May 14 2010

Nikon D5000 Review

Published by at 7:09 am under General

Nikon D5000 is a new 12.3 megapixel DSLR camera that can record HD movies at 1280×720 pixels / 30fps with sound. A 2.7 inch vari-angle LCD monitor makes it easier to compose your shots from difficult angles, while the extensive ISO range of 100-6400 should cope with most lighting conditions. A 4fps exploded shooting mode, 11-point autofocus system with 3D Focus Tracking, 100,000-cycle shutter unit, quietly shooting mode, Active D-Lighting and 19 Scene Modes finish the Nikon D5000’s headline specs.

Nikon D5000 Body will be the first video-recording digital SLR to ship with an articulating LCD. As with stills, showing video from multiple weights is thicker when you can wrench the LCD to face multiple focuses. Though it’s not the most versatile design, the Nikon D5000’s LCD swivels from the bottom, allowing you to compose and capture images from above, below, left, right, and the front of the camera.

D5000 shares the same 200 to 3200 nominal ISO range (with ISO 100 and 6400 options accessible), and the power to use “Active D-Lighting” (Nikon’s proprietary feature that boosts shadow details and helps forestall overexposed highlights so you don’t have to pass as much time editing out your photos after you take them).

The D5000 is intentional to substitute the D60 on the consumer end of Nikon’s SLR offerings. That said, the D5000 features several performance improvements over the D60 that make the D5000 closer to the mid-level D90. Is the D5000 actually good plenty to dispute a “prosumer” camera like the D90? In the right hands … yes. The D5000 has most of the features seen in the D90, and if you’re willing to use only AF-S lenses and can handle 4 fps burst shooting instead of 4.5 fps then the D5000 is essentially just a more pretentious D90.

Overall, the D5000 does pretty well in the ISO department. Current D60 users may notice some improvement, but the signal-to-noise ratio seems largely identical to the D90 and D300. It’s recommended to Buy D5000

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