The Bottom Line: The Nikon D5100 is a very innovative DSLR that not only takes fantastic pictures, but it has the extra convenient Vari-angle LCD Monitor, which allows you to take pictures from unique viewpoints. If you take a lot of portraits that either require a timer because you want to be in the photo, or require you to hold the camera at awkward angles, this is the answer. I bought mine as soon as it came out for that very reason, as well as for the outstanding quality of optics. If price matters for you, I highly recommend this camera. Image Quality This Nikon D5100 will give you outstanding photographs, even in less than ideal conditions, and with 16.2 Megapixels, you can print photos up to billboard sized print, without losing any detail. Of course, most people will not need to print such large photos, but it is nice to have nonetheless. Performance This Nikon D5100 is a fantastic, affordable DSLR that will need everybody's needs, unless you are a professional photographer. Even then, I have known professional photographers to use this camera as a back up DSLR. Even on the auto and program settings, the exposure and perfect 90% of the time (depending on lighting conditions), skin tones are beautiful, the white balance spot on, and even hand held photos in darker lighting conditions come out nice. I have to say that my favorite feature is the large 3 inch LCD screen, which you can rotate in any direction and allows you to take photos at weird and unique angles, as well as see what you look like in the shot whenever you use the delayed timer. Ease of Use This Nikon D5100 offers many different functions, most of which you will never need. I use mine mostly on auto or program, and turn out gorgeous photos every time. Even if you do not know what some of the functions are, it will not keep you from taking great photos. As always, Nikon's dials and buttons stay in the same, familiar spots, and are very intuitive, and you will most likely master the basic functions in no time. Battery Life Under normal weather conditions (about 68 to 70 degrees F), I am able to take about 2000 photos on one charge, which makes this camera ideal for traveling. Portability This is a very portable DSRL for extended periods of time because of its rather light weight (around 560 grams without a lens). This is still not the lightest DSLR available on the market, but it is pretty close to it. I traveled with it for an entire month back in 2012, where I had to let it hang on my shoulder while hiking and sightseeing, and it was quite comfortable and never too heavy.