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: We love the camera so far, but our service experience is going to define if we love or hate Nikon... Would have got 5 stars if it didn't have a known issue that supposedly doesn't affect our serial number range.
Pros: Very easy to use, takes AMAZING pictures, price is great for a nice entry level DSLR. Information buttons are great and manual is awesome.
Cons: Opened it, tried it out, wrapped it and opened the present on Dec 18, it won't turn on, it was just on. Thinking it was a dead battery, we charged the battery, still won't turn on. Finally we tried the factory reset and it worked. Went through, set the clock, and all camera settings. 4 days later...
Summary: I did not purchase this camera from Newegg, for that I am really sorry, I got it from Dell, the charger broke on the second charge, Nikon says I have to send it back to them to see what is wrong, a camera at 700.00 + and can't use it??
Pros: Very nice camera, works great either Manual or Auto settings, capability of saving to RAW files that makes pictures really awesome.
Cons: battery life could be better (2 hours) price for spare battery, recharger is very low budget.
Summary: Other reviewers have done an excellent job reviewing the features so I would simply like to caution buyers about a problem they should keep an eye out for. I'm a loyal Nikon buyer, making the D5000 my 3rd camera after the D50 and D60.
Summary: Great camera, but I personally feel I should have went w/the Nikon D90 for the better quality view finder. I believe when judging the quality of the image on the VF- will make a difference in better photographs, either portrait of field work, in post.
Summary: Be advised of the Nikon Service Advisory for the D5000 body. Distributors have the effected group in stock and are selling them.
Pros: Great price
Cons: There is a service advisory out for this camera body. I asked customer service for the serial number before it shipped. They gave me a number. When I received my camera the serial number was nothing like what customer service gave me. My serial number fell into the group that needed to be sent ba...
Summary: I have been using Nikons for over thirty years. I am a great fan of Nikon although the price point of some of their products does not alway reflect actual quality compared to other vendors and Nikon has the same problems with production quality control as everyone else.
Summary: I wonder why Nikon didn't just recall the affected cameras from all vendors in the first place. It also didn't help that Newegg slapped a juicy discount on this model to get their customers to snatch them up.
Pros: I'm upgrading from the D60 (minor upgrade, I know). The D5000 has 85% of the features of the D90 at a fraction of the cost (e.g. bracketing, live view, more megapixels, 11-point AF w/3D tracking, 720p movie mode). Plus, the LCD can be tilted/swiveled. To top it off, the camera was on a sale -- si...
Cons: It seems like Newegg has a batch of D5000 cameras that are affected by a new service advisory issued recently by Nikon. You can send it to Nikon at no charge and they will fix it for you, but it is an extra hoop to jump through. I really wish Newegg had not sold the product as non-refundable. In ...
Good entry level DSLR, but entry level is the key word
Doctor C, Amazon
20 May 2009
Summary: Some background, I owned a D40 and later upgraded to the D90. I got a chance to play with the D5000 recently and have to say it's no D90. Sure they have the same sensor and the image quality is GREAT especially in low lighting, but it's definitely not what I would call an upgrade for the D40.
Excerpt: The D5000 takes a bit of a different step to the previous digital SLRs from the Japanese brand. From the front the camera looks the same as older models like the D60, but cast your eye around to the back of the unit and things begin to look a little different.