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Nikon S5100 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.2MP 5x Aug 2011
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Two industry awards
Good size
Good quality pictures
12 Reviews + 2 Awards
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Reviews

Two Industry Awards

This camera received a "Recommended" award from both websites Pcauthority.com.au and Alphr.com, both of which said that this Nikon camera was good.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on ten expert reviews from sites including Techradar, T3.com, Photo Radar and alphr.com the average expert rating of this camera is 73%.

Good Brand

Based on 25,534 owner and expert reviews (including 548 verified purchases), Nikon has good ratings for its cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras compared to other brands. 99% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Nikon S5100 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also have an image stabilizer.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Only 1280 X 720 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon S5100 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a 1280 x 720 still image resolution(s), whereas most digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). Across all low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4032 x 3024.

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Other

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this camera was released.


Battery

Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Nikon S5100 is a camera that takes 200 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Power

Poor Battery Life

One customer considered that it did not have a good battery life. Photo Radar said “Time lapse feature restricted by battery life” in their review of the Nikon S5100.


Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The Nikon S5100 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera. The ISO sensitivities "100", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this Nikon digital camera.

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Lens System

Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of digital cameras of this type and age is 1.8, the smallest is 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2. The Nikon S5100 has a quite small maximum aperture number (6.6) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of cameras of this type and age is 0.71x and the biggest is 14x. With a digital zoom of only 2 times zoom factor, the Nikon S5100 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst cameras of this age.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Nikon S5100 has a fairly standard optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The Nikon S5100 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon S5100 supports video capability, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon S5100 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also have a built-in flash.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon S5100 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera.

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Very Light

Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago the weights range from 0.11kg to 270kg. The Nikon S5100 is quite light (only 0.132 kilograms) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon S5100 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Good Quality Pictures

A few Nikon S5100 owners who reviewed the product agreed that it was able to produce good images. Photo Radar said eight years ago “Clever image processing”. Photo Radar also wrote “Very good image quality outdoors with good light”.

A few Nikon S5100 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Photo Radar mentioned in their Nikon S5100 review “Good resolution and decent edge-to-edge consistency” nonetheless they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Photo Radar also wrote “DSLR-like command dial, quick start up and generally responsive in operation - even when shooting at maximum 12.1 effective megapi”.

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Good Video Capture

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good for video recording. Photo Radar said “Full speed VGA movies with sound” in their review of the Nikon S5100 but they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Poor Exposure Control

One Nikon S5100 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera did not have good exposure controls. Photo Radar wrote in their Nikon S5100 review “Where it is not the exposure compensation falls easily under” .


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon S5100 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also support video recording.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon S5100 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels digital camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of this age and type. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this digital camera 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). The best video resolution of all digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 320 x 240 pixels.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon S5100 does not support Full HD video. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera do support Full HD video.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

One Nikon S5100 reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it was noisy. Photo Radar said “Hot shoe Good resolution 52MB internal memory Great color accuracy Low noise under ISO 400 Updated face detection” in their Nikon S5100 review yet they gave this digital camera a rating of 60 out of 100.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon S5100 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Support

Good Support

Three Nikon S5100 reviewers who bought this digital camera agreed that it had good technical guidance. Photo Radar mentioned “Wealth of manual controls” but despite that they only rated it 3 stars. 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”.


Features

Good Technical Features

A number of Nikon S5100 reviewers concluded that the Nikon S5100 had good features. Photo Radar mentioned “Some nice features”.


Design

Easy to Use

Several Nikon S5100 owners reckoned that it was easy to use. Seven years ago expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned “Looking for a handy compact camera for everyday snapping? Barely wider than a credit card” in their review of the Nikon S5100 and gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100. Photo Radar wrote “Well-designed and easy to use”. Photo Radar also mentioned “Very small and handy for this much power”.

Two Nikon S5100 reviewers reckoned that it was easy to handle. Eight years ago Photo Radar mentioned “Has trouble handling high contrast, some haloing” but in spite of that they scored it 3 stars. Photo Radar also wrote “Excellent handling for a small camera”.

One Nikon S5100 owner said in their reviews that the Nikon S5100 was easy to use the menus. Eight years ago Photo Radar mentioned “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” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they only rated it 3 stars.

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Robust

A number of customers mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon S5100 was well made. Photo Radar said “Fringing issues, sluggish burst mode The Final Word Nikons 5100 is a solid advanced camera”. Photo Radar also said “Solid build and excellent fit finish”. Photo Radar also wrote “Solidly built”.

Some customers said in their reviews that it was strong and durable.

One customer who reviewed the product reckoned that it was reliable. Expert website Neocamera.com mentioned in their Nikon S5100 review seven years ago “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

A number of Nikon S5100 reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a good design. Photo Radar mentioned in their review of the Nikon S5100 “Sharp pictures, good colour balance, nice design” nonetheless they only scored the product 3 stars.

One Nikon S5100 owner who bought it reckoned that it was neat. Expert website T3.com wrote “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 Nikon S5100 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the product was luxurious. One Nikon S5100 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was ergonomic. Eight years ago Photo Radar said “Nice ergonomics”.

One person who bought it mentioned that it was good looking.

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Good Product Quality

A number of people concluded that it was good quality. Pcauthority.com.au said in their review of the Nikon S5100 seven years ago “Nikon's latest mid-range compact squeezes good image quality and a 720p video mode in for under $300” . T3.com wrote in their Nikon S5100 review also seven years ago “Still delivers good quality images”. Eight years ago Photo Radar mentioned “Impressive image quality” in their review of the Nikon S5100.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Several customers who reviewed it agreed that it was compact. Expert website Techradar.com wrote “The compact camera market shows no sign of becoming less cutthroat”. Photoradar.com wrote on Photo Radar “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” in their Nikon S5100 review. Eight years ago Photo Radar said “Optical image stabilization into a compact”.

A number of customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it was a good body shape. Photo Radar wrote “Sturdy body and produces very good photographs” in their Nikon S5100 review yet they gave it a rating of 3 stars. Photo Radar also said “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 who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was lightweight. Photo Radar said in their review “Compact and lightweight”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 132 grams, the Nikon S5100 has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Nikon S5100 has a pretty standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers nikon s580black
Barcodes 00018208262229, 00018208262243, 00018208919949, 00018208919970, 00018208920013, 00018208920037, 00018208920068, 00018208920099, 00182088846364, 00182089199490, 00182089199704, 00182089200134, 00182089200370, 00182089200684, 00182089200998

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