Nikon D5000 is a D90 in D60 Clothing


The latest boom in DSLR sales has seen all the major companies adding bulked-up or stripped-down entry level models. Even to the point of repositioning their offerings to ensure that anyone eager to put up with the size and weight of a DSLR will look at one of their offerings. The whole thing has often left existing DSLR owners a little lost – “why isn’t there a direct replacement for my camera”? – But has certainly meant there are many more enticing cameras on the market just waiting to tempt first-time DSLR owners. And it’s into this maelstrom of DSLR production that Nikon launches its latest baby DSLR, the D5000.

Let’s just have the key features right off the bat, shall we?

• 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor (12.3 million effective pixels)
• D-Movie Mode with sound
• 2.7-inch Vari-Angle color LCD monitor
• 19 Auto-exposure Scene Modes
• One-button Live View
• Continuous shooting as fast as 4 frames-per-second
• Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200
• Built-in image sensor cleaning
• 11-point autofocus system with 3D Focus Tracking
• Auto Active D-Lighting
• In-camera Retouch image editing
• Picture Control Settings for personal image control
• Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II
• Durable, high precision shutter
• GPS geo-tagging

The Nikon D5000 will cost $730 (body-only version), or $850 bundled with the f/3.5-5.6G 18-55mm VR lens and will be available in shops later this month. In the meantime, make sure you pre-order yours now.

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