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Nikon makes D5100 official with ISO 102,400 night video

updated 12:00 am EDT, Tue April 5, 2011

Nikon D5100 brings 1080p night video and effects

Nikon tonight brought out its long planned D5100. The camera has a brand new, 180 degree variable swiveling LCD with a sharp 921,000-pixel output and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Video is the same 1080p30 as on the D7000, but a sensor tweak gives it a new Night Vision mode for very low light: it can record in ISO 102,400 to get the moment when seeing the shot is more important than the amount of noise.

The camera normally shoots in an ISO 100 to 6,400 sensitivity range with an override option to hit 25,600. Beginners get a new special effects mode, with a dedicated spot on the mode dial, that can apply selective color, a sketch effect or a miniature effect that mimics a tilt-shift lens. It uses an 11-point autofocusing system from the D3100 but shoots at the higher 16.2 megapixels of the D7000.

Video supports continuous autofocusing in the scene and works with face detection; it records in H.264 as well to help get the 20 minutes of non-stop recording time.

Audio, previously a weak point of Nikon's video-capable DSLRs, gets a major lift through a new ME-1 microphone add-on. The device mounts to the hot-shoe and provides unidirectional stereo audio recording. Nikon gives it a low-cut filter to cut out wind noise and uses a standard 3.5mm plug that not only works with most of Nikon's other DSLRs but the P7000 compact and most standard microphone jacks.

The D5100 should be available by May and will cost $900 in an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR kit lens form or $800 body-only. Photographers will have the option of the ME-1 for $180. Nikon hasn't made mention of a previously leaked 18-105mm kit.









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  1. rtbarry

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    great

    where's the d700 successor???

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    Nikon will this month release its long-awaited D5000 replacement, the Nikon D5100, the company has revealed.

    The Nikon D5100 will boast the same 16.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 2 processor as the Nikon D7000, Nikon confirmed.

    Among the Nikon D5100's other signature features are a new Special Effects mode and a 920,000-dot Vari-Angle LCD screen that is 17% thinner than its predecessor on the Nikon D5000, Nikon claims.

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    Nikon will this month release its long-awaited D5000 replacement, the Nikon D5100, the company has revealed.

    The Nikon D5100 will boast the same 16.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 2 processor as the Nikon D7000, Nikon confirmed.

    Among the Nikon D5100's other signature features are a new Special Effects mode and a 920,000-dot Vari-Angle LCD screen that is 17% thinner than its predecessor on the Nikon D5000, Nikon claims.

  1. facebook_Timothy

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    Nikon Beat Canon to the Mic

    The ME-1 looks like a must-have accessory for Nikon users who shoot video.

    On a different note, does anyone actually NEED the ISO 102,400 capability? And before you answer that, consider this - most photographers who specialize in low-light photography still shoot (gasp!) film. Astrophotography for years was dominated by a little known yet very capable film stock called Ektachrome 200. Yep, an ISO 200 film was used to shoot the night sky and deep space.

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