The D5000 has a 12.3 megapixel sensor with DX CMOS format and a 2.7-inch vari-angle display. It can capture image bursts at the rate of 4 images per second and enables the recording of High Definition (HD) movies at 1280 x 720 resolution and 24 images per second.
The vari-angle screen can be used close to the back of the camera, or freely rotate, rotate, or raise and lower. The camera also offers “subjective tracking” autofocus that locks in a moving subject as well as “face priority” autofocus, which detects more than five faces in a scene and focuses on the closest person.
The camera also has 19 automatic scene modes to adjust the camera properties for shooting sports photos, portraits, candlelight, etc. In-camera editing functions include a smooth filter effect, perspective control, which can correct distortions in perspective when taking photos of buildings, color outlines, etc.
It has a dust reduction system to clean the sensor and a “sensor still mode” that keeps the mirror noise cycle to a minimum, for capturing at weddings and other events where discretion is required. It also has HDMI connectivity and Nikon will also offer just the D5000 body for $ 730.