Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D4

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D5000 and Nikon D4. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Nikon D5000
Nikon D4

Manufacturing

These cameras are both manufacturered by Nikon.

Nikon D5000 were released 2009 and Nikon D4 was released 2012. That is a 3 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Nikon D5000 Nikon 2009
Nikon D4 Nikon 2012

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D5000 has a "DX"-sensor while Nikon D4 has a "FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also effect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Nikon D5000 75 mm (a Nikon DX sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.5)
Nikon D4 50 mm (a fullframe sensor does not have a crop factor / focal length multiplier)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)

Resolution

Nikon D5000 has a 12,3 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D4 has 16,2 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Nikon D5000 12,3 MP 12212224 4288 2848
Nikon D4 16,2 MP 16163840 4928 3280

Nikon D4 has a 32 % larger resolution than Nikon D5000. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterwards while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D4 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D5000. Nikon D4 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 204800 while Nikon D5000 has 200 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D5000 200-6400
Nikon D4 100-204800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

There is a big diffence between these two cameras. Nikon D4 has a built-in autofocus motor but Nikon D5000 does not. If you want to be able to use autofocus on Nikon D5000 there is a need for having an autofocus motor inside the lens. We really encourage you to look closely at our lens compatibility charts at the links below.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D5000
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D4

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Nikon D5000 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Nikon D4 can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D5000 4
Nikon D4 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Nikon D5000. Unfortunately Nikon D4 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Nikon D4 weighs 1340 gr (equal to 2,95 lb) which is 127% heavier than Nikon D5000 and its 590 gr (or 1,3 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Nikon D5000 590 gr 1,3 lb
Nikon D4 1340 gr 2,95 lb