Nikon introduces the D5100 DSLR and the ME-1 stereo microphone

d5100This morning Nikon announced two new devices: The Nikon D5100 DSLR and the ME-1 stereo microphone.

d5100The D5100 is your typical consumer DSLR with a few novelties built in. The swivel, multi-angle LCD monitor allows users to twist and turn the 3-inch display just about any direction they like. Nikon has also built in a variety of art filters and options with its Effects Mode. This setting works with stills and video recording and includes night vision, color sketch, miniature effect, and selective color options. And if that isn’t enough built-in art for you, there’s also an HDR option that “produces images with wider dynamic range by combining consecutive shots.” Check out some of the more technical specs below:

  • 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • D-Movie with Full HD (1080p); full-time AutoFocus (no obnoxious refocusing moments during recording) and stereo sound
  • ISO sensitivity 100-6400 (which should make it extremely capable in low light)
  • 4 frames per second
  • Available mid April; $799.99 for body only, $899.99 with lens kit (18-55mm lens)
  • Includes Nikon’s EXPEED2 image processor (rapid focus technology makes it great for action shots)
ME-1 Stereo Microphone

Nikon is also introducing the ME-1 Stereo Microphone, a hot shoe attachment developed specifically for and powered by DSLRs. If you’ve ever been even slightly disappointed with the noise your DSLR’s built-in recording unit picks up, this is the type of accessory you want. It includes “noise dampening components” to pick up the sound you want while getting rid of anything produced by your camera’s AF as well as unwanted background static. Nikon says the ME-1 can be used with its D5100, D3s, D300s, D7000, and the CoolPix P7000. It will be available in April for $179.95.