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Why Nikon D5100 disappointed me [Images and Review]

Usually we all prefer Smartphone photography, easy to use features most of the time on Auto mode does the job just touch the screen to focus the subject there you get the image however in DSLR cameras is it not that simple at all.

Here I am going to be sharing with you my Nikon D5100 experience which was disappointing for me. Nikon D5100 is an oldie yet it’s a DSLR Camera afterall. I was expecting crisp, sharp quality images with true defining depth and it didn’t do well.

Mentioning the smartphone is important here since it’s not some high-end flagship even than Qmobile Noir Z12 manages to take decent photographs, According to me Nikon D5100 going to surprise me with it’s true-to-life colours and image detailing using Stock 18-55mm Kit lense.

I must admit that I am not a geek when it comes to latest DSLR technology nor into photography been ages since haven’t got the chance to put my hands on any camera apart from smartphones or normal Point and Shoot Cameras.

It took me around a day to understand the menu and the modes specially Manual mode, there I was able to focus the subject and shoot without any hesitation however the result was not amazing as I was expecting.

Here are some of the samples which I’ve taken with Nikon D5100 below and with Qmobile Z12 as well, These photographs were taken at Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK – recently I went there for travels and tourism purpose along with SAF TOURS (Lahore)  planning to start off 2 days tour from Lahore to Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK.

 

Nikon 5100D – Photographs

Nikon D5100 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Nikon D5100 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

These are few samples, apart from the first image all were taken on Automatic means let the camera to decide the only thing which is appealing about Nikon is the colours are natural just exactly as visible to naked eye apart from that, Nikon D5100 captured the mist very sensibly however, disappointed me with the depth and sharpness of the image as I was expecting to be to lot better.

Although there’s no comparison between Nikon D5100 DSLR camera and Qmobile Noir Z12 13MP camera but just for the reference sharing the images with you so you can see the difference yourself.

(Location is similar in photographs)

QMobile Noir Z12 – Camera Result (Photographs)

QMobile Z12 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

QMobile Z12 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

QMobile Z12 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

QMobile Z12 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

QMobile Z12 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

QMobile Z12 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

QMobile Z12 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

QMobile Z12 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

QMobile Z12 - Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

QMobile Z12 – Khaira Gali, Galyat, KPK

Qmobile Z12 Smartphone camera turnout to be much more sharper and clearer, perhaps the colours are not so accurate as Nikon D5100 captured with Kit Lense – Here my point is either old DSLR Camera are outdated compared to latest smartphone cameras or maybe I need more time with DSLR cameras.

According to me Nikon D5100 failed and it’s completely useless for landscape photography without falling into technical details of which lense to choose. The result is in front of you, again I am clearing out Qmobile Z12 images are to give you an idea not doing comparison.

INCPak team member Asad Shaikh said, entry level Nikon 3400D is lot better than Nikon D5100

Why Nikon D3400 is better than Nikon D5100

Nikon D3400 Key Specs

 

  • Announcement Date: 2016-08-17
  • 24MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • No Anti-aliasing (AA) filter
  • ISO 100 – 25600
  • 11 Focus Points
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder
  • 5.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • 395g. 124 x 98 x 76 mm
  • Replaced Nikon D3300

 

Verdict: Nikon D3400 has 24 MP  APS-C CMOS Sensor with 5.0fps continuous shooting whereas Nikon D5100 has old 16MP – APS-C CMOS Sensor with 4.0fps continuous shooting when it comes to the battery life, Nikon D3400 almost double the shots over Nikon D5100 although Nikon D3400 is an entry DSLR Camera but it can perform better with different lenses such as 50mm f 1/8 which is ideal for landscaping and portrait mode photograph. Overall the entire review was to share my experience and advise the best possible suggestion for your next DSLR Camera.

 

2 Comments

2 Comments

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  2. Waleed Akmal

    Aug 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    DSLR are used to capture more detail. They have higher Dynamic Range. You can recover more highlights and shadows from DSLRs, as compared to smartphones, in post processing.
    You need to understand this, DSLRs were meant to be used by professionals back in the days. Professional photographers need more dynamic range in photos to get extraordinary details when they edit. Therefore, manufacturers don’t put any heavy in-camera post processing to allow editors to edit the way they want later on.
    Smartphones are meant to be used by common people, those who don’t want to transfer an image to photoshop or any other professional editing software. They just want to take the snap and upload it on social media as it is. That’s why smartphones have in-camera post processing pre applied to the images. Which makes it look better as compared to very slightly processed images from DSLRs.
    So, if you are buying a DSLR you also need to do some post processing to get the most out of it. If you don’t want to spend the time and effort on it and just want to make random posts on social media, you are better off with saving that money and spending it on a smartphone with better camera.

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