Every year, Digital Camera Info.Com publishes scientific reviews of the latest cameras and at the end of the year picks their favorite. This year, they chose the Nikon D5100 as their 2011 Camera of the Year.
This is what they had to say about the camera :
While we enjoyed the additions of autofocus during video recording and Nikon’s creative digital filters, the D5100 blew us away by getting the simple things right. Phenomenal color accuracy, expanded dynamic range, and above-average performance in nearly every category proved enough for this sub-$1000 DSLR to be our camera of the year for 2011.