Nikon D5000 Review

The Nikon D5000 sits at the low-end of Nikon’s DSLR lineup.  It is the second Nikon DSLR to offer video recording capabilities (the Nikon D90 was the first).  It’s also Nikon’s first DSLR with an articulating LCD – a feature that has received both praise and criticism.

The compact D5000 steps up to a 12.3-megapixel sensor.  The Nikon D60, which previously ruled the low-end roost, offers a 10.2 megapixel sensor.  The 12.3-megapixel sensor is the same piece of equipment as is found in popular Nikon D300 and D90.  It’s a proven sensor, so it only makes sense for Nikon to drop it in this generation of entry-level DSLRs as well.

The Nikon D5000 is a bargain of a camera at its introductory price of $850 with a 18-55mm VR (vibration reduction) lens.  The D90 is $100 more for just the body only.

I spent a lot of time over the past month or so shooting the Nikon D5000 side-by-side with the Canon Rebel T1i.  These cameras are obviously situated as direct competitors with each other.  As a result, I make several references to how the Nikon D5000 compares in relation to the Rebel T1i.  Suffice it to say that both cameras are excellent offerings from Nikon and Canon.  Each camera truly lives up to the expectations and is probably the best entry-level DSLR from either company to date.

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Nikon D300s Pics, Again

Is this the camera that is set to replace the Nikon D300 soon?   Since we’re inching ever closer to the Nikon D300s official announcement, we should all be expecting more and more leaks.  The latest leaks, courtesy of Nikon Rumors, come in the form of some up close and unobstructed images of the possible new camera.

This above image is definitely not the same Nikon D300s camera in the image that was leaked previously.  Compare the mic holes in the two:

So, one of the two “leaked” images is fake for sure.  More photos of the current “leak” follow. [Read more…]

Nikon VL1 – What if?

I’m not sure what to make of this.  A tipster pointed me to this Nikon VL1 speculation?  Reads like a wish list, yet an informed wish list…

This appears to be utter and complete speculation (so gearheads can click on through, others can move along now … nothing to see here); however, it’s still a nice thought.  What if?

[via Art of the Image]

Nikon 2009-2010 DSLR Roadmap Leaked?

Nikon may have just had a huge cat get out of the bag.  Leaks like this don’t happen very often; however, they do happen.  If this info, which was posted on a Czech forum is legit, Nikon’s rumor mill is going to be rather boring for the next couple of years.

The forum poster lays out a number of Nikon DSLR bodies and lenses, along with purported release dates for 2009 and 2010.  Here’s the summary version of the possibly leaked roadmap: [Read more…]