There are plenty of digital cameras on the market for both amateur and professional videographers. Averaging in the $600 – $650 price range,(with many great offers online) the Nikon D5100 is not the cheapest digital camera available, but it does have the features that any videographer needs for producing some quality video and filmmaking.
The CMOS sensor and plenty of editing capabilities make this camera one of the most functional for the money. The camera features a 3 inch super density LCD monitor that responds to any angle of adjustment.
The 921,000 dot super density monitor is one of the highest quality monitors available in this price range. The monitor is fully extendable and can be positioned to match your shooting style. It twists and turns so that you can reach any angle for your videos. Especially if you’re doing a “First Person” style shot.
The Nikon D5100 has an in-camera high dynamic range and several special effects modes. It also shoots full 1080p HD video. So, with the purchase, you have a video camera, premium camera and a portable editing station in-one (for photos).
Night vision and super detail are included in the photography settings, so you will be sure to catch every smile, no matter what the light level. Night vision technology can be extremely expensive and so the fact that Nikon has included this feature in the D5100 is very exciting.
The camera also uses a point system and 3D tracking while in record mode to allow you to focus on any portion of your image without getting those blurry shots. Autofocus can be a friend or foe when it comes to shooting video, but having the option is always nice. Especially in the DSLRs where that’s almost always NOT an option.
Nikon’s D5100 bridges the gap between the lower end digital cameras that barely make the grade and the high-end professional cameras that require a training course and a headache to operate. This little slide of DSLR heaven includes the lightweight camera body and the rechargeable lithium ion battery with a charger.
The D5100 also comes with lens covers and eyepiece covers that are designed to protect the glass portions of the camera. For the money, the Nikon D5100 is plenty of camera joy for any DSLR filmmaking enthusiast.