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  • With a robust feature set and simple operability, the D5000 is the ideal choice for both entry-level digital SLR users and those looking for an upgrade to raise their level of photographic expression.

    Key Features

    • New 450 degree rotating vari-angle monitor
    • Picture perfect 12.3 Megapixels
    • Easy to use

    Suitable for Beginners & Enthusiasts

    • Everyday Moments
    • Travelling
    • Family

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    New Vari-angle monitor
    The innovative Vari-angle monitor swings down approximately 90° and rotates 180°, allowing users to easily shoot from interesting angles in Live View mode. Featuring a bright 2.7-in. 230,000-dot LCD, the new monitor provides a comfortable view from virtually any shooting perspective. The monitor can also be stowed with the LCD panel neatly tucked against the camera back to protect the screen when not in use.

    Nikon DX-format 12.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor
    At 12.3 effective Megapixels, the D5000 produces high-resolution images with outstanding enlargement capability. The high signal-to-noise ratio results in images with extremely low noise even when shooting at high ISO settings. Normal ISO sensitivity is ISO 200 to 3200. For added shooting versatility, a Hi 1 setting increases sensitivity to ISO 6400 while a Lo 1 setting decreases it to ISO 100.

    Specially designed EXPEED image processing system
    The D5000 is equipped with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED image processing system. This leading-edge technology provides the power to process the large amount of data generated by the D5000’s 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. EXPEED realizes excellent resolution, long tonal scale, and superb color while also making possible fast processing of the D5000’s advanced imaging functions such as Scene Recognition with Face Detection, Live View AF, and Active D-Lighting – all of which demand tremendous processing capability.

    Live View shooting
    Nikon’s versatile Live View shooting, now enhanced by the D5000’s Vari-angle monitor, can be accessed with one-touch ease by pressing the Live View button. Autofocus with Live View has been further improved by the addition of Subject tracking, which automatically locks onto a pre-selected subject if it momentarily leaves the frame. This mode joins three other contrast-detect AF modes with which the D5000 is equipped: Face priority AF (which automatically detects up to five faces in a scene then focuses on the closest face); Wide area AF (which offers a large AF area for optimal handheld shooting) and; Normal area AF (which provides pin-point focusing accuracy for excellent results when using a tripod).

    Movie clips with D-Movie
    In response to user demand for video shooting capability in digital SLR’s, the D5000 includes Nikon’s D-Movie function. First available on the Nikon D90, D-Movie gives users the flexibility to shoot Motion JPEG movie clips in different formats at a smooth 24 frames per second. For high-quality playback on HDTVs, the D5000 produces clips at 1,280 × 720 pixels. Users who want to view on standard computer monitors or upload to photo sharing websites can shoot at 640 × 424 pixels or 320 × 216 pixels, respectively. Because the D5000’s sensor is much larger than that of a typical camcorder, movie clips display superior image quality and low noise even when shot at high ISO settings. Additionally, the D5000’s compatibility with NIKKOR AF-S and AF-I lenses opens up a wide range of possibilities for dramatic expression, from fisheye and wide-angle shots to long telephoto scenes and extreme close-ups.

    19 Scene Modes
    Scene Modes empower users to obtain great looking shots in a variety of situations with point-and-shoot ease. These modes adjust exposure, white balance, Active D-lighting, and Picture Control settings depending on the selected mode. Six commonly used modes can be selected using the D5000’s mode dial, while the remaining 13 are accessed by setting the mode dial to SCENE then simply turning the command dial to make the selection. To assist in determining the best mode, the D5000 displays a sample photo as each mode is selected. Newly added modes are Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Silhouette, High key, and Low key.

    Scene Recognition System with Face Detection System
    In order to accurately adjust exposure and white balance as well as assist autofocus, the D5000 utilizes a 420-pixel RGB sensor to analyze color and illumination over the entire scene milliseconds prior to exposure. This allows the D5000 to better evaluate scene content, resulting in improved exposure for better image quality while also boosting autofocus performance. Additionally, the D5000 detects human faces using its Face Detection System.

    Active D-Lighting
    The D5000 incorporates Nikon’s Active D-Lighting function to vastly improve details in the shadows and highlights of high-contrast scenes. Like the Scene Recognition System, Active D-Lighting utilizes the 420-pixel RGB sensor to analyze a scene then adjust exposure to achieve images that closely resemble what the human eye sees. During processing, this function also restores details in areas of the image that exhibit image loss. There are six Active D-Lighting settings – Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off – along with a bracket mode that allows users to shoot one image with Active D-Lighting and one without.

    11-point AF system with Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module
    Employing 11-point autofocus driven by Nikon’s Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module, the D5000 delivers fast, precise focus over a wide area of the frame when shooting through the optical viewfinder. Four versatile AF modes are available: single-point AF for stationary subjects, especially ones that are off-center; dynamic-area AF for moving subjects; auto-area AF when you want the D5000 to automatically determine the proper focus method and; 3D-tracking (11 points) AF for maintaining focus on subjects even if the composition changes.

    Picture Control System
    The Picture Control System of the D5000 gives users the ability to customize key image capture characteristics to suit personal preferences.Six settings are available – Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape – along with the ability to create up to nine custom Picture Control settings.

    Photo editing
    After shooting, the D5000’s newly expanded photo editing functions allow for in-camera retouching, lessening the need for a computer to enhance or modify images. The D5000 introduces several new editing options under its Retouch Menu, including Soft Filter, Perspective Control (which helps correct distortions in perspective), and Color Outline (which creates monochrome outlines of objects in images by eliminating color and tonal gradations). Each editing function is applied to a copy of the image, with the original left unmodified.

    Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System
    Dust reduction is handled by the Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System. This is a comprehensive solution that reduces generation and accumulation of dust and also provides measures to remove dust. A key element of the solution is the Airflow Control System, which directs dust away from the image sensor. The system also includes an image sensor cleaning function that activates automatically when the D5000 is powered on. This vibrates the low-pass filter (located in front of the sensor) to free it from dust.

    Other features

    • On-demand grid lines both when shooting via the optical viewfinder and in Live View mode.
    • Extensive playback options that allow viewing of images one at a time or in batches of 4, 9, and 72 as well as Calendar view that organizes images by shooting date and time. A histogram display is also available that shows exposure data for a magnified area of the image.
    • Direct HDTV connectivity via built-in HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector.
    • Highly durable shutter unit tested to 100,000 cycles.
    • Compatible with all NIKKOR AF-S and AF-I lenses that have an autofocus motor.
    • Built-in flash with a guide number of approx. 17/56 (ISO 200, m/ft., 20°C/68°F) and support for Nikon’s i-TTL flash control.
    • Support for the Nikon Creative Lighting System when using SB-900 or SB-800 Speedlights, or the SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander.
    • Long-lasting Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a that provides up to 510 shots per charge. (CIPA standard, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and flash fired at full power once every other shot.)
    • Compatible with the optional ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control. There are two shutter release modes available when using the control: Quick mode for immediate triggering of the shutter release and Delayed mode, which delays triggering for two seconds.
    • Compatible with the optional GPS Unit GP-1, which automatically appends longitude, latitude, altitude, and time information to the EXIF data of each image.
    • Compatible with the optional Remote Cord MC-DC2, which enables remote shutter release and time (bulb) exposures.
    • Includes Nikon ViewNX image browsing and editing software, which lets you organize, label, and select images as well as perform NEF (RAW) image editing adjustments and conversions.
    • Image data from the D5000 can be used with optional Nikon Capture NX 2 photo-editing software, which features patented U Point technology and powerful tools for quick and easy photo editing, including enhanced NEF (RAW) Editing.

    Tech Specs

    Type of Camera Single-lens reflex digital camera
    Effective Pixels 12.3 million
    Image Sensor Nikon DX format (23.6 × 15.8 mm) CMOS sensor
    Image Size (Pixels) 4,288 × 2,848 [L], 3,216 × 2,136 [M], 2,144 × 1,424 [S]; D-movie: 1280 × 720 / 24fps, 640 × 480 / 24fps, 320 × 240 / 24fps
    Sensitivity ISO 200 to 3,200 in steps of 1/3 EV, plus HI-0.3, HI-0.7, HI-1 (ISO 6400); LO-0.3, LO-0.7 and LO-1 (ISO 100)
    File Format NEF (12 bit compressed RAW); JPEG (Baseline-compliant); AVI movie (Motion JPEG compression format with monaural sound)
    File System DCF-compliant (Exif 2.21-compatible), DPOF-compliant, PictBridge-compatible
    Storage Media SD memory card (SDHC compliant)
    Shooting Modes 1) Single frame, 2) Continuous, 3) Self-timer, 4) Delayed remote, 5) Quick-response remote, 6) Silent shooting, 7) D-Movie
    White Balance Auto (hybrid control with image sensor and 420-segment RGB sensor) 12 manual modes, 31 color temperature settings, preset manual, fine tuning, white-balance bracketing
    LCD Monitor Size 2.7-in.
    LCD Monitor 2.7", 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT vari-angle LCD
    Playback Function 1) Full-frame, 2) Thumbnail (4/9/72, calendar), 3) playback zoom, 4) RGB histogram display, 5) RGB histogram for portion of the image visible in the monitor with playback zoom, 6) Slide show, 7) Movie playback, 8) stop-motion movies
    Delete Function 1) Card format, 2) All frames delete, 3) Selected frames delete
    I/O Terminal NTSC or PAL (selectable), HDMI Type C connector
    Interface USB 2.0 (High-speed): MTP/PT, GP-1 (GPS Unit)
    Picture Angle (in 35mm (135) format equivalent) Approx. 1.5x lens focal length
    ViewFinder Type Optical
    Viewfinder Eye-level penta-Dach mirror type; built-in diopter adjustment (-1.7 to +0.5m-1)
    Eyepoint 17.9 mm (-1.0 m-1)
    Focusing Screen Type B Brite View clear matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets
    Viewfinder Frame Coverage/Magnification (with 50mm lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1) Approx. 95%/ Approx. 0.78x
    Reflex Mirror Instant return
    Lens Aperture Instant-return type
    Autofocus TTL phase detection by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with AF-assist (range approx. 0.5-3m/1ft 8 in. – 9ft 10 in.); Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
    Focus Modes 1) Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); Continuous servo AF (AF-C); Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A), 2) Manual focus (MF) can be selected from11 focus point
    Focus Lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
    Exposure Metering System 1) Scene-recognition system compatible 3D color matrix metering (type G and D lenses), color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses), 2) Center-weighted (weight given to 8-mm circle in center of frame), 3) spot metering (meters 3.5-mm circle centered on selected focus point)
    Exposure Metering Range (at normal temperature [68°F/20°C], ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens) 1) 0 to 20 EV (3D-Color Matrix or Center-weighted metering), 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering)
    Exposure Control 1) Digital Vari-Program (Auto, Auto [Flash Off], Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up, Night Portrait), 2) Programmed Auto [P], 3) Shutter-Priority Auto [S], 4) Aperture Priority Auto [A], 5) Manual [M], 6) Scene modes applied with mode dial set to SCENE : Night landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Sihouette, High key, Low key
    Auto Exposure Lock Exposure locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
    Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 exposures in increments, −2.0 – +2.0 (in steps of 1/2 or 1/3 EV)
    Maximum Shutter 1/4000
    Minimum Shutter 30
    Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter, 30 to 1/4000sec in steps of 1/3 EV plus bulb, Time (Optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 required)
    Sync Contact X-contact only; flash synchronization at up to 1/200 sec
    Flash Control 1) i-TTL flash control by 420-segment RGB sensor; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR
    Flash Sync Modes 1) Front-curtain sync, 2) Red-eye reduction, 3) Slow sync with red-eye reduction, 4) Slow sync, rear-curtain sync
    Accessory Shoe Standard ISO hot-shoe contact with safety lock
    Self-Timer Electronically controlled timer with duration of 2, 5, 10 or 20 s.
    Depth of Field Preview Button No
    Remote Control Via Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 (optional)
    GPS via GP-1 GPS Unit (optional)
    Supported Languages Total of 17 languages: German, English, Spanish, Finnish, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Danish, Norwegian
    Power Requirements Rechargeable EN-EL9a Li-ion battery, EH-5a AC adapter (available separately; requires optional EP-5 AC adapter connector; EN-EL9 also supported)
    Battery Life (on a fully charged battery) Approx. 510 shots
    Tripod Socket 1/4 in. (ISO1222)
    Dimensions Approx. 127 × 104 × 80mm
    Weight (without battery, memory card or body cap) Approx. 560g
    Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area) Rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL9a, Quick charger MH-23, USB cable UC-E6, Rubber Eyecup DK-24, Camera strap AN-DC3, Body cap, Eyepiece cap DK-5, Software Suite CD-ROM, AV Cable EG-CP14
    Other Features Vari-angle LCD monitor with range of movement: 0°–180° for opening/closing (−90°–180° for rotation), Integrated Dust Reductions System, Graphic User Interface, Live view (with face-priority AF), D-Movie

    Shot on D5000


    DP Review

    Overall rating of 8.3 out of 10. “In every other respect, the D5000 is exactly the solid product you’d expect of a camera put together from so many well-proven parts.”

    Good Gear Guide

    4� out of 5 stars. “The Nikon D5000 is one of the most impressive digital SLR cameras on the market. Not only can it be used as a fully fledged D-SLR with manual settings, but it can shoot movies and also be used in a similar way to an advanced compact or a point-and-shoot camera.”

    Photo Review

    Overall rating of 8.5 out of 10. “Fortunately, as a first DSLR for anybody moving up from a compact digicam, the new model has a lot going for it.”

    Gold DIWA Award

    “The Nikon D5000 knows how to stand out from most compact DSLR cameras thanks to its innovative image technology and users ease.”

    PC Authority

    Rating of 6 out of 6. A-List Winner. Labs Winner. “Nikon’s D5000, the best DSLR you can currently buy for less than $1500.”

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