Graphic Display

The on-screen info provides a graphic interpretation of the aperture to help new users

METERING The Matrix metering system handles otherwise tricky situations with ease, though does tend to underexpose slightly, which ensures highlight detail. Nikkor 18-55mm 1/3.5-5.6\ 18mm, f/11, 1/320sec, ISO 800, AWB

As the hugely popular budget D40 finally drops off Nikon's current sheet, the latest addition, rather than replacing it, squeezes into the gap between the D60 and the D90, as the company's mid-range consumer model. The D5000 may not seem like a logical model number but it does offer a fitting feature set for its positioning, and brings HD video to the mix. More importantly for Nikon, this model squares up pretty closely to the new Canon EOS 500D. Last month's test proved it to be a worthy competitor, but the Nikon D5000 comes in almost £150 cheaper at RRP and with a rather nifty van-angle LCD.

Though articulating screens on DSLRs are not new, this is the first Nikon model to feature one. As more and more functions filter up from bridge cameras to DSLRs this one seems one of the most useful, especially when composing using the live view function. It seems that video capture is the latest must-have feature for DSLRs; this is now Nikon's second HD movie-shooting model and is unlikely to be its last. So does this latest model offer anything more than a few fancy features, and can it take on the latest Canon offering? We take a closer look to see how the D5000 holds up.

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