Overview: The Nikon D5000 18-55mm VR Kit includes the Nikon
digital SLR camera body and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm, f/3.5-5.6G VR Image
Stabilization Zoom Lens. The kits also includes a rechargeable Lithium
Ion battery pack with an AC quick charger and a USB cable to connect the
camera to your PC.
Playback, Editing And Printing
LCD Monitor: The Nikon D5000 has a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor
featuring approximately 230,000 pixels and adjustable brightness (-3 to +3). The
vari-angle LCD monitor opens outward 180°
and can be rotated 180° left or 90° right, allowing the monitor to be angled for
high- and low-angle photography or rotated to face the user for self-portraits.
During Live View, the monitor can be used for framing your photographs. The monitor is
also for playback use and to display
shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture, and number of exposures
remaining as well as the settings currently applied. You can choose from a
classic information display or a graphic display.
Optical Viewfinder: The D5000 uses a fixed
eye-level penta-mirror single-lens reflex viewfinder with a built-in diopter
adjustment. By adjusting the diopter to suit your eyesight (with or without
eyeglasses), the viewfinder image will look clearer. The viewfinder's coverage
area is approximately 95%. During self-timer or remote control
operation when your eye does not cover the viewfinder eyepiece, stray light may
enter the eyepiece and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To
prevent this, you can use the supplied eyepiece cap to cover the eyepiece.
Recording Media: The camera records still and moving images onto Secure Digital (SD) and SDHC memory cards of up to 32 GB. The
camera has been tested and approved with cards of 512 MB to 32 GB. No SD cards
are included with the camera.
Still Image Sizes: The D5000
records still images in JPEG and NEF (RAW) formats. Movies are recorded in AVI
format with Motion JPEG compression. You can choose from the
following Image Quality and Image Size settings:
|Available Image Sizes
||4288 x 2848
||Raw 12-bit data from the
image sensor is saved
directly to the memory card in compressed Nikon Electronic Format (NEF).
Processing can be done with supplied software or in-camera using the
|NEF + JPEG fine
||NEF: 4288 x
JPEG: 4288 x 2848, 3216 x 2136, or 2144 x 1424
|NEF + JPEG
||Two images are recorded,
one NEF image and one fine JPEG image.
|NEF + JPEG normal
||Two images are recorded,
one NEF image and one normal JPEG image.
|NEF + JPEG basic
||Two images are recorded,
one NEF image and one basic JPEG image.
4288 x 2848
M: 3216 x 2136
S: 2144 x 1424
||Fine image quality,
suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
||Normal image quality,
suited to most applications
||Basic image quality,
suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in
Recording Movies: Movies can be recorded at 24 frames per
second with sound in the Live View mode. Each movie file can be up to 2 GB in
size. Frame size and maximum clip lengths are as follows:
||Frame Size (Pixels)
||1280 x 720
||640 x 424
|320 x 216
Image Sensor: The D5000 features a 23.6 mm x 15.8 mm CMOS
image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 12.9 million pixels and
an effective pixel count of approximately 12.3 million.
Image Sensor Cleaning: The image sensor is equipped with a low-pass
filter to remove dust or dirt on the sensor. You can set the camera to clean the
image sensor automatically at startup, or at shut down, or both. It can also be
set to turn the auto cleaning function off.
Focus Modes: The D5000's advanced 3-Area AF
system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR
cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise Autofocus. AF refinements deliver
greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved
focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures. You can choose from the
following autofocus and manual focus modes:
- AF-A: Camera automatically selects single-servo
autofocus if subject is stationary, and continuous-servo autofocus if
subject is moving.
- Single-servo Autofocus (AF-S): For stationary subjects.
Focus locks when shutter-release button is pressed halfway.
- Continuous-servo Autofocus (AF-C): For moving subjects.
Camera focuses continuously while shutter release button is pressed halfway.
- Manual (M): Manual focus is available for lenses that do not
support autofocus (non-AF Nikkor lenses) or when autofocus does not produce
the desired results.
AF Assist Illuminator: The built-in AF assist illuminator enables the
camera to focus even when the subject is poorly lit. This feature will light
automatically to assist the autofocus operation when the shutter release button
is pressed halfway. It has an operating range of 1'8" to 9'10".
AF-Area Modes: The D5000 offers a choice of five focus areas that
together cover a wide area of the frame. The AF-area mode determines how the
focus area is selected and what happens if the subject moves out of the selected
focus area while the camera is still focusing. You can choose one of the
following AF-area modes:
- Single Point: You select the focus area manually and the camera
focuses on the subject in the selected focus area only. The selection can be
made from any one of the eleven AF spot sensors.
- Dynamic Area: In AF-A and AF-C modes, user selects
focus point manually but camera will focus based on information from
surrounding focus points if subject briefly leaves the selected point. In
AF-S focus mode, you select the focus point manually.
- Auto Area: Camera automatically detects subject and selects focus
- 3D-Tracking (11 points): In AF-A and AF-C focus modes, you select
the focus point using the multi-selector. If subject moves after camera has
focused, camera uses 3D tracking to select new focus point and keep focus
locked on original subject while shutter release pressed halfway. If subject
leaves viewfinder, you will need to remove finger from shutter release
button and recompose photo with subject in the selected focus point.
Focus Lock: Focus Lock can be used to change the composition after
focusing, making it possible to focus on a subject that will not be in one of
the focus points in the final composition.
Release Modes: The camera
can take pictures one at a time, or continuously as long as the shutter release
button is pressed. You can also take photos using the self-timer or with an
optional remote control. The camera allows you to choose from the following
- Single Frame: The camera takes one photograph each time the
shutter release button is pressed
- Continuous: The camera records photographs up to 4 frames per
second while the shutter release button is held down. In this mode, you can
get continuous bursts of up to 100 JPEG images. The fast framing rates that
contribute to the ability to capture moments in time instantly, along with
high-speed buffer memory handling, fast image processing, high-speed SD
memory card access and large system bus bandwidth help to make this feature
You cannot use the built-in flash with this mode.
- Self-timer: This mode can be used to reduce camera shake or for
self-portraits. The shutter is released about 2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds after
shutter-release button is pressed depending on setting. You can also select
the number of shots to be taken from 1-9.
- Delayed Remote: The shutter release is controlled using the optional
ML-L3 remote (item # 054MLL3); there is a 2-second delay.
- Quick Response Remote: The shutter release is controlled using the
optional ML-L3 remote; the picture is taken immediately after focusing is
- Quiet Shutter Release: During single frame photography, the
camera makes no sound until the finger is removed from the shutter release
button after shooting and beep does not sound when the camera focuses,
keeping noise to a minimum in quiet surroundings.
Custom Settings: The camera allows you customize numerous
camera settings to suit your individual preferences. Available custom settings
- AF-area mode
- Built-in AF-assist illuminator
- Live view autofocus
- EV steps for exposure control
- Timers/AE lock:
- Shutter-release button AE-L
- Auto-off timers
- Remote on duration
- Viewfinder grid display
- ISO display
- File number sequence
- Exposure delay mode
- Date imprint
- Live view display options
- Flash control for built-in flash
- Auto bracketing set
- Assign Timer/Function button
- Assign AE-L/AF-L button
- Reverse dial rotation
- No memory card?
- Reverse indicators
Interval Timer Photography: The D5000 is equipped to take
photographs automatically at preset intervals. You can set the camera to start
recording immediately, or you can choose a starting time based on the internal
clock. You can also set the shooting interval as a combination of seconds,
minutes, or hours between shots. For best results, you should have a fully
charged battery or use the optional EH-5a AC adapter and EP-5 power connector.
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D5000's 3D
Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast,
size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and
camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard
database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. The result delivers
instantly and precisely determined exposures for each scene, even in challenging
Metering: You can choose from the following Metering Modes
to determine how the camera sets exposure:
- Matrix: Produces natural results in most situations.
Camera uses 420-pixel RGB sensor to meter a wide area of the frame and set
exposure according to tone distribution, color, composition, and with
type G or D lenses, range information. (See 3D Color Matrix Metering II
above). With other CPU lenses, the camera uses color matrix metering II,
which does not include 3D range information.
- Center-weighted: The camera meters the entire frame but assigns
greatest weight to center area.
- Spot: The camera meters exposure in active focus point only. This
ensures that the subject will be correctly exposed, even when background is
much brighter or darker.
Mode Dial on the top of the camera offers a choice of shooting modes:
- Auto Modes:
- Auto: The camera handles exposure,
shutter-speed, ISO sensitivity and White balance so you can just point and
- Auto Flash Off: Captures scenes using only
available lighting. Ideal for museums, weddings or any situation where a
flash is prohibited or inappropriate.
- P, S, A, and M Modes:
- Programmed Auto: Choose from one of the
automatically selected shutter speed/aperture combinations and allows
control over exposure compensation, metering and other features.
- Shutter-Priority Auto: You determine the
shutter speed to freeze or blur motion, while the camera decides the ideal
- Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the
aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal
- Manual: Choose both the shutter speed and
the aperture on your own. You can refer to the electronic analog exposure
display of the camera for help with appropriate exposures.
- Scene Modes:
- Portrait: Keeps your main subject in sharp
focus with a soft background for more pleasing portraits.
- Landscape: Ideal for beautiful scenery with
great perspectives and optimized greens and blues. Use of a tripod
- Child: Delivers fresh, natural skin tones
for stunning shots of children. Clothing also vividly rendered.
- Sports: Freezes fast-moving subjects
- Close Up: Find beauty in small details by
focusing sharply on a small area with a softly blurred background. Ideal for
flowers and coins or other small treasures. Use of a tripod recommended.
- Night Portrait: Capture your main subject
in low light while retaining a natural looking background exposure. Use of a
- Night Landscape: Reduces noise and unnatural colors when
photographing night landscapes, including street lighting and neon signs.
Use of a tripod recommended.
- Party/Indoor: Captures the effects of indoor background lighting.
Use for parties and other indoor scenes.
- Beach/Snow: Captures the brightness of sunlit expanses of water,
snow, or sand.
- Sunset: Preserves the deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises. Use
of tripod recommended.
- Dusk/Dawn: Preserves the colors seen in the weak natural light
before dawn or after sunset. Use of a tripod recommended.
- Pet Portrait: Use for portraits of active pets.
- Candlelight: For photographs taken by candlelight. Use of a
- Blossom: Use for fields of flowers, orchards in bloom, and other
landscapes featuring expanses of blossoms. Use of a tripod recommended.
- Autumn Colors: Captures brilliant reds and yellows of autumn
leaves. Use of a tripod recommended when lighting is poor.
- Food: Use for vivid photographs of food. Use of a tripod
recommended when lighting is poor.
- Silhouette: Silhouette subjects against bright backgrounds.
Use of a tripod recommended when lighting is poor.
- Low Key: Use to create dark, somber images that bring out
highlights when shooting dark scenes. Use of a tripod recommended when
lighting is poor.
- High Key: Use to create bright images that seem filled with light
when shooting bright scenes.
AE/AF Lock: If your subject is off-centered in the frame,
it can become difficult to achieve proper exposure and focus. By engaging the
AE/AF Lock feature, you can focus and meter on your subject, lock the exposure
and focus by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then recompose your
shot before taking the picture. You can choose from the following AE/AF Lock
- AE/AF Lock: both focus and exposure lock while the AE/AF lock
button is pressed
- AE Lock: exposure locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed
while the focus is unaffected
- AF Lock: focus locks while the AE/AF lock button is pressed while
the exposure is unaffected align
- AE Lock Hold: exposure locks when the AE/AF lock button is
pressed and remains locked until the button is pressed again
AF-On: the AE/AF button initiates autofocus while the
shutter-release button cannot be used to focus
Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value
suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the
exposure from -5.0 to +5.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
Noise Reduction: Separate noise reduction is offered for
long exposures (over 8 seconds) as well as high ISO photographs (ISO 800 and
higher) before being recorded to the memory card. For long exposures, you can
choose on or off. For High ISO, you can select the amount of noise reduction:
high, normal, or low. If turned off, High ISO noise reduction will only be
performed at ISO sensitivities at Hi 0.3 and over.
White Balance: White balance is used to preserve natural colors under
different types of lighting. When the camera is set to one of the exposure
modes, you can choose one of the following white balance options:
- Auto: The white balance is automatically adjusted to suit the
- Incandescent: This is used under incandescent lighting
- Fluorescent: This is used for most fluorescent lighting
- Direct Sunlight: This is for use with subjects that are under
- Flash: This is for use with built-in Speedlight or optional Nikon
Speedlights are used.
- Cloudy: This is used when taking pictures under overcast skies.
- Shade: This is used under sunny skies when subject is in shade.
- Preset: A white object is used as reference to set white balance
under unusual lighting conditions.
Note: In addition to the basic White Balance options, the
camera features advanced White Balance settings for specific types of
artificial lighting: Sodium-vapor lamps, Warm-white
fluorescent, White fluorescent, Cool-white fluorescent, Day white
fluorescent, Daylight fluorescent, and Mercury-vapor lamps.
ISO Sensitivity: ISO Sensitivity is the digital equivalent
of film speed. When lighting is poor, the camera will automatically
increase sensitivity, permitting faster exposures, and minimizing blur caused by
inadvertent camera movement, up to a maximum equivalent of ISO 3200. You can manually select from ISO settings
to 3200, with incremental steps of 1EV. For special situations, you can also choose
ISO sensitivities lower than ISO 200 (Lo 0.3 EV, Lo 0.7 EV, Lo 1.0 EV) or higher
than ISO 3200 (Hi 0.3 EV, Hi 0.7 EV, Hi 1.0 EV).
Active D-Lighting: Nikon's Active D-Lighting can
correct exposure issues due to difficult lighting conditions instantly and
automatically while you shoot. Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights
and shadows, creating photographs with natural contrast.
Speedlight With i-TTL Automatic Flash Control:
Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible
precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding
results. The built-in Speedlight is always ready to bring beautiful exposures to
darkened conditions, as well as add sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations
for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images. In low-light
or back-light situations, added illumination from the built-in Speedlight can
make the difference between an average snapshot and a great picture. You can
choose one of the following flash modes:
- TTL: output of built-in Speedlight is adjusted automatically in
response to shooting conditions
- Manual: allows you to adjust the power of the Speedlight to one
of the following settings: 1/32 power, 1/16 power, 1/8 power, 1/4 power, 1/2
or Full power
Flash Sync Modes: The camera offers the following flash sync
modes depending upon the shooting mode selected:
Off: flash does not fire even when lighting is
poor or subject is backlit
- Auto: When lighting is poor or the subject is back lit, flash
pops up automatically when shutter-release button is pressed
- Red-eye Reduction: reduces the red-eye effect sometimes
caused by flash
- Slow Sync: flash is combined with shutter speeds as slow as
30 seconds to capture both subject and background at night or under dim
- Slow Sync with Red-eye Reduction: combines red-eye
reduction with slow sync
- Rear-curtain Sync: The flash fires just before the shutter
closes, creating effect of stream of light following moving subjects
- Fill Flash: flash will fire whenever a picture is taken
Flash Exposure Compensation: In P, S, A, and M modes, the flash
exposure compensation can be used to increase or reduce flash output from the
level chosen by the camera's flash control system. The flash exposure
compensation can be set to values between -3 EV (darker) and +1 EV (brighter) in increments of 1/3
EV or 1/2 EV.
Accessory Shoe: The camera's integrate accessory shoe located above
the viewfinder allows you to connect optional SB-series Speedlights. The shoe is
equipped with a safety lock for flash units with a locking pin, such as the SB-900, SB-800, SB-600,
and SB-400. The camera supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and can
be used with CLS-compatible flash units.
Histogram: The D5000 features the ability to view a histogram on the LCD
monitor screen. A histogram is a graph showing the distribution of tones in the
Picture Control: When the camera is set to one of the P,
S, A, or M
modes, you can choose from the following image enhancement options:
- Standard: Standard processing for balanced
results--recommended for most situations.
- Neutral: Minimal processing for natural results. Choose
for photos that will later be extensively processed or retouched.
- Vivid: Pictures are enhanced for a vivid photoprint
effect. Choose for photographs that emphasize primary colors.
- Monochrome: takes photos in black and white
- Portrait: lowers contrast while lending natural texture
and rounded feel
- Landscape: produces vibrant landscapes and cityscapes
Optional GPS Unit: The optional Nikon GP-1 GPS unit can be
connected to the camera's accessory terminal, allowing information on the
camera's current position and time of day to be recorded when photographs are
taken. This feature is very helpful if you want to participate in Geo-tagging.
Eye-Fi Compatible: The D5000 is compatible with optional Eye-Fi memory
cards, which have built-in wireless capability. With Eye-Fi cards, you can
wirelessly upload JPEG photos and videos to a computer or online file sharing
website, such as Flickr, Facebook, or Picasa. Currently, the following 2 GB
Eye-Fi cards can be used: Eye-Fi Card, Eye-Fi Home, Eye-Fi Share, and Eye-Fi
Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from one of 17 languages for
display of the camera menus and messages including English, French and Spanish.
18-55mm Lens: This package includes
an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. The lens
includes a 52mm snap-on front lens cap and a rear lens cap.
3X Optical Zoom: The compact 3x zoom lens has a
broad 18-55mm focal range for use in a variety of situations. When mounted to
the camera the lens' picture angle is equivalent to approximately 1.5x the focal
length of 35mm format (27-82.5mm). Close focusing distance to 0.9 feet (11")
throughout the entire zoom range is possible. Separate zoom and focusing rings
ensure responsive operation.
Silent Wave Motor (SWM): Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
ensures fast, quiet auto focus operation. Auto Focus-Silent Wave (AF-S) is a
type of focusing motor used in a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast
and quiet. AF-S lenses also have an A-M mode selector which allows the user to
switch from automatic to manual focus with almost no lag time.
Vibration Reduction (VR): Vibration Reduction (VR) minimizes image
blur caused by camera shake, enabling sharper pictures, hand-held, at shutter
speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible.
Focus Mode Switch: Focus mode switch enables quick switching
between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus).
Super Integrated Coating (SIC): High-performance Nikon Super
Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superior color reproduction, while substantially
reducing ghosting and flare.
Lens Element: A Hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types
of lens aberration.
Diaphragm: A rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus
elements appear more natural.
Optional Accessories: Compatible optional accessories include
- Neutral Color: item # 05452MMNC
- Circular Polarizing Filter II: item # 05452MMP
- Type of Lens: G-type AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens with built-in CPU
- Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
- Filter Diameter: 52mm
- Focal Length Range: 18mm to 55mm
- Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (wide) -
- Minimum Aperture: f/22 (wide) - f/32
- Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9 feet (11")
- Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical lens
- Picture Angle: 76° to 28° 50'
- Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 45, 55mm
Playback, Editing And Printing
Auto Image Rotation: Photographs taken while this feature is set to
"On" allow the image to be played back automatically in the orientation it was
taken, including Landscape, Portrait (rotated clockwise) or Portrait (rotated
Rotate Tall: Portrait photos are displayed in
tall orientation during playback.
Image Review: When this setting is enabled, the camera
displays the image on the LCD monitor after the picture is taken. You can choose
how long photographs are displayed in the monitor after shooting.
Single-Image Playback: During single-image playback, you
can view all the pictures stored on the memory card one at a time.
Thumbnail Playback: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, or
72 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image
quickly. You can also choose a calendar playback, sorted by date.
Slide Show: This features plays photographs back in an
automatic slide show manner.
Playback Zoom: During single-image and thumbnail
playback, you can zoom in on the selected image. You can zoom in up to 27x for
large images, up to 20x for medium images, and up to 13x for small images. Once
the image is enlarged, you can pan around the image on the LCD monitor using the multi
TV Playback: You can playback still images or movies on a
standard definition TV using the supplied
EG-CP14 audio/video cable. You can select between NTSC or PAL video
playback. For playback on a High Definition TV (HDTV), you can use an optional
mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.
In-Camera Image Editing with Retouching Menu: These
options can be used to create, trimmed, resized, or retouch existing copies of
the photographs in the memory card. You can choose from the following options:
Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to
protect important images from accidental erasure.
PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer.
PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a
digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that
Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The D5000 conforms to "Exif Print",
a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white
balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is
captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information
to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the
time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer
to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even
better than the originals.
Li-ion Battery Pack: The D5000 comes with a long lasting rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack
(EN-EL9a), with the capacity of approximately 510 shots per charge (when
measured using the 18-55mm VR lens).
Quick Charger: The camera also comes with an AC Quick Charger (MH-23)
to the charge the supplied Li-ion battery pack. The MH-23 will charge the EN-EL9a
battery pack in approximately 90 minutes.
Backup Battery: The camera's internal backup battery can provide up to
a month of backup power after about three days of charging from the EN-EL9a
Auto Off Timers: This feature allows you to choose how long
the monitor and exposure meters remain on when no operations are performed to
prevent battery drain. You can choose from the following four selections:
||Auto Meter Off
||Make separate adjustments to each of
the three timers.
Optional AC Adapter: The optional EH-5a AC adapter and
optional EP-5 power connector are recommended for extended playback.
USB Connection: The Nikon D5000 utilizes a mini-USB high-speed
2.0 connection and comes supplied with a USB cable to connect to your PC.
Software Suite CD-ROM: The supplied Software Suite CD-ROM
contains Nikon Transfer, View NX and related software. Nikon Transfer is used to
copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer and to perform such
other transfer-related functions as making backups and embedding information in
pictures as they are transferred. View NX is used to view pictures after
transfer; among the other tasks it can perform are grouping pictures, restoring
and making simple adjustments to NEF (RAW) images and converting the file
Supported Operating Systems: The supplied software can be used with
computers running the following operating systems:
- Windows: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (32-bit Home Basic / Home
Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate) and Windows XP Service Pack 3
(Home Edition / Professional)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X (version 10.3.9, 10.4.11, 10.5.6)
Capacity of an Optional 4GB SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/s Edition SDHC Card:
||File Size (MB)
||Number of Images
|NEF (Raw) + JPEG Fine
|NEF (Raw) + JPEG Normal
|NEF (Raw) + JPEG Basic