Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera Body

by Nikon
Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera Body
Compact and powerful, the D5000 is a remarkable blend of simplicity and advanced DSLR capabilities with breathtaking 12.3-megapixel image quality.

shown with optional lens


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



23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
12.9 million total pixels
12.3 million effective pixels
Supports high ISO sensitivities
Nikon DX-format sized CMOS sensor

Dust Reduction System

Airflow control system
Image Sensor Cleaning
Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 software required)

Image processor

A/D conversion 12 bit

Image sizes

4,288 x 2,848 (L)
3,216 x 2,136 (M)
2,144 x 1,424 (S)

File formats

NEF (compressed RAW)
JPEG: Fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG (any size)


File format AVI (Motion-JPEG)
Image size (pixels) 1280 x 720; 24fps, 640 x 424; 24 fps, 320 x 216; 24 fps
Audio: Monaural on/off selection
Exposure: Determined with matrix metering utilizing output from the image sensor
Exposure lock available
Exposure compensation available in P, S, A, M modes
Maximum single clip length: 1280x720/ 5 minutes, others 20 minutes

Lens mount

Nikon F mount with AF contacts
Approx. 1.5x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)

Auto Focus

11 focus points (1 cross-type sensors)
Multi-CAM 1000
AF working range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100, normal temperature)
Contrast Detect in Live View mode

Lens Servo

Single Servo (AF-S)
Continuous Servo (AF-C)
Automated selection of AF-S or AF-C, (AF-A)
Focus Tracking automatically activated by subject's status in (AF-A)
Manual focus [M], Electronic range finding supported

Focus Point

Single point from 11 focus points
Center point narrow or wide zone
Liveview (Tripod mode): Contrast AF on a desired point anywhere within frame

AF Area Mode

Single point AF
Dynamic Area AF
Automatic-area AF
3D Tracking AF (11 points)

Focus Lock

Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button

AF assist

AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1.6-9.8 ft.)

Exposure modes

Program Auto [P] with flexible program
Shutter-Priority Auto [S]
Aperture-Priority Auto [A]
Manual [M]
Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party/Indoor, Beach/Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Silhouette, High key, Low key)


TTL full-aperture exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
3D Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses);
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to an 8 mm dia. circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters approx. 3.5 mm dia. circle (about 2.5 % of frame) centered on selected focus point

Metering range

3D Color Matrix Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Center-Weighted Metering: 0 to 20 EV
Spot Metering: 2 to 20 EV
(At normal temperature (20oC/68oF), ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens)

Meter coupling

CPU (not AI)

Exposure lock

Locked using AE-L/AF-L button

Exposure bracketing

3 frames
Up to +/-2.0 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
ADL (Active D-Lighting) bracketing: 2 frames (one with ADL, one without)

Exposure compensation

+/-5.0 EV
1/3 or 1/2 EV steps


Default: ISO 200 - 3200 in 1/3 EV steps
Boost: 100 - 6400 in 1/3 EV steps


Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal plane shutter
30 to 1/4000 sec (1/3 or 1/2 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Time (optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 required)
Tested to 100,000 exposures

White balance

Auto (Using main imaging sensor and 420-pixel metering CCD)
Presets (12) with fine tuning
Manual preset
White balance bracketing (3 frames in increments of 1, 2 or 3)

Picture Control

Storage for up to nine custom Picture Controls

Image parameters

Sharpening: Auto, 10 levels
Contrast: Auto, 7 levels
Brightness: 3 levels
Saturation: Auto, 7 levels
Hue: 7 levels
Quick Adjust; 5 levels
High ISO Noise Reduction (High, Normal, Low, Off)

Color space

Adobe RGB


Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.78x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 17.9 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter adjustment -1.7 to+1 m-1

Focusing screen

Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark V screen with focus frame
Superimposed on-demand grid lines over the viewfinder display.

LCD monitor

2.7-inch TFT LCD
Approx. 230,000 dots
100% frame coverage
Brightness adjustment

Shooting modes

Single frame
Continuous 4 fps (at shutter speeds over 1/250. 67 Large Fine JPEG, 11 RAW)
Delayed remote, quick response remote (optional Wireless Remote Control ML-L3 required for remote shooting)
Quiet shooting (doesn't re-cock shutter until shutter button is released)
Self-timer 2, 5, 10, and 20 s


Auto pop-up type (auto pop up in Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Pet portrait modes)
Manual pop-up in P,A,S,M and Food modes
Guide number of 17/56 (ISO 200, m/ft.) or 18/59 with manual flash (ISO 200, m/ft.)
Guide number of 12/39 (ISO 100 equiv, m/ft.) or 13/43 with manual flash (ISO 100 equiv, m/ft.)
Sufficient to illuminate the picture angle of an 18mm lens


USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) Mini-B connector
PTP transfer protocol
NTSC or PAL video output
HDMI video out (version 1.3a, Type C mini connector provided)
Remote control / GPS terminal


SD memory cards, SDHC-compliant


Approx. 127 x 104 x 80 mm (5.0 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.)


Approx. 560 g (1 lb. 4 oz.) without battery, memory card, body cap, or monitor cover

Operating environment

Temperature: 0 - 40 oC / 32 - 104 oF, Humidity: under 85% (no condensation)

In the Box

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9e
Quick Charger MH-23
USB Cable UC-E6
Audio/Video Cable EG-CP14
Camera Strap AN-DC3
Eyepiece Cap DK-5
Rubber Eyecup DK-24
Body Cap BF-1A
Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1
Software Suite CD-ROM
Nikon D5000 Operation Manual


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