The D5000 has inherited the D90's groundbreaking HD movie capability, Nikon's proprietary D-Movie function. Coupled with extensive in-camera editing features, a wide choice of scene modes, 12.3MP sensor and high-sensitivity between ISO 200 and 3200 (which can be extended to ISO 100 and ISO 6400 equivalent) for shooting in a wide range of lighting conditions, this camera makes it easier than ever to take great quality pictures.
Image Sensor 12.0 megapixel CMOS sensor
Sensitivity ISO: 200 - 3200 in 1/3 EV steps
ISO Boost: 100 - 6400 in 1/3 EV steps
Lens Compatibility AF-S or AF-I: All functions supported.
Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported.
Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Digital conversion: 1.5x
Shutter Speeds 30 seconds to 1/4000th of a second
Continuous Shooting / Burst Rate CH: Up to 4 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per second
Flash Built-in pop-up
Flash Range: 56 at ISO 200 ft.17 at ISO 200m
Compatible with: i-TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
White Balance Sun, Shade, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash, Preset, Auto, Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor) Seven manual modes with fine-tuning; Sun Shade, Fluorescent Incandescent Flash Preset Fine Tune by Kelvin Color temperature setting
LCD 2.7 inch, 230,000 pixel TFT color display
Vari-angle color LCD monitor
Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face priority is selected)
Face priority, Wide area, Normal area, AF tracking
Movie Modes Movie with sound
Stop motion movie
HD 1280 x 720/24 fps VGA 640 x 424/24 fps QVGA 320 x 216/24 fps
File Types RAW
Storage Media SD Card
SD (Secure Digital) memory cards, SDHC-compliant o SD (Secure Digital) memory cards, SDHC-compliant
Power Supply EN-EL9 Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL9a Lithium-ion Battery
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
PTP transfer protocol
NTSC or PAL video output
HDMI video out (version 1.3a, Type C mini connector provided)
Remote control / GPS terminal
Software Software Suite CD-ROM
Operating System Requirements Windows: 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
Mac: OS 9.0, 9.2, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2
Dimensions (W x H x D) Width 5.0 in. (127mm)
Height 4.1 in. (104mm)
Depth 3.1 in. (80mm)
Weight 19.8 oz. (560g)
Other Features In addition to all these features, the D5000 is a high quality camera in its own right. With its high-sensitivity 12.3 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor, Nikon's innovative EXPEED high-speed image-processing system, fast and precise 11-point AF system and highly-durable, high-performance shutter, it is also perfectly suited to those with a higher level of photographic knowledge. Image quality is guaranteed further by the image sensor cleaning mechanism with airflow control system, Active D-Lighting and Picture control. The different playback options of the D5000 are as enjoyable as they are practical. You can view photos in batches of up to 72, and there is also a calendar view that organises images by date and time. And for serious photo enthusiasts, the D5000 can display a histogram on magnifies areas of the image to facilitate exposure control. It feels good to handle, too, with Nikon's typically ergonomic design in a compact, light-weight body.