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The Nikon D5000 won Best DSLR of the Year

The Nikon D5000 picked up Best DSLR of the Year at the MacWorld Awards on Thursday night, fighting off competition from the likes of the Canon EOS 500D, the Pentax K-x, Olympus EP2 and Panasonic LUMIX DMC – GH1.

About The Macworld Awards 2010
This year’s awards were held on 24 June at The Northumberland, a stunning new venue in Trafalgar Square, in the heart of London. The awards were attended by the great and good of the Mac industry, and this esteemed venue was the perfect setting for the UK’s biggest Mac awards ceremony.

Now in its 15th year, the Macworld Awards are THE event in the UK Mac calendar, recognising the products and vendors that have made a significant contribution throughout the past year.

Nikon D5000 Description
The D5000 is a powerful and versatile SLR camera that delivers superb still images and high-definition D-movie clips with sound. Incredibly easy to use, it boasts a range of automatic features that help capture the shots you want and an impressive 12.3 megapixel DX format image sensor that ensures exceptionally detailed results. The innovative vari-angle LCD monitor makes it easy to shoot from any angle, bringing an exciting new twist to using Live View.

Whether you shoot still or moving images, you can flip, tilt or turn the monitor to take shots from above, below, to the side, or to create self-portraits. An array of automatic scene modes make it simple to capture clear images in a variety of situations and a range of retouch functions let you enhance photos in-camera. With so many powerful features packed into its compact, lightweight body, the D5000 offers people on the go a fantastic way to capture stunning shots from any angle.

Nikon D5000 – Rear View


Nikon D5000 Specifications

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF contacts)
Effective picture angle Approx. 1.5 x lens focal length (Nikon DX format)
Effective pixels 12.3 million
Image sensor 23.6 x 15.8 mm CMOS sensor
Total pixels 12.9 million
Dust-reduction system Image Sensor Cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (optional Capture NX 2 required)
Image size (pixels) 4,288 x 2,848 [L], 3,216 x 2,136 [M], 2,144 x 1,424 [S]
File format NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) /and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; storage for up to nine custom Picture Controls
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif 2.21 (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras), PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level pentamirror single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage Approx. 95% horizontal and 95% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.78 x (50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity; -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 17.9 mm (-1.0 m-1)
Diopter adjustment -1.7 to +0.7 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte screen Mark V with focus frame (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirror Quick-return type
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR: All functions supported
Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus
Non-Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II and autofocus
IX-NIKKOR and AF-NIKKOR for F3AF: Not supported
Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except some shooting modes
AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except 3D color matrix metering II
Non-CPU: Autofocus not supported. Can be used in exposure mode M, but exposure meter does not function
Lens with maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster: Electronic rangefinder can be used
Shutter type Electronically controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed 1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, Bulb, Time (with optional ML-L3 Remote Control)
Flash sync speed X = 1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/200 s or slower
Release modes Single-frame, continuous, self-timer, delayed remote, quick-response, quiet
Frame advance rate Continuous high speed: up to 4 fps (manual focus, manual or shutter-priority auto exposure, 1/250 s or faster shutter speed; other settings at default values and memory remaining in memory buffer)
Self-timer Can be selected from 2, 5, 10, and 20 s duration
Exposure metering TTL exposure metering using 420-pixel RGB sensor
Exposure method Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses)
Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8-mm circle in center of frame
Spot: Meters 3.5-mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point
Exposure range (ISO 100 equivalent, f/1.4 lens, 20°C/68°F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0–20 EV
Spot metering: 2–20 EV
Exposure meter coupling CPU
Exposure modes Auto modes (auto, auto [flash off]), Advanced Scene Modes (Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close up, Night portrait, Night landscape, Party/indoor, Beach/snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Pet portrait, Candlelight, Blossom, Autumn colors, Food, Silhouette, High key, and Low key), programmed auto with flexible program (P), shutter-priority auto (S), aperture-priority auto (A), manual (M)
Exposure compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure bracketing 3 frames in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 200 to 3200 in steps of 1/3 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 100 equivalent) below ISO 200, or to approx. 0.3, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 6400 equivalent) over ISO 3200, ISO sensitivity auto control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Active D-Lighting bracketing 2 frames
Autofocus Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 11 focus points (including 1 cross-type sensor) and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5–3 m/1 ft. 8in.–9 ft. 10 in.)
Detection range -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 equivalent, 20°C/68°F)
Lens servo Autofocus: Instant single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status (AF-A)
Manual (M): Electronic rangefinder supported
Focus point Can be selected from 11 focus points
AF-area modes Single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, auto-area AF, 3D-tracking (11 points) AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (Single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Auto, Portrait, Child, Close-up, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Pet portrait modes: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, Food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide number (m/ft.) at 20°C/68°F At ISO 200: Approx. 17/56, 18/59 with manual flash
At ISO 100 equivalent: Approx. 12/39, 13/43 with manual flash
Flash control TTL: i-TTL balanced fill-flash and standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR using 420-pixel RGB sensor are available with built-in flash, SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, or SB-400 (when combined with matrix metering or center-priority metering)
Auto aperture: Available with SB-900, SB-800, and CPU lenses
Non-TTL auto: Supported flash units include SB-900, SB-800, SB-28, SB-27, or SB-22s
Range-priority manual: Available with SB-900 and SB-800
Flash modes Auto, auto with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye correction, and rear curtain with slow sync
Flash compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash bracketing 2 or 3 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1, or 2 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-400, SB-80DX, SB-28DX, or SB-50DX is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output in i-TTL or auto aperture modes
Accessory shoe Standard ISO 518 hot-shoe contact with safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting is supported when the SB-900, SB-800, or SU-800 is used as commander
Sync terminal Hot Shoe Sync Terminal Adapter AS-15 (optional)
White balance Auto (TTL white-balance with main image sensor and 420-pixel RGB sensor); 12 manual modes with fine-tuning; preset manual white balance, white balance bracketing
White balance bracketing 3 frames in steps of 1
Live View AF modes Face priority AF, wide area AF, normal area AF, subject tracking AF
Live View focus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face priority or subject tracking AF is selected at the time of Live View shooting)
Movie clips image sizes (pixels) 1,280 x 720/24 fps, 640 x 424/24 fps, 320 x 216/24 fps
Movie clips file format AVI
Movie clips compression format Motion-JPEG, with monaural sound
LCD monitor Vari-angle type, 2.7-in., approx. 230k-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, approx. 100% frame coverage, 170° viewing angle, and brightness adjustment
Playback function Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, stop-motion movie playback, slide show, histogram display, highlights, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
USB Hi-Speed USB
Video output Can be selected from NTSC and PAL; images can be displayed on external device while camera monitor is on
HDMI output Type C HDMI connector; camera monitor turns off when HDMI cable is connected
Accessory terminal Remote Cord MC-DC2 (optional)
GPS Unit GP-1 (optional)
Supported languages Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Battery One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a
AC adapter AC Adapter EH-5a (optional; requires EP-5 power connector)
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 127 x 104 x 80 mm / 5.0 x 4.1 x 3.1 in.
Weight Approx. 560 g / 1 lb. 4 oz. without battery, memory card, or body cap
Temperature 0–40°C / 32–104°F
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a, Quick Charger MH-23, Eyepiece Cap DK-5, (may differ by country or area) Rubber Eyecup DK-21, USB Cable UC-E4, Audio Video Cable EG-D2,Camera Strap AN-DC2, Accessory Shoe Cover BS-1, Body Cap, Software Suite CD-ROM
Footnote Specifications and equipment are subject to change without notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. April 2009 Copyright © 2009 Nikon Corporation


* D5000 Description and Specifications table were taken from: www.europe-nikon.com

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