Nikon D5000

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Key specs

  • CMOS
  • APS-C
  • 23.6 x 15.8 mm
  • 12 megapixels
  • 4288;2848 px
  • Nikon F;Nikon DX;Nikon FX
  • Contrast Detect (sensor);Phase Detect;Multi-area;Selective single-point;Single;Continuous;Face Detection;Live View
  • 2.7 in
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Nikon D5000 Full Specifications


Sensor typeCMOS
Image sensor formatDX
Sensor size23.6 x 15.8 mm
Sensor photo detectors13 Mpx
Effective pixels12 Mpx
Image ratio w:h3:2
Max resolution4288, 2848
Other resolutions3216x2136, 2144x1424


ISO Auto
ISO minimum200
ISO maximum3200
Boosted ISO maximum6400
Maximum image resolution4288, 2848
White balance presets12
White balance modesAuto, Cloudy, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual, Shade, Sunny
Custom white balance
Photo effectsBlack&White, Sepia
Image stabilizer
Image stabilization type
Uncompressed formatRAW
Supported image file formatsJPG, RAW
AEB/HDR support

Optics & Focus

Lens mountNikon F
Optical zoom5.8 x
Digital zoom5.8 x
Magnification (Crop factor)1.5 x
Maximum aperture3.5
AF assist (auto-focus assist light)Lamp
Contrast autofocus
Focus adjustmentAuto/Manual
Autofocus in recording mode
Focal length multiplier1.5×
AutofocusFace detection, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) lock
Manual focus
Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Number of focus points11
Max number of AF points (incl. assistant)11
Image stabiliserLens based only
Filter diameter2.05 in
Phase detection autofocus

Screen / viewfinder

Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen technologyLCD
Screen size2.70 in
Screen dots230000
Touch screen
Field of view100 %
Live view
Viewfinder coverage95 %
Viewfinder magnification0.78 x
Eye relief0.70 in
Separate info display

Photography features

Camera shutter typeElectronic
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure mode
Continuous shooting
Number of exposures3
Exposure compensation plus5
Exposure compensation minus-5
Expousure compensation steps1/3, 1/2
Auto exposure lock
AE EV steps1/3, 1/2
Self-timer delay2, 5, 10, 20
AE frames3
WB Bracketing
Subject / scene modes
Flash sync speed1/200s
External flash connectionHot shoe
Built-in flash
Flash metering systemi-TTL
Flash range669.29 in
External flash
Continuous drive4.0 fps
Scene modes
Beach, Candlelight, Children, Close-up , Dawn, Dusk, Food, Night landscape, Night portrait, Party , Pet, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Landscape
Metering modesMulti, Center-weighted, Spot
Flash modesRedeye Reduction, Slow Sync
Manual settings
Self-timer options2, 5, 10, 20
Speed (JPEG)4 fps
Speed (RAW)4 fps
Exposure bracketing0.3 - 2.0±EV

Videography features

Maximum resolution1280, 720
Recording resolutions640 x 424, 1280 x 720
HD typeHD
Supported video file formatsAVI
Analog signal format systemNTSC
Camera playbackSingle image
Max frame rate (highest resolution)24 fps
Motion JPEG frame rate24 fps
Video recording

Audio features

Audio systemMono
Built-in microphone
Microphone typeMono


Body typeSLR
Body materialPlastic
Colour of productBlack
Weight1.23 lb
Width5.00 in
Height4.09 in
Depth3.15 in
Environmentally sealed
Anti-dust system


Memory slots1
Compatible memory cardsSD, SDHC
Storage typesSD, SDHC
Camera file systemDCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.21


Power source typeAC, Battery, USB
Battery life (CIPA)510
Battery technology
AC adapter includedY
Number of batteries supported1


USB version2.0
HDMI ports quantity1
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
DC-in jack
Remote control
Wireless network (Wi-Fi)

Other features

Orientation sensor
Album organization
Timelapse recording
Energy Star certified
Tripod mounting supported
Image editing modesTrimming

Nikon D5000 Online reviews

Review - Nikon D5000 digital SLR - (Jul 17) | MacNN
I have been shooting with Nikons for my entire professional career. This started with the advanced amateur Nikon FM while a college student back in 1977, and progressed through a succession of F series cameras as well as the N8008 and N90. In...Read more

Nikon D5000 digital SLR • The Register
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Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Review
After retiring the D40, Nikon have replaced it with the D5000. What does the new model do that the other didn't and is it worth upgrading?Read more