Active D-Lighting An image optimisation technique patented by Nikon

If you’ve operated the Nikon D60 or D90, you won’t have to adjust much to this newcomer. But if, like us, you weren’t too fond of a few navigational features in the aforementioned models, then here’s news: those remain, and will continue to bug you like a splinter in the thumb.

This 12.3-meg shooter wards off any competition thanks to a couple of nifty features. Foremost is the vibrant 2.7-inch articulated LCD screen. 720p video recording makes for a nice addition too. And finally, a threefold dust reduction system promises clear and speckfree pictures during dune bashing.

The SLR is definitely comfortable to wield thanks to its compact build and light weight. Just don’t expect it to feel like a weapon of mass destruction. Its ‘polycarbonate’ body is a just a nice-sounding euphemism for plastic – meaning there isn’t any magnesium alloy goodness to be had.

Eventually, no matter what specs camera-makers throw at you, an SLR’s gotta do its job well. Keeping that in mind, the D5000 is rather impressive. Images come out noise-free even at 800 ISO in the faintest of lighting conditions. The Active D-Lighting system nicely ekes out details from the shadow areas in photos.

Autofocus, though lens-dependant is about average on the supplied 18-55mm kit lens. Video recording is gimmicky as auto-focusing is disabled and you can only record a max of 5 minutes or 2GB. Button placement, like the D5000’s predecessors is iffy, but there are those who swear by it.

For those shifting up from prosumer compact cameras, this Nikon is a great place to start.


LOVE Great image quality. Accurate colour reproduction. Active D-Lighting is a boon. Convenient articulated LCD screen

HATE Kit lens has average autofocus. Complicated menus. Iffy button placement. Plasticky body. Gimmicky video recording


SENSOR 12.3 megapixels

SCREEN 2.7-inch, 230k pixels

LENS 18-55mm image stabilised


DIMENSIONS 127x104x80mm


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