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Nikon Coolpix P5100
Nikon Coolpix P5100

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix P6000.

Nikon Coolpix P5100

We've given the P5100 a grade of C+.

Editor's Review

This has been replaced by the P6000, which is already aging too. Here's what we had to say about the P5100 when it was released in October 2007:

The Nikon Coolpix P5100 is this year's flagship point-and-shoot digital camera, with a perfect combination of automatic and manual controls that will please casual photographers and allow them to grow into the camera's expanded capabilities. It's a small, easily portable camera that's sure to be a strong competitor this holiday season.


  • 12.1 megapixels
  • Movie mode with sound
  • JPEG file format
  • 3.5x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Auto and manual focus
  • Auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 64-2000 (3200 at 5MP)
  • Lens-shift image stabilization
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory storage (52 MB internal)
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: INKCPP5100KA
  • UPC: 18208913794
  • Release Date: Oct 20, 2007

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Nikon Coolpix P5100 Reviews

Nikon Coolpix P5100 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 3.0 out of 5
Should be better for the money (Leslie — 03/16/2009)

I paid $350. Its take great photos, especially close ups. Fast focus and eay operation. I realy like the quick access to exposure control, use it all the time.
But... Im not impressed with the color reproduction, especially at low light, and in underwater situations (I have an unederwater case for it) Lots of static in the photos when using the anti hand shake and HI ISO modes.
Also its been returned to nikon twice the first year and my warrenty is running out. First time the lens wouldnt retract (they cleaned it and returned it to me, the lens clicked after that) then last week it just died for no reason... still at Nikon repair. it cost $30 bucks shipping ups each time Ive retuned it. Because of this ill never buy another NIKON, everybody else ships warrenty for free.

  • 5.0 out of 5
P5100 is great camera (Neal Pollack — 10/20/2007)

Compared the P5100 and the Canon SD-850-is. The are both fine cameras. I purchased the Nikon P5100 due to the following pros;
- It showed better low light exposure and noise handling than the SD-850.
- It has a ruberized grip so I will not drop it. The canon was very slippery and harder to hold firmly.
- The flash hotshoe is great, and immediately worked with other flash unit, no need to read instructions.
- The ergonomics of the button layout and command wheel/dial are great, and very similar to my large Nikon SLR. It's almost like a mini-Me for the large camera, in that it took very little reading to understand the usage.
- Full manual mode. All the modes, Auto, P, S, A, M, are there, just like the full size SLR.
- The menus were fairly easy to figure out. Maybe some day
I will read the instruction book. Maybe :-)
- The fact that they cram 12 megapixels into the small sensor and still get this good a picture and noise handling is remarkable. You want to do better than the P5100? Then buy a full size DSLR.

- I found the inconsistent display of the yellow face-recognition box confusing. The camera always
focused accurately anyway, so what is the purpose of the yellow face recognition box, and why it is inconsistent?
Canon SD-850 showed the face recognition box more consistently, but so what?? The Nikon P-5100 took a better
picture, face box or no face box.
- Slightly too big for shirt pocket, if that matters to you.
- Neck strap is stupid for this size class, I did not install it.