DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex and is used for cameras that use mechanical mirror system. In this system the light is directed from lens to an optical viewfinder on the back of the camera. In digital photography, the image is not caught by a film but through a sensor. This device is produced by CMOS technology, which stands for complementary metal oxide semiconductor, with an active pixel sensor that transform light into digital signals and the photos look lively with the resolution of 14-bit.
One of the most popular DSLR cameras is the Nikon D5100. This device is not an entry level model, but a mid-range digital camera: it offers better features then the Nikon D3100 like higher resolution and it costs less then the Nikon D70. The Nikon D5100 camera sometimes is bundled with 18-55mm VR lens: this optic is a good lens for who want to learn digital photography.
This bundle is called Nikon D5100 + 18-55 VR kit and it allows you to buy a lens with an higher discount, so you make a deal.
Nikon D5100 is 16.2 mega pixel DX format DSLR F-mount cameras. DX format cameras, an alternative name for APS-C image sensor format, have higher focal length multiplier (namely a zoom) because sensor size on the camera is 1.6 times smaller than the standard 35 mm full frame sensor. Although the camera has a 640×480 video graphic array (VGA) resolution, this DSLR can also deliver Full HD 1080p video with up to 30 fps. Hence you get a video quality and sharpness of original high definition television technology with image resolution of 1920 by 1080pixels that to with 30 frames per second. Nikon D5100 camera has 2 image processor with comprehensive digital imaging that gives a better signal to noise ratio that provides natural looking picture and mind blowing quality and you will not only get clear pictures but also click them real fast.
These are the main features of Nikon D5100 camera:
- 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
- Side-articulated 3.0″ LCD monitor (920,000 dots)
- 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
- IS0 100-6400 range (Up to 25,600 equivalent when expanded)
- HD movies (1080p, 720p or WVGA)
- 4 fps continuous shooting
- In-camera effects filters in both stills and video modes
- Full-time AF mode (AF-F in live view)
- Dual IR receivers (front and rear)
- Side-articulated LCD screen (as opposed to bottom-articulated)
- 921k dot LCD screen
- 14-bit NEF (Raw) mode
- Effects modes
This camera also has the ability of automatic correction of transverse achromatism that is caused when lens fail to focus on all colours. The camera incorporates Active D-lighting technology that optimizes image and enables photographer to take images that are realistic and have natural contrast, good for newbies especially: with the help of the Live View shooting mode you can take good pictures even if camera is at an odd angle or away from your body.
Nikon D5100 can also identify facial features in the live view with the help of face priority auto focus that can be activated as per the need and it has 3D colour matrix meter II that automatically recognizes the brightness, contrast and the distance of the image with scene recognition system; this is possible because the camera also features a 3D tracking multi cam with 1000 focus. The camera has ISO sensitivity which can measure the digital imaging sensitivity which is 100 to 6400and up to 25600 with boost thus giving a high image quality. It also has bracketing which allows the photographer to take several shots using either same or different camera settings. So you will always get the picture of your choice. The camera also has auto scene recognition mode, quite shooting mode and HDR mode. It also has a sensor cleaning system that removes all form of contamination thus giving a clear image. The camera supports high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) for transmitting encrypted uncompressed digital data. You can also process images to perfection with the help of built in RAW processing. Lastly, it has an EN-EL14 lithium battery with up to 660 shots per charge thus last longer.
As can be seen, Nikon D5100 18-55 VR kit has a optic. With the 18-55 VR lens kit which is a masterpiece: the vibration reduction lens mechanism can increase shutter speed by up to 4 stops before getting blur due to camera shake. This kit allows you to take perfect picture every time without using the tripod. It has amazing optic and absolutely lightweight.