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Nikon D5000 Digital Camera

SLR 12.3MP CMOS 5.8x Nov 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Twenty-two industry awards
Supports video recording
Slow Live View, difficult movie focusing
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

This camera is one of the most highly awarded by camera experts of all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

This Nikon camera received a "Recommended" award from review websites Trusted Reviews, Igizmo.co.uk, Photozone.de and Alphr.com all of whom decided that this camera was good.

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

This Nikon camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from review sites Laptopmag.com, Wired.com and Macworld.co.uk all of whom concluded that this low megapixel camera was superb.

The editors of review websites PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs and DP Review all said that this camera was great and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Two additional expert review sites both concluded that this low megapixel camera was superb and gave it one of their highest awards. Insidehardware.it and Buy-n-shoot.com both gave this Nikon digital camera a "Gold" award.

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this digital camera is 85 out of 100 based on eighty-two expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera and CNET.com. This means that experts think this camera is one of the very best digital cameras of a similar spec and age.

Nikon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 25,424 owner and expert reviews (including 514 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 digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Nikon D5000 supports video recording. Most of the other cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also support video recording.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was November 2012 when this Nikon camera was released.


Audio

Excellent Noise Control

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was noisy. Camera Labs wrote “Great image quality with low noise” in their review of the Nikon D5000.

Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was noisy. Camera Labs wrote “Great image quality with low noise” in their review of the Nikon D5000.

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 around the same time as this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Lens System

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The Nikon D5000 has a quite small digital zoom (only 3 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age. Across all the digital cameras of this age and type the digital zooms range from 0.71x to 14x.

Digital cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Coolpix 8800 (4x and higher rated), or the P7700 (4x and higher rated) both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 (4x and higher rated).

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Nikon D5000 supports video capability. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support video capability currently available including the Canon EOS 450D - Rebel XSi, the Nikon P7700, or the Olympus E-P2 (£978.87) which all of have better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon D5000 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of their better review scores, the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, and the Canon S110 are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon D5000 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Nikon D5000 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Features

Great Features for the Price

Four people wrote in their reviews that the Nikon D5000 had good features. Hereshow.ca mentioned “Good post processing features”. Expert review site Theregister.co.uk said eight years ago “You get a good set of features, lots of automation” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Laptopmag.com gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in the same month “We love it when the features that make gadgets great trickle down into less expensive products” in their review of this digital camera.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 2.7 inches, the Nikon D5000 has a fairly standard display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen cameras currently available including because of their better review scores, the 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS II, or the SX40 HS both from Canon or the Panasonic DMC-FT3.

If you want a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the E-P2 (£978.87) (3" and higher rated), or the PEN E-PM1 (£483.19) (3" and higher rated) both from Olympus or the Nikon P7700 (3" and higher rated).

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon D5000 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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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 camera also support live view.

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Light Exposure

Supports Five ISO Sensitivities

The Nikon D5000 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This Nikon digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. The ISO sensitivities "200", "800", "1600" and "3200" are also supported by this digital camera.

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Viewfinder

Very Low Magnification

The magnifications of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera range from -2x to 20x. The Nikon D5000 has a fairly low magnification (only 0.78 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Price

Great Value

Four owners said in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Website Brighthub.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera seven years ago “Modestly priced with solid optics”. Eight years ago Hereshow.ca wrote “Great features for the price”. Website Igizmo.co.uk said also eight years ago “Great value”.


Focusing

Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

When compared to other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years that we have assessed, the closest focusing distance of the Nikon D5000 of 0.4 meters is one of the largest. The average closest focusing distance of low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 0.077m.

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Picture Quality

12.3 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.3 megapixels digital camera.

We compared this camera to all the other 12.3MP digital cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the PEN E-PM1 (£483.19), and the E-P2 (£978.87) both from Olympus or the Fujifilm X100 are also worth considering.

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Weight & Dimensions

Heavy

With a weight of 560 grams, the Nikon D5000 is one of the heavier cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age. The weights of cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera range from 50g to 1.3kg, and the average weight is 260g.

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Compact Size

Three people who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Website Brighthub.com wrote “Compact and light, good exposure” in their Nikon D5000 review. Techradar mentioned “Compact body” in their review of this digital camera.


Slow Live View, Difficult Movie Focusing

Four people considered that the product did not have a good autofocus. Website Cnet.com said in their review of this digital camera eight years ago “Too easy to accidentally change focus points” . Website Digitaltrends.com wrote “Slow Live View, difficult movie focusing”. Website Laptopmag.com said “Mediocre still photo focus in Live View mode” yet they scored this digital camera 5 stars out of 5.

Two people who bought the product considered that it did not have a good lens. Website Macworld.co.uk said “Interchangeable Lens” in their review of this digital camera. Website V3.co.uk mentioned “Kit lens is disappointing” in their review of this digital camera yet they still gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100.

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Flash Off

Three people who reviewed it thought it did not have a good flash. Website Macworld.co.uk wrote “Flash Functions”.

Good Video Capture

Seven customers wrote that it was good for video recording. Expert website Wired.com mentioned “Freshly captured movies look like faded old film” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they only gave it a rating of 40 out of 100. Expert website Stuff.tv scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Video quality is excellent, although as with stills it’s heavily influenced by whatever lens you mount on the camera”.

Swiveling Screen

Five people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Mac World said “Tilt and swivel screen” in his Nikon D5000 review and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Website Wired.com mentioned “Swiveling screen”. Website Igizmo.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Twist and swivel screen useful for certain shooting types”.

Picture Quality

Fourteen owners who purchased the Nikon D5000 agreed that it was able to produce good images. Eight years ago website Igizmo.co.uk said “Good image quality and performance”. Website Infosyncworld.com wrote “Great overall image quality” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Website T3.com scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Picture quality”.

Two people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Eight years ago expert review site Photographyreview.com mentioned “A full range of shooting modes and exposure co”.

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Design

Sturdy Build

Two owners who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Hereshow.ca said in their review of this digital camera “Sturdy build”.

Picture Quality

Twelve customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Stuff.tv mentioned “Superb still and video quality” in their review of the Nikon D5000. Website Cnet.com.au said “Good colours and image quality”. Website About.com wrote “Image quality is excellent”.

Intuitive Interface

Six people concluded that it was easy to use. Website Cnet.com.au mentioned “Excellent noise control” and gave the Nikon D5000 a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Techradar rated it 4 stars out of 5 and said “Intuitive interface” in their review of this digital camera. Website Igizmo.co.uk mentioned “Good exposure control”.

Two people concluded that the product was easy to use the menus. Website Wired.com wrote “While video settings are minimal, aperture adjustment lets you control depth of field”. Website T3.com said “On board automatic settings” .

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers f3556g
Barcodes 08590977013735

Nikon D5000 Review Sources

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