Nikon Coolpix S5100 Brief Review


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  • 12.2 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Lens-shift optical image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch LCD monitor
  • 720p HD video
  • ISO 100-3200
  • Captures to SD/SDHC media cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-10-15
  • Final Grade: 88 4.4 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon Coolpix S5100
12.2 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; Lens-shift optical image stabilization; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video; ISO 100-3200; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 8/21/2014

The S5100 is smack in the middle of Nikon's 2010 S-series lineup, a general-use, everyman point-and-shoot. It packs a decent 5x zoom, 720p HD video, and a handful of features meant to boost low-light and nighttime performance, including lens-shift stabilization, improved motion detection software, and ISO up to 3200. There's some marketing hyperbole at work here -- Nikon positions it as a low-light performer, but it simply does not have the right sensor or lens to really pull that off -- but it's still a reasonably priced compact that should sell well this holiday season.

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Nikon has long been one of the top manufacturers in the industry, and their products are still solid options today. The camera giant is continuously releasing new products with enhancements in image quality and performance.

It's hard to go wrong with a Nikon DSLR. With a different model available for every skill level from beginner to professional, Nikon's DSLR's have always been top notch. Their latest DSLRs have seen improved noise reduction, enhanced video quality and upgraded designs over cameras from just a few years ago.

Nikon made an interesting move in the realm of mirrorless cameras—instead of pushing for bigger sensors, Nikon instead has focused on speed. The Nikon 1 line cameras use a 1” sensor, which is larger than your average point-and-shoot but smaller than the Micro Four Thirds options. While the 1 line doesn't have much resolution, their cameras boast speeds upwards of 15 fps—no other mirrorless line currently comes close to that level of speed.

Nikon's compacts aren't as much of a sure thing as their DSLRs—some of their smaller cameras are quite impressive, while others are beaten out by competitors. We liked their higher end consumer point-and-shoots like the COOLPIX S6500, but be careful with their budget compacts. They offer quite a range of compact cameras, just be sure to read the reviews on the individual camera first.

Nikon offers a full range of cameras from tiny budget models to professional DSLRs. More often than not, if you go with a Nikon, you're getting a solid camera.

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