Built on a custom application of Nikon's innovative Expeed digital image processing concept and incorporating the precision optics of a Nikkor lens, the Coolpix P5100 is built to realise optimum performance and maximum image quality.
Class-leading imaging ability begins with a full 12.1Mp of sharp resolution and a new digital image processing engine that reproduce the finest details and subtlest tones with precision and clarity, even when taking advantage of sensitivity settings as high as ISO3200. It also includes the compositional freedom of the 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens and compatibility with various converter lenses that further extend wide-angle and telephoto reach.
In addition to a variety of automated and scene modes, four advanced exposure modes offer both enthusiasts and more advanced photographers greater personal control over the camera. The Mode dial provides easy access to these modes, reflecting the Coolpix P5100’s logical design that works to simplify and streamline operation for the photographer.
Optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilisation counteracts the effects of camera shake in lower light or when shooting unsteady subjects to help achieve sharper results. Active full time also stabilises images displayed on the 2.5-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with wide 170-degree viewing angle for easier framing and more reassured shooting.
The quality-crafted body is made of solid magnesium alloy (Mg), featuring a quality finish, a comfortable grip covered in grid-pattern rubber, as well as an optical viewfinder to aid composition, particularly in brightly lit conditions. The built-in accessory shoe adds support for Nikon Speedlights and advanced i-TTL flash control.
Nikon Coolpix P5100 Feature Highlights
Superb image quality
Excellent imaging quality is a priority for the Coolpix P5100, from the 12.1Mp of imaging power produced by its 1/1.72in RGB CCD and new digital image processing engine, to its powerful 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens and optical lens shift VR.
Shooting modes that give the user greater control
Four exposure modes accessed via the Mode dial provide greater control over camera operation. Programmed Auto [P] mode automatically selects the optimal shutter and aperture settings. Shutter-priority Auto [S] lets the user select shutter speed, while the camera sets the optimal aperture. Aperture-priority Auto [A] offers 10-step manual control over the aperture setting to let the user decide depth of field, while the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed. Manual [M] exposure mode provides full control over both the aperture and shutter speed settings.
Proven lens shift VR image stabilisation
Optical lens shift VR (Vibration Reduction) is field proven technology originally developed for interchangeable lenses used in Nikon SLR camera systems. The VR technology provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds as much as three stops slower without blurring the image, as well as producing a smoother viewfinder image which aids composition. Nikon's exclusive VR system also yields sharper results when shooting in low light when using the 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, or when reaching farther with an optional telephoto converter lens.
Extended light sensitivity range up to ISO3200 adds the power to shoot more effectively in lower lighting conditions, or to capture fast moving subjects with outstanding clarity. And the new image processing engine produces clear results, even when shooting with high ISO settings.
The convenience of system expandability
Optional system components further expand the photographic possibilities of the Coolpix P5100. Nikon's 0.67x wide-angle converter (WC-E67) and 3.0x tele-converter (TC-E3ED) lenses are available to extend the range of the attached 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, while a built-in accessory shoe supports the use of Nikon’s advanced i-TTL flash control for external flashes, including the Speedlight SB-400, SB-600 and SB-800.
Nikon Coolpix P5100 Other Features
- Three Unique Nikon Image Innovations
- Face-priority AF with improved speed and efficiency
- In-Camera Red-Eye Fix
- Optimise image for shooting monochrome photographs using a choice of four different filters for creative effects, (yellow, orange, red and green)
- Continuous flash shooting helps capture the action by allowing a burst of consecutive flash shots without having to wait for the flash to recharge
- 1:1 size format allows photos to be shot using 1:1 (square) perspective
- Distortion control corrects for barrel distortion in images shot, and even displays the corrected image on the LCD in real time
- Macro shooting from as close as 4cm (1.6in)
- 4x digital zoom extends compositional freedom
- Improved menu interface, available in a choice of 23 languages
- Time zone function for easy setting of multiple locations
- SDHC card compatibility
- Approx. 52Mb of internal memory
- PictBridge support