Summary: For that technology to have trickled down to the D5000 already is beneficial for beginning and intermediate photographers. As I learned in my Nikon D5000 review, the best thing about the D5000 is it works well in fully manual mode, fully auto mode, or anything in between.
Pros: Image quality is excellent
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: 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.
Summary: While we still heartily recommend less expensive DSLRs to photog enthusiasts who don't want to spend more than $700 on a camera, we strongly encourage you to consider the value of the Nikon D5000.
Summary: The D5000 is the latest in a long line of impressive DSLRs from Nikon, delivering great image quality and a powerful feature-set that represents a significant upgrade over its predecessor, the D60.
Pros: Great image quality with low noise., Fully-articulated screen with Live View., 720p HD movie mode., 11-point AF and viewfinder guides.
Cons: No AF motor for older lenses., UI slow for experienced owners., Relatively small optical viewfinder., Screen hinged at bottom, not side.
Excerpt: The D5000 is Nikon’s latest amateur dSLR, featuring a variable-angle LCD monitor to make the most of Live View. It offers functionality between Nikon’s entry-level D60 and D90 models, without being a direct successor to either.
Pros: High image quality, Variable-angle LCD monitor
Excerpt: The D5000 is an entry-level digital SLR that has plenty of advanced features, yet it also features shooting guides and in-built scene modes. It's a camera that can be tailored to any shooting situation, and inexperienced photographers should find it simple to use.
Pros: Excellent Live View implementation; useful scene modes and shooting hints; comfortable to use; fast shot-to-shot and burst mode performance
Cons: No dedicated aperture dial; no shortcut for ISO setting; videos were jumpy.
Excerpt: A well-constructed model aimed at both hobbyists and family users, the D5000, with its 12.3 million effective pixels, does direct battle with Canon’s 500D. It’s also Nikon’s least expensive HD video contender, sitting below the D90, which was the first digital SLR to incorporate video alongside...
Pros: Class-leading results in low light; video alongside stills is a first for a digital SLR; fairly priced; kit lens is reasonably sharp and image-stabilized.
Cons: Video isn’t Full HD quality and sound is mono; recommended lens requires extra spend.