Nikon's new D5100 offers incredible features, picture quality, resolution and performance for around $900, with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AFS VR lens. The APS-C-sized sensor has a very impressive 16.2 megapixel resolution, it also shoots 1080p HD video with full autofocus, something most other HDSLRs don't do.
The LCD on the back is fully articulated, so in live view mode it can swivel and tilt to make shooting easy from any angle. Also handy to flip out and around for those fun self-portraits at arm's length.
The kit lens is a good all-around choice, and uses silent wave motors for extremely fast autofocus, as well as Nikon's legendary VR (Vibration Reduction) technology to keep your images sharp when handholding the camera in low light, etc. You can also use any other lens Nikon makes, allowing you to grow with your skills and needs. If you already have other Nikon lenses, you can get the D5100 body only (without lens) for $100 less.
For an amateur SLR, this thing has impressive specs, including shooting at full resolution at up to 4 frames per second. You can shoot in jpeg or 14-bit raw format, and the in-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing and low light performance is impressive for a camera at any price.
It's very light compared to many other similar bodies. This is largely thanks to all the plastic in the construction. This isn't a camera to be banged around or put in harsh situations, but as a great beginner DSLR camera, it is an excellent choice.
3-inch, 921,000-dot Super-Density horizontal type Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
In-camera Special Effects Mode
In-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Stunning Full 1080p HD Movies with Full Time Autofocus
High Resolution 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor
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