There is a power–related problem with the Nikon D5000 that may suddenly cause it to simply not work, completely inoperable. If your camera is affected, Nikon will be fixing it for you at no cost.
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.