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.
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.
Excerpt: (1 items) Nikon’s D5000 strikes a great balance between price and features. It deviates from the nomenclature of its closest siblings, the Nikon D60 and Nikon D90, but no matter: It combines many of the best aspects of both while adding its own extras to the mix. The D5000’s most distinctive feature is its 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot, tilt-and-swivel LCD screen—a first among Nikon cameras.
Pros: Compact size, Tilt and swivel screen
Cons: Video doesn’t autofocus, Battery life unimpressive
Excerpt: Nikon’s breakthrough D90 ushered in the era of the HD video-taking DSLR last September, and now the company has introduced a somewhat similar model for around $250 less. This is why we love the CE business. While not a complete apples-to-apples comparison, just like the D90, the new D5000 is a 12.3-megapixel DSLR that records 1280 x 720p video at 24 frames per second. Let’s see if the D5000 is as good a deal as it appears to be on the surface.
Conclusion: All in all, the Nikon D5000 is a well thought-out DSLR with something for everyone. Its 720p video recording mode is not as versatile as that of the Canon EOS 500D, but the addition of extra features, like the innovative Scene Recognition System and articulated LCD screen are enough to make the Nikon D5000 a very desirable camera.