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Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Nikon D5000 DSLR unveiled and previewed
(Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 00:09 EDT)

Nikon Inc. has today announced its latest single-lens reflex digital camera, the Nikon D5000.

Based around a 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor and a Nikon EXPEED image processor, the Nikon D5000's live view mode has four autofocus options, including Face Priority AF capable of recognizing up to five faces in a scene. As well as twelve megapixel stills, it is possible to record 24 frames-per-second 720p HD movie clips with sound using the Nikon D5000. Movie clips are saved as Motion JPEG compressed AVI files. Both the live view and D-Movie modes will benefit from Nikon's decision to mount the D5000's 2.7", 230,000 dot LCD display on a mechanism that tilts downwards and swivels to face forwards, allowing images to be framed from most angles (although viewing the LCD from in front of the camera will likely be challenging when tripod-mounted due to the choice of tilt direction).

The Nikon D5000's autofocus system includes eleven focus points and a 3D focus tracking function, but it should be noted that the D5000 lacks an in-body AF motor, so autofocusing is only possible with lenses that feature a built-in motor. Older lenses that lack an AF motor will still function, but only with manual focusing. Metering in the Nikon D5000 is achieved with Nikon's 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II sensor. ISO sensitivity ranges from 200 to 3,200 equivalents (expandable to ISO 100 and 6,400), while shutter speeds range from 30 to 1/4000 second plus bulb from a shutter mechanism rated as good for 100,000 cycles. Continuous shooting is possible at four frames per second.

Other features of the Nikon D5000 include 19 scene modes, Nikon's Auto Active D-Lighting technology, and an In-camera Retouch function that allows for images to be edited with effects such as Soft Filter (smooths faces or the entire image), Perspective Control (corrects perspective distortions), and Color Outline (eliminates color and tonal gradations and creates monochrome outlines of your subject). Connectivity options include USB 2.0 High Speed for connection to personal computers, as well as both NTSC / PAL standard definition and HDMI high definition video output. Images are stored on SD or SDHC cards, and power comes from an EN-EL9a Lithium Ion battery.

The Nikon D5000 is expected to begin shipping later this month. Body-only pricing for the D5000 is set at approximately $730, while a kit version including Nikon's AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens will having pricing of about $850. For more details, read our Nikon D5000 preview.

Nikon D5000
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeSLR
Model NumberD5000
Dimensions5.0 x 4.1 x 3.1"
127.0 x 104.0 x 80.0mm
Weight560.0 g
19.6 oz
Planned Price$849.95
Planned Availability 2009
Image Capture
Sensor TypeNikon DX CMOS
12.90 megapixels (total)
12.30 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Focal Length Multiplier1.50
Aspect Ratio3:2
Image Dimensions4288 x 2848 (12.2 megapixels)
3216 x 2136 (6.9 megapixels)
2144 x 1424 (3.1 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 4.0 frames per second
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, SLR type; eye-level pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.78x mag., 17.5mm eyepoint, -2 to +1 diopter
LCD2.7", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom27.0x max
Lens TypeInterchangeable Lens
3x optical zoom
52mm lens thread
Lens MountNikon F mount
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length18.0 - 55.0mm (actual)
28 - 84mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.5 -22 (W), f/5.6 -36 (T)
Focusing System11 point TTL phase detection with 3D focus tracking by Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (0) steps
Focusing RangeNormal: 11" - infinity (28 cm - infinity)
ISO Sensitivity200-3200, Lo-1=100, Hi-1=6400
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes3D Color Matrix Metering II (420-pixel RGB), Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 5.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceHybrid - Auto, 12 manual modes with fine tuning, Custom, Manual
Internal FlashGuide Number: 13
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
Range: Lens dependent
Flash Exposure Compensation+/- -3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Scene Modes19 automatic Scene Modes, including Sports, Portrait, Candlelight, Silhouette, Autumn Colors
Self TimerYes, 2 to 20 seconds
Recording MediumSD/MMC
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatCCD-RAW, NEF (RAW), 12-bit, JPEG (EXIF 2.21)
VideoYes, NTSC / PAL switchable
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherHDMI Out, DC In, 10-pin Accessory Port
Battery TypeLithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary EN-EL9a
Product Bundle
SoftwarePictureProject CD-ROM
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary EN-EL9a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory0.0MB
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes, Metal
Remote ControlYes
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Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!
Nikon's D5000 single-lens reflex digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

Nikon's D5000 Digital SLR Camera Expands Possibilities For Photo And HD Video Creativity With D-Movie Mode, Vari-Angle LCD Monitor And 19 Automatic Scene Modes

MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 14, 2009) – Nikon Inc. today introduced the new D5000, a digital SLR camera with a host of features and capabilities that deliver superior performance and image quality along with amazing versatility for photo enthusiasts and those new to digital SLR photography. Leveraging Nikon’s expertise and innovative technologies found in its pro-level D-SLRs, the 12.3-megapixel D5000 enables users to capture exceptionally stunning images and High Definition video with remarkable ease.

Whether consumers are progressing from a point-and-shoot digital camera or looking to upgrade their current digital SLR and elevate their photographic expression, the D5000 serves as an ideal solution. First time D-SLR photographers will appreciate logical and easy-to-use controls, while creative enthusiasts will appreciate the D5000’s robust combination of features, technologies and performance. The D5000 boasts a versatile 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor that encourages shooting with a fresh perspective, Nikon’s revolutionary D-Movie Mode and expanded automatic Scene Modes, delivering superior Nikon innovation in a compact, user-friendly design.

"The Nikon D5000 represents a cornerstone in Nikon’s D-SLR line, marrying simplicity and instructive features with superior technology and HD video, allowing the user’s ability and creativity to grow—with the camera," said Edward Fasano, General Manager for marketing, SLR System Products at Nikon Inc. "While its easy-to-use design will attract first-time D-SLR photographers, the D5000’s rich feature set and high performance will also appeal immediately to more experienced enthusiasts. The D5000 is sure to inspire creativity and originality."

Broadened Creativity and Adaptability
Photographers can easily compose stunning images on the Vari-angle LCD monitor that they can view in a normal position fitting securely within the camera back, or swung out to be rotated or tilted. The monitor can also be stowed with the LCD panel tucked against the camera back to protect the screen when not in use. This tremendous freedom of movement, along with four Live View autofocus shooting modes, affords users the opportunity to shoot from a multitude of imaginative angles. Easy one-button Live View activation now features Subject Tracking autofocus (AF), which automatically locks onto a moving subject. Even if the subject leaves the frame and returns, Subject Tracking AF maintains focus, making the D5000 ideal for capturing fast moving children and pets. In addition to Subject Tracking AF in Live View, the D5000 features Face Priority AF, which automatically detects up to five faces in a scene and focuses on the closest subject; Wide Area AF, which offers a large AF area for optimal hand-held shooting; and Normal Area AF, which provides pinpoint accuracy when shooting with a tripod.

The D5000’s D-Movie Mode allows users the exciting ability to record HD movie clips (1280 x 720) at a cinematic 24 frames per second with sound. Photographers will appreciate the quality produced whether creating vacation clips or intertwining still photographs and movies in a post-production creative montage. Additionally, the D5000 is compatible with a comprehensive assortment of AF-S NIKKOR interchangeable lenses to provide users with the ability to capture perspectives not possible with typical consumer video recording devices. When using any NIKKOR VR lens, D-Movie clips benefit from Nikon VR image stabilization, which automatically activates during recording to deliver added sharpness and image stability. VR image stabilization also extends the D5000’s performance in low-light situations. D-Movie clips are recorded onto an inserted SD or SDHC memory card and saved as Motion JPEG AVI files for easy editing with widely available video editing software.

Further bridging the gap between point-and-shoot cameras and more advanced D-SLRs are the D5000’s 19 automatic Scene Modes, which free users to capture beautiful images without having to manually adjust camera settings. With the broad range of automatic Scene Modes, including Sports, Portrait, Candlelight, Silhouette, Autumn Colors and more, D5000 is the perfect camera for anyone looking to make inspiring images in challenging photographic conditions.

The D5000 also incorporates a comprehensive set of in-camera editing features to make the most of captured images without the need of a computer. The D5000 also introduces several new Retouch features, including a Soft Filter effect, which applies a smooth appearance to faces or the entire image; Perspective Control, which helps correct distortions in perspective often encountered in photographs of architecture; and Color Outline, which creates monochrome outlines of objects in images by eliminating color and tonal gradations. The D5000 saves each of these edited images as a separate JPEG file, ensuring the original image is left unmodified. With Nikon’s exclusive Picture Control Settings, photographers can quickly select various image appearance profiles that include Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape settings. In addition, Picture Control provides the ability to create and store up to nine user-defined custom profiles to reflect each user’s personal preferences for hue, color saturation and image sharpening.

Extensive playback options allow users to review their photos in groups of four, nine, or 72 thumbnail images. Alternatively, users can select the Calendar View to easily group and select images by date. These playback features can be viewed either on the Vari-angle LCD or an HDTV with HDMI connectivity available via a dedicated HDMI port on the camera.

Proven Image Excellence
Consumers will immediately appreciate the benefits of the D5000’s 12.3-megapixel CMOS sensor coupled with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED™ image processing system, which delivers highly detailed images with vibrant color reproduction and low noise across a broad ISO range. The D5000’s normal ISO range extends from ISO 200 to 3200, allowing for superior shooting in low-light conditions. Additionally, the D5000’s ISO range can be expanded to a Lo 1 setting of ISO 100 or a Hi 1 setting of ISO 6400, furthering the opportunities for previously impossible shots.

Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II, in conjunction with the EXPEED image processing system, contributes to the D5000’s ability to capture breathtaking images by instantly evaluating the exposure elements of each scene and comparing it to an onboard database of information from more than 30,000 images. These split-second calculations allow the D5000 to ensure the right exposure—even when conditions are extreme. To push creative boundaries even further, the D5000 allows picture-takers to also use Center-Weighted and Spot metering for added personal control.

Smooth, Swift and Quiet Operation
The D5000’s 11-point auto focus system utilizes Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System with Face Detection to help create the best possible images in a variety of shooting environments. Nikon's 11-point AF offers best-in-class speed and accuracy, helping to ensure sharp focus, shot-after-shot. Single-point AF is suggested for static subjects, Dynamic-area AF for moving subjects, Auto-area AF for spontaneous shooting and 3D-tracking with 11 AF points for maintaining accurate focus on a subject moving throughout the frame.

Paired with Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens and the ability to shoot at four frames per second, the D5000 easily captures moments other cameras miss. Nikon’s VR image stabilization lenses reduce the blurring in images due to camera shake, allowing photographers to shoot hand-held at as many as three full stops slower than would otherwise be possible.*

The new D5000 also features the innovative Integrated Dust Reduction System, which offers both an electronic sensor cleaning when the camera is powered on and/or off and the Airflow Control System, which directs dust away from the sensor with every snap of the shutter. These functions work to clear image-degrading dust from the sensor’s optical low-pass filter, helping to ensure spot-free images. In addition, the D5000 features a Quiet Release Mode that reduces the mirror cycling noise for discreet shooting in sensitive situations, such as weddings and other ceremonies.

System Expandability
Photographers and enthusiasts alike can also appreciate the D5000’s system expandability, as the camera can work in conjunction with a variety of Nikon accessories including a broad assortment of NIKKOR AF-S interchangeable lenses. While the D5000 offers a versatile built-in flash, the camera is also compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System and capable of Advanced Wireless Lighting when using the SB-900 Speedlight or the SU-800 Wireless Commander. For those looking to document their photo excursions with geo-tagging, the D5000 is compatible with the optional GP-1 GPS Unit, which automatically records latitude, longitude, altitude and time information when a picture is taken.

The D5000 also works seamlessly with Nikon’s powerful Capture NX 2 image editing software (available for purchase separately), for more advanced photographers seeking greater control over their post-capture images. Capture NX 2 simplifies the path to beautiful images with easy-to-learn editing tools and a highly versatile and elegantly simple interface, which streamline editing procedures.

Price and Availability
The D5000 outfit, which includes the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens, will be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in late April 2009 at an estimated selling price of $849.95**. For consumers who want to configure their D5000 system or for photographers who need an additional D-SLR body for an existing system, the D5000 will also be offered as a body only for an estimated selling price of $729.95. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For the second consecutive year, Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with digital SLR cameras, Two Years in a Row, Tied in 2008." according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 and 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction StudiesSM. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its legendary F-mount lens-mounting system. Only Nikon has sustained an original lens mount for such an extraordinary period, ensuring that photographers can continue to leverage their previous investments while still taking advantage of new innovations. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

*As determined in Nikon performance tests
**Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.


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