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: 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.
Excerpt: The Good Swiveling LCD. Compact design; a good beginner/travel camera. Good image quality and ISO levels. Relatively fast 4FPS burst shooting. Inexpensive for HD video. The Bad A bit too small; buttons crowded and reduced. Dark viewfinder, no top-mounted LCD. HD video still exhibits "wobble." Reduced options for remote flashes. I have been shooting with Nikons for my entire professional career.
Pros: Swiveling LCD., Compact design; a good beginner/travel camera., Good image quality and ISO levels., Relatively fast 4FPS burst shooting., Inexpensive for HD video.
Cons: A bit too small; buttons crowded and reduced., Dark viewfinder, no top-mounted LCD., HD video still exhibits "wobble.", Reduced options for remote flashes.
Conclusion: Aside from having two significant drawcards in high definition movie recording and an impressively agile vari-angle LCD screen, this unit performs solidly across the board and offers users a very comprehensive high-end entry-level DSLR package.
Conclusion: We have no problems recommending the Nikon D5000. That said, if you go this route, you might consider a different lens, such as the 18-105mm bundled with D90 . We found the D5000 3x kit lens to be wanting, and really were looking for some extra reach. Nikon DSLRs have a 1.5x digital factor, so the kit glass translates to 27-82.5mm; 27-157mm would’ve been very welcome.
Excerpt: The digital SLR market is busier than ever, with Canon, Olympus, Sony and now Nikon each offering three models under £1,000. The D5000 sits between the smaller, lighter and cheaper D60 and the pricier, bulkier, feature-packed D90. Its 4fps continuous shooting speed also nestles between the two. The D5000 inherits the D90's live view mode for composing shots on the screen.
Excerpt: If you’ve been saving up to purchase a new camera that will take you gently from the compact realm in to the more advanced world of digital SLR, or you’re wanting to upgrade your current entry-level DSLR to something more capable and current, Nikon’s D5000 may well be the camera you are looking for. This latest member of Nikon’s DX-format DSLR units slips in between the D60 and D90 models despite the name...