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Nikon D5000 review

£799 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Nikon

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The Nikon D5000 is an entry-level digital SLR that has plenty of advanced features, yet it also features shooting guides and in-built scene modes.

The Nikon D5000 is an entry-level digital SLR that has plenty of advanced features, yet it also features shooting guides and in-built scene modes.

The Nikon D5000 is a camera that can be tailored to any shooting situation, and inexperienced photographers should find it simple to use. In essence, what you are getting in the D5000 is a camera that incorporates technology from the Nikon D90 (Live View) and marries it with user-friendly features from point-and-shoot and advanced compact cameras.

It has a compact body that is 12.5cm long, 8.3cm wide and 10.5cm tall, and the Nikon D5000 weighs 0.6kg without a lens.

Inside, it has a 12.3Mp DX-format CMOS sensor and an EXPEED processor. It can be paired with any F-mount lens, but the Nikon D5000 is best suited to autofocusing AF-S and AF-I type DX-format lenses; you can attach anything from a fisheye to a 300mm lens.

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To get you started, Nikon supplies the Nikon D5000 in a single or a dual lens kit. The single lens kit has an 18-55mm image stabilised lens, while the dual lens kit has the 18-55mm lens as well as a 55-200mm image stabilised lens.

To really get the most out of the Nikon D5000, you will want to learn all about exposure settings and what effect changing the shutter speed, aperture and ISO will have on your photos.

However, if you don't want to learn about them all just yet, you can use the 19 scene modes to good effect. They really do a good job at selecting the right settings depending on your environment. Also, if you choose to shoot in the semi-manual aperture priority or shutter priority modes, the Nikon D5000 has built-in hints that can let you know if a scene is too dark or too bright, allowing you to change your setting.

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Nikon D5000 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR Lens reviews verified by Reevoo

Nikon D5000 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR LensScores 9.2 out of 10 based on 156 reviews
2.7in LCD screen size
Video capture
Aspect Ratio: 16:09
Interchangeable Lens
Aperture Priority
Flash Functions: Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync
ISO Speeds: 3200, 200
Max Shutter Speed: 1/4000sec
Min Shutter Speed: 30 sec
Shutter Priority
White balance: Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Incandescent, Manual, Shade
Colour Viewfinder
Tripod Mount
Continuous Shot
Continuous Shot Limits: 39 shots
Bracketing Function
Self timer
AVI digital video
HDMI Output, USB 2.0
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The Nikon D5000 is one of the most impressive digital SLR cameras on the market. Not only can it be used as a fully fledged D-SLR with manual settings, but it can shoot movies and also be used in a similar way to an advanced compact or a point-and-shoot camera. Its user-friendly features and built-in hints make it a very easy model to use, and it's also not a big camera, so it won't be too hard to carry on outdoor adventures and overseas trips — unless you also pack plenty of lenses and accessories. We recommend it for anyone who wants to make the leap from a compact camera to a digital SLR.

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