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Moving up to the next level, with the Nikon D5000 DSLR

Nikon recently presented the D5000 to the world, a DSLR model primarily aimed at the experienced user looking for an upgrade. This model also features enough easy-to-use settings to tempt the DSLR newbie to take a straight jump towards this relatively higher end DSLR.

The core of the D5000 consists of the 12.3 mega pixel CMOS image sensor, backed by the EXPEED high-speed image processing system. It also gets some of the better genes from its older stable mate, the D90; including the HD Movie capability, however the maximum single clip length at 1280x720 is 5 minutes and 20 minutes for other modes. (1280 x 720 at 24fps, 640 x 424 at 24 fps or 320 x 216 at 24 fps)

With users always clamoring for more and more battery life, Nikon has included the Lithium-Ion EN-EL9e battery with the D5000, which is capable of taking up to 500 shots in a single charge! (CIPA).

At around 560 grams without the battery, memory card and covers, it is not exactly a ultra light-weight model, but then again better build quality can add some weight, also the camera is ergonomically balanced to make it easier to handle. The specs include a shutter that is rated for upto 100,000 exposures for a really long and trouble free experience.

The D5000 comes with a 2.7 inch TFT LCD Panel, which opens out and can be adjusted to ensure that you can frame your composition without being restricted by the camera positioning. Also featured is the 11 point 3D Tracking Auto Focus system that comes with the standard Single point, Dynamic Area and Automatic-area modes. There is also the 3D Tracking mode which can track a tagged subject even as it moves in and out of the composition area.

The camera offers a generous 19 different scene selection modes, to get the exposure, lighting and other parameters to the most optimal settings. Also built in are 14 different image re-touching tools, including Quick retouch, Straighten, Distortion control, Fisheye, Color outline, Red-eye reduction, Trimming and D-lighting adjustments.

Since dust is the bane of any DSLR, Nikon has built in the 'Airflow Control System' along with the 'Dust Reduction System' based on vibrating piezoelectric elements to protect the high sensitive components within the camera.

Like many of Nikon's recent models, the D5000 can be connected to the optional GP-1 GPS attachment, enabling you to get correct info on the location of any image you capture. Especially useful if you are kind who goes off the beaten track.

All in all, the D5000 promises to be yet another exciting performer from Nikon's stable.

Sanjay
Mon, 04 May 2009 03:58:16 +0000

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