Nikon D5000 Features & Controls

Features & Controls

Nikon-F Mount Lenses

The D5000 is compatible with about 90% of the F mount Nikkor lenses made. Because its DX format imager is physically smaller than a 35mm film frame you need to use a picture angle conversion factor of 1.5x to determine proper focal length coverage when using 35mm format lenses.
Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Closeup of the all-metal Nikon-F lens mount. Upper left is the focus-assist illuminator lamp, also used for red-eye reduction. On the right side is the lens release lock button.

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

The D5000 does not have a focus mode selector switch on the body, it's on the lens of the newer AF-S or AF-I CPU type lenses. The D5000 employs an 11-area TTL phase detection AF system using Nikon's Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus module with an AF- assist illuminator for low-light situations.

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

When you purchase the body and lens outfit, it includes the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom- Nikkor lens.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens is compatible with all Nikon D-series digital SLRs. With an equivalent coverage of 27-82.5mm in 35mm photography, it employs Nikon's Silent Wave motor (AF-S) for super fast and quiet autofocus, Extra-Low Dispersion glass (ED) for minimized chromatic aberrations, and Nikon's proprietary Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, which affords users the ability to take pictures at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than normal. It also incorporates a reliable metal lens mount for years of durability.

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Designed exclusively for use with Nikon digital SLR cameras, DX Nikkor lenses deliver a versatile range of angle-of-view, higher performance, and outstanding center-to-edge-to-corner image quality, while realizing smaller and lighter designs. The current lineup of DX Nikkor lenses includes:

  • AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR 10.5mm f/2.8G ED

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

  • AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

  • AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

  • AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

  • AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II

  • AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

  • AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

  • AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

  • AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

  • AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED

i-TTL Flash

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

The built-in speedlight automatically pops-up and fires when using Auto exposure mode only. i-TTL technology improves the accuracy of fill-flash exposure and white balance in a picture, by seamlessly integrating color information from the speedlight's monitor pre-flash with information from the 420-pixel RGB sensor.

You can shoot at synchronized speeds up to 1/200 second for great fill effects under bright light conditions, and adjust the flash's power output by -3 to +1 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps. To manually pop-up the flash, you press the Flash mode button. Holding this button and rotating the control dials on the front and back of the camera allows you to change the flash mode and adjust the output.

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

Here you can see the controls on the front of the camera, the Flash release/mode button, and the Self-timer/FN (function) button. The built-in microphone is also visible.

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR


Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

The eye-level pentamirror viewfinder shows approximately 95% of the captured frame. It has dioptric adjustment (-1.7 to +0.7m-1) and a 17.9mm eye relief with a fairly wide viewing angle. It employs a fixed Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with superimposed focus brackets and on-demand grid lines.

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

The D90 viewfinder display:

    1 - Framing grid (can be disabled via the custom menu)
    2 - Reference circle for center-weighted metering (can be set to 6, 8 or 10mm via the custom menu)
    3 - "No memory card" warning
    4 - Battery level indicator
    5 - Focus points

Nikon D5000 Digital SLR

    6 - Focus indicator
    7 - Auto Exposure (AE) lock indicator
    8 - Shutter speed
    9 - Aperture (f/-number)
    10 - Battery indicator
    11 - Bracketing indicator
    12 - Number of exposures remaining
    13 - "K" (appears when memory remains for over 1000 exposures)
    14 - Flash-ready indicator
    15 - Flexible program indicator
    16 - Exposure Comp. display
    17 - Flash Comp. indicator
    18 - Exposure Comp. indicator
    19 - Auto ISO indicator
    20 - Warning indicator

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