Running out model numbers to use after the very successful D40/D40x/D50/D60 product line, Nikon provided the entry level consumer market with the all new D5000 digital SLR camera. At the first glance this is a very exciting new product.

Compared to Nikon D60

  • 12.3 MP CMOS sensor (vs. 10.2 MP CCD on D60)
  • Tilt/swivel screen (Dot density is still only 230K, not the more popular 920K)
  • Live View with contrast detection AF (subject tracking AF, face priority AF, normal area AF, wide area AF)
  • Movie Mode (upto 720P at 24 fps with audio)
  • Wider ISO range (200-3200 and 100-6400 with boost vs. 100-1600 and 100-3200 with boost)
  • 11 point AF system with 3D tracking (vs. 3 point AF on D60)
  • Control of Active D-Lighting intensity ( Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off vs. on/off only on D60)
  • Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration
  • Choice of JPEG quality in RAW+JPEG shooting 
  • Extra in-camera retouching/creative options (color outline, perspective control)
  • Extra scene modes (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Night landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Automn colors, Food, Silhouette, High key, Low key vs. Portrait, Landscape, Child, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait on D60)
  • Faster continuous shooting (4fps vs. 3 fps)
  • Bracketing (Both exposure and white balance). 
  • FP high speed sync up to 1/4000 second.

Feature list

  • New 2.7-in. 230k-dot Vari-angle monitor swings down approximately 90° and rotates 180°
  • Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels and Integrated Dust Reduction System
  • Specially designed EXPEED image processing system
  • One-touch access to Live View, which includes face priority AF and subject tracking AF
  • D-SLR movie function: D-Movie, selectable from 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels or 1,280 x 720 pixels in AVI format
  • 19 Scene Modes that automatically adjust exposure, image processing, Active D-Lighting and other settings for superior image quality
  • Scene Recognition System, utilizing 420-pixel RGB sensor, improves autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance and is also integrated with the Face Detection System
  • Active D-Lighting for smooth tone reproduction in high-contrast environments
  • Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module featuring 11 AF points provides fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame
  • Picture Control System offers Portrait and Landscape options for more vibrant customized colors
  • Extensive palette of in-camera Retouch Menus including several new retouch options such as Soft Filter and Color Outline
  • Incredibly low-noise performance throughout a wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 3200; can be set to ISO 100 and ISO 6400 equivalents
  • Viewfinder with approx. 95% frame coverage and an easy-to-view 17.9 mm eyepoint (at -1.0 m-1)
  • Up to 4 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-in pop-up flash with Nikon’s original i-TTL flash control
  • Highly efficient energy-saving design that allows approx. 510 images on a single charge of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a (CIPA standard, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and flash fired at full power once every other shot.)
  • Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output
  • Included Nikon ViewNX software makes browsing and organizing your images easy
  • Optional photo-editing software Capture NX 2 allows quick and easy photo editing
  • Lightweight compact body

What I like about Nikon D500

  • Bracketing. Nikon took out the exposure bracketing function in earlier entry DSLR models and that made HDR photography difficult even thought not impossible.
  • FP high speed sync upto 1/4000s.  This makes outdoor flash photography more usable since the normal 1/200 flash sync speed is very limiting in bright day light. But I am afraid that you will need an external SpeedLight flash unit for it to function.
  • Swirl/tilt LCD. Great feature, especially for shooting videos, self-portraits, and other difficult shooting situations.
  • LiveView. Very useful feature by itself. Now it comes with better AF options and the more versatile LCD screen.
  • HD Video at 720P. Too bad it is still limited at 5 minutes length for HD and 20minutes for others.
  • HDMI port. View images on high definition TVs.

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