Nikon Coolpix P5100 Features

Nikon Coolpix P5100 The Nikon Coolpix P5100 is a 12 megapixel digital camera with a 3.5x optical zoom lens. The focal length of the lens is equivalent to 35 - 123mm on a 35mm camera. 4x digital zoom is also available.

Basics

Focusing

Manual focusing is available. For close up shots there is a macro mode that allows you to focus from 4cm away from the subject. There is also a special face detection mode for portrait shots.

LCD

The LCD screen is 2.5 inches in size and is made up of around 230,000 pixels. I found the screen very easy to see even in bright sunlight.

A viewfinder is also available.

Flash

The flash unit works to a maximum range of 8m. There is a hotshoe for adding an external flash unit. The flash modes are Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On and Slow sync. Flash exposure compensation can also be applied.

Scene Modes

The scene modes available are portrait, landscape, sports, night portrait, party/indoor, beach/snow, sunset, dawn/dusk, night landscape, close up, museum, fireworks show, copy and backlight.

Movies

TV quality movies can be recorded at a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and a top speed of 30 frames per second. Sound can be captured and zoom can be applied while recording is in progress.

Other movie options include being able to shoot computer quality movies in black and white and sepia. You can also capture time lapse movies.

Advanced Features

Fully manual exposure as well as aperture and shutter priority is available. The aperture range can be set between f2.7 and 7.6 (wide) / f5.3 and 7.3 (tele).

You also have access to White Balance (Auto, Custom, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Flash), ISO (64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 2000, 3200, Auto (auto gain ISO 64-800)), Metering (Matrix, Centre Weighted, Spot, Spot AF area) and Exposure Compensation (+/-2 in 0.3 steps).

There are two continuous shooting settings. One is for flash and one without. There is also a Best Shot Selector and a Multi Shot 16 feature. The Best Shot Selector takes a burst of shots and then keeps the one the camera considers to be the best. The Multi Shot builds 16 mini photos into single grid style image.

Bracketing is also available up to +/- 1 in 0.3 steps.

Extras

Wide angle (WC-E67) and telephoto (TC-E3ED) conversion lenses can be purchased separately to increase the capacity of the lens. In order to fit these lenses you will also need a lens adapter (UR-E20).

Computer - Printers - Television

All the necessary cables and software are supplied to connect the camera to a compatible printer, television and computer. Nikon Coolpix P5100

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