Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D3000

by Enche Tjin on December 17, 2009

Nikon D5000 and Nikon D3000 are both Nikon beginner DSLR cameras. D3000 is designed to be an entry level to DSLR world, it is very user friendly and simple. It also have GUIDE mode that will help you to learn photography and how to operate the camera. On the other hand, D5000 is intended for more experienced users but still very friendly for beginners.

There are several major differences between Nikon D3000 and D5000. They are as follows:

Nikon D5000 pro-cons

+ 12 mp image sensor
+ Movie recording mode
+ Vari-angle swivel LCD screen
+ Great in low light
+ Taller grip
- Awkward LCD screen design
- No built-in AF motor
- Quite heavy for beginner DSLR (588g)

nikon-d3000Nikon D3000 pro-cons

+ Good image quality
+ More compact and lighter (around 100g lighter)
+ More user friendly especially for first time user
+ Cheaper
- No live view mode, no movie recording
- No built-in AF motor

Therefore, Nikon D3000 is more suitable for you if you are new to DSLR and don’t care about movie recording mode and live view. The D5000 is more suitable for more experienced user and creative artists that want to play with video recording and require good image quality in low light condition.

Please visit my Nikon D3000 and Nikon D5000 reviews.

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Sergio January 7, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Nikon D5000 Better than D3000, Best Nikon D700 and D90

Dinakar C V January 15, 2010 at 5:11 am

D3000 is simply superb ….. i hav a VR kit as for now ….. can i put a large lens to it with more focusing capacity ? ….. which one do u suggest ? …. can u plz tell me ….. ???

Enche Tjin January 15, 2010 at 5:26 am

Please read the recommended lenses for D3000 article.

Grady Philpott March 2, 2010 at 1:51 am

Get this one: Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II

This is a great lens for beginners because it is so versatile.

It’s a great lens for experts for the same reason, but of course, experts will mainly use it in those situations when hauling extra lenses around isn’t practical.

For us beginners, it will meet all our needs until we gain enough competence to find a need for more specialized lenses.

Do a search for this lens and read the reviews for yourself. Make sure you read about the VR II variety, as it is the newest iteration.

montinne March 5, 2010 at 9:13 am

Is the GUIDE mode feature of D3000 also available in D5000?

Enche Tjin March 5, 2010 at 10:49 am

No, it is not.

los nachos May 24, 2010 at 8:43 am

have a banana :D

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