Nikon D5000 Features & Controls
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
Nikon-F Mount Lenses
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The D90 viewfinder display:
1 - Framing grid (can be disabled via the custom menu)
6 - Focus indicator
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