- 12MP - APS-C Sensor
- 2.7" Fully Articulated Display
- ISO 200 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
- 1280 x 720 video
- Nikon F Mount
- 590g - 127 x 104 x 80mm
- Released June 2009
- Old Model is Nikon D60
- Later Model is Nikon D5100
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Nikon D5000 summary
Nikon D5000 is Nikon's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially announced on June of 2009. The camera includes a 12MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4288 x 2848.
Nikon released this camera to replace the earlier Nikon D60 (Read Full Comparison) and then released the updated Nikon D5100 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to update this model.
The D5000 comes in at #52 out of 80 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and overall #423 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please check our Smart camera search to find camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
Below is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.
Nikon D5000 family
The Nikon D5000 is part of a family of products. You can view the full range underneath.
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Nikon D5000 Gallery
You can see the D5000 from various angles in the gallery here.
Nikon D5000 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Nikon D5000 based on factors which are usually regarded as essential in a camera.
Nikon D5000 Sensor info
The Nikon D5000 is run by the Expeed chip. The sensor dimension on the Nikon D5000 is 23.6mm x 15.8mm (APS-C). The 373 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4288 x 2848 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and features a native ISO range of 200 to 3200. This ISO can also be widened digitally to a high of 6400. RAW format is supported so you have wider margin for error.
The picture underneath shows the D5000's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The D5000 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.5 and is presented in green.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Nikon D5000 dimensions
Nikon D5000 weighs about 1.30 lbs (590g / 20.81 oz) and the sizing of the camera is 127mm x 104mm x 80mm (5.0" x 4.1" x 3.1"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 540g and the Nikon D5000 is similar when compared with its competitors.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Underneath is a shot of the Nikon D5000 next to a soda so you're able to have a feel for its scale.
The top view just below will highlight the button design on the D5000.
Nikon D5000 Lens info
The D5000 uses the Nikon F mount and has 315 lenses available for sale. Below is a small number of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the D5000.
Nikon D5000 Connectivity
The D5000 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC and Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and sometimes change settings without connecting directly to the camera.
A few applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Nikon D5000 Video info
The highest possible video quality on the Nikon D5000 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You should really strive for a minimum 1080p quality for video recording. The camera does not offer a mic and headphone jack so you have no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to look into another model if you need decent audio in your video clips.
Nikon D5000 Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing for the Nikon D5000 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty conditions.
Nikon D5000 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon D5000 includes a 2.7 inch fully articulated display screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
It has got a selfie friendly display to get self portraits and group photos if necessary. Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder details regarding Nikon D5000 are the following:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- Coverage 95%
- Magnification 0.52x
Viewfinders are pretty handy for sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and hard to view.
Nikon D5000 Shutter info
Nikon D5000 has the capability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Nikon D5000 Flash and Hot shoe info
Nikon D5000 has got both in-built flash and external flash support. The highest flash sync is 1/200 sec.
Nikon D5000 Autofocusing info
Nikon D5000 has got both Phase Detect AF and Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & accurate when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which makes it helpful for portrait photography.
It includes 11 focus points to pick from. Nikon D5000 has got manual focus if required for low light or you want more precise focus control.
Nikon D5000 Battery life
The battery life (EN-EL9a) for the Nikon D5000 is designed to last for 510 images based on the CIPA measurements making it less compared to its competition. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 589. Pentax K-x has got the best (1900) battery life for this kind of cameras.
Following is a number of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that have the strongest battery life:
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Nikon D5000 for various categories of photography
The following diagram presents a rundown of the Nikon D5000 for various categories of photography. To check out more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon D5000 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon D5000 receives a points total of 63 which is very good, meaning that it is a respectable option for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW photos together with the capability to utilize external lighting.
Nikon D5000 Street photography features
Having a above average points tally of 66, the Nikon D5000 is a very decent option to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.
Sports photography with Nikon D5000
A awful sports photography score of 42 means the Nikon D5000 is not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera really should have excellent autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Travel photography with Nikon D5000
Portability is very crucial in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon D5000 gets a moderate 56 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably suitable to buy for your travels.
Nikon D5000 Landscape photography details
For those who are planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Nikon D5000 and it's reasonable rating of 52 as a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable in the current market.
Nikon D5000 Vlogging highlights
A camera for vlogging preferably should have a moving display, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Nikon D5000 is somewhat suitable for vlogging as it receives a decent rating of 52.
Nikon D5000 Alternatives
If you are searching for alternatives to the D5000, here is a collection of the highest placed cameras that fall into the family of Entry-Level DSLR.
The diagram here shows you a summary of the D5000 vs it's top ranked competitors mentioned earlier.
There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.