Nikon D5000 DSLR Review and Comparison – We’ve long wanted to post our Nikon D5000 DSLR review after doing several articles on Canon EOS 7D and Canon EOS 500D (Rebel TSi). So far, the 12.3-Megapixel Nikon D5000 Digital SLR camera is the most attractive of the 3 DSLR models mentioned. Sure, Nikon D5000 takes great shots – pictures are crisp, and it’s fun shooting with this miniaturized D90 but not everything is good about this camera. To find out more info on these DSLR’s, head on to the articles linked here. There’s so much to say about these not-so-cheap digital cameras and it would be best if you read the articles separately to compare the specs, features and prices of the three models then decide what to buy based on your needs and budget.
The only problems we’ve encountered with Nikon D5000 are: the viewfinder ain’t that comfortable to use. If you have big hands, the small body of this digital camera could also be a problem. The D-Movie of Nikon D5000 isn’t that functional to us but the shots are pretty decent. Having owned a cheap handy digital video camcorders (one of which is the Kodak Zi8 or Kodak Z18 HD Digital Mini Camcorder), I’d say the video camcorder wins. The Auto White balance doesn’t work at times but navigating through the menus is a breeze.
For highlights of the features and technical specifications of Nikon D5000 digital SLR, continue reading below:
- 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor: Coupled with Nikon’s EXPEED image processing and NIKKOR optics, breathtaking picture quality is assured.
- 3x Zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens included: Legendary NIKKOR optical quality features Nikon VR image stabilization for added sharpness.
- D-Movie Mode with sound: Record 720p HD movie clips enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility.
- Vari-angle color LCD monitor: Position the 2.7-inch monitor freely for fresh shooting perspectives. Screen flips inward for safe keeping.
- 19 Auto-exposure Scene Modes: Capture stunning photos in challenging picture-taking situations including Sunsets, Candlelight, Silhouette, Portrait, Landscape, Beach/Snow, and more.
- One-button Live View: Easy Live View access offers 4 autofocus modes, including Face Priority AF.
- Continuous shooting as fast as 4 frames-per-second: Combined with fast power-up and split-second shutter response, decisive moments are captured easily without annoying shooting lag.
- Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200: Engineered for exceptional low-light shooting.
- Built-in image sensor cleaning: Effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning keeps images spot free.
- 11-point autofocus system with 3D Focus Tracking: Fast and accurate autofocus delivers razor sharpness.
- Auto Active D-Lighting: Restores lost shadow and highlight detail in high contrast exposures—Selectable and Auto modes available.
- In-camera Retouch image editing: Creative in-camera image editing, featuring Soft Filter, Straighten, Color Outline Effect, Perspective Control, Red-eye Correction, Image Overlay, Monochrome and more—all without a PC.
- Picture Control Settings for personal image control: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and 9 customizable settings.
- Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: Nikon’s renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusive Scene Recognition System, evaluates each scene for unmatched exposure accuracy.
- Durable, high precision shutter: Testing to over 100,000 cycles assures precision and long shutter life.
- GPS geo-tagging: GP-1 GPS unit (optional) automatically identifies and records every image’s latitude, longitude and altitude, with satellite time-of-day.
There are many user reviews of of Nikon D500 DSLR online and some of them agree with us. With a tag price of $750 (basic package), this gadget is a bit pricier than some digital cameras with higher resolution. A refurbished Nikon D5000 DSLR camera still sells for more than $600.