Nikon D5000 Review

June 22, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |


  • Image Sensor Format DX
  • Image Sensor Type CMOS
  • Sensor Size 15.8 x 23.6mm
  • Total Pixels 12.9 million
  • Effective Pixels 12.3 million
  • Image Area (pixels)

    (L) 4288x2848
    (M) 3216x2136
    (S) 2144x1424
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 4 frames per second
  • LCD Monitor Size 2.7 in. diagonal
  • LCD Monitor Type
    Vari-angle color LCD monitor
  • LCD Monitor Resolution 230,000 Dots
  • LCD Monitor Angle of View 170-degree wide-viewing angle
  • LCD Monitor Adjustments Brightness,7 levels
  • Shutter type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
  • Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. in steps of 1/3
    1 EV
  • Fastest Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3
    1 EV
  • Bulb Shutter Setting Yes
  • Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity 200 in steps of 1/3
    1 EV
  • Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity 3200 in steps of 1/3
    1 EV
  • Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent)
  • Highest Expanded ISO Sensitvity Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent)
  • Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options

    Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV

    Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV 

  • Storage Media SD
  • Storage System JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality
    Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
  • File System Compliant with DCF 2.0
    EXIF 2.21
  • Exposure Modes Programmed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
    Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
    Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
    Manual (M)
    Auto (flash off) Advanced Scene Modes
  • Advanced Scene Modes Portrait
    Night Portrait
    Night Landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet Portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, Food, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key
  • Exposure Metering System 420 pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II
  • Metering Range 1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
  • Exposure Meter Coupling CPU
  • Exposure Compensation ±5EV in increments of 1/3
  • Exposure Lock Yes
  • Exposure Bracketing Yes
    2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
  • Shutter Release Modes Live View [LV] mode
    Self-timer mode
    Continuous [C] mode: 4 Quiet mode
  • Movie Modes Movie with sound
    Stop motion movie
    HD 1280 x 720/24 fps VGA 640 x 424/24 fps QVGA 320 x 216/24 fps
  • White Balance Sun
    Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor) Seven manual modes with fine-tuning; Sun Shade Fluorescent Incandescent Flash Preset Fine Tune by Kelvin Color temperature setting
  • White Balance Bracketing Yes, Yes
  • D-Lighting Bracketing 2 exposures
  • Live View Shooting
  • Playback Functions Full frame
    Thumbnail (4, 9, 16 or 72 segments)
    Shooting data
    Highlight point display
    Auto image rotation
    Sound playback
    D-Movie playback
  • Interface Hi-speed USB
  • Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount
  • Compatible Lenses

    AF-S or AF-I: All functions supported.
    • Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
    • Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
    • Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
    • AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
    • Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster

  • Picture Angle 1.5
  • Viewfinder -2.0 to +1.0 m-1
  • Viewfinder Frame Coverage Approx. 95%
  • Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0 m-1)
  • Viewfinder Eyepoint


  • Reflex Mirror Quick-return type
  • Focusing Screen
    Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark V screen with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
  • Interchangeable Focusing Screens No
  • Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.78
  • Depth-of-field Control No
  • Autofocus System Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft. 8 in.-9ft.10 in.)
  • Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 11
  • Autofocus Sensitivity -1 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F
  • Focus Modes Single-servo AF (S)
    Continuous-servo (C)
    Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
    Live View autofocus; Face-priority, wide area, normal area and Subject tracking
  • Single-point AF Mode Yes
  • Dynamic AF Mode Yes
  • Auto-area AF Mode Yes
  • Focus Lock AE-L/AF-L button
    Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
  • Picture Control Standard
    Nine User-customizable settings
  • In-Camera Image Editing Trim
    Color Balance
    Image Overlay
    Filter Effects
    Distortion Control
    Stop Motion
    Color Balance
    NEF (RAW) processing
    Quick retouch
    Distortion Control
    Small picture
    Red-eye correction
    Perspective Control Color Outline
  • Built-in Flash Yes
  • External Flash Shoe Yes
  • Built-in Flash Distance 56 at ISO 200 ft.17 at ISO 200m
  • Dust-Off Reference Photo Yes
  • Save/Load Camera settings No
  • Nikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility Yes
    Built-in Commander mode not available
  • Flash Sync Speed up to 1/200
  • Flash Sync Modes Front-curtain sync (normal)
    Slow sync
    Rear-curtain sync
    Red-eye reduction
  • Flash Control 1) i-TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
    2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-900 and SB-800 used with CPU lens
    3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27, and 22S
    4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-900 and SB-800
  • Flash Sync Terminal No
  • Accessory Shoe Yes
  • Self-timer 2, 5, 10, 20 seconds duration
  • World Time Setting Yes
  • Date, Time and Daylight Savings Time Settings Yes
  • Battery Type Rechargeable
  • Battery / Batteries EN-EL9 Lithium-ion Battery
    EN-EL9a Lithium-ion Battery
  • AC Adaptor EH-5a AC Adapter
  • Battery Charger MH-18a Quick Charger
  • Image Comment Yes
  • Battery Life (shots per charge) 510 shots (CIPA)
  • Tripod Socket ¼-20
  • Approx. Dimensions Width 5.0 in. (127mm)
    Height 4.1 in. (104mm)
    Depth 3.1 in. (80mm)
  • Approx. Weight 19.8 oz. (560g)
  • Supported Languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Supplied Software Software Suite CD-ROM
  • Other Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
  • Supplied Accessories
    • EN-EL9a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
    • MH-23 Quick Charger
    • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
    • DK-24 Rubber Eyecup
    • UC-E6 USB Cable
    • EG-CP14 Audio Video Cable
    • AN-DC3 Camera Strap
    • Body Cap
    • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
    • Software Suite CD-ROM
    *Supplied accessories may differ depending on country or area.