Summary Nikon D5000

Prices Price
Body only
With 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 6
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 9
Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Help 12.2 MP
Movie format
Help 720p @ 24fps
Screen size
Help 2.7"
Light sensitivity
Help 3,200 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Nikon has replaced the D5000 with the D5100.

Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100 announced April 2011
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO

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reviewsWhat are people saying about the D5000

"The image quality is undeniably impressive." | talking about the camera's image-quality
"Very impressive high ISO performance" | talking about the camera's iso-noise
"It may not be that pretty, but it handles well and produces reliably good results without the need for much user intervention, yet has plenty to offer the more serious user too." | talking about the camera's overall-performance


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The Nikon D5000 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Startup delay Short startup delay Help
400 ms startup delay
Lens availability More lenses available Help
230 lenses
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies


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The Nikon D5000 vs other recent entry-level DSLRs

Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
868 ISO
Color depth Less color depth Help
22.7 bits
Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
4 fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Viewfinder Uses battery, see less detail Help
Missing geo-tagging
Size Slightly large Help
Professional size (127×104×80 mm)
Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
Won't autofocus with all lenses
Thickness Thick Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
Among snapsort users
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Screen size Very small screen Help
Viewfinder size Small viewfinder Help
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
12.2 MP
Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points Help
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
276 ms shutter lag
Announced Old Help
April 2009
Light sensitivity (boost) Low boost light sensitivity Help
6,400 ISO
Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
Lowest price Expensive Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second




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