I would appreciate comments from D5100 users on this subject. Are the focus points reasonably visible in the sunny outdoors? My D60 has three focus points, rectangular and very easy to see and reposition. Overall, how do you like the focusing of the D5100?
I currently have a D60 and my wife has a D40X. We also have the 18-55, 55-200, and 18-200 AF-S VR lenses. Most of my photography is landscape with some typical family portrait shots. I am looking to upgrade primarily for the extra pixels.
I am comparing the D7000 to the D5100 and I am favoring the D5100, but if focusing the D5100 is a serious issue, perhaps I'll reconsider the D7000 (body at twice the cost of a D5100. Ouch!).
#1. "RE: Visibility of Focus Points on D5100" In response to Reply # 0
Hatboro, Pa, US
I agree with just about everything posted in the blog. The lack of a focus wheel lock and the very small focus dots is probably the D5100 and the D3200 biggest short comings. However I don't find it serious enough to not buy the camera. I bought my D5100 in August of 2011 and my D3200 in May this year. I kept my D5100 because the pluses certainly out weighed the small focus points and I wanted to keep the articulating screen. The D3200 has the exact same focus points as the D5100 and I bought it because of the high sensor resolution. The focus points didn't even enter my mind.
But people are different and their eyesight is different. I suggest before you buy either of the cameras you're considering, to walk into your local camera shop and see for yourself if it's acceptable or not.
#2. "RE: Visibility of Focus Points on D5100" In response to Reply # 0
D7000 is superior camera, no second thought..
I own D5100 and I am completely happy with it(of course budget was concern at time of deciding.. otherwise I could have D7000). I don't shoot MUCH outdoor though - just not to notice focus point visibility issue.
I never find that problem. If you find it difficult to see AF points, then D7000 also will carry same problem, just more AF points density.
Couple of things might help - in LCD you can see position of focus points (in AF- Single pt mode) - during focus you can enable confirmation 'bip' sound just to know it focused properly.
#3. "RE: Visibility of Focus Points on D5100" In response to Reply # 0
San Antonio, US
Thank you for your replies. I was not oware (aware?) of the fact that the D7000 also has focus points like the D5100, rather than focus squares (like my D60). I did get a chance to look through a D5100, but not a D7000. The focus points are small and somewhat dim. Focus visibility is better on the D60, but I guess Nikon had to reduce the size of the squares to points in order to accomodate the increase in focus points.
So the visibility of focus points is not an issue when comparing the D5100 to the D7000, because they are reduced in both cameras, compared to the D60.
Add a new twist to the choice between a D5100 and D7000: the D5200 should be shortly available. Perhaps a windfall from the D5200 release will be a reduction in cost of the previous two cameras.
I didn't have any of these decission problems when I had my little Sony point-and-shoot.
#5. "RE: Visibility of Focus Points on D5100" In response to Reply # 0
I just got a D5100 and I do have trouble with seeing the focus points. My D5000 did not have this issue. I wanted the D5100 becuase of a couple of things it has different from the d5000. Otherwise I would have just stuck with the 5000.
I was impressed with what I read on the D7000, but it is bigger and the whole reason I have the smaller dslr is for travel and weight/size. I have a D3 for most needs.