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Nikon D5000 12.3 Mp Dx Digital Slr Camera With 2.7-Inch Vari-Angle Lcd (Body Only)

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Nikon D5000 12.3 MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD (Body Only)

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  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • D-Movie Mode with sound; record 720p HD movie clips
  • Vari-angle color 2.7-inch LCD monitor; one-button Live View
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Buy Now : Nikon D5000 12.3 MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD (Body Only)

Brand : Nikon
Category : Electronics,Camera & Photo,Digital Cameras,DSLR Cameras
Rating : 4.3
Review Count : 111

Nikon D5000 12.3 MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD (Body Only)

  • Summary:- Outstanding (absolutely stunning) image quality, especially in low light and difficult lighting (high dynamic range) situations- 19 point-and-shoot auto modes great for beginners new to D-SLR- Extremely easy-to-use menu system- No compromises feature set not stripped of high-end features- Bright vari-angle screen with LiveView for hard-to-reach shots, but don\'t consider this a replacement for the viewfinder for most situations- Nice compact body easier to travelD5000 vs. Nikon D60:- Dramatic improvement in low-light and difficult light image quality- Improved auto white balance (but still not perfect)- Slightly bigger (taller and deeper) body, slightly heavier- 11 autofocus points, 3D matrix metering, Auto D-Lighting- Faster continuous shot performance (4fps vs 3)- Up to 63 JPEG/11 RAW images in continuous burst mode (the D60 can capture up to 100 JPEG/9 RAW images)- RAW+JPG with choice of JPEG compression- Full feature set including bracketing- 13 additional auto / scene presets- Additional in-camera editing including perspective control and fisheye- Slightly smaller viewfinder, but adds optional grid line support- LiveView with HD Movie Mode- Multi selector supports diagonal movement instead of 4 directions- Quiet shooting mode reduces shutter noise in quiet situations- support for optional Nikon GPS unit- HDMI output- same outstanding 18-55VR kit lensD5000 vs. Nikon D90:- Equivalent image quality, altho D5000 tends to underexpose capturing all detail vs. D90 tendency to overexpose high contrast shots- D5000 LiveView mode adds subject tracking- Easy to use auto / scene presets along with context sensitive help- More sophisticated interval shooting and time-lapse mode- Additional in-camera editing including perspective control and fisheye- Significantly more compact, lighter body- No autofocus motor in body for older or more professional lenses- No top LCD; must use back display to review settings- No depth of field preview- Lower resolution screen than D90 but vari-angle allows you to compose hard-to-reach shots- Slightly slower continuous shot performance (4fps vs 4.5)- Up to 63 JPEG/11 RAW images can be captured in continuous burst mode (the D90 burst is limited to 25 JPEG/7 RAW images)- Quiet shooting mode reduces shutter noise in quiet situations- .78x Pentamirror viewfinder vs. the D90\'s brighter .94x Pentaprism- Single command dial means more access to Menu for changing settings- Built-in flash cannot command external flash units with Nikon Creative Lighting System- No option for extra battery grip- Kit lens only 18-55VR vs 18-105VR- D5000 adds Airflow Control System in addition to dust reduction system- Better value, especially body onlyDetailed Review:Having bought my first D-SLR (a Nikon D60) last November, I was intrigued with the announcement of the D5000. At the time of my D60 purchase, I was considering the D90, but after holding both in person, I chose the D60 for its the much smaller form factor, lighter weight, and much lower price tag. I have been largely happy with the D60, although its low-light performance while dramatically better than my old point-and-shoot camera still wasn\'t fantastic.Given the D5000 uses the same sensor and imaging sensor as the D90, but in a smaller lighter case, I decided to upgrade. And I must say I\'m exceptionally pleased with the D5000.What is to like over the D60?1) Stunning Image Quality even in Low Light, without a tripod or fast lensThe D5000 takes exceptional pictures, especially in low-light and in challenging lighting scenarios. The D5000 is the first camera I\'ve owned that can take a picture at night and capture everything (and in some cases more than) my eye sees. And this is in Automatic mode (flash off), without a tripod, using an average-speed (f3.5-f5.6) Nikon VR lens. Truly impressive.I went back and took the same night shots in the same settings with the same Nikon 16-85 VR lens and the results are noticeably better on the D5000 vs my D60. The difference between the D5000 and D60 is almost as dramatic (in low light) as the difference between my D60 and point-and-shoot camera. I\'ve posted a few example images to illustrate.Images captured even at ISO 1600 have exceptional detail and very low noise. Even when you zoom to 100% the D5000 renders these tough shots beautifully.Highlights are controlled and not blown-out, while even low-contrast areas of the picture are captured.2) Ability to capture details in challenging light, automaticallyThe D5000\'s ability to capture all details of an image, even at night, with areas of highly contrasting lighting is even more impressive than it\'s low-light performance. As some have noted, the D5000 has a tendency to slightly underexpose these pictures to preserve detail. (The D90 tends to over-expose these shots, illustrating that the D5000 is not entirely a \"D90 in a small case\".)In one example (posted to the customer images), a night-shot of the famous Castro Street theater the D5000 captured the bright neon signs, architectural lighting of the facade, and even the mosaic tile and billboards in the very dimly-lit entry. All again in automatic mode, no tripod, F3.8 ISO 800. When I post the sample pictures they will tell the story better than I could ever describe.I can only think that this performance is related to a combination of improvements over the D5000: 11 autofocus points, 3D matrix metering, next-generation Active D-Lighting, latest Nikon EXPEED processor.3) No-compromises feature set that is still easy to use for the beginnerOne thing that annoyed me about the D60 was its lack of some features (eg. bracketing) intended to \"dumb the camera down\". The D5000 has every control you would ever want, yet its menu system remains extremely easy to use even for a beginner.Example features the D5000 offers that are not available on the D60:- RAW-JPG ability to select JPEG quality (Std,Basic,Fine)- bracketing (useful for HDR post-processing)and I\'m sure there are many others I have missed.The D5000 also includes a number of additional SCENE modes (a total of 19) for the beginner used to point-and-shoot simplicity. Everything from Night Landscape, Sunset, Food, Pet Portrait, Sports, and more.4) Useful Live View and Vari-Angle Display for those hard-to-reach shotsA first for Nikon, the D5000 includes a \"vari-angle\" articulated LCD. Despite the specs on paper (230,000 pixels vs the 920,000 pixels on the D90) the screen quality is outstanding - very bright and easy to see even in sunshine.Using the Live View mode, you can take pictures in hard-to-reach angles such as above a crowd, or looking up from a low angle, or taking a self-portrait. What doesn\'t work so well in Nikon\'s implementation is that the hinge is on the bottom of the camera, so if you\'re using a tripod your choices are limited.New to the D5000 LiveView (not on the D90) is subject tracking, which keeps focus on a moving subject within the frame.As others have pointed out, the D5000 LiveView autofocus performance is very slow. The more that I have used it, I must say that LiveView performance is probably worse than your point-and-shoot camera. Some other owners on the Nikon forums have reported complete failure of LiveView autofocus, although on my D5000 it works.As it is, I compose 99% of my shots in the viewfinder, which gives you the super-fast response of a DSLR in the first place. For me the ability to use LiveView in hard-to-reach situations is a nice feature.What could be improved?- Well, first of all, the video is more of a marketing idea - the sound is monoral, you can\'t change auto-focus once you start recording, and the video has the infamous \"jelly effect\" when moving from side to side- Although the case is much smaller than the D90, it\'s still over 1/4\" taller than my D60, and doesn\'t feel nearly as comfortable in my hands.- The tilting screen is great, but the bottom-hinge design is of limited effectiveness when using a tripod.- Live View autofocus is very slow for a D-SLR (even worse in some situations than a compact digital camera)- Auto White Balance just doesn\'t get it right with certain lighting. But it\'s easy enough to correct with a custom white balance (if you have the time when taking the shot) or post-processing the RAW image. I just don\'t understand why my $300 Canon SD870 does auto-white balance so much better.All in all, however, the outstanding image quality especially in low-light, and features offset the very minor areas that could be improved. For that, the D5000 gets my 5-star vote.
  • I was going to a reunion as the photographer and needed a body for my telephoto lens. Worked perfect pout of the box. Exceptional value for the cost.
  • Equipments: Nikon D5000 + Nikkor 18-200mm VR IIExperience: AmatureUsage: 1 Year 6 MonthsClear your mind and remove all -ve thoughts about this lense. JUST BUY IT. Use it and then you will realize what is the potential of this lense. Even a lot of PRO photographers are using this lense 70% of the time when they want to travel light.A perfect lense for all situations. Definately not a PRO Lenase, but can do more than required for an amature / semi-professional photographer.I want to start my photography career with a decent investment and want to buy a lense that works fine in most of the conditions. I spent months reading reviews for this lense. See the website list.....- Amazon- B & H Photo Video- Adorama- Abes of Maine- Ken Rockwell- DPReview- Camera Labs- Nikonians- Shutterbug-------- and list goes on.Here are some Pros-Cons based upon real life scenarios that I faced.....-- Can not use in-built Flash of D5000 when 18-200mm lense is set to the widest angel of 18mm. Gives a ghosty lense shadow at center-bottom of photo. Flash works fine with 24-200mm range even when barral is fully extended at 200mm.-- Nikon D5000 is a not too heavy (only 560 gms). Nikon 18-200mm is heavy (again 560 gms). When this combination is around the neck, because of weight of the lense, it doesnt stay in place. A user feels unsecure when constantly lense is pointed towards ground. Also creeping of lense makes condition even worse. Make sure to use 18mm LOCK more frequently.-- There is significant BARREL and PIN CUSHION distortation (In General: BENDING) acroos focal range. After reading a lot of reviews, this came to my attantion and now I am observing it more frequently during photography practices. THIS IS NOT A BIG DEAL. Not a big deal unless someone photographs straight lines, architectural systems or buildings. ---- Camera has inbuild correction menu, where this can be corrected. Bending can also be corrected thru PhotoShop or other similar softwares, but can not be removed 100%.-- Focus ring has very small movement. Average focusing distance is 4~6 inches.-- Lense uses 72mm filter. They are not tough to find, but they are not widely used. A buyer can easily find cheap filters (to start with) on Amazon.++ Camera is designed very well ergonomically. Only person with bigger hands needs some adjustment time initially. Overall very much satisfied with size and design.++ Lense is super sharp and focuses extremely quickly in average to bright light situations. It has some lag when light is not sufficient. AF illuminator is very handy in certain situations. But keep in mind that AF illuminator can be disturbing for a close potrait shoots and for wild life photography.UPDATE: Nikon has introduced Nikon D5100 with slightly higher price. But some of the additional features are,- Display opens up side-ways. Much better for a tripod mounted camera.- A better, brighter LCD- All buttons are moved to the left of the camears. One handed navigation and photography is possible.- Captures 10880p full HD movie- Auto-Focus during the movieVERDICT: Just buy the combination and head to the field.

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