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Nikon D5000 Your First Digital SLR Camera

Updated on September 15, 2012

The Move to SLR Digital Photography

The Nikon D5000 is the perfect digital SLR choice for anyone that wants to move up from a simple point and shoot digital camera, or for the photographer that has worked with SLR film cameras. Some people consider this an entry-level SLR digital camera but the D5000 also has many advanced features.

A little background on myself. Years ago I was very much into film photography using a SLR (single lens Reflex) camera before everything became automated meaning, I had to take my own light readings and input the aperture and shutter speed manually into the camera. Later on I used film cameras that did all those things automatically. I also developed my own pictures.

I bought a simple point and shoot camera when they first started to appear on shelves. At the time I thought these camera were the best things in the world. Imagine no more film to buy or develop. I overlooked the fact that these camera didn't really take the best pictures compared with my old film SLR cameras. Not so with digital SLR cameras. They shoot fantastic pictures, as good if not better than my film cameras.

The best way to explain why a digital SLR camera shoots a much better picture then a point and shoot camera is to explain how the image sensor works on a digital camera. Say, you have both a SLR digital camera and a point and shoot camera. They are both 10 mp or 10 million pixels that make up each shoot. The pixels make up the picture so more mega pixels mean a finer resolution picture with less noise or distortion. Here is the difference though. On SLR cameras the image sensor is almost the same size as a postage stamp while a point and shoot camera has a sensor that is only a fraction of that size so the pixels are crammed into a much smaller place and lose some detail.

The Nikon D5000 was not my first choice and I bought a Nikon D3000. That was a mistake. I would only recommend a D4000 for the individual that is intimidated in learning new technology and has never used a SLR film camera before. The D3000 does have many self- help screens on the camera that explains to the user the functions being used, but anyone that has a photography background will soon realize the limitations of the D3000 and those self-help screens may be come annoying.

The D5000 does come with basic software but if your going to make an investment in a great camera such as this one you may as well spend an extra hundred bucks and buy the photoshop elements software program by adobe to fully realize the potential of this camera. The program will let the user do anything from the most basic photo editing to advanced techniques. Other must have items are a good tripod and a Nikon remote control which you can find for about ten bucks. I would also recommend two books “Mastering the Nikon D5000” by Darrell Young and “The Photo shop Elements 8 Book” by Scott Kelby. The books are pricey but worth every penny.

Excellent reviews and information on the Nikon D5000 can be found at Ken Rockwell is familiar with many cameras of all prices and models but proclaims the Nikon D5000 is usually the camera he uses on vacations and pictures around the house. I consider that a high recommendation from this well-respected camera buff.

If this helps you may be interested in the articles I have wrote on the Nikon D5000

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      Walther D-SLR 6 years ago

      The sensor is the same as the d300, a camera 1000 dollars more expensive, even it autofocus is not available when filming, the simple fact that high res video recording is available is great for a camera at that price range.

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      redwhiskeypete 7 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you for pointing out that I meant a D3000 I only had the camera for a day or so before I took it back. I did alot of research on books for the D5000 and from the comments on Amazon I chose your book. It was a excellent choice.

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      Darrell Young 7 years ago

      Thank you for the kind commentary on my book, Mastering the Nikon D5000. I'm glad it was helpful to you.

      Did you mean to say Nikon D3000 for the camera you did not like? There is no Nikon D4000.

      Darrell Young, Author

      Mastering the Nikon D5000