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New Perspectives

Changes your photographic expression with unique angles —
shooting with the vari-angle LCD monitor

The D5100 incorporates an approx. 921k-dot, 7.5-cm (3-in.), wide-viewing-angle, vari-angle LCD monitor that realizes comfortable movie and Live View shooting. The LCD monitor opens horizontally from 0° to 180° and flips up and down from +180° to -90°. Highly improved operability when shooting from a high or low angle allows you to shoot with a stable posture while confirming composition even if shooting from ground level. You can enjoy new, creative expressions by shooting from various angles and discover unique points of view.

The LCD monitor is protected from dirt or damage because it can be stored when not in use.

Various scenes captured taking advantage of the vari-angle LCD monitor

High angle
It is easy to shoot from a high angle holding the camera with an outstretched arm, even if there are many people standing in front of you.
You can compose your image precisely by checking the LCD monitor facing you.
Tripod shooting
The horizontal swing-out LCD monitor makes it easy to shoot with a tripod. Remote close-up shooting is available using the rear infrared receiver to prevent image blur caused by camera shake.

Allows you to compose your photograph precisely and focus on a desired point viewing the LCD monitor — Live View shooting

Live View shooting gets the most out of the vari-angle LCD monitor. You can shoot while confirming your subject with the large, easy-to-view, 7.5-cm (3-in.) VGA (approx. 921k-dot), wide-viewing-angle (170°), 100% frame coverage LCD monitor. The dedicated Live View switch realizes simple, smooth switching from shooting with the finder to Live View shooting. Also, contrast-detect AF lets you focus on a desired point within a frame.

Three focus modes — selectable according to your subject

-Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Suitable for a stationary subject such as landscapes, architecture or flowers.

-Full-time-servo AF (AF-F)
Convenient for shooting a moving subject which is usually difficult to focus on, such as a child or pet. Available in both Live View mode and movie recording. Camera focuses continuously, after shooting starts.

-Manual focus (MF)
Manual focusing. Suitable for a subject for which autofocus is difficult, such as an animal in a cage or a person in the shade with the sun in the background.

Four AF-area modes — automatically focus on someone's face or a moving subject

-Face-priority AF
Suitable for focusing on someone's face such as for a commemorative photo.

-Wide-area AF
Suitable for handheld shooting such as for a landscape. AF area can be moved to a desired point within the frame.

-Normal-area AF
Convenient for shooting with pin-point focus such as for a close-up of a flower. Using a tripod is recommended for more precise focusing.

-Subject-tracking AF
After focusing is activated, AF area tracks the subject automatically. Suitable for a moving subject such as a child or pet.

Records movies more beautifully and easily —
full HD movie-recording function: D-Movie

The D5100 offers high-image-quality full HD movie recording at 1,920 x 1,080/30p. You can shoot creative movies easily, not only taking advantage of shallow depth of field, high ISO sensitivity performance and a variety of interchangeable NIKKOR lenses of digital SLR cameras but also utilizing the vari-angle LCD monitor and special effects mode of the D5100.
Contrast-detect AF is possible and if you set full-time-servo AF (AF-F) for focus mode and subject-tracking AF for AF-area mode, focus point tracks even a moving subject continuously and three-dimensionally.

Optional Stereo Microphone ME-1 compatible

In addition to monaural recording with the built-in microphone, the D5100 lets you record stereo sound with optional Stereo Microphone ME-1. Using Stereo Microphone ME-1 also reduces noise caused by lens vibration being recorded during autofocus shooting.
Furthermore, you can select the sensitivity level for either the built-in microphone or Stereo Microphone ME-1, choosing from auto, high, medium or low according to shooting conditions. Select low for scenes in louder environments, such as a concert hall; high for quieter environments, with more delicate sounds, such as a murmuring stream.

In-camera movie editing functions

You can edit your movie easily without a PC. It is possible to delete unwanted parts by choosing the start or end point in single frame units, and save a selected frame as a JPEG image with the same image size as that of the selected movie frame.

D-Movie frame size, frame rate and maximum recording time

Movie quality
Bit rate (high/normal quality)
Maximum length
Frame size (pixels)
Frame rate
1,920 x 1,080
30p (29.97 fps)1, 2
★ high/normal
18 Mbps/10 Mbps
20 min.4
25p (25 fps)2, 3
24p (23.976 fps)
1,280 x 720
30p (29.97 fps)1
10 Mbps/6 Mbps
25p (25 fps)3
24p (23.976 fps)
8 Mbps/5 Mbps
640 x 424
30p (29.97 fps)1
4 Mbps/2 Mbps
25p (25 fps)3
  1. Available when NTSC is selected for video mode.
  2. Not output to television during recording.
  3. Available when PAL is selected for video mode.
  4. Movies recorded in miniature effect mode are up to 3 minutes long when played back.