Nikon D5000 Swivel screen dSLR

Nikon D5000 Swivel screen dSLR


Nikon Inc. today introduced the new Nikon D5000, a digital SLR camera with a host of features and capabilities that deliver superior performance and image quality along with amazing versatility for photo enthusiasts and those new to digital SLR photography. Leveraging Nikon’s expertise and innovative technologies found in its pro-level D-SLRs, the 12.3-megapixel Nikon D5000 enables users to capture exceptionally stunning images and High Definition video with remarkable ease.

Nikon D5000 Swivel Screen dSLR

Nikon D5000 Swivel Screen dSLR

Whether consumers are progressing from a point-and-shoot digital camera or looking to upgrade their current digital SLR and elevate their photographic expression, the Nikon D5000 serves as an ideal solution. First time D-SLR photographers will appreciate logical and easy-to-use controls, while creative enthusiasts will appreciate the D5000’s robust combination of features, technologies and performance. The D5000 boasts a versatile 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor that encourages shooting with a fresh perspective, Nikon’s revolutionary D-Movie Mode and expanded automatic Scene Modes, delivering superior Nikon innovation in a compact, user-friendly design….

Check out the Nikon D5000 at Amazon.

“The Nikon D5000 represents a cornerstone in Nikon’s D-SLR line, marrying simplicity and instructive features with superior technology and HD video, allowing the user’s ability and creativity to grow—with the camera,” said Edward Fasano, General Manager for marketing, SLR System Products at Nikon Inc. “While its easy-to-use design will attract first-time D-SLR photographers, the D5000’s rich feature set and high performance will also appeal immediately to more experienced enthusiasts. The D5000 is sure to inspire creativity and originality.”


Nikon D5000 Swivel Screen dSLR

Broadened Creativity and Adaptability
Photographers can easily compose stunning images on the Vari-angle LCD monitor that they can view in a normal position fitting securely within the camera back, or swung out to be rotated or tilted. The monitor can also be stowed with the LCD panel tucked against the camera back to protect the screen when not in use. This tremendous freedom of movement, along with four Live View autofocus shooting modes, affords users the opportunity to shoot from a multitude of imaginative angles. Easy one-button Live View activation now features Subject Tracking autofocus (AF), which automatically locks onto a moving subject. Even if the subject leaves the frame and returns, Subject Tracking AF maintains focus, making the D5000 ideal for capturing fast moving children and pets. In addition to Subject Tracking AF in Live View, the D5000 features Face Priority AF, which automatically detects up to five faces in a scene and focuses on the closest subject; Wide Area AF, which offers a large AF area for optimal hand-held shooting; and Normal Area AF, which provides pinpoint accuracy when shooting with a tripod.

The D5000’s D-Movie Mode allows users the exciting ability to record HD movie clips (1280 x 720) at a cinematic 24 frames per second with sound. Photographers will appreciate the quality produced whether creating vacation clips or intertwining still photographs and movies in a post-production creative montage. Additionally, the D5000 is compatible with a comprehensive assortment of AF-S NIKKOR interchangeable lenses to provide users with the ability to capture perspectives not possible with typical consumer video recording devices. When using any NIKKOR VR lens, D-Movie clips benefit from Nikon VR image stabilization, which automatically activates during recording to deliver added sharpness and image stability. VR image stabilization also extends the D5000’s performance in low-light situations. D-Movie clips are recorded onto an inserted SD or SDHC memory card and saved as Motion JPEG AVI files for easy editing with widely available video editing software.

Further bridging the gap between point-and-shoot cameras and more advanced D-SLRs are the D5000’s 19 automatic Scene Modes, which free users to capture beautiful images without having to manually adjust camera settings. With the broad range of automatic Scene Modes, including Sports, Portrait, Candlelight, Silhouette, Autumn Colors and more, D5000 is the perfect camera for anyone looking to make inspiring images in challenging photographic conditions.

The D5000 also incorporates a comprehensive set of in-camera editing features to make the most of captured images without the need of a computer. The D5000 also introduces several new Retouch features, including a Soft Filter effect, which applies a smooth appearance to faces or the entire image; Perspective Control, which helps correct distortions in perspective often encountered in photographs of architecture; and Color Outline, which creates monochrome outlines of objects in images by eliminating color and tonal gradations. The D5000 saves each of these edited images as a separate JPEG file, ensuring the original image is left unmodified. With Nikon’s exclusive Picture Control Settings, photographers can quickly select various image appearance profiles that include Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape settings. In addition, Picture Control provides the ability to create and store up to nine user-defined custom profiles to reflect each user’s personal preferences for hue, color saturation and image sharpening.

Extensive playback options allow users to review their photos in groups of four, nine, or 72 thumbnail images. Alternatively, users can select the Calendar View to easily group and select images by date. These playback features can be viewed either on the Vari-angle LCD or an HDTV with HDMI connectivity available via a dedicated HDMI port on the camera.

Proven Image Excellence

Consumers will immediately appreciate the benefits of the D5000’s 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor coupled with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED™ image processing system, which delivers highly detailed images with vibrant color reproduction and low noise across a broad ISO range. The D5000’s normal ISO range extends from ISO 200 to 3200, allowing for superior shooting in low-light conditions. Additionally, the D5000’s ISO range can be expanded to a Lo 1 setting of ISO 100 or a Hi 1 setting of ISO 6400, furthering the opportunities for previously impossible shots.

Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II, in conjunction with the EXPEED image processing system, contributes to the D5000’s ability to capture breathtaking images by instantly evaluating the exposure elements of each scene and comparing it to an onboard database of information from more than 30,000 images. These split-second calculations allow the D5000 to ensure the right exposure—even when conditions are extreme. To push creative boundaries even further, the D5000 allows picture-takers to also use Center-Weighted and Spot Metering for added personal control.

Smooth, Swift and Quiet Operation
The D5000’s 11-point auto focus system utilizes Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System with Face Detection to help create the best possible images in a variety of shooting environments. Nikon’s 11-point AF offers best-in-class speed and accuracy, helping to ensure sharp focus, shot-after-shot. Single-point AF is suggested for static subjects, Dynamic-area AF for moving subjects, Auto-area AF for spontaneous shooting and 3D-tracking with 11 AF points for maintaining accurate focus on a subject moving throughout the frame.

Paired with Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens and the ability to shoot at four frames per second, the D5000 easily captures moments other cameras miss. Nikon’s VR image stabilization lenses reduce the blurring in images due to camera shake, allowing photographers to shoot hand-held at as many as three full stops slower than would otherwise be possible.*

The new D5000 also features the innovative Integrated Dust Reduction System, which offers both an electronic sensor cleaning when the camera is powered on and/or off and the Airflow Control System, which directs dust away from the sensor with every snap of the shutter. These functions work to clear image-degrading dust from the sensor’s optical low-pass filter, helping to ensure spot-free images. In addition, the D5000 features a Quiet Release Mode that reduces the mirror cycling noise for discreet shooting in sensitive situations, such as weddings and other ceremonies.

System Expandability
Photographers and enthusiasts alike can also appreciate the D5000’s system expandability, as the camera can work in conjunction with a variety of Nikon accessories including a broad assortment of NIKKOR AF-S interchangeable lenses. While the D5000 offers a versatile built-in flash, the camera is also compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and capable of Advanced Wireless Lighting when using the SB-900 Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Commander. For those looking to document their photo excursions with geo-tagging, the D5000 is compatible with the optional GP-1 GPS Unit, which automatically records latitude, longitude, altitude and time information when a picture is taken.

The D5000 also works seamlessly with Nikon’s powerful Capture NX 2 image editing software (available for purchase separately), for more advanced photographers seeking greater control over their post-capture images. Capture NX 2 simplifies the path to beautiful images with easy-to-learn editing tools and a highly versatile and elegantly simple interface, which streamline editing procedures.

Price and Availability

The D5000 outfit, which includes the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, will be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in late April 2009 at an estimated selling price of $849.95. For consumers who want to configure their D5000 system or for photographers who need an additional D-SLR body for an existing system, the D5000 will also be offered as a body only for an estimated selling price of $729.95. Check out the Nikon D5000 at Amazon.

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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Some Older Comments

  • Nikon D5000 November 26, 2010 07:12 pm

    I have been using a cheap $200 camera for a long time and can't believe the difference this camera has made. I like to take picture of triathlons and the 4 pictures per second allows me to shoot several photos almost ensuring that I get a great shot. Video is also very good but I haven't worked with it much yet. Now I want a good telephoto to go with it!

  • richard March 5, 2010 11:11 pm

    I bought the D3000 because I couldn´t afford the D5000 - However I wish I´d saved more or begged and borrowed because for a bit more money you get a lot more features in comparison.
    The D3000 is an excellent camera, but already feeling let down with limited capabilities.

  • James August 17, 2009 10:59 am

    I am considering purchasing the Nikon D500 Jumbopackages has it on their website w/4 lenses and 16Gb of mem and 20 piece jumbo accessory Kit I was just wondering how reliable this company is? is this a real deal or gimmick they say the total cost for everything is $949.00 is this possible ?

  • aramil May 18, 2009 10:36 pm

    @santidiablo: One of the reasons why there is the price difference is the lack of the internal AF motor. This is why the review only mentions AF-S lenses. Just like the D40/40x/60 this will meter correctly will legacy Nikon lenses, but will not have the AF ability.

    At the price, it sits firmly between the D90 and D60 as @Josh McCosh noted. This makes it ideal for someone (like me) who is upgrading from a D40 to evaluate, where to go. It additionally lures the person who wants more options from his P&S to invest in something more.

    Good work Sime. Loved the review.

  • afifkamal May 9, 2009 01:47 am

    i think this camera is too smart to pun in the new entry lever..
    the only thing this camera dont have is the motor and the upper lcd display..

  • JohnB May 6, 2009 07:14 am

    Sorry, neglected the important part... the link:

  • JohnB May 6, 2009 07:14 am

    Here's a pretty comprehensive wrap-up regarding the D5000, and comparing it to the D90, D40, D60, etc.. Hopefully that link will have enough info and insight to help several of you.

  • Photogaps April 28, 2009 05:13 am

    I think a better buy would be Panasonic's GH-1, which has amazing video capabilities (complete with the possibility to add an external mic). Many don't like it because it's fully electronic, therefore not a dSLR, but I like new technologies...

  • Andy April 27, 2009 09:49 pm

    The geotagging photo sharing community has launched
    the first web-based travel photo book with automatically integrated maps and backround informations!
    Just take a look!

  • Jackie D April 17, 2009 10:03 pm

    My old Panasonic Lumix had a swivel screen. I now have a Nikon D300...which is a fantastic camera, but I REALLY miss a swivel screen so I might just get the D5000 and use it as a second camera. Swivels are great for candid shots of people, photographing pets and plants from odd angles.

  • Martha April 17, 2009 05:19 pm

    Well, do you think the performance will be almost as great as D700 or D300 or maybe D90? Thank you.

  • John McCosh April 17, 2009 02:23 pm


    Your right on the mark with a replacment for the D60 if you visit they have placed the D5000 above the D60 but below the D80 and D90. So tends to sugest that it is a replacment for the D60. I also note that the screen is not the same high quality 3 in screen found on the D90.


  • gary April 17, 2009 01:12 pm

    it's almost the D90, except for the built-in AF motor and top LCD screen of the D90....a plus factor is the articulating LCD screen......
    I wonder how the D-movie works compared to the D90.....

  • Mike April 17, 2009 10:23 am

    It would appear that this is a lesser camera, compared to the D90, unless the swivel screen is a deal breaker... The frames/sec is slightly slower than the D90; the top LCD screen is gone; I don't see any controls to lock the focus point; extra function button that would be under you right-hand middle finger; autofocus and bracketing controls are not as accessible; D90 has commander mode (for off-camera flash); not too sure about the use of older lenses with the D5000... It seems a nice camera, but I think this is a more along the lines of a replacement for the D60, with the sensor from the D300/D90...

  • kc April 17, 2009 09:40 am

    i've started getting interested in photography and we just have a canon G9 as a family camera.

    i was looking at getting a DSLR, specifically the D90 (not too basic, but not to professional and there's a bit of future-proofing in it, i think). since the release of the D5000 which picks up some of the D90's technologies - i have a feeling that the D90 will be superceeded soon...

    maybe i should hold off a little longer so i don't get the D90 just as it's replacement comes out...? what do you guys, who are far more knowledgable than I am think? the D5000 seems to be aimed around the entry-level with a little room to grow. i was thinking of the D90 which is aimed a bit higher with more room to grow later on

  • John McCosh April 17, 2009 06:13 am

    Santidiablo, the difference or what has been left off compared to the D90 from what I can see from the photo's at least are the top information screen and information button on the back. The D5000 also doesn’t seem to have the same controls on the back, I can't see the ISO setting button for a start. My guess is, this is a more basic camera than the D90.

    Personally I will stick with the D90. The swivel screen might come in handy one day but it's one more thing to go wrong or break off. Will be interesting to see a full review all the same. Happy shooting John

  • joel April 17, 2009 02:57 am

    you can't use canon lenses on nikon bodies. maybe there's an adapter out there that will let you mount the lens, but while you could manual focus, i doubt you could control the aperture.

    I too think this is an interesting camera, however, i'm invested in Canon glass so the t1i might do the trick for me. it has 720p video at 30fps and 1080p video, but only at 20fps. the rebel also has iso up to 12800. how usable that is in any application other than documenting something, i don't know.

    I will say that this body has convinced me i'm not ready to buy a new camera body yet. I think the 15mp of the rebel is too much. I'm curious how much noise this creates which is why i'd like something in the 12mp range. I also like that this camera has the swivel screen. i think the swivel screen makes sense with live view. Until canon introduces something in the rebel or xxD lineup with a swivel screen, i'm happy with my 20d.

    also, looking at the price difference mentioned above, it doesn't look like they're leaving out much. I think its sure to attract enthusiasts and newbies.


  • jean-michel houtciefff April 17, 2009 02:03 am

    swivel is a must and full frame is a wish but it hasnt come true!

  • brainmuffin April 17, 2009 01:44 am

    Good by D90?

  • santidiablo April 16, 2009 01:20 pm

    I believe PAS's have come far enough that you can be as creative as someone else with a dSLR (minus lenses, accessories).

    I believe you can use most Canon lenses on Nikon bodies.

    . . . wonder what's missing as compared to the D90. D90 body only = $900; D5000 body=$730.

  • Alejandro April 16, 2009 10:26 am

    Why? Because you can't be as creative using a PAS camera as with a DSLR ;)

    Anyway, I think I preffer the Nikon D90...

  • Charity April 16, 2009 09:30 am

    I feel like there's too many programmed modes and gimmicky things on here so that a person never has to learn the techniques to get the results they want. Why not just have a point and shoot?

  • Z April 16, 2009 08:22 am

    Definitely going to compete with the T1i (aka 500D). What a fancy swivel! Priced below the T1i as well, but then the Mpixel is less and only 24fps. I'm already invested in canon's lens, therefore, my really only option is to get the T1i, which is still not shipped. I hear early May. D5000 probably wont ship until June then? Hmmm.