Conclusion: As I mentioned, the Nikon D5000 is the in-between model, seated above the D60 and below the D90 in Nikon’s digital SLR lineup. The D5000 features 12 megapixels of resolution on its 1.5X crop DX sensor (apparently the same thing you’ll find on the more expensive D90), a 2.7 inch swivelling LCD with live view, 4 FPS burst mode and the full expandability and controls you’d expect from a digital SLR.
Pros: Very good image quality; low noise as youâ€™d expect from a digital SLR, Flip-and-twist 2.7 inch LCD, Layout and design resembles a â€˜realâ€™ digital SLR more than a compact camera, Slightly larger size and grip; and better ergonomics than typical entry-level SLRs, Plenty of scene modes and useful help tooltips for beginners, Full manual controls; flash hotshoe, RAW image mode, Customizable menu area and Function button, Fast performance; very good burst mode, 720p H...
Cons: Hints of picture softness here and there; kit lens isnâ€™t the best option if you want the most image quality out of the camera, No built-in wireless flash control; battery grip accessory unavailable, Autofocus possible with AF-S/AI-S lenses only; lacks support for AF with legacy lenses, Movie mode is underwhelming; limited to 5 minutes per clip, mono sound, no option for external microphone, no continuous autofocus, Limited RAW buffer in burst mode, Sluggish autofocu...
Summary: Despite the lack of color dynamic in certain shots and the poor quality HD video recording mode, I was quite pleased with this DSLR. With a formidable easy to understand UI and great collection of photo samples to best advise its owner, the D5000 is definitely a recommended camera for DSLR photography beginners. Just make sure to get a better lens than the stock 18-55mm.
Summary: You can trust Nikon’s cameras for one big reason: it doesn’t do anything else. Without camcorder, TV or mobile phone businesses to distract it, Nikon concentrates on churning out well-designed, well-made cameras that are all about image quality. Like this one.
Excerpt: Nikon recently released the D5000, a 12.3 megapixel DX Format (1.5 lens crop factor) DSLR that shoots 720p/24p video through a 18-55mm VR zoom lens and lists for only $850 (with an estimated selling price of just $629). For that pittance, you get a swiveling 2.7" LCD screen (a first for Nikon), Live View (seeing your image on the LCD), a self-cleaning CMOS sensor, and use of Nikon’s vast selection of lenses.
Pros: Picture quality, night or day, is strong, as long as the settings don’t go funky., The professional looks. Just look at it, it begs for attention!, HD video quality is smooth, but sound is in mono., The 2.7-inch LCD is high-res and extremely useful., It’s Nikon (that’s actually saying something)., Battery life lasts at least 300 photos.
Cons: The settings menus are sent from Mars, SD card fills up real quick.
Summary: The Nikon D5000 DSLR camera is a camera that generated a lot of buzz upon its release. After I had a chance to review the Nikon D5000, I can understand the reason for the buzz.
My Nikon D5000 review shows that it is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras I've had the chance to use. Much of the technology behind the D5000 is based on the Nikon D300 , which is a slightly older, much more expensive DSLR camera.
Pros: Image quality is excellent, D5000 provides great mix of manual control and ease of use for a DSLR, LCD can twist and swivel away from the camera, Battery life is good for DSLR camera, Good collection of printed materials - quick start guide and user guide
Cons: Learning the function of each button could be time consuming, Autofocus can be slow, especially in low light, Experienced photographers will want more features, LCD could use more resolution
Conclusion: The D5000 is a strong addition to Nikon’s DSLR line up. While a bit larger than the D40 and D60, the D5000 remains compact and easy to use. As far as features go, the D5000 is surprisingly close to those on the D90, which is the next level up among Nikon DSLRs as they use the same sensor and the same AF module.
Excerpt: If the first number you look at when DSLR-shopping is the price, we understand. Blame it on the times. So there's no question that the new Nikon D5000 will stop you cold in your number-crunching tracks. The price is low-$730, street, body only; $850 with the AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5- 5.6G VR lens. And, as our tests in the Pop Photo Lab confirm, there's more to this mini Nikon DSLR than meets the invoice.