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Nikon D5000
Nikon D5000
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Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon D5100.

Nikon D5000

B+
We've given the D5000 a grade of B+.

Editor's Review

[Read our full hands-on review] The D5000 is out of production and has been replaced by the D5100. While it's still a perfectly suitable camera, there are many better options out there for the same amount of money. Here's what we had to say about the D5000 in 2010:

The Nikon D5000 digital SLR is intended to be a more accessible alternative to the impressive D90 SLR, and carries many of that camera's features, like a 12.3-megapixel DX-format sensor and HD movie mode. The D5000 is capable of filming clips in 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. It also has a larger 2.7-inch variable angle LCD display. Nikon has the entry-level SLR down to a science, and the D5000 is an excellent choice for beginners looking to take their photography to the next level. However, Nikon now offers the very attractive D3100, which matches equal picture quality and vastly better 1080p continuous focus video with a lower (for now) price tag. Be sure to give that camera a look, too.

Specifications

  • 12.3 megapixel DX CMOS sensor
  • 720p HD D-Movie mode
  • 2.7-inch Live View LCD display, variable angle
  • Secure Digital memory storage (SD/SDHC)
  • Part Number: VAA116EA
  • UPC: 018208254521
  • Release Date: May 05, 2009

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Nikon D5000 Reviews

Nikon D5000 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Comparison with Sony Alpha, Canon, Panasonic and Fuji Pro S2 (Michael McGrath — 06/18/2010)
Nikon D5000 is better than Sony Alpha only in very low light and on hoghest ISO . Sony Alpha 230 has a better new 18-55 mm lens kit and is much cheaper , fabulous camera too . Nikon D5000 has HD movies, the Sony has none , but if you're a still photographer like me, that does not matter . Verdict : I go for the Sony Alpha 230 which is almost half the price . Most of the entry level Canons , and mid-range semi-pro Canons , suffer from Err99 bug , you would want to go right up to Canon 500D or the 50D to be safe , just google Canon Err99 and read all about it . My old Panasonic DMC FZ 7 I use for everyday shooting due to its light small weight and especially its fabulous 12X Zoom lens. I have shot photos published in local newspapers perfectly with this camers . Finally my Fuji old S2 Pro outclasses everything except the Nikon D3S in Dynamic Range , useful for shooting weddings , especially detail in a bride's dress and skintones - nothing like that Fuji S Pro series for that particular wedding job . The problem pricewise is that here in Ireland we suffer from Dollar= Euro parity where Canon and Nikon are concerned , so a 700-dollar camera in the USA is 700 Euro here in Ireland, this is always Cannon and Nikopn pricing policy , but Sony, Fuji and Panasonic have broken thios particular mold in unfair currency conversion by Canon -Nikon , they're just the same as well in the UK . Otherwise I would have bought the Nikon D5000 , if I lived in the USA, but that said I am delighted with the Sony Alpha 230 , which has a better viewfinder than the more expensive Sony 330 and 380 models . ( For movie facility , if I wanted it, I'd go instead for the latest Panasonic SLR , which I see and hear and read is up there with the much more expensive Canon 5D Mark 11 ) . wooden mcfee
  • 4.0 out of 5
D5000, Is it an advanced amateur or beginning professional Camera (Jame R. Morgan Sr — 01/12/2010)

I've been freelancing photos for different magazines for over 20 years. All that time I've only used Nikons, so I'm a bit biased on them. Started with an N50, Graduated to a N90s, A Coolpix 995, 4500, 5700, then a D50 and now the D5000.

As far as imagery goes, the D5000 is kick ass. clear, crisp, sharp, and almost perfect color distribution. Almost no white noise even at highest ISO settings. Features I love are the movable LCD Screen. When shooting in crowds, it's invaluable to see your screen even you've stuck the camera up over head. (A feature I loved in the Coolpix 995 and 4500 and missed the the 5700 and D50). It's quiet, fast focusing, and reliable.

Features I'm not so wild about, are the lack of an internal autofocus in the camera, (causing me to replace lenses to AS-S or equivelent), a video feature I really don't need (if I want video, I use a video camera), the LCD Screen is botton hinged instead of a more logical side hinge, and the lack of a second shutter release for portrait shots.

I looked at purchasing a D90, then looked at the D5000 which has the same resolution. It has most of the features of the bigger brother, even better ones in some cases, but comes lighter and more affordable.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Is it an advanced-amateur or beginning-professional Camera? (Jame R. Morgan Sr — 01/08/2010)

I've been freelancing photos for different magazines for over 20 years. All that time I've only used Nikons, so I'm a bit biased on them. Started with an N50, Graduated to a N90s, A Coolpix 995, 4500, 5700, then a D50 and now the D5000.

As far as imagery goes, the D5000 is kick-ass. clear, crisp, sharp, and almost perfect color distribution. Almost no white noise even at highest ISO settings. Features I love are the movable LCD Screen. When shooting in crowds, it's invaluable to see your screen even you've stuck the camera up over head. (A feature I loved in the Coolpix 995 and 4500 and missed the the 5700 and D50). It's quiet, fast focusing, and reliable.

Features I'm not so wild about, are the lack of an internal autofocus in the camera, (causing me to replace lenses to AS-S or equivelent), a video feature I really don't need (if I want video, I use a video camera), the LCD Screen is botton hinged instead of a more logical side hinge, and the lack of a second shutter release for portrait shots.

I looked at purchasing a D90, then looked at the D5000 which has the same resolution. It has most of the features of the bigger brother, even better ones in some cases, but comes lighter and more affordable.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Nikon D5000 Delivers Great Photos in Low Light Conditions (Tom Sheridan — 12/09/2009)

Most digital cameras take good photos in good lighting and lousy pictures in low light situations. Many cameras can be set to ISO 3200 or higher, but that doesn’t mean the camera can take noise free, high quality pictures at high ISO settings.

The Nikon D5000 is unique in this regard. It takes photos at ISO 3200 that are phenomenally sharp with great detail, excellent colors, and little sign of noise i.e. color separation or splotches. I tested my D5000 on a 3-week cruise vacation of Europe taking photos in museums, cathedrals, and the cruise ship's darkened theater photographing entertainers from a distance of 60 feet without flash. The pictures are incredible.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Right Choice for a Learner (Tathagata — 10/20/2009)

Its very good for a new learner, who wants to learn photography in true sense. It has got mostly all the features that a D90 has. I m enjoying my shoots with this semi pro level cam.

And at its price level, its definitely the best dSLR to date.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best cam for entrants to DSLRs (Arun Puri — 09/30/2009)

No regrets. Just fabulous results. Just wished that Nikon should have added few basic buttons like white balance, ISO setting & metering. These apart - just fantastic results

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera with excellent image quality.A D90 camera in D60 body. (DR RATAN SINGHDEO — 09/10/2009)

1.Excellent image with almost no noise at high ISO
2.Nikon kit lens contains aspherical element which gives more depth and clarity ohusiastf images.
3.Incamera image editing is really so good,i feel no need for futher PC editing.
4Fun for beginersa and value for enthusias
4.Dytnamic range is good[Be and post exposure]
5.In Picture contorl mode several creative colors can be saved and transferred to SD CARD.
6.Battery life very good
8.Shutters speed and performance is very fast.LIve view mode is slow,but ok for the price,atleast i am satisfied.
9.3-d matrix,450 rgb colour,11-point focus and 3-D tracinkg are features of high end camera.
10.HD Mvie mode is complement to me.
11.HDMI and GPS output is present.
12.Noise at any level is GREAT.Excellent for LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHS.

  • 5.0 out of 5
D5000 GREAT (steve goddard — 07/20/2009)

first time with a camera like this and I simply love it. Some day I might upgrade but I would have to go better than the D90, There so close in compairison. Easy to adjust while looking through the view finded. Easy to understand. My daughter has a more expensive cannon and side by side its every bit as good with more features. If you have a hard time coming up with the Green for the D90 then this is the camera for you. You'll have some change left over to get that extra lense or two!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
i t a great camera! (petitrob — 07/15/2009)

I am new with SLR camera and getting a fananic for photografic, , having the freedom to play with manual settings . The camera take great pictures so far and I am looking to learn more about it .Although I have noticed an issue with the quality of audio that comes with the Nikon D5000, is anyone have the same issue?

  • 5.0 out of 5
the best (Memoo3003 — 06/22/2009)

it`s the best i have seen in my life

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