Is the Nikon D5100 a Good Camera for Beginners?

Is the Nikon D5100 a good camera for DSLR beginners? Is it worth it? Well, these are the questions we’re going to answer in this post. 🙂

First off, let’s discuss the price. The Nikon D5100 price ranges from P35 000- P42000. In malls, this is retailed at around P42000. I got mine from Henry’s at P35500. The package came with the camera, kit lens, 8 gig memory card, charger and an Enovation bag. Considering a difference of almost P7000, I can say I got a really good deal.

The camera has 16.2 megapixel, Side-articulated 3.0″ LCD monitor, and it can shoot HD videos. It has more awesome features, but these were the three things that caught my attention.


The reason why I chose this camera is because of its great reviews. Most people say that it is a versatile camera that is quite easy to use when you’re a beginner, and grows with you as you learn more about photography.

As soon as I got the camera, I was immediately able to take photos without checking out the manual. The basic buttons are easy to use, and pretty much similar to point and shoot cameras. I was able to take high quality photos using the automatic mode.


Nikon provides a link for video tutorials in their site. The tutorials take you on a tour of the different settings and features of the camera. The videos are actually quite fun and very easy to follow.

When looking at the camera with the lens in place, it looks a bit heavy. But when holding it, it actually feels lighter than I’ve imagined. I also like the fact that you can easily switch from the viewfinder to live view.

You can shoot in manual, semi-automatic (where you can either adjust the aperture and the shutter speed), and fully automatic modes using the Nikon D5100. Most of the time I use the auto, non-flash setting. But if you want to be a little more creative, you can choose from the “scenes” and “effects” settings. Scenes lets you choose the appropriate setting depending on the subject and the situation. For example, you can choose “pet portrait” for taking photos of your furry and active friends. Or you can choose “food”, if you want to capture the delicious meal you had for dinner.

“Effects” is one of my favorite features of the camera. It makes me feel like I can make any subject look artistic by choosing color sketch, silhouette, or selective color.

So, is the Nikon D5100 a great camera for DSLR beginners? As a beginner myself, I have to say it’s probably the perfect DSLR for beginners who eventually wish to become an advanced amateur. I only had it for a few months, but I feel like it’s going to be around for a really long time.

Are you planning to get a DSLR this year? Do you think the Nikon D5100 is the right one for you? 🙂



Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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