Nikon D5000

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Nikon D5000[1]
Nikon D5000 with 18-55 VR kit lens
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
Intro price$729.95
LensInterchangeable, Nikon F-mount
Sensor23.6 × 15.8 mm Nikon DX format RGB CMOS sensor, 1.5 × FOV crop
Maximum resolution4,288 × 2,848 (12.3 effective megapixels)
Film speed200–3200 in 1/3 EV steps, up to 6400 as high-boost, as low as 100 low-boost
Recording mediumSecure Digital, SDHC compatible
Focus modesInstant single-servo (AF-S); continuous-servo (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); manual (M)
Focus areas11-area AF system, Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor Module
Exposure modesAuto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Night Portrait), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M), (Q) quiet mode.
Exposure meteringTTL 3D Color Matrix Metering II metering with a 420-pixel RGB sensor
Metering modes3D Color Matrix Metering II, Center-weighted and Spot
FlashBuilt in Pop-up, Guide number 13m at ISO 100, Standard ISO hotshoe, Compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System
Flash bracketing2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
ShutterElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range30 s to 1/4000 s in 1/2 or 1/3 stops and Bulb, 1/200 s X-sync
Continuous shooting4 frame/s for 67 Large Fine JPEG or 11 RAW frames
ViewfinderOptical 0.78x, 95% Pentamirror
Image processing
White balanceAuto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Sunlight, Flash, Cloudy, Shade, Preset
Video recording720p @ 24 frames/sec (full 24p film mode)
LCD screen2.7-inch tilt and swivel 320x240 pixel (QVGA) TFT-LCD
BatteryNikon EN-EL9a Lithium-Ion battery
WeightApprox. 560 g (1 lb 4 oz) without battery, memory card or body cap
Made in Thailand
SuccessorNikon D5100

The D5000 is a 12.3-megapixel DX-format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera, announced by Nikon on 14 April 2009. The D5000 has many features in common with the D90. It features a 2.7-inch 230,000-dot resolution tilt-and-swivel LCD monitor (D90 is 3.0-inch (76 mm), 920,000 pixel, without swivel or tilt), live view, ISO 200–3200 (100–6400 with Boost), 3D tracking Multi-CAM1000 11-point AF system, active D-Lighting system and automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration.[2] The D5000 seems to have been discontinued in November 2010.[3]

It was the second Nikon DSLR camera to feature movie mode after the feature was introduced by the D90, though this capability has now been extended to other models as well, such as the D300S and the D3S. Some newer models are even capable of 1080p 24 frame/s video, such as the Nikon D3100, Nikon D5100 and the Nikon D7000. As with the D90, each uninterrupted movie shot at 720p is limited to 5 minutes duration and 20 minutes for all other resolutions (the D7000 can do 20 min movies). One-button Live View mode features subject tracking and face detection auto-focus modes.


Nikon D5000 with GPS Solmeta N2.
Nikon D5000 body
HD video shot with D5000
  • Nikon's 12.3-megapixel Nikon DX format CMOS sensor.
  • Nikon EXPEED image/video processor.
  • D-Movie mode (24 frame/s with mono 22 kHz sound). Selectable from 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels or 1,280 x 720 pixels (720p).
  • Active D-Lighting (4 levels and Auto).
  • Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration for JPEGs. Correction-data is additionally stored in RAW-files and used by Nikon Capture NX, View NX and some other RAW tools.
  • Auto lens distortion ("Distortion") correction and Perspective Control[4] as well as image rotation ("Straighten") via playback ("Retouch") menu
  • 2.7-inch articulated 230,000-dot resolution TFT LCD with +180/-90 degree tilt and 180 degree rotation.
  • Live View shooting mode with Contrast Detect and subject tracking auto focus (activated with a dedicated button).
  • Continuous Drive up to 4 frames per second.
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II with Scene Recognition System.
  • 3D Tracking Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with 11 AF points.
  • ISO sensitivity 200 to 3200 (100–6400 with boost, respectively called LO-1 and HI-1).
  • Nikon F-mount lenses.
  • i-TTL flash exposure system without built-in wireless control (no Commander-mode, but support for SU-800 wireless speedlight commander). Compatibility: SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, R1C1 and third-party manufacturers[5]
  • Auto scene recognition mode with 19 pre-programmed scenes.
  • Inbuilt time-lapse photography intervalometer
  • Quiet shooting mode.
  • Shutter rated to 100,000 cycles.
  • Built-in sensor cleaning system (vibrating low-pass filter) and airflow control system.
  • HDMI HD video output.
  • Support for GP-1 GPS geotagging unit.
  • File formats: JPEG, NEF (Nikon's RAW, 12-bit compressed), AVI (Motion JPEG).
  • EN-EL9a Lithium-ion Battery, Battery Life (shots per charge) approx.: 510 shots (CIPA).

Like the Nikon D40, Nikon D40X, Nikon D60, Nikon D3000, Nikon D3100 and Nikon D5100, the D5000 has no in-body autofocus motor, and fully automatic autofocus requires a lens with an integrated autofocus-motor.[6] With any other lenses the camera's electronic rangefinder can be used to manually adjust focus.[7][8]

Can mount unmodified A-lenses (also called Non-AI, Pre-AI or F-type) with support of the electronic rangefinder and without metering.[9]


Dxomark published a detailed analysis where they rated the sensor of the D5000 in terms of image noise, dynamic range and color depth about 2/3 stops better than the Canon 500D / T1i,[10] which was visible in real-life comparisons made by Camera Labs.[11] DxOmark's camera sensor ranking places the D5000 above its competitors and even higher priced cameras like the Canon EOS-1D Mark III and Canon EOS 5D, partly due to a high dynamic range.[12]

The Nikon D5000 has been tested by many independent reviewers.[13][14][15][16]


In late July 2009, there was a recall due to a problem that was discovered with the camera's power systems. The flaw would cause the system to cease powering on, both when running on battery or wall outlet power. For affected serial numbers, see Nikon advisory.[17]

The service includes fast shipping both ways to the repair shop with most people receiving their fixed camera within 2 weeks. On August 12, 2009, Nikon notified that some registered users of the Nikon D5000 who sent their camera in for repairs would need to send it in for additional repairs.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nikon D5000". Digital SLR Cameras products line-up. Nikon Corporation. Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  2. ^ Butler, Richard (2009-06-12). "Nikon D5000 review". Digital Photography Review. Archived from the original on 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  3. ^ Yes, Nikon D5000 is now discontinued Archived 2010-12-04 at the Wayback Machine on Archived 2010-12-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Weitz, Allan. "Nikon D5000 Hands-on Review". B&H Photo-Video. Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  5. ^ Rockwell, Ken. "How to Use Nikon Strobes Wireless, for Free!". Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  6. ^ Rockwell, Ken. "Nikon Lens Compatibility". Archived from the original on 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  7. ^ "Nikon D5000 Lens Compatibility- AF-S or AF-I lenses". Nikon Corporation. Archived from the original on 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  8. ^ Nikon D60 electronic rangefinder Archived 2012-11-27 at the Wayback Machine Dpreview
  9. ^ John White's AI conversions for Nikon lenses Archived 2012-04-22 at the Wayback Machine Aiconversions
  10. ^ "Canon-500D T1i vs. Nikon-D5000: An in-depth case study". DXO Mark. 2009-06-10. Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  11. ^ Laing, Gordon (June 2009). "Nikon D5000 vs Canon EOS 500D / T1i vs Olympus E-620 High ISO Noise". Camera Labs. Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  12. ^ "Camera Rankings". DXO Mark. Archived from the original on December 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  13. ^ "Nikon D5000 – Digital Camera Reviews". DigitalCameraTracker. 2009-10-19. Archived from the original on 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  14. ^ "Nikon D5000". Dcviews. Archived from the original on 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  15. ^ Nikon D5000 Archived 2010-01-17 at the Wayback Machine Nikonlinks
  16. ^ Morgenstern, Steve (2009-06-12). "Review at". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  17. ^ a b "D5000 Service Advisory". Nikon USA. 2009-08-12. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-04-01.

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