Nikon D5000 DSLR Review 1





A remarkable blend of simplicity and highly-advanced DSLR capabilities, the compact and powerful D5000 offers breathtaking 12.3-megapixel image quality, along with a flexible, Vari-angle, Live View monitor for fresh picture-taking perspectives. Nikon’s EXPEED image processing further enhances performance, contributing to split-second shutter response and continuous shooting at up to 4 frames-per-second to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly.

The D5000’s 24-fps HD D-Movie mode with sound captures video clips with amazing clarity–offering new and exciting creative opportunities. Fast, accurate 11-point autofocus with 3D Tracking, teamed with famous NIKKOR optics, assures incredible image sharpness, while active image sensor cleaning combats annoying dust automatically. Featuring a convenient built-in flash, 19 automatic exposure Scene Modes to make the impossible easy and 23 Custom Setting options to fit your preferences, as well as 14 in-camera image retouching functions, the D5000 is the perfect DSLR, beginning with performance to meet your picture-taking tomorrows.

Outfit includes the 3x AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens with image stabilization and legendary NIKKOR optical quality.

Nikon D5000 Highlights

12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
Coupled with Nikon’s EXPEED image processing and NIKKOR optics, breathtaking picture quality is assured.


Nikon D5000 digital SLR highlights

3x Zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens included
Legendary NIKKOR optical quality features Nikon VR image stabilization for added sharpness.

D-Movie Mode with sound
Record 720p HD movie clips enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility.

Vari-angle color LCD monitor
Position the 2.7-inch monitor freely for fresh shooting perspectives. Screen flips inward for safe keeping.

19 Auto-exposure Scene Modes
Capture stunning photos in challenging picture-taking situations including Sunsets, Candlelight, Silhouette, Portrait, Landscape, Beach/Snow, and more.

One-button Live View
Easy Live View access offers 4 autofocus modes, including Face Priority AF.

Continuous shooting as fast as 4 frames-per-second
Combined with fast power-up and split-second shutter response, decisive moments are captured easily without annoying shooting lag.

Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200
Engineered for exceptional low-light shooting.

Built-in image sensor cleaning
Effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning keeps images spot free.

11-point autofocus system with 3D Focus Tracking
Fast and accurate autofocus delivers razor sharpness.

Auto Active D-Lighting
Restores lost shadow and highlight detail in high contrast exposures—Selectable and Auto modes available.

In-camera Retouch image editing
Creative in-camera image editing, featuring Soft Filter, Straighten, Color Outline Effect, Perspective Control, Red-eye Correction, Image Overlay, Monochrome and more—all without a PC.

Picture Control Settings for personal image control
Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and 9 customizable settings.

Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II
Nikon’s renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusive Scene Recognition System, evaluates each scene for unmatched exposure accuracy.

Durable, high precision shutter
Testing to over 100,000 cycles assures precision and long shutter life.

GPS geo-tagging
GP-1 GPS unit (optional) automatically identifies and records every image’s latitude, longitude and altitude, with satellite time-of-day.


Here it is! The infamous Nikon D5000 DSLR! Its a beauty! very sleek, sharp, precise and easy to use. I dont know why but the D3000 was so far off this one.

When it arrived i immediately pulled it out and started attaching the lenses, adjusting settings, setting times and dates, etc. Both of my girls are starting to scare me by already knowing the brand. “Oh mom your Nikon came”. What 6 and 3 yr say that?? Ha! They wanted to see all the new features too. This camera has some neat stuff on it. You can take a picture, leave it on your card, go to the menu and completely enhance or manipulate the picture right then. We played around with the “Fish Eye” setting for fun.

The screen is what makes me drool. Not only is this a flip screen, but it also rotates in 360 degree angle. Yes you can hold it above your head and still see by flipping the screen out, around and down. Makes my heart flutter. Playback and live positioning can be done on the 2.7 in screen as well. No more squinting through the mini peep hole (my words), which i find hard with glasses.

Scene mode is amazing as well. I am floored by how many unusual options i have on here. On the dial, if you go to Scene, select Menu, and Scene Selection, here is the list you get:

Pet Portrait



Autumn Colors



High Key

Low Key

Night Landscape





Talk about alot of options! And let me tell you.. they work beautiful! No more of this, select one then try and alter more settings. Nope, very simple.

Now the above photos, The birthday wishes one was taken using Candlelight. The Fish one was taken using High Key, and the rest i used Auto and Food.

I was so surprised at how great the Birthday and Fish ones came out. Another great photo i got using the Nikon D5000 were the Tea Leaves on my Indonique Review.

I was very thrilled at the crispness and clearness of them.

I havent tried all the features on it yet so i will bring you back more reviews since i have another month with it.

However i will say that hubby and i are seriously considering purchasing this one. I don’t have a bad thing to say about it yet. For any mom, i would say buy this one or the Nikon P90. That was the 1st one i reviewed and im still kicking myself for not buying it. I just was not thrilled with the D3000 so much. I felt like i had to “work” so much for the shot. The Nikon D5000 is a far improvement. 1 shot got that candlelight photo, 3 got the fish one. To me, i am on cloud nine!

Well enjoy the pictures and information, i will be back in a few weeks with more, hopefully better photos.

If you have any questions, please ask below. Also any hints or tips would be great!


If your looking for a really great deal on the Nikon D5000 DSLR, Amazon has it for $664.





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Comments (5)

  1. Wow totally awesome! Great pictures.. So now your decision us p 90 or the 5000… I love how the screen rotates.. I saw a camera one time that allowed you to do all the editing right then… wow… made me get the chills.. this thing seems so awesome!

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