Nikon D5000

, February 12, 2011

Nikon D5000For those wanting to upgrade an ageing D-SLR, or even make the jump from a compact digital, the Nikon D5000 is an ideal choice for the aspiring amateur photographer.  With a potent blend of advanced functions and usability, the D5000 occupies a performance bracket above entry-level D-SLRs like Nikon’s D40, but remains below the semi-professional D90.

There are a number of aspects about the D5000 that make it suited to outdoor exploits of the budding adventurer.  With its 12.9 megapixel sensor and labyrinth of settings, capturing everything from Alpine panoramas to actions sports is guaranteed.  Unusually for a camera in this price range, it has the capability to capture video in 720p HD.  This, combined with the unique 2.7 inch ‘tilt and swivel’ monitor and the range of lenses available, gives an effective alternative to carrying a video camera.  The battery life of the D5000 is particularly impressive; it’s able to take over 2500 photos between charges, making it an ideal companion for expeditions where electricity isn’t abundant.

The D5000 is the 3rd Nikon SLR I’ve owned, and the steady evolution is apparent.  The addition of video is useful for capturing panoramas, but at only 30fps, isn’t really suitable for action shots.  I can’t really fault the still photos that the camera takes.  It’s a great base to start from, and it’s really up to the user to adjust it to their preference and get the most out of the camera.

Useful Information

  • UK RRP £579 with a standard (18-55mm) and telephoto (55-200mm). US RRP $870, discounted now at simplyelectronics.com.
  • D-SLR’s can be easily broken if not properly protected, and the Lowepro Slingshot is perfectly suited to carrying the D5000, a spare lens and accessories.