December 21, 2014
I got the 5100 when it first came out. I love it. Here's the bottom line with DSLR cameras....there are two versions...FX and DX. FX are full frame and DX are a smaller frame size. FX are pro cameras and usually much more expensive. This one, like the 3100, 7000, 7100 and others are DX. The FX cameras are the D800, D4, etc....they're typically $2K-6K range. For most folks, a DX camera is all you need. Now, just talking about the DX cameras. The quality of the pictures are going to be about the same. The reason why you'd want to go from a 3100 to a 5100 or the 7100 is that the extra features that you might want are available in buttons on the camera. In the lower priced camera, you have to go through menus to get there. So, are you the type that is going to change settings between shots or know what you're doing? If yes, then you're probably not reading this as you're an advanced photographer and you know what you're doing. I think the 5100 is the sweet spot in the line. (actually, the 5200 is the newer version but still sits in the same spot in the lineup). I love mine and shot with a number of lenses for a variety of shots. If you're looking to get into this world, make sure you have a lot of cash as you'll spend a ton on the glass (lenses) to go with your camera. While on that subject, spend your money on the best lenses you can afford. Also, it's best to stick with Nikon brand as they will always work with the next body that you might upgrade into. If you buy a Sigma, Tamron or other lens, it should work with the current cameras that it says it will work with, but there's no guarantee that it will work with the following models. I know this is too much info for the short review, but I wanted to throw it out there anyway.
In a nutshell, this is a great camera and will do whatever you want. With the right lens, you can get great action shots. You've just got to learn how to work the A and T settings.