Review For Nikon D5000 SLR Camera: Very Poor Maintenance Issues

1 out of 5 stars
  • 12.9 megapixals (44288x2848 pixels)
  • 23.6x15.8mm CMOS censor
  • 1280x720 movie capture (24 fps, mono sound)
  • 30 to 1/4000 shutter speed
  • 200-3200 range ISO
  • 4 fps shooting speed
  • 2.7" LCD monitor tils and swivels
  • Size: 5"x4.1"x3.1"
  • Image sensor cleaning
  • 19 auto scene modes
  • GPS unit optional
The entry-level Nikon D5000 is a low cost SLR that produces impressive photos. The most outstanding feature is the positionable LCD display. It rotates and swirls to enable difficult shots from positions that would otherwise make a preview impossible. The camera runs smoothly and quietly with a more streamlined method of producing image files.

As of 2009 the D5000 camera was reportedly only compatible with Nikkor AF-S, Sigma HSM, and Tamron NII lenses because it requires lenses have built-in focusing motors. But even after getting the correct lenses we still experienced big problems.

Soon after purchasing the camera its aperture control failed. Though this occurred during the warranty time period, Nikon refused to apply the warranty agreement and repair the defect free of charge, in our opinion. Nikon claimed the repair did not fall under the warranty agreement. It was not a difficult repair but it took time and effort to ship and arrange. And this wasn't the only failure of the camera.

Soon after this, the auto-focus failed to operate correctly on any lens. Nikon boasts 11 auto-focus points but they suddenly became useless as each photo must be focused manually. This disturbing break-down in the camera is not mentioned in photography magazines, but multiple users complain about focus issues. And as I said, Nikon charged us for the aperture repair even though it was still in the warranty time period.

The large CMOS censor means great photo creation. The image is large, the quality is impressive, and the price is tempting. However Nikon's behavior is not what we expected from such a big company. All these features don't help when the product breaks and the company refuses to apply the warranty agreement, in our opinion. There have been great advances in cheaper cameras that have brought them close to the quality of an SLR, so that might be a better option. And for any foray into advanced SLR photography we recommend avoiding Nikon.

Go with Canon.

(Nikon D5000 1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1 reviews. Specs and info retrieved from bythom.com & dpreview.com)

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