NIKON D5000 $1699*

Type: Entry-level+ digital SLR with Nikon F (D-type) bayonet lens mount
Focusing: Automatic via 11-point wide-area system using phase-detection type CCD sensor with a central cross-type array. Focus points may be selected manually or automatically. One-shot and continuous modes both with a predictive function. Sensitivity range is EV -1 - 19 (ISO 100). AF assist provided by built-in illuminator. Contrast detection autofocusing provided in live view mode.
Metering: 420-pixel RGB ‘3D Color Matrix II’, centre- weighted average, spot (3.5mm/2.5%), and i-TTL flash via 420-pixel sensor. Metering ranges are; 3D Color Matrix II and C/W average = EV 0 to 20, spot = EV 2 to 20 (f1.4/ISO 100).
Exposure Modes: Continuously-variable program with shift, shutter-priority auto, aperture-priority auto, metered manual, i-TTL auto flash and manual flash. Plus 19 scene modes.
Shutter: Electronically-controlled, vertical travel, focal plane type, 30-1/4000 second plus ‘B’. Flash sync to 1/200 second. Exposure compensation up to +/-5.0 EV in 1/3 or ½ stop increments.
Viewfinder: Coverage = 95% vertical/horizontal.
Magnification = 0.78x (50mm lens at infinity). LCD displays and LED focus point indicators. Standard focusing screen has AF zones and on-demand grid lines. Eyepiece strength adjustment provided.
Flash: Built-in with a metric guide number of 17 (ISO 200). Auto, fill-in, red-eye reduction, front/rear sync and slow speed sync modes. Flash compensation up to -3.0/+1.0 EV in 1/3 or ½ stop increments. External flash units connect via hotshoe.
Additional Features: Auto exposure bracketing (three frames), AE lock, flash compensation, all exposure adjustments in 1/3 or ½ stops; variable delay self-timer (two to 20 seconds), exposure delay mode, audible signals, remote control terminal, 23 custom functions.

DIGITAL SECTION

Sensor: 12.9 million pixels CMOS with 23.6x15.8 mm imaging area. Sensitivity equivalent to ISO 200-3200 (extendable to ISO 100 and 6400).
Focal Length Increase: 1.5x.
Formats/Resolution: Three JPEG compression settings and lossless compressed RAW files. Three JPEG resolution settings; 4288x2848, 3216x2136 and 2144x1424 pixels. RAW images are captured at 4288x2848 pixels in 36-bit colour. RAW+JPEG capture is possible (all JPEG compression levels).
Recording Media: One SD/SDHC memory card slot.
Continuous Shooting: Up to 24 frames at 4.0 fps in JPEG/large/fine mode, up to 11 frames in RAW mode. Movie clips captured at 24 fps and 1280x720, 640x424 or 320x216 pixels with audio. Motion JPEG compression and AVI format.
White Balance: TTL measurements using 420-pixel RGB metering sensor. Auto/manual control with 12 presets and one custom setting. White balance fine-tuning available for AWB and all presets (blueto- amber and green-to-magenta) plus white balance bracketing (up to three frames).
Interfaces: USB 2.0, video (PAL/NTSC) and HDMI.
Additional Digital Features: HD video clip recording (up to five minutes), live view mode (with full AF), live view with level indicator, variable angle 6.86 cm LCD monitor (230,000 pixels resolution) with histogram displays (brightness or RGB channels) and highlight alert; LCD monitor cover, ‘Active D-Lighting’ for contrast control, six ‘Picture Control’ modes (standard, neutral, vivid, portrait, landscape and monochrome) with fine-tuning (colour saturation, sharpness, contrast, brightness and hue), nine user-defined ‘Picture Control’ modes, sRGB and Adobe RGB colour spaces, long exposure noise reduction, high ISO noise reduction, Auto ISO function, image comments input (up to 36 characters), auto image orientation, adjustable image display time, auto playback, thumbnail display (four or nine), playback zoom (up to 27x), in-camera editing functions (D-Lighting, red-eye correction, trim, B&W, filter effects, colour balance, straighten, distortion control, fish-eye effect, colour outline, image resizing, image overlay, perspective control, stop motion movie, side-by-side comparison and RAW-to-JPEG conversion). Optional GP-1 GPS unit can be fitted.
Power: One 7.2 volt, 1080 mAh rechargeable lithium- ion battery pack (EN-EL9a type). Optional MB-D80 battery grip accepts two EN-EL3e type packs or six AA-size batteries.
Dimensions (WxHxD): Body only = 127x104x80 mm. Weight: Body only = 580 grams (without battery pack).
Price: Body only = $1499. With AF-S 18-55mm f3.5- 5.6 VR zoom = $1699. Twin lens kit adds 55-200mm f4.0-5.6 VR zoom and sells for $1999.
Distributor: Nikon Australia Pty Ltd, telephone 1300 366 499 or visit www.nikon.com.au