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Nikon D5000

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A multi award winning SLR camera with average features
SLR 12.3MP 4288 X 2848 Pixels CMOS Nov 2012
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Nikon D5000 Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features, we have ranked the Nikon D5000 number 774 across all digital cameras.
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86 Reviews + 22 Awards
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Average Features
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4 Years Old
Overall Score
42
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 42?

It has great expert reviews and not bad user reviews with an average overall rating of 85%, based on 86 reviews. This digital camera has received 22 awards including a "Recommended" award from Alphr.com plus three other sites and an "Editor's Choice" award from Macworld.co.uk plus two other sites. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Nikon digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2017.
Customers report excellent product quality, technical features and good picture quality.
The D5000 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses
Only 4288 x 2848 pixels image resolution
Quite low megapixels sensor

Nikon D5000 Video Reviews


How Big is the Nikon D5000?

The Nikon D5000 is 127mm wide and 80mm tall. It is 104mm deep and weighs 560g.

Nikon D5000 front dimensions

Nikon D5000 size in context

Nikon D5000 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

22 Industry Awards

Expert review sites rave about this Nikon camera and have given it 22 awards.

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

This Nikon camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by review websites Macworld.co.uk, Wired.com and Laptopmag.com all of whom decided that this camera was terrific.

The authors at three additional expert review sites all thought that this camera would make a great purchase. This Nikon digital camera received a "Best Buy" award from both Digitalartsonline.co.uk and Good Gear Guide.com.au and Lydogbilde.no gave it a "Best Buy 5 Star" award.

Three additional expert review sites all thought that this digital camera was great. PhotographyBlog.com, DP Review and Camera Labs all gave this Nikon digital camera a "Highly Recommended" award.

This camera received a "Gold" award from both review sites Insidehardware.it and Buy-N-Shoot.com, both of which decided that this Nikon camera was marvellous.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This camera has an average expert rating of 85% based on 82 expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera and CNET.com. Experts think this Nikon camera is one of the better digital cameras.

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Nikon Digital Cameras Have Very Good Reviews

Based on 30,771 expert and user reviews (including 6,974 verified purchases), Nikon has very good ratings for its cameras. Nikon also has very good ratings specifically within its digital cameras range compared to other brands. 96% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Excellent Product Quality

Two customers who reviewed the Nikon D5000 considered that it was good quality.

  • Great photo quality for the money…
    Cnet.com May 2009
  • Video quality is excellent, although as with stills it’s heavily influenced by whatever lens you mount on the camera…
    Stuff.tv July 2009

Customers Report Good Technical Features

Two people who bought it thought it had good features.

  • You get a good set of features, lots of automation…
  • We love it when the features that make gadgets great trickle down into less expensive products…
    Laptopmag.com September 2009

Users Report Good Picture Quality

Three owners who bought the Nikon D5000 reckoned that it was able to produce good images.

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

Three people mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use.

  • You get a good set of features, lots of automation and plenty of manual control for the more adventurous…
  • The handy…
    Photozone.de September 2009
  • Inexperienced photographers should find it simple to use…
    Techworld.com April 2009

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Two people who reviewed it wrote that it was good for video recording.

  • Freshly captured movies look like faded old film…
    Wired.com October 2009
  • Video quality is excellent, although as with stills it’s heavily influenced by whatever lens you mount on the camera…
    Stuff.tv July 2009

Features

Over 90 Different Nikon Lenses Available

Nikon offers over 90 own brand lenses for their SLR cameras including macro, fixed focal length and zoom lenses allowing for huge creative versatility. More lenses that fit Nikon SLR cameras are available from third party manufacturers such as Tamron and Sigma.

Nikon lens range

Only 4288 X 2848 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Nikon D5000 is 4288 x 2848 pixels. That's 23% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels digital camera, which is the most common resolution. Cameras resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Quite Low Megapixels Sensor

Digital cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP. The Nikon D5000's sensor megapixels of only 12.3MP is in the lowest 23% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera. Nikon offers hundreds of lenses ranging in optical zoom from approx 0.5x (10mm focal length) to approx 50x (800mm focal length).

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera. Nikon offers lenses with apertures ranging from F/1.4 to F/6.3.

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Very Slow Camera Shutter Speed

The camera shutter speed of the Nikon D5000 of only 0.00025s is quite slow compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the slowest 11% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The average camera shutter speed of all digital cameras is 0.16s, with the slowest being 0.000062s and the fastest being 8s.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used. Nikon offers a wide range of lenses with built in image stabilisation.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Nikon D5000 has a built-in flash, as do 66% of digital cameras.

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Heavy

The Nikon D5000's weight of 560g is in the heaviest 13% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. The lightest camera is 50g , the heaviest is 1.5kg, and the average weight is 300g.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Nikon D5000 has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike 84% of digital cameras which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Nikon D5000 has an HDMI port. 71% of digital cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

Cameras have display diagonals of between 0.5" and 9", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". The display diagonal of the Nikon D5000 of only 2.7" is quite small compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 20% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Features Calendar

The Nikon D5000 features calendar, which is unusual. 86% of digital cameras do not feature calendar.

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Features Album Organization

The Nikon D5000 features album organization, unlike 96% of cameras which do not feature album organization.

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Supports Live View

The Nikon D5000 supports live view, which is unusual. 84% of cameras do not support live view.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Nikon D5000 supports video capability. 67% of digital cameras do not support video capability.

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Very Low Display Resolution

The display resolution of the Nikon D5000 of only 230,000 pixels is fairly low compared to most other cameras. It is in the lowest 19% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. Across all the cameras the display resolutions range from 3 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 590,000 pixels.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the Nikon D5000 of 5.8x is fairly big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 22% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. The digital zooms of digital cameras range from 0.72x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x.

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the aspherical lens depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of aspherical lenses are possible with this camera.

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Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Nikon digital camera has been on the market since November 2012.


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Frequently Asked Questions About the Nikon D5000

Hugely lighter
Higher display resolution (numeric)
Larger maximum aperture number
Expert review Rating is Worse

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