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UPDATE! Our Nikon D5000 review is now online!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D5000/

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Hi everyone!

Nikon has just announced the D5000 entry-level DSLR, and we've posted a preview here:

Nikon D5000 Preview.

Nikon UK press release

Nikon USA press release

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I,m impressed by the features at the price point set i may seriously consider trading in my D60 and getting this camera.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:50 am 
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Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi everyone!

Nikon has just announced the D5000 entry-level DSLR, and we've posted a preview here:

Nikon D5000 Preview.

Gordon

so Gordon any idea of when you can get a review done?
I'm inbetween this and the canon t1i :P


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Crumbs, give me a chance, it was only announced 50 minutes ago!

Be assured, I will be testing one as soon as Nikon sends me a final production sample! I can't say when that'll be though...


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This will proberly be a best seller for Nikon it has alot of feature the D90 has for less money.

It's also great to Nikon has finally put a 11 point focus system in this camera, something i wasn't expecting.

The only letdown I think is the 230k screen, i think this was decided to keep the price down.

But tbh on my Olympus E-520, I don't find 230k to be all that bad on a 2.7inch screen.

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seems like it might hurt D90 a bit.

Basically it has almost everything d90 has to over plus:

1. Swivel lcd screen but less resolution
2. object AF tracking in live view movie mode
3. price might be $200+ cheaper
4. scenes recognition/image processing

On the other hand, Nikon 90 is still better in some arena such as

1. AF-D lens compatibility
2. higher lcd resolution
3. top lcd screen

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Hmmm. Looks very interesting. And seeing as my D60 can still be returned for a full refund, possible upgrade? I didn't read the actual press release just the preview. Did it say when it would be available on the streets here in the states?

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usually it will takes one to two months after it is announced.

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The D5000 appears to be a very competent model, when considering the price and features-mix.

It's probably going to take some time before any of them hit the shelves, but I can imagine this will be quite a hit.

..although it probably doesn't have the 1/500sec flash-sync that my D40 does..

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The price point for the spec, seems very good! It looks like Nikon are on to a winner here!

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One thing I don't get is why, despite using a noticeably larger body with a noticeably larger viewfinder bump, they actually ended up with a smaller viewfinder than the D40 series. Otherwise it's a nice piece of gear, though the styling could have used some work (it looks more like a Pentax or Olympus, IMHO, especially that mode dial)

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podgeorge wrote:
The price point for the spec, seems very good! It looks like Nikon are on to a winner here!


I agree, kind of leaves the D90 in a difficult position though, at least with its current price tag. Too close for confort to the EOS 50D and a bit too far from the new 5000D or the new Rebel. Many will find more useful the swiveling screen regardless of it's lower resolution, and it's a bit hard to justify the price difference in exchange for a brighter OVF, a top LCD screen and a tad faster burst mode.

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Hi folks,

And this is an entry level DSLR, replete with so many D90 features. :!: And judging by the weight (560 g), which is only some 60 g lighter than the D90, they haven't cut any corners in the build. Good for Nikon. 8)

Shipping in late April in the States and May 1st in the UK.

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beren23 wrote:
podgeorge wrote:
The price point for the spec, seems very good! It looks like Nikon are on to a winner here!


I agree, kind of leaves the D90 in a difficult position though, at least with its current price tag. Too close for confort to the EOS 50D and a bit too far from the new 5000D or the new Rebel. Many will find more useful the swiveling screen regardless of it's lower resolution, and it's a bit hard to justify the price difference in exchange for a brighter OVF, a top LCD screen and a tad faster burst mode.


I'm still going for the D90. Bigger body, sharper screen, better viewfinder, upper LCD and better batterylife.
I think the D5000 is a great competitor for the T1i, and the D90 is just a step-up.

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Yes, the D90 it's definitively a step ahead of both the T1i and the D5000. The thing is the D90 was already lauched with a price tag too close to that of the EOS 50D, but at least it was ages ahead in terms of features from the D60 or the EOS 450. That's no longer the case since both the D5000 and the EOS 500 are right behind the D90 in terms of features and presumably identical in terms of image quality.

Of course, there'll be many that will still prefer the D90 for its superior handling and the extra-features, but I still think the D5000 may drag many a potential D90 buyer to the budget model if Nikon doesn't reduce the price of the D90 if only a little bit. Unlike the D60, the D5000 is a big step ahead from earlier models, perhaps a bit too big for the D90 to feel comfortable.

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