fisheye, ultra wide angle, perspective control, macro, telephoto, mirror, bellows, and all kinds of zooms.
There is a list of the best Nikon D5100 lenses that covers lenses for all different types of photography.
The camera has an APS-C “crop” sensor that has been designed to use DX lenses. These lenses are smaller and less expensive than FX lenses, which are designed to be used on full frame cameras.
The D5100 can also use full frame, ‘FX’, lenses. However, the downside to these lenses is that they tend to be larger, heavier, and more expensive than DX lenses.
- Active D-Lighting
- 4.0 fps continuous shooting
- Auto Active D-Lighting System
- Custom Setting Options
- Red eye correction
The D5100 has an APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm) sized sensor. This is paired with the Expeed 2 image processor.
The Nikon D5100 can record video at 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30, 25, 24 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps) in MPEG-4.
There is no port for a external microphone.
|Body type||Compact DSLR|
|Max resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Other resolutions||3696 x 2448, 2464 x 1632|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||16.2 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||16.9 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100- 6400 (plus 12800, 25600 with boost)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||None|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||25600.0|
|White balance presets||12.0|
|Custom white balance||Yes (5)|
|Image stabilization notes||None|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal, Basic|
|Autofocus||['Contrast Detect (sensor)', 'Phase Detect', 'Multi-area', 'Center', 'Selective single-point', 'Tracking', 'Single', 'Continuous', 'Face Detection', 'Live View']|
|Number of focus points||11.0|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor|
|Live view||Yes (With contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking)|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.78× (0.52× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain|
|Continuous drive||4.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 5, 10 or 20 sec)|
|Metering modes||['Multi', 'Center-weighted', 'Spot']|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini Type C)|
|Remote control||Yes (Optional ML-L3)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion EN-EL14 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||None|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||560 g (1.23 lb / 19.75 oz)|
|Dimensions||128 x 97 x 79 mm (5.04 x 3.82 x 3.11″)|