Nikon’s marketing for their D5000 DSLR camera is pretty simple. They say that it is smart, sharp, and simply brilliant. This is a bold marketing statement for a camera that shares a lot of features with the critically acclaimed D90.The Nikon D5000 is capable of shooting images of up to 12.3 megapixels. Featuring DX format and an active pixel sensor (CMOS), these features are combined with Nikkor optics and Expeed image processing to produce great image qualities. The Autofocus system of this camera can focus on up to 11 points. The old reliable F-mount is still present in this camera, which means that it is compatible to the biggest system of interchangeable photo lenses in history, including more than 400 Nikkor lenses. Image quality during low light situations is also improved due to its ISO sensitivity ranging from 200 to 3200. GPS geo-tagging is also available for this camera, capable of recording statistics such as the location of the image in terms of latitude, longitude, and altitude via the use of a GP-1 GPS unit.
The quality of the images created with this camera is just impeccable. And it goes beyond the resolution value of the lens. Low light shooting is now a breeze thanks to a low noise ISO system with sensitivity ranging from 200 to 3200. Also, the Active D-Lighting system restores details and shadows during high contrast exposures. Exposure accuracy is also helped by the presence of 2 systems that Nikon has developed: the 420 pixel RGB 3d Color Matrix Metering II and the Scene Recognition System. To top this all off, the images you capture can now be edited even without the presence of a computer. Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) is also standard for this camera. The D5000’s in-camera image editing system allows you to perform editing techniques such as filtering, perspective control, red-eye correction, among other effects. Various scene modes, exposure modes, and picture controls are also available so you can adjust your image according to a scenario.The mechanics of this camera are also made superbly. A 2.7 inch LCD monitor displays objects and options well. Continuous shooting is also possible up to speeds of 4.5 frames per second while in full resolution. Shutter speed can range from 1/4000th of a second to 30 seconds, and images using flash can be shot up to a speed of 1/200th of a second. In addition, this camera is built tough. You can shoot an average of 510 shots before needing a recharge, and the shutter is tested to be able to withstand up to 100000 cycles.
In addition to these gaudy statistics, it is also the second DSLR camera ever to be equipped with a video function. Even better, the video system, which in the D90 (the first ever DSLR camera with video) is considered limited, is much improved. Videos can be shot in 24 frames per second with to up to 720p HD quality.The Nikon D5000 is one of the best DSLR cameras that you can get for its price range. The options are plentiful, and the quality follows the Nikon tradition of creating excellent imaging tools. Smart, sharp, and simply brilliant indeed.