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

Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D3000

Winner
Nikon D5000

99

Nikon D3000

70

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 D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$640 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,398 body only

$1,498 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$289 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

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

Nikon D3000 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$349 body only

$399 - $420 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Significantly larger
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$600 body only

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Super zoom

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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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.