Nikon D5100 DSLR Tips Up at Best Buy a Little Early

Paul Lilly

If you've been patiently holding out for Nikon's swivel screen D5100 digital SLR camera, you now have a decision to make. Should you wait until the April 21, 2011 (this Thursday) launch date and order one from an online vendor that won't hit you with sales tax, or should you succumb to impatience a pop over to your local Best Buy (or snag one online)? The choice is yours to make, but here's what you need to know.

The model that Best Buy is selling comes with an 18-55mm VR lens kit and runs $900. Shipping is free, tax is not, and if you've interested in just the body, then you should probably hang tight and save a few bucks. Both Amazon and Adorama are offering the D5100 body-only for preorder for $800, saving you a C-note over the kit lens. Also worth noting is that the accompanying ME-1 external mic is not available to order and probably won't be until the official retail launch later this week.

While you ponder your options, here's a refresher on the D5100. Nikon's latest sits halfway between the D3100 and D7000 and sports a 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor. It comes with a 16.2MP CMOS sensor, in-camera special effects mode, in-camera HDR, Full HD recording, and up to ISO 25,600.

Image Credit: Nikon

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