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 Nikon D5000, I can understand the reason for the buzz.
My Nikon D5000 review shows that it is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras I've had the chance to use. Much of the technology behind the D5000 is based on the Nikon D300 , which is a slightly older, much more expensive DSLR camera.
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
Conclusion: You can trust Nikon’s cameras for one big reason: it doesn’t do anything else. Without camcorder, TV or mobile phone businesses to distract it, Nikon concentrates on churning out well-designed, well-made cameras that are all about image quality. Like this one.
Pros: The heart and soul of the Nikon D5000 is the D300, a semi-pro snapper that launched two years at over twice this price with the same 12MP chip but without the D5000’s lush 720p video capture. Sure, Nikon has dialled down the LCD quality and burst speed, but the D5000 remains a seriously competent imaging engine thanks to huge sensitivity and dynamic ranges, plus D-Lighting to boost them even further. A new tilting LCD for shooting and filming over your head or round c...
Cons: We love the folding LCD for getting snaps of dogs’ bottoms but you might hate it for the same reason (or because it’s a bit low-res, grainy and glary in bright light). Oh, and the autofocus doesn’t work while you’re shooting a movie. Otherwise, c’est parfait.
Excerpt: 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...
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.
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. For this price, it contains the same sensor and HD movie recording ability as the Nikon D90 in a more compact body, but costs about $150 less with the 18-55mm lens kit.
Pros: Excellent image quality, Strong low-light performance, Long battery life, Crisp HD video recording
Cons: HD movie recording lacks auto focus, Mediocre still photo focus in Live View mode
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. Like many of today’s new DSLRs, the D5000 borrows a great deal from a higher-end model in the range, in this case the D90, but repackages it in a more affordable form factor with at least one key advantage in its favour.
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 latest addition to Nikon's extensive DSLR range is an intriguing one. Pitched above the entry-level D60 and below the enthusiasts' D90, this model is aimed at what Nikon describes as 'the hobbyist' – the photographer looking for a DSLR that's easy-to-use, small and light, but with a better specification than an entry-level model Handling & ease of use: As with the majority of cameras aimed at the amateur area of the market, the Nikon D5000 is a relatively small and...
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. Form Some serious amateurs seem to be turned off by the D5000’s plastic construction. My advice: get over it. The D5000’s body feels extremely durable and the plastic cuts down on weight.
Pros: High image quality, Variable-angle LCD monitor