Innovative Vari-angle monitor, outstanding image quality and digital SLR
The D5000 is a powerful and versatile SLR camera that delivers superb still
images and high-definition D-movie clips with sound. Incredibly easy to use, it
boasts a range of automatic features that help capture the shots you want and an
impressive 12.3 megapixel DX format image sensor that ensures exceptionally
detailed results. The innovative vari-angle LCD monitor makes it easy to shoot
from any angle, bringing an exciting new twist to using Live View. Whether you
shoot still or moving images, you can flip, tilt or turn the monitor to take
shots from above, below, to the side, or to create self-portraits. An array of
automatic scene modes make it simple to capture clear images in a variety of
situations and a range of retouch functions let you enhance photos in-camera.
With so many powerful features packed into its compact, lightweight body, the
D5000 offers people on the go a fantastic way to capture stunning shots from any
New 2.7 Inch Vari-angle monitor
The innovative Vari-angle monitor swings down approximately 90 and rotates
180, allowing users to easily shoot from interesting angles in Live View mode.
Featuring a bright 2.7-inch. 230,000-dot LCD, the new monitor provides a
comfortable view from virtually any shooting perspective. The monitor can also
be stowed with the LCD panel neatly tucked against the camera back to protect
the screen when not in use.
Nikon DX-format 12.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor
At 12.3 effective megapixels, the D5000 produces high-resolution images with
outstanding enlargement capability. The high signal-to-noise ratio results in
images with extremely low noise even when shooting at high ISO settings. Normal
ISO sensitivity is ISO 200 to 3200. For added shooting versatility, a Hi 1
setting increases sensitivity to ISO 6400 while a Lo 1 setting decreases it to
Specially designed EXPEED image processing system
The D5000 is equipped with Nikon's exclusive EXPEED image processing system.
This leading-edge technology provides the power to process the large amount of
data generated by the D5000's 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. EXPEED realizes
excellent resolution, long tonal scale, and superb color while also making
possible fast processing of the D5000's advanced imaging functions such as Scene
Recognition with Face Detection, Live View AF, and Active D-Lighting all of
which demand tremendous processing capability.
Live View shooting
Nikon's versatile Live View shooting, now enhanced by the D5000's Vari-angle
monitor, can be accessed with one-touch ease by pressing the Live View button.
Autofocus with Live View has been further improved by the addition of Subject
tracking AF, which automatically locks onto a pre-selected subject and maintains
focus on it even if it momentarily leaves the frame. This mode joins three other
contrast-detect AF modes with which the D5000 is equipped: Face priority AF
(which automatically detects up to five faces in a scene then focuses on the
closest face); Wide area AF (which offers a large AF area for optimal handheld
shooting) and; Normal area AF (which provides pin-point focusing accuracy for
excellent results when using a tripod).
Movie clips with D-Movie
In response to user demand for video shooting capability in digital SLRs, the
D5000 includes Nikon's D-Movie function. First available on the Nikon D90,
D-Movie gives users the flexibility to shoot Motion JPEG movie clips in
different formats at a smooth 24 frames per second. For high-quality playback on
HDTVs, the D5000 produces clips at 1,280 x 720 pixels. Users who want to view on
standard computer monitors or upload to photo sharing websites can shoot at 640
x 424 pixels or 320 x 216 pixels, respectively. Because the D5000's sensor is
much larger than that of a typical camcorder, movie clips display superior image
quality and low noise even when shot at high ISO settings. Additionally, the
D5000's compatibility with NIKKOR AF-S and AF-I lenses opens up a wide range of
possibilities for dramatic expression, from fisheye and wide-angle shots to long
telephoto scenes and extreme close-ups.
19 Scene Modes
Scene Modes empower users to obtain great looking shots in a variety of
situations with point-and-shoot ease. These modes adjust exposure, white
balance, Active D-lighting, and Picture Control settings depending on the
selected mode. Six commonly used modes can be selected using the D5000's mode
dial, while the remaining 13 are accessed by setting the mode dial to SCENE then
simply turning the command dial to make the selection. To assist in determining
the best mode, the D5000 displays a sample photo as each mode is selected. Newly
added modes are Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food,
Silhouette, High key, and Low key.
Scene Recognition System with Face Detection System
In order to accurately adjust exposure and white balance as well as assist
autofocus, the D5000 utilizes a 420-pixel RGB sensor to analyze color and
illumination over the entire scene milliseconds prior to exposure. This allows
the D5000 to better evaluate scene content, resulting in improved exposure for
better image quality while also boosting autofocus performance. Additionally,
the D5000 detects human faces using its Face Detection System.
The D5000 incorporates Nikon's Active D-Lighting function to vastly improve
details in the shadows and highlights of high-contrast scenes. Like the Scene
Recognition System, Active D-Lighting utilizes the 420-pixel RGB sensor to
analyze a scene then adjust exposure to achieve images that closely resemble
what the human eye sees. During processing, this function also restores details
in areas of the image that exhibit image loss. There are six Active D-Lighting
settings Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, and Off along with a bracket
mode that allows users to shoot one image with Active D-Lighting and one
11-point AF system with Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module
Employing 11-point autofocus driven by Nikon's Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module,
the D5000 delivers fast, precise focus over a wide area of the frame when
shooting through the optical viewfinder. Four versatile AF modes are available:
single-point AF for stationary subjects, especially ones that are off-center;
dynamic-area AF for moving subjects; auto-area AF when you want the D5000 to
automatically determine the proper focus method and; 3D-tracking (11 points) AF
for maintaining focus on subjects even if the composition changes.
Picture Control System
The Picture Control System of the D5000 gives users the ability to customize key
image capture characteristics to suit personal preferences. Six settings are
available Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, and Landscape
along with the ability to create up to nine custom Picture Control settings.
After shooting, the D5000's newly expanded photo editing functions allow for
in-camera retouching, lessening the need for a computer to enhance or modify
images. The D5000 introduces several new editing options under its Retouch Menu,
including Soft Filter, Perspective Control (which helps correct distortions in
perspective), and Color Outline (which creates monochrome outlines of objects in
images by eliminating color and tonal gradations). Each editing function is
applied to a copy of the image, with the original left unmodified.
Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System
Dust reduction is handled by the Nikon Integrated Dust Reduction System. This is
a comprehensive solution that reduces generation and accumulation of dust and
also provides measures to remove dust. A key element of the solution is the
Airflow Control System, which directs dust away from the image sensor. The
system also includes an image sensor cleaning function that activates
automatically when the D5000 is powered on. This vibrates the low-pass filter
(located in front of the sensor) to free it from dust.