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Nikon Coolpix P5100 Review
Date: Nov 12, 2007
Nikon Coolpix P5100 Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
The Nikon Coolpix P5100 is identical to the Coolpix P5000 with a slight increase to 12.1MP resolution. Many of you will like this relatively compact digital camera that offers total exposure flexibility in an attractive and durable body. The design is clean with lots of controls that make the camera intuitive to use. The P5100 has one of the best grip on a compact digital camera. The textured and almost all-black finish give the camera a professional look.
Like on the P5000, advanced functions include Manual AF area frame
and corresponding Spot AF area metering, auto
exposure bracketing, manual WB and Best Shot Selector.
An effective Vibration Reduction (VR) technology
("Image Stabilization") allows handholding
the camera at slow shutter speeds.
The Nikon P5100 gives very good image quality
at ISO 64. Noise is controlled up to ISO 200,
but higher ISOs are visibly noisy. No RAW file format is available. It features
an optical viewfinder and a real six-blade hexagonal
iris diaphragm (10 steps in 1/3EV increments).
Besides AUTO mode and 16 easy-to-use Scene Modes,
advanced photographers will appreciate Programmed
Auto with Program Shift, Manual White Balance, up to 99 Manual AF areas.
Macro mode allows you to get as close as 4 cm
(1.6 in.). The LCD is large at 2.5 in. with 230,000
pixels resolution and movie mode is 640x480 pixels
30fps, with sound.
The Nikon Coolpix P5100 gives the photographer a quiet feeling of confidence that it can handle any photographic challenge. It will
appeal to the serious amateur photographer desiring
a compact and light digital camera with an effective
image stabilization and full control over camera
See if you fit the Nikon Coolpix P5100 User
||Desire a 12.1MP resolution
digital camera with very good image
quality at ISO 64.
||Want Image Stabilization
to prevent blurred pictures due to camera
||Want an easy-to-use point-and-shoot
with manual controls.
||Want full exposure flexibility,
plus advanced features.
||Want a digital camera
for learning and growing in digital