It’s a solid workhorse for the non-professional that wants to take their photography to the next level from basic point-n-shoot by offering manual and automatic settings, and the advantage of interchangeable lenses. I can shoot short video clips with it too.
I’m just “old-school” enough that I like using the traditional viewfinder to frame up a shot, but I love the digital viewfinder too in certain cases. Like shooting video, grabbing photos that are near the ground or over my head, or for those moments when the grandkids are too aware that I have a camera so I need to go stealth. The Nikon D5000 was the only DSLR camera at the time (and in my price range) that had a pop-out screen that could rotate and flip so many ways. You could even take a selfie with it long before smartphones and selfies were a thing!
Now, I confess that I often use the auto setting to give me the best of both worlds. Better lenses for zoom, wide-angle or whatever the shot, which I’m usually grabbing in a rush and don’t have time to manually adjust, check light levels, etc… I guess you could say I’m a lazy, spur of the moment photographer. I like taking pictures but I don’t have the patience (or honestly, the desire) to go for professional quality. I’m not looking for fine art prints…I have friends that do that, and do it very, very well. I just have fun and now share some photos with you.
I’ve use the standard issue Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens that it came with the camera body and later added a Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II lens. And I have always had great results with these lenses. Nikkor lenses have always had excellent quality.
But, like I said, I’m a lazy photographer. I wanted the ease of wide angle and telephoto all in one. I recently added the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens to my kit, and that now lives on my camera full-time. I’ll be doing a separate review on that at a future date.
And the nice thing is, even if/when this camera body eventually dies, all of the lenses will fit almost any Nikon DSLR camera.
Nikon D5000 Pros and Cons
This is not by any means a comprehensive, professional review…more of my likes and dislikes so here ya go:
Quality. Well built, solid camera body Fairly ergonomic grip. With the standard short lens, I can shoot one-handed if need be. It’s a decent weight for handling overall, tho sometimes I wish it was a little lighter.
Reliable. Over 8 years, has taken an occasional bruising and still keeps going with little to no maintence
Good battery. I am still using the original one that came with the camera and can get a few days’ worth of shooting from it. Admittedly, I’m not shooting footage for a full-length film or a couple thousand photos a day, but I am content with it currently.
Comfortable to hold and handle
Good "entry-level" DSLR for someone wanting to fall back on auto but explore full manual contraol as well.
Vibration Reduction is wonderful!
A little heavy
Limited exposure length…no night sky photos from this camera.
It seems you can’t get it now, other than used
I’d recommend it even more, except I think you’ll have a hard time finding one. Last I checked, there was only 1 new one on Amazon and several used ones! So if this one eventually dies, I'll be shopping once again.