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

Canon EOS 500D vs Nikon D5000

Winner
Canon EOS 500D

54

Nikon D5000

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 20fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
159 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Color depth
Great color depth
22.7 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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

$367 - $440 body only

$308 - $572 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Autofocus Video autofocus
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Canon EOS 1100D

Canon EOS 1100D

Entry-level DSLR

$439 body only

$422 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Color depth Better color depth
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Canon EOS 700D

Canon EOS 700D

Entry-level DSLR

$480 with 18-55mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

Nikon D5000 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$309 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$279 body only

$369 - $397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$364 body only

$555 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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.