My New Camera (Nikon D5000)

Posted: June 24, 2009 in Camera
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Nikon D5000 with kit lens 18-55 VR 3.5f-5.6f

Nikon Digital SLR Camera D5000 Specifications (from Nikon USA)

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective picture angle Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
Effective pixels
Effective pixels 12.3 million
Image sensor
Image sensor 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 12.9 million
Dust-reduction system Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 required)
Image size (pixels) 4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]
File format NEF (RAW)
•JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
•NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) /and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; storage for up to nine custom Picture Controls
Media SD memory cards, SDHC compliant
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0
DPOF (Digital Print Order Format)
Exif 2.21(Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras)
Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.78 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 17.9 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter adjustment -1.7 to +0.7 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirror Quick-return type
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses •AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR: All functions supported
•Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus
•Non-Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II and autofocus
•IX-NIKKOR and AF-NIKKOR for F3AF: Not supported
•Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except some shooting modes
•AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
•Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function
•Lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster: Electronic rangefinder can be used
Shutter type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, Bulb, Time (with optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash sync speed X = 1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release modes Single-frame, continuous, self-timer, quick-response, delayed remote, quiet
Frame advance rate Continuous high speed: up to 4 fps (manual focus, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, 1/250 s or faster shutter speed; other settings at default values and memory remaining in memory buffer)
Self-timer Can be selected from 2, 5, 10, and 20 s duration
Metering TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Exposure method Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Exposure range (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F) •Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0–20 EV
•Spot metering: 2–20 EV
Exposure meter coupling CPU
Exposure modes Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Silhouette, High key, and Low key), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M)
Exposure compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure bracketing 3 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200, or to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200, ISO sensitivity auto control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Active D-Lighting bracketing 2 frames
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5–3 m/1 ft. 8 in.–9 ft. 10 in.)
Detection range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 equivalent, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo •Autofocus: Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status (AF-A)
•Manual (M): Electronic rangefinder supported
Focus point Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area modes Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Pet portrait modes: Auto flash with auto pop-up
P, S, A, M, Food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number (m/ft.) at 20°C/68°F •At ISO 200: Approx. 17/56, 18/59 with manual flash
•At ISO 100 equivalent: Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash
Flash control •TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400 (when combined with matrix metering or center-priority metering)
•Auto aperture: Available with SB-900, SB-800, and CPU lenses
•Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, SB-28, SB-27, or SB-22s
•Range-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash modes Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and rear curtain with slow sync
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash bracketing 2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, or 2 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output in i-TTL or auto aperture modes
Accessory shoe Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with optional Speedlights SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 as commander.
Sync terminal Hot Shoe Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (optional)
White balance
White balance Auto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 420-pixel RGB sensor); 12 manual modes with fine-tuning; preset manual white balance, white balance bracketing
White balance bracketing 3 frames in steps of 1
Live View
AF modes Face priority AF, wide area AF, normal area AF, subject tracking * (Revised on April 28, 2009)
Focus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face priority or subject tracking is selected at the time of Live View shooting) * (Revised on April 28, 2009)
Movie clips
Image sizes (pixels) 1,280 x 720/24 fps, 640 x 424/24 fps, 320 x 216/24 fps
File format AVI
Compression format Motion-JPEG, with monaural sound
LCD monitor Vari-angle type, 2.7-in., approx. 230k-dot, TFT LCD, approx. 100% frame coverage and brightness adjustment
Playback function Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, stop-motion movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
USB Hi-Speed USB
Video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL; images can be displayed on external device while camera monitor is on
HDMI output Type C HDMI connector; camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected
Accessory terminal •Remote Cord MC-DC2 (optional)
•GPS Unit GP-1 (optional)
Supported languages
Supported languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Power source
Battery One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a
AC adapter AC Adapter EH-5a (optional; requires EP-5 power connector)
Tripod socket
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 127 x 104 x 80 mm / 5.0 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.
Weight Approx. 560 g / 1 lb. 4 oz. without battery, memory card, or body cap
Operating environment
Temperature 0–40°C / 32–104°F
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories (may differ by country or area) Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a, Quick Charger MH-23, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, Rubber Eyecup DK-24, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP14, Camera Strap AN-DC3, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Body Cap, Software Suite CD-ROM
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  2. azuan says:

    hi bro.. nice camera and congrats for new camera.. hows the camera going for now.. i just interested to buy this one.. but want you suggestion, did this camera worth for buying it? I mean, did you have any even a little regret about it? can you share if any.. and did you plan to upgrade after you have this one?

    • chriscctan says:

      Azuan, hi, thanks for your comment. This camera is awesome! imagine the performance of a mid range camera in this basic DSLR. The one thing I regret about this camera is it required the lens to have a built in auto focus motor, so this mean your range of lens are limited. And for those who are interested at Nikon older type of lens, you would have the luxury to enjoy it. The another minor ‘regret’ is not having the pop up flash as a commando for wireless trigger. Of course this can be easily resolve by getting a Phottix wireless trigger (low budget) or nikon-SU4 (slightly expensive). My advice is ask yourself what you would like to do with the camera and what is the reason for you to get a DSLR, if you are into flash/speedlight photography & plan to take your photography to the next level, i would advice D90. if you are merely into casual photography, D5000 is some much cheaper but you still get the quality of D90. You have to decide 🙂

    • chriscctan says:

      Azuan, sorry i missed out your question. Yes, i plan to upgrade but only when my paid assignment reach 10 customer per year, thats my commitment to myself and a form of encouragement for myself 🙂 As to each model i would go for my upgrade, i cant tell you now as we know nikon come up with new model every 1 or 2 years, so i will let you know when that time come 🙂

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