Nikon D5100 / 18-105mm Kit

Nikon D5100 / 18-105mm Kit

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    • Nikon DSLR D5100 18-105mm Kit (31070)

      Equipment for tomorrow’s imagination
    • $637.00
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  • 4.5 / 5
    • The good:
      Touchscreen Controls, Impressive Video, Fast
    • The bad:
      Plasticky, Slow Live View AF

    The Canon EOS 650D is the pioneer DSLR to offer a touchscreen display, but the overall design and ergonomics are similar to its predecessor Canon 600D.


    It is also the first to offer the superior DIGIC 5 processor which offers 5fps continuous shooting speed, and advanced ISO range of 100 – 12,800. The ISO range is even expandable up to 25,600 The Canon EOS 650D is basically built using quality polycarbonate plastic which gives a solid and durable impression. It also provides a good rubber grip for easy handling. Its key controls are accessible to the fingers. However, the ISO button seems hard to the hand as it is located behind the main mode dial.


    To provide premium low-light focusing and continuous AF tracking, the Canon EOS 650D offers a new “Hybrid CMOS” chip which combines the sensors for the live view and video mode autofocus into the main imaging sensor. It also features an on-the-fly lens distortion correction, and an in-camera HDR imaging and stereo audio recording. The pioneer touch-screen boasts of a minimalistic and manageable interface. Controlling the key shooting functions of the camera is hassle-free. In addition to the simple interface, the 7.7cm flip-and-twist monitor adds efficiency and uniqueness that is best appreciation on full manual exposure mode.


    Burst-mode shooting is almost unbelievable as it does the job at a speed of 5 frames per second. The shutter lag is almost indistinct, and the time it needs to turn the camera for its first shot is a mere 0.5 seconds. It also takes the same amount of time to do a single shot. The Canon EOS 650D’s image quality is impressive. It captures a good amount of detail and delivers a good level of color accuracy. Tonal range is kept in balance with the rest of the elements of the image through the Auto Lighting Optimizer.


    However, if the lowest settings are used, expect that it goes behind other major brands in the market. Another fallback of the Canon EOS 650D is the kit lens itself. Like other Canon DSLRs, it comes along with the typical the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. It is rather disappointing given that this lens has been the same lens offered for a good time now. The AF motor is not that responsive, and the material used seems cheap. Quality of image is superb, and it is highly reliable.