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

Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D3000

Winner
Nikon D5000

97

Nikon D3000

69

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Great image quality
Overall image quality
72.0
Great color depth
Color depth
22.7 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.5 EV
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3"
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 D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$419 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 D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$600 body only

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$541 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Nikon D3000 Competitors

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$541 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Live view Has live view
Thickness Much thicker
Nikon D80

Nikon D80

Entry-level DSLR

$800 body only

$950 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$318 - $699 body only

$350 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger

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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.