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Nikon D5000 Kit

12.3-megapixel digital SLR camera with 18-55mm zoom lens & HD movie mode

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Our take on the Nikon D5000 Kit

Nikon's versatile D5000 sports a compact, lightweight, and user-friendly design that makes digital SLR photography fun and easy. Capture brilliant 12.3-megapixel photos or record cinematic widescreen video clips in detailed high definition. The D5000's swiveling, live-view 2-11/16" LCD makes shooting from difficult angles simple. Flip it down when you're holding the camera up over your head in a crowd, or turn it around for a quick self-portrait. You can share your images and movies on a compatible HDTV via the cam's mini HDMI port. Plus, the included Nikon image stabilizing zoom lens helps keep your pictures looking sharp, even in low-light shooting environments where camera shake can cause images to blur.

Nikon's versatile D5000 sports a compact, lightweight, and user-friendly design that makes digital SLR photography fun and easy. Capture brilliant 12.3-megapixel photos or record cinematic widescreen video clips in detailed high definition. The D5000's swiveling, live-view 2-11/16" LCD makes shooting from difficult angles simple. Flip it down when you're holding the camera up over your head in a crowd, or turn it around for a quick self-portrait. You can share your images and movies on a compatible HDTV via the cam's mini HDMI port. Plus, the included Nikon image stabilizing zoom lens helps keep your pictures looking sharp, even in low-light shooting environments where camera shake can cause images to blur.

Lots of automatic modes for easy shooting
The D5000 lets you take fantastic looking photos right away. Its fully automatic shooting modes allow beginners to gradually get the hang of digital SLR photography while they shoot. A wide selection of preset scene modes cover just about any picture-taking situation, automatically optimizing camera settings for perfect portraits, detailed closeups, sparkling nighttime city skylines, and much more. Nikon's handy "Help" function lets you read a brief explanation of the custom functions on the camera — great for folks who don't want to carry around the manual.

Extensive manual control for maximum creativity
Nikon also included plenty of hands-on controls to give advanced users what they need. Custom picture controls let you dial in precise adjustments to sharpness, color saturation, contrast, and other image parameters, to give your photos the exact look you want. And you get full manual control of focus and exposure to uncover your creative side. Extensive in-camera editing options let you retouch and enhance the look of your images with cool special effects, such as image overlay, soft filter, and fisheye lens, while keeping the original file intact.

Product Highlights:

  • 12.3-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.6 x 15.8 mm)
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (vibration reduction) lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
    • 3X optical zoom (approximate)
  • high-def movie mode with sound
  • 2-11/16" tilt-and-swivel LCD with Live View for composing shots on-screen in real-time
  • optical SLR viewfinder (with diopter adjustment)
  • Integrated Dust Reduction System to keep image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • Nikon EXPEED image processor for fast, accurate shooting and longer battery life
  • 11-point autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
  • 3D Color Matrix Metering II for accurate automatic exposure control, plus center-weighted and spot metering modes
  • Auto Active D-Lighting mode for better shadow and highlight detail in high-contrast shooting conditions
  • intelligent pop-up flash and flash exposure compensation
  • in-camera image editing functions, including: D-Lighting, red-eye correction, cropping, image overlay, monochrome settings, filter effects, NEF (RAW) processing, fisheye effect, and perspective control
  • compatible with Nikon's optional infrared wireless remote
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • AF-S and AF-I Nikkor lenses: all autofocus and metering functions supported
  • AF Nikkor lenses (type G or D) not equipped with an autofocus motor: all functions supported except autofocus
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 4 frames per second (up to 67 Large/Fine JPEG frames or up to 11 RAW frames)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-6400
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • auto exposure, white balance, and flash bracketing (up to 3 frames for each)
  • 19 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in virtually any shooting environment
  • flash sync at 1/200 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG, RAW (NEF), and RAW+JPEG (any size)
  • JPEG options (pixels): 4,288 x 2,848; 3,216 x 2,136; 2,144 x 1,424
  • AVI movie files (Motion JPEG) up to 1280 x 720 resolution at 24 frames per second with mono sound, manual focus only
  • accepts optional SD™ and high capacity SDHC™ memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • 5-1/16"W x 4-3/16"H x 6-1/2"D (with lens attached)
  • weight (body only): 19.8 oz.
  • supplied lens weight: 9.3 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • 18-55mm vibration reduction Nikon lens
  • rechargeable EN-EL9a lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • adjustable neck strap
  • USB and audio/video cable
  • software CD-ROM (PC and Mac)

Great camera for the money. Be aware however that the auto focus 18-55mm lens is very suceptable to damage from minor bumping. The focus barrel has some very sensitive parts that can be damaged if the focus barrel is bumped...ask me how I know this.

Anonymous, Texas

What's in the Box:

  • D5000 Camera body with body cap and accessory shoe cover installed
  • Viewfinder eyepiece cover
  • EN-EL9a (7.2V/1080mAh) Lithium Ion battery pack with plastic cap
  • MH-23 Quick-charger
  • 6.5' AC cord
  • 5' UC-E6 USB cable with micro-USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end
  • 5' EG-CP14 Audio-Video cable (with micro-USB connector on one end and RCA mono audio and composite video plugs on the other end
  • Nylon adjustable shoulder strap
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens with front and rear lens caps installed
  • Nikon Software Suite CD-ROM
  • User's Manual (English)
  • User Manual (Spanish)
  • Quick Start Guide (English)
  • Quick Start Guide (Spanish)
  • Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty sheet
  • Lens Warranty card
  • Lens Extended Warranty form
  • Product Registration card

Nikon D5000 Kit Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

Great camer

Anonymous from Texas on 9/24/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great camera for the money. Be aware however that the auto focus 18-55mm lens is very suceptable to damage from minor bumping. The focus barrel has some very sensitive parts that can be damaged if the focus barrel is bumped...ask me how I know this.



Nikon 5000

Dan W. from Willow Grove, Pa on 11/20/2010

The Nikon 5000 was my first ever purchase with Crutchfield. I am happy to report every expectation for both the camera and Crutchfield have been on the money! The Camera is an absolute pleasure to use. I am an old hand with SLR's but the real test was with my wife and teen age daughter who are both point and shoot types. We were in Wash. DC for the weekend and I handed it over with no more than here is the on/off switch and turn the lens grip for zoom. The camera is so friendly that they were taking great pics in no time. My 15 year old has taken a real interest and I am happy we can share Photography. I have the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm lens and use them both equally. I find that the bayonete mount is an easy and quick change and the auto flash works well. For what its worth I recommend this camera highly for quality, value and ease of use.




Tammy from Wellston, OH on 10/13/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This camera is awesome! I purchased it to capture pictures of my son playing football. I love the options and ease of use, not to mention the pictures are great. I use the setting to capture pictures in otion. I am very happy with Nikon, with this being an upgrade of an older Nikon from about 10 years ago. Both are great, but this one does everything I need it to do.



Great For DSLR Newbies

J. P. from DFW, TX on 9/27/2010

I bought this camera from Crutchfield a few months ago, and overal have had a positive experience with it. Images ares beautiful and very detailed. Like many, I was new to DSLR camers so I weighed price a little bit more heavily than I should have. Knowing what I know now, I should have opted for the D90 or D700 model. This is a great camera, but you lose many features that I really wish I had, like commander mode for an off-camera flash unit. Again, it was my inexperience with DSLR cameras that left me stuck with the D5000 model. I was told that the difference between the D90 and D5000 was mostly user controls. Not really knowing what that meant, I figured that the money I would save could be put towards another lens. You also can't use all lenses. I learned that only AF-S lenses can be used on this. So an AF only lense will not focus automatically on this camera. But if using the D90 or D700, it would. Again, the camera is great and very user friendly. Would I recommend this to family and friends? YES! But only if you want to buy mine. I plan on keeping this a few more months and will likely go for the D90 or it's upgrade, the D7000 or the D700.



This is a great camera

Anonymous from Philadelphia, PA on 1/14/2010

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After years of regular digital cameras we decided to go SLR. We had a Nikon N85 SLR film camera. We love this digital camera. We have a 20 month old child, and it is great for capturing precious moments. The pictures are instant, so you catch each moment instead of a blur half a second later. The picture quality is superb, and the camera is really easy to use.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 2.7"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi ---
GPS-enabled Optional
Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom N/A
Filter Diameter 52
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC
Sensor Size 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS
Megapixels 1.23e+007
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4228 x 2848
4K Video No
Video Resolution Yes
Width (inches) 5-1/16
Height (inches) 4-3/16
Depth (inches) 6-1/2
Weight With Battery (ounces) 30.9
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Overview: The Nikon D5000 18-55mm VR Kit includes the Nikon D5000 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.

Recording Features
Lens Features
Playback, Editing And Printing Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software
Image Capacity

Recording Features

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:

Quality Option
(Compression ratio)
Available Image Sizes File Format Description
NEF (Raw) 4288 x 2848 NEF 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 retouch menu.
NEF + JPEG fine NEF: 4288 x 2848
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.
L: 4288 x 2848
M: 3216 x 2136
S: 2144 x 1424
JPEG Fine image quality, suitable for enlargements or high-quality prints.
JPEG Normal image quality, suited to most applications
JPEG Basic image quality, suitable for pictures that will be distributed by e-mail or used in web pages.

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:

Aspect Ratio Frame Size (Pixels) Maximum Length
16:9 1280 x 720 5 minutes
3:2 640 x 424 20 minutes
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 point.
  • 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 Release Modes:

  • 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 possible. 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 complete.
  • 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 include:

  • Autofocus:
    • AF-area mode
    • Built-in AF-assist illuminator
    • Live view autofocus
    • Rangefinder
  • Exposure:
    • EV steps for exposure control
  • Timers/AE lock:
    • Shutter-release button AE-L
    • Auto-off timers
    • Self-timer
    • Remote on duration
  • Shooting/Display:
    • Beep
    • Viewfinder grid display
    • ISO display
    • File number sequence
    • Exposure delay mode
    • Date imprint
    • Live view display options
  • Bracketing/flash:
    • Flash control for built-in flash
    • Auto bracketing set
  • Controls:
    • 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 lighting conditions.

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.

Shooting Modes: The 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 shoot.
    • 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.
    • Aperture-Priority Auto: Simply select the aperture to control the depth-of-field and the camera determines the ideal shutter speed.
    • 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 recommended.
    • Child: Delivers fresh, natural skin tones for stunning shots of children. Clothing also vividly rendered.
    • Sports: Freezes fast-moving subjects easily.
    • 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 tripod recommended.
    • 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 tripod recommended.
    • 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 settings.

  • 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 lighting conditions.
  • Incandescent: This is used under incandescent lighting situations.
  • Fluorescent: This is used for most fluorescent lighting conditions.
  • Direct Sunlight: This is for use with subjects that are under direct sunlight.
  • 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 200 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 power, 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 halfway.
  • 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 light
  • 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 image.

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 Explore.

Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from one of 17 languages for display of the camera menus and messages including English, French and Spanish.

Lens Features

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 the following:

  • 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) - f/5.6 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22 (wide) - f/32 (telephoto)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9 feet (11")
  • Lens Construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (1 aspherical lens element)
  • Picture Angle: 76° to 28° 50'
  • Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 45, 55mm

Playback, Editing And Printing Functions

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 counter-clockwise).

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 selector.

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:

  • Quick Retouch: Create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
  • D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects.
  • Red-eye Correction: Correct "red-eye" caused by flash.
  • Image Trimming: Create cropped copies of existing photos. You can change the aspect ratio from 3:2 to 4:3, 5:4, 1:1, or 16:9. Each copy is saved as a separate file.
  • Image Overlay: Combine two RAW photographs.
  • Monochrome: Copy pictures in the Black and White, Sepia and Cyanotype colors.
  • NEF (RAW) Processing: Create JPEG-format copies of NEF (RAW) photographs.
  • Straighten: Create a straightened copy by rotating it up to 5° in increments of 0.25°. Edges of the image will be trimmed to create a square copy.
  • Distortion Control: Create copies with reduced peripheral distortion. You can select Manual or Auto.
  • Fisheye: Create copies that appear to have been taken with a fisheye lens. You can vary the image for more or less effect.
  • Perspective Control: Create copies that reduce the effects of perspective taken from the base of a tall object.
  • Side-by-Side Comparison: Compare a retouched copy to the source image by displaying them side-by-side.
  • Small Picture: You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file. You can choose from the following sizes:
    • 640 x 480: Suited to television playback.
    • 320 x 240: Suited to display on web pages.
    • 160 x 120: Suitable for email attachments.
  • Filter Effects: Create copies with color filter effects. You can choose from one of the following:

    • Skylight: Creates the effect of a skylight filter, giving the copy a "cold" blue cast.
    • Warm Filter: Creates a copy with warm tone filter effects, giving the copy "warm" red cast.
    • Red Intensifier: Intensifies reds
    • Green Intensifier: Intensifies greens
    • Blue Intensifier: Intensifies blues
    • Color Balance: Using this method, you can individually increase the amount of green, red, blue or magenta in the copied images.
    • Cross Screen: Just as with a cross screen filter, this feature produces a star pattern with lines radiating outward from bright objects.
    • Soft: Add a soft filter effect; choose from high, normal, or low effect.
  • Stop-Motion Movie: Create a stop-motion movie from photographs on the memory card. You can choose one of the following frame sizes - 640 x 480, 320 x 240, or 160 x 120 and one of the following frame rates - 15 fps, 10 fps, 6 fps, or 3 fps.
  • Color Outline: You can create an outline copy of a photograph to use as a base for painting.
  • Color Balance: You can create a copy with modified color balance. Red, blue, and green histograms are shown in the monitor along with the image to indicate the distribution of tones and the effect of color adjustments.

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 brand.

DPOF: The DPOF feature enables you to create a digital "print order" for PictBridge-compatible printers and other devices that support DPOF.

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.

Battery Information

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 battery pack.

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:

Selection Playback/Menus Image Review Auto Meter Off
Short 8 sec 4 sec 4 sec
Normal 12 sec 4 sec 8 sec
Long 20 sec 20 sec 1 min
Custom 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.

Supplied Software

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 format.

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)

Image Capacity

Estimated Image Capacity of an Optional 4GB SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/s Edition SDHC Card:

Image Quality Image Size File Size (MB) Number of Images Buffer Capacity
NEF (Raw) + JPEG Fine Large 16.7 180 7
Medium 14.0 210 7
Small 12.1 238 7
NEF (Raw) + JPEG Normal Large 13.4 215 7
Medium 12.3 235 7
Small 11.3 252 7
NEF (Raw) + JPEG Basic Large 12.0 238 7
Medium 11.5 250 7
Small 11.0 259 7
NEF (Raw) ---- 10.6 268 11
JPEG Fine Large 5.9 549 63
Medium 3.3 969 100
Small 1.5 2100 100
JPEG Normal Large 3.0 1000 100
Medium 1.7 1800 100
Small 0.8 4100 100
JPEG Basic Large 1.5 2100 100
Medium 0.9 3600 100
Small 0.4 7700 100

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