Updated (July 2009): Compare the Nikon D3000 vs Nikon D5000

Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D3000

Winner
Nikon D5000

142

Nikon D3000

102

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
262 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.5"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3000.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5000.

competitors

Nikon D5000 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$397 body only

$479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price More expensive
Canon EOS Rebel T2i

Canon Rebel T2i

Entry-level DSLR

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Entry-level DSLR

$549 body only

$729 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price Significantly more expensive

Nikon D3000 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$397 body only

$479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$258 - $549 body only

$285 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Nikon D80

Nikon D80

Entry-level DSLR

$1,499 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen

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Avatar for Alex Black Alex Black (2:27 PM, March 07, 2010)
John asked: "Hello, can you please advise if either the D3000 or the D5000 Nikon SLR cameras have the capability to display the frame (view finder) on the LCD screen while composing a picture?"

Yes, the Nikon D5000 has "live view", and the D3000 does not. "Live view" lets you use the LCD screen on the back as a viewfinder to preview the photo you are about to take.