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Nikon D5000: the press release

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This thread will be updated multiple times in the next few hours - stay tuned and keep pressing the F5 button. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for pre-order options.

Let's start with Nikon UK: http://www.europe-nikon.com/product/en_GB/products/broad/1788/overview.html

At midnight the Nikon US website was updated with the D5000: 

and the new lens:

The details (from Nikon UK):

  • 2.7-inch vari-angle LCD monitor with downward-opening mechanism makes it easy to capture images from any angle and still keep a steady grip on the camera. When not in use it can be closed with the LCD panel facing the camera for protection.
  • D-Movie lets you record beautiful high-definition (HD) movie clips with sound. The camera’s large image sensor and high ISO sensitivity offer exceptional image quality. A wide range of interchangeable NIKKOR lenses can be used to obtain cinematic effects and you can view your movie clips on the camera or an HDTV.
  • Live View with subject tracking: Live View mode lets you compose images using the LCD monitor. Four easily selectable AF modes assure sharp results: Face priority AF, Wide area AF, Normal area AF and Subject Tracking AF, which keeps the camera focused on a moving subject even if it leaves the frame for a moment.
  • 12.3 megapixel DX format CMOS image sensor lets you capture outstandingly detailed images and produce stunningly sharp enlargements.
  • High ISO (200-3200) light sensitivity, extendable up to ISO 6400 (equivalent) and down to ISO 100 (equivalent). Enables faster shutter speeds, significantly reducing the risk of blurred images when you shoot fast-moving subjects or take pictures in low light.
  • Integrated dust reduction system: Image Sensor Cleaning and Airflow Control systems keep dust away from the camera’s image sensors for clear, spot-free images.
  • Advanced autofocus performance with versatile Multi-CAM100 11-point AF system offers fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame. Four AF-area modes, including 3D-tracking AF, deliver sharp results, whether your subject is off-center, moving fast or completely unpredictable.
  • Scene Recognition System optimizes exposure, autofocus, and white balance immediately before the shutter is released, to deliver precise exposures and sharply-defined images.
  • EXPEED image processing system for optimum performance and maximum image quality.
  • Active D-Lighting automatically retains details in highlights and shadows for stunning images with natural contrast. It works at the moment you take the shot, features four levels of intensity and can be activated manually or automatically.
  • Scene Modes automatically adjust camera settings, including Picture Controls and active D-Lighting, to take the guesswork out of tricky photo situations and deliver optimal results. Simply turn the mode dial to SCENE to access the most commonly used modes. Sample photos appear on the display to help you select the right mode and there are 19 to choose from.
  • Extensive in-camera Retouch Menu lets you edit and enhance images in the camera. Offers a range of photo effects including Perspective Control, Soft Focus and Color Outline, which transforms your photo into a line drawing.
  • Picture Controls let you set the look and mood of your photos or D-Movie clips before you shoot. Choose from six settings: Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape.
  • Highly durable 100,000-cycle shutter unit: provides exceptional reliability. Thoroughly tested on fully assembled cameras, it delivers precise shutter control.
  • Quiet shooting mode: perfect for photographing a sleeping baby, Quiet mode noticeably reduces the sound of the camera’s internal mechanisms when the shutter is pressed.
  • Extensive playback functions including a calendar view that organizes images according to the date and time they were shot, a 72-frame thumbnail display and histograms of magnified sections within an image. HDTV compatibility: the built-in High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connector makes it easy to watch your photos and movie clips on an HDTV. Simply connect a compatible HDMI cable between your camera and the TV.
  • NIKKOR lenses: optimized for use with AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses, renowned for delivering outstanding sharpness, crisp contrast and precise color reproduction.
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) via an optional GP-1 unit that attaches to the camera and automatically records location information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and time as ‘geotags’ in the image data (EXIF) of each photo.

Body Only RRP: £719.99 / €878.00 
D5000 + 18-55 VR kit: £799.99 / €972.00 
Sales start date: 1st May 2009 

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the D5000, its latest digital SLR camera that is perfect for capturing family fun and developing the skills of photography hobbyists. Packed with features that make taking pictures easy and fun, this camera stands out above the competition with its unique Vari-angle LCD monitor, allowing you to shoot easily from almost any angle. 

The D5000 inherits the D90’s groundbreaking HD movie capability, Nikon’s proprietary D-Movie function, and extensive in-camera editing features to enhance images. Coupled with the wide choice of scene modes, 12.3MP sensor and high-sensitivity that ranges between ISO 200 and 3200 (which can be extended to ISO 100 and ISO 6400 equivalent) for shooting in a wide range of lighting conditions, this camera makes it easier than ever to take great quality pictures. 

“This camera offers exceptional image quality and technology inherited from higher-end Nikon models giving consumers first hand experience of the outstanding quality that Nikon is famous for,” says Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager for Nikon Europe B.V. “With the D5000’s unique Vari-angle LCD screen, you can easily take pictures from any angle, bringing a totally new perspective to your images. The added benefit of the D-movie function (introduced as a world-first with the D90), is now being brought to a wider consumer audience looking to have fun with photography and to grow their skills, or to upgrade their existing DSLR.”

View life from a different angle

The D5000’s 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD monitor offers a whole new perspective on photography, allowing you to take pictures easily from any angle. Its flexible, moving screen allows you to position the camera perfectly to suit the angle or shot you’re trying to take - so whether you’re at a concert and you want to get a clear view above the crowd for your shot or you want to take a picture from ground level, you can adjust the Vari-angle monitor to give you the best view of your subject. Close it to protect the monitor or place it in the standard position for regular shooting using the viewfinder. You can even reverse the monitor for effortless, perfectly-framed self-portraits. Thanks to Nikon’s ergonomic design values and the downward opening direction of the screen, it will never get in your way, and you’ll be able to maintain a steady grip on the body which will prevent camera shake. The choice is limitless.

D-Movie and Live View

Shooting movie clips with a DSLR will allow you to get really creative. For example, you can change the lens for a new perspective and enhance the emotional impact of your movies using the Picture Control settings before you even start shooting. The D5000 offers D-Movie (with audio) - high-definition movie capture which is perfectly compatible with the latest television screens and an HDMI output for easy connection. The single button access to the Live View function allows you to view and compose your shot or movie on the Vari-angle LCD monitor for optimal framing. When taking still shots, the camera offers four types of contrast AF (wide area, normal area, face detection and new subject tracking) to make capture as easy as possible. In subject tracking AF mode, the camera will even restart tracking the subject once it leaves the frame and then returns, so your target will always be in focus.

Setting the Scene

With a total of 19 scene modes, you don’t have to know the ins and outs of digital photography to take great pictures. Simply turn the dial to ‘scene’, choose the appropriate scene mode setting and the camera will do the rest for you. The camera will even display a sample scene to make the scene selection easier for you. Another easy-to-use feature is the camera’s extensive range of built-in editing function, with which you can edit your pictures and create visual effects in-camera, before you even get to a computer.

There’s more

In addition to all these features, the D5000 is a high quality camera in its own right. With its high-sensitivity 12.3 effective megapixel CMOS image sensor, Nikon’s innovative EXPEED high-speed image-processing system, fast and precise 11-point AF system and highly-durable, high-performance shutter, it is also perfectly suited to those with a higher level of photographic knowledge. Image quality is guaranteed further by the image sensor cleaning mechanism with airflow control system, Active D-Lighting and Picture control. It feels good to handle, too, with Nikon’s typically ergonomic design in a compact, light-weight body. Those who shoot pictures in quieter settings will appreciate the new Quiet shooting mode and, the built-in pop-up flash which will automatically detect when the flash is needed. For those on the move, GPS-compatibility with Nikon’s GP-1 unit will come in handy when pinpointing shooting locations as will the HDMI output when you finally want to present your great shots to your family and friends. The Nikon D5000 is compatible with a wide variety of AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR lenses.

And the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24MM F/3.5-4.5G ED lens:

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  • 2.4x zoom lens with 10 to 24mm focal range (35mm equivalent: 15-36mm).
  • Extreme wide-angle coverage lets you capture sweeping panoramas and images with an exaggerated perspective.
  • Exceptional optical performance designed specifically for use with Nikon DX format digital SLR sensors.
  • ED (Extra low Dispersion) glass and aspherical lens elements ensure high resolution and superior contrast.
  • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast, whisper-quiet autofocus.
  • IF (Internal Focusing) design for fixed lens length and non-rotating front element; allows use of polarizing filters and lens-mounted flash accessories.
  • Snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap, bayonet lens hood and lens pouch included.

RRP: £799.99 / €972.00 
Sales start date: 1st May 2009 

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the introduction of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24MM F/3.5-4.5G ED lens, a NIKKOR DX-format ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that boasts a focal range starting at 15mm equivalent in FX/35mm format. 

At a very affordable price, this new lens offers a superior build quality making it a great addition to anyone’s Nikon system. It is perfect for users wanting to shoot scenes that require a wide angle perspective effect such as in a small room, or for shooting architecture and landscapes. 

Ludovic Drean, Product Manager for Lenses at Nikon Europe B.V says: “This great new lens is perfectly suited for Nikon D300 and D90 users and works very well with our other mid-class DSLRs too, including models without a built-in motor such as the D40 and the D60, for example. Its affordable price is no reflection on its superior quality, though, as its high-reproduction performance, minimum distortion and build quality are almost equivalent to those of the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED.”

Superior quality build and excellent reproduction capacity

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24MM F/3.5-4.5G ED offers a focal length between 10 to 24mm and a picture angle equivalent to a focal length of 15 to 36 mm in FX/35mm format. Thanks to its ring-type Silent Wave Motor (SWM), its autofocus is quiet and fast. Housed in a compact and lightweight body with Nikon’s unique high-quality exterior design, the NIKKOR advanced build quality ensures smooth operation and durability. The optical system features ED glass and a-spherical lenses optimised for digital SLRs with an excellent capacity for accurate image reproduction, delivering high-resolution, high-contrast images whilst minimising chromatic aberration. Using the internal focusing (IF) system, the lens barrel length does not change whilst focusing, giving it a more durable build and allowing for the use of heavy attachments. The lens also has two focus modes – M (Manual) and Manual-priority auto (M/A). M/A mode enables a user to switch rapidly between autofocus and manual focus by merely rotating the focus ring even during AF operation. This allows precise focus adjustment without taking your eye off of the viewfinder.

Specifications

Focal length: 10-24 mm 
Max/min aperture: f/3.5-4.5, f/22-29 
Lens construction: 14 elements in 9 groups (with two ED glassed and three aspherical lenses) 
Picture angle: 109°, 61° (DX-format) 
Minimum focus distance: 0.24 m 
Max. reproduction ratio: 0.2x 
No. diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded) 
Focusing: Autofocus with built-in SWM and manual focus 
Filter/attachment size: 77mm 
Diameter x length: Approx. φ82.5 x 87 mm 
Weight: Approx. 460 g

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24MM F/3.5-4.5G ED is supplied with 77-mm snap-on front lens cap LC-77, rear lens cap LF-1, bayonet hood HB-23 and flexible lens pouch CL-1118.

For further discussions on the new D5000 check this Nikon Rumors Forum topic.

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  • GeoVu

    WoW..

  • Joshh

    ok 720p or 1080p and what frame rate?
    FUCK.

    • EaGle1337

      yeah i’m wondering that too if it’s 30 fps 720p and priced at the same price as the Canon T1i, I don’t care ^_^.

    • http://www.observin.com Kyle

      720@24

      • EaGle1337

        where’d u find that kyle?

      • Stu Mannion

        720p doesn’t look good for Nikon when Canon can do 1080p. That’s the way the general market is going to see it anyway. Anyone know if this is likely to be better video than the D90?

        • scape

          t1i is 1080p at 20p, which isn’t a realistic framerate standard, even 24 is off a tad (24 is for film and unless your tv can run at 24 you can see juttering during pan shots, 25 and 50 is native rates for european tv, and 30/60 is for u.s. tv’s), so 1080 at 20 frames is kind of pointless to me, 720 at 24p is still nice though :)
          I read on dpreview that it is 5 minutes top recording, I hope that is simply a misread…

    • Anonymous

      1,280 x 720/24 fps, 640 x 424/24 fps, 320 x 216/24 fps

  • rhlpetrus

    Looks very good!

  • connor

    Hell yeah! I was thinking about a D80 around Christmas time, but fuck that. All I need is a D5000

  • Jabir

    Greetings,
    This sounds like a really great camera for the consumer market. I would like to see and read a test of this new Nikon while I perhaps wait for a D700X or whatever it is called.
    I wonder which older camera does this replace?
    What about a D400 or even 4000, then?
    Does this replace the D60/40X series or the D300?
    I like the swivel screen but I wonder how long before it breaks off … LOL!

    • Will

      It should replace D60 if not sit between D60 and D90

    • Phoggy

      It clearly replaces the D40 because there is no in-camera autofocus drive, a feature that is noticeably missing from that camera and the D60. Taking almost all the other features into consideration, it seems to rival the D90 so it seems more like the mid-range category (and probably will be in price) I think people looking for a basic DSLR (students, casual hobbyists, etc) may think this is a little more elaborate than what they need. It’s really more than just an entry-level camera. I expect the D60 to continue to appeal to folks who just want a basic DSLR. I for one, own a D40, and this may be an attractive upgrade for me, but I’m waiting on a few more details as the reviews come out and comparisons are made to D90/D300 image quality and knowing what features I will have with this that I don’t have with the D40, such as auto bracketing for HDR

  • NikoDoby

    Sweet! I’m in! Forget the Sony HX1. Now, who do I make the check payable to?

    • EaGle1337

      first we need to learn the price!

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

        UK price:
        Body Only RRP: £719.99 / €878.00
        D5000 + 18-55 VR kit: £799.99 / €972.00
        Sales start date: 1st May 2009

        • EaGle1337

          aaw man that’s like $1,500 Canadian :(

        • http://www.randomprocess.ca/ charlie

          Hrm, that doesn’t seem right – the D90′s RRP is £699.99…

      • NikoDoby

        Opps, right. Got carried away. (putting checkbook down) your starting to sound like my wife EaGle1337!

        • Anonymous

          yeah and you’re starting to sound like a gearhead. grab the D80, it works just fine.

          • NikoDoby

            Hey Anonymous, I still use a D70 from 2004! Still taken great pictures too. Buying the D5K as a graduation gift, but not for you. I’m holding out for a D400 for myself.

  • http://www.flickr.com/santif2d SaNTi

    Will this AF with non AF-S lenses like the 10.5mm for example?

    • EaGle1337

      no.. it’s like the D40,D40x,D60.

  • http://www.randomprocess.ca/ charlie

    Specs are out on the site as well. Some key improvements I’m seeing are:

    - Bracketing!!! YAY!
    - Uses the Multi CAM 1000 AF module, as with D90
    - 4FPS continuous
    - viewfinder grid
    - 720p/24

    It’s quite a bit larger than the D40/60, actually 1mm taller and a couple mm thicker than a D90(!). No optional battery grip from the looks of it either. Still a 230k dot resolution display.

    Very impressive overall. It seems like a D90 but in a slightly more menu-oriented camera. I’ll be interested to see what the MSRP is. I can’t see it being too far off the D90 with these specs.

  • Alex

    I hope the Viewfinder magnification spec is wrong on the UK site. Only 0.78x….
    That’s lower than D40,D60.

    If that is the case why the bigger bulk at the top of the camera?

    • flyb0y

      NikonUSA has it listed @ ~95%. I think 78% would cause a revolt!

      • Pablov

        you are confusing Viewfinder Magnification with Viewfinder Coverage

        78% of coverage would make it completely useless indeed :)

        • flyb0y

          Sorry- I misunderstood what Alex was saying. That means it’s time to stop posting and go to bed.

  • Pablov

    I knew Nikon would stick to 24fps…

    I supose there is no manual control for movie, isn’t it?

    • Pablov

      It has a Stop-Motion Movie function… NICE !!

  • Alex

    10-24 looks like a Tamron OEM to me. All specs are the same except 2 additional element.

    Would be interesting to see what difference that additional elements make to the quality of the lens.

  • DC

    This is not replacing the D40 or D60. This is not the price of a low-end model. I have a current British photography magazine with the D90 advertised for £649 (body) or £789 with 18-105mm lens.

  • anony

    the price is on the high side, and i doubt nikon can sell a lot of D5000 in 2009.

  • Tony M

    Is this P&S meets SLR or vice versa?
    I’ll wait for the D300 (or D90) update to 15MP thank you. Already have a basic SLR (40X).
    No new FX lenses again – aargh!

    • EaGle1337

      Mp means nothing imo..

    • Anonymous

      what do you do for living? printing billboards? 12MP is more than enough for like anything.

  • rhlpetrus

    Price, as usual, comes down quickly. This should sit between D60 (which will get down in price to <500USD) and D90 eventually. No prism, no 2nd dial, no AF motor, 230K LCD, price can’t stay higher than D90 for long.

  • Justin

    Huge disappointment on the lens price. It’s MORE than the new SLR!

  • jas

    mpeg compressed 720P AVI’s @ 24fps mono audio.

    Awaiting word on the Jello effect and if there will be manual exposure / shutter in movie mode ?!!

  • Alex

    As of right now (Tokyo time: 1:00 PM) the Japanese Nikon site DOES not have this listing. Ironic that Nikon’s subsidiaries release this first. Just have to wonder what the home office is doing.

  • hubba
    • hubba

      1280×720/24fps
      auto focus needs motor in lens

      • EaGle1337

        i thought it has auto focus in the lens.

  • Phoggy

    Nikon USA D5000 price estimated $729.95. That isn’t too bad. I’d pay that for this camera!

    • EaGle1337

      yeah seeing that it’s a bit more reassuring… GIVE ME THE CANADIAN PRICE!

      • http://www.randomprocess.ca/ charlie

        Extrapolating from the D90, it looks like the CAD MSRP has been around 15% higher than the USD. You can probably expect a $849 body-only or $999 for the kit (18-55mm VR).

        • EaGle1337

          sad face :(

      • denz

        Have you checked the sample image from nikon? it seems too noisy for me even the base ISO

    • http://www.randomprocess.ca/ charlie

      Yeah, looks like Europeans are getting shafted (again). Kit with the 18-55mm is $849.95. Available late April.

      The 10-24mm is listed as $899.95USD.

      • prcrash

        “The 10-24mm is listed as $899.95USD”

        That is entirely too much for a variable aperture lens… For a little less I can get the 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye… I don’t get it…

        • http://www.randomprocess.ca/ charlie

          Does seem a little expensive – the 12-24mm is a ‘gold-ring’ lens and has a $1179CAD MSRP. The 10-24mm may not be fixed aperture, but does go wider. $899USD will probably translate to $1049 or $1099CAD. No gold-ring, so we’ll have to see how build and image quality are.

  • Illo

    Why pay more for an inferior camera than D90. it have no sense only for swivel screen. Worst, is bigger an heavier than d60

  • rjm

    An inelegant pandering to the latest trends for video functionality. It will no doubt sell like hot cakes.

  • http://micahmedia.com Micah

    Several hot pixels on this image: http://chsvimg.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/digitalcamera/slr/d5000/img/pic_002b.jpg

    Other than that, this camera has all the right stuff.

  • Josh

    The cost is much higher than I was expecting, particularly if this is a D40 or D60 replacement. Am I alone on this?

  • jimmyd

    am i the only one that thinks the sample images when viewed full size are not that impressive? they seem very noisy and not very sharp. and i definitely see hot pixels like everyone is discussing.

    • denz

      that’s because nikon force it to 12MP. too noisy specially in out-of-focus part of the image/s.

  • Mats

    Why in God’s name is Nikon throwing so much junk at us? Where are the long-awaited FX lenses?

    • Jatz

      Agree! This camera has actually a bit of a shame… I was expecting something useful for pro and semi-pro snappers. Been nothing since the D700.

  • DC

    I don’t get it. This leaves Nikon with a entry-level model (D40) that is two-and-a-half years old and incredibly outdated (no live view, no bracketing, only 6 mp, etc.). I thought for certain they would update their low-end model before anything else. Ugh.

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      MSRP on a d90 body is 999.95

      Do you pay MSRP? I rarely do. These will be selling for $600 body only by xmas if Nikon can keep up with demand.

  • John

    The D5000 must be replacing the D60.

    http://nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Digital-SLR/index.page

    The D40 still shows an ESP of $499. The D60 does not show a price anymore, just like the discontinued D80.

    However, I think the D5000 is going to kill the D90. The D5k is listed as $729 ESP vs. the D90′s $999 ESP. That’s $270 more to get the additional thumb dial, 1/2 sec faster FPS and very little else. This is exactly what Nikon did when it brought out the D50 only to bring out the D40 9 months later with 99% of the same features for $250 less.

    I just bought my D90 two weeks ago and I feel like Nikon just kicked my resale in the ass. Why would anyone give me more than $700 for my used D90 when they can buy a brand-new D5000?

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      Did you pay $900 for it? You got higher resolution, two exposure control dials, an AF motor, a slightly faster frame rate, a bigger battery, better view finder, a vertical grip option–need I go on? You got this for $150 premium over a camera that you can’t have in hand for another month at least.

      I have a d90. It’s a great camera. I take it out of the house more often than the D300. Compact, fast, great IQ. It will take great pictures right now if you use it right.

      Did you want a d60? That’s what the new camera replaces. The d90 is superior to this camera in almost every way. Sure your d90 won’t be worth what you paid in a couple months. That’s just the nature of the market for dslr bodies.

  • Anonymous

    $899 seems awfully expensive for a lens aimed a consumer level photographers. it is the same price as the 12-24; so why would anyone pick this lens over that one?

  • broadbean

    Why no 1080p? Canon’s look better…

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      @20 fps? Who wants it?

    • flyb0y

      Canon’s 1080p @ 20 fps is utterly useless. It’s a marketing gimmick and nothing more. It’s shameful, really. Plus Canon’s T1i has an inferior AF. It does have the D5000 beat on LCD resolution though. I understand the 2.5″ screen to give a little extra room for the swivel mechanism, but I haven’t seen such a low resolution screen since… my beloved D200.

  • http://danielctw.com DanielCtw

    For this price… I am afraid I won’t be getting them any sooner… then

  • Jatz

    The only thing I really find encouraging from this body is the screen rotation technology which will hopefully expand into future FX models. Especially the ability to rotate it inwards and protect it! They now need to get the pixels up to 920,000 from 230,000.

    I also wonder about the airflow control and whether it seems to make a difference or not.

    But with no in-body focus, .78 mag and 720p @ 24fps to me makes this camera another one that will fall into line with the other releases and not make too big a splash.

  • John

    Micah: compare apples to apples dude. The msrp on the d90 is $999. D5000 is $729. That’s $270, not $150. As I said, features are very close on these two cameras yet the d5k is more than 25% less. Nikon has just taken away most of the D90′s market, it will languish and be discontinued just like the D50. Remember that camera? It had all the same advantages over the D40 the D90 has and it became virttually worthless overnight when the D40 was released.

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      I said $150 because the first figure for MSRP I saw for the d5000 was $750 and I paid $900 for my d90. If you pre-order, you’re stuck paying MSRP. The d90 has been around long enough that it’s in stock and ready for purchase, and it’s not selling at MSRP. You can order a d90 body from J&R through Amazon today for $889+$0 s/h, and the MSRP on the d5000 is now $730. Obviously the d5000 is already driving the price of the d90 down. Once they are both reasonably available, I suspect you’ll see the d90 will continue to be priced even if not above the d5000.

      If you need a camera today, you can buy a d90. You can’t shoot with a d5000 today. That’s a big selling point for the d90 at the moment. That’ll give it a premium for at least the next two months.

      MSRP to MSRP is not apples to apples in this case. If the cameras were released today at those MSRPs, you’d have a good argument that Nikon was doing something very stupid. Fact is the d90 was announced almost a year ago and these cameras are not exactly contemporary.

      My comparison was apples to apples, which is the price right now. I’ll admit I was mistaken and both cameras are priced lower now. The spread is $160 now. Still far below what you’re saying.

      Given a choice between the d50 and d40, I’d pick the d50. Maybe I’m not every consumer, but the screw drive is a huge amount of value, since there’s a whole back catalogue of lenses that won’t AF on the 40/60/5000.

      Apples to Apples isn’t MSRP. Few people pay MSRP so it’s meaningless. The only time I mention MSRP is when people are arguing that it’s too high. MSRP is generally pretty consistent from gen to gen, factoring in inflation. Other than that, MSRP is not what the majority of consumers pay. It never was, and the internet has seen that trend increase, especially with sites like Amazon.

  • DC

    This is a disappointing announcement. It’s clearly going to cannibalize many D90 sales, and Nikon has to realize that. The disappointment for me is that I need to purchase two low-end models — one for personal use and one for work, and I expected a D40 replacement at PMA. When it didn’t happen, I held out until now based on the rumor about this model. Now I’m going to have to look to Canon, Sony or Olympus for a low-end model with live view and more than 6 mp.

  • rootdown

    For the interested, canadian MSRP for D5000 kits (from nikon.ca):
    D5000 kit with DX 18~55 VR: 1,059.95 CAD
    D5000 kit with DX 18~105 VR: 1,249.95 CAD
    No word on body only.
    Price pretty much bang on the USD-CAD exchange rate.

  • Zoetmb

    1. There is no relationship between the 10-24mm lens and the D5000 body other than the fact that they were released on the same day. The kit version of the D5000 comes with the usual 18-55mm VR. Note that Nikon used to release a new kit lens for each new body. (D70=18-70, D80=18-135, D90=18-105, D200=18-200, D700=24-120, Early D40 =18-55 (non VR), Later D40 and D60=18-55 VR), but the last few low-end models are all using the 18-55 VR.

    2. The D5000 estimated selling price in the U.S. is $730 (body only). When the D60 body only was still available, the last selling price was $630. So this is only $100 more and it has video, higher resolution, swinging LCD, etc. I don’t understand what all the complaining is about.

    3. Although I expected the 10-24mm to be the same price as the 12-24, I don’t understand why Nikon bothered to release this lens to get 2 more mm of view (but a half a stop slower speed at the far end). There are so many other lenses that were needed first. What were they thinking?

    4. There’s another lens coming that’s been planned for some time. Some months back, I posted the sequence of model #s used in the U.S. and noted that a few were missing. This was one of them (2181). 2180 was the 50mm 1.4G AF-S. 2183 is the 35mm DX. 2182 will be the next lens.

  • terry

    Pity that there is no Commander mode on flash for wireless lighting. Bearing in mind that this camera sits between the D60 and the D90 the recommended price is high, but if the wireless flash function had been added Canon would have been blown out of the water.

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