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Elyone

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Elyone Registered since 16th Oct 2008
Thu 16-Apr-09 03:55 AM | edited Thu 16-Apr-09 02:14 PM by Elyone

I started another thread to specifically compare these two cameras.

From what I have read, the image quality itself is probably similar to identical.

One can notice that the D5000 lacks many of the features that advanced users (be it enthusiasts, advanced amateurs or pros) use and need. Other than lack of AF motor and internal CLS compatibility (one can still use an SB800), the following are control options that are different:

-The extra dial on the D90 (has been mentioned in previous posts.)
-Lack of info LCD screen on top. To many, a very important difference.
-Dedicated buttons. Here is the most fundamental difference. The D90 has a dedicated: Fn button (D5k seems to have it on the timer button), bracket button, DoF button, exposure mode setting button, AF mode setting button, Hi-Lo-remote-timer button. Additionally, the menu buttons on the D90 double as: ISO setting button, WB setting button, and Qual setting button. All of these probably need to be set through menus on the D5000.
-There is a focus point lock on the D90.

In summary, the D5000, as has been said before me, is really an update of the D40 line, and will give fantastic results to those who do not need to control their camera too much.

So, the main difference that sets these two cameras into two distinct categories, in spite of technological similarities, (as far as I can tell at the moment), is the measure of control offered by the camera.

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  • mfaccone

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    #25. "RE: Compare D5000 to D90" | In response to Reply # 0

    mfaccone Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Apr 2008
    Mon 20-Apr-09 05:11 AM

    I think I will actually wait until I can see, feel, and compare the d90 vs the d5000 when it hits the local shop.
    I've been tempted to dump my d300 for a d90. Not because I have no love for the d300, I just feel that for the difference, and pricing, my photographic style won't suffer if I did. Economics plays a roll in it as well as I can get a d90 plus cash for my d300. But I want to see the differences up close between the d90 and d5000.
    One thing I actually liked about my D40 was that it was always thrown in the car or wherever I went. The D300 is babied a little more and doesn't get to go everywhere I do.
    The D40 is still a heck of a camera if you nail the composition in camera. I'm thinking the D5000 might be a bit more fun to throw around than even the D40 or the D90.. but I could be wrong.
    I don't think anyone will really know until it actually hits the stores and gets used a little.

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  • molly588

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    #26. "RE: Compare D5000 to D90" | In response to Reply # 0

    molly588 Registered since 09th Sep 2008
    Tue 21-Apr-09 02:18 AM

    Hi there,
    I recently dropped my D80 and if it is irreparable I was considering the D5000. Please forgive my ignorance but I'm just getting into digital SLR photography and I have what might seem like simple questions... I have read that one of the differences b/w the D5000 and the D90 is the internal auto focus motor. What exactly is that? Does that mean there is no auto focus? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
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  • twowheels

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    #29. "RE: Compare D5000 to D90" | In response to Reply # 0

    twowheels Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Apr 2007
    Tue 28-Apr-09 12:27 AM | edited Tue 28-Apr-09 12:29 AM by twowheels

    I like the idea of having a swivel LCD; wish my D200 had one. If it did, I'd be taking it away from the "product pic" realm it now lives in and using it in some of the motorcycle events I attend. Right now I only take a point & shoot that has a swivel LCD for low down and pointed up shots of passing bikes and riders. I don't think the swivel LCD screen is a backwards progression at all, but an added feature. It does, however, need to be large enough to capture those wide shots and bright enough to see what you're doing. Glad to see Nikon is going in that direction and as soon as they have an SLR with a swivel screen and can do what the D200 can, I'll have a huge case of NAS!

  • mfaccone

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    #30. "RE: Compare D5000 to D90" | In response to Reply # 0

    mfaccone Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Apr 2008
    Wed 13-May-09 09:07 PM

    One of the complaints I have heard.. or rather people wanting the D5000 to have included is the commander mode for internal flash.
    Is this something that Nikon could do at a later date with a firmware upgrade or is it something internal with the hotshoe and flash?

    Mark

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  • lemonjenny

    Salt Lake City, US
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    #33. "RE: Compare D5000 to D90" | In response to Reply # 0

    lemonjenny Registered since 01st Jul 2009
    Wed 01-Jul-09 10:50 PM | edited Wed 01-Jul-09 10:54 PM by lemonjenny

    See, I happen to really disagree that this camera is more in the D40/60 line than the D/90 line. It mirrors many more D90 features than D40/60 features, and to me personally, the features it lacks are more "fluff" than anything. I mean, they're good features, but ones I truly do not miss at all. The end result of the photos is really the most important thing to me, and unless you're married to that top screen, you'll never miss it. (I used a Canon with one until I got the D5K, and I don't miss it a bit.) For several hundred less dollars, the D5K was a no brainer for me. Lets not forget the features added in the D5K that the D90 does not have! The swivel screen is one of them, and I've already appreciated that greatly.

    My one and only gripe is that I wish they'd have put a focus motor in the body, so I could buy cheaper lenses.

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