Nikon D5100 Digital Camera Review$799.00
We found the D5100, with the 18-55mm kit lens, to produce fairly sharp images. It lagged slightly behind the 18-135mm lens we tested on the D7000, but was generally good across the zoom range. It was sharpest around apertures from f/8-14, and particularly soft at the smallest apertures. These are fairly typical results for a kit lens, and we’d recommend definitely upgrading to a better lens if you want to get the most out of this camera. More on how we test sharpness.
As with other Nikon DSLRs, the D5100 does not feature any optical stabilization in the body. Instead, Nikon uses its Vibration Reduction technology in some of its lenses, including the 18-55mm kit lens available with the D5100. VR works by altering the position of a lens element in order to counteract any camera shake.