Nikon D3000 vs D5000

Since I get a lot of requests from our readers to provide a comparison the two entry-level DSLRs – Nikon D3000 and Nikon D5000, I decided to post a quick “Nikon D3000 vs D5000” article to highlight the key differences and provide my recommendations.

Nikon D3000
Nikon D5000

Nikon D3000 is the most basic entry-level DSLR in the current line of SLR digital cameras by Nikon. It was released in July of 2009 and replaced the Nikon D40/D40x/D60 entry-level DSLRs. Nikon D3000 sports a 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor with an 11 point autofocus system. The Nikon D5000, on the other hand, can be classified as an “upper-entry-level DSLR” and it sits between Nikon D3000 and D90. It was released in April of 2009 as a new product line with a 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, the same sensor that is featured in the semi-professional Nikon D90 DSLR. The Nikon D5000 is also the first Nikon DSLR that has a tilt and swivel LCD, which is supposed to be helpful for capturing video and images at different angles.

Here are some of the key differences between Nikon D3000 and D5000:

  1. The biggest difference is the sensor. Nikon D3000 has a 10.2 megapixel CCD sensor, while the Nikon D5000 has a superb 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor. Not only are you getting more pixels with the Nikon D5000, but you are also getting much better handling of noise in high ISOs. While Nikon D3000 is limited to 100-1600 ISO range (max ISO 3200 in “Hi” mode), the native ISO range for the Nikon D5000 is 200-3200 (max ISO 6400 in “Hi” mode). This makes Nikon D5000 better for low-light photography than Nikon D3000.
  2. Nikon D5000 has Live View and HD D-Movie Mode to record videos, while Nikon D3000 has no movie/live view support. You can record videos at 320×216, 640×424 or 1,280×720 pixel resolution in AVI format on Nikon D5000.
  3. Nikon D3000 has a 3 inch LCD screen with 230,000 pixels, while Nikon D5000 sports a smaller 2.7 inch swivel LCD screen with the same number of pixels that is certainly handy for shooting videos.
  4. D3000 has no exposure bracketing mode, while the D5000 can shoot in 2 or 3 brackets in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 or 2 EV steps.
  5. D3000 is a little slower than D5000 – it can capture three frames per second, versus Nikon D5000′s 4 frames per second.
  6. D3000 has an easy to use “Guide” mode interface and Nikon D5000 doesn’t.
  7. D3000 comes with a 18-55mm VR lens and cannot be bought without the lens, while you can purchase Nikon D5000 body-only.
  8. D3000 only has 6 scene modes that automatically adjust exposure and other camera settings, while the Nikon D5000 has 19.
  9. The battery life on both cameras is almost the same, with Nikon D5000 having a slight edge at 510 frames versus 500 on Nikon D3000.
  10. D3000 is a smaller camera that measures 126 x 94 x 64 mm, whereas D5000 is 127 x 104 x 80 mm.
  11. D3000 is 75 grams lighter than Nikon D5000, which weighs 560 grams body only.
  12. D3000 has a slightly better viewfinder magnification (0.8x) than Nikon D5000 (0.78x).
  13. More options for “Active D-Lighting” in D5000: “Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off”, while D3000 is just “On/Off”.
  14. More retouching options on Nikon D5000 than on Nikon D3000.
  15. D3000 has no automatic chromatic aberration correction.
  16. Nikon D5000 allows “fine, normal and basic” for shooting RAW + JPEG, while D3000 only has RAW and JPEG basic.
  17. Nikon D3000 has no “Custom Settings” menu.
  18. There is a new “Q” (Quiet Release Mode) in D5000 that is absent in D3000.

So, which camera should you go for, Nikon D3000 or Nikon D5000? Due to a large difference in sensor technology used in these two cameras, Nikon D5000 has a much better image quality when compared to Nikon D3000. Do not forget that the Nikon D5000 has exactly the same sensor as the sensor in Nikon D90 (which is a semi-professional camera). So, essentially, you are getting a semi-professional sensor in an entry-level body! In addition, ability to record videos is always nice and you cannot do that on the Nikon D3000. True, the LCD screen on the Nikon D3000 is larger and better than the screen on Nikon D5000, but that is probably the only advantage D3000 has over D5000 worth noting and it is not a big deal anyway.

If this is your first DSLR purchase, just spend a little more and buy the Nikon D5000 – you will not regret it.

Nikon D5000 with a Nikon 18-55mm VR lens is currently selling for approximately $750, whereas the D3000 with a Nikon 18-55mm VR lens is selling for $550. If you weigh in all the differences, specifically: sensor type, movie mode and bracketing, those features are worth much more than the $200 difference between the two.


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Comments

  1. After reading your post I am so happy that i bought D 5000. I bought it because it had 12.3 pixels which was more than the 300.
    Not to mentiong, hubby bought for me when he went to New jersey in january and it was atleas 200 or more € than here :-)

    • Happy Cook, thank you for the feedback! How do you like your D5000 so far? :)

  2. 3
    ) BC

    Excellent comparison. Much appreciated!

  3. 5
    ) Happy Joy Joy..

    Those two DSLR aren’t in the same class! it just like comparing Mercedez E-Class with C-Class.. All just about the budget, you got more advantage if you spend more. Spend more money in DSLR of course you got something more.. right?!

    D5000 is about $200 more than D3000,.. with $200 you could get Nikkor 35mm f1.8.. and that’s very good deal..

    • Well, not really. In this case, the Nikon D3000 is much worse compared to Nikon D5000 and I’m suggesting to skip it and get the D5000 instead. IMHO, image quality is worth more than the $200 difference.

  4. 7
    ) Tobias

    Hi.. I’m a photographer, I always use Nikon in my job, D90 and D700. But when I’m doing my hobby I feel more comfortable to use D3000, especially when I’m doing vacation with my family. I think D3000 is not only right to be use by beginner but also for amateur or even professional photographer, because it’s small and it makes very good quality image for new-entry camera. But just don’t compare it with the semi-pro or even pro DSLR.

    Why did I choose D3000 instead of D5000?

    - The size, it’s the smallest Nikon DSLR

    - The price, it’s $200 cheaper than d5000.. I better keep the money to get SB400 or 35mm f1.8

    - Image Quality! once again.. just compare it with another brand of new entry DSLR with aprox. same price but don’t compare it with semi-pro or professional DSLR..

    - No Video, I think it’s an advantage.. Video mode makes the sensor dirty, because video mode makes the sensor always open and why do you need a video mode when you want to do photography? just keep your money and buy Handycam or other video gadget

    D5000 is $200 more than D3000 and D90 is $200 more than D5000.. D3000 is a budget DSLR (new entry level), D5000 is semi-pro DSLR just like D90. D5000 ($750) is inbetween D3000 ($550) and D90 ($950). so D5000 is a semi-pro DSLR with less of advantage.

    So if you spend $750 you’ll get better sensor in D5000 (same sensor in D90) but no AF motor in camera. And I don’t think it’s worth to spend $200 more comparing to D3000 just to have better image quality (better sensor).

    So in my opinion:

    1. It’s better to spend $550 to get D3000 and you can save your money or spend your $200 to get lens

    2. It’s better to spend $950 (more $200) to get D90 instead of D5000. You’ll get a great semi-pro DSLR with AF in body and a lot more features.

    3. If we consider about the price and what you’ll get, I think D5000 is the worse. Just buy D90 (if you have a lot of money) or get D3000..

    • Tobias, I guess it is a matter of opinion and preference ;-)

      I personally did not like the Nikon D3000 and fell in love with D5000. Size-wise there is not much difference, but the image quality on D5000 is superior than on D3000.

      As far as your comment about no video being an advantage just because it makes the sensor dirty, I totally disagree. Sensor shutter opens and closes all the time. If you were to shoot at night with a long exposure, it would essentially be the same as shooting video. I do not see how shooting video attracts dust on the sensor, unless you are zooming in/out a lot in a dusty environment.

      I do agree that getting the D90 is better than D5000, if one can afford it. However, if the extra features are not needed, the Nikon D5000 has exactly the same sensor as the D90, so I would recommend it over the D3000 any time.

    • Other key factors to add:
      1) You cannot buy a body-only version of the Nikon D3000 – I would rather get a 35mm f/1.8 than the kit 18-55mm.
      2) Look at the DXOMark comparison between D3000/D5000/D90 and see the scores yourself – D5000 and D90 have the same color depth and dynamic range and have very similar scores, while the D3000 is clearly lagging behind.
      3) Nikon D3000 is worse than D5000 in low-light situations.

  5. 10
    ) James Dean

    D3000 compare with D5000?! Oh.. c’mon why don’t you compare D3000 with D90 or maybe D3X..

    D3000 and D5000 is really diffrent level! D3000 is a replacement for D40 and D60 and D5000 is new line in Nikon DSLR inbetween D3000 and D5000..

    D5000 having better sensor and some feature but it doesn’t have AF motor sensor in the camera, so think about it if you wanna spend $550 Semi-Pro DSLR body. Even D80 has the same sensor in D3000 but D80 has AF motor in the body.

    For the image quality, the D3000 is a thoroughly satisfying camera, without being exceptional. Yes, in low light photography, D3000 not as good as d5000 because they’re using diffrent sensor but test yourself, The D3000 shoots sharper images than the D5000 and as a entry level DSLR D3000′s noise is acceptable.

    In my opinion, it’s worth to spend about $350 for a good entry level DSLR, but if you spend more than that get a good semi pro DSLR.. and it’s stupid to spend $550 DSLR body without AF motor in camera! D3000 is great for entry level, buy D90 if can afford (or buy D3000 and save your money to buy lens).. it’s only worth to spend more money if you get a “real” semi pro DSLR which has AF motor in body and has advance feature (wireless flash sync, extra control, etc.. trust me you’ll need it if you want a better than just entry level DSLR).

    Lens is more important in photography, it gives you more experience.. so save your money to buy lens not the body.. unless you have too much money.

    • James, again, as I’ve said above, it is a matter of opinion. I really like the value of the Nikon D5000 over D3000, just like D90 over D80.

      For me, the image quality and dynamic range are what matter the most and D5000 has a clear advantage over D3000 in that regard. Just check out the DXOMark scores and see for yourself.

      As far as AF motor – all new Nikon lenses (including DX) are AF-S and they work perfectly fine on non-AF bodies such as Nikon D3000/D5000, so it is not that big of a deal anyway. It was a problem in the past when there was a small number of AF-S lenses, but Nikon has released many AF-S lenses since then and there is very little need to go back to non-AF-S lenses.

      I do agree that the lens is more important than the camera body, but you gotta start somewhere and D5000 is a very capable camera to get one started.

      There is nothing wrong with comparing D3000 and D5000 – lots of people try to decide what to get and want to understand the difference between the two.

  6. 12
    ) Hola

    Hi everyone. I hear everyones opinions n the are great. Im oldschool n just trying to switch over please help. Which one will most likely have what the n80 & n90. I have both bodies loads of lenses. I just want a digital that will guve me the same satisfaction.

    • Hola, since you have been shooting film, you probably have some older Nikon lenses with aperture rings. If that’s the case, then I highly recommend buying a semi-pro body such as Nikon D90 and D300s that have built-in autofocus motors to handle old non-AFS lenses. If you can afford buying a full-frame camera, definitely look into the Nikon D700 and Nikon D3s cameras – they have exceptional image quality and great dynamic range.

      Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions.

  7. 15
    ) Hola

    Thank u soo much nasim. Awesome this narrows it down for me. I want to be able to use my old stuff. What made me decide to go digital its an up coming trip to europe n carring film its A pain hahahaha we have gotten sooo poiled with this technology.

    • Hola, you will love shooting digital after film :) Being able to see pictures in the back of the camera right after you shoot is priceless :) Plus, you do not have to worry about changing film, especially if you get a large memory stick.

  8. 16
    ) Hola

    Your knowledge have been helpfull. Thank u again nasim

  9. 18
    ) keith

    Hi, i’m thinking of buying d5000 but i would like to ask if there is any other suitable lenses for amateur photographer ? is the 18-55mm good? i’m planning to use it for plane spotting. please help,thank you.

    • Keith, the 18-55mm is an OK lens, but not great. Did you look into the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX lens? It is a great lens and delivers much sharper images than 18-55mm.

      As for aircraft spotting, neither the 18-55mm, nor the 35mm will be long enough, so I would recommend something like the excellent Nikon 70-300mm VR lens for that. By the way, if you buy the Nikon D5000 right now with the 70-300mm lens, you will get $230 off your purchase. Check out my Nikon rebates page for more info. The rebate ends in a couple of days, so you should hurry!

  10. 20
    ) Michael

    550 bucks DSLR without motor in body?! what the hell!! oh.. c’mon… better spend 350 bucks for D3000… Dude, save your money to buy D90 and use cheaper lenses!!

    • I don’t know who you are, but I’m getting annoyed with the fact that you keep posting the same thing over and over again using different names but from the same IP address.

      If you are happy with your D3000, good for you, but there is no need to spam my blog.

      You keep mentioning no AF motor in the body – seriously, who is buying old non-AF-S lenses nowadays, when most DX lenses are good enough?

      Having no AF in the camera body is an issue of the past.

  11. 21
    ) Hola

    I got the d5000 two days ago love the fact that u can get great pics in low light love it . A littke dissapointed to find out that rhe video doesnt auto focus u have to switch your lens to manual ahhhhh 

    • Hola, I’m glad to hear that you love your D5000 – I have seen many photographers who are in love with their D5000′s, including some pros.

      In terms of video, no modern DSLR can autofocus in video mode, so you will have to focus manually :)

      • 282
        ) Omer

        Hi nasin, thanks alot for ur review love u
        so much I was really confused in cams
        I love d5000 n wana buy this week
        I want it for film shooting,CG effects ,motion
        capture etc so it’s good bro?
        Please reply love u for u knowledge
        thanks

  12. 22
    ) jackflash

    Think again to invest much money for a semi pro DSLR without Auto Focus in the body. D5000 has no AF motor in the body, it means you have to spend more money to buy AF-S lens and forget about the cheaper or old lens without AF in it. It’s better to buy new entry level such as D3000 or spend more money to buy “the real semi pro Nikon DSLR D90″

    • jackflash = Michael = Tobias, please stop spamming my blog and read my comment about AF in the camera body.

  13. 26
    ) Sam

    Hi Nasim,
    I have Nikon D5000, and I notice that when I take a picture using Live view, the image LOOKS NOT good comparing with using Viewfinder. Have you got the same situation?

    • Sam, why are you taking pictures in live view? I’m also assuming that you are shooting hand-held without a tripod?

      I would always suggest photographing by looking at the viewfinder rather than the live view screen on the back of the camera. Not only is it more convenient, but it is also much more stable, especially when working with low shutter speeds.

  14. 27
    ) Boyet Alonzo

    Hi. I’m planning to get a nikon 35mm/f1.8 for my d5000? Do you think Nikon will release an update version with VR or an AF-S/f1.4 in a couple of months? Just thinking if it’s worth the waiting. Thanks.

    • Boyet, no, Nikon will not release a 35mm f/1.8 update any time soon. Nikon has many other lenses to update and short focal length prime lenses never get VR in them (for example 50mm). There might be an f/1.4 version of the 35mm coming out for a full-frame body soon, but I have no idea when. Even if a 35mm f/1.4G lens comes out, it will not be cheap!

  15. 30
    ) Boyet Alonzo

    thanks Nasim. I appreciate your advice.

  16. 31
    ) keith

    Hi again, i would like to know if the Nikon D5000 is compatible with sigma lens 18-200mm. D5000 has no internal focus motor so is 18-200 suitable ? I’m planning to use for plane spotting.

    Thanks

    • Keith, I have heard a lot of complaints about the quality of the Sigma 18-200mm. It has focusing and other mechanical problems on all Nikon DX bodies, including the Nikon D5000. Instead of wasting your money on such a crappy lens, get the Nikon 18-200mm VR II instead.

      • 33
        ) keith

        Okay. Besides the Nikon 18-200mm VR II, how about the Tamron 18-270mm VC ? any complain ? Better than Sigma 18-200mm ?

        Thanks

        • Keith, to be honest, I do not know much about the Tamron 18-270mm…

  17. 35
    ) Muymoy

    Hi Nasim,
    II just have a question. Do you think Nikon will be replacing D3000 or D5000 withsomething new anytime soon? I was planning on buying a DSLR camera but worry is this 2 might get replaced sometime soon.

    • Muymoy, I have no idea. Nobody knows when cameras get updated because Nikon keeps the information in secret. Either way, I wouldn’t worry much about camera updates and replacements. You can wait indefinitely, or you can get yourself a camera and enjoy it now. I prefer the latter.

  18. 37
    ) muymoy

    Hi Nasim,

    I have decided to just buy a D5000 to start it all out since the price difference for me is worth it. Thanks for sharing the knowledge. I hope to get more articles from you to utilize my DSLR and learn more in photography.

    • Muymoy, you are most welcome! You have made a great choice and the D5000 will serve you for years.

  19. 40
    ) Boyet Alonzo

    I recently bought a $6.00 Sunpak UV fillter (CF-7032) for my D5000. Yesterday, I took shots on a bright sunny day on one of our condo projects using the landscape mode. I’ve noticed the sky is pale blue unlike before when taking shots without the UV filter which is deep blue given the same condition. Is the sensor will not adjust to the landscape mode when you attached the UV filter or is it just a cheap UV filter? Thank you.

    • That’s what happens when you buy a cheap UV filter… Buy B+W UV MRC filters from B&H instead and you won’t see a difference.

  20. 41
    ) Boyet Alonzo

    thank you. I should have asked you first. Same UV filter specs for 18-55mm and 35mm/1.8 ?

  21. 43
    ) Angela Cowan

    I am looking for a camera that I can take pictures from high in the football stands to the middle of the football field of my daughter performing in drill team. I need something that can take close-up shots (what type of lense?), not be fuzzy, and can take pictures in low light where the picture is not black. Would the Nikon D3000 or D5000 work here? What type of lense should I use?

    • Angela, if you are on a tight budget, the Nikon D5000 + Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR would work great. Otherwise, I would rather recommend a Nikon D700 + Nikon 70-300mm due to better handling of noise in low-light situations.

      By the way, today is the last day when Nikon is giving out up to $500 in rebates if you buy the Nikon D300s/D700 cameras with a lens. Check out my latest post on rebates here.

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

  22. 44
    ) Francis

    I have a D5000 and I want to get a fisheye for it, but the Nikon fisheye is an AF not AF-S. Will the rangefinder still work for this lense?

    • Francis, which fisheye lens were you referring to?

      • 49
        ) Francis

        Hi Nasim,

        Im refering to this.
        AF DX Fisheye-NIKKOR
        10.5mm f/2.8G ED

        • Francis, no the DX fisheyes are some of the very few lenses that do not autofocus on D40/D60/D3000/D5000 cameras, because they use the old screw-type autofocus. Hopefully Nikon will update the fisheye line soon, because it is very outdated.

  23. 45
    ) orocan

    Hi Nasim, great website, very informative, very practical advise and noob friendly, would like to correct however the resolution for the d3000, it’s got the same 230,000 dots so it’s actually just 0.3″ diagonal bigger, so the only advantage now the d3k has over d5k shrinks further hehehe..
    one thing i dont understand with nikon is why they would purposely strip some software features from newer lower models, i understand if stripping hardware parts would reduce costs or weight, but software features are already readily available, improved and tested from previous models, they could have just added those retouching features, active d lighting, bracketing, custom settings etc.. to the d3000 to make it a more appealing to its price, my 2 cents

    • Orocan, thank you so much for correcting my mistake! I fixed the error :)

      As far as software features, I fully agree that it is stupid for camera manufacturers to strip off basic functionality…but it is all a part of evil marketing :(((

      The Nikon D3000 is not selling so well, because it is inferior to competition. Nikon needs to get their act together and introduce a better camera with more features. I think the “budget entry level” bar needs to be raised a little bit, because all other manufacturers are already doing it…

      Thank you for your feedback!!!

  24. 50
    ) Zia ul qadir

    Dear Nasim

    Its great to find your very informative site, bit confused to decide B/w D3000 AND D5000, can you please tell the duration of video clips by D5000 or it depends on the memory card it has,means can make ocntnious movie like an hour.

    Thanks

    Zia

    • Zia, the amount of video data depends on how big your memory card is. I would suggest a 16 GB card or more if you want to record lots of video. Now there are limitations on how long the shutter can remain open on a DSLR. As far as I remember, it is limited to 5 minutes on most DSLRs, including Nikon D5000. This happens because the sensor starts overheating after that…

  25. 51
    ) Michael

    Thank you for your insight on the Nikon D5000. Can you recommend classes to learn more on how to use my first DLSR Camera?

    • Michael, what kind of classes are you looking for? There is plenty of free material online, even right here on our blog.

      If you want to take a class close to where you live, you might want to check with a local university or technical school and see what they offer. You can also buy plenty of great photography books in a bookstore like Barnes and Noble…

  26. 55
    ) Zia ul qadir

    In Dubai UAE the price of Nikon D5000 is AED 3500 in almost all major shops with warranty, but the same is also available for AED 2200 without warranty in some shops.
    Need to know are there any fakes available or it could be just the warranty difference.

    I AED = 3.67$

    • Assalamu Aleykum Zia!

      I would definitely get the version with warranty. In certain cases, resellers like B&H could sell “gray market” versions of a product, but I have never seen a gray market version of a DSLR.

  27. 56
    ) John

    Can someone give me a final word, D3000 or D5000. After reading the comments from all am really confused. Please note that I AM COMPLETELY NEW TO SLR CAMS. I am planning to get one in the comming week, was googling and came accross this review and its really awsome. I had a look at the D3000 and felt like the GUIDE helped me to understand things easily.

    • 57
      ) Zia ul qadir

      John go for D5000 or D90 as the main thing is sensor difference, D5000 has advance sensor hence the better pictures than D3000.

    • John, as Zia suggested below, go for the Nikon D5000 – it has a better sensor than the D3000.

      If you are in the USA, buy from reliable sellers like B&H to get the best price and service.

      • 60
        ) John

        Thanks Zia & Nasim, I am from India :), actaully my Bday is nearing so really looking forward to gift myself a good DSLR CAM.
        Recently i been to one of the Nikkon shops here and they suggesting D3000. It looked as if he is trying to market that model to meet some sales target.

        Anyways thanks a lot and this forum really helped me a lot and i am fixed to D5000 now.

        Thanks a lot guys.

      • 62
        ) Pradeep

        Dear Nasim,

        Your posts seems to be very helpful for guy who knows nothing about the SLR camera’s but always loved to buy one. I am realyy confused as where to buy this .. because here in India few shops offer the D5000 40% cheaper than the one which they sell in DSLR Zone.. they sell the same camera without bill.. Can I buy this ? Will it be reliable ? I know its always better to buy in an DSLR Zone but the price difference seems to be very high .

        Please advise …

        Regards,
        Pradeep

        • 88
          ) A K

          Hi Pradeep,
          I am from India too and have recently bought a DSLR from a DSLR zone. I purchased it with the usual 2 yrs Nikon India warranty. Of course the DSLR zone was selling it on MRP of the box but they were offering a cheap tripod and some other extra things along with it. When I insisted that I was not interested in any extra item other than what came in the box (but I wanted the bag and memory card which Nikon India provides), they happily gave me some discount. And I was satisfied with the price.
          Don’t purchase it from the gray market. You will not get 2 yrs warranty. Even the price difference (now about 5-15%, depending on the camera model) is not worth it.
          I think it should be fine if you do not purchase your camera from a DSLR zone but instead purchase it from any other very trusted seller as long as you get the full Nikon warranty. I personally preferred DSLR zone since I got a good price and it was very near to my office :)

          Nasim,
          I hope you didn’t mind that I answered this question (which was directed to you). If you did mind then please let me know and I will not do so in future.

          • 196
            ) Pradeep

            Dear A K ,

            I am really sorry for my late reply …..Thank You very much for your suggestion.

            Regards,
            Pradeep

  28. 61
    ) Krishna

    Just before I visited this web site and saw this review, I decided to go with D3000. Having read this, through the D5000 costs more, I have decided to go with D5000.

    I have found that the Online stores are providing a better price than the stores. I have landed up with http://www.adorama.com/INKD5000K1.html. Is this a good one to go?

    Let me know if I am at a disadvantage of not actually seeing the camera before I buy. In fact like John, I also live in India and am looking at getting my father to take the delivery of the camera and bring it here. Matter of fact, I have held the D40 for a very brief period of say, 5 minutes or so. That is all about DSLRs that I have handled. But the craze of having to get the SLR and now DSLR has made me go with this wild idea of getting the camera without having to handle it even once.

    Can you suggest some online or some books that will help me improve my photography techniques? I love photography, but do not understand lot of terminologies. I would like to be a personal mid-size-pro photographer. At the least, should be able to take very good photographs of my family :).

    Awaiting your response.

    Thanks

    • Krishna, yes, either Adorama or B&H are both good for purchasing cameras. I believe they ship internationally, although I would only trust B&H for those types of transactions.

      In terms of basic photography tutorials, why don’t you check out my Photography Tips for Beginners article? There is plenty of information there. If you are looking for a book, check out Bryan Peterson’s “Understanding Exposure” book – it is excellent.

      • 69
        ) Krishna

        That is exactly what I did :). Have bookmarked this page on my browser. Plathero of information there.

        Krishna

      • 89
        ) A K

        Although Amazon, B&H and Adorama are great stores which give products at good prices, if someone from India orders a camera (or any other electronic item) from outside India, he/she has to pay the customs duty as well. Plus I believe that the Nikon USA warranty may not be applicable in India.
        This is too bad since although the camera kits are available here (in India) at a very reasonable price (e.g. price of Nikon D90 + 18-105 vr is approx. $1150 here), most of the non-kit lenses (except for the 50mm 1.8 and 55-200 vr) are way too expensive. For example the cost of 18-200 vr here at present is a little more than $1000 (which is more than D5000 + 18-55vr + 55-200 vr :) ).

        Your photography related tips are great.

  29. 63
    ) Boyet Alonzo

    I bought 35mm/f1.8 lens last month for my D5000 and came to read your Nikon 24mm/f1.4 review just yeasterday. Is this compatible to D5000 and does it make a big difference on the above lens? Thank you.

    • Boyet, yes, the 24mm f/1.4G will work on the D5000, but it might be an overkill due to its price point. What specifically are you looking for in the 24mm? Do you want to capture wider landscapes?

  30. 64
    ) Krishna

    There is a saying that one does not have a problem interacting or answering to a person who does not know the subject and to the person who knows the subject very well. It is very difficult to interact or answer the ones who have half knowledge. I am in the half knowledge or a better informed than a no info category persons. So, I have lot of questions since I am confused.

    Let me ask my questions:

    a. I have heard about Grey marker and believe that Nikon will not service the grey market purchased camera in case the one I have is that. So, if I purchase the camera from http://www.adorama.com/INKD5000K1.html or http://www.digitalrev.com/en/nikon-d5000-with-18-55mm-vr-and-55-200mm-vr-lens-kit-7149.html or http://www.getitdigital.com/package.php?id=673, will these be considered as Grey market?

    b. I live in India, in case the above is not considered Grey market, do you think (just gut feel) that in case I get into trouble, the Nikon service folks in India would help address in warranty?

    c. If for warranty, the seller (any one of the above 3 links) has to provide International warranty only, then if you guide me on this on how to approach, I will get one of these sellers for the same

    d. The lens that these 3 web sites provide, are they real good ones? The question is not about it being refurbished, but about the ‘quality’ of the same. I belive the condition cannot be guaranteed since it should be on a ‘as-is’ basis by these guys. But in case you know of someone who have purchased camera from one of them, what has been the feedback? There are lot of feedback on each site by the past buyers and there has been mixed views, but more towards the ‘good’ mark. But I value you feedback (not that I will hold you responsible in case it does not go well), please let me know.

    e. How come these web sites provide the $200+ lens at this cost? This is the basis for my earlier question. The tendency to question if something comes cheap is the result of being cheap even if there is nothing wrong.

    f. As said by Pradeep, the cost given in the web site is too irresistable at the same time, the doubt at the back of the mind is bothering.

    In all probability, I would go with getitdigital folks since they seem to be having too many freebies and that is very attractive. Being a first timer, not sure if I would put all of them to use.

    I ‘intend’ placing order on May 28 (wife’s birthday), so I will be more than happy to receive your feedback / comments prior to May 28.

    Krishna

    • Krishna,

      a) are there companies in India that sell Nikon cameras?
      b) if there are companies in India that sell Nikon gear, then buying any other camera would not allow you to service it there.
      c) don’t buy any other additional warranty – it is a waste of money
      d) most Nikon-branded lenses are very good. If you decide to buy from US-based stores, buy either from Adorama or B&H
      e) don’t buy cameras and lenses that are listed cheaper than in Adorama and B&H
      f) see e)

    • 90
      ) A K

      Krishna, I believe it would be better to purchase the camera from India and get the Nikon India warranty. Customs related duties are applicable on most of the items (except for books and some other items) so an electronic item purchased from USA and shipped to India will usually be a lot costlier compared to the price in India. Also you may not get any warranty.
      I think it would be the best if you can ask your friends/colleagues who already own a DSLR. They can guide you better regarding from where to purchase your DSLR.

  31. 68
    ) Boyet Alonzo

    I am just curious that 24mm/f1.4 is so expensive. At this stage I am beginning to appreciate fast lens and how you can maximize the beauty of it. I appreciate your site because you share your years of experience to us. It’s like buy first then regret ‘coz it don’t meet your needs. Many, many thanks Nasim.

    • Boyet, you are most welcome! Yes, the 24mm f/1.4 is too darn expensive, unfortunately. But it is superb optics and Nikon knows that very well, which is why they put such a high price tag on it…

  32. 70
    ) Anup Bhide

    Hello Nasim,

    I have read a lot of posts about the d5000 having no AF focus motor. What exactly is this? What does it do? is it a big deal that there is no motor? i am going to buy either a d3000 or a d5000 but i cant decide which to get? Please help!!Do i save £150 which is the difference and buy a camera bag,lens etc, or in your opinion is the exta £150 spent on a d5000 justified?

    Many thanks for your help.

    • 71
      ) Krishna

      Anup,

      Sorry to barge in and answer, yes for the extra 150, please go in for D5000. Few reasons that I would say:

      * Exposure Bracketing
      * 4fps photo capture with max of 100 exposures
      * Automatic Chromatic Aberration Correction
      * Swivel LCD Screen
      * Live View

      Krishna

    • Anup, do not worry about no AF focus motor – it is only important if you have really old Nikon lenses with no focus motor in them. Most modern Nikon lenses are AF-S and have a built-in motor, so you should be fine, as long as you are buying a DX or AF-S lens.

      As Krishna suggested, I would recommend to go for the D5000 instead.

  33. 72
    ) Anup Bhide

    Krishna,

    Thanks very much for replying back. Very grateful for the advice. Yeah i think i wil go for the D5000. I have read here that it has a better sensor as it is CMOS and not CCD like the d3000. Do you know in what way it is better and why?

    • Anup, the modern CMOS sensors are superior compared to CCD sensors in terms of noise in high ISOs and have better battery life. Go for the D5000 and you will not regret it.

  34. 73
    ) kresearch

    I’ve been in the hobby for quite a bit now. I notice all these questions about which DSLR people should buy (D3000/D5000/D90/D700, etc). I think the answer is very easy:

    1. If $150, which is the difference between D3k and D5k, is a problem for you, go with D3000. Or even D40/D60 if you can find it for cheaper; both are as good as D5000 except for a number of rarely used features. You will be light years ahead of your point-and-shoot camera with it. Your happiness will be guaranteed.

    2. If $150 is not a problem for you, go with D90/D700. Yes, for $350 or $2k more. Once you see your pictures from a contemporary DSLR, you will most likely want to spend more on better lenses. Yes, the kit lens is very entry level and is limiting what you can get even from D3000. The difference between it and a good lens, 35mm f/1.8 for instance, is huge. Read the post about it above. If going down the road you end up buying lenses over time, the final amount spent will definitely be way bigger than the $350 difference between D3000 and D90, so it won’t matter much. Not to mention that D90/D700 will allow you to save considerably on your lenses because they support most types of Nikon lenses unlike D3k/D5k. Also, you won’t be able to easily upgrade your DSLR later if you decide you like D90/D700, etc better. Btw, upgrading lenses is way easier and cheaper as they retain very well their value over time. Unfortunately, DSLRs do not.

    3. If you have the money but don’t care about good quality pictures, and thus good lenses, you most likely don’t need to waste money on D5000. Just go with D3000 and you will not be disappointed.

    4. If you want to feel good that you did not miss on a small number of better camera features or you’d like to brag about them to your friends, pay $150 more and get D5000. Keep in mind though that D6000 will be better than D5000 with another couple of features which will rarely be used. There is no stopping in this department as Nikon wants you to keep on buying :)

    Pick your poison. My personal conclusion is that going with D5000 is an unnecessary expense. If you were ever in the hobby (photography) or are likely to end up in it and have the money, go for D90/D700. If you don’t have money, get D3000. It’s not bad at all.

    Btw, speaking of finding a lower price, http://www.adorama.com (and possibly B&H) sells factory refurbished Nikon cameras for even cheaper. I bought a D40 from them for ~$350 some time ago. It was literally new and is still working like a champ.

    Good luck and happy shooting.

    P.S. Nasim, I am not your spammer although I agree with some of his points :)

    • Kresearch, thanks for stopping by and dropping a comment. I agree, any DSLR is better than a point and shoot :) However, for me, the most important thing on a camera is its sensor, not its features, which is why I would recommend D5000 over D3000. $150 is a small difference and $350 might be too much for some people to go with the D90.

      Most people just need an entry-level DSLR camera to take everyday pictures. If photography eventually becomes a hobby, then your theory is correct – the $350 difference will be insignificant, compared to other lens and accessory purchases. When I bought my first DSLR, I spent a little over $1200 and I told myself that I would never buy anything else. Four years down the road, I do not even want to know how much money and time I spent on gear…I know it is way too much :)

      Upgrading to D90 from D3000 or D5000 is not a problem at all – upgrading is a problem only when switching from DX to FX cameras (such as D700/D3s/D3x), because all DX lenses need to be upgraded as well.

      But it is all a matter of opinion. If you ask Ken Rockwell, he will tell you that Nikon D40 is the best camera ever :)

  35. 78
    ) Atul

    hi nasim
    really very very informative blog.
    want to buy slr cam what i think is all that matter is money coz it is the main constraint for beginer.my budget is 30k INR (1$=45 INR) yes im thinking of d5000
    plz tell me which will be best suited lense for d5000,as i want to take picture of my family,vacations,random photography. just wanna pursue my hobby

    One of my friend ready to sell his d60 to me in 25k INR with basic kit.

    plz guide

    • Atul, the Nikon D5000 is a great camera for a beginner. For the start, I would recommend either getting the kit lens (18-55mm VR) or the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G lens. The kit lens is probably better for now to get started – you can get the 35mm f/1.8G later.

  36. 79
    ) Atul

    hi nasim

    waiting for ur reply

    • Sorry for a late response! Too many comments, not much time :)

  37. 80
    ) Krishna

    Nasim,

    Finally, I purchased the D5000 on May 28 (wife birthday :)). Though it is not a present for her, in her name, I got this – ha ha ha!

    From then till today, I have captured about 1850 photographs. Some of them due to continuous shooting. I sure did get quite a lot of dud shots and very few I liked. None that I captured looked excellent to me, probably I have to learn more on the camera settings. Here are some of the photographs that I took and wanted to hear your comments on what could I do to improve and get better shot. When you find time, please check http://picasaweb.google.com/krishnaraja/D5000. I suppose I will keep learning photography skills for probably couple of 1000s of shots.

    For those in India, this will help, I got the following in single purchase:

    a. D5000 + 18-55mm VR kit (Rs.33,900 – @ Chennai, India. I checked with Digital SLR Zones and they quoted Rs.38,900)
    b. 55-200mm VR lens
    c. Canon Tripod (well I was told Nikon tripods are not good enough and this will be the best – Canan to support Nikon wow!)
    d. ML3 Remote
    e. EL9a spare battery (after thought, I need not have gotten this now since I could take about 600+ snaps on the first charge and that too having taken 4 times 33+ continuous shots [Fine, Large setting])
    f. The Nikon Bag, 4GB SD, Lens cleaning cloth, Sensor cleaning swab with liquid and UV protection lens were freebie. I actually don’t dare touch the Sensor with the swab and the liquid though.
    g. For some reason, Nikon provides a 2 year warranty on the D5000 VR Kit in India. I found the warranty papers on the kit box but I did not find any warranty papers for the 55-200mm, so confused if I would get Nikon warranty in case anything has to happen. If not, I would better check with the dealer where I go this from.

    If you wanted to know how much lighter my purse has become, then it is lighter by Rs.47,600. This, at today’s USD conversion rate is, USD 1,007.

    Krishna

    • Krishna, congratulations with your purchase! Well, the camera is for both of you and it is definitely a nice birthday present. She will get to enjoy your family pictures and I’m sure she will want to take some pictures with it herself :)

      I looked at some of your photographs and in general, they are not bad for a beginner. It seems to me that you are still using your point and shoot mentality to take images with the DSLR. It will take some time and practice, but you have to first learn how to use the camera and eventually, you will get an eye on interesting subjects to take pictures of. Many of the images you shot were taken in challenging light conditions (shooting against the sun or with the sun reflection in the water, etc). You just have to practice a lot and learn – expect to read on photography a lot for the next 6-12 months :)

      Good luck with your photography and welcome to the world of DSLR!

      • 91
        ) A K

        Oops!! I feel like a spammer now. I am sorry Nasim.
        I didn’t read all the comments and posted mine. I now came to know that Krishna has already purchased D5000.

        Krishna, Nikon India provides 2 yrs warranty on the body and 1 year on kit lens (and not 2yrs on both).
        If you do not have the warranty paper of 55-200 then it is most probably from the gray market.

      • 93
        ) Krishna

        Nasim and AK,

        Thanks for replying back. I was held up with so much work at office that I could only read the comments you posted since I had subscribed. Somehow, got some time out this morning for a reply and doing this.

        I keep taking a lot of duds and there are few that I feel are professional ones (ha ha ha, great joke). I will upload them to the same URL and let you know.

        Thanks a ton for your support and Nasim, whenever I feel like taking the camera out for photos, I take 30 minutes off, read your blog on good photography and then shoot. This helps and I believe after some more time, I will remember all of the tips. Thanks a zillion for the tips!

        Krishna

  38. 84
    ) Matt

    Hello, My friend owns a like new D70 that I can buy for 300/400 dollars. w/18-77mm lens, 1G mem card, bag… Is this a great deal or am I better off buying a new D5000? I plan on taking photos of outdoor/indoor sporting events. Thanks

    • Matt, get the Nikon D5000 instead or also take a look at Canon, as kresearch suggested below.

  39. 85
    ) kresearch

    D70 is an old model (2005 I believe). One advantages is that it’s got a built in focus motor. However, you can buy a brand new D3000 with lens, memory card, and bag for less than $400. D3000 has a better sensor than D70 in terms of resolution and light sensitivity. D5000 has it even a bit better. They don’t have the built in focus motor so they won’t auto-focus with the older (non AF-S) Nikon lenses (which sucks as they are frequently cheaper). D90 has both good sensor quality and supports auto-focus on these lenses.

    You can try this link and compare what photographers say about Nikon cameras. Sorry if I disappoint you but D70/D70s don’t seem to be very good anymore:

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showcat.php?perpage=24&sort=7&cat=16&ppuser=

    Btw, you may consider checking Canon as well. They have slightly richer and cheaper lens line. Also as opposed to Nikon, all Canon lenses work on every Canon DSLR camera.

    • I agree, Canon should be evaluated as well, since they have more lenses and availability.

  40. 92
    ) farid

    Hi nasim……
    Nice blog….. btw I’ve bought D3000 and be used it for couple of month now…. It seem ok for me as a beginner… there are too much infos between this 2 unit until I got confused by it. Maybe I did a wrong decision on buing the d3000… emmmm… talking about pictures quality, I’m too fresh too dumb to compare between a good pictures than not…. But…. I did really enjoyed taking pic using my new dslr which more features and tricks between my compact camera… just to share something.. here in Malaysia the d3000 selling like hot cake…… I managed to get it MYR 1,640.00 c/w kit which more cheaper than the market price for canon 1000D ( MYR 1,800.00)…. Too much to compare with the D5000 MYR 2,690.00 also come with same kit….
    I do enjoy reading your blog and comments from readers…. Keep up… hope to get more experience in photography and who knows I might buy more expensive and pro camera in the future… hehehehe…. cherios….

    • Farid, I apologize for a late response. Thank you for your feedback and I am glad that you are enjoying the D3000. After-all , it is not the camera that makes pictures – it is the photographer :)

  41. 95
    ) farid

    thanks for your reply…. :)

  42. 96
    ) glaiza

    Hi Nazim,

    What if the warranty for the dslr is not from the manufacturer, but from the local seller themselves, is it safe??

    • Glaiza, I am assuming you are talking about extended warranty? All Nikon/Canon cameras and lenses are covered for a minimum of 1 year by default. If a local store is telling you otherwise, I would not purchase anything from them, since they are just lying.

  43. 97
    ) Federico

    Nazim,

    Thank you for your very informative blog. I have been trying to research the various Nikon models and this is the first site I’ve found that has answered all my questions (and then some). I look forward to using your “Photography Tips for Beginners” page as I begin exploring my new camera.

    One question though, what are your thoughts on the micro four thirds cameras out there in comparison to the D5000, specifically the Olympus PL1 and Panasonic GF1 models. I plan on traveling a lot with my camera and the smaller size appeals to me, but I don’t want to make a big sacrifice on image quality. The D5000 doesn’t seem so large to me by itself, but I can see how additional lenses, filers, and such would get heavy quickly. Thanks

    • Federico, micro four thirds format looks attractive, but I would personally stick with either Nikon or Canon because of a large variety of accessories and lenses that are currently available with these brands. In terms of image quality, micro four thirds has a smaller sensor than Nikon/Canon APS-C, so the image quality is also going to suffer in comparison.

      I wouldn’t worry about weight as much, since even 4/3 can get heavy with additional equipment.

  44. 98
    ) mohamad

    Hello guys i need ur help,

    I want to take photos for cars,persons,lifestyle and absolutely me ! .
    I don`t want to spend a lot of money in a camera because i`m not a pro-photographer and i won`t.i just want to take photos like any compact digital camera can do.but in a good quality. plaese Mr.nasim advice me.
    I really want to thank u cuz Your posts seems to be very helpful for anyone looking for d5000 or d3000 :).

    by the way i live in kuwait and the d3000 cost 690$ while the d5000 cost 1000$.

    so i believe it is the most expensive price all over the world.

    thank u again

    regards

    mohamad

    • Mohamad, that is a hefty price to pay for a D5000. If there i such a huge difference in price, just go with the D3000 and get better lenses instead. If you like taking pictures, you will most likely upgrade to a larger/better camera in a couple of years anyway.

  45. 99
    ) Ravisankar

    Hi Nazim,
    I have a question for you.
    I tried both Nikon D3000 and D5000 last week end.

    I found that the focus quality and image detail is better in D3000 than D5000. Why is it so? I used the factory supplied kit lens (18-55mm VR) which is identically same for both the models. The quality and depth of focus is very good in D3000 than D5000, especially when using preset modes like Potrait, Landscapes, etc.

    I also found that the video recording capability in D5000 isn’t impressive, though it has HD capability (It does 24 frames per second only! hence the motion is not smooth enough for a punch. Nikon must have given atleast 30 fps video).

    I tried two different Nikon D5000s, both are inferior in focussing when compared to D3000. The only thing i could convince on D5000 over D3000 is its low light capabilities.

    I read everywhere D5000 is better than D3000, but why its focussing is inferior than D3000? I use Scene modes more often, Is that the cause of this issue?

    Should i need to change some setting to get best focus in D5000?

    • 100
      ) Amit

      Hi Ravisankar,
      Focus as such should not be an issue, either with D3000 or with D5000. My guess is that the problem you are facing is either ‘blur’ or ‘noise’ but not the focus.
      In order to compare the quality of the photographs, I would recommend you to use either manual (M) mode or aperture priority (A) mode for different values of ISO. If you are not familiar with these terms then you can quickly learn these through Nasim’s tips for the beginners:
      http://photographylife.com/photography-tips-for-beginners
      (Read the section ‘Understanding basics of photography’)

      I have a D90 which has the same image quality as that of D5000. I have used my friend’s D3000 and I feel that D90′s (and hence D5000′s) image quality is better than that of D3000. D3000 @ ISO 1600 looks too much grainy and unacceptable.
      Movie mode of D90 (which is similar to that of D5000) is poor but I hardly care about videos.

      Please note that these are my personal views. I am sure that Nasim would be able to give you a better advice (especially if you can provide some sample pics).

      • 102
        ) Ravisankar

        Hi Amit,
        Thanks a lot for your comments.
        Yes, i mean to say the ‘blur’ as focus problem.

        In my test, Nikon D5000 took blurry pictures when compared to D3000 in AUTO mode and Scene modes. I was using a Tripod, so there is no chance of ‘Shake’.

        I also have few questions for D5000

        1. How often should we need to clean the image sensor? Image Sensor Cleaning is always projected as a nightmare in websites.
        I’m a semi-professional photographer wont change the lenses more often.
        Is there any service centers in chennai (india) to do this work? Can we trust those service centers for Sensor cleaning?

        2. UV filter is mandatory for a D5000?

        3. When i was shooting using VR (Factory Lens) in ‘ON’ position, I found the picture frame was shaking in View Finder for a sec and settles down. This happens when the camera was trying to focus a subject after setting Zoom to 55mm (Telephoto).

        The phenomenon is not found if VR is set to OFF position.

        Is it a defect in D5000 or thats the way it works?

        • 105
          ) Amit

          Hi Ravisankar,
          If you used a tripod then I am not sure about the reason why you got that kind of image from D5000. So ignore my previous comment.
          Now regarding your questions:
          1. You will find the following article useful:
          http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/Sensor-Cleaning.aspx
          2. You should use a UV filter with your lenses.
          Read point 9 (Lens UV/Protection filter) of the following article by Nasim:
          http://photographylife.com/must-have-dslr-accessories
          3. After I read your comment, I tried to see this with 18-105vr set at 105mm. Previously I had really not noticed it. After switching from vr to non-vr mode several times I think I saw a little bit of extra shake but not that much which would bother me. Probably because I do not use a tripod, it is hard for me to distinguish between this shake and the shake caused by my hand.

    • Ravisankar, that’s strange, because the autofocus on the D5000 should be very similar to D3000, if not better. Perhaps the D5000 was defective? Yes, the settings could have also played a role and you might have been shooting in different modes in both cameras, so I would try a different sample with the same settings – I’m sure the D5000 would not be inferior.

  46. 101
    ) George

    The D3000 vs the D5000 debate!

    I need a camera for two reasons, well, more than two but the main shooting conditions are…

    indoor product photography

    and

    gig (concerts) photography (in bad light, with no flash sometimes).

    A lesser reason would be sports ie grassroots football.

    I’ve read the reviews on both and my question is, would I get away with the D3000, or should I just go for the D5000? There is about a £150 difference in the prices so I do think its worth asking you experienced people the question.

    Cheers, George.

    • George, the D3000 is worse than D5000 when it comes to performance in low-light. For concert photography, I would certainly go with the D5000 over D3000. For indoor product photography, either one would work fine.

  47. I had to pick up this sport becuase of the small town I live in. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo mexico. Nice place!

    Anyway, I am super new and I am just learning the basics. I got a d3000 and have been impressed with it. I have read all the blogs that its not the best for low light stuff but —- It should be at least good shouldnt it ? I mean fairly decent. Enough to make a little picture for your wall somewhere. i am having trouble shooting light sources. Anyone have any words for me. I have to learn this to shoot my furniture for my little store. My survival depends on my ability now to shoot ok pictures. I thought the 3000 could do that. It can right? Just setting it right? Or is it that bad a camera that it will not do such things and I wasted my resources on it – The beginner man Jason – Nasim can you help me out?

    • Jason, yes, the D3000 is certainly decent for most situations and is a good camera to get you started – much better than a point and shoot camera. At the end of the day, it is not the camera that takes pictures, but you :) I know some photographers that shoot with expensive pro-level gear and cannot take a single good picture…

  48. 104
    ) Sam

    Hi Nasim and everyone,
    I saw alot poeple wonder which camera they should get. Comparing D3000 and D5000, I prefer D5000 because it’s better Image sensor, more functions, and more… However, this is my opinion.
    I bought my D5000 because of his advice, and I’m so appreciate! Now, I own D5000 and D700. With D700, no one can complain about it. It’s fabulous! My sugguess is when you are thinking of buying lens, should buy FX lens for further camearas.
    D5000 is for begineer DSLR, reasonable price, enough feature for first step. Then, you’re gonna jump to further next step if you love taking photos.
    Anyway, this is just my opinion. It’s up on your budget, your idea, and your target.
    Enjoy your photos, everyone!

    • Sam, I’m glad you are enjoying the D5000 and D700 – both are superb! And yes, I would certainly recommend D5000 over D3000 for the same reasons.

  49. 106
    ) lloyd

    hi sir, with all the reviews i’ve read, i’m planning to buy a d5000 with 18-105 kit + 35mm 1.8G is this a good combo lense. thanks…

    • 107
      ) Amit

      Hi lloyd,
      I would recommend you to read the following 2 articles (If you have not already read them):

      http://photographylife.com/first-nikon-lens
      http://photographylife.com/first-nikon-dslr-and-lens

      Search for 18-105 and 35 in these articles and the comments section.

      How much would you save if you buy 18-55 kit instead of 18-105? If you would save a substantial amount (say around $200) then I would recommend you to purchase 18-55mm kit instead. If you need more than 55mm then you can later choose to buy a telephoto lens like 55-200.
      I am not saying that 18-105 is a bad lens. It is a good lens but I want you to consider whether it is worth the extra amount you will have to pay if you prefer it over the 18-55 kit.

      18-105 is a bit heavier for a slow consumer grade lens.

      One small advantage with 18-55, 35 mm f1.8 and 55-200 combination would be that you would be able to use the same polarization filter (52mm) for all the three. If you choose to buy 18-105 then you will need to buy 67mm polarization filter which will not fit on the 35mm lens. But this is a very small advantage and should not influence your purchasing decision much.

      I have both 18-105mm and 35mm 1.8. I use 35mm f1.8 most of the time.

      • 123
        ) lloyd

        wow thanks for the advice, i will definitely think about this for sure

    • Lloyd, absolutely – it is a wonderful combo!

    • I also agree with Amit, you might want to consider the 18-55mm as well, which might save you some $ towards purchasing a tripod or other accessories.

  50. 108
    ) Ravisankar

    Can any one answer my question please…?

    I bought a Nikon D5000 DSLR camera yesterday and took some 400+ pictures. When i tried to remove the battery from camera compartment (for recharging), It was not coming out. I felt some lock type mechanism preventing the battery from coming out. Unfortunately no where in the Nikon manual they had given “How to remove a battery for recharging”.
    I removed the lens later and tried pulling it out, it came like a ‘knife in butter’.

    Here is my question:
    In D3000, D5000 or D90, Is that true that the Battery cannot be removed for re-charging when the lens is attached to the body?

    Tell me one more thing,
    If i’m using a DSLR without removing or changing the lens, Is it possible to prevent dust from entering the sensor? or Still it needs cleaning?

    I’m planning to keep the lens fixed so that there is no chance of dust entering the camera sensor…But the awkward thing is D5000 is not allowing me to remove the battery without removing the lense.

    Please Advice…

    • Ravisankar, no, the battery has nothing to do with the lens. I have seen some cases before, when a battery can touch the door plastic and get a little stuck, so just move it around a little or close and reopen the door and try again – it should come out. If you are experiencing some serious problems with this, you might want to take it back to where you got it from and see if they can get it replaced.

      In terms of sensor dust, you will most likely not be able to prevent it, because the dust comes not only from changing the lens, but also from lens “breathing”. Every zoom lens needs to breathe in order to zoom in/out, so the dust particles that are stuck in the zoom/focus rings might eventually make it to the sensor. You will most likely have to deal with cleaning the sensor at some point. If you take care of your gear and clean it well before reusing it again, you will certainly minimize the impact of dust significantly.

      Hope this helps.

  51. 109
    ) stephanie

    Hello,

    I want to buy a Nikon D5000 , and I know it come with a 18-55mm standard lens.

    I am looking for a good lens for Portrait and Makeover photography. Nothing too pricey please.

    Any Suggestions…

  52. 110
    ) atul.k

    dear nasim and all

    I’m from India and my purchasing d5000 for mr from Oman, will it caom with international warranty.

    Is der any problem in India if camera is purchased from outside India related to nikon servises.

    plz reply

    • Atul, yes, you might not be able to get Nikon service in India if you buy it from another country. I would call a Nikon authorized store in India and find out for sure…

  53. 124
    ) Carlos Tadayuki

    Mr Nasim. Thanks for your comments.
    What do you think about “nikon D5000 refurbished by nikon USA”, anounced in Adorama? Is it safe?
    thanks

    • Carlos, I apologize for a late response. Generally, it is safe to get a refurbished camera, but it does not come with warranty. So if anything happens to it, you will have to pay out of your pocket for repairs. If the difference is small, I would personally get a brand new one.

      • 143
        ) Carlos Tadayuki

        Thanks Mr. Nassim…from Brazil!

  54. 125
    ) Ravisankar

    Nasim,
    The Kit lens provided for Nikon D5000 and D3000 is a cheap one. Every time when i shoot with VR enabled (VR switch in the lens in ‘ON’ position), the view finder jerks a bit when the camera tries to Autofocus. This phenomenon is observed when camera is set to Telephoto zoom (55mm) and shutter is pressed half the way.

    This shake though not affects the picture quality, it could slightly affect the accuracy of coverage area / exposure area. I feel it annoying with Nikon D5000.
    My camera is still under return (policy) period So i can send it back.

    I didnt find the same problem in Canon T1i and T2i. Image quality is more or less same in Canon and infact it offers a better 30 fps video over nikon’s 24 fps video.

    Is it a wise decision to Switch to Canon?…Cost wise canon is a bit expensive though but i’m ready to spend for its better quality.

    • Ravisankar, the VR “jerking” is a normal behavior – you need to hold the shutter button for a second or two before shooting when VR is turned on. Also, if it is jerking too much, it means that your arm is shaking too much – try to keep the camera/lens more stable. No need to send your camera back…

      The VR feels a little different on short focal lengths vs telephoto. No need to switch just because of this.

      • 136
        ) Ravisankar

        Thanks Nasim.

        One more interesting question to you, I’m worried about Hot pixel issue.

        One of my friend’s Nikon D3000 developed hot pixel (a static bright dot appearing consistently at one place in the image. It appears in all photos).

        Is that because of CCD sensor in D3000? (Its been called as charge leak in the sensor).

        How about D5000, I have D5000 and does it also develop hot pixels?

        I browsed through many websites, they say even D90, D300s have hot pixel issues during long exposure and high ISO – low light shooting. So probably D5000 may develop?

        The hot pixels are more visible in dark photos, when it is zoomed more than 150%.

        We are investing lot of money on this DSLRs but why such defects appear?

        I would appreciate if you could comment on the same.

  55. 126
    ) social_justice

    Thanks for the ton of information and for all the sensible questions and Nasim for his honest answer.

    Just a quick question, I’m currently choosing between a package of a D3000 w both the 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses or a D5000 with just the 18-55mm lens at about the same price. Which would be the better choice?

    • 128
      ) Amit

      social_justice, the price difference between D5000 kit and D3000 kit is around $160. If you are able to get a 70-300 mm lens in this price then this is most certainly the non-vr 70-300mm f/4-5.6G lens.
      I have not used this lens so I cannot comment on its quality, however, I think this will not auto-focus on D3000 or D5000. Focusing a lens manually on D3000 or D5000 could be tedious.

      If you want to have a budget telephoto lens for D3000 or D5000 then you can consider 55-200 VR.

      I suggest you to read the following article:
      http://photographylife.com/first-nikon-dslr-and-lens

    • Social_justice, go with the Nikon D5000 instead…

  56. 127
    ) Ravisankar

    Hi Social_Justice,
    To be honest with you, it depends on your utilization. Buying a Telephoto lens (70-300mm) with few extra bucks is not a good deal unless you use it properly.

    Telephoto lens is for outdoor use only, especially for capturing Nature, Wildlife, Buildings, Sceneries and landscapes.

    For shooting regular potrait photos and indoor photos, 18-55mm is the best choice.

    Decide well, how frequent you will be changing the lenses for capturing pics?

    I hate Nikon’s factory supplied kit lens (18mm-55mm). Its build quality is not so good.

    Nikon should have atleast given the same kit lens provided in D90 (18mm – 105mm) or an Option to choose between 18-55 and 18-105, with few extra bucks.

    The good thing with 18mm-105mm lens is, it can handle both wide and telephoto shots without switching the lens back and forth. Buy it if you get a chance!

    If you are an Amateur photographer and want to shoot indoor photos more often then its not worth to go for 70-300mm.

  57. 129
    ) social_justice

    Thanks Amit and Ravisankar, your inputs were very helpfull. will take those into consideration. I’m still looking around though. The D5000 will most likely be my choice. I hope that I can find a good deal for either the 55-200 VR or the 18-105 that you have respectflly suggested.

    Thanks for the advise again.

    • 130
      ) Amit

      Hi social_justice, I was not recommending that you buy 55-200 VR. What I was trying to say that _IF_ you need a telephoto lens then you can think of 55-200 VR because 70-300 non-vr lens (which is AF) would not autofocus on D5000 or D3000.
      Some people take more photos indoors and for them 35mm f1.8 would be more important than a telephoto lens.

    • Social_justice, if you are looking for a good telephoto lens, go with the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens instead of the 55-200mm VR – it is sharper and has longer reach.

      I believe B&H and Adorama sell the Nikon D5000 kit with the Nikon 18-105mm lens, but it is currently not in stock…

      Hope this helps.

  58. 135
    ) Jeff

    Hi Mr. Nasim, I was planning on having my first DSLR on my birthday and I was saving money to get 1, also I don’t have any idea on DSLR coz I’m only using digicams before but when my colleague brought his DSLR (Nikon D70) at work and shoot some pics, I became interested in photography and plan to get a Nikon DSLR but I’m a little bit confuse of what to get, I’m from the Philippines and these are the prices I saw on the shop was:

    for Nikon D3000:
    D3000 kit with 18-55mm VR lens – 21,800 pesos ($474 price in dollar)
    D3000 twin lens kit 18-55mm/55-200mm VR lens – 28,300 pesos($616 price in dollar)

    for Nikon D5000:
    D5000 kit with 18-55mm VR lens – 28,300 pesos ($616 price in dollar)
    D5000 twin lens kit 18-55mm/55-200mm VR lens – 35,200 pesos ($766 price in dollar)

    That’s why I’m kinda thinking of getting D3000 but my colleague told me to buy D5000 and save for VR2 lens not for 55-200mm VR lens. Please help me because I have zero experience on photography and I’m planing to start photography as a good hobby, Thanks Mr. Nasim

    • Jeff, sorry for a late response. I would personally go for the D5000 instead – it has a much better sensor than the D3000.

  59. 137
    ) pinkteaboy

    Hi Nasim, I’m have made up my mind to get Nikon D5000 after deciding between D3000 and D5000. Few reasons are because of the MP difference and video function.

    To be frank I have never really used a digi cam, not to even mention a DSLR. However, I’m interested in photography and decided to give it a shot for an entry-level DSLR. I have zero camera knowledge and all i’ve been doing online research and reading reviews.

    I want to get a reasonable and versatile lens which can be used for almost any events. My friend keeps telling me the 18-55mm VR kit is a problem, due to zooming issues.

    Do you have any recommendations?

    A prompt reply would be good. Thanks!

    • 138
      ) Ravisankar

      Pinkteaboy,
      I would recommend you VR 18-105mm lens kit (The one supplied for D90 as kit lens). So far as my knowledge is concerned, This is the only possible lens that can handle both wide angle and zoom. All other lenses either compromise wide angel or zoom range. VR 18mm-105mm produces awesome image quality that you can’t image.
      D90 is a class ahead than D5000 only because of this kit lens! otherwise the internal mechanism is more or less same in both the cameras.

      My advice is buy Nikon D5000 body only and choose VR 18-105 mm lens.

    • Pinkteaboy, the Nikon 18-55mm VR that comes with the D5000 is a fine everyday lens. It is not great, but does the job for most types of photography.

      If you want a specialized lens, you will have to save up and get something better in the future :) The 18-105mm as Ravi suggested above is better, but it might not be available with the D5000 as a kit.

  60. 139
    ) pinkteaboy

    Thanks for your reply. One more issue, I’m wondering about the rotatable LCD screen. Is it fragile? My friend said it would spoil if u keep turning it from time to time.

    And if I just get the camera body, do they provide a dry box and cleaning kit and such? And should I get extended warranty? I bet it would cost a bomb.

    • 141
      ) Ravi

      Pinkteaboy,
      I tested the D5000 and found the LCD rock solid in construction. Nikon DSLRs ranks top in build quality and handling…so dont have to worry much.

      At the same time remember onething, any moving equipment undergo wear and tear over a period of time…In worst possible case, the LCD may lose its stiffness (may tend to rotate freely and lose friction) but won’t become fragile.

      It doesn’t matter whether you buy Camera body alone or along with kit lens, you have to buy your own case and cleaning kit to keep it safe. The cost of Original Nikon Case alone is about 50 USD in U.S.

      For producing razor sharp images, you have to compromise money. This is the case for any DSLRs. But once you start using a DSLR, you won’t switch back to point and shoots. It will create an addiction due to its high image quality.

      Also remember onething, there are two major maintenance problems in DSLRs

      1) Frequent cleaning of image sensor (Very risky)
      2) Hot pixels developing over a period of time (A red / white / green dot appearing at one specific point in the image).

      Hot pixel may araise in any camera, even in Point-Shoots…but DSLRs are more likely!!!

      Its very annoying problem! sometimes make us feel why should we invest a lot for getting dots in images!

      Unfortunately no DSLR manufacturer has found a permanent cure yet for ‘Hot Pixel’ issues and it could happen in every damn models. You have to re-work on the image in post processing.

      Last but not the least…Both purchase and maintenance cost in DSLRs are high!!! inturn you experience a cinematic image quality…that turns everyone’s head…

      Good Luck!!!

      - Ravi

      • Ravi, I wouldn’t be too scared of hot pixels. Every camera develops them overtime and gladly, Lightroom takes them out immediately, as soon as you import the image.

    • The LCD screen should be fine, it won’t break if you use it well.

      I would certainly get a lens cleaning kit, but I would not worry about the warranty – I consider it a waste of money.

  61. 140
    ) shruti

    hi
    your comparision has really helped me alot. just wanted to thank you for this :) and i did go through some of your pictures on fb and they are extremly pretty :) :) :) :) i am in love with your photography… :) :) <3

  62. 142
    ) Jeff

    I think you have a good thoughts but also D3000 is for starters like us. Im a little bit confused of what to choose

    • Jeff, if the budget is tight, go for the D3000. At the end of the day, your camera does not matter, you can create exceptionally good pictures with any camera…

  63. 144
    ) Miruna

    Hello,Nasim!A couple months ago, I’ve just found my latest passion,which is photography.I started using my parents Nikon D90,but I’d like to buy my first Digital SLR.Since I have some knowledge about photography,I’m thinking about purchasing Nikon D3000 or Nikon D5000…I actually love the D5000,but since I’m just 14 years old,I don’t know if I can afford it…
    What would you suggest me?Shall I wait for the D5000 to get on soldes?Does the D3000 worth it?

    Kind regards,
    Miruna

    • Miruna, after using the D90, you will find both D3000 and D5000 as a downgrade…D5000 is closer to D90 than D3000 is, because they share the same sensor.

      I would wait and save up for the D5000 instead.

      • 158
        ) Miruna

        Thank you very much for your answer,Nasim!You really helped me with my decision…I don’t want something really professional,but I still would like a Digital SLR which is close to the D90.
        I’ve been looking around over the internet at Canon’s Digital SLRs,but I still think I’ll go for Nikon…What do you think?I belive I can switch the lenses from the D90 with D5000,that’s one of the reasons why I would purchase a Nikon D5000…

        Thank you again,
        Miruna

        • 159
          ) Miruna

          Hello again,Nasim!I have another question…What do you think of Canon EOS 550D?Is it closer to Nikon D90 than Nikon D5000?Is it actually better?What other Digital SLR would you suggest me?

          Thank you,
          Miruna

          • Miruna, if you can afford the Nikon D90, get it instead of D5000 or EOS 550D…
            If you cannot afford the D90, then carefully evaluate both D5000 and EOS 550D and make a decision. Perhaps you can try those cameras in a local camera store or rent them before you buy.

        • Miruna, you should be able to use all modern lenses, but the older AF-D lenses such as Nikon 50mm f/1.8D are not going to autofocus on the Nikon D5000.

          In terms of Canon vs Nikon, it is really a personal choice and I cannot give you a recommendation – you will have to decide on your own :)

          • 179
            ) Miruna

            Nasim,thank you very much for the answer!I think I’m able to decide now!Thanks for guiding me and helping me out!

            Kind regards,
            Miruna

      • 231
        ) mahmoud elsabagh

        i was thinking to get D3000 in 18-135 lens…and i don’t know is that will be good or not….and some people tell me that D5000 is weak and will not last long…so i need your advice……..thanks

        • Mahmoud, either one works well – you might want to check out the new Nikon D3100 instead.

          • really thaaaanks..i think D3100 is what i was looking for..it’s can take videos :D
            but you think 18-55 lens is good enough or i should get something more like 18-105 or 18-135 ??
            because i will stay with 18-55 for some time tell i could get some more………..
            ..thanks for your interest.. :)

  64. 152
    ) pinkteaboy

    I see. One more question. Since D5000 does not have a AF Focus Motor built in, this means that we have to get lens with Auto Focus. Are these lens generally more expensive than lens without AF? And are lens with AF compatible with cameras with AF Focus Motor built in them? For instance, Nikon D90.

    I’m really having a hard time deciding. D3000 is out due to it’s low function. D90 is out due to it’s high price. I’m really into D5000, but I’m considering other brands as well. This is because Canon lens are generally cheaper than Nikon’s. Why is there such a difference?

    • Pnikteaboy, with the D5000, you need to get AF-S lenses and all modern lenses are AF-S. The only lenses that won’t work on the D5000 are old AF-D lenses such as Nikon 50mm f/1.8D.

      In terms of Canon vs Nikon, Canon is not cheaper, but they do have more availability than Nikon. Don’t forget that Nikon is a smaller company…

  65. 154
    ) Jeff

    Mr. Nasim, I have a question, how would I know if the lens I buy in the future is still compatible with nikon D5000. Also I wanna try up other brand like Canon 450D thats why I’m still collecting details, I have some friends good in photography and I can say that they have their own brand od SLR, other is Nikon and the other is Canon. Hehehe! It’s really hard to make a choice.. :)

    • Jeff, yes it is and I typically avoid the Canon vs Nikon conversation, since both are equally good.

      In terms of lenses, do not sweat over them too much – as long as you buy modern lenses that were manufactured in the last 5-6 years, you should be able to use them all on the Nikon D5000. Older AF-D lenses will not autofocus on the D5000.

  66. 155
    ) S

    Hi, I kinda know nothing about the dslr thing. And im planning to buy D3000 but my friend recommend me D5000 instead. So is it okay if I buy D5000 with the less knowledge in photography thingy?

    • 157
      ) Pinkteaboy

      Hi S. I would recommend you to get a D5000 over D3000. If you are considering about D3000, I would suggest you to consider canon DSLRs instead.

      The main difference between D3000 and D5000 is their sensor. Although both DSLRs are Nikon’s entry level DSLR, D5000 greatly surpasses D3000.

      I recommend you to google for more information online and go to stores and try out the camera personally and find out what you really need and want.

    • S, I agree with Pinkteaboy above – I would recommend the D5000 over D3000.

      • 182
        ) S

        Hi, what about canon DSLR – EOS500D and EOS550D. Which is better?

  67. 156
    ) Pinkteaboy

    Hi Nasim, I purchased the D5000 a few days ago. I definitely think that the D5000 is more worth it compared to the D3000.

    However, I’m still not used to DSLR photography. I have read your beginner photograph tips. I will continue to take pictures to improve.

    Do you have any advices for me to take note?

    • Pinkteaboy, I would suggest buying a good book like Bryan Peterson’s “Understanding Exposure” and really getting a good grasp on ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture.

  68. 160
    ) pepa

    hi! i don’t know anything about photography yet, but i want to get into it. i’m going to buy a dlsr camera this week but i don’t know which is better. please note that i have a very tight budget.
    nikon d3000 dual lens kit 18-55vr + 55-200vr OR
    nikon d500 single lens kit 18-55vr? they practically cost the same here in manila.

    or do you think i should just go for the d3000 single lens kit?

    im really confused, because im not sure if it’s a must to get 2 lenses…
    HELP!

    • Pepa, I would go with the D5000 single lens kit.

      • 175
        ) Pepa

        thank you so much! i ordered the d5000 right away after reading your response. i’ll receive it tomorrow :D
        wish me luck!
        i shall be following you thru this very helpful blog of yours!
        thanks :)

        • Pepa, good luck and let me know how you like it! :)

  69. 161
    ) zia

    Pepa

    if you have a tight budget you can go for D3000 with 18-55 lense as for beginners it is more than enough, I have bought D3000 last week and am quite happy with it. you can buy extra lense later as 18-55 is quite enough for starters.

    • I agree, if the budget is tight, the Nikon D3000 is the way to go and the 18-55mm is a good lens to start with.

  70. 162
    ) Jus Mate 5

    thank you for your good report on comparison. I am new in DSLR, and having difficulty in choosing between D3000 and D5000. After read your blog, I would go for D5000, as I think it worth for money that I am going to spend.

    • You are welcome! Yes, I believe the D5000 is worth the money, it is a great little camera.

  71. 163
    ) Nora

    Hi! I am a teenager who loves photography. I’m looking into getting my first dSLR camera and I’ve narrowed it down to these two. I don’t know which to cho0se! My knowledge of SLR photography is not enormous. I know a good amount, but not tons. So I guess I should get a camera that I’ll be able to use rather easily. So my main question is, how helpful is the guide mode on the D3000? Is it an incredibly important tool? Or can I easily do without it for a better quality camera?

    • Nora, don’t worry about the guide mode on the D3000 and go for the D5000 instead. D5000 has plenty of useful help for beginners, so it is not an issue at all.

  72. 164
    ) Emily

    thank you sooooo much! i just wanted to say thank you for the help!
    i’m going to decide to buy the nikon d5000!
    thank you a million!

    • Emily, you are most welcome and congratulations!

  73. 176
    ) Linh

    Hi Nasim,
    I “found” your blog and have been reading a lot. Thank you for your time to create a wonderful blog that gives us (the newbies of the DSLR world ) a lot of helpful and useful informations.
    I did post my question on your “First DSLR and Lens ” article, but I haven’t got any answer from you yet :<
    After read this article of yours, I decided to buy a Nikon D90. That why I’d like to ask you a question before I purchase the Nikon D90. What do you think of a combination of Nikon D90+Nikon 18-105mm VR Lens + 70-3000mm VR Lens ?
    B&H is offerring this combo at a price of $1,579.90 and this rebate is going to end of this July.
    Thank you for your time,
    Linh

    • Linh, I just responded to your comment on the other article!

  74. 178
    ) Rameez Ahmed

    Hi,

    I m in Telecom for my cross catogery knowladge I go through ur blog,It really help me to sale Camera.

    Thnak’s

  75. 183
    ) Arl Atienza-Sitchon

    hi nasim,

    your post seemed very helpful for us, beginners..now i decided to buy the N-D5000.
    thanks and keep it up…

    arl..

  76. 184
    ) pramoth

    Hi..

    I was contemplating between d3000 and d5000. Now i hv decided to go with d5000. Many thanks for the information.

  77. 185
    ) My

    Thank you for the wonderful articles comparing Nikon D5000 and D3000, and the Nikon 5000 and Nikon 90. I was mainly interested in the D5000 and D3000 for a get together, then I saw your article about the Nikon 90 and might get that camera instead. Of all the articles on the web, your comparison of the cameras were the most informative and the easiest to understand. I even tried to read the comparison on the NikonUSA website and when asked to participate in the survey, I wrote that your articles on their camera was better than the Nikon website.

    • Thank you My!

      The Nikon D90 is a superb camera, I’m sure you will love it. Good luck!

  78. 186
    ) Sucheeth

    Hi,

    Im buying a D3000 as it has a CCD sensor rather D5000 which has CMOS sensor, i have noticed that a long distance picture clicked by D3000 once zoomed in doesnt blur to an extent, but the same picture clicked by D5000 you can see the picture blured even if the photo is less zoomed than the picture of D3000, can you advise me so that i could make a wise choice before buying.

    • Sucheeth, the sensor has nothing to do with the focal length of the lens…I think you are confusing lenses and sensors here. The blur is not related to a sensor, it is related to camera shake.

  79. 187
    ) Arl Atienza-Sitchon

    Hi,

    how important is the In-body focus motor???they say if D5000 does not have it id rather buy D3000..
    because its quite the same…thanks and more power!

    arl

    • Arl, it used to be important when Nikon did not have enough good lenses. All current DX lenses and all current AF-S lenses work on the D5000, so it is not a concern anymore. Just don’t buy really old lenses and you should be in good shape.

      • 195
        ) Arl Atienza-Sitchon

        thank you!! thank you sir!!!

        more power and God bless…

        arl..

  80. 188
    ) Somi

    Nasim,

    Thanks for have such a great site. I am struggling with the same question. I do understand that D5000 is a better camera. But I am looking at this package deal for D3000 and feel it is an awesome deal.

    Nikon D3000 Black Digital SLR Camera w/ 18-55mm (Non VR) Lens, includes Nikon Camera Bag, 2GB Memory Card and Nikon ‘Guide to Digital SLR Photography’ Book, *PLUS* Nikkor 55-200mm VR Zoom Lens Bundle

    all for much cheaper price than D5000 with the 18-55mm price.

    So do you think adding Nikkor 55-200mm lens to D3000 make it a close comparison D5000.

    Thanks in advance

    • Somi, if you have budget constraints, go for the Nikon D3000 bundle. Otherwise, the Nikon D5000 is a better camera. I can’t say that an added lens can compare to a camera body…those are two different things. In terms of value, the Nikon D3000 sounds like a better deal.

  81. 197
    ) Pradeep

    Dear Nasim,

    Now then with the arrival of Nikon D3100. Please give me your suggestion on whether to go with D5000(which I have already planned to buy) or D3100 as an entry level photographer , because I guess D3100 come’s with 14.2 CMOS Sensor as in D5000 and added with some new features.

    Regards,
    Pradeep

    • Pradeep, I cannot really comment on the D3100 performance at this point – I will be receiving it soon and will let you know.

  82. 198
    ) Ashley

    I was getting ready to buy the D3000, when I saw this. . .THANK YOU! I learned A LOT. This will be my first DSLR. I will be taking mostly action shots and/or indoor shots(low light) . . .So will the D5000 be the better buy for me?? Also, I have tested out the D3000, does it handle about the same has the D5000?? Thank you!

    • Ashely, you are most welcome! Yes, I believe the D5000 will be a better buy than the D3000 in low light. Both handle about the same, since they are both entry-level DSLRs.

  83. 199
    ) Pinkteaboy

    Hi Nasim. After getting Nikon D5000 with the 18-55mm AF-S lens kit for around 1 month, I felt that I needed more zoom and range as 12-55 only offers 3X zoom. I am currently considering the 55-200mm lens. 18-200 lens is out for me due to it’s high pricing, but I know it’s a good lens which is versatile and you do not have to change the lens so often which will reduce the chances of dust getting in the sensor. I have also read some articles on 70-300mm lens, it says that it is a lens more for bird and wildlife photography and the additional 100mm will not make a big difference in daily life. There is also the 55-300mm lens which I read your article on the upcoming D3100.

    May i know what is your opinion? Thanks!

    • Pinkteaboy, I would go either for the 70-300mm (preferably, since it is a higher quality lens) or the 55-300mmm, no need to get the 55-200mm anymore.

      • 209
        ) Pinkteaboy

        May I know when the 55-300 lens is going to be released because I’ll be going to korea on the 19th to 29th Sept for holidays and all I have is a 18-55mm lens. I’m afraid there’s not enough zoom so I’m thinking to get a zoom lens before departure. What should I do?

  84. 200
    ) shantanu Sinha

    Thanks Nasim,

    really valuable information. This has helped me and my wife finally decide on buying the d5000. Considering this is our first DSLR purchase, its very helpful information.

    Also, I have opted for the 18-105 lens with the D5000 body? is it a good idea?

    • Shantanu, yes, the 18-105mm is overall a good lens for the D5000 to start with.

  85. 201
    ) vitru

    hello Mr. Nasim,
    i just wanna ask about what dSLR should i buy, if it is CANON 450d or NIKON d5000… i want to pursue my hobby into the next level. before, i only use DigiCam which i think don’t satisfy my photography needs/eagerness. now, i am confuse between the two.. i like to shoot landscape, events, buildings, etc.
    can you suggest me what to buy since i am new to dSLR photography and i want it more than just a hobby..

    thank you very much

    -vitru

    • Vitru, if you have not realized it yet, you are on a Nikon user website, so I would certainly recommend the D5000 :) Jokes aside, both are excellent and work equally well, so you make the pick.

      • 211
        ) vitru

        thank you sir
        anyway i want to know if the pixel size really matters most? for instance, d5000 have 12.3mp (or so) while canon 500d have 15mp.. another thing i want to clarify, whats the best CMOS or CCD? or are they really matter?

        thank you

        • Vitru, don’t pay attention to CMOS vs CCD and the megapixel count does not matter either.

          • 275
            ) Jonas

            Actually, there’s quite a difference between a CMOS and a CCD sensor. The CMOS sensor offers a much better dynamic range, and more vivid and realistic colors. Just look at sample photos taken with the D5000 and D3000 and you will really see the difference. I’d say go for a CMOS sensor camera!

  86. 202
    ) subodh shetty

    hello sir,

    Amazing comparision. simple n crisp. n u threw D3000 out of my mind completely by the review. I love D5000 . but since its my 1st DSLR i really am putting a lot of research into it. stuck between following models. All prices r converted to US $ from UAE dirhams. Things r a bit expensive here compared to other markets i guess.

    1.Nikon D5000 18 to 55 mm VR kit lens – 944 $

    2.Canon 450D 18 to 200 mm IS lens – 1000 $

    3.Canon 500D 18 to 135mm IS lens – 1166 $

    4. Nikon D5000 Body + 18 to 105mm Kit lens of D90 – 1200 $

    What do u think is worth it.

    N also plz lemme know what canon 450D lacks in comparision to D5000 or Vice Versa.

    PLZZZZZZZZZ HELP MEEEEEEEEEEE

    Ur response will sort it out for me to go for my very 1st DSLR.

    Thanking u in advance

    Subodh Shetty.

    • Suboth, I do not have much experience with Canon cameras. If you want to buy the D5000 and the price exceeds $1,100, go for the D90 with a cheap lens instead, since it is not worth it at that point…

  87. 210
    ) Pinkteaboy

    May I know when the 55-300 lens is going to be released because I’ll be going to korea on the 19th to 29th Sept for holidays and all I have is a 18-55mm lens. I’m afraid there’s not enough zoom so I’m thinking to get a zoom lens before departure. What should I do?

  88. 212
    ) Allie

    Hi Nasim,
    I, like many of your blog readers that already posted, am new to the DSLR world. I’ve done a bit of research on other sites, and finally decided, after reading this post, to go with the D5000. However, when I went to price around on sites, all of a sudden I am seeing a new NikonD3100 14.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera that you can pre-order. I used the “compare” feature on bestbuy.com’s website to look at the cameras side-by-side, and now I am more confused than ever!! Have you heard anything about this? What are your opinions?
    Thanking you in advance for your opinion!
    Allie

    • Allie, the Nikon D3100 is the most entry-level DSLR by Nikon. It is certainly a very nice camera, but not the same class as D5000. Don’t look at megapixels alone…

  89. 213
    ) subodh shetty

    hello sir,

    just needed a expert advice.

    recently been to a shop in dubai who deals with nikon n canon cameras and lenses.

    i discussed regarding nikon D5000 couldnt beleive what he offered.

    the official dealer price here for D5000 is 950 $ (Dubai Dirhams converted to US Dollars). He too offered the same price but he told he can give the same camera for 600 $ but without warranty.

    he offered similar cut offs to any camera i wanted either nikon or canon ,almost 400 to 600 $ discounts just for not wanting a warranty.

    What do u think i need to do…go for it…big question is..is it really genuine…he says he gives canon made in japan n nikon frm thailand …

    seriously confused…help me with ur advice please…

    Thanking u for ur constant feedbacks,

    Subodh Shetty

    Dubai

    • 215
      ) leo

      Hi Subodh,
      i also live in UAE and ive noticed that prices here are much higher than the other places. i think the Chinese have not mastered the art of making a fake DSLR. but the issue is if the camera breaks down than you will be paying alot of money for its repair. Anyways can u tell me the shop name and location as i am also interested. thanks in advance

      • 216
        ) subodh shetty

        hiyaa,
        well here goes the address : Badr al tamam general trading , al ghurair building, shop no.5, opp. victoria hotel sabkha road, deira dubai UAE. Its just near to thr creek. even im worried abt repairs just in case as its a very expensive machine. Really confused mate.
        u check in. try talking to the guy, n lemme know what u decided abt it…may be i ll leap in too .
        until next time ,
        Chao.

    • Subodh, I believe you are looking at cameras with warranty and “grey market” cameras that carry no warranty. If you ever have to repair your camera, you would have to pay out of your pocket to repair a grey market version, while the one with warranty will be covered by Nikon.

      I don’t think the grey market DSLR is fake – it is almost impossible to reproduce a working DSLR. You would be able to tell if it is a fake right away…

  90. 214
    ) Tulasi

    Hi Nasim,

    the differences that you told were really helpful and I would like to buy Nikon D5000 with the following features

    •12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
    •3x Zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR lenses included
    •D-Movie Mode with sound
    •19 Auto-exposure Scene Modes
    •11-point autofocus system with 3D Focus Tracking
    •GPS geo-tagging
    •Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II

    could u please suggest me weather i can buy D5000 with the above requirements if any modifications regarding the features please let me know

    • Tulasi, the D5000 comes with a standard set of features…look at the specifications page from Nikon.

  91. 220
    ) Gautam

    Hi Nasim.

    I am planning to buy the D5000 soon. Can you please help me out coz I am also looking at the Canon Eos 450D…. Also can you comment on how the D3000 compares with the Canon eos 1000D?

    • Gautam, I shoot Nikon and cannot really comment on Canon. At the end of the day, both systems work equally well. Just get either Nikon or Canon and you will be happy…

      I would look at D3100 versus Canon 1000D though, not D3000.

  92. 221
    ) Erron

    This is good information. I am a photography student and need a DSLR for class. My 2 options were the Nikon D5000 and the Sony A550. Which one would you prefer

    • Erron, go for D5000 – Sony does not have as many good lenses as Nikon or Canon do.

  93. 226
    ) Mansoor

    Hi Nasim,
    Could you please help me to choose CANON 500D or NIKON 5000D / D3100

    • Mansoor, I am sorry, but it is a matter of personal preference. Both systems are equally good.

  94. 227
    ) Raj

    Hai Nasim,
    I bought a Nikon D5000 couple of days back & Am qte new to photography So would appreciate if you could help me to find a suitable speed light with my Nikon D5000 and Give an idea about manual exposure as well….

    Any eazy books for beginners in the market?

    • Raj, check out Bryan Peterson’s “Understanding Exposure” book – it is great for beginners.

      As far as a flash, the Nikon SB-600 or SB-700 are good choices for use on a camera.

      • 238
        ) Raj

        Thank You Very Much Nasim

  95. 228
    ) Dougan

    Dear Nasim
    I am new to digital photography and bought the Nikon D3000 with the stadard 18-55 VR lens a year ago. I was advised to buy the AF 50mm f/1.8D to enhance the lighting requirement. I often shoot at low light levels. I lost my D3000 and decided to replace it with the D5000. Your posting above informs that I will not be able to use the AF 50mm f/1.8D with D5000. Is this correct?
    Now I am in a fix as I have an expensive lens that has been rendered useless.
    Is it still worth buying the D5000; even if it means having to sacrifice a lens that I invested in?
    Many thanks for your advice.
    Dougie

    • Dougan, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D will NOT autofocus on the Nikon D5000 or any other entry-level camera without an in-body focus motor.

  96. 229
    ) Nozide Domingo

    which is more better to take portrait shot? d3000 or d5000?

    • Nozide, the camera for portrait shots is not as important – it is the lens that matters.

  97. 230
    ) Nishant

    Hi Nasim,

    I was just going throug some site for comparison of DSLR cameras and came to this site.. Really its a great site to learn and discuss abt photpgraphy. I was planning to buy the Nikon D3000 but recently I heard about the D3100. Can you tell more about the D3100!! And also the price in dubai.

    • Nishant, I don’t live in Dubai so I cannot comment on it. The Nikon D3100 is a better camera than the D3000, so I would advice to go with the new one instead.

  98. 239
    ) nishant

    Thanks a lot Nasim….

  99. 241
    ) JivanJoti

    Hi, Besides a Nikon D3000 vs. a D5000, I was also looking at an Olympus EPLi 14-42 lense. Can you please give me differences and recommendations? Thanks.

  100. 242
    ) Napaporn Rujantralak

    Hello Nasim
    Thanks for you recomment .Ror me looking for a new DSLR camera and select D5000 because it’s suitable for a beginer like me.

  101. 243
    ) zhenna

    Hi,Thanks for your comparison on D3000 and D5000. It helps me alot :) By the way, Do you know how much it costs for D5000? Where can I get it at a better price?

    • Zhenna, you are most welcome! I get all my camera gear from B&H – they have the best prices. If a company sells a camera for much less than B&H, do not buy it from them, because it is most likely scam.

  102. 244
    ) anupam

    hi i want to buy nikon d5000 ..bt i havnt used dslr yet..i m new in it bt very eager 2 use it..what u suggest shud i go for it?

    • Anupam, D5000 is a great start-up lens if you want to get into the DSLR world.

      • 250
        ) anupam

        Thanks,but i aslo want to know about nikon d3000.how is it going in the market.

        • Anupam, I believe I already answered your question in one of the comments in this article. Both Nikon D3000 and D5000 are now discontinued, so you would need to get the D3100 instead.

  103. 251
    ) Justin Rualo

    um, thanks for the info… but which one do u preffer the most.. and why… coz im buying one in the philippines and i want a good quality of picture and even in the dark, even its really far or not really far i still want a good picture when i take it.. thanks..

    • Justin, I believe there is plenty of info in the above article + comments about which one I prefer and why. Please read and you will find the answer.

  104. the information above helped me a lot but im still waiting for your d3100 reviews which would be better
    d5000 or d3100??
    thanks a lot in advance:)

  105. 256
    ) Pratim

    Hi,

    I have recently bought D5000 and found that the night photography with D5000 is simply superb.
    Also, it helps beginner with its “live-view” feature to learn and understand photography easily.
    It was great reading your blog all these days.
    Loads of thanks to you.

    -Pratim

  106. 257
    ) Deepu

    As a beginner in photography m trying to buy Nikon D 3000 is that a good decision or not ? if not please suggest me the appropriate canon/nikon cams.

    • Deepu, yes, D3000 is a good entry-level DSLR.

      • 263
        ) Deepu

        Thank u for the comment bro…keep in touch…

  107. 258
    ) Pratim

    Hi Nasim,

    I would also like to know if i can use “Guide Mode” with D5000

    -Pratim

  108. 260
    ) ada

    hi,about nikon d5000 and nikon d3100,wich is a better choice?

    • 265
      ) Rahul

      hi,

      D5000 has a faster shooting rate ( 4 frames/second vs 3 for the D3100 ) and has an articulated LCD which is useful for shots at odd angles, and for video. The D3100 has better a little image quality under low light conditions, better video capability ( 1080p at 24fps, D5000 only does 720p at 24fps) and has auto-focus during video (but not very reliable/effective).

      So for sports/action, macros and odd-angle shooting, the D5000 is better suited, for everything else the D3100 is a little better.

  109. 261
    ) alex

    Hi. First I want to thank you for this great comparison, i’m thinking about buying my first DSLR camera. I have been using as a begginer a Canon AE 1 SLR to practice the exposure, timing control, shooter speed, etc. but what I learned about DSLR is that all that matters is in the sensor type. So, correct me if i’m wrong because one teacher someday told us, that a CCD sensor is better in quality than a CMOS sensor, maybe a CMOS is quicker and have less noise in darker images, but a CCD could have brighter colors and better picture quality, and this CCD sensor is a good point to choose Nikon, in other way if I want a CMOS sensor maybe I choose the Canon brand.
    What do you think about this???, Is better a CCD sensor with 10.2 mp or a CMOS sensor with 12.9 mp???

    And other question I have is, what are the most important parameters to classify a basic SLR digital cam with an “upper-entry-level DSLR” ???? sensor, Iso sensitivity, MP???

    Thanks a lot

    • 266
      ) Rahul

      hi,

      Nikon DSLRs since 2008 have all been with CMOS sensors. CCDs are perhaps more sensitive to light, but CMOS has been developed rapidly, else they wouldn’t use it in professional SLRs. It is hard to have a fair comparison since there aren’t any equivalent CCD and CMOS sensors that can be used in the same application interchangeably.

      Upper entry level DSLRs are generally given more features, more control over settings and sometimes better build quality. The D70/D80/D90 for example, are mid-range DSLRs , they have two control wheels, bigger viewfinders etc and they have auto-focus motors which the entry level cams lack. The D90 has a higher resolution screen, prism viewfinder (lower end models like D3100, D5000 have pentaprism instead). Sometimes, AF unit may also differ, as with Canon’s EOS1000D which has 7 point AF while T1i/T2i (500D/550D) have AF with 9 points.

  110. 262
    ) Garrett van Leeuwen

    Nasim -
    Have the specs recently changed for these two camera’s? I have been shopping online and it seems that the D3100 has more megapixel 14.2 and 1080p HD movie recording. but Im looking at a d5000 that has less megapixels and only 720p HD video… Does this sound right ? Could they be from different year model or is that just flat out wrong?

    • 267
      ) Rahul

      hi,

      Yes those specs are correct. They are from different years, the D5000 was introduced in 2009, the D3100 in 2010.

  111. 264
    ) Deepu

    Dear Bro,

    I have a quote for Nikon D 3000 from one of my friend as he gonna to update his cam (6 months old) the amount is AED 2000. (Cam + 18-55 mm lens + Carry bag + 4gb memory + cleaner kit + battery charger + leather strap + cds ). Could u please advise me , is t a good price or not ??

    Deepu

    • 268
      ) Rahul

      hi,

      The price does seem high for a used camera when converted to INR, but I’m told electronics goods are much costlier in the Emirates, so it looks like it should be a fair price.

  112. 269
    ) nasim

    plz any one help me in buying D90 cheap, plz send me website address where I purchase d90
    nasim

  113. 270
    ) nm

    hi nasim
    just trying to figure out which SLR camera to go for…..i had made up my mind to buy the nikon 3100 but just am confused now between 3100 and 5000…..is it true that nikon 5000 has stopped its manufacturing…..please answer asap as i need to buy it for my hubbys bday.

    thanx
    nm

    • 271
      ) Amit

      Hi NM,
      You can read the following article by Nasim:
      http://photographylife.com/nikon-d3100-vs-d5000

      In his own words (taken from the above article): “Here comes the big question – which one would I recommend to buy? Considering the feature and price difference, I would say the Nikon D3100 is a better buy than the D5000. Sure, the Nikon D3100 is a little worse when it comes to speed (FPS) and lack of the bracketing feature, but in every other way, it is clearly superior than the D5000.”

  114. 272
    ) Nishant Shukla

    Hi Nasim,

    I am planning to buy a Nikon D5000. Though currently it is coming with the 18-55 VR Kit, I was looking at taking only the body and buy the AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-35mm-f/1.8G instead of the 18-55 VR. Would be grateful if you could suggest which lens to go for amongst the two? Must also tell you that this would be my 1st DSLR.

    Regards,
    Nishant

  115. 273
    ) Hassan

    hi Nasim,
    i am decided to buy nikon slr camera but i am very much confused between D3100 and d5000 please help me which one is best …..

  116. 274
    ) jenn

    hi! i have a nikon d3000 and so far, its not bad for a starter like me..anyhow, id like to ask how to upgrade my camera into getting better pictures..like, is there any necessary accessories i need to buy to get better quality pictures?thanks!

  117. 276
    ) babli

    Hi Nasim,

    I hv a Nikkon L100. I want to buy D3000 or D5000 with 18-200 mm lens. I hv no professional training. just I love photography. can u suggest me which one I will buy ? which one is easiest to operate ?

    - babli

  118. 277
    ) Manojkumar sahu

    Sir,
    Especially I am using canon shot-shot A1100 IS. On last week i had got a offer from my friend for resell it. That One is canon D3000 with 18-55mm[original] and 70-300mm lenses[ extra purchased]. Also with two UV filter lens kit [by 20000/- INR].
    Is it advised to me for go that offer, after all i am a fresh user to that D SLR series. And i have no more capable to purchase a high end cam like Nikon D5000[only body] plus extra invest towards lens.
    Let me guide quickly, for above whether proceed is good for me or not….

  119. 278
    ) Kelsey

    Great article! You answered all my questions, thank you.

  120. 280
    ) jordan

    hello i am thinking about buying the d5000 would this be a smart move for my first dslr or should i go with the d3000 the d5000 seems to explain more about what to do and how to shoot thank you in advance

  121. 281
    ) Kevin

    Hi,
    I know this thread is a little old, but was shopping for a new DSLR..I’m looking at the Nikon d5000 on KEH..is $465 a good price for this camera in excellent condition?..By the way, great advice.

  122. 283
    ) Taylor

    Hi Nasim!
    I was looking into buying a camera, becuase I’m really into amtuer photography, and wanted to start invest into getting a good camera. Now the D300 is cheaper, and I know you prefer the D500, but what do you think I should get? I was also thinking of starting some indie filming, and thought an DSLR would be perfect…until I found out it didn’t shoot video… So I could wait to get enough money for the D500, or I could get the D300 and use just an Sanyo TI Camera (14 Megapixels) for shooting video. What should I do?

  123. 284
    ) papps

    new technique to convince the customers to buy a new one? Shame..my old one works and performs perfectly.

  124. 285
    ) chitrek

    I decided to Purchase Nikon P500 coolpix which i like.But i feel Nikon D5000 is also good. Please suggest me which one to purhase.

  125. 286
    ) Jelai

    hi nasim! :) please tell me the store that sells cameras for cheaper price because it has no warranty. haha! the one near the creek? have u got their number or the store name? thanks much!

  126. 287
    ) Erica

    Nasim-

    My Nikon D60 recently stopped functioning properly and no longer works, but I really have liked it for the five years I’ve had it . I want to replace it with another Nikon so that I can use my current lenses and electronic flash. I was wondering your thoughts on the D3200 in comparison to the D3000 and D5000. Any of them should be at least as good as the D60, right? Please let me know your thoughts on the matter.

  127. 288
    ) D3000/5000

    I absolutely love the D5000. Couldn’t get rid of the D3000 though.

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