D5000 Specs

SENSOR: ISO RANGE:

AF SYSTEM: LCD SCREEN: VIDEO: VIEWFINDER: ACTIVE D LIGHTING: CONTINUOUS DRIVE: LIVE VIEW: AUTO BRACKETING: BUILT-IN FOCUS MOTOR: DUST REDUCTION: WEIGHT:

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d5000 first look video

See our 'First Look' video, taken at the launch of the D5000 on our website for a full walkthrough of the camera with down on a table, and with the camera on a tripod you won't see the screen at all. But then, this is an angle that only the truly vain would want to use a lot!

Would-be D90 buyers will be disappointed that the D5000 hasn't incorporated that camera's dual input dials, pentaprism and built-in focus motor - you'll still have to buy a D90 if you want those - while those looking at the video capability may feel that Nikon has missed an opportunity by not improving on the video mode offered on the D90, especially given that Canon's new EOS 500D, a direct rival to the D5000, offers full 1920x1080p video recording.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment is the price. Although a good £100 cheaper than its Canon rival at launch, its RRP is higher than the street price of the D90, which sits above it in the range, and it's virtually double the street price of the D60 directly below it, leaving a whopping Nikon-free gap between £400-£700 in the middle. This isn't all Nikon's fault, what with the exchange rates affecting prices across the industry, but a £600 price point would have been more desirable for consumers, retailers and, we suspect, Nikon itself. Of course it will soon find its own price level once it goes on sale.

Check out our exclusive video tour of the Nikon D5000 on our website: www. whatdigitalcamera.com/ videos

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