The D5000 is a powerful and versatile SLR camera that delivers superb still images and high-definition D-movie clips with sound. Incredibly easy to use, it boasts a range of automatic features that help capture the shots you want and an impressive 12.3 megapixel DX-format image sensor that ensures exceptionally detailed results. The innovative vari-angle LCD monitor makes it easy to shoot from any angle, bringing an exciting new twist to using Live View. Whether you shoot still or moving images, you can flip, tilt or turn the monitor to take shots from above, below, to the side, or to create self-portraits. An array of automatic scene modes make it simple to capture clear images in a variety of situations and a range of retouch functions let you enhance photos in-camera. With so many powerful features packed into its compact, lightweight body, the D5000 offers people on the go a fantastic way to capture stunning shots from any angle.

Innovative vari-angle LCD monitor

Live View and D-Movie

Superior image quality – 12.3 megapixels and wide ISO range

Extensive in-camera retouch menu

19 Scene Modes

Key features

2.7-inch vari-angle LCD monitor with downward-opening mechanism makes it easy to capture images from any angle and still keep a steady grip on the camera. When not in use it can be closed with the LCD panel facing the camera for protection.

D-Movie lets you record beautiful high-definition (HD) movie clips with sound. The camera’s large image sensor and high ISO sensitivity offer exceptional image quality. A wide range of interchangeable NIKKOR lenses can be used to obtain cinematic effects and you can view your movie clips on the camera or an HDTV.

Live View with subject tracking: Live View mode lets you compose images using the LCD monitor. Four easily selectable AF modes assure sharp results: Face priority AF, Wide area AF, Normal area AF and Subject Tracking AF, which keeps the camera focused on a moving subject even if it leaves the frame for a moment.

12.3 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor lets you capture outstandingly detailed images and produce stunningly sharp enlargements.

High ISO (200-3200) light sensitivity, extendable up to ISO 6400 (equivalent) and down to ISO 100 (equivalent). Enables faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing the risk of blurred images when you shoot fast-moving subjects or take pictures in low light.

Integrated dust reduction system: Image Sensor Cleaning and Airflow Control systems keep dust away from the camera’s image sensors for clear, spot-free images.

Advanced autofocus performance with versatile Multi-CAM1000 11-point AF system offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame. Four AF-area modes, including 3D-tracking AF, deliver sharp results, whether your subject is off-center, moving fast or completely unpredictable.

Scene Recognition System optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance immediately before the shutter is released, to deliver precise exposures and sharply-defined images.

EXPEED image processing system for optimum performance and maximum image quality.

Active D-Lighting automatically retains details in highlights and shadows for stunning images with natural contrast. It works at the moment you take the shot, features four levels of intensity and can be activated manually or automatically.

Scene Modes automatically adjust camera settings, including Picture Controls and active D-Lighting, to take the guesswork out of tricky photo situations and deliver optimal results. Simply turn the mode dial to SCENE to access the most commonly used modes. Sample photos appear on the display to help you select the right mode and there are 19 to choose from.

Extensive in-camera Retouch Menu lets you edit and enhance images in the camera. Offers a range of photo effects including Perspective Control, Soft Focus and Color Outline, which transforms your photo into a line drawing.

Picture Controls let you set the look and mood of your photos or D-Movie clips before you shoot. Choose from six settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.

Highly durable 100,000-cycle shutter unit: provides exceptional reliability. Thoroughly tested on fully assembled cameras, it delivers precise shutter control.

Quiet shooting mode: perfect for photographing a sleeping baby, Quiet mode noticeably reduces the sound of the camera’s internal mechanisms when the shutter is pressed.

Extensive playback functions including a calendar view that organizes images according to the date and time they were shot, a 72-frame thumbnail display and histograms of magnified sections within an image. HDTV compatibility: the built-in High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector makes it easy to watch your photos and movie clips on an HDTV. Simply connect a compatible HDMI cable between your camera and the TV.

NIKKOR lenses: optimized for use with AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses, renowned for delivering outstanding sharpness, crisp contrast and precise color reproduction.

Global Positioning System (GPS) via an optional GP-1 unit that attaches to the camera and automatically records location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and time as ‘geotags’ in the image data (EXIF) of each photo.


* Autofocus is not available when recording movies.

Technical Specifications

TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mountNikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective picture angleApprox. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
Effective pixels12.3 million
Image sensor23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels12.9 million
Dust-reduction systemImage Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 required)
Image size (pixels)4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]
File formatNEF (RAW)
-JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
-NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) /and JPEG formats
Picture Control SystemCan be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; storage for up to nine custom Picture Controls
File systemDCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge
ViewfinderEye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverageApprox. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
MagnificationApprox. 0.78 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint17.9 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter adjustment-1.7 to +0.7 m-1
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirrorQuick-return type
Lens apertureInstant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lensesAF-S and AF-I NIKKOR: All functions supported
-Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus
-Non-Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II and autofocus
-IX-NIKKOR and AF-NIKKOR for F3AF: Not supported
-Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except some shooting modes
-AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
-Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function
-Lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster: Electronic rangefinder can be used
Shutter typeElectronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, Bulb, Time (with optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash sync speedX = 1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release modesSingle-frame, continuous, self-timer, delayed remote, quick-response, quiet
Frame advance rateContinuous high speed: up to 4 fps (manual focus, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, 1/250 s or faster shutter speed; other settings at default values and memory remaining in memory buffer)
Self-timerCan be selected from 2, 5, 10, and 20 s duration
Exposure meteringTTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Exposure methodMatrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
-Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
-Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Exposure range (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F)Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0–20 EV
-Spot metering: 2–20 EV
Exposure meter couplingCPU
Exposure modesAuto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), 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, and Low key), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M)
Exposure compensation±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure bracketing3 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200, or to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200, ISO sensitivity auto control available
Active D-LightingCan be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Active D-Lighting bracketing2 frames
AutofocusNikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5–3 m/1 ft. 8in.–9 ft. 10 in.)
Detection range-1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 equivalent, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servoAutofocus: Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status (AF-A)
-Manual (M): Electronic rangefinder supported
Focus pointCan be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area modesSingle-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) AF
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flashAuto, Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Pet portrait modes: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, Food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number (m/ft.) at 20°C/68°FAt ISO 200: Approx. 17/56, 18/59 with manual flash
-At ISO 100 equivalent: Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash
Flash controlTTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400 (when combined with matrix metering or center-priority metering)
-Auto aperture: Available with SB-900, SB-800, and CPU lenses
-Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27, or SB-22s
-Range-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash modesAuto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and rear curtain with slow sync
Flash compensation-3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash bracketing2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, or 2 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash or SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output in i-TTL or auto aperture modes
Accessory shoeStandard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS)Advanced Wireless Lighting is supported when the SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 is used as commander
Sync terminalHot Shoe Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (optional)
White balanceAuto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 420-pixel RGB sensor); 12 manual modes with fine-tuning; preset manual white balance, white balance bracketing
White balance bracketing3 frames in steps of 1
Live View AF modesFace priority AF, wide area AF, normal area AF, subject tracking AF
Live View focusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face priority or subject tracking AF is selected at the time of Live View shooting)
Movie clips image sizes (pixels)1,280 x 720/24 fps, 640 x 424/24 fps, 320 x 216/24 fps
Movie clips file formatAVI
Movie clips compression formatMotion-JPEG, with monaural sound
LCD monitorVari-angle type, 2.7-in., approx. 230k-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, approx. 100% frame coverage, 170° viewing angle, and brightness adjustment
Playback functionFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, stop-motion movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
Video outputCan be selected from NTSC and PAL; images can be displayed on external device while camera monitor is on
HDMI outputType C HDMI connector; camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected
Accessory terminalRemote Cord MC-DC2 (optional)
-GPS Unit GP-1 (optional)
Supported languagesChinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
BatteryOne Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a
AC adapterAC Adapter EH-5a (optional; requires EP-5 power connector)
Tripod socket1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 127 x 104 x 80 mm / 5.0 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.
WeightApprox. 560 g / 1 lb. 4 oz. without battery, memory card, or body cap
Temperature0–40°C / 32–104°F
HumidityLess than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a, Quick Charger MH-23, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, (may differ by country or area) Rubber Eyecup DK-21, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2, Camera Strap AN-DC2, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Body Cap, Software Suite CD-ROM
FootnoteSpecifications and equipment are subject to change without notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. April 2009 Copyright © 2009 Nikon Corporation


D5000 18-55VR Kit

The D5000 18-55 VR lens kit includes the D5000 camera body and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm VR lens. Perfect for a wide variety of situations, the lens in this kit features built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) to counter the effects of camera or subject movement and allow much slower shutter speeds to be used.

D5000 18-55 II Kit

The D5000 18-55 II lens kit includes the D5000 camera body and the lightweight AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm lens that is perfect for interiors, weddings, portraits and breathtaking landscape shots.

D5000 18-105VR Kit

The D5000 18-105 VR lens kit includes the D5000 camera body and the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm VR lens. Compact and powerful, the lens in this kit is an ideal way to explore the full potential of SLR photography, from portraits to interiors, architecture and landscapes.

D5000 18-55VR + 55-200VR Kit

The D5000 18-55 + 55-200 VR lens kit includes the D5000 camera body and two NIKKOR lenses that allow you to cover any situation.

The AF-S DX 18-55mm VR lens is ideal for everything from everyday images to breathtaking landscape shots.

The AF-S DX 55-200mm VR telephoto lens enables you to get close to distant subjects and is ideal for portraiture and sports.