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Nikon S5100 Digital Camera

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12.2MP 5x CCD Aug 2010
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
The Nikon COOLPIX S5100 is a take-anywhere camera capable of producing stunning images with ease. The S5100 offers 12.2 megapixels, a 5x optical Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens and a host of creative... More
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25 Reasons For

Five Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, this compact camera digital camera is one of the most awarded.

This Nikon digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by PhotographyBlog.com, Pcauthority.com.au and Alphr.com all of whom concluded that this camera was good.

The writer at Ephotozine decided that this camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The expert at one additional expert review site thought that this Nikon camera was good. Computeractive.co.uk gave this camera a "Buy It" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twenty-three expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Techradar and T3.com the average expert rating of this Nikon camera is 72 out of 100.

Good Quality Pictures

A number of Nikon S5100 reviewers concluded that it was able to produce good images. Six years ago T3.com mentioned in their Nikon S5100 review “Still delivers good quality images”. Expert website Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Its low price to help you forget about its only just acceptable picture quality (that's really quite”. Photo Radar mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Impressive image quality”.

Some Nikon S5100 owners who bought the Nikon S5100 agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Photo Radar mentioned seven years ago “Hot shoe Good resolution 52MB internal memory Great color accuracy Low noise under ISO 400 Updated face detection” in their review but they gave it a score of 3 stars. Photo Radar also wrote “Good resolution and decent edge-to-edge consistency”. Photo Radar also mentioned “DSLR-like command dial, quick start up and generally responsive in operation - even when shooting at maximum 12.1 effective megapi”.

One Nikon S5100 owner reckoned that the product was good in low light.

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Easy to Use

Several customers who bought the product concluded that it was easy to use. Expert review site Ephotozine.com gave the Nikon S5100 a score of 5 stars and wrote “During testing the Nikon Coolpix S5100 proved itself to be easy to use, reasonably responsive”. Six years ago expert website Cnet.co.uk said in their review “Looking for a handy compact camera for everyday snapping? Barely wider than a credit card”. Seven years ago Photo Radar wrote “Well-designed and easy to use”.

A number of customers who reviewed the Nikon S5100 thought it was easy to handle. Photo Radar mentioned in their review of the Nikon S5100 “Has trouble handling high contrast, some haloing”. Photo Radar also said “Excellent handling for a small camera”.

One customer said in their reviews that the Nikon S5100 was easy to use the menus.

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Robust

Four people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was well made. Expert website V3.co.uk mentioned “Well-built; conveniently compact”. Photo Radar wrote in their review of this digital camera “Fringing issues, sluggish burst mode The Final Word Nikons 5100 is a solid advanced camera” however despite that they only gave this digital camera a rating of 60 out of 100. Photo Radar also wrote “Solid build and excellent fit finish”.

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that it was strong and durable.

One Nikon S5100 owner who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was reliable. Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This model manages to stand out by its fast and reliable autofocus system, something which is rare among such small cameras”.

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Nice Design

Six customers who bought the product considered that it was good looking. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com wrote in their review of the Nikon S5100 “Tweet The Nikon Coolpix S5100 is stylish new 12.2-megapixel digital compact that combines small size with big features, including HD 720p video, Vibration Reduction” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Expert website Itreviews.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Who still want to look chic while snapping away”. Itreviews.com also mentioned “The COOLPIX S5100 is a fun, chic compact digital camera that produces good low-light results”.

Several Nikon S5100 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was a good design. Photo Radar said “Compact, attractive, sturdy magnesium body design Well laid-out buttons, well-designed menu system Excellent, natural color with good contrast Faster autofocus than predecessor iTTL flash hot shoe Ada” nonetheless they rated the product 3 stars. Photo Radar also wrote “Sharp pictures, good colour balance, nice design”.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was neat. Expert review site T3.com scored it 80 out of 100 and said six years ago “A neat looking 12.2MP megapixel camera which promises high-image quality all situations, even at night, using lens-shift Vibration Reduction, enhanced Motion Detection”.

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was luxurious. Photoradar.com mentioned “It's for these situations that a number of camera manufacturers are trying to tempt owners of SLRs to buy a second camera - a deluxe professional compact” .

One Nikon S5100 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Photo Radar said in their Nikon S5100 review “Nice ergonomics” but they only scored the Nikon S5100 3 stars.

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Good Size

Several Nikon S5100 owners considered that it was compact. Ephotozine.com mentioned on Ephotozine “A slimline 12 megapixel compact digital camera sporting a 5x zoom lens with vibration reduction”. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “It's very rare that a compact camera of this price level truly impresses”. Six years ago Photographyblog.com said on PhotographyBlog.com “The S5100 offers a compact body, 12 megapixels” in their review of the Nikon S5100 and rated the product 80 out of 100.

Some people who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was a good body shape. Photo Radar said “Sturdy body and produces very good photographs” but they only gave it a score of 60 out of 100. Photo Radar also mentioned “Rugged magnesium alloy body gives the impression that this is a DSLR that has been shrunk - crisp packet style - in an oven”.

One Nikon S5100 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was lightweight. Photo Radar wrote seven years ago “Compact and lightweight” yet they only gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

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Good Product Quality

A number of customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was good quality. Ephotozine.com said on Ephotozine “Capable of delivering great quality images” and gave the Nikon S5100 a rating of 5 stars. V3.co.uk said “Good points Picture quality better than expected; attractive” in their Nikon S5100 review. Pcauthority.com.au said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Nikon's latest mid-range compact squeezes good image quality and a 720p video mode in for under $300” and gave it a score of 4 stars.

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Nikon compact cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Nikon is one of the superior brands.

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Good Technical Features

A number of Nikon S5100 owners said in their reviews that the Nikon S5100 had good features. Photo Radar mentioned “Some nice features” in their Nikon S5100 review but in spite of that they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Good Support

A few Nikon S5100 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Photo Radar said in their Nikon S5100 review “Wealth of manual controls”. Photo Radar also wrote “Images display noise if you creep above IS 400, though VR is a help to avoid camera shake its not 100 reliable”. Photo Radar also said “Full manual operation in addition to 16 scene modes”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of customers concluded that it had a good zoom. Six years ago expert website V3.co.uk wrote “Performance this is one of the best pocket-sized 5x zoom snapshots currently available for around £150”. V3.co.uk also wrote “Easy to use; good zoom lens”.

Several Nikon S5100 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus.

One customer who reviewed the Nikon S5100 concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Photo Radar said in their Nikon S5100 review “The Nikon Coolpix 5100 fits manual exposure controls and optical image stabilization into a compact” but they only rated it 60 out of 100.

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CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon S5100 supports video capability, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and type which do not support video capability.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon S5100 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the S5100.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the S5100, the Nikon S5100 has a built-in flash.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on compact cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The Nikon S5100 has a greater number of photo effects than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Nikon camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the S5100. The photo effects "Sepia" is also found on this camera.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon S5100 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Nikon camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s), whereas most compact cameras that are a similar age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s)s of 1024 x 768, 2048 x 1536, 2592 x 1944 and 3264 x 2448 and 3968 x 2232. The best still image resolution of all compact cameras that came out more than two years ago is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The average maximum aperture number of digital cameras of a similar age and type to the S5100 is 6.9. At 6.6, the Nikon S5100 has a fairly small maximum aperture number compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the S5100.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon S5100 is 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Nikon digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the S5100 the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features One Auto Focusing (AF) Modes

The Nikon S5100 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Nikon digital camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Single Auto Focus are also featured on this digital camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 6.9. At only 2.7, the Nikon S5100 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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15 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

Two Nikon S5100 owners who purchased the product considered that it was not noisy. Photo Radar mentioned in their review of this digital camera “4cm macro mode is so so, lens noisy in operation (buzzes like a gnat”. Itreviews.com said on expert review site IT Reviews.com “Impressive daylight imagery - apart from the rather lacklustre and noisy HD video mode”.

Poor Battery Life

One customer who purchased the Nikon S5100 thought it did not have a good battery life. Photo Radar mentioned in their review of the Nikon S5100 “Time lapse feature restricted by battery life”.

Poor Exposure Control

One customer who reviewed it thought it did not have good exposure controls. Photo Radar mentioned in their Nikon S5100 review “Where it is not the exposure compensation falls easily under”.

Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Nikon S5100 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as the S5100. The smallest digital zoom of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1x, the biggest is 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the S5100 do not support Full HD video. The Nikon S5100 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Nikon S5100 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also do not support wi-Fi.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the Nikon S5100 is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Nikon S5100 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The Nikon S5100 is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the S5100 are also not waterproof.

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Quite Small Combined Zoom

At only 10 times zoom factor, the Nikon S5100 has a fairly small combined zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. Compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the S5100 have combined zooms of between 3x and 1,600x.

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The Nikon S5100 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on cameras of a similar type and age to the S5100.

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Only Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Nikon S5100 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most commonly supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this Nikon camera. The camera file systems DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1 and Exif 2.2 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Only Supports One Audio Formats Supported

The number of audio formats supported by the Nikon S5100 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is WAV, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this camera. The audio formats supporteds AAC are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

Across all the compact cameras that were released more than two years ago the total megapixelss range from 10MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP. With a total megapixels of only 12.39 megapixels, the Nikon S5100 has one of the less total megapixelss amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

The Nikon S5100 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s (only 230,000 pixels) amongst compact cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this age and type the display resolution (numeric)s range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 450,000 pixels.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Nikon S5100

Released Over Six Years Ago

Nikon released the S5100 over six years ago.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Nikon S5100 has a relatively average optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the S5100.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon S5100 has a pretty typical display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the S5100.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 132 grams, the Nikon S5100 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the S5100.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 12.2 megapixels, the Nikon S5100 has a fairly standard megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
DC-In Jack
Connection to PC
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Camera File System
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Weight
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
Camera Shutter Speed
Digital SLR

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Expert Reviews

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23 February 2011

The COOLPIX S5100 is a fun, chic compact digital camera that produces good low-light results and offers easy to use controls, a wide range of shooting options and impressive daylight imagery -...

25 January 2011

The Nikon Coolpix S5100 lives up to expectations: it's a basic camera with inconsistent build quality that's counting on its cute, colourful looks and its low price to help you forget about its...

14 January 2011

Nikon?s COOLPIX S80 is as simple-to-use as can be and that seems to be this cameras raison d?etre. The S80?s capable of good rather than great results but at higher sensitivity settings things are...

19 December 2010

The Nikon COOLPIX S5100 is reasonably priced and looks stylish, yet its processing power is poor and the picture quality is questionable in certain situationsOverall Our provides the latest...

29 November 2010

It's very rare that a compact camera of this price level truly impresses. During testing the Nikon Coolpix S5100 proved itself to be easy to use, reasonably responsive and capable of delivering...

Ephotozine

15 November 2010

The S5100 is a pocket-sized camera that will suit photographers on a budget just fine. Anyone else expecting stellar image quality and tons of features should look elsewhere...

11 November 2010

For pictures and performance this is one of the best pocket-sized 5x zoom snapshots currently available for around £150...

Computeractive.co.uk

11 November 2010

For pictures and performance this is one of the best pocket-sized 5x zoom snapshots currently available for around £150. Good points Picture quality better than expected; attractive but...

3 November 2010

While its feature set may be no more impressive on paper than slightly cheaper rivals, the Nikon Coolpix S5100 is one of the best compact snappers in its broad price range for image sharpness and...

PhotographyBlog.com

22 October 2010

The Nikon Coolpix S5100 is a reasonably priced, attractive and generally competent pocket camera for those who really do just want to point and shoot...

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