Nikon D5000 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR Lens reviews and prices: SLR camera

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9.2 out of 10 based on 156 reviews.
Nikon D5000 with AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm VR Lens: 12.3 MP (Megapixels), 1x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Yes image stabiliser digital SLR camera. See full product description

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Paul, Chesterfield Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
For the price, this is a very good camera, good quality pictures and video camera.
Bad points:
Takes time to figure out how to get the best picture quality.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Nov 2010

J, Whitby Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Quality of product build and picture.
Bad points:
Strap need to be of better design. The strap came loose fortunately the camera had a soft landing.

Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Oct 2010

Caroline, Wybunbury Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Pretty much everything about this camera is great as a first DSLR, step-up from compact/bridge. The picture quality is excellent. The kit lenses (I have the 18-55 & 55-200mm) are perfectly fine as a starter kit, (although I am feeling the itch for more zoom and a macro already, but that's not the camera's issue)! The ISO capability is great and although the noise level is minimal, using Lightroom PP it becomes virtually non-existent! I haven't pushed it to it's ISO limits yet though. It's fast. It makes a lovely sound ;) The build quality is good and it's not excessively heavy. It feels good in my small hands and comfortable in my sons larger ones!
The video is great. I don't put it in full HD, but I've thrilled with it :D
The swivel screen ~ a major selling point for me!
I am extremely happy with this camera and know I will learn lots with it.
Bad points:
A few things that are just minor gripes , most of which I actually knew about before I bought it, but chose to run with;

1) There is no designated ISO button. There is a function button that you can assign a function to, but I found it hard to choose between ISO, WB or Metering. I have gone with WB for now, as that is the thing that is likely to change the most, but it's a pain having to go through the menu (even the shortcut route) to change the other two settings. Also the FN button is not in an easy to get to place without looking.
2). The exposure +/- button is a little to close to the shutter button for comfort and results in wasted shots occasionally.
3). It's not an issue to me as I am starting from scratch, but it requires lenses with a motor/drive in order to use the autofocus, otherwise you are down to manual focus. Not an issue for some, but definitely would be for me atm.
4). No auto power off when you ignore the camera for ages. I often forget to turn it off, especially after uploading the pictures to the computer and come back to a dead battery! I'm used to a camera that shut itself down if I left it too long.
5). The one thing I am disappointed with is the live-view. Perhaps I was spoilt with my Canon S3 on this one, but I can't believe how long it takes to focus in Live-view! Really only useful for static subjects or video. I used to shoot in L/V all the time and am having to make a major adjustment to using a viewfinder again (which I haven't done since the days of my little Advantix P&S). However I do like the fact that in L/V you can have the focus point just about anywhere on the screen and are not limited to the 11 points of viewfinder.

That's it ~ nothing huge really! :D
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Mar 2011

a , salisbury Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great camera, its the complete package, not too complicated and just enough of a challenge for gadget geeks.
Excellent photos in all modes, especially in low light.

Bad points:
No real bad points, if i was to be fussy the display screen can spundge a bit easy.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 Oct 2010

Don, London Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Articulated screen, good picture quality, a user friendly interface.. Awesome!!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Dec 2010

Kevin, Nadur, Malta Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very good camera. Ive seen everything positive..
Bad points:
haven't found the negatives just yet
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Oct 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
i haven't had the chance to properly test out this camera due to the poor weather but from what i have been able to do with it, it comes across as a very good camera the image quality is excellent, it is very light and durable and is very easy to use it has lots of features and setting overall a great purchase.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Feb 2011

Product Features

Camera Type SLR
Resolution (Pixels) 4288x2848
Optical zoom ratio 1
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 1
Type of image stabiliser Yes
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Black
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
Memory card slot Yes
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode No
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 560
Flash Yes
Body Only No
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/4000
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Waterproof No
Viewfinder Yes
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 104x127x80
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.5-5.6
Filter Diameter (mm) Lens 1 52
Release date 2009/04/21
Height in mm 104
Width in mm 127
Depth in mm 80
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes
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Manufacturer's Description

The D5000 is a powerful and versatile SLR camera that delivers superb still images and high-definition D-movie clips with sound. Incredibly easy to use, it boasts a range of automatic features that help capture the shots you want and an impressive 12.3 megapixel DX format image sensor that ensures exceptionally detailed results. The innovative vari-angle LCD monitor makes it easy to shoot from any angle, bringing an exciting new twist to using Live View. Whether you shoot still or moving images, you can flip, tilt or turn the monitor to take shots from above, below, to the side, or to create self-portraits. An array of automatic scene modes make it simple to capture clear images in a variety of situations and a range of retouch functions let you enhance photos in-camera. With so many powerful features packed into its compact, lightweight body, the D5000 offers people on the go a fantastic way to capture stunning shots from any angle.

Key Features

  • 2.7-inch vari-angle LCD monitor with downward-opening mechanism makes it easy to capture images from any angle and still keep a steady grip on the camera. When not in use it can be closed with the LCD panel facing the camera for protection.
  • D-Movie lets you record beautiful high-definition (HD) movie clips with sound. The cameras large image sensor and high ISO sensitivity offer exceptional image quality. A wide range of interchangeable NIKKOR lenses can be used to obtain cinematic effects and you can view your movie clips on the camera or an HDTV.
  • Live View with subject tracking: Live View mode lets you compose images using the LCD monitor. Four easily selectable AF modes assure sharp results: Face priority AF, Wide area AF, Normal area AF and Subject Tracking AF, which keeps the camera focused on a moving subject even if it leaves the frame for a moment.
  • 12.3 megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor lets you capture outstandingly detailed images and produce stunningly sharp enlargements.
  • High ISO (200-3200) light sensitivity, extendable up to ISO 6400 (equivalent) and down to ISO 100 (equivalent). Enables faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing the risk of blurred images when you shoot fast-moving subjects or take pictures in low light.
  • Integrated dust reduction system: Image Sensor Cleaning and Airflow Control systems keep dust away from the cameras image sensors for clear, spot-free images.
  • Advanced autofocus performance with versatile Multi-CAM100 11-point AF system offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame. Four AF-area modes, including 3D-tracking AF, deliver sharp results, whether your subject is off-center, moving fast or completely unpredictable.
  • Scene Recognition System optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance immediately before the shutter is released, to deliver precise exposures and sharply-defined images.
  • EXPEED image processing system for optimum performance and maximum image quality.
  • Active D-Lighting automatically retains details in highlights and shadows for stunning images with natural contrast. It works at the moment you take the shot, features four levels of intensity and can be activated manually or automatically.
  • Scene Modes automatically adjust camera settings, including Picture Controls and active D-Lighting, to take the guesswork out of tricky photo situations and deliver optimal results. Simply turn the mode dial to SCENE to access the most commonly used modes. Sample photos appear on the display to help you select the right mode and there are 19 to choose from.
  • Extensive in-camera Retouch Menu lets you edit and enhance images in the camera. Offers a range of photo effects including Perspective Control, Soft Focus and Color Outline, which transforms your photo into a line drawing.
  • Picture Controls let you set the look and mood of your photos or D-Movie clips before you shoot. Choose from six settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.
  • Highly durable 100,000-cycle shutter unit: provides exceptional reliability. Thoroughly tested on fully assembled cameras, it delivers precise shutter control.
  • Quiet shooting mode: perfect for photographing a sleeping baby, Quiet mode noticeably reduces the sound of the cameras internal mechanisms when the shutter is pressed.
  • Extensive playback functions including a calendar view that organizes images according to the date and time they were shot, a 72-frame thumbnail display and histograms of magnified sections within an image. HDTV compatibility: the built-in High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector makes it easy to watch your photos and movie clips on an HDTV. Simply connect a compatible HDMI cable between your camera and the TV.
  • NIKKOR lenses: optimized for use with AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses, renowned for delivering outstanding sharpness, crisp contrast and precise color reproduction.
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) via an optional GP-1 unit that attaches to the camera and automatically records location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and time as geotags in the image data (EXIF) of each photo.

*Autofocus is not available when recording movies.

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