Nikon D5000 review

Nikon takes on the Canon EOS 500D with a raft of new features and the best Live View system yet

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We liked:

  • Compact, easy to use body and intuitive interface.
  • Excellent AF/metering/White balance systems
  • Very capable 11-point AF system
  • Nikon's best Live View system yet, includes face detection AF
  • 720p 'HD' video can be handy

We didn't like:

  • Simplified ergonomics won't suit everyone
  • Contrast-detection AF in Live View is slow, and struggles with backlit subjects
  • Inbuilt microphone is over-sensitive to sounds of camera handling.
  • No AF in video mode.
  • Currently rather pricey


All in all, the Nikon D5000 is a well thought-out DSLR with something for everyone. Its 720p video recording mode is not as versatile as that of the Canon EOS 500D, but the addition of extra features, like the innovative Scene Recognition System and articulated LCD screen are enough to make the Nikon D5000 a very desirable camera.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera Body Only
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution12.3 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyD
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)560 g
Maximum Image Resolution4288 x 2848
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height104 mm
Width127 mm
Depth80 mm
Product SeriesD
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelD5000
Product NameD5000 Digital SLR Camera
Manufacturer Part NumberVBA240AB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The D5000 is a powerful and versatile SLR camera that delivers superb still images and high-definition D-movie clips with sound. Incredibly easy to use, it boasts a range of automatic features that help capture the shots you want and an impressive 12.3 megapixel DX format image sensor that ensures exceptionally detailed results. The innovative vari-angle LCD monitor makes it easy to shoot from any angle, bringing an exciting new twist to using Live View. Whether you shoot still or moving images, you can flip, tilt or turn the monitor to take shots from above, below, to the side, or to create self-portraits. An array of automatic scene modes make it simple to capture clear images in a variety of situations and a range of retouch functions let you enhance photos in-camera. With so many powerful features packed into its compact, lightweight body, the D5000 offers people on the go a fantastic way to capture stunning shots from any angle.

Package Contents
  • D5000 Digital SLR Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a
  • Battery Charger MH-23
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Eyepiece Cap
  • Rubber Eyecup
  • USB Cable
  • Audio Video Cable
  • Camera Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Software Suite CD-ROM
Limited Warranty2 Year