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Nikon D5000 Black 12.3 MP Digital SLR Camera - 720p Movie - Body Only

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  • CMOS 12.3 MP
  • 2.7" 230K Vari-Angle LCD
  • 1280 x 720
  • 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

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Package Type
Body Only

Image Sensor

Image Sensor
Image Sensor Size
23.6 x 15.8 mm
Gross Pixels
12.9 MP
Effective Pixels
12.3 MP
Dust Cleaning System
Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 required)
4288 x 2848

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


Viewfinder Type
Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Approx. 0.78 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
17.9 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Dioptric 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)

LCD Monitor

2.7" 230K Vari-Angle
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustment


Focus Type
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection
Focusing Modes
Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) AF
AF Points
11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 1 ft. 8 in.–9 ft. 10 in. / 0.5–3 m)
Focus Lock
Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button


Exposure Control
Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes, 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
Metering System
TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor

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
ISO Sensitivity
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


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)
Can be selected from 2, 5, 10, and 20 s duration


Flash Mode
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 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 Exposure Compensation
-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV

Drive System

Continuous Shooting 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)


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
Live View Function
AF modes: Face priority AF, wide area AF, normal area AF, subject tracking AF
Focus: Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face priority or subject tracking AF is selected at the time of Live View shooting)
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)

Recording System

File Format
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), PictBridge
Image Type
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
Recording Media
SD / SDHC Card


Movie Format
AVI (Motion-JPEG, with monaural sound)
Movie Recording
1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
640 x 424 @ 24 fps
320 x 216 @ 24 fps
Max. Recording Resolution
1280 x 720


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
Lens Mount
Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)



Power Source

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a

Dimensions & Weight

Approx. 5.0" x 4.1" x 3.1" / 127 x 104 x 80 mm
Approx. 1 lbs. 4 oz. / 560 g without battery, memory card, or body cap
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the Nikon Inc D5000

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  • James S.
  • 1/24/2010 6:46:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGood camera!

Pros: After years of high-end point-and-shoot cameras, this is my first DSLR. Very fast shutter responsiveness, and autofocus / VR are excellent. Feature set is quite extensive for this level of camera.

Cons: The LCD pivots from the bottom, rather than the side. I could see this causing problems with self-portraits, but that's not my intended use. Image stabilization is in the lens rather than in the body, as with all Nikons, so this will increase the cost of lenses.

Other Thoughts: I didn't buy this camera at Newegg, but in hindsight I should have. Poor experience with another vendor-- that'll teach me!

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  • Robert C.
  • 11/25/2009 8:44:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs$50 cheaper than most sites, if you're willing to get a recalled unit!

Pros: It's the incredible D5000 camera by Nikon, a D300 stuffed into a D40 body.

Cons: Newegg only ships recalled serial number units, hence the $599 price tag.

Other Thoughts: If you're willing to deal with sending your new unit directly to Nikon right after receiving it from Newegg, waiting a couple of days, and getting your camera back serviced, Newegg is a GREAT place to save a few bucks on what will go down to be Nikon's IDEAL sweet spot of price, image quality, low light performance, and lightweight size. Just know that ALL of their units suffer from the defect (more info at Nikon's home page).

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  • Wesley H.
  • 11/13/2009 8:31:44 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNewegg D5000 still a recall units

Pros: None really to note yet: I just unboxed the camera. I was looking for a smaller and lighter back-up camera body, and just handling it the D5000 feels like what I wanted. I have high hopes for this camera, given the positive reviews that I have read.

Cons: Following up on the previous two reviews, I will note that as of now it appears that the D5000s being sold by Newegg are still likely units that will need to be sent in to Nikon for inspection and repair due (do a web search for "Nikon service advisory D5000" to see more). To my mind this isn't a major negative, as the shipping for service is free, and I wasn't in a hurry to start using this camera because I bought it as a back-up body. However, other potential buyers should be aware of the service issue if they want to buy a camera for immediate use.

Other Thoughts: The camera was less expensive than I could find anywhere else, even with current instant rebates (see above for possible reason), which is good. I'm tentatively giving the camera four eggs for its feel in my hands, but I'll need to play with it seriously for a few days (after repair) before I really get to know how it works for me.

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  • Steven P.
  • 10/7/2009 5:20:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat IQ/Features

Pros: It's basically a smaller and lighter D300 with stripped down features. Image quality is very close it's older and larger sibling. The flip screen works well for low level macros and candid portraits.

Cons: Using Live View, the screen does not show the detail that the D300's can, and there is a bit more guess work in fine manual focusing. Live View autofocus is extremely slow. Like the previous review, my camera is also on the recall list, but for the price, I'm still very pleased. (It's a free repair, including shipping.)

Other Thoughts: I bought this body to do light duty when I don't want to lug around my D300. It performs better than I expected. I am primarily a close-up shooter and I've found the Live View feature is a must. For myself, this camera is a better and less expensive option than the D90.

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  • Robert D.
  • 8/15/2009 8:07:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTake the good with the bad...

Pros: I'm upgrading from the D60 (minor upgrade, I know). The D5000 has 85% of the features of the D90 at a fraction of the cost (e.g. bracketing, live view, more megapixels, 11-point AF w/3D tracking, 720p movie mode). Plus, the LCD can be tilted/swiveled.

To top it off, the camera was on a sale -- sixty bucks cheaper than retail. One catch, though, read on...

Cons: It seems like Newegg has a batch of D5000 cameras that are affected by a new service advisory issued recently by Nikon. You can send it to Nikon at no charge and they will fix it for you, but it is an extra hoop to jump through. I really wish Newegg had not sold the product as non-refundable.

In regards to the camera itself, like the D40/D60 models, the D5000 lacks a built-in focus motor. If you already have a collection of Nikon lenses, manual focus may be your only option with them. This is not really a con, since you already get so much for the price. Besides, this camera is meant to be more like a "first D-SLR" for beginner/amateur/casual photographers.

Other Thoughts: I wonder why Nikon didn't just recall the affected cameras from all vendors in the first place. It also didn't help that Newegg slapped a juicy discount on this model to get their customers to snatch them up.

If Newegg allowed me to return the item, I'd upgrade to a D90 instead (w/18-105mm lens), which has a built-in focus motor and better support for all of Nikon's lenses. Newegg, if you can bend the rules a little for me this one time, I would be so grateful.

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