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Released in late 2007, the Nikon Coolpix P5100 is a moderate update of the P5000.

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pictures in proper lighting come out consistently sharp, clear and with great looking colors

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controls are extremely easy to use, minimal learning curve

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solid construction, feels sturdy with no creaking plastic

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compact enough to be tucked in a jacket pocket or purse

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allows you to make all kinds of manual adjustments, great for learning different techniques

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on/off switch is easy to hit by accident

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lots of noise in low light shooting

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fair amount of lag between shots, not capable of burst shooting

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struggles to find focus in low light conditions

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Released in late 2007, the Nikon Coolpix P5100 is a moderate update of the P5000. The camera offers a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor and 3.5x optical zoom, using a Nikkor lens. Image stabilization is achieved through lens shift when the camera detects that is is not entirely stable. With full manual controls and ahotshoe to add external lighting accessories, the P5100 may appeal to hobbyist photographers who like more control over their images than standard point-and-shoot scene modes allow for. It should be noted that the P5100 does not record images in RAW format, ultimately limiting the amount of digital post-production a serious hobbyist can do. In addition to manual exposure, the camera does offer 16 scene modes to easily optimize image settings.

  • 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 3.5x optical zoom Nikkor lens
  • image stabilization via lens shift
  • manual exposure control
  • self-timer
  • 16 scene modes
  • captures video
  • hotshoe for additional lighting accessories
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