My Nikon D5000

by Eyre Austero 8. February 2010 18:11
Nikon D5000

     After more than a month of being through the gruelling task of choosing my first DSLR camera among many choices, I was finally able to come to a decision.  Last January 16, I finally got for myself the Nikon D5000. I bought it from Pixel Pro Megamall and it comes with three freebies: a 4Gb SD card, a camera bag, and a tripod.

     Coming from an advanced point and shoot (Canon PowerShot G9), learning how to use this camera and its features was relatively easier for me since, feature-wise, they share a number of similarities.  The Nikon site also has a good introductory page on its basic operation and features making the learning process even faster.

     I'm giving myself another week or two to fully master this camera so that nothing will get in the way once I start giving it a test drive (ano to car? hehehe).

     For those who are interested with this camera, listed below are some of its pros, cons, and major features.


  • Is said to have exactly the same sensor (12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor)  as the Nikon D90
  • 2.7-inch articulating LCD which might be useful for some shooting types.
  • Built-in intervalometer. (This will allow one to set the D5000 to fire automatically at preset intervals.)
  • 19 auto-exposure scene modes which can be helpful for beginners who do not yet know the ins and outs of digital photography.
  • More Retouch Menu options.
  • Silent Shooting. (Turns off the reminder 'beep' if enabled.)


  • No built-in autofocus motor. (This means that if you want to have AF, you need to buy the more expensive AF-S and AF-I lenses.)
  • No commander mode to activate Nikon's wireless flash. (For the wireless flash, one would need the SB-900/800 or the SU-800 to control other slave flashes.)
  • Fewer direct-access buttons.     

Other Features

  • D-Movie Mode with sound
    Record 720p HD movie clips enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility.
  • One-button Live View
    Easy Live View access offers 4 autofocus modes, including Face-priority AF.
  • Continuous shooting as fast as 4 frames per second
    Combined with fast power-up and split-second shutter response, decisive moments are captured easily without annoying shooting lag.
  • Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200
    Engineered for exceptional low-light shooting.
  • Built-in image sensor cleaning
    Effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning keeps images spot free.
  • 11-point Autofocus System with 3D Focus Tracking
    Fast and accurate autofocus delivers razor sharpness.
  • Auto Active D-Lighting
    Restores lost shadow and highlight detail in high contrast exposures—Selectable and Auto modes available.
  • In-camera Retouch image editing
    Creative in-camera image editing, featuring Soft Filter, Straighten, Color Outline Effect, Perspective Control, Red-eye Correction, Image Overlay, Monochrome and more—all without a computer.
  • Picture Control Settings for personal image control
    Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and 9 customizable settings.   



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04/03/2010 06:12:55 #

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arts college
arts college Australia
02/10/2010 22:44:35 #

Sounds great that 19 auto-exposure scene modes which can be helpful for beginners who do not yet know the ins and outs of digital photography.

nikon d3100
nikon d3100 United States
16/10/2010 05:00:49 #

it is a great camera..have fun learning photography Smile

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