Days with Nikon D5000 DSLR

If you are new to the DSLR game migrating from high end point and shoots or you are upgrading and you can fork up the cash, the Nikon D5000 is definitely worth it. I compared it with Canon EOS 500D and finally settled for Nikon due to the less noise in pictures at high ISO, available range of lenses and a powerful battery. It has a very concise, simple, and easy to use interface, the buttons are very well placed, and the swivel LCD is very nice and useful in certain situations. My main purpose for this camera is still photos, so the video is a cool bonus. The D5000 is essentially a D90 squeezed into a smaller lighter body. It is simple to use and great for those new to the DSLR realm, but it also packs enough punch for those looking to upgrade and will give newcomers much room to learn and grow with it. I also brought the ML-8 remote and I enjoy taking group photos including me firing the shot from while posing for the shot.

Given the D5000 uses the same sensor and imaging sensor as the D90, I decided to upgrade. I’m exceptionally pleased. The D5000 takes exceptional pictures, especially in low-light and in challenging lighting scenarios. The D5000 is the first camera I’ve owned that can take a picture at night and capture everything my eye sees. And this is in Automatic mode (FLASH off), without a tripod, using an average-speed (f3.5-f5.6) Nikon VR lens. Truly impressive. Images captured even at ISO 1600 have exceptional detail and very low noise. This is Nikons forte and it can take photos at higher ISOs with reduced noise compared to other cameras. Even when you zoom to the maximum, the D5000 renders these tough shots beautifully. Highlights are controlled and not blown-out, while even low-contrast areas of the picture are captured. The D5000’s ability to capture all details of an image, even at night, with areas of highly contrasting lighting is even more impressive than it’s low-light performance.

It has the necessary features for a punchy shot – 11 autofocus points, 3D matrix metering, next-generation Active D-Lighting, latest Nikon EXPEED processor. The D5000 has every control you would ever want, yet its menu system remains extremely easy to use even for a beginner. The D5000 also includes a number of additional SCENE modes (a total of 19) for the beginner used to point-and-shoot simplicity. The D5000 includes a “vari-angle” articulated LCD. The screen quality is very bright and easily viewble even in bright sunshine. Using the Live View mode, you can take pictures in hard-to-reach angles such as above a crowd, or looking up from a low angle, or taking a self-portrait. New to the D5000 LiveView is subject tracking, which keeps focus on a moving subject within the frame. All in all, however, the outstanding image quality especially in low-light, and features offset the very minor areas that could be improved. For this feature list and the price, the Nikon D5000 gets my 5-star vote.

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