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Nikon D5000 12.3 MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD (Body Only)

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  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • 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

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: D5000 Body
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.3 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: CMOS
  • Optical zoom: 5 x
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Product Details

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  • Item Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00267S7UK
  • Item model number: D5000 Body
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,622 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2009

Product Description

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.

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
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.

What's in the Box
  • D5000 body
  • EN-EL9a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-23 Quick Charger
  • DK-24 Rubber Eyecup
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BF-1A Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Software Suite CD-ROM

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

I would just say that its no less than D90. The picture quality is awesome. Just need to know the basics of photography with DSLRs. Read more ›
Excellent compact SLR that has all the essential components of the D90 and performs much like the D90. Image quality is outstanding. A great FIRST SLR. Read more ›
We were able to capture Moose, Grizzly Bears, Fox, Wolf, Deli Sheep, Whales, Sea Lions, Eagles, Swans, and Caribou. The scenery picture are outstanding the one of Mt. McKinl… Read more ›
Camera arrived as promised. Photos are excellent. I am a long time user of 35 mm slrs and this is my first jump into digital slrs. Read more ›
I am Adobe Photoshop experienced, as well. This is going to be an exciting adventure in photography. Give Nikon a try. Read more ›
Feels great not to be lugging around "pro" gear and a bagful of lenses and still making wonderful pictures with this little baby. Read more ›
When in Automatic very sharp. Easy to use. The screen had no scratches and came in a very well shipped package. Read more ›
We've had it now for several months, and taken…It's easy to use and takes good pictures (and also takes many pictures quickly, so you can take 10 pictures and choose 1. W… Read more ›
This is a great little camera. I was so excited to get it - it was really easy to use and has so many features to play with. I flipped through the manual in no time and was… Read more ›
It's just a great form factor for that lens (light and small with a minimum barrel length…The camera is also incredibly easy to use - it reminds me of how easy my N50 was. Read more ›
All in all, I still like the camera. It takes great pictures, it's flexible and pretty easy to use and it works for a lot of situations. Read more ›
I am a serious amateur photographer new to digital equipment and processing. Find the camera very easy to use, am amazed at the menu options available "in camera". Once one… Read more ›
So my assessment would not be fair to the new digital body. So far the photographs I have taken in the manual mode have been excellent. When I save up enough money to buy a… Read more ›
Picture quality better than expected. The various modes are great for me to get back into picture taking. I am now able to "catch" my kids in motion that I haven't been… Read more ›
Fantastic camera with lot's of great features...no need for D90, this is good enough for me. Love it. Read more ›
All the photos have been good: clear detail and enlargable. I shoot at the full 12.3 MP setting (large). This allows for cropping with no grainy appearance. Read more ›
- RAW-JPG ability to select JPEG quality (Std,Basic,Fine) - bracketing (useful for HDR post-processing) and I'm sure there are many others I have missed. Read more ›
The menu system is fairly straightforward and anyone with basic computer skills shouldn't have any problem in finding their way through the various modes although, at… Read more ›
Great image quality, 12MP sensor is much easier on the lens than newer 14MP or 16MP sensors (D3100 or D7000). This little gem conbined with Nikon 18-70 or 16-85 can produce… Read more ›
I would recommend the body only, then add the Nikon 18-105mm and 70-300mm. It works extremely well in all lighting conditions and is as fast as the lens you mount on it. The… Read more ›
- Significantly more compact, lighter body - No autofocus motor in body for older or more professional lenses - No top LCD; must use back display to review settings Read more ›
What is to like over the D60? 1) Stunning Image Quality even in Low Light, without a tripod or fast lens Read more ›
So if you have a choice, try to buy the best lense (and for an expensive lense don't forget to buy a protective filter) and flash you can afford and maybe save some money… Read more ›
Although i had to buy the new Tokina 12-24mm DX II with the motor for a $100 more because there's no AF motor in the d5000 body but I am still happy with my lens collection… Read more ›
That left the two Nikons. I liked the "hand feel" of the D90, and the much higher resolution of its LCD was really nice as was the top information LCD screen. Its only real… Read more ›
I'm excited to own such a cute camera. The LCD moveable screen is a HUGE plus for me. I'm becoming VERY advanced in photography and the practice of checking after EVERY… Read more ›
- Although the case is much smaller than the D90, it's still…- The tilting screen is great, but the bottom-hinge design is of limited effectiveness when using a tripod. -… Read more ›
Much better for a tripod mounted camera. - A better, brighter LCD - All buttons are moved to the left of the camears. Read more ›
I moved up to the D50 and then finally the D5000. I like the rotating LCD screen. I tend to carry the camera in my purse instead of a case. Read more ›
Being a big guy, I run into scenarios where I do not have clear line of sight to the subject I am capturing and have always wanted the ability to move the camera higher or… Read more ›
This is a…Because if you are serious about photography, for more money u can get a more solid, body with more features, that are usefull for the professional photographer. Read more ›
- Bright vari-angle screen with LiveView for hard-to-reach shots, but don't consider this a replacement for the viewfinder for most…- Nice compact body easier to travel Read more ›
- Improved auto white balance (but still not perfect) - Slightly bigger (taller and deeper) body, slightly heavier - 11 autofocus points, 3D matrix metering, Auto D-Lighting Read more ›
- Additional in-camera editing including perspective control and fisheye - Significantly more compact, lighter body - No autofocus motor in body for older or more… Read more ›
The camera is awesome, with better picture quality, and camera capabilities then the 3000. The price is amazing, as I checked many different sites before buying it here. Was… Read more ›
after extensive research, this camera met all of my needs at a great price. getting an older body saves money, especially when it's the lenses that matter the most. Read more ›
I do appreciate the efforts of the more learned and their comments/reviews which actually convinced me this D5000 was the best camera value out there and so far, that… Read more ›
If they were sending cameras that were recalled, they aren't any more. I must also say that Amazon had the best price I could find anywhere in the reputable marketplace. Read more ›
The D90 is a nice size compared to larger body dSLRs and once you get used to the controls handles…The video function is quite useful; I have never been a fan of live view. Read more ›
This is a great camera . It's way better then the nikon d80 I have plus it has video that is pretty good. I have already made some short videos with music . Read more ›
The camara is a great just the video is not that sharp as i wanted but over all it takes good pictures i recommend this camara to anybody. Read more ›
It has the video feature, wich it isnt as a camcorder quality but way better than a Cybershot, and its a DSLR so I wont go deeper about its video performance, wich anyway… Read more ›
++ Lense is super sharp and focuses extremely quickly in average to bright light situations. It has some lag when light is not sufficient. Read more ›
I'm becoming VERY advanced in photography and the…I like to focus on photography while I'm working so closing up that LCD screen helps me to concentrate on the job at hand. Read more ›
I love the fast lag time between photos and the bracketing option. Another plus is the quick touch button to put the Nikon into the Video mode. Read more ›
It's fast, light, takes wonderful…The menu system is well laid out, and there's a very useful info button if you want the quick-and-dirty of what a particular setting does. Read more ›
Its a great camera and specially if you are a beginner then this is the camera to start with. Awesome features and performance. Great value for money. Read more ›
I love simplicity. The MAJOR reason I got this camera is for good low light performance and it REALLY stands out there. I don't see any noise in my images even at ISO 3200. Read more ›
The little screen is just perfect, the size and weight too. The menu is user friendly, everything it has looks like a true 2009 model. Read more ›
I knew this camera had a tiny, dim pentamirror viewing system but…The D90 is a nice size compared to larger body dSLRs and once you get used to the controls handles well. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

301 of 306 people found the following review helpful By Paul Christensen VINE VOICE on May 23, 2009
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Summary:
- Outstanding (absolutely stunning) image quality, especially in low light and difficult lighting (high dynamic range) situations
- 19 point-and-shoot auto modes great for beginners new to D-SLR
- Extremely easy-to-use menu system
- No compromises feature set not stripped of high-end features
- Bright vari-angle screen with LiveView for hard-to-reach shots, but don't consider this a replacement for the viewfinder for most situations
- Nice compact body easier to travel

D5000 vs. Nikon D60:
- Dramatic improvement in low-light and difficult light image quality
- Improved auto white balance (but still not perfect)
- Slightly bigger (taller and deeper) body, slightly heavier
- 11 autofocus points, 3D matrix metering, Auto D-Lighting
- Faster continuous shot performance (4fps vs 3)
- Up to 63 JPEG/11 RAW images in continuous burst mode (the D60 can capture up to 100 JPEG/9 RAW images)
- RAW+JPG with choice of JPEG compression
- Full feature set including bracketing
- 13 additional auto / scene presets
- Additional in-camera editing including perspective control and fisheye
- Slightly smaller viewfinder, but adds optional grid line support
- LiveView with HD Movie Mode
- Multi selector supports diagonal movement instead of 4 directions
- Quiet shooting mode reduces shutter noise in quiet situations
- support for optional Nikon GPS unit
- HDMI output
- same outstanding 18-55VR kit lens

D5000 vs. Nikon D90:
- Equivalent image quality, altho D5000 tends to underexpose capturing all detail vs.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Ed on September 8, 2009
I got this camera back on July, its serial number is inside the range of the recall. But mine havent failed yet after 2 months of full time use.
So I just wont send it to repair until it fails, crossing fingers here though. Anyway if it ever presents a problem I will just send it to Nikon since it has full warranty and Nikon's policies are to repair the unit no matter the time or when it fails, could be a lot of time, they will repair it fast for free.

Ok now to performance, this camera performs as good as the D300 or D90 step up brothers IQ wise. High ISO performance is top notch, a few reviews over the net show that it has less noise than D300.

This little consumer grade camera will do just about everything than other more expensive DSLR's. Like full manual settings, high exposure shots, D-Lighting, in camera editing, etc, etc.

The little screen is just perfect, the size and weight too. The menu is user friendly, everything it has looks like a true 2009 model. 5 stars, cant find a flaw.

This camera lacks an integrated autofocus motor, but that feature is for use of older lenses and some exotic ones. So it has 87 variety of Nikon and aftermarket lenses to choose from,
that is one of the reasons I bought this camera, saving money discarding a feature that I wont ever use since Iam new to phootgraphy and Iam just starting making my own lens collection, with only new AF-S type of lenses that come with their autofocus motor. It doesnt have a top LCD display but I really dont like them, they look old. They are usefull, but really not a need.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ruslan Moskalenko on December 30, 2009
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If you're looking at this camera, my guess is you've done your home work and figured out that if you want a good DSLR on a budget, your choice is pretty much down to D5000 or Rebel. I came to that conclusion fairly quickly but making that decision was not easy. On paper Canon had better specs for the price but both cameras looked close ...

There are numerous reviews comparing those cameras. Most of them are long, detailed and come to the same conclusion - both cameras are good - not really helping much at the end. So here I'll try to keep it focused and tell about the key differences which helped me to set my mind.

1. Low light shooting. Recently I went to a party and a friend of mine gave me his Rebel. What I didn't realize before is in order to autofocus the Rebel needs to pop up flash and fire it a few times. Of course, it's not at full power, but still it ruins everything because you can't take a picture without distracting people. You catch some interesting face, point, shoot and those few flashes totally distract the person. Nikon has a white lamp, it's enough to focus but most people won't get distracted. So if you plan to take pictures of people in party like set up - Nikon gives you an advantage. (well, to be fair you can get an external flash which has a lamp for autofocus assist, but we are talking about the cameras here)
2. Tilting LCD. Rebel has bigger and better LCD. However, I'm not a paparazzi, but time to time i need to shoot over a line of people in front of me (parades, street performance, small crowded room etc). With the tilting LCD you can raise the camera above your head and still be able to frame the picture. I found that very useful and Nikon has an advantage.
3. Extra preset modes.
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