LCD and Viewfinder
Nikon D5000 has a Fully Articulated 2.7″ LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. At only 2.7″, the screen is on the smaller side and 230kdot resolution is lower than most of the recent models in this class.
For those of you who loves shooting self portraits or group photos, Nikon D5000 will make your life easier with its Selfie friendly
D5000 has a built-in Optical (pentamirror) viewfinder. The viewfinder has a coverage of 95% and a magnification ratio of 0.52x. 95% coverage means that what you see in your viewfinder while shooting will slightly be different from the actual image.
Max Shutter speed
Nikon D5000 can shoot continuously at max speed of 4 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
D5000 has a built-in flash, and it also has a flash shoe to mount your external flashes too.
Nikon D5000 features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 11 points to choose from.
Nikon D5000 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Nikon D5000, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 24 fps and save in and Motion JPEG formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution .
D5000 has a built-in Mono microphone but no speaker.
Nikon D5000 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a DSLR camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Pentax K-S2 or Pentax K-70 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect D5000 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Nikon D5000 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 510 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of DSLR type cameras is 881 shots, Nikon D5000 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend D5000 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-x with its 1900shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level DSLR cameras. Check the comparison of Nikon D5000 vs Pentax K-x or take a look at Longest Battery Life DSLR cameras list.
Nikon D5000 Features Compared to Main Competitors
You can download Nikon D5000's User Manual here
Current Lowest price for Nikon D5000 is $629.95