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Nikon D5000 Digital Camera

SLR 12.3MP CMOS 3x Nov 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Twenty-two industry awards
Nice design
Video doesnt autofocus
125 Reviews + 22 Awards
Pocket Lint Hot Product Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended DP Review Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Twenty-Two Industry Awards

Amongst digital cameras of a similar spec and age, this Nikon camera is one of the most awarded by experts.

Websites Trusted Reviews, Igizmo.co.uk, Photozone.de and Alphr.com all endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This Nikon camera was given a "Best Buy" award by websites Good Gear Guide.com.au, Digitalartsonline.co.uk and Lydogbilde.no all of whom decided that this camera was good.

This camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by websites Laptopmag.com, Wired.com and Macworld.co.uk all of whom wrote that this low megapixel digital camera was marvellous.

The experts at review websites PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs and DP Review all said that this low megapixel digital camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The editors of two additional expert review sites both said that this camera was superb and gave it one of their highest awards. Insidehardware.it and Buy-n-shoot.com both gave this digital camera a "Gold" award.

Good Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 85 out of 100 based on eighty-two expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera and CNET.com. If all the cameras of this age and spec are ranked by average expert review score then this low megapixel digital camera is in the top 6%.

Good Brand

We checked 25,534 owner and expert reviews (including 548 verified purchases) for Nikon digital cameras and found that on average Nikon has good ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Nikon has good ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 99% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size

Eleven owners who bought the Nikon D5000 agreed that it was compact. Eight years ago Mac World mentioned “Compact size”. Hereshow.ca mentioned “Botier assez compact et lger” in their review of this digital camera. Brighthub.com rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Compact and light, good exposure”.

Three people thought it was a good body shape. Eight years ago Hereshow.ca mentioned “Nikon's most advanced entry-level DSLR, this 12.3-megapixel (MP) camera is smaller, lighter and, at $830 (body only), more affordable than the prosumer-grade D90” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website T3.com mentioned also eight years ago “When you think of the D5000 as the D90 brains in a less elaborate body, youre getting semi-professional performance at a great price indeed” in their review of this digital camera. T3.com also mentioned “Just a poor mans Nikon D90? Nikons brand-new D5000 camera is essentially a Nikon D90 re-packaged in a cheaper camera body, with a funky yet lower-resolution screen added” in their review.

Two people reckoned that the product was heavy and bulky. Eight years ago Photozone.de said “Quite heavy Nikon D5000 com”. In the same month expert website Akihabaranews.com mentioned “Rather a DSRL heavy user, so dont expect much from me”.

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Heavy

With a weight of 560 grams, the Nikon D5000 is quite heavy compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 50g and 1.3kg.

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Focusing

Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

When compared to other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the Nikon D5000's closest focusing distance of 0.4 meters is one of the largest. Across all the low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the closest focusing distances range from 0.01m to 0.45m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.077m.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Magnification

The average magnification of digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera is 4x, and the magnifications range from -2x to 20x. At only 0.78 times zoom factor, the Nikon D5000 has a quite low magnification compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

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Lens System

Quite Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 3 times zoom factor, the Nikon D5000 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera. Across all the similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera the digital zooms range from 0.71x to 14x.

If this digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Coolpix 8800 (4x), or the P7700 (4x) both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (4x) which also has a higher rating.

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The Nikon D5000 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of this age and spec. This Nikon camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivities "200", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this camera.

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Camera

Supports Live View

The Nikon D5000 supports live view. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera also support live view.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon D5000 has a vari-angle LCD display. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon D5000 has a relatively standard display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen digital cameras currently available including the 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS II, or the SX40 HS both from Canon which has better reviews.

If this Nikon camera display diagonal is not large enough for you then you might want to look at the Olympus PEN E-PM1 (3"), or the Nikon P7700 (3") which is also higher rated.

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Power

Long Battery Life

Two owners said that this digital camera had a good battery life. Laptopmag.com wrote eight years ago “Long battery life” . About.com gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Battery life is good for DSLR camera”.


Design

Nice Design

Three people considered that this digital camera was good looking. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this digital camera eight years ago “Not only does this camera shoot beautiful images under any lighting conditions.” . Expert review site Electricpig.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “That swivel screen and sharp, DSLR style, make it a winner for those who love their gadgets sleek” . Will said on Amazon “I can get at what I want pretty quick, You press the "i" button”.

Two owners who reviewed the product concluded that it was neat. Expert website Theregister.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Not so long ago, digital SLRs were neatly divided into high-end/entry-level models.” . Expert review site Electricpig.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “A killer camera with some neat extras” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner said in their reviews that it was well designed. Expert review site Macnn.com said in their review of this digital camera “Compact design; a good beginner/travel camera” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

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Sturdy Build

Four customers concluded that the product was well made. Brighthub.com rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Modestly priced with solid optics”. Hereshow.ca said eight years ago “Sturdy build” in their review of this digital camera. What Digital Camera wrote “Variangle screen, build and picture quality” in their Nikon D5000 review and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Three customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable. Itreviews.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site IT Reviews.com “The Nikon D5000 is a durable, well-rounded performer offering a good balance between manual”. Expert website Stuff.tv said “A speedy, sturdy and simple-to-use DSLR that delivers fantastic photos”. Pcmag.com wrote “Nikons HD-capable D5000 D-SLR offers outstanding image quality and robust features for its under-$1,000 price” .

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Picture Quality

Twenty-seven customers who purchased the Nikon D5000 agreed that it was good quality. Hereshow.ca said eight years ago “Camera automatically corrects chromatic aberration in camera JPEGs, further increasing the apparent quality of the lens” in their review of this digital camera. Hereshow.ca also wrote “Nikon has dialled down the LCD quality and burst sp” in their review. Stuff.tv said “Superb still and video quality” and gave this digital camera a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

Intuitive Interface

Fifteen people wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use. V3.co.uk gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera eight years ago “High-definition video handy folding screen”. Macworld.co.uk said also eight years ago “Useful scene modes and shooting hints, excellent Live View implementation, comfortable to use, fast shot-to-shot” in their review of this digital camera. Cnet.com.au rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Wireless flash control built-in” in their review of the Nikon D5000.

Four owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Wired.com mentioned “While video settings are minimal, aperture adjustment lets you control depth of field” but in spite of that they only gave it a rating of 2 stars out of 5. T3.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “On board automatic settings” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Will wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The D90 has a few more buttons whereas the D5000 is more menu operated” and gave this digital camera a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Three customers who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good interface. Stuff.tv mentioned in their review of this digital camera “User-friendly interface and button layout” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Infosyncworld.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera eight years ago “Excellent Interface” . Infosyncworld.com also wrote “We loved the D5000s advanced interface and external controls were plentiful” in their review.

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Audio

Quiet Shutter Release

Three customers said in their reviews that the product was quiet. Cnet.com.au mentioned “Quiet shutter release”. Hereshow.ca wrote in their review of this digital camera “Very fast AF with Silent Wave (AFS) lenses”. Eight years ago expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “Quiet mode and HDMI connector” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners concluded that it was noisy. Cnet.com.au mentioned in their Nikon D5000 review eight years ago “Excellent noise control” and scored it 79 out of 100. Camera Labs wrote “Great image quality with low noise”.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon D5000 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Excellent Noise Control

Two owners concluded that it was noisy. Cnet.com.au mentioned in their Nikon D5000 review eight years ago “Excellent noise control” and scored it 79 out of 100. Camera Labs wrote “Great image quality with low noise”.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon D5000 supports video capability, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras which support video capability and we think the 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS II, the EOS 1100D - Rebel T3 ($559.95), and the 230 HS all from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon D5000 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 450D - Rebel XSi, or the Nikon P7700.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon D5000 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon D5000 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Support

Oodles O Manual Controls

Six owners considered that it had good technical guidance. About.com said eight years ago “Good collection of printed materials quick start guide and user guide”. In the same month Infosyncworld.com mentioned “Oodles o manual controls” in their review of this digital camera. About.com also wrote “5000 provides great mix of manual control and ease of use for a DSLR” in their review.


Good Exposure Control

One person who reviewed it concluded that it had good exposure controls. Eight years ago Igizmo.co.uk mentioned “Good exposure control” and gave the Nikon D5000 a score of 4 stars out of 5.

Swiveling Screen

Fifteen people considered that this digital camera had a good screen. Camera Labs rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “Fully-articulated screen with Live View”. Mac World he wrote “Tilt and swivel screen” in his review of this digital camera. Wired.com wrote “Swiveling screen” in their review of the Nikon D5000 nonetheless they scored this digital camera 2 stars out of 5.

One owner who reviewed it considered that it had a good viewfinder. Eight years ago Camera Labs said “11-point AF and viewfinder guides”.

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Picture Quality

Thirty-four owners who reviewed the Nikon D5000 wrote that it was able to produce good images. Hereshow.ca said “Good kit lens offers VR (image stabilization” in their review of this digital camera. Hereshow.ca also said “Bonne qualit des images, mme en haute sensibilit” in their review. About.com wrote “Image quality is excellent”.

Nine people reckoned that it had a good picture resolution. Electronista.com wrote “Relatively fast 4FPS burst shooting”. Good Gear Guide.com.au said “Excellent Live View implementation, useful scene modes and shooting hints, comfortable to use, fast shot-to-shot”. Igizmo.co.uk said “Twist and swivel screen useful for certain shooting types”.

Four owners wrote in their reviews that it was good in low light. Stuff.tv mentioned “Good low-light performance”. Expert website Laptopmag.com said eight years ago “Breathtaking low-light performance for a reasonable price”.

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good ISO range. Igizmo.co.uk gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned eight years ago “Gute Bildqualitt auch bei hheren ISO Empfindlichkeiten” in their review of this digital camera. Igizmo.co.uk also wrote “Very impressive high ISO performance” in their review. Photographyblog.com wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “A 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD monitor makes it easier to compose your shots from difficult angles, while the extensive ISO range of 100-64”.

Three customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good image sensor. Expert website Pocket-Lint.com gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “It has a 12.3MP CMOS sensor and a new tilt, turn, swivel 2.7-inch LCD” in their review of this digital camera. Laptopmag.com said in their review of this digital camera “A reasonably priced DSLR that has the same sensor and 720p video recording as the $999 D90”. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and said “The D5000 is a fraction cheaper and has a 12.9-megapixel Cmos sensor compared with the 500Ds 15.1-megapixel sensor” in their review of this digital camera.

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720p Video

Twenty-nine people who reviewed the Nikon D5000 thought it was good for video recording. Eight years ago Hereshow.ca said in their review of this digital camera “Records HD-resolution video”. Ld2.ciol.com wrote “HD movie, lots of in-camera effects” in their review of this digital camera. Hereshow.ca also wrote “Without the 5000s lush 720p video capture” in their review.

Flash Off

Four owners who purchased it thought it did not have a good flash. Eight years ago Macworld.co.uk mentioned “Flash Off” however despite that they still gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

Video Doesnt Autofocus

Fourteen people who bought this digital camera reckoned that it did not have a good autofocus. Asia.cnet.com said “Easy to accidentally change focus points” in their review of this digital camera. Eight years ago Hereshow.ca wrote “No autofocus in DMovie mode” in their review of the Nikon D5000. Hereshow.ca also wrote “Autofocus trop lent en vise directe” in their review.

Six people who reviewed it thought it did not have a good lens. Igizmo.co.uk mentioned “No built-in AF motor restricts lens choice (though most popular lenses do work”. Igizmo.co.uk also said “Hampered video mode, cheapfeeling lens” in their review. Also eight years ago V3.co.uk mentioned “Kit lens is disappointing” however they still gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Smart TV

GPS Capability

One person considered that the product had gps. T3.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “GPS capability” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5.


Features

Great Features for the Price

Twelve people mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Eight years ago Hereshow.ca said in their review of this digital camera “Good post processing features”. In the same month Theregister.co.uk mentioned “You get a good set of features, lots of automation”. Expert review site Photozone.de mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The D5000 features a great balanced CMOS image sensor with moderate 12.3 m” .


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon D5000 supports video recording. Most of the other similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago also support video recording.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this Nikon camera was released.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers f3556g
Barcodes 08590977013735
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