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Monday, May 25, 2009

Nikon D5000 Review

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera (Camera Body) (DX-Format 12.3 Megapixel, 720p HD Movie Mode and 2.7" Vari-angle LCD)





The Nikon D5000 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera features an innovative Vari-angle monitor for an exciting new take on photographic expression. It adds a flexible dimension to Live View shooting, which vividly shows your subject in real-time. Now with this freely adjustable monitor, taking great shots and movie clips with Live View is easier and more enjoyable than ever.

Nikon's DX-format CMOS sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels records all the details of the original scene for breathtakingly lifelike photos. Shadows and highlights reveal exceptional details while a remarkably high signal-to-noise ratio vastly reduces noise - especially important when shooting at high ISO settings.

The D5000 enhances Live View shooting by giving you a choice of different display views. Minimize displayed camera settings when you want an uncluttered view of the scene, or show vital information at a glance for situations requiring a comprehensive readout of settings.

Different types of photos require different focus strategies and the D5000 has the right Live View autofocus mode for any occasion. Whether it's a unique expression, dynamic action, or a small object in a big composition, the four easily selectable modes help you stay focused for sharp results.

The D5000 makes it point-and-shoot simple to acquire clear, tack-sharp photos when composing via the bright, informative optical viewfinder. Whether your subject is off-center, moving fast, or completely unpredictable, the D5000 has the right autofocus solution.

The D5000's normal ISO range of 200 to 3200 can be expanded to cover ISO 100 to 6400, letting you capture the natural ambience of a warmly lit room or vibrant street scene when the use of flash or tripod isn't an option. The extended sensitivity is also ideal for shooting sports, allowing fast shutter speeds to freeze action.

Features

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

Specifications

Image Sensor FormatDX
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor Size15.8 x 23.6mm
Total Pixels12.9 million
Effective Pixels12.3 million
Image Area (pixels)DX-format
(L) 4288x2848
(M) 3216x2136
(S) 2144x1424
Top Continuous Shooting Speed4 frames per second at full resolution
Continuous Shooting OptionsDX-format
CH: Up to 4 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per second
LCD Monitor Size2.7 in. diagonal
LCD Monitor TypeVari-angle color LCD monitor
LCD Monitor Resolution230,000 Dots
LCD Monitor Angle of View170-degree wide-viewing angle
LCD Monitor AdjustmentsBrightness,7 levels
Shutter typeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Slowest Shutter Speed30 sec. in steps of 1/3
1/2
1 EV
Fastest Shutter Speed1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3
1/2
1 EV
Bulb Shutter SettingYes
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity200 in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity3200 in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Lowest Expanded ISO SensitivityLo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO SensitivityHi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity OptionsLo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
Storage MediaSD
SDHC
Storage SystemJPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality
AVI
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
File SystemCompliant with DCF 2.0
DPOF
EXIF 2.21
Exposure ModesProgrammed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Auto
Auto (flash off) Advanced Scene Modes
Advanced Scene ModesPortrait
Landscape
Close-up
Sports
Night Portrait
Night Landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet Portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, Food, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key
Exposure Metering System420 pixel RGB sensor D Color Matrix Metering II
Center-weighted
Spot
Metering Range1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Exposure Meter CouplingCPU
Exposure Compensation�5EV in increments of 1/3
1/2
1
Exposure LockYes
Exposure BracketingYes
2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Shutter Release ModesLive View [LV] mode
Self-timer mode
Continuous [C] mode: 4 Quiet mode
Movie ModesMovie with sound
Stop motion movie
D-Movie
HD 1280 x 720/24 fps VGA 640 x 424/24 fps QVGA 320 x 216/24 fps
White BalanceSun
Shade
Fluorescent
Incandescent
Flash
Preset
Auto
Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor) Seven manual modes with fine-tuning; Sun Shade Fluorescent Incandescent Flash Preset Fine Tune by Kelvin Color temperature setting
White Balance BracketingYes
D-Lighting Bracketing2 exposures
Live View ShootingYes
Playback FunctionsFull frame
Thumbnail (4, 9, 16 or 72 segments)
Zoom
Slideshow
Histogram
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Sound playback
D-Movie playback
Calendar
D-Movie playback Thumbnail (4, 9, 72 segments)
Calendar
InterfaceHi-speed USB
NTSC
HDMI
Lens MountNikon F bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses 1AF-S or AF-I: All functions supported.
Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported
Compatible Lenses 2Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Picture Angle1.5
Viewfinder-2.0 to +1.0 m-1
Viewfinder Frame CoverageApprox. 95%
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment(-2.0 to +1.0 m-1)
Viewfinder Eyepoint17.9
Reflex MirrorQuick-return type
Focusing ScreenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark V screen with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Interchangeable Focusing ScreensNo
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.78
Depth-of-field ControlNo
Autofocus SystemNikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9ft.10 in.)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points11
Autofocus Sensitivity-1 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20�C/68�F
Focus ModesSingle-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Live View autofocus; Face-priority, wide area, normal area and Subject tracking
Single-point AF ModeYes
Dynamic AF ModeYes
Auto-area AF ModeYes
Focus LockAE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture ControlStandard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Nine User-customizable settings
Portrait
Landscape
In-Camera Image EditingTrim
D-Lighting
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Filter Effects
Distortion Control
Monochrome
Stop Motion
Color Balance
NEF (RAW) processing
Quick retouch
Straighten
Distortion Control
Fisheye
Small picture
Red-eye correction
Perspective control Color outline
Built-in FlashYes
External Flash ShoeYes
Built-in Flash Distance56 at ISO 200 ft.17 at ISO 200m
Dust-Off Reference PhotoYes
Save/Load Camera settingsNo
Nikon Creative LightingSystem Compatibility: Yes
Built-in Commander mode not available
Flash Sync Speedup to 1/200
FP High Speed Syncup to 1/4000
Flash Sync ModesFront-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Flash Control1) i-TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-900 and SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27 and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash Sync TerminalNo
Accessory ShoeYes
Self-timer2, 5, 10, 20 seconds duration
World Time SettingYes
Date and TimeYes (Includes Daylight Savings Time Settings)
Battery TypeRechargeable
Battery / BatteriesEN-EL9 Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL9a Lithium-ion Battery
AC AdaptorEH-5a AC Adapter
Battery ChargerMH-18a Quick Charger
Image CommentYes
Battery Life (shots per charge)510 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket1/4/2020
Supported LanguagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Supplied SoftwareSoftware Suite CD-ROM
Approx. DimensionsWidth 5.0 in. (127mm)
Height 4.1 in. (104mm)
Depth 3.1 in. (80mm)
Approx. Weight19.8 oz. (560g)


Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera (Camera Body) (DX-Format 12.3 Megapixel, 720p HD Movie Mode and 2.7" Vari-angle LCD)