Nikon D5100 DSLR already available from Best Buy

Although it wasn’t expected until later this week, Best Buy is beating other retailers to the punch and releasing the Nikon D5100 digital SLR.

Pricing is just as mentioned before: $899.99 with the 18-55VR kit lens. The bundle does not, however, include the external ME-1 microphone pictured here.

[Image Gallery: Nikon D5100]

In case you’ve forgotten about the mid-range D5100, here’s a refresher on some of the specs:

* DX-format 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
* EXPEED 2 image processor
* ISO range:100 to 6,400 (Can be raised to ISO 25,600 at Hi 2)
* Records full HD 1080p clips at 24/25/30fps (includes autofocus in video mode)
* Swiveling 3-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor (921k-dot resolution)
* 11-point AF system
* Continuous shooting at 4fps
* GPS compatible with optional unit
* 10% lighter than D5000 DSLR

If you already have some lenses hanging around and want to save some cash, you could hold off and pre-order the body-only version from Amazon, which is priced at $799.99. It should start shipping on April 21st. Either way, you’ll get free shipping