Is there a way to determine your cameras DYNAMIC RANGE? If that's at all possible.
#2. "RE: Dynamic Range" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 03-Oct-09 12:54 AM
You can also find test results for Dynamic Range at the following link: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/eng/DxOMark-Sensor
As you can see the D5000 does very well.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!