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Nikon D5000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1590 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the performance and value for money are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good comments. Many are critical about the control panel and exposure. There are some mixed comments about the flash.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Nikon D5000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Nikon D5000


A couple of years back, the Nikon D40 pioneered the budget DSLR camera segment. With its great performance at a low price point, more and more consumers got interested in this segment, which caused a flurry of launches from Nikon as well as other...

At its price of Rs. 49,000 (MRP Rs. 57,995) the Nikon D5000 gives you a great bang for your buck with a range of features that would immediately escalate an amateur into the serious photography territory. The camera boasts a great feature set, produces...

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Nikon's D5000 Takes 2 Steps Back


Though its awesome D90 was the first DSLR to leap into HD video, Nikon took a jump backward with this model. Freshly captured movies look like faded old film.

Swiveling screen. While video settings are minimal, aperture adjustment lets you control depth of field

Prepare to miss some great shots while you dig though multiple screens to make adjustments. Menus use ambiguous sample photos instead of words, which makes some controls indecipherable. Claustrophobic viewfinder and smallish 2.7-inch LCD

Editor's Choice!

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Nikon D5000


This top-notch DSLR delivers superb photos and HD videos, long battery life, and breathtaking low-light performance for a reasonable price.

Excellent image quality ; Strong low-light performance ; Long battery life ; Crisp HD video recording

HD movie recording lacks auto focus ; Mediocre still photo focus in Live View mode

We love it when the features that make gadgets great trickle down into less expensive products. That's why we highly recommend the $849 Nikon D5000, a reasonably priced DSLR that has the same sensor and 720p video recording as the $999 D90. In addition...


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Nikon D5000 SLR Review


MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 14, 2009) - Nikon Inc. today introduced the new D5000, a digital SLR camera with a host of features and capabilities that deliver superior performance and image quality along with amazing versatility for photo enthusiasts and...


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Nikon D5000


Nikon's breakthrough D90 ushered in the era of the HD video-taking DSLR last September, and now the company has introduced a somewhat similar model for around $250 less. This is why we love the CE business. While not a complete apples-to-apples...

Affordable 12MP D-SLR with HD video

Slow Live View ; difficult movie focusing

We have no problems recommending the Nikon D5000.

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The Nikon D5000 is one of a handful of sub-$1000 video SLRs. Overall we found the Canon XSi did a better job shooting video, with higher definition and smoother video motion, but the Nikon was superior for still photography.

It's certainly a fun camera to shoot with. The size strikes a nice balance, compact enough to carry easily but substantial enough to feel good in your hands. What the articulated LCD screen lacks in size (at 2.7 inches) and resolution (an ordinary...

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Nikon D5000


The Nikon D5000 ($850 with an 18mm-to-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR lens, as of 5/15/09) strikes a great balance between price and features. It deviates from the nomenclature of its closest siblings, the Nikon D60 and Nikon D90, but no matter: It combines many of...

Tilt and swivel LCD enables creativity ; Records HD video to Motion JPEG

Battery life not as long as larger units ; Automatic controls produce middling pics

This well-rounded model has tons of features, and a handy tilt-and swivel screen. But auto-mode images were middling.

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Nikon D5000


The 12.3-megapixel Nikon D5000 is a terrific buy, offering the image quality of a more expensive D-SLR for a price of just $729.99 (direct, body only). Not only does this camera shoot beautiful images under any lighting conditions, but it can also...

Excellent value. Stellar image quality. HD video capture. LCD screen rotates and swivels. HDMI out

Can't automatically refocus when shooting video. No microphone input. Low-res screen compared with competition. Proprietary USB port ; Watch the Nikon D5000 in action

Nikon's HD-capable D5000 D-SLR offers outstanding image quality and robust features for its under-$1,000 price.

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Nikon D5000 (with 18-55mm lens and 55-200mm lens)


Editor's note: We mistakenly wrote that the D5000 included a wireless flash controller in this review's summary. We have removed this information.

Very good photo quality; fast; video capture; articulated LCD; nice kit lens.

Small, dim viewfinder; middling video quality; too easy to accidentally change focus points.

Though it falls short in its design, the Nikon D5000 delivers a nice feature set, speedy performance, and great photo quality for the money.

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Nikon D5000


The D5000 is a good performing camera that offers more than the regular entry level features you would expect from other manufacturers in the same price range. Overall the features and value included in the unit are worth a look. The Nikon D5000 is a...

Continuous shutter to 4 fps2.7 inch Vari-angle LCD color monitorLive View mode12.3 Megapixel

A little heavy at 1lb 3.8oz

The Nikon D5000 digital SLR camera is a good all-round unit that makes...

Product Specifications

Put the power of a cell phone, PDA, computer, scanner and imager in the hands of your mobile workers with the MC70. Designed to withstand all-day everyday use in nearly any environment, this rugged compact device delivers true anywhere anytime wireless WAN/LAN/PAN voice and data communications, including superior voice functionality, advanced data capture and the power to run nearly any application. The MC70 provides everything your mobile task workers need to achieve a new level of enterprise productivity - whether they are out in the field reading meters, delivering packages or repairing appliances, on the retail floor-taking inventory, or in a hospital checking test results and verifying medication orders.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Audio Output



Barcode Reader: Yes


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Nikon EN-EL9a
Technology:Lithium ion

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Cellular Phone

Band:GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card/SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:16-bit (64K colors)
Color Support:16-bit (64K colors)
Diagonal Size:2.7in/3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm/8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Close-up / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode/Low key / High key / Sunset / Sports mode / Dawn/dusk / Night landscape / Food / Children / Pet / Night portrait / Beach/snow / Party/indoor / Close-up / Silhouette / Portrait mode / Autumn color

GPS System

GPS Navigation:GPS receiver


Manufacturer:Nikon/Symbol Technologies
Model:D5000/MC70 Enterprise Digital Assistant
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nikon/Symbol

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touch-screen

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6/F/4.0-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses/Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm lens/Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm lens/Nikon G AF-S 70-300mm VR lens
Max Focal Length:200mm/300mm/55mm
Min Focal Length:18mm/55mm/70mm
Optical Zoom:3/3.6/4.3
Type:Telephoto zoom lens/Zoom lens


Band:GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Cellular Enhancement Protocol:EDGE / GPRS / GSM
Type:Wireless cellular modem


Wireless Connectivity:Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.8 x 23.6mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.8 x 23.6 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.3Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level mirror pentaprism

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Phone Edition


Clock Speed:624MHz
Type:XScale PXA270


Installed Size:128MB


Installed Size:128MB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None


Handheld Type:Data collection terminal

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI / MJPEG/MJPEG / AVI
ISO (Max):3200/6400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 200-3200/ISO 200-3200 / ISO auto / ISO 6400 / ISO 100
Special Effects:Fisheye / Landscape / Monochrome / Neutral / Portrait / Vivid/Portrait / Landscape / Monochrome / Fisheye / Vivid / Neutral
Still Image Format:JPEG / NEF (RAW)/NEF (RAW) / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical