Nikon D5000 DX-Format 12.3 Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18mm - 55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR) Lens

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About Nikon

The Nikon D5000 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera features an innovative Vari-angle monitor for an exciting new take on photographic expression. It adds a flexible dimension to Live View shooting, which vividly shows your subject in real-time. Now with this freely adjustable monitor, taking great shots and movie clips with Live View is easier and more enjoyable than ever.

Nikon's DX-format CMOS sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels records all the details of the original scene for breathtakingly lifelike photos. Shadows and highlights reveal exceptional details while a remarkably high signal-to-noise ratio vastly reduces noise - especially important when shooting at high ISO settings.

The D5000 enhances Live View shooting by giving you a choice of different display views. Minimize displayed camera settings when you want an uncluttered view of the scene, or show vital information at a glance for situations requiring a comprehensive readout of settings.

Different types of photos require different focus strategies and the D5000 has the right Live View autofocus mode for any occasion. Whether it's a unique expression, dynamic action, or a small object in a big composition, the four easily selectable modes help you stay focused for sharp results.

The D5000 makes it point-and-shoot simple to acquire clear, tack-sharp photos when composing via the bright, informative optical viewfinder. Whether your subject is off-center, moving fast, or completely unpredictable, the D5000 has the right autofocus solution.

The D5000's normal ISO range of 200 to 3200 can be expanded to cover ISO 100 to 6400, letting you capture the natural ambience of a warmly lit room or vibrant street scene when the use of flash or tripod isn't an option. The extended sensitivity is also ideal for shooting sports, allowing fast shutter speeds to freeze action.

The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Lens is an ultra compact, lightweight standard zoom lens that has a 3x focal zoom range and is ideally suited for use with compact Nikon digital SLR cameras that feature the smaller DX sized chip. This lens offers the most basic zoom range in the DX lens series, an equivalent focal length in 35mm terms of 27-82.5mm. It will conveniently cover everything from tight indoor portraits to standard snap shots.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (38),Image stabilization (32),Fast shutter speed (31),Large clear LCD (30),Good image quality (28),Fast / accurate auto-focus (23),Quiet (16),High ISO performance (15),Tilt /swivel LCD (14),Great picture quality (13),Simple controls (12),Strong construction (8) Tilt / swivel lcd (7) View All
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (33),Travel (30),Wildlife (16),Sports/action (13),Weddings (12),Low light (11),Video (11),Fun (10),Family photos (9),Portraits (7),Sports (6),Macro photography (5) Photojournalism (5),Art (4) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (23),Casual photographer (13),Semi-pro photographer (6)

Nikon Features

  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor: Coupled with Nikon's EXPEED image processing and NIKKOR optics, breathtaking picture quality is assured.
  • D-Movie Mode with sound: Record 720p HD movie clips enhanced by NIKKOR interchangeable lens quality and versatility.
  • Vari-angle color LCD monitor: Position the 2.7-inch monitor freely for fresh shooting perspectives. Screen flips inward for safe keeping.
  • 19 Auto-exposure Scene Modes: Capture stunning photos in challenging picture-taking situations including Sunsets, Candlelight, Silhouette, Portrait, Landscape, Beach/Snow and more.
  • One-button Live View: Easy Live View access offers 4 autofocus modes, including Face-priority AF.
  • Continuous shooting as fast as 4 frames per second: Combined with fast power-up and split-second shutter response, decisive moments are captured easily without annoying shooting lag.
  • Low noise ISO sensitivity from 200 to 3200: Engineered for exceptional low-light shooting.
  • Built-in image sensor cleaning: Effective 4-frequency, ultrasonic sensor cleaning keeps images spot free.
  • 11-point Autofocus System with 3D Focus Tracking: Fast and accurate autofocus delivers razor sharpness.
  • Auto Active D-Lighting: Restores lost shadow and highlight detail in high contrast exposures-Selectable and Auto modes available.
  • In-camera Retouch image editing: Creative in-camera image editing, featuring Soft Filter, Straighten, Color Outline Effect, Perspective Control, Red-eye Correction, Image Overlay, Monochrome and more-all without a computer.
  • Picture Control Settings for personal image control: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape and 9 customizable settings.
  • Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: Nikon's renowned 420-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering II, teamed with the exclusive Scene Recognition System, evaluates each scene for unmatched exposure accuracy.
  • Durable, high precision shutter: Testing to over 100,000 cycles assures precision and long shutter life.
  • GPS Geo-tagging: GP-1 GPS unit (optional) automatically identifies and records every image's latitude, longitude and altitude, with satellite time-of-day.
  • Lens Vibration Reduction: Minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, enabling sharper pictures hand-held at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible.
  • Lens Optics: One hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types of lens aberration.
  • Lens SWM (Silent Wave Motor): The improved SWM built into the lens offers smooth and quiet autofocus performance.
  • Lens Rounded Diaphragm: The rounded diaphragm opening (7 blades) makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.

Nikon Specifications

Image Sensor Format
Image Sensor Type
Sensor Size
15.8 x 23.6mm
Total Pixels
12.9 million
Effective Pixels
12.3 million
Image Area (pixels)
(L) 4288x2848
(M) 3216x2136
(S) 2144x1424
Top Continuous Shooting Speed
4 frames per second at full resolution
Continuous Shooting Options
CH: Up to 4 frames per second
CL: Up to 4 frames per second
LCD Monitor Size
2.7 in. diagonal
LCD Monitor Type
Vari-angle color LCD monitor
LCD Monitor Resolution
230,000 Dots
LCD Monitor Angle of View
170-degree wide-viewing angle
LCD Monitor Adjustments
Brightness,7 levels
Shutter type
Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 sec. in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4000 sec. in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Bulb Shutter Setting
Lowest Standard ISO Sensitivity
200 in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Highest Standard ISO Sensitivity
3200 in steps of 1/3
1 EV
Lowest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent)
Highest Expanded ISO Sensitivity
Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent)
Expanded ISO Sensitivity Options
Lo-1 (ISO 100 equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
Hi-1 (ISO 6400 equivalent) in steps of 1/3 EV
Storage Media
Storage System
JPEG: JPEG-baseline-compliant; can be selected from Size priority and Optimal Quality
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
File System
Compliant with DCF 2.0
EXIF 2.21
Exposure Modes
Programmed Auto (P) with Flexible Program
Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
Manual (M)
Auto (flash off) Advanced Scene Modes
Advanced Scene Modes
Night Portrait
Night Landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet Portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn Colors, Food, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key
Exposure Metering System
420 pixel RGB sensor D Color Matrix Metering II
Metering Range
1) 0 to 20 EV (Matrix or center-weighted metering); 2) 2 to 20 EV (Spot metering) (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, at 20 degrees C/68 degrees F)
Exposure Meter Coupling
Exposure Compensation
±5EV in increments of 1/3
Exposure Lock
Exposure Bracketing
2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV
Shutter Release Modes
Live View [LV] mode
Self-timer mode
Continuous [C] mode: 4 Quiet mode
Movie Modes
Movie with sound
Stop motion movie
HD 1280 x 720/24 fps VGA 640 x 424/24 fps QVGA 320 x 216/24 fps
White Balance
Auto (TTL white balance with 420-pixel RGB sensor) Seven manual modes with fine-tuning; Sun Shade Fluorescent Incandescent Flash Preset Fine Tune by Kelvin Color temperature setting
White Balance Bracketing
D-Lighting Bracketing
2 exposures
Live View Shooting
Playback Functions
Full frame
Thumbnail (4, 9, 16 or 72 segments)
Shooting data
Highlight point display
Auto image rotation
Sound playback
D-Movie playback
D-Movie playback Thumbnail (4, 9, 72 segments)
Hi-speed USB
Lens Mount
Nikon F bayonet mount
Compatible Lenses 1
AF-S or AF-I: All functions supported.
Type G or D AF NIKKOR without built-in autofocus motor: All functions except autofocus supported. IX NIKKOR lenses not supported.
Other AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II. Lenses for F3AF not supported
Compatible Lenses 2
Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and some shooting modes.
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D color matrix metering II.
Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in mode M, but exposure meter does not function. Electronic rangefinder can be used if lens has a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster
Picture Angle
-2.0 to +1.0 m-1
Viewfinder Frame Coverage
Approx. 95%
Viewfinder Diopter Adjustment
(-2.0 to +1.0 m-1)
Viewfinder Eyepoint
Reflex Mirror
Quick-return type
Focusing Screen
Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark V screen with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Interchangeable Focusing Screens
Viewfinder Magnification
Approx. 0.78
Depth-of-field Control
Autofocus System
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus 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.-9ft.10 in.)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
Autofocus Sensitivity
-1 - +19 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F
Focus Modes
Single-servo AF (S)
Continuous-servo (C)
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Live View autofocus; Face-priority, wide area, normal area and Subject tracking
Single-point AF Mode
Dynamic AF Mode
Auto-area AF Mode
Focus Lock
AE-L/AF-L button
Half press of shutter-release button (single-point AF in AF-S)
Picture Control
Nine User-customizable settings
In-Camera Image Editing
Color Balance
Image Overlay
Filter Effects
Distortion Control
Stop Motion
Color Balance
NEF (RAW) processing
Quick retouch
Distortion Control
Small picture
Red-eye correction
Perspective control Color outline
Built-in Flash
External Flash Shoe
Built-in Flash Distance
56 at ISO 200 ft.17 at ISO 200m
Dust-Off Reference Photo
Save/Load Camera settings
Nikon Creative Lighting
System Compatibility: Yes
Built-in Commander mode not available
Flash Sync Speed
up to 1/200
FP High Speed Sync
up to 1/4000
Flash Sync Modes
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Slow sync
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Flash Control
1) i-TTL: TTL flash control by 420-pixel RGB sensor, built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash
2) AA (Auto Aperture-type) flash: Available with SB-900 and SB-800 used with CPU lens
3) Non-TTL Auto: Available with Speedlights such as SB-800, 28, 27 and 22S
4) Range-priority manual flash; available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash Sync Terminal
Accessory Shoe
2, 5, 10, 20 seconds duration
World Time Setting
Date and Time
Yes (Includes Daylight Savings Time Settings)
Battery Type
Battery / Batteries
EN-EL9 Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL9a Lithium-ion Battery
AC Adaptor
EH-5a AC Adapter
Battery Charger
MH-18a Quick Charger
Image Comment
Battery Life (shots per charge)
510 shots (CIPA)
Tripod Socket
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Supplied Software
Software Suite CD-ROM
Lens Filter Size
Lens f/Stop Range
Lens Minimum Focus Distance
11" (0.28 m)
Lens Magnification
Lens Angle of View
76° - 28°50'
Lens Groups/Elements
Lens Length
3.1" (79mm)
Lens Maximum Diameter
2.9" (74mm)
Approx. Dimensions (Camera)
Width 5.0 in. (127mm)
Height 4.1 in. (104mm)
Depth 3.1 in. (80mm)
Lens Weight
9.3 oz (265 g)
Approx. Weight (Camera)
19.8 oz. (560g)

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Reviewed by 43 customers


I love love love my camera!


from Fort Payne, Alabama  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love this camera, it does everything that I need it to. I use it on all of my shoots with clients. Great quality photographs!


The camera works fine, wish it was FX


from Arizona  -  Semi-pro Photographer

We are using the D5000 for chimping product photos of small jewelry items. The camera works well -- we just wish it was a FX format to get larger field. Adorama service was great and the camera was better than we expected given the price.


Great Buy


from Quartz Hill, Ca.  -  Casual Photographer

Bought this for my Daughter for a Photo Journalism course and she loves it. Very easy to use, great product.


Great Camera for Amateurs


from Orange County, California  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is easy to use, delivers consistently high quality images undeer a variety of conditions. However, although the kit lens is excellent, to get the most of this camera would require an additional lens in the 55-200 zoom category.


Love, love, love my Nikon D5000


from Rancho Cucamonga, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use my camera mainly to shoot my sons at football, baseball and wrestling. We also have a friend that races pro circuit in Motocross and I always have my camera to shoot him during qualifying and the main event. The manual that comes with the camera is very specific and a great reference guide for when I am trying to achieve a specific affect. I taking pictures of my kids and sometimes I will have them pose for me in the backyard. I have also purchased a 300mm zoom lens, faster flash that mounts on top of my camera, a tripod and a remote shutter thing. These are pretty much all must haves! I hope what I have said helps. Good luck!


Nikon D5000


from Maricopa, Az  -  Photo Enthusiast

This camera is awesome. Adorama rocks!! Would by my products on this site again.


Nice Entry Camera


from CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Entry level photography


Great Camera!


from Boston, MA  -  Casual Photographer

I love taking pictures but I am not a professional by any means. My husband uses a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and he purchased this for me because although I love taking pictures I have NO desire to lug something like his around. I generally use the camera to snap shots of my kids at home and on outings. I also use it for family gatherings and outings with my friends. It works great even in Auto settings. I've learned my way around the manual settings pretty fast as well. It's not too light and not too heavy. I would recommend purchasing a neck strap so that you don't have to walk around with it in your hands (especially for parents like me when out with children). My only complaint for the camera would be that while in live view it can cometimes take up to 10 seconds for the camera to focus. That's super irritating when you're taking pictures of time sensitive my kids :) Otherwise, I believe that this camera is a great camera for someone who is not a professional but enjoys being able to take great pictures.


Awesome camera


from Pierre SD  -  Photo Enthusiast

Awsome camera and package

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Solid performer in its price range


from Marlborough, Ma  -  Casual Photographer

Camera for my wife, she is getting back into photography. She's making the move from film to digital.


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