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5"W x 4.1 "H x 3.1 "D/ 1b. 4oz. body only Image Sensor: 12-megapixel CMOS

Instant Single Servo AF, Continuous Servo AF, Predictive Focus, Manual White Balance:

Auto, 12 Manual modes with fine-tuning, color temperature adjustment, white balance bracketing

Maximum Resolution:

Exposure Metering:

4,288 x 2,848 pixels

Matrix 3D. Center-Weighted, Spot


Burst mode shooting speed:

2.7-inch 230KPixei Live View LCD File Format:

Up to 4 JPEGs/sec ISO:

Still: JPEG, RAW (NEF), RAW + JPEG. Video: 720P (1280 x 720 @24fps) HD video in .AVI Motion JPEG format; also 640x424 standard def video @24fps and 320x216 low res video @24fps. Shutter Speed: 1/4000th sec- 30 sec, bulb

200 - 3200 Other Features:

Live View LCD monitoring, Swiveling LCD, Active D-Lighting exposure compensation, 720P HD video @24fps, Dust Reduction sensor cleaning, Video output, HDMI output.


SD/SDHC memory cards Exposure Modes:

Lens compatibility:

All DX AF Nikkor lenses; kit lens is AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm VR (Vibration Reduction)

Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual

Effective Focal Length Magnification Factor:

Scene Modes:

1.5X (Nikon DX format)

19 programmable modes (sports, portrait, close-up, landscape, etc)


Focusing Modes:

the ability to focus on just my face against a natural background, and it was very reliable.

The Live View auto focusing worked most of the time with the 18-55mm kit zoom lens. But, when I switched to the Sigma 18-250mm zoom, the Live View auto focusing became fussy, often refusing to function. More often than not, I had to resort to manual focus in Live View mode. However, using the viewfinder, auto focusing with the Sigma 18-250mm zoom was fast and accurate, as expected.

The Retouch Menu

The DSOOO's Retouch playback menu lets you correct for shooting imperfections due to backlighting and red eye, and also for some lens imperfections due to optical "barrel distortion." It is a fact of life that all zoom lenses possess a defect known as barrel distortion, which is most evident at the extreme wide-angle position of their zoom range. This barrel distortion effect transforms normally horizontal and vertical lines into lines that appear slightly bowed outward, hence as in lines on a barrel. Nikon offers a D5000 solution in its Retouch Panel with the Distortion Control menu selection. All corrections are made in camera and saved to the memory card.

SDHC Memory Cards—Which Class Type Work Best?

The D5000 uses Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards for storing images and video. But there still is some confusion in selecting the right SDHC memory card, because they have various Class Ratings of 2, 4, 6, and now 10. This Class Rating relates to the LOWEST certified speed in MB/second these cards can write data. Class 2 is 2MB/sec, 4 is 4MB/sec, 6 is 6MB/sec, and the newest 10 is lOMB/sec.

Now, you might think faster would be better, when it comes to memory cards, but you would actually be spending too much for speed because your camera may not really need it. To understand why, it all relates to the processing speed of data, and whether it's storing still images or video. The highest bit rate that is required by a consumer digital camera or camcorder for capturing High Definition video is 24Megabits/sec, which is equivalent to 3Megabytes per second, or 3MB/sec. So an SDHC card rated as class 4 speed (4 MB/sec) would have comfortable headroom for capturing digital video without speed issues. It's the video compression that allows a slower rated card to perform its task with ease.

But speed requirements are more stringent for capturing digital stills in burst mode, or for just capturing a single image one after the other. This is very important in high action sports photography, where you want to capture a peak moment. In this case you want the fastest rated card that can write the image as fast as possible, before capturing the next one.

In my tests with the D5000, I used SanDisk's newest high speed SDHC card, the 16GB Extreme III class 6. For capturing 720P digital video, there was no slowing down for lack of speed. When I shifted to capturing high resolution JPEGS in Burst Mode, I could capture an unlimited number of images (well, more than I bothered counting) before the image buffer was full, and it transferred the contents to SDHC memory. Slower speed rating cards would slow this burst process down. As a more stringent test, I also captured hi-resolution JPEGs and RAW images, and I reliably captured about seven sets of these images.

Final Words

For those of you who have been yearning to upgrade your point-and-shoot camera into the "big league" D-SLR game, the new Nikon D5000 doesn't disappoint. It's got features galore that will satisfy almost all your shooting needs, even HD video! And it does so without a big pinch in the pocketbook ($849 with kit lens).



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