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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera, May 7, 2009
This review is from: 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 (Camera)
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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Initial post: May 15, 2009 6:00:21 PM PDT
kg4mvp says:
I found this review useful because it mentions that the camera lacks the internal AF motor.
Thanks.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 2:34:21 PM PDT
Hi,

I am looking at this camera. Thanks for your great review. Can you please tell me what does internal AF motor do? and how would compare it with Canon T1i, feature wise. Thank You.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2010 4:34:45 PM PDT
Gadget Girl says:
AF = autofocus.

Posted on Jun 5, 2010 10:23:13 AM PDT
A. Wu says:
In response to the "what does the internal AF motor do?" It works with older Nikon/Nikkor lenses that don't have a motor built-in.
The Photo.net website states in nicely: Old-style Nikon autofocus lenses did not have motors in the lens, but relied on a screwdriver blade in the camera body to turn the focus ring (internal AF motor). AF-S is "silentwave motor". An (newer) AF-S lens has a built-in ultrasonic motor, a technology copied from the Canon EOS system. When using an AF-S lens, the photographer can push the shutter release (or a button on the rear of the camera, if a custom function is set) and let the autofocus system do its best, then touch up the focus manually by twisting the lens ring. The AF-S lenses also focus faster and more quietly.
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