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

Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D3000

Winner
Nikon D5000

50

Nikon D3000

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

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

$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

$294 body only

$400 - $447 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

$219 body only

$280 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D3000 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$309 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Thickness Much thicker
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$219 body only

$280 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$294 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Thickness Much thicker

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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.