As we've mentioned the D5000 doesn't feature the high resolution LCD screen that is built into every Nikon from the D90 upwards (and, perhaps more pertinently, into the Canon EOS 500D/T1i). Instead its 230,000 dot (2.7") unit is mounted on a hinge, to allow the use of the camera at different angles. Like the majority of DSLRs with Live View, the camera isn't responsive enough when using the LCD as a viewfinder to make this a universally useful feature - it'll be useful to a small subset of users, in quite specific situations, but probably shouldn't be a decisive factor for many buyers.
The D5000 offers two styles of information panel (and you can specify a different one for the auto and manual modes, if you wish), either offering a diagram of the aperture and a rather nice serif typeface, or an imitation of a mono LCD top panel.
|Graphic Info display format||Classic info display format|
You can choose for the D5000 to display a review of the image taken immediately after shutter release. The type of display used will be the same as the last mode used in playback (histogram, thumbnail index, details etc.). Record review has all of the functionality of playback mode, this means its easy to delete, magnify, protect etc. The image will remain on the screen for the 'Monitor off delay' (Custom menu setting c2)or until you half-press the shutter release.
Press the Playback button to enter playback mode, press the multi selector up or down to change display mode, up to seven different pages of display detail are available. The 'Display mode' option in the playback menu allows you to add RGB histograms, blinking highlights and data screens to the available playback displays, depending on which you think you'll use.
|Basic photo display: folder, file number, quality & size, date & time, quality, size.||RGB histograms (optional)|
|Highlights (optional)||Data screen 1 (optional). Contains all the major shooting parameters.|
|Data screen 2 (optional). Contains image processing settings||Data screen 3 (optional). Includes those settings that don't fit on screen 2 such as image comment.|
|Shooting details screen. Contains most shooting data and a histogram.|
The D5000's playback zoom is implemented in the same manner as the D90 and D300's (and therefore different to the D3 and D3X's). You use the zoom button to select zoom amount from the eight available levels (on the D3 you use the combined zoom / thumbnail button with the rear command dial), and can use the multi-selector to move around the magnified image.
Playback thumbnail views
The D5000 has three levels of thumbnail view, either 2 x 2, 3 x 3 or 9x7 (72 per page) - plus a new calendar view. Press the thumbnail index button to enter thumbnail mode with 4 images (2 x 2), press again to switch to the 9 image (3 x 3) view and so on. If you leave the camera in this view mode it will use it for record review. Note that if you have the 'Rotate Tall' option enabled images taken in the portrait orientation are displayed vertically.
|One push for a 2 x 2 thumbnail view||Two pushes for a 3 x 3 thumbnail view|
|Three pushes for a 72 (9x8) thumbnail view||Four pushes for a calendar view|
|In calendar view you can 'zoom' the selected image by holding the + zoom button.|
The D5000 gets the largest number of retouching and image correction options we've yet seen with a wide range of processing and distortion correction/addition options. There's also the ability to reprocess RAW files with different processing parameters. It's a feature that Nikon debuted on the D60 (and that also crops up in Pentax and Olympus cameras) which can be really handy, particularly if you tend to shoot only in RAW. The full list of retouch options appears on the menu page.
|The retouch menu in Playback mode||Raw processing|
|The Fisheye option||The color outline tool is new and attempts to identify and outline patches of color|
19 Piece Super Zoom Kit
with Nikon D5000 12.3 MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens and 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD + Sigma 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom Lens + Rokinon 650-1300mm Lens with 2X Converter (=1300-2600mm) Zoom Lens + 8 GB Memory Card + Multi-Coated 3 Piece Filter Kit + Extra High Capacity Li-Ion Battery + Back Pack Case + 57" Tripod + 6 Piece Camera Accessory Kit + 3 Year Celltime Warranty Repair Contract
Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens and Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SLD DG Macro Lens with built in motor + 16GB Deluxe Accessory Kit
Focus Camera Nikon D5200 24.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Black)
with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens + Lexar Professional 16GB SDHC Card with 400x Speed and Accessory Bundle
Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor SLR Camera Lens
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Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
with 3-Inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor (Body Only)
Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera
with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black)
Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera Body Only
Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera & 18-55mm G VR DX AF-S Zoom Lens (Red)
with 55-200mm VR Lens + 32GB Card + Case + Battery + Tripod + Filters + Tele/Wide-Angle Lenses Kit
Nikon D5300 Digital SLR
with 18-55mm and 55-200mm Lenses and Accessories Bundle
Nikon D5100 16.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera Bundle
with 18-55mm and 55-200mm VR AF-S Lenses
Nikon D3100 Digital SLR Camera & 18-55mm G VR DX AF-S Zoom Lens
with 16GB Card + .45x Wide Angle & 2.5x Telephoto Lenses + Filter + Tripod + Accessory Kit