Nikon D5100 DSLR and ME-1 microphone now official

The Nikon D5100 DSLR camera and ME-1 microphone are now official. I was wrong about the price: $799.95 for the D5100 body only, and $899.95 for the kit. Here are some related links from around the Web:

Nikon also announced that the total production of Nikkor lenses for Nikon SLR cameras has reached 60 million!

Nikon D5100 related videos + press releases:


MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 5, 2011) – Today, Nikon announced the new 16.2-megapixel Nikon D5100 Digital SLR designed for those ready to artistically express themselves and need a versatile camera that can keep pace creatively. The Nikon D5100 D-SLR houses a host of new and innovative features aimed at giving photographers the tools to shatter creative constraints and tell stories with amazing image quality and stunning HD movies.

The Nikon D5100 includes features designed to enhance the shooting experience, including an impressive new 3-inch, super sharp 921,000-dot Vari-angle LCD screen and full HD (1080p) movie recording with full-time autofocus. The 16.2-megapixel D5100 is also the first Nikon D-SLR to provide in-camera effects that can be applied to both photos and movies to deliver even more creative expression.

“Now more than ever, consumers want to pack only one device with them when travelling on excursions both far away and close to home,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “By providing consumers with a simple path to creative freedom for both stills and movies, the Nikon D5100 is designed to become an essential camera for capturing all of life’s occasions.”

Ready for the Adventure of Life
The D5100 allows photographers of all levels to confidently execute new and creative ways to tell stories with amazing color and clarity. Whether shooting high over crowds or down low to a toddler’s point of view, the swing out style Vari-angle LCD screen makes it easy to compose and share great images. Displaying even the most subtle details with clarity, the super sharp LCD has a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 921,000-dot resolution, with the ability to rotate 180 degrees horizontally and vertically.

To further test creative boundaries, photographers can take advantage of the D5100’s in-camera Special Effects Mode. Applied to either stills or D-Movies, these innovative effects are easy to apply and add a high level of creativity and fun to the photo experience. By selecting the Effects position on the mode dial located on top of the camera, photographers can easily apply effects such as Selective Color and choose up to three different colors in a scene while the remainder of the scene is converted to monochrome. Color Sketch creates photos and a stop motion movie in a colorful sketched drawing style, while the Miniature effect records photos and high speed movies to bestow a feeling of a mini-scale scene. To record photos in extreme lighting conditions or to produce movies with a gritty appearance , the new Night Vision mode calls upon Nikon’s pro D-SLR performance to offer extreme low-light capability by enabling the camera to shoot up to a super-high 102,400 ISO. In addition to the Effects mode, users can create photos with amazing tonal range by selecting the high dynamic range (HDR) function within the camera. With this selected, the D5100 will automatically expose two consecutive images in rapid succession – one over and one underexposed up to 3EV stops to produce a finished photo with an amazing range of midtones and highlights that wouldn’t otherwise be possible in a single shot. Additionally, Active D-Lighting can be selected by itself or combined with HDR for an even more dramatic effect.

The versatile Nikon D5100 D-SLR will motivate shooters to further explore creatively with its advanced camera features including full manual controls (P,S,A,M on the mode dial) offering the ability to manage the camera’s aperture and shutter speeds. Once the photo is captured, photographers have the flexible retouch menu at their disposal to apply additional in-camera effects and editing options including color and filter effects, red eye correction and NEF (RAW) processing.

The remarkably wide ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to a staggering 25,600 ISO), allows photographers to shoot confidently in outdoor and indoor low-light situations, even handheld with low noise. In challenging lighting conditions such as when a subject is backlit, Nikon’s Active D-lighting feature helps to keep shadows and highlights consistent for even exposures.

To further unleash creativity, the Picture Control system also affords users the choice for Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape settings to apply a personal look and feel to their pictures. Additionally, the versatile Scene Modes let them choose from Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait and more for stunning results in just about all possible lighting conditions.

Create Full HD Movies
The Nikon D5100 captures 1080p full HD movies with full-time autofocus and manual exposure control. Users can quickly switch focus modes to stay with the action through a variety of AF functions, including face priority which can track up to 35 human faces, subject-tracking and normal or wide-area autofocus. To activate D-Movie mode and Live-view, a new switch is ergonomically located on the top of the camera near the shutter button for easy access.

The D5100 D-SLR offers variable frame rates and resolutions for movies, and can record 1080p at a cinema-like 24 or 30fps, or a web-friendly 720p resolution at either 24 or 30 fps for up to 20 minutes per clip, in the AVC-HD H.264 codec. Once recorded, movie clips can be edited and trimmed in the camera to save time in post production. Whether utilizing a wireless or hot shoe mounted microphone such as the new ME-1, sound can be recorded via the stereo microphone input for professional audio results. Captured movies can be easily shared using the HDMI output, and controlled remotely with HDMI CEC compatibility.

Superior Image Quality
The 16.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor is capable of capturing images that erupt with color and offer amazing sharpness and clarity to create images and full HD movies even in low-light conditions. Coupled with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 2 image processing engine, images are brought to life with vivid colors and amazing contrast, accurate exposure, and low noise levels resulting in brilliant image quality. The EXPEED 2 engine also drives the quick 11-point AF system on the D5100 to provide rapid focus acquisition even on fast moving subjects. When shooting action, split second shutter response and four frames per second burst rate make sure no moment is missed, forever putting to rest the story of “the one that got away.”
Whether shooting lush wilderness landscapes or an urban skyline, the D5100 utilizes Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System to analyze subject information from a database containing more than 30,000 images to optimize focus, exposure, i-TTL flash exposure and white balance. To assist in creating amazing imagery, the Scene Recognition System reads data from the 420-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter RGB sensor that examines the scene’s brightness and color data then optimizes the camera’s performance prior to the actual exposure.

An entirely greater world of creativity will open up to photographers when adding versatile AF-S NIKKOR lenses to the equation. With a wide range of focal lengths and versatile features, AF-S NIKKOR lenses help to create a variety of photo perspectives to images and movies such as the ability to isolate subjects with a shallow depth of field or zoom close to the action from afar. Combining the D5100 D-SLR with NIKKOR lenses also delivers the sharpness essential for HD movies, and Nikon’s innovative Vibration Reduction (VR) II technology helps to eliminate the effects of camera shake.

New ME-1 Microphone
To address the needs of the ever growing community of shooters abandoning their video cameras for the versatility of a D-SLR, Nikon now offers the ME-1 stereo microphone. Engineered specifically for a
D-SLR, the new ME-1 microphone attaches to the hot shoe and has noise dampening components designed to minimize noise resulting from AF operation. The microphone also has a low-cut filter to reduce wind and other noise not already blocked by the wind screen. Designed with D-SLR users in mind, the ME-1 is powered through the camera, and also features a cable stop to keep the cable out of the way when using the camera, and reduce instances of noise from unintentional contact. Because it utilizes a standard 3.5mm stereo jack, the ME-1 is ideal for the D5100 and other Nikon HD movie capable D-SLR’s such as the D3s, D300s, D7000, as well as the COOLPIX P7000 and any other camera with a 3.5mm stereo input jack.

Price and Availability
The D5100 D-SLR camera will be available throughout the United States beginning mid April 2011 at an estimated selling price* of $799.95 for the body only, and $899.95 for the body and lens outfit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. The new Nikon ME-1 microphone will be available in April 2011, and will retail at an estimated selling price* of $179.95. For more information, please visit

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  • ilovefreestuf

    $800 for the body? Gonna charge my credit card soon!

    • LGO

      D5100 has the D7000 16mp sensor, supports Nikon’s Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL) using its built-in flash, has a high-resolution articulating screen, uses the EN-EL14 battery, has IR remote-release support in front and in the rear, has external microphone support, etc.

      These features together make the extra cost over the D3100 worth it.

      • Andi

        – The information about AWL with built in flash is questionable. says somthing else (see “Spezifikationen”).

        – EN-EL14 is the same used by D3100

  • Curious to know how this has 1080/3op and the D7000 doesn’t… I want my 720/60p Nikon!

    • Yep… Maybe with a new firmware…

    • Paul

      New firmware! New firmware!

      • Greg Ferris


    • JJose

      Get a D7000 if you’re more into photography and get D5100 if you’re into cinematography.

      • They’re both good for both formats, its the options to expand on really. I got the D7000 because I wanted an upgrade, while putting my faith into Nikon to deliver 60fps later on. If you’re into cinematography, you’re probably going to want a proper video camera anyways.

    • Say

      720p/60fps = instant buy! Make it happen Nikon!

      • besides fixing bugs, i haven’t seen nikon add functionality in a long time

  • Pen Pockwell

    A review of the D5100 has gone live on the CNET UK web site:

  • Nhoj

    oh no! i dont have the money.. :'(

  • AZBoomer

    Yes, i think not having 30fps in 1080 on my d7000 bothers me more than not having 60fps in 720. Nikon! Firmware update my $1200 dollar body PLEASE!!!! At least give me 30fps in 1080!

  • Joe

    @Admin: Was I banned or are you having technical problems?

    • I don’t think I banned anyone today, let me check the spam folder.

    • nope, nothing in the spam folder

  • NiknWontRepairMyGray

    This D5100 actually looks really good! it’s the real D40 successor for me (D3000 and D3100 went sideway.) A small compact body with a top notch sensor. Give it several months until the street price hit $700 for the body and it’s a hit.

  • Chainsaw

    Where’s the 25fps movie for those in PAL land. Stupid.

  • Pen Pockwell

    Since the official announcement (which was released by Nikon less than an hour ago), lots of articles about the D5100 are popping up. Here are just a few:



    PC MAGAZINE:,2817,2383047,00.asp

  • Pen Pockwell

    @Admin: I think you’re having technical problems. My last post says “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” I’m not even sure if that post (or this post) has gone live.

    • every comment with 3 or more links needs my approval

  • BadassCat

    So I guess this confirms, D90 direct replacement…

    Well,..for now anyway.

    • chris

      what about the d7000 makes it anything other than a direct d90 replacement? just wondering, not trying to be snarky…just because nikon says something isn’t a replacement doesn’t make it true! they just want the old product to continue to sell until supplies run out, which won’t happen if people view it as an obsolete model…

      • +1 The D7000 is absolutely the replacement for the D90 and eventually the stock will simply run out, at which point it will be discontinued.

        • Sam

          I guess the OP is trying to say that the D90 fits in somewhere inbetween the D7000 and D5100.

  • texasjoe

    Whoop whoop. This is really exciting. Just think how far the D5100 came from the D5000. We can really hope high for the new FX line!

  • Magoo

    Ugh!!! dpreview said no-dice on the internal AF…dang

    “As with all the recent ‘little’ Nikons, the D5100 lacks a body-integral AF motor. This means it’s unable to achieve autofocus with older (although still currently available) ‘screw-drive’ lenses.”

    They were sooooo close to practically making my Rainy Day Fund disappear…the price is nicer than before….but for some reason…it’s still gonna take a bit to push me over the edge.

    Thanks ADMIN for staying up and making sure we get all the info we so desperately crave!

    • OMR

      Hi Admin, do you know the name of the music theme of the video promotional?


      • no, even Shazam could not find it, it must be specially made for Nikon

        • OMR

          Thanks Admin

    • SZRimaging

      That bugs me, since the 50mm f1.8 af-D is such a wonderful and cheap lens. It is perfect for this exact segment. They better be doing an AFS version soon….

      • EditReject

        I too wish it had internal AF but in my opinion, for DX bodies, the AF-S 35mm 1.8 is the better choice over the AF-D 50mm 1.8. It costs a little more but it is a consistently tough lens to keep in stock due to its popularity with DX owners.

    • zoetmb

      Bodies at the low end (and in spite of the pretty nice specs, this is the low end) are primarily intended for first timers to DSLRs or possibly someone upgrading from a D40, D50 or the like. Most of those people never go beyond the kit lens and those that do certainly have plenty of AF-S choices.

      If you’ve been shooting for years and therefore have AF-D lenses, Nikon considers you more upscale and someone who’s going to buy a D300 or up. Those models still support the AF-D lenses and probably always will.

      While it’s always been a bit counter-intutitive that the low-cost bodies require the higher-cost AF-S lenses, since most buyers never buy another lens (or 1 extra at the most), it’s a moot point.

  • Hi People,

    Nice to see Nikon is releasing a new product that is also capable of recording video at Full HD (still to know the full specs, but at least it does) along with other cool features and a vari-angle LCD screen.

    Since NR is a very nice place, where we’ve spent lot of time some years ago, I encourage to all Nikon users interested on this camera or other Nikon gear, to support Nikon Rumors by purchasing their gear through the links posted here.

    It’s a VERY nice thing to find friendly and helpful people like NR Admin, and it’s a pleasure to see his big efforts to bring all the news as fast and fresh as possible. So it’s also a pleasure to support this site, even when I personally am using Canon since some years.

    Each brand and camera model has its strong points, so in my personal opinion it’s always good to take advantage of every camera and not to tie to a specific brand.

    I encourage to support this great site. We all appreciate nice and friendly Admins, don’t we?


    • meh

      I’ll take a RED for raw video recording goodness in 4k. these hdslr toys are fun but the dynamic range of the old h264 compressed codec reminds me of shooting jpg. and who shoots jpg these days.

      • SZRimaging

        People who need quick turn around.

        However, the DR I see out of my D7000 seems to be better than the DR I am seeing out of a Sony Vixia.

        And comparing a $10,000+ video camera to an $800 VDSLR is a bit, well, wrong, isn’t it? At least compare within a similar price bracket. Even when Scarlett comes (if ever) it will be in the 3k plus bracket after you finish putting on all the parts you need to make it work.

        • jasdfo

          18mbps max bitrate…. close but still not there Nikon. Maybe the D800 will be the DLSR video camera we’ve been waiting for.

  • finally full hd.
    this gives a peek into full hd atleast at 30fps for d800.

    not sure if they would take the efforts of updating the d7000 firmware to do 30fps , but the d800 will be spectacular

    • jasdfo

      I hope they up the video bitrate to a max of 50mbps. Some of us want quality over record times. 😉

  • Pen Pockwell

    When can we expect the D5100 to appear on Amazon?

  • Now I have high hope for the D800 (or whatever they are going to called it)!!!

  • not sure why Nikon named the video Coolpix D5100

  • NiknWontRepairMyGray

    Still no mirror lock up!!! damn you Nikon! I thought this would be the perfect compact dslr.

    • LGO

      Nikon’s implementation of the Live View in the D3100 and I suspect the D5100 is much improved compared to that implemented in the D90, D300(s) and D700.

      For mirror up shooting on the D5100, activate Live-View. This flips up the mirror then take the shot. This is very easy to do on a tripod. Battery is an EN-EL14 so battery life is not too big an issue. This is what I do with the D3100 to achieve mirror-up even though it is not supposed to have a mirror-up function.

      • NiknWontRepairMyGray

        Interesting, I’ve read somewhere from another D3100 owner saying that even in LV mode, the mirror stays up but will go down and up again (for exposure reading?) after you press the shutter release/just right before the image is captured. This mean there will still be some vibration from this mirror slap. Can you confirm whether this is the case or does the mirror stay up the entire time (before and after the shutter release) just like in MLU mode?

        • Sam

          Even in the D7000 it sounds like some serious mirror movement when you take a shot with Live View so I wouldn’t be surprised if the mirror goes back down then up again. Either that or the shutter is the loudest…

          • Dr SCSI

            Does the same thing on the D3 and the D700, noisy as hell!

  • The Man from Mandrem

    Does it meter with non-CPU lenses? Got impression it AF’s with them, but didn’t see comment on metering compatibility.

    • NiknWontRepairMyGray

      No it doesn’t meter with non-CPU lenses. Says so on the Nikon website.

  • Simon

    On dpreview they have a side by side comparison between D5100 and 600D and the Canon handles detail and noise better. Go have a look!
    Clearly the noise improvement on the D7000 has not filtered down to D5100.

    • LGO

      Huh? I did and I see that the Nikon D5100 performed better than the Canon 60D.

    • brewme

      No, that is the D5000 (which was released around 2 years before the 600D). The D5100 has not been reviewed yet. I am pretty sure it will smack the crap out of the 600D.

    • James

      I was just there–viewing raw at high ISO–and the D5100 and D7000 look very similar to me. Both look noticeably better than the Canon T3i or 60D, and the Sony A55. They don’t have the A580 listed, which is too bad; it should be better than the A55. The Pentax K-r really hangs in there — the jpegs aren’t that great, but raw looks surprisingly good at high ISO.

  • Pen Pockwell
  • Ronan

    Useless for me but i’m digging the design of it.

    Looks really slick 😀

  • M!

    i’m glad nikon is filling in certain gaps. and certainly, some of the features on this d5100 are test beds for other future models. 😀

  • Raymond

    is it safe to assume that the d5100 will have near if not identical viewfinder?

  • chris

    why does nikon think they should shrink cameras? this would be a nice little backup but my hands would never fit on a camera smaller than the d5000 and they say this is 10% smaller? and i dont even have big hands.

    • Jason

      Not much wrong with a small camera if the buttons are still usable – I definitely do have big hands, but a D60 body is no problem for me

    • James

      I have the same problem; my right hand gets cramped after a while because the palm of my hand doesn’t make contact with the camera without contorting it into some unnatural position. Wearing a Neoprene open finger glove on my right hand helps a lot. It would be better if low-end DSLRs weren’t all 7/8 size, but that’s not likely to change. Some day I’ll own a D4 and it won’t be a problem anymore! 🙂

  • This little beauty looks a lot like what every photog could want for a small bodied dslr.
    If I see what they put in this low end camera, then I’m eager to say that I’ll order the D800 the moment it comes out 😀
    Now I only need to save 3k 😀

  • Darren

    Few comments…

    Guess this seals the deal on getting a D7000.

    Just did 3 website and nikon tech spec side by side. These cameras are basically identical. Except the 5100 is gutted in many ways that will affect a pro-user like me and not a consumer. If there was heavier video control etc. I might bite, but with worse quality, sensor, body, controls, feel (for average guy), 2 fps, 500+ shot battery difference, AF points and a few odds and ends like 2 custom modes. 2 sd card slots. That’s a lot of little things. Oh snap forgot Commander mode, the most overlooked function imo.

    I really just don’t see the reason to place this any higher than $700. At that price I would bite. Not $800 likely to not be able to buy a body only for a good time. Referencing the D7000 release body only took some months to get one on back order. $400 for the first paragraph? Yes please. Consumer? 3100. Videographer? Nikon lens with Canon adapter or wait for D800 1080p 60fps. It is coming or nikon has sealed the deal to walk away from pro video because the gap from pro canon video will be too far to compete.

    Time to buy a D7000 and possibly a 5100 or two if I shoot more videos for clients. Until now 1080p 24 fps is fine until the big directors bitch too much about pushing 48 fps standard.

    • SZRimaging

      I think, for videography, it really depends on what your final output is. For me, 24P is not an issue as I distribute 99% on the web. By using 24P I can get a pretty decent looking and smooth video while maximizing file size. 720P24 has been my format of choice for about a year now.

  • JJose

    This Nikon camera is gonna be enjoyable because of the effects mode. I’d like to own one! :\

  • Good job as usual Admin! 😀

    I saw the preview on dpreview and the ISO performance seems to be slightly better than the D300s.

  • “The Nikon D5100 captures 1080p full HD movies with full-time autofocus and manual exposure control.”


  • Ben

    what has happened to the night vision mode? i was looking forward to that! 🙁

    • it’s there:

      and on many other places

    • Photonut

      Nice marketing stunt …

      Doesn’t the D3s do ISO 102400 (in better quality) as well … and nobody called it night vision…

      • Sam

        I think it’s called night vision because the quality is so much worse you can’t really call it ISO push anymore lol. People expect a lot less when you say night vision.

  • Dweeb

    60 million lenses, half of them 20 year old designs. Who else can get away with selling 20 year old product designs? Canon I guess.

  • Did anyone notice that the SB-600 isn’t listed among the speedlights in the brochure?

  • Rahul

    Looking at the D5000 and D5100 side by side, the D5100 looks like an ergonomic disaster. Where have all the buttons gone ? Live view switch on top ? Record button also moved up top ? That’s going to put off many Nikon regulars, design consistency has been overlooked. 600D has the flash commander mode, Nikon kept it out. That’s gonna suck .

    I did like the customer user settings U1 & U2 on the mode dial. Cosmetically, I liked the D5000 better, it looks chunkier . And that red stripe looks really weird when you’re used to seeing earlier Nikons. It looks like Nikon borrowed a Rebel and hacked it into a D5100.

    Priced $899 , same as D90, the D90 looks like more mature design. Would be lovely if they launched D90S with the D7000 sensor.

    • TBO

      The D7000 *is* the D90s. And hey, it also has the D7000 sensor, too!

      There are only so many product lines that a company can keep… having three consumer (3×00 / 5×00 / 7×00) and three pro (300 / 700 / 3) is plenty as far as I am concerned.

    • James

      The problem is Nikon has to spec cameras so they sell as many as possible, and that’s mostly to people who are not like us.

      I would love to see a D3100 upgraded with nothing more than a screw drive lens mount, front dial, bracketing, mirror lock-up, DOF preview, fine focus adjustment and HDR. All of these features would be cheap to add (except screw drive), but they wouldn’t sell enough of them to make it a viable product.

      • Rahul

        Definitely +10 on the AF drive and front dial. Focus adjust and HDR would be next on my wish list.

        I understand the D7000 is the D90 replacement , and while it’s great for a DX , it’s placed pretty expensive. It’s not all magnesium, partly weather sealed , sort of half the job done at a high cost. I’d rather drop the magnesium if it isn’t full metal like D300, and not sure how much the dual slots add to cost. I might be wrong, but it’s the magnesium parts that raise the D7000 cost the most over a D90, rather than the AF/metering and sensor.

        Enthusiasts w/o deep pockets need something with dual control wheels, prism VF, AF drive motor, and good AF/metering. A D90 with D7000 sensor + AF + metering would be great if they could make one at not much higher than current D90 price.

  • Epinephrine

    if d5100 handles 1080p 30fps, then d800 can definitely do it, too. Hang on tight.

  • This is so unarousing. Where is the d800 already?

  • whether a nice or a great camera i just find these cameras too small for my hands
    i prefer the d7000 fits better

  • Rel 205

    Nice job ADMIN now wait and wait for the D800/900 and D400 D4 release somewhere in the next 1 or 2 years

  • If you have a solution for reading RAW / NEF not recognized on Mac you hold on fun!

    I have pictures taken with the D5100, which is unreadable … thank you

    twitter @Rob1P

  • Sam

    Interesting that the night vision mode is only black and white. Makes sense I guess otherwise it’d just be called a high ISO capture.

  • jasdfo

    OK I’d probably buy this just for video IF…

    …. they make the bitrate something useful. 35mbps at least or better 50mbps.

    50mpbs with 4:2:2 color and I’d be in love… lol.

  • julie


    60 million lenses , wow!!

    does they count the back/frount focus and the new with aperture faulty

    i mean 60 milion lenses
    20m with front focus
    20m with back focus
    20m perfect


  • KhunNikon

    Will the D5100 Body/Kit be qualify for the current Nikon Lens Instant Rebate promotion??


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