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April 14, 2009

Nikon unveils new D5000 DSLR and new DX-wide angle lens

D5000_75.jpgNikonians who expected to see the new Nikon D5000 unveiled at the recent PMA in Las Vegas can now relax. The D5000, featuring a swiveling LCD monitor and taking its place as the second Nikon with High Definition movie modes has been announced.

D5000_LCD_250.jpgThe most immediately noticable outward physical appearance of the new camera is what Nikon calls a Vari-angle monitor. Old-time Coolpix users may fondly remember that functionality in the Coolpix 5000, but that model's swiveling screen was only 1.8 inches (compared to the D5000's 2.7 inches).

The new D5000 is a DX-Format model featuring an image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels and the proven Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module found in the Nikon D90. The D90 now has a Nikon junior partner in the "D-SLR with movie function category" and the price difference between the two is an appealing $200 to $250 USD (body only) depending on where you are shopping.

Those who predicted the D5000 to be a mid-range choice between the Nikon D60 and the D90 pretty much nailed it. In this comparison shot below we used the only fixed variable (the contacts spread between the flash hot-shoe) to illustrate the size differences looking from the front.D60-D90-D5000_Comparison.jpg

UPDATE: We have a new Nikonians D5000 Users Group Forum prepared for our members who will be interested in this camera.

You can check out the features on the new D5000 with a downloadable pdf brochure.

For a look at the official Press Release, check out the Nikon USA Press Center D5000 announcement.

While you are there, make sure you check out the new AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens. This new lens gives you the FX-format equivalent of 15-36mm making it ideal for a variety of applications including restrictive interiors, architecture and sweeping landscapes.

The D5000 should be on the shelves later this month at an estimated Manufacturer's List Price (MSRP) of $729.95 USD.

The AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens should be available in May at an MSRP of $899.95 USD.

Posted by flashdeadline at April 14, 2009 7:11 AM