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Nikon D5000 12.3 MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens and 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD

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  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • Outfit includes the 3x AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens with image stabilization
  • D-Movie Mode with sound; record 720p HD movie clips
  • Vari-angle color 2.7-inch LCD monitor; one-button Live View
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
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Technical Details

  • GPS Geo-tagging
  • 11-point Autofocus System with 3D Focus Tracking
  • 19 Auto-exposure Scene Modes

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 4.1 x 5 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00267S7TQ
  • Item model number: D5000 18-55mm Kit
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,257 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2009

Product Description

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From the Manufacturer

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.

Product Description

A remarkable blend of simplicity and highly advanced D-SLR 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The quality of the picture is very nice, the clarity is undeniable. The machine is sometimes a little slow when it comes to focusing, but the results are so nice that we… Read more ›
I recently started shooting water falls and night shots and the quality is amazing. The more I try and do with this camera the more it amazes me especially for the price. Read more ›
This is my second DSLR and the difference between my older DSLR and this were shocking. The picture quality is stunning. It is not as simple as a point and shoot camera,… Read more ›
Right out of the box, I couldn't wait to get started. I'll admit there is a lot to learn but if you're like me and read the instruction book last, the results were amazing! I… Read more ›
Haven't had a chance to use all the various settings available (there are so many, it's going to take a while!). Right out of the box, though, the pictures are amazing! 18-3… Read more ›
this camera is outstanding! The quality of the images are pretty good.. excelent. Read more ›
This was my 1st SLR. It's very easy to use and I've taken some really wonderful photos. Read more ›
My friend has the D5200 and does not like it as well as my Nikon D5000. This camera takes outstanding pictures and it's very easy to use. Read more ›
This camera is efficient, the pictures come out looking great and it was the perfect camera for a novice like…It was simple to use and the quality of photos were stunning. Read more ›
You'll have to tweak and personalize your menu…Once you familiarize yourself with the Nikon way of navigating and using the controls, this camera really is easy to use. Read more ›
This camera is a fantastic way to get started in the world of digital SLRs. It is loaded with features, much to many to write about here, and is quite easy to use. My wife… Read more ›
So let me say this- if your objective is to take crisp pictures of high quality, and you are looking for a very easy to use camera, this is great for that. I had every… Read more ›
I got this camera several years ago from costco, but haven't bothered to write a review until now. First of all, this thing takes great pictures, and the menus are great. Th… Read more ›
Initially I was very impressed. The picture quality and features are outstanding for the price class. My only performance complaints were minor things that are to be… Read more ›
There are loads of features, which I am still learning. And the features were well thought of and nicely designed. Colors in the picture came excellent. Read more ›
Summary: Most common controls are intuitive and a small learning curve unveils the rest. The flip screen is a big plus, particularly in conjunction with the live-view mode… Read more ›
The ability to edit photos on camera is great for anyone not traveling with a laptop. The menus are easy to read and understand. Drawbacks - 1.3 lbs (w/ battery) it's hard… Read more ›
I highly recommend a video light for this camera if you are interested in using…The in-camera retouching features are quite fun, and build quality of the camera is good. Read more ›
This really is all the camera that 95% of people will ever need! - Nikon resale value is excellent. The better bodies and lenses hold, and in some cases appreciate in, value! Read more ›
I personally think that for this Price is the best camera you can get... Read more ›
Pros: Price was extremely reasonable for a DSLR with zoom lens. The live-view screen is large and easy to use. Read more ›
You really would have to do the same…The price is great and you essentially get the technology from the higher-end D90 in a slightly smaller and more economical package. Read more ›
I think you need a special software to edit this type of videos and the camera cd dont bring any video…Anyway the camera is a very nice peace and the price is the best. Read more ›
Although I hated to see D3100 and D5100 come out a few months after purchasing this camera, I am glad I went in…Got it at a good price on Amazon, works well, no complaints! Read more ›
The option to hide the LCD is nice especially when your a person that will just "toss" a camera into a car...or have a 2 year old that wants to touch everything you are… Read more ›
I this the fact this camera has digital video capabilities even if it is in pal format and only 720p it is still better then…The tilt and turn view screen is very nice too. Read more ›
While it is larger than a point and shoot, it is still on par as far as portability- it…The display is awesome since it flips out and rotates- this is great for tripod use! Read more ›
The DX format is suitable for our needs. The vari-angle LCD is useful outdoors. With a proper stand and lenses it is also usable for copy work. Read more ›
The swivel screen is cool, but I mostly like it for the protection it provides because I don't use liveview and really don't look at pictures I've taken on the LCD because… Read more ›
A lot…In adiition, there is no reason that the D5000 LCD is not good enough if all Nikon D3000/D40/D60 and Canon XS/XS1 LCDs can provide you good picture viewing results. Read more ›
The built in HD video recorder is nice to use. Just get several flash cards because videos will eat up a storage card quickly. Read more ›
The HD video capabilities have been a great and useful feature of this camera. I've taken tons of video of my newborn in 740p. Read more ›
That's great if your on a budget! The video is pretty good for 720p but the mic is bad, cause it does mono audio, which sounds horrible. I don't know why they didn't add on… Read more ›
Using live view mode will take up to 5 seconds for…Video mode is just decent and you cannot record using viewfinder, just using the screen, which will drain your battery. Read more ›
It has some additional features which the D40 doesn't have like the Active…The live view, swivel screen and the video mode is plus though I don't use these features often. Read more ›
The lack of an auto focus motor in the body is a non issue for most users. Video capture is good but it is not a replacement for a real HD video capture device. Image… Read more ›
fasts shipping and nice product - works perfectly. the lens are also nice.. with lens bag and a lens hood. Read more ›
I have used two different lenses, the 55-200 af-s lens (which is WONDERFUL) and the 18-55 af-s lens which takes decent pictures but hasn't blown me away. Read more ›
The VR setting on the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR lens is useful for reducing the vertical picture shake, when not using a tripod. Read more ›
The included lens has a very good zoom range, perfect for most room size settings. The lense autofocus works fast as well. We experimented just a little so far with the… Read more ›
4. The lens is very good for a kit, and includes Vibration Reduction (VR). The lens by itself currently sells on Amazon for about $185 new, as appose to the model without… Read more ›
I'm impressed by the camera's ability to help a beginner by auto-selecting…The kit lens is a good starter lens, and works for most of the situations I've shot in so far. Read more ›
The picture quality was nice, but a little disappointing (however, I'm not a great…I read that the battery life was good, but it seemed to run out pretty easily. Here… Read more ›
I ended up purchasing a…Battery life was also amazing shooting over 1200 frames (including some with flash), but I didn't use the live view feature except for the video. Read more ›
I…Also battery life is very good... without live view mode, i was able to shoot over 400~500 photos with few full 5min videos. so i don't think i'll purchase second battery. Read more ›
After taking more than 250 action pictures in a two hour period, the battery life is still strong, every image is crystal clear and ability to see with clarity down to the… Read more ›
Battery life has been amazing with 1500-2000+ images between charges. But as you might have guessed I prefer to control the composition and generally shoot with autofocus… Read more ›
Image…The Battery life is amazing and lasts much longer than our old point and shoot camera even with the flash being used 50% of the shots and over 500 pictures taken. T… Read more ›
Yesterday, however, I stumbled across the fact that if you select "Direct Sunlight" WB instead of "Auto White Balance" (and you actually have sunlight) the problem goes… Read more ›
I'm loving the bright colors, the automatic settings on this Nikon are fabulous! I'm learning how to use all the great things this camera can perform! Read more ›
Some of the preset "scene" settings are better than others; the snow setting produced excellent pictures with excellent, well saturated color during a recent blizzard, but… Read more ›
My first impression was that it really can take good color, bright and lively pictures from the box, on auto mode... maybe the one I am least using by now, but good to know… Read more ›
The sensor is the same as the…I have taken amazing photos with this camera, there is enough settings to play with to get great details and colors in different environment. Read more ›
This occurred unpredictably, perhaps…The rest of the images would have what look to me like perfect colors--much better and more subtle than the D40, which is pretty good. Read more ›
An external flash,…Built-in-flash works good, but you will know the difference in the indoor photography (sometime outdoor) with an external flash..say SB-600 or so. Do… Read more ›
Nikon makes the SB-400 flash - WAY smaller than the larger flashes and MORE than enough power for me (an…A big heavy flash you never use is just as good as no flash. I… Read more ›
They were great under existing light conditions, but other than that, they sucked. Didn't have good flash capability, and settings were chosen for you. Sometimes photos… Read more ›
Can use my 6 non-autofocus lenses (from my F2, purchased in…Very easy to use, I like the built in flash, and that I can connect a more powerful flash unit to the hot shoe. Read more ›
No off camera commander mode: Nikon has the BEST flash system in the world. While AutoFP is a nice addition, you'll really miss CLS and the ability to remotely fire your… Read more ›
Once I got a few things figured out, like the fill flash and my hat bill tipping down the flash and having to set it on P to adjust, pics came out much better than I had… Read more ›
Is heavier than crossover cameras and the possibility for lenses is limited to the DX…Anyway it a very good camera to learn how to shoot and how to set your equipment. Read more ›
It is the first SLR i've ever owned, and although it took a little practice and reading the manual (as with any new technology you buy) it was relatively easy to learn how… Read more ›
We, in class, have been using the D5000 for many situations and find it quite acceptable for learning more technical aspects (shutter control, aperature…Great for learning. Read more ›
i love this camera,i bought it…The camera was easy to pick up and start using, but it is also easy enough to learn to start customizing your shots for different situations. Read more ›
It is a solid basic SLR camera with video technology and a reversible screen for those hard to picture shots that is easy to learn the basics of and yet complex enough to… Read more ›
I really get into photo restoration and also just doing fun color/hue/contrast manipulations of my digital images. That software is very easy to learn and gets the job done. Read more ›
The kit lens that comes with it is actually really nice considering it is, after all, just a stock lens. Everything is nice and sharp, the auto focus works really well. Read more ›
I use it frequently as my all purpose walking around lens. The autofocus is fast and smooth, as is the zooming. The images are crisp and sharp and I have no complaints. Read more ›
It comes with dynamic tracking and 3D tracking which is great for moving objects and sports. The auto focus is very fast and responsive. D3000 has 4 frame per second… Read more ›
"A" mode (aperture prior)works great for me... the control with the DOF is good and the kit lenses on auto focus are great. Read more ›
The most obvious differences compared to my old Coolpix are the outstanding battery life (hundreds of pictures with and without flash and I still haven't run the battery… Read more ›
I covered value, ease of use, and photo quality so here are some other comments on the…Features/Display/Portability/Video ¡V great metering and autofocus choices. T… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

493 of 506 people found the following review helpful By Todd on November 30, 2009
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I bought a D5000 with the 18-55 VR lens from Amazon last Friday (Black Friday). I paid about $200 less than a friend who bought the same camera a few months ago. AND... It is NOT part of the recall! My biggest initial concern was getting caught up in the recall. I am very happy to say that Amazon seems to be beyond those serial numbers - at least with the kit (camera and 18-55 VR lens).

I'm upgrading from a D50 I bought 4 or more years ago. There are a number of reasons why I chose THIS camera. First, I like Nikon over other brands because they are easier to use/better menus for those of us who aren't experts. I also think that Nikon makes the best lenses. Even their cheapest kit lenses have great optics and take great pictures. Not all manufacturers can say that.

The second thing I want to address is this camera's lack of an internal motor to auto focus a lens. In other words, you need Nikon's AF-S lenses with this camera. (Note: almost all of Nikon's lenses work with this camera and auto focus.) I would only think it is a concern for someone who has really old lenses, a non-Nikon lens like Sigma or Tamron without an auto focus motor built-in, or possibly some specialty lens that won't auto focus on its own. For me, I have purchased 4 different lenses over the last 4-5 years. They all work just fine. While it is something to be aware of, I think most people who are looking at this camera will be fine too. The lack of an internal motor means the D5000 is slightly smaller and lighter than the next step up - cheaper too. This makes the D5000 easier to hang around your neck and carry around all day. This camera is not targeted at a pro, though it is very capable of taking pro pictures. Pros are more likely to opt for the D90 or above.
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243 of 248 people found the following review helpful By E. Sumner on May 7, 2009
Great Camera. If you are new to the DSLR game (like myself) or you are upgrading and you can fork up the cash, it is definitely worth it. It has a very concise, simple, and easy to use interface, the buttons are very well placed, and the swivel LCD is very nice and useful in certain situations (I really like how it folds inwards to protect the screen). My main purpose for this camera is still photos so the video is a cool bonus and is surprisingly better than I thought (though if you are looking to do serious HD video, I'd go for an HD camcorder or something else instead).

The D5000 is essentially a D90 squeezed into a smaller lighter body (of course it lacks the internal AF motor, doesn't have as good a grip, and has a slightly smaller pentamirror viewfinder instead of the pentaprism in the D90 - all of this amongst a few other things, but hey it's cheaper for a reason - also it is mentionable that the D5000 has an additional live view mode, a few more in camera editing tools, and more scene modes compared to the D90 - all useful for someone new to the DSLR in the sense that you can learn from them or just use them to make your life easier and your photos look great).

So far I love it. It is simple to use and great for those new to the DSLR realm, but it also packs enough punch for those looking to upgrade and will give newcomers much room to learn and grow with it.
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187 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Dave H on April 28, 2009
Out of the box, my first impression wasn't the best, as camera size and feel are more like my entry level D40 than I expected. Of course there's the movable LCD (which is more useful than I thought) and Live View button, but not too much more to separate the outer look and feel from D40 mode.
Then I spent some time setting things up and shooting - and all of a sudden I'm loving this thing.
- The menus, IMHO, are waaaay better than anything I seen on other Nikons (mostly D40 and D200 experience) ISO adjustments and AUTO decisions all in one place, the access to the Info parameters on screen is really clean, and the LCD clarity is great.
- The high ISO performance for low light is quite good for my purposes. Sure you get some noise, but you get the shot - and if you are getting material for web and simple uses - it's perfect.
- The wiggly LCD screen is helpful for reading the menus and changing settings with the camera, say, in your lap. Also helpful at odd angles to review what you just shot. I use it more for those purposes than the live view.

So what don't I like? The video isn't real useful. Zooming without autofocus isn't much fun. Moving, even a little, creates odd artifacts in the 24p video -so don't think of any zoomed hand-held shots. Tripod, basic static focal length maybe. I don't know whether video editing sw like Final Cut Pro is ready to ingest these video files.

Overall - I really enjoy shooting this camera - and the images are excellent.
I'll try to post a few.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mark E on November 22, 2009
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This is my first DSLR camera, and I can say right off that it's very easy to use and takes amazing photos. I chose the D5000 because a friend who is a professional photographer recommended it saying I should invest my money in lenses not the body. I believe this is true, but there is a consideration to make when purchasing the D5000, or the other Nikon entry-level cameras such as the D40/D40x/D60/D3000, and that has to do with the auto-focus motor.

The D5000, which tops Nikon's entry-level line, does not include an auto-focus motor in the body, instead it relies on a "silent wave" auto-focus mechanism in the lens (AF-S). This is supposed to be very quiet and fast, though I don't know if that's true compared to the screw-drive motors used in other camera bodies. It's also supposed to be more cost effective and allow for a smaller/lighter camera body, but again I'm not sure if that is quite true or exactly why Nikon chose this option for their entry level line (if anybody knows more about this please feel free to comment). However, this option will limit users who already have a collection of Nikon AF lenses (not AF-S), as well as those purchasing a Nikon for the first time. The AF lenses will work fine but have to be manually focused. That said, more experienced users would probably not be purchasing an entry-level model; a more appropriate starting point would be the D90.

So as far as lens compatibility? The first lens I sought to purchase was a fast prime (FFL) unit for indoor/low-light and portraits. I looked at the low-priced 50mm f/1.8D AF, but the auto-focus is not compatible. Same with the faster and more expensive 50mm f/1.4D AF, as well as the 35mm f/2D AF.
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