Nikon D5000

Released April, 2009
New: D5100 (Apr, 2011)
  • 12.2 MP
  • APS-C 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
We found that you got no additional information beyond around -1.7 EV, and even at this point the color accuracy of the recovered areas is imperfect, as you can see in the brickwork over the window in the crops below.
by DPReview (Jun, 2009)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Nikon D5000

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 1100D
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 1100D
Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 1100D
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

EOS 1100D
Reviews from,,, and 3 more


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 1100D

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nikon D5000

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

868 ISO
1,438 ISO
1,385 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

276 ms
Pentax K-x
97 ms
EOS 1100D
110 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

85 ms
117 ms
114 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

400 ms
EOS 1100D
100 ms
Pentax K-x
600 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

4 fps
EOS 1100D
3 fps
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

510 photos
820 photos
EOS 1100D
700 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Nikon D5000

On the Nikon, the highest setting is an ISO equivalent value which is likely to mean that the sensor is being run just as it would be at ISO 3200 but exposed as if it were ISO 6400, with all the values pulled-up to give the correct brightness.

In-Camera Image Editing Trim D-Lighting Color Balance Image Overlay Filter Effects Distortion Control Monochrome Stop Motion Color Balance NEF (RAW) processing Quick retouch Straighten Distortion Control Fisheye Small picture Red-eye correction Perspective Control Color Outline.

In bright sunlight the colour rendition is superb.

To this end, an aperture blades graphic on the rear screen of the D5000 opens and closes as the aperture value is changed, and shutter speeds are displayed in full, as fractions of a second.

I wouldn't be surprised if a dual-lens kit with the additional 55-200mm lens eventually showed up as well.


8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The D5000 can certainly take a nice photo, and there's no doubt that the new AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G lens is utterly fantastic, producing corner-to-corner sharpness with no distortion or chromatic aberration at any focal length.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The horizon is completely flat despite the wide angle setting.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
The main shooting settings are displayed on the monitor along with basic exposure information, a match-needle meter and a graphic representation of the selected aperture.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)


Like the latter, it offers a HD video recording mode, and in fact shares the same 12 million-pixel sensor, and AF, white balance and metering systems.
by TechRadar (May, 2009)
The AF system is pretty good, too, and the whole thing is certainly fast enough to keep up with the typical shooting material of kids, sports, and pets.
by c|net (May, 2009)
The Nikon D5000's 11 auto-focus points are permanently marked on the focusing screen, whereas the compositional grid lines can be called up via a menu option.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2009)


In a nice touch, many of these parameters can be built into presets using the Picture Control Utility, meaning that presets you find yourself regularly applying can be uploaded to the camera.
by DPReview (Jun, 2009)
Cranking up the LCD's brightness didn't help much.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2009)
On the upside, it has an optional grid display.
by c|net (May, 2009)


The only real problems I found with the D5000 were somewhat inconsistent light metering, varying by as much as 1EV on consecutive shots of the same scene, and significant noise at ISO settings of 800 and above, at least when using the default settings.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
High ISO nose control is adjustable via the main menu, but to get anything approaching acceptable image quality at 1600 ISO it has to set to maximum.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
You can now shoot 11 RAW frames at full speed, after that the frame rate drops to a still quite useful 2.6 fps.
by DPReview (Jun, 2009)


Check out Sam Javanrouh's article on time-lapse photography in our Techniques section to get an idea of what you can use this feature for.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2009)
Also specific to the Nikon D5000 is the extremely well-dampened, therefore surprisingly quiet mirror that, along with the relatively small size and unobtrusive appearance of the camera, makes it ideal for applications like candid street photography.
by Photography Blog (Jun, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4288 x 2848
Size APS-C
Area 23.6 x 15.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 30.5 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 3,200 ISO to 6,400 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection
Focus points 11
Cross type focus points 1
Supports continuous No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 127 x 104 x 80 mm
Thickness 80 mm
Weight 590 g
Is weather sealed No


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None


Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.78x
Viewfinder size 0.51x


Max continuous shooting 4 fps
Battery life 510 photos
Continuous shooting 4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 276 ms
Shutter lag 85 ms
Startup delay 400 ms
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