Friday, April 29, 2011


We all know that it was just a few months ago when NIKON Imaging released the NIKON DSLR D7000. But, a much cheaper version came right after it! Introducing the NIKON DSLR D5100! If you are not familiar with the NIKON DSLR D5000, the LCD only swivels down, unlike this upgraded version. The NIKON DSLR D5100 could be swiveled down and also to the left side. Aside from it, there are so many new and cool features, for a much cheaper price! Let's find out why NIKON DSLR D5100 is one of the best choice.


If you are on a tight budget, aside from the specs and features, you will also consider the price. I was eying the NIKON DSLR D7000, when this New NIKON DSLR D5100 caught my attention. I checked the specs and features of the two gadgets, and found it almost the same.


NIKON DSLR D5100 Body - P36,000
NIKON DSLR D5100 Kit 18-105mm - P48,500
NIKON DSLR D5100 Twin Lens Kit 18-55/55-200mm - P71,500

If you have no idea how much is the NIKON DSLR D7000 here in the Philippines, it's actually much expensive:

NIKON DSLR D7000 Body Only - P56,500
NIKON DSLR D7000 Kit 18-105mm - P68,000
NIKON DSLR D7000 Twin Lens Kit 18-55/55-200mm - P72,500

I wrote first the price, because, you might wanna consider it when choosing your desired DSLR Camera. In the United States, the price of the NIKON DSLR D5100 is around $899.95. Now, let's go ahead and check the features of this NIKON DSLR D5100.


1. Horizontal swing-out, vari-angle LCD monitor that gives new viewpoints from flexible angles. -This allows you to shoot from a low angle or child's eye level, high angle, or shoot from overhead. Without sacrificing  the stability of your posture, even if you are shooting from ground level.

2. More beautiful and easier movie recording in full HD (1,920 x 1,080/30p) format: D-Movie -This allows you to record movies more easily and beautifully in FULL HD Movie-recording. You could also put in an optional Stereo Microphone ME-1 compatible. In also has an In-Camera Movie editing functions. Which means you can easily edit your movie, even if you don't have your laptop or pc with you.

3. Image reproduction with high resolution and rich tonal gradation, equivalent to those of a higher-class model -This is what I was talking about. The "EXPEED 2" Image sensor that you can get from the NIKON DSLR D7000 is the same Image sensor that NIKON DSLR D5100 is built-in. It gives high resolution, up to 16.2 Effective megapixels. It realizes noise reduction when shooting at a very high sensitivity range. It improved high-speed photo processing and much efficient energy savings. Its ISO Sensitivity is actually up to ISO 6400, that makes it effective even in low-light situations and moving subjects.


There are so many cool effects! But, my favorite is the Night Vision effect, this gives you the capability to do night shooting at super-high sensitivity, up to ISO 102400 equivalent. It records black and white images. And, my other favorite is the Fish-eye effect that allows you to create images that resemble those taken using a fish-eye lens. These are just some of the great effects that you can get from the NIKON DSLR D5100. Now, let's check out the specs!


Dimensions: W x H x D 128 X 97 X 79 mm
Weight: 560 Grams (With Battery) and 510 Grams (No Battery)
Camera Type: Compact Digital
Display: Type TFT LCD High-Resolution screen
Size: - 3 inches - 0.24 in Viewfinder
Dots: 921,000 dots
Sensor: DX Format 16.2 megapixel CMOS Sensor;
16.9 million total pixels
14-bit Color depth
23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor
Image Processing Engine: - Expeed 2 - 14 bit
Picture Control: Landscape, Monochrome, Vivid, Standard, Portrait, Neutral
Lens: Lens Mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Lens Zoom: 36x
Digital Zoom: Up to 4x
Image Stabilization Capable: (Sensor-Shift)
Focus - Auto Focus (TTL): 
- Subject Tracking
- Face Tracking Priority, Face Detection
- Multi-point Auto/Manual selection AF
- 1 Point AF
Focus Range: - Approx. 50 cm (1 ft.8 in) to infinity [Wide];
- Macro close-up mode [W]: Approx. 10 cm to infinity
- Approx. 2.2 m (7 ft. 3 in) to infinity [Tele]
Focus Distance: Closest focus distance 3 cm (macro mode)
AF Modes: - Single - Full Time
In-camera retouching:
 - D-Lighting
- Red-eye reduction
- Trimming
- Monochrome & filter effects
- Color balance
- Image overlay
- NEF (RAW) processing
- Resize
- Quick retouch
- Straighten
- Distortion control
- Fisheye
- Color outline
- Color sketch
- Perspective control
- Miniature effect
- Selective Color
- Edit movie
- Side-by-side compariso
- Off 
- Auto, Auto with Red-Eye reduction
- Fill flash, Slow sync
Flash Range: 8m
Flash Compensation: -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Continuous Shooting Options:
- Continuous H 
- Continuous H 60
- Continuous H 120
- Continuous L
- Auto, Manual
- Program AE, Shutter Priority AE, Aperture Priority AE
- Night Landscape, Backlighting
- Movie
- Scene
Scene Modes:
- Landscape, Night Landscape
- Portrait, Night Portrait, Pet Portrait
- Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Blossom, Sport
- Party/Indoor, Scene Auto Selector, Back Light
- Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show
- Autumn Colors, Food
- Special Effects (Soft, Nostalgia Sepia, High-contrast Monochrome, High Key, Low Key)
Shutter speed: 1/4000 – 30 sec
Flash Sync Speed: – Up to 1/200s
Exposure Metering:
- 420-pixel RGB Sensor
- Center-weighted
- Spot, Spot AF area (with support for 99 focus areas)
Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution: 4 frames per second
Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure Bracketing: 3 frames ±2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Image, Movie:
Image formats Still: JPEG
Image Size:
- 4000 x 3000 (L)
- 3,696 x 2,448 [M]
- 2,464 x 1,632 [S]
Movie File Format: .Mov (H.264, MPEG-4)
Movie recording resolution:
 - 1920 x 1080 (@ 30/25/24 fps)
- 1280 x 720p (@ 30/25/24 fps)
- 640 x 480 (30 fps)
ISO Sensitivity:
- ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 EV
- Hi-1 (ISO 12,800)
- Hi-2 (ISO 25,600)
Highest ISO Sensitivity: 6400
White Balance:
- Auto
- Preset Manual
- Cloudy
- Fluorescent
- Flash, Daylight
- Incandescent
Self Timer:
 - 2 or 10 sec
- Smile Self Timer
- Approx. 7 shots/sec of Continuous Shooting
Memory: Storage Media - SD, SDHC, SDXC card slot
- Storage File System: DCF, EXIF 2.3, DPOF Compliant
Internal Memory: 102MB internal storage
Connectivity: - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
- AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
- HDMI connectivity
- Yes
- 1080i, 720p, 480p applicable
Power Supply:  
Battery Lithium-Ion EN-EL5 Rechargeable Battery
Shooting Capacity:
- Still pictures: Approx. 660 shots
- Movies: Approx. 1 hour 20 min of HD 1080p(1920 X 1080) recording
Other Features: 
High Dynamic Range (HDR) function
Nikon’s optional ME-1 Stereo Microphone
Full 1080p HD Movies with Full Time Autofocus
170-degree wide-viewing angle
EXPEED C2 Image Processing Engine
11-point AF system
2 Exposures D-Lighting Bracketing
19 Scene modes, Full 1080p HD movies


Note: If you like this article, You might wanna check out the NIKON DSLR D7000. And, the NIKON DSLR D5100 VS D7000. If you like this post, please, don't forget to subscribe below! Thank you!

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LhanLhan said...

aw! D5100 ang gusto ko! hahha

fauzi blog said...

wow NIKON DSLR D5100, my dream camera.. thanks for sharing

Jhiegzh said...

hanggang tingin na lang ako!

isp101 said...

@LhanLhan -Ako rin gusto ko nyan, hehehe! Tnx for dropping by! =)

@fauzi blog -You should really get one, it's much cheaper than D7000! Tnx for dropping by! =)

@Jhiegzh -Ows, encash mo na kasi yung AdSense Checks mo, hehehe! =)

wakaka said...

san po mura makakabili ng D5100? maliban sa Hidalgo?

isp101 said...

@wakaka -Sa lang ako tumitingin eh, mas mura kasi...

Sobie said...

wew,,this is good DSLR camera,,,,y dream DSLR camera,,,

isp101 said...

@Sobie -Get one now Sobie, and start your own photo or food blog! Hehehe! =)

beyondrrr said...

i would really love to have this camera but right now i can't afford it so i'm settling for Minimo-X. ;)

isp101 said...

@beyondrrr -Honestly, If photography is really in your blood, some professional photographer says that the outcome of the picture is not really in the camera, but, it's more on the person who is using it! Having a NIKON DSLR doesn't makes you a professional photographer, but of course, who will not want this pretty fancy camera?! hehehe! Tnx for dropping by! =)

Anonymous said...

ah basta i got one of my own...thanks to my husband

Anonymous said...

magkano ang updated price nito ngayon???

isp101 said...

@Anonymous -Cool! Tnx for dropping by! =)

@Anonymous -The cheapest price I found: NIKON D5100 KIT (18-55VR) W/ 4GB & BAG - P37,500 / BODY only -P32,500. =)

maelori krista said...

where did you find the camera itself? saan po galing ung prices ng kit/body na binigay niyo po?

isp101 said...

@maelori krista -My cousin told me about this shop in Recto, here's their website: They are the cheapest so far, mas mura pa, compared duon sa mga nakita ko sa sulit. Tnx for dropping by! =)

maelori krista said...

no problem! legit ba yung store na yan? i mean, they don't go back on warranty stuff, right?

isp101 said...

@maelori krista -Well, I am not in any part of that company, so I can't really tell you about how they deal with warranty stuff. Pero duon kasi bumibili yung uncle at cousin ko eh.. So, far ok naman daw mga dslr's nila. If I would get one, duon rin ako kukuha for sure! =)

Anonymous said...

tnx for this info,.im planning to get one din eh,.kaya lng i'm quite torn between Canon 600D and Nikon D5100.,whatchathink??

Anonymous said...

maybe this would help:

isp101 said...

@Anonymous -Honestly, I have no idea yet, but, when I asked my friends, who are photographers by profession, they find NIKON D5100 better. Tnx for dropping by! =)

@Anonymous -I went to this site, and they said NIKON D5100 is better than CANON 600D. Tnx for this info! =)

Jeune Fille said...

I fell in love w/ this cam when I first saw it @ Henry's and I will definitely go back and get it.,konting ipon pa hehehe!!

Anonymous said...

I got mine last week. wootwoot! :)
I bought it here in Korea, much cheaper (super cheaper) than the Philippine price.

So far, I'm still enjoying it! (aside from the manual written in Korean language). :(

I'm still new in photography. So Sir, can you give me some helpful links which can help me to improve my photography skills using my d5100.

Thank you sir! :)

isp101 said...

@Jeune Fille -Probably, magmumura pa ito within the next few months. Tnx for dropping by! =)

@Anonymous -Wow, that's nice to know! I get some photography tips from and Check it out! =)

Anonymous said...

I just noticed that the Price you posted are based on "Hidalgo" price list, D7000 is about 86,000+ in shopping mall and in Columbia (the only authorized dealer in the Philippines) buying from gray market like hidalgo is a risk in terms of warranty. FYI....


isp101 said...

@Anonymous (Macky) -Hi! I got the price list from this website:, because, this is the shop in "Hidalgo", where my uncle's and cousin bought their Dslr cameras. Warranty wise, I haven't heard any complaints from them, so far. But, of course, who would not want to buy from an Authorized dealer, right?! Warranty is much important, than the price. The price I posted above is not intended to promote any stores from the gray market, but, rather, just to give people an idea how much the cheapest Nikon d5100 and d7000. And, it could change without prior notice, since I believe, I wrote this article a couple of months ago (04/29/11). I just don't have time now to update most of my previous articles. But, Tnx for sharing, Macky, really appreciate it! Have a blessed day! =)

Ceska said...

outstanding "prothusiast" D-SLR, solid upgrade from my D5000
As a long-time owner of the Nikon D5000, and former owner of the Nikon D60, I was eager to purchase the D5100 after seeing the announcements and pre-reviews. Being one of the lucky ones to buy the D5100 with 18-55VR kit earlier this week, I've had a few days to play with this camera and can honestly say it's a solid upgrade to the D5000

Jomar Lipon said...

I want DSLR but i can't afford pa ngayon eh..kailan pa kaya?:(

isp101 said...

@Ceska -That's awesome! Tnx for dropping by! =)

@Jomar Lipon -Ako rin Jomar, you're not alone, I still need to save more money, hopefully, within this year or early next year! Just save your online earnings for now, hehehe! =)

Anonymous said...

isp101 dude how are you, panu kaya maiiwasan yung fungus sa cams?

Anonymous said...

hi?? as of now magkano na kya yan?? pinagppilian ko kc kung mag D90 ako o D5100 na nikon camera, which is better??

Anonymous said...

Nikon D90 is a semi-pro camera which is really hard settings for a begginer. my friend brougth one last year and till now, he cannot find most of the great settings for a great view. last month i buy my D5100 and it was really good DSLR. What is CANON 600D or 550D which is really high resolution but not that good pictures. i wanted to own Sony DSLR580 but it was more expensive than D5100.

Anonymous said...

hi everyone, jopar here. just got my d5100 last may of this year at henry's a few bucks cheaper around hidalgo. d5100 is the new nikon's upper entry level on consumer dslr and sits between d3100 and d7000 on dx format. professional reviews ( particular those of nasim mansurov and ken rockwell reviews ) reveals that this d5100 inherited the best of d3100 and d7000 in fancy and easy to use modern dslr. which i found true. why will i fumble with so many settings in the middle of a shot wherein in you can have it short cut the process. am not a pro as well but after 3 months of using it on every occasions and situations i can leave home without this. i may leave my cellphone...but not my 5100. its lightweight, small body and ease of use characteristics makes me this a daily camera to carry leaving my d700 at home to be used only on some serious shots. d5100 will surely give you the best and serious photos once you mastered it. you can go manual or just point and shoot with proper settings and i recommend go manual or "A" ( aperture priority ). grab one for yourself, play with it, master wont regret. anyway good photos are not done by cameras. it is you who made it. thanks

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm currently here in Malaysia. I'm actually looking at nikon d5100, the cheapest i saw here was 2,193 ringgit or P32,895 sa pera natin includes the following: Kit 18-105mm, lens and screen protector, 8GB SDcard, tripod and a bag. Good buy na ba 'to? yun nga lng the warranty applies to Malaysia only. Hindi ako makapag-decide since this is my first time to buy a DSLR and i'm just a beginner, please help!

isp101 said...

@Anonymous -I'm ok, tnx for asking! Cleaning your cam regularly is the key, and avoid placing your cam in a dark and moist room...

@Anonymous -Mag d5100 kana lang, di ko sure magkano price sa mall eh, siguro medyo bumaba na ng kaunti...

@Anonymous - Well said, tnx for the info!

@Anonymous -Hello, Jopar! Tnx for the insights, it's really helpful! =)

@Anonymous -Wow, ang mura naman! Yang P32K mo, body palang yata yan ng d5100 kapag dito mo binili, hehehe! I suggest, you get it, di naman sirain ang DSLR, lalo na ang NIKON, maraming repair center dito.

Anonymous said...

jopar again....@ our kababayan in malaysia. i got my d5100 below php 30k with 18-55 kit lens. having 5100 with 18-105 kit lens your on a big deal. tama si isp 101 mura na yan. take it home. master its the internet... i recommend mansurov and ken rockwell site on this particular. best of all dont let that camera command you, just ask her to help you out to take good photos. remember there are no pro photographer!...they are just best with their own crafts. even these we call pro commits mistakes that they will not tell us. he he he. that is why they always shoot in burst! ( minimum of 4 frames / seconds to cover mistake if any. enjoy shooting.

at 1sp 101...thanks buddy. am just on the sidelines when it comes to issues like this. keep up the good work. God bless.

Anonymous said...

jopar again...@ kababayan in malaysia, korek si isp 101 on matters of di sirain ang dslr body. nikon and canon in particular will not let their reputation in dilemma...hope you know what i mean. the issue here is the LENS. the dslr/slr camera body has established its limitations in terms of shutter speed and ISO. now comes the it compatible with camera body and specs? just like an the grade compatible with your eye for you to read well without pain. rule applied with camera body and lens. so watch out with your lens...there are problems that may arise. sabi ng iba ( magmumura pa ) alang kwenta daw ung kamera na nabili pagka mahal-mahal e out of focus naman...if thats the case perhaps the lens got some troubles. the issue of back or front focus....solution, re calibrate it. bring back the unit to your dealer to do the work. pero madalang yan. swerte mo pag sa yo nangyare. he he he joke kabayan. gandang araw...enjoy shooting pics.

Anonymous said...

nga pala...isp101 salamat sa approval ng mga post ko. san di ka madala he he he

Anonymous said...

this cam is perfect for my photography subject... huhuhu i need this so badly, saan pwede makabili ng murang D5100???

Anonymous said...




Anonymous said...

guys any suggestions mura makabili ng D5100 sa pilipinas.. at least ung shop hindi yung mit-ups..

msann said...

will you please update the price for D5100 kit with 18-105 lens. anu ba ang acesories included sa price mu?.

msann said...

hi, can you update your price for D5100 kit w/ 18-105 lens? anung acesories included sa price mu?

Anonymous said...

good day!halu ive been using the d5100 for almost 1 month no problem at all ,first time ko din s photography di rin nman ako nhirpan sa settings freindly user tlga sya!no regrets at all

aerock said...

i've made up my mind, eto na bibilhin ko rather than d3200.. aanhin ko naman kc ang 24mp diba? this camera has it all.. thank's isp for the very detailed explanation! i did subscibe!

Anonymous said...

i want to buy a good nikon dslr camera . somebody suggested me to buy d5100 as its cheaper in price but i just read somebody's comment on this page who said this camera is a waste of money because it stops working in six months as it has some in built deffect . dear friends please guide me with your experience

Anonymous said...

I Like Nikon!!

Anonymous said...

i am new in photography and i am planning to buy my first dslr camera...can somebody update me on how much is the nikon d5100 as of sept 2012? ok lang maski body lang i already have a nikkor macro lens and telephoto lens, a gift from my dad...thanks in advance sa mga sasagot sa tanong ko, thanks again!

Anonymous said...

price update po,, thanks

Anonymous said...

I am planning to buy this here in US, pero ang lens sa Henrys Hidalgo which is Tamron 18-270mm cot 25,000.00 pesos mura na kaya ito???
Nikon D5100 Digital SLR (Body Only) Deluxe Kit at USD 720.95
This Kit Includes:
Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
SanDisk 16GB SDHC Memory Card Ultra Class 10 UHS-I
Lowepro Toploader Zoom 50 AW Bag (Black)
Power2000 EN-EL14 Lithium-Ion Battery for Nikon Coolpix Cameras (7.4V, 1500mAh)
Kenko LCD Monitor Protection Film (Nikon D5100)
Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Nikon DC-2 Connection
Vello BG-N6 Battery Grip for Nikon D5100 Camera
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