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Nikon Coolpix P5100 Review

Review Date: Nov 12, 2007

Nikon Coolpix P5100
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Category: Serious Amateur

The Nikon Coolpix P5100 has 12.1MP resolution, a 3.5x optical Zoom-Nikkor lens with optical image stabilization and a large 2.5 in. high-resolution (230K pixels) LCD monitor with a wide 170-degree viewing.

Vibration Reduction (VR) is Nikon's version of optical image stabilization. VR automatically detects and compensates for small camera movements that would otherwise cause images to blur. The result is sharper pictures when shooting in low light. VR also allows you to take advantage of slower shutter speeds (similar to shooting at shutter speeds two to three stops faster).

The Nikon P5100 provides full exposure flexibility with Programmed Auto, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority and full Manual modes.

Nikon's innovative D-Lighting function compensates for underexposed images or insufficient flash by automatically adding light and detail to selected shots where needed -- without affecting properly exposed areas. Nikon's In-Camera Red-Eye Fix automatically fixes most typical occurrences of red-eye. Face-Priority AF automatically finds and focuses on people’s faces to ensure clear, crisp focus on people's faces.

Converter lens options include a Wide-angle optical lens Converter that realizes a focal length of 24mm (35mm equivalent), and a Telephoto optical lens Converter that extends the reach of the zoom to 369mm (35mm equivalent). The built-in accessory shoe supports the use of Nikon’s advanced i-TTL flash control for external flashes, including the Speedlight SB-400, SB-600 and SB-800.

The Nikon Coolpix P5100 should appeal to serious amateur photographers who desire complete control over the features of their digital cameras.

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Nikon Coolpix P5100
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Nikon Coolpix P5100US | CAN | UK | Coolpix  
  Image Sensor 12.1 effective megapixels (4000x3000)
1/1.72-in. CCD
  Lens Zoom-Nikkor with Optical VR image stabilization; 7 elements in 6 groups  
  Focal Length 7.5-26.3mm (35mm [135] format picture angle: 35-123mm)  
  Aperture Range f/2.7(W)-5.3(T), 10 steps of 1/3 EV
6- blade Iris diagram
  Optical Zoom 3.5x;
Digital zoom: up to 4x (35mm [135] format picture angle: 492mm)
  Focus range (from lens) / Macro 30cm (1 ft) to infinity;
Macro close-up mode: 4cm (1.6 in) to infinity
  Auto Focus Contrast-detect AF, Multi area AF  
  Focus-area selection Face-priority, auto (9-area automatic selection), center, manual with 99 focus areas  
  Vibration Reduction Optical VR image stabilization  
  Shutter Speed 1/2000s - 8s  
  Exposure Control Programmed auto exposure with flexible program, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, manual  
  Shooting Modes

Self-timer: 10 or 3 second selection


640x480 @ 30fps, 15fps
320x240 @ 15fps
160x120 @ 15fps
Time Lapse (640x480 @ 30fps)
Sepia (320x240 @ 15fps)
B&W (320x240 @ 15fps)

  Image Size (pixels) 4000 x 3000 (12M), 3264 x 2448 (8M), 2592 x 1944 (5M), 2048 x 1536 (3M), 1600 x 1200 (2M), 1280 x 960 (1M), 1024 x 768 (PC), 640 x 480 (TV), 3984 x 2656 (3:2), 3968 x 2232 (16:9), 2992x 2992 (1:1)  
  Built-in Flash

W: 0.3m - 8m / (1ft. - 26ft. 2.9in.)
T: 0.3m - 4m / (1ft. - 13ft. 1.5in.)
Sensor flash system

  Hot-Shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
X-contact only
  Interface USB 2.0  
  Supported languages Czech, Danish, German, English, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Turkish  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical; approx. 80% coverage  

2.5in., 230,000-dot, wide-angle TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment

  ISO Sensitivity ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200*, Auto (auto gain ISO 64-800)
*ISO 3200 is available only for image sizes of 5M (2592 x 1944) or smaller.
  Light Metering 256 -segment matrix, center-weighted, spot, spot AF area (with support for 99 AF areas  
  Exposure Compensation -2.0-+2.0EV in steps of ⅓ EV
Auto bracketing
  White Balance

Auto, Preset manual, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash

  Storage Media Internal memory (approx. 52 MB)
SD/SDHC memory card compatible
  Power sources

EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery (supplied)
EH-62A AC Adapter (optional)

  Battery Life (approx.) Approx. 240 shots with EN-EL5 battery (based on CIPA standard)  

Included Accessories(*)

(*)Supplied accessories may differ by country or area.

- UC-E6 USB Cable
- EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable
- EN-EL5 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- MH-61 Battery Charger
- AN-CP16 Strap
- Software Suite CD-ROM
  Optional Accessories - EH-62A AC Adapter
- WC-E67 Wide-angle Converter
- TC-E3ED Telephoto Converter
- UR-E20 Adapter Ring
- SB-400 Speedlight
- SB-600 Speedlight
- SB-800 Speedlight
  Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 98 x 64.5 x 41 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 1.6 in.) excluding projections  
  Weight (Camera body only) Approx. 200 g (7.1 oz.) without battery and SD memory card  
  MSRP US $399.95 / CDN $399.95  

Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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