Summary: I received this Nikon D5100 for Christmas from my wife. It cost her about $800 in a bundle package. The bundle package included a lens that is not suitable for my needs. Most pictures I took were blurry, a few were clear, but overall pretty bad. My cell phone takes better pictures. So, I called Nikon for advice. They suggested two lenses. The Nikkor 18-55mm and the Nikkor 35mm. So, I bought them both. I spent another $400. I tried both new lenses yesterday.
Summary: Bought this packaged D5000 in 2010 and had huge problem ever since. The product did not work, 18-55mm lens had dirty spots all over, 55-200mm lens was missing, so I had sent it back. This Angel Seller kept me on wasted talk for 2 months - just enough to pass Amazon refund claim period, then he disappeared. So, I spent $1100 on this garbage and sent it via UPS express for another $200 and got nothing in return since then.
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA OR ANY OTHER FROM NIKON. I have the nikon D5000 (ONLY 1.5 YEARS OLD) and it has major problems (as other NIKON'S do just google problems with D5000 and focus issues) THIS CAMERA HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR A NEW MODEL and nikon does not stand behind there products. I paid around $1500 with all the add ons and speed lights and lenses, my camera has serious trouble with the focusing.
"HATE this camera.Overcomplicated menus & focus issues."
12 February 2012
Pros: The flip out viewfinder (which is why I bought the camera) this was the first lower priced Nikon with flip out viewfinder AND live view. They are good tools that Nikon has on some fixed lens digitals and usually found in only high end nikon DSLRs
Cons: Overly complicated menues to make simple changes, You will wear out the book learning to do simple things. Some menus are three items deep. I have had around 1/4 of all my pics ruined by fuzziness. Used other lenses. Wish I kept my d40X.
Summary: I purchased this camera for my birthday two years ago and expected it to be as good as the Canon t1i that was available at the same time. Its special features included in camera editing and better low light phtography. At that time the Canon did not offer the same (now it does much better than Nikon). After a full year I have been tested by trial after trial. The camera was recalled for a problem with the autofocus.
Summary: I bought the D5000 in June 2011. Initially I was very impressed. The picture quality and features are outstanding for the price class. My only performance complaints were minor things that are to be expected in this price class (like poor white balance, dim viewfinder making manual focus difficult, etc). Then came the trouble... my camera died after three weeks of ownership (I estimate less than 1000 shutter activations).
Summary: The aperture control broke almost as the warranty was up. So I sent it in for repairs but Nikon billed me because they said the damage was due to "impact." Arguing on the phone didn't get anywhere. Reading around on help forums it looks like this is a common defect with the product, and one person said they were billed over $400 for the repair. This is slimy company that illegally breaks contracts. I will never buy a Nikon product again!