Nikon D5000

More D5000 features & sample photos

Written by Rick Ellinger

The Nikon D5000 has easy-to-use features such as 19 auto-exposure scene modes and in-camera editing tools that first-time DSLR users will appreciate.

Nikon 5000DThe 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.

Scene modes:

  • Six scene modes easily selected with mode dial
  • “Scene” mode on mode dial allows quick selection of 13 other scene modes via command dial

Retouch options:

  • 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

Sample photos taken with the Nikon D5000


Grasshopper by Rick Ellinger


Dahlia by Rick Ellinger


Hummingbird by Rick Ellinger

About the author

Rick Ellinger

Rick Ellinger was never interested in photography until he experienced the digital realm in 2002, when bought his first digital camera, the 3.2 megapixel Olympus C3020-Z, with some of the money his grandfather had left to him. Rick says, “It was a great little camera and served me well.”

In the fall of 2006, Rick purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50, and the world of digital photography opened up for him. With the FZ50's 10.1 megapixel resolution, and 35-420mm zoom range (35mm equiv.), he was then able to get shots he had been longing to capture.

In 2008, Rick's dad gave him a Nikon D40, which introduced him to the world of digital single lens reflex cameras. He was quickly hooked so in September 2009, he upgraded the D40 by purchasing the Nikon D5000 and a Tamron 70-300mm macro lens.

Rick enjoys taking photos of God's creation - especially critters. By zooming in closely on his subjects, he is able to see fine details that are often missed by the eye.

Through the wonders of digital photography, Rick shares the marvels and beauties of God's wonderful creation with people around the globe via the Internet. He hopes others will enjoy his photos as much as he enjoys shooting them. Rick includes a free eCards feature on his photo website for visitors. They include some of his photos along with encouraging, inspirational greetings.

Rick says, “I pray that my photos of God's creation will bring glory and honor to the God who created it all.”

Rick's wife, Ruby, says that his grandfather would be pleased with the purchase of that first digital camera.