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Creative Effects

Enjoy creative expression easily within the camera, for both movies and still images — special effects mode [NEW]

The D5100's special effects mode lets you enjoy your creative expression by applying striking effects to your movies and still images easily. Just setting the mode dial to EFFECTS and rotating the command dial will give you what you need to achieve impressive images. There are seven options incorporated in the D5100. The result of an effect is displayed on the LCD monitor in real time, therefore you can set the effects while checking the appearance of your image. The special effects mode greatly expands your creative possibilities in combination with the vari-angle LCD monitor.

Color sketch

The camera detects and colors subjects' outlines to create sketch-style images. Vividness of colors and density of outlines are adjustable. Movies shot in this mode play back like a slide show made up of a series of stills.

High key

Creates beautiful bright images filled with light by intentional overexposure.

Night vision

Enables night shooting at super-high sensitivity up to ISO 102400 equivalent. Records monochrome (black and white) images.

Selective color

All colors other than the color(s) you want to emphasize are recorded in black and white. Up to three colors are selectable and the color range can be adjusted.

Miniature effect

Distant subjects appear as if they are miniature scale models. The position of focus point remains sharp while the peripheral area is defocused. Miniature effect movies play back at high speed.

Low key

Creates dark and somber images to emphasize highlights by intentional underexposure.


Creates dramatic images with silhouettes of subjects against a bright background.

Customizes colors and tones of your movies and images to your preferences before shooting — Picture Control

The D5100 employs six types of Picture Control, selectable according to your subjects and shooting scenes. Selected Picture Control lets you fine-tune sharpening, contrast, etc. to match your own image creation ideas. Changes can be saved as custom Picture Controls and used with image-browsing/editing software ViewNX 2 (supplied) and image-editing software Capture NX 2 (optional).

Set Picture Control display
Adjusting display
Standard processing for balanced results. Recommended for most situations.
Minimal processing for natural results. Choose for photographs that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
Provides distinct, colorful, fresh-looking images. Choose for situations where you want to emphasize primary colors such as blue, red and green.
Monochrome (black and white)
Gives you monochromatic shadings, such as black-and-white or sepia. You can select filter effects and toning.
Portrait delivers natural-appearing skin. Natural texture gives the skin of portrait subjects a smoother feel.
Produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes. Suitable for any kinds of nature scenes.

Adding creativity in-camera after shooting — Retouch menu

The D5100 comes equipped with 19 kinds of image-editing functions. These in-camera functions let you retouch images easily. There are a variety of options such as Fisheye that produces effects similar to those obtained with a fisheye lens and Filter effects that achieve images similar to those taken with a filter. Edit movie allows you to delete unwanted parts by choosing the start or end point, or save a selected frame as a JPEG image.
In each case, duplicate image or movie is created, leaving the original securely intact.


Creates images that resemble those taken with a fisheye lens.

Filter effects (Cross screen)

Adjust tones of an entire image. There are various effects such as Skylight that creates the effect of a skylight filter, making the picture less bluish, Cross screen that adds starburst effects to light sources such as the reflection of sunlight or street lamps, and Soft that produces images with a soft ambience, similar to those achieved using a soft filter.


Corrects inclination of the image within a range of ±5° when the horizon appears inclined.

Perspective control

Produces copies that reduce the effects of perspective for shots taken from the base of a tall object.

Retouch menus incorporated in the D5100
• D-Lighting • Red-eye correction • Trim (3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9 and 1:1) • Monochrome (Black-and-white, Sepia and Cyanotype) • Filter effects (Skylight, Warm filter, Red/Green/Blue intensifier, Cross screen and Soft) • 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