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Nikon D5100 Digital Camera Review$799.00
Effects, Filters, and Scene modes
The Nikon D5100 includes a picture effects setting right on the mode dial. Effects are chosen by rotating the thumb dial, as an on-screen graphic shows the various effects available. If in live view mode, the D5100 will process the effect even when not recording, though this produces an obvious hitch in the screen’s responsiveness as the processor is taxed.
The effects are fairly standard, but work even in 1080/30p recording, allowing for some very simple, creative opportunities for users. We had the most fun with the miniature effects mode for videos, but there are also effects for easy silhouettes, night vision, high and low key, as well as a color sketch mode.
Within each picture style, users are able to make subtle changes that enhance or reduce sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue. These settings can then be saved for later use from within the menu.
There are several picture filters that can be applied through the retouch menu on the Nikon D5100: skylight, warm filter, red intensifier, green intensifier, blue intensifier, cross screen, and soft. Each filter is applied and a new image is saved, preserving the original. Each can also be adjusted for intensity, with a preview of the effect shown before application.
The D5100 is also compatible with the GP-1 GPS unit from Nikon, as well as Eye-Fi SD/SDHC memory cards. The GP-1 attaches to either the hotshoe or to the neck strap and tags each image with with information on timing, latitude, longitude, altitude, and general attitude towards life (just kidding).