Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I'm starting to come around on the Nikon D5100

Even though there seems to be a lot of angst over whether or not the D5100 has full manual control in video mode, this 1080i video from David at soundimageplus is pretty impressive (on a computer monitor, at least).

Very sharp, even with the kit lens, and fabulous color saturation.  I looked for moire in the ripples of the stream and could not find it.

And the new Ashton Kucher D5100 commercial (shot with the D5100 itself) is pretty cool too:

I'm still not enthused about the 20 minute shot time limit or the viewfinder that goes away in video mode due to the old-fashioned SLR mirror - so I'll stick with the GH2. But for those who don't mind these challenges, or who have already made a significant investment in Nikon glass, the D5100 seems to produce very nice video images at a reasonable price.  You can pick one up for $799 (body-only) at AmazonNikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (Body Only).
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