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

Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D3000

Winner
Nikon D5000

100

Nikon D3000

71

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5000

Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
4 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3000

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.5"
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
700 ms startup delay

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

$329 body only

$550 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen size Much larger screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$550 body only

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$449 body only

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

Nikon D3000 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$550 body only

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Significantly larger
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$337 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$473 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Significantly 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.