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Nikon D5000
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Nikon D5000

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Overall 10

Expert Review

20 March 2015
  • 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 D5000, I can understand the reason for the buzz. My Nikon D5000 review shows that it is one of the best entry-level cameras I've had the chance to use.
  • 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
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Overall 9
Design 8
Features 10
Performance 10

The Nikon D5000 DSLR: A Digital Camera Review

Bright Hub
9 March 2010
  • Summary: This article is a review of the Nikon D5000 DSLR camera. The Nikon D5000 is a 12.3 megapixel DX-format Nikon DSLR positioned in between the Nikon D60 and the Nikon D90. It provides the best of both worlds for its price point, and is ideally suited for the hobby/semi-professional photographer.
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Expert Review

30 December 2009
  • 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...
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Camera Test: Nikon D5000

Pop Photo
26 December 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Nikon D5000 Review

15 December 2009
  • Summary: The D5000 is another compact DSLR camera from Nikon with quality and performance lying between D60 and D90. With its easy control system and twist and swivel screen, high quality images can be captured and HD videos can be recorded.
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Overall 8

Nikon D5000

PC Magazine
5 December 2009
  • Conclusion: Nikon's HD-capable D5000 D-SLR offers outstanding image quality and robust features for its under-$1,000 price.
  • Pros: Excellent value. Stellar image quality. HD video capture. LCD screen rotates and swivels. HDMI out.
  • Cons: Can't automatically refocus when shooting video. No microphone input. Low-res screen compared with competition. Proprietary USB port.
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Nikon D5000, The Review

Akihabara News
21 November 2009
  • 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...
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Overall 8

Expert Review

DP Review
18 November 2009
  • Summary: The D5000 takes the D3000's ease of use and sprinkles in some of the D90's more advanced features to create a user-friendly but surprisingly sophisticated photography tool. It may not be that pretty, but it handles well and produces reliably good results without the need for much user intervention,...
  • Pros: Excellent image quality, Good tonal response and dynamic range, Very impressive high ISO performance, Easy-to-use control system, Feels very fast and responsive in use, Twist and swivel screen useful for certain shooting types, Useful in-camera RAW processing option, Good viewfinder for class wit...
  • Cons: Control system rather dependant on multiple button presses, Contrast detect AF so slow it's useless for most types of photography (which is often the case on DSLRs), No built-in AF motor restricts lens choice (though most popular lenses do work), Default JPEG output soft (shoot RAW for best resul...
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Nikon D5000

Digital Photography Interface
12 November 2009
  • 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...
  • Pros: Very good image quality; low noise as you’d expect from a digital SLR, Flip-and-twist 2.7 inch LCD, Layout and design resembles a ‘real’ 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 hel...
  • Cons: Hints of picture softness here and there; kit lens isn’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...
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Overall 4

Review: Nikon D5000

14 October 2009
  • Excerpt: Though its awesome D90 was the first DSLR to leap into HD video, Nikon took a jump backward with this model. Freshly captured movies look like faded old film. And the inability to autofocus after recording starts nearly guarantees that the clips — which aren’t too sharp anyway — will blur even more.
  • Pros: Swiveling screen. While video settings are minimal, aperture adjustment lets you control depth of field.
  • Cons: Prepare to miss some great shots while you dig though multiple screens to make adjustments. Menus use ambiguous sample photos instead of words, which makes some controls indecipherable. Claustrophobic viewfinder and smallish 2.7-inch LCD.
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