Summary: I have yet to try it but from what I see it my be what I was looking for. I got it mainly to use on my telescope. When we get a clear evening again (NW weather) I'll be able to see if it works better than my other DSLR camera. Tried it after getting a lens for it.
Summary: Bought this as a replacement for our oldest daughter who took a nasty fall and managed to actually break a Nikon camera. Plenty of megapixels and easy to use in manual mode. If you do your part, this Nikon will do its and you'll have excellent pictures.
The D5000 is a good solid mid-level consumer DSLR camera
A/V tech Fan, Amazon
22 March 2015
Summary: The D5000 is a good solid mid-level consumer DSLR camera. It is capable of exceptionally clear and vibrant pictures, especially in .RAW mode. It captures the very best pictures when it's mated with a 50mm 1.8 lens (never could quite afford the 50mm 1.4 version, but I'm sure it would be even better)...
Summary: This is good for amateurs and just playing around. If you want a real SLR for professional use, this one will frustrate you! I would let my students and family members use this one, and they never complained about it being hard to use.
Summary: I was torn between a Canon Rebel T5i or a Nikon D5300. Both very expensive packages. Actually, more than I should pull out of my savings account. Then I decided to give my local pawn shops a try, just in case.