The Nikon D5000 has other features that can be very useful, particularly for first-time DSLR users. If you’re intimidated initially by the complexity of a DSLR, the D5000 has 13 scene modes. If you don’t like to edit photos you can crop and retouch them with a number of in-camera editing tools.
- Six scene modes easily selected with mode dial
- “Scene” mode on mode dial allows quick selection of 13 other scene modes via command dial
- easily available after shot when image still on LCD (and in playback mode) by pressing the “OK” button
- lots of great, and fun options – especially the trim feature (saves a lot of post-production cropping)
- saves to new copy, leaving the original intact – EXIF data retained on both original and copy
- many other useful in-camera retouching options such as Filter Effects, Distortion Control, Monochrome, Stop Motion, NEF (RAW) processing, Straighten, Fisheye, Red-eye correction and Perspective Control.
Other things about the D5000 worth mentioning:
- The delete button more conveniently placed on back of D5000.
- Settings remain “saved” as selected when changing modes – a major blessing! (the D40 would revert to default values when changing from one mode to another)
- The camera takes AF lenses – lenses must have a lens with an autofocus motor otherwise you need to focus manually.
- Self-timer button – you can change not only the delay (2s, 5s, 10s, 20s), but also the number of shots (1-9).
- You can reprogram the self-timer button for other options that you may use more often.
- GPS capability
- Direct printing