Trying to find a new digital camera capable of high end video capture and great stills? Nikon looks to be getting very competitive, with a new digital SLR offering Full HD shooting, support for an external microphone, and new creative modes.

The Nikon D5100 is an upgrade to 2009’s D5000, pushing the video from 720p HD to 1080p Full HD, as well as numerous other features such as a 3-inch vari-angle LCD screen, 16 megapixel shooting, high sped ISO (native up Hi-2 with 25,600), and support for SDXC memory cards.

 

New to the camera is a “special effects” mode, something that rival camera manufacturers have begun adding to their cameras. While we’ve seen selective colour and miniature modes before, Nikon’s “night vision” mode offering up to ISO 102400 appears to be unique amongst the low-to-mid range in DSLRs.

No word on pricing yet, sadly. Given the cost is just under a grand in America and our dollar is above parity, we’re hoping our price isn’t too far off.