gGadget > Nikon® D5100 Video Capture Features
If you’ve read our Nikon D5100 vs Canon T3i comparison post, you know that the Nikon D5100 is one of the best entry-level DLSR options for budding photographers. And you are probably aware that the camera allows you to record videos in 1080p HD. Most of the recently released DLSRs allow for this same kind of HD video capture, but the D5100 stands out thanks to the its unique and innovative video capabilities. Here are some of the Nikons D5100’s most notable video features:
*Full HD Capability – You can use what’s called the D movie feature on the D5100 to record videos in True 1080p HD. That means your home movies you record on your D5100 will look more like the stunning videos you watch on your HDTV.
*Full-Time Contrast-Detect Autofocus – This feature enables the camera to stay precisely and consistently focused on a subject as it moves throughout a frame. The D5100′s autofocus feature also uses face recognition technology to focus in on up to 35 faces in a single frame.
*In-Camera Movie Editing Functions – On the D5100, you don’t have to upload your videos to your computer to edit them. You can perform basic editing tasks on them from your D5100. Specifically, the Nikon D5100′s in-camera movie editing functions enable users to delete parts of movies and save single frames as JPEG images.
*Support for Advanced Stereo Audio Recording – If you want high-quality sound to match your high quality videos, you can easily add on the Nikon Stereo Microphone ME-1 to your D5100, which the camera has built-in support for.
*Ergonomic Live View and Movie Start Buttons – Nikon ergonomically positioned the two buttons you’ll use the most while you’re recording videos – the Live View and Movie Start buttons. This adds an extra level of comfort into the mix when you’re recording vibrant movies on the camera.
These are some of the most important features related to the D5100′s video taking capabilities. Overall, the camera is a pretty solid choice for photographers who want to be able to use their cameras to moonlight as amateur videographers.