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Old 04-14-2009, 03:46 AM   #1
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Default Nikon Announces 12.3MP D5000 D-SLR, Includes Vari-Angle LCD

From our front-page news:
When I saw a rumor about a potential D5000 D-SLR from Nikon last week, all I could do was chuckle and ignore it. I mean... D5000? As if Nikon would slap a name like that on one of their cameras. Well, joke's on me, because it's true. I won't get into the fact that seeing such a large number on the small badge is a little strange, because aside from that oddity (which happens to be my own opinion), this is actually a sweet camera.

At its $730 USD price-point, the D5000 (argh!) settles in ahead of the D60, but well behind the D90, and where competition is concerned, Canon's EOS 500D is targeted. For that $730, you'll receive a body equipped with a 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor and Nikon's much-touted EXPEED image processor. With the help of that sensor, the camera outputs images at the resolution of 4288x2848, and like the D90 and above, the D5000 can shoot in RAW+JPEG Fine - a definite plus.

Two other major features shared with the D90 are the live view and also the ability to capture video at 720p. A unique feature (on Nikon cameras) to the D5000 is the "vari-angle LCD", one that allows you to pull out the LCD screen on the back and swivel it around. One huge bonus of this is that you're able to turn the screen completely around to protect it when not in use. This feature is to be most useful in situations where you have to hold the camera above your head, because if you've ever shot pictures of a crowd while being in the crowd, you'll know how difficult it is to achieve the perfect angle.

All-in-all, this is a great camera for the money, and it impresses me just how many features are crammed into models nowadays at these price ranges. Taking a look back just a few years at what was available and then at the D5000 today, $730 almost seems like a relative steal. My D80 isn't looking near as fancy as it used do!


Nikon has unveiled the D5000 upper-entry-level DSLR and we've prepared a full preview of the camera and its features. Sitting between the D60 and D90, the D5000 appears to go head-to-head with Canon's EOS 500D, aiming at upgrading DSLR owners and experienced compact users. It combines many of the features of the D90 in a slightly smaller, simpler body and includes a 12.3 MP CMOS sensor, live view, 720p movies and a 2.7 inch, 180 degree Tilt/Swivel LCD.


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Old 04-14-2009, 07:48 AM   #2
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Sweet Camera, in my price range and I see that it records in 720P
As well as RAW or JPG images
Not bad, not bad at all
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Old 04-14-2009, 01:30 PM   #3
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Well, being somewhat of a purist, I really hate seeing video capabilities on a D-SLR. But regardless, I'm not sure if previous issues have been figured out or not, but video capture on previous D-SLRs hasn't been that stellar, and I'm not even sure the camera has a microphone, so there'd be no audio. I say leave D-SLRs to do what they were designed to do. If you want video, pick up a camcorder, which would be far better to work with over a D-SLR.

Note that the price quoted is without a lens. Adding in a decent one will bring it up to around $1,000, which is still quite good. When the D80 first came out, I paid something close to $1,500, the body being $1,150 of that. This D5000 puts my D80 to relative shame. It has a better sensor, a cool Vari-Angle LCD (I actually think this is cool... it'd really come in handy for certain scenarios) and has a few other sweet features.

It's definitely a great time to buy a D-SLR. I'm sure this will be able to be said every single time a new model is launched though. Things keep getting better, just like our computers.
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Ahh, it was the Rebel T1i I was thinking about that does 720P and 1080P. I wonder how this one stacks up in comparison... There's some footage of the Rebel T1i in 720P and 1080P modes here: Link

I've been wanting an digital SLR for several years, and as Rob says it has just been incredible how fast these have improved and how the flagship model features have trickled down so quickly into entry level SLRs.

Sorry Rob but I gotta disagree about the movie capture option! Both the T1i and D5000 have mics (mono sound capture only, stereo is still a high-end model feature), and (iirc) it was the Canon 50D that first had 30fps with 1080P resolution before the T1i (which cuts it to 20FPS for 1080p and 30FPS for 720p). I've seen some incredible home movies that were shot on some high-end DSLRs and the quality makes a camcorder's image quality just look silly.

In my view buying a camcorder is like buying a PDA... why would you buy a PDA when you could buy an iPhone or any other smart phone that does everything and much more with unlimited internet access? The same thing is beginning to happen with camcorders, I think the market for those is going to get swallowed up by the camera business in the future.

Hmm, Rebel T1i or Nikon D5000.... I'm going to have to catch up on my digital SLR info, I only know a few of the cameras as they keep changing so fast. Time to read the article

Edit: Hmm, only 24FPS for video capturing? Definite win for the T1i there, 30FPS is the bare minimum for this...
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Looks like the Canon T1i has better specs inside as well: Link Talk about a huge screen resolution upgrade too. If only it had tilt & swivel ability like the NIkon's D5000 it'd be damn near perfect.

Will have to wait for official reviews before we find out what size the image sensors are... neither is going to be full-frame, unfortunately.
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Well, it doesn't surprise me too much that Nikon is a little bit behind the curve lately. I'm not sure what it is, but I haven't really been drawn to any of their latest releases. The last one might be the D300, but that's been out for quite a while now (like 2 years?). Either way, I'm still a Nikonian and plan to stay that way. I have no doubt Canon has the upper-hand are specific price-points though.
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