Updated (April 2009): Compare the Canon EOS 500D vs Nikon D5000

Canon EOS 500D vs Nikon D5000

Winner
Canon EOS 500D

155

Nikon D5000

144

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
159 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 500D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5000.

competitors

Canon EOS 500D Competitors

Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$316 body only

$366 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D

Entry-level DSLR

$316 body only

$884 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Canon EOS 550D

Canon EOS 550D

Entry-level DSLR

$316 body only

$568 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Supports 24p Supports 24p

Nikon D5000 Competitors

Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$709 - $797 body only

$1,097 with 18-140mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$320 body only

$397 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,016 - $1,497 body only

$1,834 - $2,447 with 28-300mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

discussion

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Jazzlynkmnl2000 (1:17 AM, September 23, 2011)
i wanna try the canon 500d.. i have my canon 1100 already.. and i gave my x-bf a nikon d5000...which i don't want to remember him anymore not a good experience with him.. thats why even the nikon d5000 i don't want to remember as well...thx im fr mkt city phl
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:00 PM, February 13, 2011)
Hi Sathiyah, they're very close, you should try each out in a store and see how you like them. The Canon 500D seems to have the advantage though.
 
Sathiyah_999 (1:06 PM, February 13, 2011)
which isactually the better camera
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:36 PM, January 20, 2011)
Thanks for pointing that out Williamz. We've made a mistake there. What we really mean is that the 550D will autofocus with basically all Canon autofocus lenses (since they all have built in focus motors), where as the D5000 won't autofocus with all Nikon autofocus lenses, since some of them lack a focus motor.
 
WILLIAMZ (6:08 AM, January 20, 2011)
The Canon 500D does not have a Built-in Motor, in fact All Canon DSLR Camera does not have a Built-in Motor.

Williamz from The Philippines.
 
Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (5:46 PM, May 01, 2010)
You really can't go wrong with either of those, Nikon and Canon both make great cameras, and both have tons of lenses and other accessories available. The 500D has a higher resolution lcd, better for previewing photos, but the D5000 has a flip out LCD, better for movies probably.

The 500D has now been replaced by the 550D, but that might likely means the 500D is now selling for great prices. Check out whats changed between the 500D and 550D.