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Nikon announces new DSLR

Nikon D5000 with multi-angle LCD launched

Nikon has announced the launch of the D5000 Digital SLR camera. The 12.3Mp D5000 will sit between the Nikon D60 and D90 in the Nikon range, and is designed to appeal to those upgrading from a compact camera or less advanced DSLR. It will be available with an 18-55mm image stabilised kit lens (AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm VR).

Nikon D5000

The Nikon D5000

Vari-angle LCD

The live view LCD on the Nikon D5000 measures 2.7 inches. While this isn’t as big as some, it is twistable to many different angles, helping you compose pictures over a crowd above your head, at ground level or even all the way round to help you take self-portraits. It can also be turned round to face into the camera body for protection when not in use. 

HD movie recording

Like its slightly bigger brother the Nikon D90, the D5000 can record movies in HD format – in this case 720p. There’s an HD connection for viewing at best quality on a high-definition-ready TV.

Christopher Christoforou, Which? digital cameras expert, said: ”The highly flexible LCD is the stand-out feature on the D5000. It makes so many more shots possible, shots that you possibly wouldn’t attempt with a fixed LCD camera. Although Nikon hasn’t yet announced a price for the D5000, we estimate it’ll retail for about £500-£650.”

For help choosing the best DSLR, visit our digital SLR report. Or, for a compact camera, check out our digital camera reviews featuring over 250 cameras.

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