Nikon D5000

The Nikon D5000 & the Panasonic FZ50

Written by Rick Ellinger

A brief comparison of the Nikon D5000 digital single lens reflex camera and the Panasonic FZ50 superzoom.


As mentioned in another article at Digicamhelp, photo enthusiast Rick Ellinger uses the Panasonic FZ50 superzoom for a lot of his photography.

Rick notes that “the purchase of the D5000 hinged mainly upon the features of the two other digital cameras that I needed and was accustomed to. It was awesome how the D5000 satisfied the features of both of those cameras, and brought both worlds together for me.”

Here are his comparisons.

Features of the FZ50 which the D5000 more than satisfied:

  • swiveling LCD screen with Live View
  • over 10 megapixels (the FZ50 has 10.1, the D5000 has 12.3)
  • the 400mm zoom capability (I added a Tamron 70-300mm lens – the D5000’s 1.5 multiplier takes that to 450mm)
  • RAW capability
  • Movie mode

Features of the Nikon D5000 which are better than the FZ50:

  • less noise at higher ISO values than the FZ50
  • faster shutter speeds and quicker shutter response than the FZ50
  • mirror viewfinder, rather than electronic viewfinder on FZ50
  • higher ISO capability than the FZ50
  • larger body than FZ50
  • High Definition video capability

Rick points out that some of the best images are going to be with a DSLR. But the FZ50 offers near DSLR features and benefits, and high quality photos.

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.