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Nikon D5000

Meet the D5000, a breed of Nikon digital SLR camera. A wonderful blend of fun, simplicity, and beautiful image quality, the D5000 features an innovati...

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published 24/12/2009 | gillandjerry
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Pro Size, image quality, price.
Cons A Lot of menus - could be confusing to new users.
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"A great buy for a budding photographer!"

I bought the D5000 2 weeks ago after deciding that I wanted an upgrade from the Nikon digital coolpix cameras that I have had in the past. I tried out a number of DSLR cameras and chose the D5000 based on its 12.3 mega pixels and its vari-angle monitor (great for self portraits!)

Since buying the camera, I have tested it out rather thoroughly and I have to say, I'm ecstatic with its performance and image quality. Using the auto point and shoot mode, the camera's auto focus is lightening fast which makes the subject of your photograph sharp. The live view feature also helps you to capture a high quality picture with very little effort. One thing that had concerned me about buying a DSLR was the amount of time it would take to prepare a shot. I didn't want to be struggling to adjust settings for a quick snap, but the auto mode takes care of this.

The 19 scene modes are also very helpful for photographers like me who are just getting started with DSLRs. There is a scene selection for nearly any mood or setting imaginable. This means that the D5000 adjusts exposure and focus automatically.

Lighting has always been somewhat problematic for me. I always found it difficult to capture 'natural' lighting. I would always end up with faces washed out by the flash or landscapes that were far too dark. The D5000 offers fantastic lighting solutions. Firstly there are a number of different flash settings that are easy to switch between. But the D5000 also offers D-lighting, which prevents over exposure and other lighting problems. It can even be applied after the photo has been taken.

I love the in-camera editing features. You can adjust everything from colour to size without the aid of a computer of fancy editing software.

Some features which I hadn't come across before, such as the ISO and exposure compensation are remarkably easy to adjust. Each feature is displayed on the LCD and if you press the 'i' button you can access a number of menus to change these settings to your taste. I had to read the manual very carefully to understand what all these settings did, but the clear explanations were very easy to follow!

The camera also has a video mode, which I am yet to try out, so can't comment on it yet.

Overall, I believe that this camera is value for money and would suit a photographer wanting to move away form amateur compact cameras, but not wanting to spend a small fortune!

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    Welcome to Ciao useful first review
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Product Information : Nikon D5000

Manufacturer's product description

Meet the D5000, a breed of Nikon digital SLR camera. A wonderful blend of fun, simplicity, and beautiful image quality, the D5000 features an innovative Vari-angle monitor for an exciting new take on photographic expression. Combined with Live View shooting, this monitor gives you the ability to shoot from nearly any angle. And your creativity is not limited to still images - Nikon's D-Movie function lets you record richly detailed HD movie clips, too. There's also a dazzling array of shooting features to help you get great pictures, shot-after-shot.

Product Details

Product Description: Nikon D5000 - digital camera - body only, Nikon D5000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, Nikon D5000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-55mm lens, Nikon D5000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, Nikon D5000 - digital camera AF-S DX 18-105mm and 70-300mm lenses

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

Lens Included: Body only, AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, AF-S DX 18-55mm lens, AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, AF-S DX 18-105mm and 70-300mm lenses

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Processor: EXPEED

Sensor Resolution: 12.3 Megapixel

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Optical - eye-level mirror pentaprism

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: HDMI, Composite video/audio, HDMI

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.7 cm x 8 cm x 10.4 cm

Weight: 0.56 kg

Lens System: 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Min Focus Distance: 45 cm, 28 cm

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Lens System (2nd): 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 3.6 x telephoto zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 4.3 x telephoto zoom lens - 70 - 300 mm - f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR

General

MPN: VBA240AE, nikon d5000, VBA240K004, VBA240K003, VBA240KU01, VBA240K001, VBA240K002, VBA240KU04, VBA240AB, 825454-5, 25452, 25454, 9700, VBA240KG02, 9700/K1

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode, movie recording

Lens Included: Body only, AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, AF-S DX 18-55mm lens, AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, AF-S DX 18-105mm and 70-300mm lenses

Sensor Resolution: 12.3 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Total Pixels: 12,900,000 pixels

Effective Sensor Resolution: 12,300,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 15.8 x 23.6mm

Field of View Crop Factor: 1.5

Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes

Image Processor: EXPEED

Auto Focus: TTL phase detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 11

Digital Video Format: AVI, MJPEG

Image Recording Format: JPEG, NEF (RAW)

AV Interfaces: HDMI, Composite video/audio, HDMI

Optical Zoom: 5.8 x, 3 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical

Sensor Features: Air flow control system, Self Cleaning Sensor Unit

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 200-3200, ISO 100, ISO 6400, ISO auto, ISO 200-3200

Exposure Metering: Centre-weighted, spot, 3D colour matrix II

Exposure Modes: Programme, bulb, automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority, i-TTL program flash

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, close-up, sports mode

Special Effects: Neutral, Vivid, fisheye, monochrome, landscape, portrait

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Incandescent, fluorescent, sunlight, Flash, shade

Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV range, in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

White Balance Bracketing: Yes

X-sync Speed: 1/250sec

Exposure Range: EV 0-20 ( ISO 100 )

Exposure Metering Zones: 420

Lens System

Lens System Mounting: Nikon F

Lens Construction: 11 groups / 15 elements, 5 groups / 7 elements, 8 groups / 11 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Type: 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G ED Nikon AF-S DX, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX, 3 x zoom lens - 18 - 55 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX VR, 5.8 x zoom lens - 18 - 105 mm - f/3.5-5.6 G Nikon AF-S DX ED VR

Filter Size: 67 mm, 52 mm

Features: ED glass, VR (Vibration Reduction), Silent Wave Motor (SWM)

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Max View Angle: 76 degree(s)

Min Focus Distance: 45 cm, 28 cm

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 27 - 82.5mm, 27 - 157.5mm

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode with red-eye reduction, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 12

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 4 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 2 - 20 sec, 10 sec, 2sec, 5 sec, 20sec

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Additional Features: DPOF support, PictBridge support, histogram display, AE lock, AF lock, in-camera red-eye removal, LCD live view mode, Exif Print support

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: Optical - eye-level mirror pentaprism

Field Coverage: 95%

Magnification: 0.78x

Dioptric Correction Range: -2 to +1

Viewfinder Frames: Autofocus frame

Display

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Display Features: Rotating

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x system accessory terminal

Memory Card Slot: SD card

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP Home Edition, MS Windows XP Professional, Apple MacOS X 10.3.9 or later

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Miscellaneous

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Eyepiece cover, battery charger, body cap, USB cable, eyecup, shoe cap, strap, audio / video cable

Battery

Battery Type: Nikon EN-EL9a

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Image Storage: 4288 x 2848 ¦ 3216 x 2136 ¦ 2144 x 1424

Video Capture: AVI - 1280 x 720 - 24 fps ¦ AVI - 640 x 424 - 24 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 216 - 24 fps

Included Memory Card: 8 GB SDHC

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 12.7 cm

Depth: 8 cm

Height: 10.4 cm

Weight: 0.56 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Software

Software: Drivers & Utilities

Lens System (2nd)

Lens Construction: 11 groups / 15 elements, 12 groups / 17 elements

Type: 3.6 x zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 3.6 x telephoto zoom lens - 55 - 200 mm - f/4.0-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR, 4.3 x telephoto zoom lens - 70 - 300 mm - f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED Nikon AF-S DX VR

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Filter Size: 52 mm, 67 mm

Features: Internal focusing system, ED glass, VR (Vibration Reduction), Silent Wave Motor (SWM)

Min Focus Distance: 1.1 m, 1.5 m

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 82.5 - 300mm, 105 - 450mm

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