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Nikon D5100 Officially Announced, Offers Night Vision and Special Effects


Nikon officially announced their new D5100 DSLR today, replacing the D5000 in the entry-level category. The 16.2 megapixel camera with a 1.5x crop factor has a 3-inch swiveling LCD screen, 4fps continuous shooting, an ISO range from 100 to 6400 (which you can boost to 25600), 1080p video recording at 30fps, and built in sensor cleaning.

In addition to these standard features, Nikon also decided to bake some fun features into the camera for those jumping into the DSLR game — the camera has a number of effects modes that users can play with, including Selective Color, Night Vision (the equivalent of ISO 102400), and Miniature Effect (provides a tilt-shift effect).

Here’s a sample “Miniature Effect” photo:

There’s even an HDR mode built into the camera, which merges two exposures into a single image that many will love (or hate).

The camera body will cost $800 when it arrives on April 21st, and the kit with a bundled 18-55mm VR lens will cost $900.