The Nikon D5100 is a DSLR. However when you pick it up, you notice that its very light. With the 18-55mm kit lens added it still has a different feel to most DSLR's. This to me is good news. My DSLR less days didn't last long, but this is somewhat different to what I've used before. The Pentax K-5 was small, but heavy. The Panasonic L10 was light, but bigger than the D5100. Though as far I'm concerned the D5100 is plug ugly, I did take an instant liking to it, particularly after using it for a few hours.
The first thing I noticed was the build quality. This is not a D3X but it feels very well made. Totally different from Canon cameras at the same price point. Its also well laid out. It took me around 1/2 hour to work it out without having to read the manual.
I'll go into more detail in later posts but the following are a few brief first impressions:-
- Its a good stills camera, with an excellent sensor.
- It shoots wonderful video.
- Its simple, light yet very versatile.
- The 18-55mm kit lens is OK, no more than that.
Some pictures with the 18-55mm kit lens.
Some pictures with the 50mm f/1.2