Nikon D5000 DSLR Camera Review

Nikon D5000

by DSLR Camera News on March 7, 2010

Nikon has bridged the gap in their line of DSLR Cameras by introducing the Nikon D5000 consumer level Digital SLR Camera. This camera fits nicely between the D60 and the D90 as their mid-range camera. This camera brings the latest HD video technology at an affordable price. It also offers a stunning level of image quality in their 12.3 mega pixel still images as well.  The D5000 offers a vari-angle LCD screen that is a nice feature that I’ve been missing since I gave up my Sony point and shoot almost 8 years ago. The rotating screen flips down and also rotates as well. This feature allows you to hold the camera up in the air (above your head) or directly at yourself while still giving you a full view of the LCD screen. This camera is a very close competitor to the Canon EOS 500D and also comes in around $100 US cheaper than the Canon. The Nikon D5000 MSRP is $629.95 for the D5000 Outfit kit (includes Nikon D5000 Camera Body and 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR Lens)

Nikon D5000 Features:

  • 12.3 mega pixel Nikon CMOS sensor
  • D-Movie mode which records 720p HD movie clips
  • Vari-angle color LCD monitor (Screen) which is 2.7″ in size
  • 19 auto-exposure scene modes
  • One button live view
  • Continuous shooting at up to 4 frames per second
  • ISO Sensitivity from 200 to 3200 which is exceptional for low lighting
  • Built in sensor cleaning using a 4 frequency ultrasonic cleaning system
  • 11 point auto-focus with 3D focus tracking
  • Auto active D-lighting
  • Durable high precision shutter which is good for around 100,000 cycles
  • GPS geo-tagging (optional) which allows you to geo-tag your photos
  • Storage media: SD SDHC card slot
  • File formats: JPEG, NEF(Raw) JPEG+RAW and AVI (Video) at 24 fps.


The Nikon D5000 has some impressive abilities and the really cool vari-angle LCD screen is impressive and will does come in handy often. This camera does stack up against some tough competition but it does stand on it’s own. This new model comes at a great street price compared to some of it’s other family members (D90) simply because it is a newer model and you get more value with current camera models today. If you’re looking to step outside of the point and shoot world and looking to expand your photography skills, this camera is fantastic for the intermediate level photographer that wants a DSLR Camera.

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