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New Nikon D5000 with video recording


Nikon releases another product with a not too common feature. The Nikon D5000 is the first Nikon digital SLR to feature a vari–angle LCD screen. It shares the 720P HD video recording from the Nikon D90 as well several other features. Here’s the brief list of highlights:

  • 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • 2.7″ tilt and swivel LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
  • Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
  • Live View with contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking
  • Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
  • 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
  • IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
  • 4 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • Expeed image processing engine
  • Extensive in-camera retouching including raw development and straightening
  • Connector for optional GPS unit (fits on hot shoe)
  • New battery with increased capacity
  • 72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback

The D5000 is slated to replace the D60 in the upper entry–level segment and should be a good challenge for the Canon EOS–500D/T1i. This camera is expected late April 2009 for $729.95 body only, or $849.95 for a kit that comes with the 18-55mm VR kit lens.

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