Nikon has announced the successor to its highly-popular Nikon D5000 D-SLR camera – Nikon D5100, which incorporates a 16.2 MP CMOS sensor, swing out 3″ Vari-angle monitor, full HD 1080p D-Movie recording at up to 30 fps and 4 fps high-speed continuous shooting capability. In order to explore your creativity, Nikon D5100 includes a range of new stunning in-camera special effects for easy capturing unique cool photo and full HD D-movie. One of the most notable effects is Selective Color, which lets users to choose up to 3 colors to appear in a scene while the remaining will be monochrome.

Key features of Nikon D5100 DSLR camera:

  • 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with EXPEED 2 engine
  • High-resolution, sharp 3-inch (921k dot) swivel Vari-angle LCD display
  • 11-point AF system to precisely, sharply capture the subject
  • D-Movie offers full HD 1080p video recording with full-time AF and manual exposure control
  • Improved grip coated by elastic rubber material
  • New Night Vision mode enables ultra-high ISO 102,400 to ensure extreme low-light performance
  • High sensitivity: ISO 100 – 6400, extendable to a staggering ISO 25600 (Hi 2)
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 4 frames per second
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) complemented with Active D-Lighting
  • An array of special effects mode – Selective Color, Color Sketch, Miniature effect, Night Portrait, High Key, Low Key and Silhouette
  • Dual built-in dust reduction system – Image Sensor Cleaning and Airflow Control systems

“The D5100 is a great camera that allows you to express your artistic side through impressive images and movies,” said Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager of Nikon Europe. “You can shoot with creative effects and unique angles, all at the level of superior image quality seen in the D7000!”

The new compact and lightweight Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera which measures 128 x 97 x 79 mm and weights just 505 grams is slated to be available starting mid-April 2011 for around $800 / £669.99 / €777 (body only) and $900 / £779.99 / €904 (camera kit includes a AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens).

In addition, Nikon also announced its new optional stereo mic crafted specifically for DSLR cameras – Nikon ME-1, which costs $180 for purchase, allowing D-SLR enthusiasts to experience video footage with superior stereo sound (without AF-noise).