Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Digital Photography Review have published an in-depth report on Nikon's 'just-that-bit-better-than-entry-level' (JTBBTEL) DSLR.
"It's impressive that so much of the D300's technology has, in the space of just 18 months, gone from appearing in an $1800 camera to one that can be had for under $700. The high ISO performance is very good as is the dynamic range."
"The D5000 sits slightly awkwardly between categories - it's a large camera but one that, in common with the much smaller D60, relies on menus or its info screen for accessing many settings."
"In terms of handling, the D5000 is a much more elegant camera to hold than it is to behold - it might look a little lumpy but it sits well in the hand."
"Ultimately, whether the D5000 is the right camera for is likely to hinge on what you think of the flip-out/swivel LCD. In every other respect, the D5000 is exactly the solid product you'd expect of a camera put together from so many well-proven parts."
"The underlying features are well done, so that it's easy to get good picture out of - the autofocus is sophisticated, reliable and easy-to-use and in difficult-to-meter situations, the camera's exposure errs on the side of underexposure, to prevent detail being lost."