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.
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.
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.
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.
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, yet has plenty to offer the more serious user, too.
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 with optional composition grid, Excellent degree of customization (reversible dial and meter ease transition from other systems), Fast Autofocus with useful control options, Auto...
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 results), Moderate screen resolution (and too reflective in bright light), Video capability rather limited, No mass storage USB support
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 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 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 HD movi...
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 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 autofocus ...
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. Distortion correction, red eye reduction and D-lighting features have add to its performance.
Conclusion: Nikon D5000 SLR camera for the amateur photographer The Nikon D5000 is an interesting digital SLR camera for novices and amateur photographers. This camera is the start of a new segment within Nikon's assortment. The D5000 looks a lot like the D90; yet it also inherited features from the entry-level model; the D60. The Nikon D5000 is a combination of two DSLR cameras and the perfect answer to the DSLR camera of its rivals.